I'll admit it; I watched the
So last night, as popular singers from the past 30 years marched out to perform, Idol decided to have
The perfect artist for Cowell's exit would have been the Gambler himself,
While Cowell probably knows more about fantasy cricket than baseball, fantasy owners can learn a lot from the music exec's actions. When a player's injuries start to get messy, it's probably time to evaluate the situation and come up with an exit strategy.
Back in April, I addressed this topic when discussing Diamondbacks starter
Similar to Webb, guys like
Throughout a 162-game campaign, almost every player will suffer some strains or bruises. However, when players suffer recurring injuries to the same area, especially injuries to joints, it may be time for fantasy owners to emulate Cowell and Rogers, and run away from these injury risks. Otherwise, they may end up like Dane Cook, trying to climb out of the basement by performing with a bunch of clowns.
I'll start with Rollins simply because out of the players I mentioned he has the best chance to return and be effective (looking for other quality players, check out RotoExperts
He's eligible to come off the DL on June 6, and the Phillies expect him to be back on or shortly after that date. For his career, Rollins hits nearly 20 points higher post-All Star break and last year he hit 18 of his 21 home runs in June through September. There's no reason to think Rollins can't be a Top Five fantasy shortstop from the time he returns through the end of the year.
Do a news search for "Grady Sizemore" and skim through the first five articles you find. When the most glaring terms are "chronic knee problem," "second opinion," and "microfracture," it's not a good sign for a centerfielder known for his speed. Sizemore is seeing multiple doctors this week about a deep bone bruise in his left knee, an injury that reportedly first occurred in the preseason. The worst-case scenario is that Sizemore undergoes microfracture surgery, a procedure that would end his 2010 campaign and likely alter the rest of his career. The best-case scenario is that he doesn't require any type of surgery and he plays the rest of the season with a little bit of pain in his knee.
Sizemore has been dealing with the best-case scenario so far this season, and the results have been a .211 batting average, zero home runs, and four stolen bases on six attempts. Fantasy owners should trade Sizemore if they can; let him be somebody else's problem. His replacement in both center field and the Indians' leadoff spot is
Speaking of chronic knee problems, Beltran was moved to the 60-day DL this week. The DL move itself doesn't mean much in the fantasy world, because he was originally placed on the DL on March 26 and the move is retroactive to that date. The problem is that Beltran still isn't anywhere near ready to returning. He's been running since April (not continuously like Forrest Gump), but he's still not sprinting nor doing any strenuous baseball related activities. There is no concrete timetable as far as a rehab assignment.
Beltran was drafted in 100 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and he had an ADP of 172.9, which means that many fantasy owners left their drafts feeling like they got a steal. Since then, 36 percent of his owners have let him go, and it's safe for others to walk away as well.
A bad 2009, offseason surgery, and two trips to the DL in '10 would spell doom for most closers. However, even with
Lidge is supposed to come off the DL sometime next week. After that, Manuel wants him to work his way back to the point, "where he can go at least three or four days in a row." If that's the case, it will likely be about two weeks before he's ready to close. Contreras has been nothing short of spectacular with a 0.63 earned run average, a 0.70 walks plus hits per inning and 20 strikeouts in 14.1 innings. He's picked up saves in his only two attempts. Let's say he saves three more games and continues to pitch this well before Lidge is ready. Is there any way Lidge gets the job back? And if he does, can he stay healthy? Lidge's owners should be finding another way to get saves, and they should start by picking up Contreras, who is surprisingly available in more than half of all leagues.
After suffering a setback last week, Bedard is scheduled to throw a side session this Friday. If all goes well, the Mariners hope to be able to plan for his return. The key phrase there is, "hope to be able to plan." Not exactly encouraging. He's entering the Webb Zone, where the bad news is outweighing the good news and the wasted roster spot is outweighing his upside.
Here are some other injured players who are less of a gamble than the one's listed above.
Yes, it's true, Yankees outfielder