With the first pick in the first round of the 1990 MLB Amateur Draft, the Atlanta Braves selected
Twenty years later the city of Atlanta would like to collectively thank Van Poppel.
In the fantasy world, Jones has been known for two things; his incredible numbers at third base, and more recently, a laundry list of injuries. On Tuesday night, Jones sprained a knee ligament. Reports say that the ligament will require season-ending surgery.
Almost instantly, columnists and bloggers alike started talking about the possible end of his career. It's probably too early to write off the veteran. Despite his disappointing start to the 2010 season, Jones had posted a line of .307/.391/.533 since the All-Star break.
Those numbers were starting to catch the eye of some fantasy general managers, especially considering how thin third base has been. Too bad he's nothing more than another 3B casualty.
Maybe this latest injury will finally convince more fantasy GMs to add Houston's
It's bad enough that the 38-year-old Jones went down with a knee injury. But the Braves' 21-year-old star outfielder Heyward is dealing with knee soreness and inflammation. Heyward hasn't played since Monday (which happened to be his 21st birthday), but neither Heyward nor the team has expressed any concern about it. Heyward's fantasy owners in daily leagues will want to check pregame reports in the near future to make sure the rookie doesn't have any more surprise off days.
Just like third, second base has had its fair share of injuries this season. Pedroia's been out since June 25 with a broken bone in his left foot. He's been trying to work his way back into the Sox lineup since June 26. Pedroia was so frustrated by this injury, that he immediately started doing everything he could to be ready to come off the Disabled List as soon as possible. That included taking infield practice from his knees.
The team expects Pedroia back on Tuesday, Aug. 17, and fantasy owners are going to thank Pedroia for working so hard. Unlike other players who miss a month due to injury and take some time to knock the rust off, Pedroia should be ready to make an immediate impact. GMs shouldn't be wishy-washy, get him in the lineup right away.
While Utley is still expected to take the full two months to recover from the torn ligaments in his thumb, the
While Utley continues to work his way back, fantasy GMs who haven't found a stable replacement should consider a pair of utility options. Both Atlanta's
Unlike Utley, Kinsler has not been cleared to start swinging a bat, and an injury that was originally only supposed to keep the second baseman on the 15-day DL for the minimum, looks like it'll keep him off the field for two-to-three more weeks. Kinsler had an MRI on Tuesday that showed his strained left groin is improving, but inflammation in the area remains.
If all goes well, Kinsler will start swinging a bat next Tuesday and the team is targeting the end of August for his return. The
The Dodgers placed Furcal on the 15-day DL Wednesday with a lower back strain. The move is retroactive to Aug. 3, so Furcal will be eligible to return next Wednesday. He was actually expected to be in the lineup Wednesday, but when he complained of discomfort, the team decided not to take any chances. Quietly, Furcal is having the third best fantasy season of any shortstop in standard 5x5 scoring leagues.
Either of the aforementioned Infante and Keppinger would make a nice temporary fantasy starter until Furcal is back.
Training rooms around the league are filling up late in the season.