On April 16,
As I watched all of this unfold from the first base side bleachers, I kept looking at Senators manager
Strasburg rang up the first batter on three pitches, and generally outclassed all the minor leaguers he faced. Don't get me wrong, it was fun to watch, but the entire time I wondered why the Nationals would risk their future ace, the face of the franchise, in that situation.
Three months later, with Strasburg on the Disabled List for the first time in his career, even the most optimistic fan thinks Washington shouldn't risk anything. The shoulder is the most crucial joint in a pitcher's body. By all accounts, Strasburg suffered minor stiffness in his shoulder, and the DL move is extremely cautious. Hey, the Nationals might have put him on the DL if he had an ingrown hair on his shoulder.
That's 100 percent, not 95, not even 99.9 percent. Strasburg has to be perfect before he takes the mound again. His DL stint is retroactive to July 22, but it appears he'll be out a little longer than that. He was already pitching with a 160-inning limit this season, and with this shoulder situation, I'd be surprised if he gets that far.
Fantasy owners should prepare for an extended absence and an uncertain ending to 2010 for Strasburg. There are some young arms out there who can help.
While an injury may have dimmed the lights on Strasburg's unbelievable rookie campaign, another injury might have green-lighted the career of one of the league's top hitting prospects.
Victorino strained his left oblique Tuesday while diving back to first base. Phillies manager
The Phillies and many fantasy owners have turned to top outfield prospect
Bottom line, Brown is legit, and fantasy owners should gobble him up if he's available. With a .327 average, 20 homers and 17 steals in 93 minor league games, Brown puts an extra "O" in offense (Bam! See what I did there?). At the least he's a short-term replacement for Victorino or even a fourth outfielder for fantasy GMs who don't own Victorino. Don't expect beginning-of-2010-
When talking about future stars, I can't forget to mention the 2009 National League Rookie of the Year, Coghlan, who became the latest in a long line of injured-while-throwing-pie athletes. Seriously, this might be the strangest celebration injury story not involving a Gramatica, and Coghlan could be out six-to-eight weeks if he needs surgery to repair the meniscus he tore while slamming a pie in Wes Helm's face. He's expected to find out Friday whether or not surgery is necessary. If it's not, he could be back in late August.
This isn't a huge fantasy loss. Coghlan has more stolen bases than he did in his rookie campaign, but his power numbers and run scoring were about the same, and his average is down nearly .060 points.
Wow, that escalated quickly ... I mean, that really got out of hand (Sorry, I still love
Kinsler's groin strain could keep him out longer than the 15-day minimum. He's eligible to return on Aug. 12, but general manager
The MLB waiting room is full, and these players all spoke to the doctor recently.
What a painful week for the Upton family as Arizona's