It has been another brutal week in terms of fantasy baseball injuries. At this point, your roster is probably in total chaos and the waiver wire has slim pickings. So without further adieu, here is the Week 11 edition of the Walking Wounded.
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Matt Harvey (SP-NYM).
The Mets and fantasy baseball owners’ worst fears came to fruition on Saturday when phenom Matt Harvey exited the game before the 8th inning with tightness in his back. The extent of his injury is not known just yet. However, it is a given that the Mets will be overly cautious with their ace pitcher. Harvey has proven to be durable through his first 23 big league starts, but back tightness could be a big deal depending on the severity. Keep a close eye on Harvey going into Week 11 as his next start will clearly be up in the air.
Carlos Gonzalez (OF-COL).
In the midst of a torrid hot streak, Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez had to be taken out of Friday’s game with an ankle injury suffered after he had already tripled twice. There is no additional update on Gonzalez’s condition, but ankle injuries typically require sufficient time to heal. This would be a devastating loss for fantasy owners if CarGo does indeed end up on the DL.
Stephen Strasburg (SP-WAS).
The Nationals placed Stephen Strasburg on the disabled list after he didn’t show any improvement with his oblique strain. It has been frustrating for fantasy owners who relied on Strasburg to be one of the top fantasy pitchers but instead are drawing comparisons to Mark Prior. The criticism of the Nationals’ decision to sit Strasburg down last September is irrelevant to what we are dealing with now. But the reality is that Strasburg clearly has to be considered a high injury risk given the maladies he has sustained in his short career thus far.
Anibal Sanchez (SP-DET).
Tigers’ pitcher Anibal Sanchez was scratched from his next start on Sunday against Cleveland with stiffness in his shoulder. There is no indication yet on whether he will make his next scheduled start or be placed on the disabled list. Sanchez has turned into a very solid fantasy pitcher with an increased strikeout rate so this could be a big blow for fantasy owners. Monitor the situation throughout the week but have a backup plan in place in case he does end up on the DL.
Jake Peavy (SP-CHW).
The inevitable has happened as Jake Peavy landed on the disabled list. There is no denying his talents, but Peavy has been one of the most frustrating pitchers to own in fantasy leagues for years. This time he suffered a fractured rib and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Fortunately it wasn’t an arm injury, but this injury could take even longer to return from because Peavy will certainly need to rehab after he is healed. Stash him on your bench or DL if you have sufficient space for him. If your pitching is thin and there is a viable replacement available, then you wouldn’t be crazy for setting him free.
Johnny Cueto (SP-CIN).
Reds’ pitcher Johnny Cueto landed back on the DL with a similar lat injury that cost him over a month earlier in the season. However, Cueto thinks he will only miss the minimum time and can be back when he is eligible to return. Whether the Reds feel the same way is another story. In the interim, Tony Cingrani is expected to be recalled to take Cueto’s place. Cingrani is a solid short-term option given his success in his earlier cup of coffee during Cueto’s previous absence.
Asdrubal Cabrera (SS-CLE).
The Indians placed shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera on the DL with a quadriceps injury which could cost him 3-4 weeks. However, that is a conservative estimate from team officials who recognize it could take much longer for him to heal. Mike Aviles is expected to get most of the playing time at shortstop, so he could be a decent middle infield addition in many leagues.
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