There is a LOAD of bad injury news this season, including two guys that you really didn't want to see in the same sentence as the word injury. One Yankee star continues to lead the league in long balls, while perhaps their best hitter took one in the dome today. There is a potential closer who is having trouble between the ears, and a catcher who is having trouble between the legs. We have a Twins closer blowing a game, while a hitter trying to keep them in it. Lastly there is a hot prospect who goes yard, while a returning speedster is stealing bags like it is his job. All of that and don't forget to sign up for the Fantasy Alarm service to be sure that you never have to start a benched player again.
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This is the news that his fantasy owners have been holding their breath against all season long, but Grady Sizemore was not in the lineup for the Indians because he was getting an MRI exam on his right knee. Sizemore jammed the knee sliding into second base Tuesday night and the team is calling this a precautionary measure. Manager Manny Acta has said that the training staff doesn't think that this is a big deal, but if you have owned Grady Sizemore over the past two seasons you know that he has had his share of injuries over the past couple of years that have been a big deal. I am very worried that this is going to be more than they are letting on, but we will have to see what the results of the tests are. If you own Sizemore, I would start talking to whoever or whatever you deem holy as you might need some divine intervention to keep your outfielder in your lineup.
Things are also not good for Jason Heyward. He has been dealing with pain in his shoulder all season long, but has been able to battle through it to this point. However, he left last night's game after feeling numbness in his fingers, and while that subsided today the team is still sending him on Thursday for an MRI. It is hard to say what to expect from this, but two months of pain followed by numbness in fingers doesn't scream "no big deal" to me. I am very worried about what these tests will show and how long that Heyward will be out. Hopefully it is nothing, but based on the year and a half of Heyward's career, this isn't good news.
Geovany Soto has been placed on the 15 day Disabled List with that strained groin that caused him to be removed from last night's game. He went for an MRI today, but all signs point to this being just a two week injury and Soto should be back with the Cubs. Unless you see a big story in the next day or two, expect your catcher to be back as soon as he is eligible.
Robinson Cano left the game tonight for the New York Yankees when he was hit in the helmet by a pitch by Nick Adcock. Cano sat right up after being hit which is a great sign, but he was taken out of the game for precautionary reasons. Don't be overly surprised to see Cano sit in the game tomorrow night, but it appears for the time being that he avoided a more serious injury. Keep your eyes on the news to see if Cano will miss any more time than it seems right now.
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Hong Chih Kuo has been placed on the 15 day Disabled List with anxiety disorder, another bump in the road for him to take over the closer's job for the demoted Jonathan Broxton. This could be a big problem for the pitcher as I can't say that you can put a timetable on when he might be able to return from something like this when it is a mental "injury" and not something physical. The team seems to be very mum on this situation, furthering my worry about Kuo. Unless you have a really deep league you have to let this guy go right now, and this might keep Vicente Padilla in the closer's role longer, or perhaps might give Kenley Jansen a shot at it if Padilla falters.
Curtis Granderson continues to pace the major leagues in long balls as he connected on his 12th of the season on Wednesday. Now while I think that he will have a very good season and be a very productive fantasy player, I think now is a perfect time to shop Granderson around (especially to your Yankee fan friend) to see if you can get them to give up too much for Granderson. If you can't get something really good I would sit tight on him and enjoy the ride, but be prepared for him to slow down at some point before too long. I wouldn't be shocked if he gets to 30 home runs, but I think that might be a bit of a stretch.
Royals prospect Eric Hosmer hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot off of A.J. Burnett, and fantasy owners are salivating like crazy. Still, keep your expectations in check as Hosmer is unlikely to hit 20 homers in his first year, please don't look for too much from this young kid. He has a WORLD of potential but isn't going to be a 30 homer guy so don't get frustrated if he just hits for a good average but doesn't bash the ball out of the park left and right.
Adam Dunn ABSOLUTELY CRUSHED his fourth home run of the season off of Tyler Chatwood and I am telling you people PLEASE try to buy low on Dunn. The guy is way too good of a power hitter to only have four homers on May 11th, and there is a monster hot streak in his future. This could be the start of something big, so try to act quickly. Dunn is perhaps the best power hitter in baseball and will certainly get to at least 30 this year if not 40 again, so there are plenty more of those in his future.
Rajai Davis is absolutely ripping up the basepaths since coming back from injury and that streak was in full view on Wednesday. Even at the bottom of the lineup, Davis was 4-4 today, all singles, but was able to steal his tenth and eleventh bases of the season, doing all of this in the first 18 games of the year. I really like Davis as a stolen base threat throughout the year, and only his health can keep him from swiping 50 bags. If he was dropped or you really need the steals, this is a guy I would certainly target.
Matt Capps blew just his second save of the season, though he did it in grand fashion as the Twins fell to the Tigers on Wednesday. He allowed three earned runs over 1.2 innings and struck out just one. I don't see this as Capps being in trouble of losing his job, and I don't see Joe Nathan even getting a shot back at this in the near future. Capps has been doing a fine job and should have a decent-sized leash as the closer in the Twin Cities.
Jason Kubel seems to be turning it around from his disappointing 2010 season as he had two more hits and four more runs batted in today, including his fourth home run of the year. Kubel is a pretty streaky guy, and sometimes he will go entire seasons in slumps it seems. But Kubel is a fairly talented guy and is impressing me so far this year. He isn't someone that I generally own on my fantasy teams, but it is getting harder to ignore the .355 average and 20 RBI. I still can't say that I fully believe in him and would probably look to sell high on him if I owned Kubel.
Jhonny Peralta homered for the second consecutive day, even though it was in a pinch hitting role. Peralta is on a nice little streak right now, and in fact is having a pretty good year. A notorious low average hitter, Jhonny is batting .295 on the year and has driven in 20 runs. If you need him for a short term fix he could be worth an addition, but in all reality (as much as I like him), Peralta is a .250 hitter which means a prolonged cold streak is probably in his future. Keep playing him right now, just don't leave him on a very long leash.
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