Fantasy baseball injury report
You know a player is getting old when his manager makes statements like, "So we're going to ease him back into it. As far as playing third base, I don't have a date for it yet. He'll play soon, though."
That's exactly what New York Yankees boss
Luckily for fantasy owners it doesn't matter what position he plays as long as he's in the lineup. Yet the injury may be hurting his power and speed. Rodriguez only has eight homers and two steals so far.
Another third baseman,
If you're riding Rodriguez or Rolen (or if you're one of the poor saps stuck with Jones), back them up with a younger option. St. Louis's
Another 30-plus third baseman is on the mend. Ramirez took batting practice on Wednesday for the first time since landing on the Disabled List on June 8. Reports say that Ramirez impressed in the cage, and it appears that he'll be ready to return when he is eligible on June 23. If, for some reason, Ramirez is available in your league (66 percent owned), he's worth a pickup. He's adjusted his bat grip, added a new pad, and has gotten the necessary rest. If you're desperate, Ramirez is a worthwhile buy-low trade target.
According to Philadelphia general manager
From the Under-30 Department, Jackson left the Tigers' June 13 game with back spasms and could be out until Saturday. The speedy outfielder should avoid the DL, but it might be time for Fantasy owners to try to move him anyway. Jackson hit .364 in April, .297 in May, and is hitting a mere .220 in June. At the same time his batting average on balls in play was about .500 in April and close to .400 in May. As that statistic anomaly averages itself out, it's no surprise that he has fallen off his torrid pace. The back spasms might slow him down a little bit, but they aren't the reason for his dip in production.
On the heels of a fantastic May where Billingsley won four games and maintained a 3.00 ERA, the Dodgers starter is headed to the 15-day DL with a strained groin. It's considered a mid-level strain, and the team is hopeful to have him back as soon as he's eligible.
The Angels infield took another major hit this week with Aybar going down with a meniscus injury in his left knee and utility man
An MRI revealed no structural damage to Peavy's right shoulder, but he was bumped from his Thursday start and the team is calling him "day-to-day." There is still a chance that he bounces back and pitches on Friday or Saturday, but a shoulder injury for a pitcher is never a good thing. This is a situation that Fantasy owners will need to monitor closely over the weekend.
It doesn't matter how old the player is, sometimes injuries just happen. These guys also visited the trainer this week.
While it's true that