The two most hilarious aspects to sports video games are the auto-generated draft pick names and the injury lists. How great is it to hit the 2011 offseason in Madden and scout guys like "Jordan Peyton" or "Walter Aromashodu." It seems every computer generated rookie is a combination of past and present player names. Cracks me up every time.
Even better is the injury list. Did you ever scan over the MLB 2K10 injury report at midseason? There always seems to be a disproportionate amount of one particular injury, like hip bursitis or elbow dislocation.
Lately, the real 2010 Major League Baseball season feels like some parallel bizzaro video game universe. How many guys have hit the DL with a thumb injury? Everyone's favorite post-hype sleeper Alex Gordon started the Year of the Thumb, and last week it claimed a handful of new victims.
Guys like the Yankees'
Too bad the fantasy season doesn't have a reset option.
The headfirst slide has been the culprit in many a thumb injury. Heyward's damaged thumb goes all the way back to a headfirst slide on May 14. Just looking at the basic stats is enough to see that the star rookie has been struggling with the injury. On May 14 he was batting .299 with eight homers and 28 RBIs through 33 games. In the 38 games since, his average dropped to .251 and he has only hit three homers with 17 runs driven in. The Braves put him on the 15-day DL effective on June 27, and he will not be back until after the All-Star break. The injury is considered a deep bone bruise, and the thumb will be in a cast until July 5. Because it is only a bruise, as opposed to major structural damage, he should be able to make a full recovery and be ready for the second half of the season.
With Heyward out, and centerfielder
Like Heyward, Utley injured his thumb on a headfirst slide. Unlike Heyward, Utley's injury is going to take a little more than rest to heal. MLB Network's
If the loss of Utley wasn't enough, the Phillies also placed third baseman
Utley owners need to act fast to find a replacement. The second base free agent pool is drying up quickly, especially now that Boston's
From bruised, to sprained, to fractured, the thumb injury has come in all shapes and sizes lately. Martinez's fractured thumb will not require surgery, and he's expected to return as soon as his 15-day DL period ends (stint began June 28). Fantasy owners could do a lot worse than adding Martinez's Red Sox replacement,
If he's still available, Santana is a great fantasy replacement for Martinez; unfortunately he also has a case of thumbitis. Santana jammed his left thumb last Friday, but X-rays were negative and the injury hasn't held him out of any games. He's actually been on a tear since hurting his thumb, with a six-game hitting streak, two homers and five RBIs.
For now there's no reason to worry about the young catcher, but with the injury being on his glove hand, there is always a chance that he could aggravate it trying to catch a foul tip or a misplaced heater.
Since coming off the DL June 25, Ramirez, the poster child for the thumb injury brigade, has shown signs of breaking out of his season-long slump. Ramirez has at least one hit in each of his last five games, and is hitting .317 during that stretch. He appears to be more comfortable at the plate and could be in line for a decent second half. Remember, he's only 32-years old and averaged 30-plus homers and more than 100 RBIs per season from 2004-08 (Also hit .317 with 15 homers in 82 games last year). He should be snatched off the waiver wire if he's still available. It's only a matter of time before he starts climbing up the RotoExperts Xclusive Edge Rankings.
The waiting is the hardest part for some of these injured players
It's not his thumb, but Brett Gardner returned to the Yankees' lineup after missing two games with a bruised wrist. ... Seattle pitcher