Sometimes news from the big leagues just isn't enough for fantasy owners. We need to absorb the latest from the minor leagues, because managing a successful roster requires properly utilizing reserves. Case in point: The most-added player in fantasy as of Friday morning was Reds starter Tony Cingrani, who debuted Thursday night with eight strikeouts and a victory. What's more: Two of the most-viewed players were Mets prospect Travis d'Arnaud and Rays outfield prospect Wil Myers, who both took foul balls off their feet in Triple-A.
Myers' diagnosis wasn't so bad, while d'Arnaud's was less than ideal: The catching prospect was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the first metatarsal in his left foot, which can knock him out for 4-to-8 weeks.
Luckily for the Mets, John Buck is off to a hot start and is currently the leading fantasy scorer at the catcher position. Unfortunately for any d'Arnaud owners, he's now out of play for about two months, instead of just days away from a potential call-up.
"What we had in place if something should happen [to Buck] now has to change," manager Terry Collins told
The Mets had internally discussed the possibility of calling up d'Arnaud to catch and potentially use Buck at first base, according to reports. Now, d'Arnaud needs a month-plus to heal and a few more weeks to get back up to speed. At this point, d'Arnaud can be cut by any fantasy owners who were planning on an April arrival for the most-owned minor-league catcher. He's currently burning up one of the four precious reserve spots on my Tout Wars team, but not for much longer.
Myers should be fine
The Rays' Myers got better news, although not the kind fantasy owners were hoping for. When the outfielder left Thursday's Durham Bulls game with soreness from fouling a ball off his right foot, he created buzz on Twitter.
That foot is fine, just "a little sore," Myers told the
Myers has yet to homer, but he has started 15-for-50 (.300) and represents a potential shot in the arm for the slow-starting, last-place Rays (5-10). He could still be called up in weeks, if not days.
Cingrani's ownership rises
The Reds dipped into their prospect pool for the first time this week, giving Cingrani the call to replace Johnny Cueto (strained lat) in their rotation. Cingrani did not disappoint, albeit while facing the lowly Marlins, thus upping his ownership in CBSSports.com to 74 percent.
Cingrani, working on just three day's rest, threw 102 pitches until manager Dusty Baker cut him off, apparently to get him through five innings to qualify for the victory in an 11-1 blowout.
"He gave us what we needed, and we gave him what he needed," Baker said.
Now, Cingrani can give fantasy owners what they need: a viable starter in any fantasy league. Conveniently, Cingrani is slated for two starts next week: Tuesday vs. the Chicago Cubs and the following Sunday at Washington. Pick him up and start him in any format.
This week's five to watch
As with the above players, injury, not readiness, will determine the timetables for these big names: