MLB fantasy injury report
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Remember those obnoxious ketchup commercials from the late 80s? You know, the ads where Joey Tribbiani leans an
Hey, can someone tell me how he stops the ketchup from pouring? Wouldn't it just drip all over the sidewalk? That commercial still infuriates me.
Anyway, the slogan in those ads was "Good things happen to those who wait." Fantasy owners with the backbone to draft
Meanwhile, another Seattle pitcher and Mets hitter are slowly but surely working their way back from injuries.
Lee's last five starts (3-1, three complete games, 34 strikeouts) have Bedard owners hoping that he can perform similar to his Seattle staffmate. It's highly unlikely that Bedard can be anywhere near as dominant as Lee, or is it? In 15 starts last season, Bedard posted a 2.82 earned run average, a 1.19 walks and hits per innings pitched, and 9.76 strikeouts per nine innings.
On Monday, Bedard threw 52 pitches in a rookie league game. The lefty's surgically repaired pitching shoulder felt fine afterward, and more important, his fastball approached the mid-90s (93 to be exact). The Mariners have scheduled another rookie league outing for Bedard this Saturday, and hope to get him up to 70 pitches. Barring any unforeseen problems, he'll then move to the more competitive minor league level for a few rehab starts. It's expected that the Mariners will use the full 30 days allowed by Major League Baseball for minor league rehabilitation stints.
In reality, Bedard is more than a month away from taking the mound for the big league club, but now is the time to sign him. He's only owned in 40 percent of Yahoo! fantasy leagues, but that number will increase as his official rehab assignment progresses.
By the time I finish writing this, Beltran will have one official rehab assignment game under his belt. This news will certainly plant visions of Reyes in Beltran owner's heads. The Mets, much like they have been with Beltran, were extremely cautious with Reyes. They could have tried to rush him back by opening day; instead they let him recover slowly and held him out until April 10. When he came back, he was cautious on the basepaths (five Stolen Base attempts in 19 April games). Once May hit, Reyes got the green light. He has swiped 15 bags since May 7.
This simply will not happen with Beltran. There is a big difference between the chronic knee problems that Beltran has and the torn hamstring that Reyes suffered. Beltran could have undergone microfracture surgery in the offseason, which would have effectively ended his season. Instead he opted for a lesser procedure that would enable him to return in 2010. He'll be able to play on the knee, but it isn't expected to be 100 percent for a while. Beltran will most likely play the rest of the season with a brace.
Aside from the lack of speed on the basepaths, the knee may also limit his availability in the field. That's obviously a bad situation for a guy on a National League club, especially a club that has three other productive outfielders. Beltran is owned in more than 60 percent of leagues, so a lot of people have faith in him. He may be back by mid-July, but he's not going to be the five-category OF that we've grown accustomed too.
Not only is Ramirez coming back from injury, he's also trying to break out of a season-long slump. The Cubs moved his activation back to the weekend as he continues to work on a new batting grip that removes pressure from the sore area of his thumb. Reports about his swing have been encouraging. Ramirez is certainly a player who can be productive in the second half, and is a good buy-low trade target; especially with the lack of fantasy production at third base this season. If he's on the free agent wire, he's without a doubt worth a pick up.
Another interesting aspect to Ramirez's activation is that the Cubs will keep 12 pitchers when Ramirez comes back, meaning a position player will be moved.
If third base is considered a thin fantasy position then shortstop is
The waiting is the hardest part for some of these injured players ...