In the past week, two plays happened that should force significant changes in the way Major League Baseball is played.
Joyce's decision has to force MLB to expand instant replay, right? At this point, with technology allowing for immediate replay, what's the argument against expanding it? Besides, umpires are human beings, and every human being makes mistakes. Baseball analysts, writers and fans are blasting Joyce for making a bad call. But criticizing Joyce is just silly when MLB isn't giving him the best tools to do his job.
While Joyce's mishap was simply an error, Morales' was plain stupidity. I've been watching players exuberantly celebrate early season walk-off wins for the past five years. Every time somebody did the leap/plate-stomp maneuver into their teammates I expected them to land on someone's foot and sprain an ankle. Morales broke his leg.
From a fantasy perspective, Joyce's call cost Galarraga owners 0.05 WHIP points for the season (By the way, Galarraga is working his way up the RotoExperts Xclusive Edge Rankings). The Angels' celebration probably cost Morales owners about three months. Maybe it's time for the league to limit these celebrations, and at the very least players should proceed with caution.
I'm hoping that Major League Baseball looks at both these incidents and takes the proper steps to help the umpires and protect the players.
On to the injuries ...
There's a chance that Morales takes the field again this season depending on the final verdict on his leg. Unfortunately for Morales, that return probably won't come until much later this season, and at this point, accurately predicting a timetable is nearly impossible. What's interesting is the ripple effect that his injury will have on the rest of the team. There are unconfirmed rumors floating around that the Angels are pursuing Cubs first baseman
Fantasy owners searching free agency for a Morales replacement should look up former Angels' star
Roberts, who has been out since April 9 with a combination of a herniated disk in his back and an abdominal strain, is eligible to come off the 60-day DL on June 9. While the recent news on Roberts has been encouraging, he probably will not be on the field for the Orioles any time around his eligibility date. The second baseman has progressed well and should be ready for a minor league rehabilitation assignment around June 11. The Orioles start a home stand on June 22, which I believe is the earliest date we will see Roberts.
Roberts' return shouldn't have much of a fantasy impact on anyone outside of his owners.
Hopefully Sizemore owners took my advice last week and tried to move the Cleveland centerfielder, because Sizemore will undergo surgery Friday that could end his season. The surgery is going to be performed by Dr.
As mentioned before, there is finally some good news on Beltran. His knee has responded well to running exercises. However, that's only a small part of the battle. General manager
Beltran owners should anticipate a post-All Star game return, and Pagan owners can rely on his services for at least that long. Unfortunately the situation is one that will require continual monitoring.
Here's my, "I'm just sayin'" player note of the week. In the five innings he's pitched since May 22, Rauch has allowed four earned runs on 10 hits. His batting average against has risen from .263 in April to .293. The closer has now admitted that he's dealing with a right hamstring issue. Decreased performance and a mild injury are small warning signs for a pitcher, especially one who needs to be ready to go every day.
I'm not sayin' that Rauch owners should panic or that players like
Not all injuries are self-inflicted like Morales', here are some other guys recovering from actual baseball-related injuries.
The Boston Red Sox have decided to shut down pitcher