I don't get out to a lot of live theater, and I'm more of a silver-screen kind of guy anyway. However, one live theater policy I wish movie cinemas would adopt (or re-adopt) is the intermission. I went to see
"I can't go to the bathroom now! Cheadle's got to snap Robert Downey, Jr. out of his funk!"
Had there been an intermission, I could have avoided all the restroom conflict. Everyone in the theater could have taken a break and prepared for the second half of the film.
That's one of the nice things about the MLB All-Star Game. It gives everyone - fans, players, managers -- a chance to regroup and get ready for the second half of the season. Fantasy owners get three days to evaluate their rosters without any moving parts.
The break is also a time where you don't have to worry about picking up any new injuries (for the most part that is). Just like an intermission, you can walk away for a little bit, and not have to worry about missing much, if anything.
Now that the intermission is over, and everyone's had a chance to look over their fantasy rosters, here are some injured fantasy stars that could help or hinder your team as the film that is the 2010 MLB season approaches its climatic ending.
Heee's Baa-aack. Finally, after months of speculation, Beltran will join the Mets and immediately start in center field. Considering that Beltran had microfracture surgery on his knee in January, it's pretty impressive to see him back on the field in July. Sure, some microfracture patients can recover in 3-to-4 months. On the other hand, this type of surgery can end an athlete's career.
Playing with a knee that isn't 100 percent and wearing a brace is definitely going to slow Beltran on the basepaths. The good news is that he will bat cleanup, at least to start, and that's a productive spot in the Mets lineup. The somewhat bad news is that he'll only play three games in a row before resting, and he'll also sit during day games after playing a night game. He's by no means a "must-start" in mixed leagues, but he should be a reliable fourth or fifth outfielder.
Here's the line on Volquez in his six minor-league rehab starts: 31.0 innings pitched, four wins, 28 strikeouts, eight walks, 1.45 earned run average, 97 miles per hour on the radar gun, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree.
On Saturday, he's set to start for the National League Central-leading Reds. The team with the most runs scored in the NL. Volquez won 17 games in 2008, with a 3.21 ERA and a 9.46 strikeouts per nine innings.
There's no reason to be worried about his surgically repaired elbow. His velocity is up and he threw 102 pitches in his final rehab start. There may be some questions about his command (the 102 pitches were in seven innings, and only 62 went for strikes), but for your fantasy dollar, there probably isn't a better value out there right now. In close to 75 percent of Yahoo! leagues, Volquez can be added for the low price of a free agent move.
There were a few points in 2010 where Roberts seemed like a lost cause. Struggling with back and abdominal issues, Roberts has only played in four games. Actually, four games are four more than I can remember him playing. It now appears that the two-time All Star is only a couple short weeks away from his return.
Roberts recently told the media that he expects to be back by August 1. He started a rehab assignment this Monday. On Wednesday, he took a scheduled day off after going 5-for-6 in two games with the Orioles' rookie league squad. He's expected to make the jump to Double-A ball next week.
Fantasy owners who have held onto Roberts may finally see some production for their loyalty, just be aware that he has suffered multiple setbacks so far, and the team could be extra cautious with him moving forward. He's still floating around on 35-percent of leagues.
Tulowitzki was a Top 5 fantasy shortstop before landing on the Disabled List with a fractured wrist nearly a month ago. Fantasy owners who were able to snatch up
Unfortunately, the cozy security that was Barmes is unraveling. Barmes is a pretty streaky player, and it appears his hot streak is cooling. He' 5-for-19 in his last six games and hasn't had an extra-base hit since July 1. He's still an acceptable fill-in in deeper leagues, but Tulowitzki can't get back soon enough.
On Monday, Tulowitzki announced that he thinks he'll be out between 2-to-5 more weeks. He will start taking batting practice soon, and if all goes well he could head off to a rehab assignment. The Rockies won't rush their All Star back, but at the same time, they can't be too conservative as they continue to hunt for a playoff spot. He should be back by early August.
Injury, rehab, and return news from the All-Star break.
The Royals scratched ace