Injuries can drive fantasy general managers to the insane asylum. Imagine being the guy who added
Now Rolen is injured and Ramirez is crushing the ball. Simply maddening, and I'm sure that happened in many a league.
Injuries happen. Fantasy owners can understand diving for a fly ball, catching your thumb on a headfirst slide, fouling a ball off your foot, or even taking a stray throw to the groin. But when a guy like
Meanwhile, here's some news on more sane injuries.
When dealing with fantasy GMs who own Beckett, I need to dust off my old college psychology text books (I took psych as one of my core General Education courses, so you know, I learned just enough to get by.) These GMs took multiple levels of fantasy abuse from Beckett this season. It started with emotional stress due to his 7.29 earned run average and 1.66 walks and hits per innings pitched through eight starts. Then his GMs started to feel neglected as their ace went to the DL on May 19 with a lower back strain.
Finally, these poor GMs suffered deep anxiety thanks to the uncertainty surrounding Beckett. "He's on the 15-day DL and will be back in no time," turned into, "Nope, it's the 60-day DL, and we don't know exactly when he'll be back."
It appears that the nightmare for Beckett's emotionally scarred owners is finally over, as the Red Sox's ace will take the mound on Friday against the Seattle Mariners. The Red Sox are going to continue to be cautious with Beckett, and his fantasy owners should take the same approach. While it's possible, I highly doubt that Beckett jumps back into the rotation and becomes the elite starter that he once was. His owners should use him as a spot-starter, until he proves that he's worth must-start status. (Spot-starting includes Friday's game against Seattle, who has scored the fewest runs in the MLB).
The best news about Beckett is that he hasn't had any pain or discomfort in his back for nearly a month, and the past few weeks have been used to improve his endurance and strength. Boston treating him with kid gloves might help him rectify his fantasy season. His Fantasy owners should forgive him, and start to rebuild the relationship.
When Beckett starts on Friday, it certainly will not be against Bedard. Nearly a month ago, when it appeared that Bedard was on the road to recovery, I wrote, "In reality, Bedard is more than a month away from taking the mound for the big league club, but now is the time to sign him."
For anyone who added Bedard at that time, I sincerely apologize. But I can't feel too bad because nearly everyone reported that he was going to start on Tuesday, July 6. He didn't make it that night. And now it's looking like he won't make it back on any date in 2010.
On Monday, Bedard underwent an MRI on his left shoulder, and as of my deadline the results of that test hadn't been reported. On Tuesday the lefty told the
Rolen's 2010 resurgence has been nothing short of spectacular. Many fantasy GMs, myself included, who got burned by third base flops were able to snag Rolen off the waiver wire. He has rewarded us with 17 homers, 57 RBIs and a solid .287 average.
While we enjoyed the benefits of Rolen's bounce-back year, I think we all knew he had at least one 15-day DL stint in his future. Now that Rolen has been out since July 16 with a hamstring injury, it appears that his DL trip is coming ... or does it?
Rolen got a cortisone injection and is out indefinitely, but it looks like manager
So many injuries, so few words. Here's the quick rundown.