Injury report: One man's injury is another man's opportunity
One thing that I will never do is cheer after a player gets injured. That type of behavior is sick. It's miles below my standards as a sports fan. Remember when Philadelphia Eagles fans cheered when
No, you will never catch me cheering when players get hurt. Never.
Wait a minute ... what was that?
Well, I guess that is sort of good news. I mean, I still feel bad for Mathis and all. He seems like a nice enough guy ... ah, screw it.
HOORAY! Mathis is out for six-to-eight weeks! I can finally see some return on my investment in Napoli.
Sorry, Jeff. I hope you understand. Really, myself and every other Napoli owner wish you all the best, but this is fantasy baseball we are talking about. Most of the time injuries hurt our roto teams, but when an injury clears the path for one our stars (or our projected starting catcher in this case) it's time for a little celebration. No hard feelings.
Sometimes the cold reality is that injuries really do help fantasy managers. As long as the player is likely to recover, there is no reason we can't give a little fist pump in these situations. (Oh, and watch the fantasy waiver wire, just in case an anxious Mathis owner sends him packing. He's at the minimum a handcuff for Napoli down the road, and might pick up where he left off when he returns.)
Here's a rundown of other injury news from around the MLB:
On Tuesday, Beltran met with doctors in Vail, Colo., who told him that his knee was "making progress," but it was not ready for baseball-related activities. That news sent some Mets fans and Beltran owners into a mild state of panic, but it's not as bad as it seems. As long as he's making progress, Beltran will continue with his rehab and should soon start some light running. There is still a good possibility that he returns in less than a month.
This may be the last time to buy low on Beltran, especially if his current owners are concerned about the latest reports. He's not going to jump back into the Mets lineup and turn into the 27 HR/25 stolen base guy he was in '08. However, there's no reason to believe he can't knock 15 out of the park and swipe double digit bags from mid-May through the end of the year. He had 10 HRs and 11 SBs in only 81 games last year and should be able to play between 110-120 games when he returns.
There was good news all around for Lee (abdominal injury) to start the week. First, MLB decided to drop his five-game suspension. Lee appealed the suspension claiming that his injuries led to inaccuracy and he did not intend to throw at
It was also announced that Lee will be ready a few days earlier than originally expected, moving his projected first start to April 30 against the Rangers. When Lee returns he will bump
According to Nationals GM
Anyway, the elbow problems are going to send the struggling Marquis to the 15-day disabled list. However, the overachieving Nationals are not going to use his vacancy to call up phenom
Rollins is eligible to come off the 15-day DL next week, but he says that he is unlikely to do so. The shortstop is dealing with a calf strain, and according to multiple reports, he is progressing quickly with his rehab. Rollins says that he can push off of his leg, and he started taking batting practice on Wednesday.
Even with the encouraging news, Rollins will probably not return until the first week of May at the earliest. While Rollins is out,
Rollins' fantasy owners looking for a temporary replacement should turn to one of the many veteran shortstops off to a hot start. Washington's
Last week Kinsler said regarding his ankle injury, "Hopefully it won't last until October. Who knows?" This week the Rangers second baseman told reporters that he expected to be dealing with pain throughout the entire season. Kinsler's fantasy owners who go by his quotes alone are probably trying to scratch their eyes out.
Despite Kinsler's dramatic statements, it appears that he is nearing his return to the Rangers' lineup. Kinsler was expected to be the designated hitter in an extended spring training game on Thursday. He took batting practice and ran the bases before Wednesday's game at Boston.
Texas would like to get him back as soon as possible, and are hopeful for an end-of-April return. I finally have a quote to help his fantasy owners step back from the ledge, "It's getting close. I don't think it's going to be another two weeks," he told the
Roberts' fantasy owners should start looking for a long-term replacement for the injured second baseman. Roberts saw a back specialist for the second time in four days this week, and while the prognosis wasn't disastrous, the expected recovery time has changed from a matter of days to a matter of weeks.
Roberts has a herniated disc in his back, a problem that sometimes requires surgery. As of right now, surgery isn't necessary, but the Orioles are going to take it easy with his rehab program. Another setback could mean Roberts goes under the knife. His fantasy owners can hope he's back in few weeks, but plan for him to be out through mid-May, and pray that he doesn't sit until June or later.
You want to see the trainer? Take a number. The injury line wraps around the building.
* All stats up-to-date as of 04/22/10.