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Many fantasy owners probably feel a bit like Washington as the All-Star break approaches. If they can just dodge the injury bullets for one more week, their players will finally get a chance to nurse their bumps and bruises for a few days. And also like Washington, who believes he is protected by a higher power, many fantasy owners find themselves praying to someone or something as their players work through these final games.
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This injury could not have come at a worse time for Peavy owners, as the former Cy Young Award winner allowed only seven earned runs in 37 2/3 innings pitched since the beginning of June.
Peavy owners should consider targeting Beckett. The Red Sox ace had a terrible start to the season before landing on the DL, but a lot of his struggles can be attributed to the back injury. On Tuesday Beckett threw a simulated game and he will pitch a Triple-A game this Sunday. The Red Sox plan to give Beckett at least two minor league starts before bringing him up to the big league club. He could be back by July 21.
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Volquez will make one more rehab start before joining the Reds, which means he won't be back until after the All-Star game. It's been a turbulent couple years for the talented right-hander. He missed nearly all of 2009, underwent Tommy John surgery, and then got nailed with a 50-game suspension for performance enhancing drug use in April of 2010. Fortunately, Volquez served his suspension while on the DL, so it won't affect him once he's activated. He struggled with his command in a rehab start last Sunday, but he's been pretty impressive in his five rehab starts, posting a 1.88 ERA with 19 strikeouts and five walks. His velocity has also been solid. He's available in more than 80 percent of fantasy leagues, and has the potential to be a top tier starter.
Gallardo owners took a hit this week, although it appears the first-time All Star will be able to come off the DL as early as July 20. The right-hander strained his left oblique in the third inning of his July 4 start. Based on the way the team doctors have described the injury, the DL move is simply a precautionary measure. With the All-Star break, the stint will only cost Gallardo one start. There's no reason to pick up his Brewers replacement,
Sidelined since June 26 with a strained left hamstring, it looks like Buchholz could be ready to take the mound on July 16. On Wednesday, Buchholz threw a 44-pitch bullpen session. He will have to continue to pass agility drills, but it looks like the Sox and his fantasy owners will have him back next week. For those managers in AL-only leagues,
It wouldn't be 2010 if we didn't have one more thumb injury before the All-Star game. Choo sprained his thumb while diving for a ball last Friday and has been placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to July 3. If the thumb requires surgery, Choo will be out six-to-eight weeks and would probably be back by September at the earliest. On Tuesday the Indians received good news when a doctor informed them that Choo could avoid surgery, which would allow him to come back sooner. Choo will wear a splint for the next week to ten days, and then be re-evaluated. This is a big blow to Choo's fantasy owners. The outfielder was posting solid numbers in five categories, so finding a comparable replacement will be nearly impossible.
The Mets are saying that Beltran will be back July 15, their first game following the All-Star break. The plan is to have him play back-to-back games and then sit out the third. As productive as Pagan has been, it would be surprising to see him out of the lineup completely. He'll likely find plenty of playing time spread around the three outfield spots.
Other Choo replacements to consider, if they are available, are
The All-Star break will help many of these players down the road to recovery.
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