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Jason Heyward's MRI on his thumb shows a strained ligament. Now this won't require surgery, but it might be worse than if it had. Heyward is being put on the DL, but according to the prognosis this is an injury that is going to need a lot of time to heal completely, and the only way he is going to get that is likely in the offseason. So, unfortunately it looks like he will just try to play through this, which will likely have a negative effect on his production. If you can get a real strong trade for him in a seasonal league I would probably try to move the young phenom on just in case this does linger throughout the season, but in keeper leagues you are going to have to live with his as the future for Heyward is just very, very bright.
Russell Branyan has been traded back to the Seattle Mariners as they try to get a jump start to their offense. This move has a two pronged effect on fantasy baseball. First it gets Branyan back to a more competitive team and a lineup that offers him more protection and one that he hit 30+ home runs for last season. Second, this gets prospect-turned-bust Matt LaPorta into the starting lineup on an everyday basis at first base. LaPorta has struggled his entire career so far in the major leagues, and I can't say that I expect him to all of a sudden start to mash, but the kid has a ton of talent and you have to think that one of these days he is going to start to hit.
There is a new member of the Fighting Chance family today as Jeff and his wife Lisa welcomed their baby boy to the world today. Xander Frank Mans was born today at 2:38 CST and is 8 lbs. 6 oz and 21 inches long. Mom and baby are both well, while Dad is drunk somewhere in the hospital lobby off of Red Bull and Vodka. Rumor has it that the newest member of the Mans family is already talking and his first words were "Vegas baby!".
This wasn't the most timely article in the world, but here is the first try at the new format of Rounding The Bases. I am sure that it will improve over time as I get a better grasp of what is helpful going forward. Again, feedback and suggestions are always welcomed. But in this article we chronicle ANOTHER no hitter, the latest prospect to hit the majors, the craziest man in the MLB (and it isn't Milton Bradley), as well as a pitcher returning from injury. There's a pitch and ditch option, some other pitchers to watch, and hitters getting some attention. Please feel free to leave your comments below about the new Rounding The Bases.
Starting tomorrow there will changes to Rounding The Bases, hopefully changes that will make this article more valuable to fantasy players. Going forward, instead of looking back at the night's events, we will be looking forward to the next night. We will be giving you a pitch and ditch option for the night if you are looking for a short term solution, players that rake against the starting pitcher he faces, and pitchers who own players or a team they will face the next night. As always here at Fighting Chance, your feedback is always encouraged on the article and the changes that are coming.
Today's rendition of Rounding The Bases features a former All-Star pitcher who is closer to returning from injury, a few hot players, and some slumping hitters who might be finding their form again. And of course you can't forget that Stephen Strasburg pitched again today. Is there anything more important? Can you read the sarcasm?
It was a good day to be a star player coming off the DL as Jimmy Rollins, Huston Street and Nelson Cruz all rejoined their respective teams on Tuesday, but you won't find any of that in Rounding The Bases. What you will find is news about a slump buster, one surging young pitcher, one hard on his luck, and one senior citizen who is still getting it done. That and so much more as you read Wednesday's edition of Rounding The Bases.
C.C. Sabathia definitely looks like he is in.....well, midseason form as he took care of the cross town Mets in fairly easy fashion, scattering four hits over eight innings and striking out six. This is now back to back wins for him against Roy Halladay and the Phillies and then Johan Santana and the Mets. He hasn't faced a real American League team since Boston on May 18th(he faced Baltimore twice and Cleveland the last three starts against the AL) so I will be interested to see what he does his next time out, but I believe in Sabathia and think he will be a top five fantasy pitcher in the second half of the season.
It is Fighting Chance Fantasy on the road tonight as we are in Sesame Place for the weekend. So, while it has been Big Bird, Elmo, and Cookie Monster all day for me (and a 30 minute traffic jam on the Jersey Turnpike), it is still fantasy baseball all night long. Let me count the ways that I love this game. One......two.......enjoy tonight's news.