The term "blessing in disguise" usually gives me heartburn. Because more often than not the "blessing" is a not so gentle reminder that something wasn't working in the first place.
For example, try telling a Philadelphia Flyers fan that losing in the Stanley Cup finals was a blessing in disguise because the front office will realize how close they are and will acquire players to fill their needs. I doubt that Flyers fans will appreciate your attempt to comfort them.
Fantasy managers, who lose struggling players due to injury, do not want to read something like, "
No, a true blessing would be if Ramirez could have hit better than .168 through 47 games this season. The only benefit from this injury is that Ramirez no longer has to occupy a bench spot, and can be placed on the fantasy DL. It's hard to just drop Ramirez outright (he's still owned in 70 percent of Yahoo! leagues). He's only 31, and he's a third baseman whose average usually hovers around .300 with 30 home run power.
Ramirez's thumb will keep him out until late June, and
I'm not sure that a lot of Ramirez owners feel blessed.
Thumb injuries seem to be all the rage lately, and Gardner joined the party on Wednesday. While X-rays on Gardner's thumb were negative, he will undergo an MRI on Friday, which will limit him to pinch hitting duties on Thursday. Everything seems very minor at this point; however, there are a couple scary aspects to this injury. First, it's the same thumb that he fractured last season, causing him to miss 40 games. He admits that the thumb has given him problems off-and-on throughout 2010, but the pain usually subsides the next day. Not this time. Gardner left Tuesday's game with soreness, and woke up in pain on Wednesday. Second, X-rays didn't show a fracture, but Ramirez's thumb isn't fractured and it has negatively affected his ability to grip a bat.
Consider Gardner red flagged for the next couple of weeks. Even if he doesn't hit the DL, the injury might hinder his grip on the bat. Fantasy managers may want to make sure they have a competent backup outfielder on the bench.
Sizemore's injury story this season began like Gardner's, as a cautionary tale. Obviously, an injured thumb is much different than knee problems, but nobody really expected Sizemore's season to end. However, after microfracture surgery on Friday, Sizemore's '10 season is over. Not only that, but his status as a fantasy keeper took a major hit.
Let's be clear, there have been athletes who have had successful careers after micro fracture surgery. The NBA's
Sticking with the speedy American League outfielder theme, Ellsbury got a second opinion on his ribs from Dr.
With Sizemore out for the year, Ellsbury resting and Gardner's status up in the air, fantasy owners may need a short-term source of steals. I've always advocated Sizemore's Cleveland replacement,
Another frequent mention in this column, Huston Street is finally closing in on his return. Street, who went on the DL with a shoulder injury and then strained his groin while rehabbing his shoulder, will throw in back-to-back Triple-A games on Thursday and Friday. Barring any setbacks, he'll be activated from the DL either Sunday or Tuesday. Street's return doesn't necessarily mark the end of
There is a reason why Montero was drafted in nearly 100 percent of fantasy leagues. So I'm not sure why he is currently available in more than half of those leagues. Montero is expected to join the Diamondbacks this weekend, and if you can still grab him off the free agent wire, do it. His knee is healthy, and according to Arizona manager
I don't like to sound the injury alarm on a player unless there is a significant reason. So I'd like to apologize if I created any panic with my opinion on Rauch last week. His hamstring injury and decreased performance scared me a little bit, but since June 4, he has picked up two saves in two opportunities and the hamstring seems to be a thing of the past.
Injuries are a blessing in disguise for a team's training staff who would be out of a job if everyone were healthy. Here are some players keeping physical therapists busy this week.
The road to recovery for Angels first baseman
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