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Hate on me all you want, but I’ve been a full-fledged, die-hard New York Yankees fan since birth. [Jay’s Note: Could be worse… you could have been a Red Sox fan…] I may have been born and raised in the land of palm trees, bikinis and coked-out debutantes (Los Angeles), but my father, a Brooklynite, instilled in me his love for the men in pinstripes.

Being a Yankees fan has many ups, but when it has its downs, it makes you wanna bury your head in the sand.  Most of these “downs” are related to the front office spending a gazillion bricks of gold bullion on aging vets (that is the form of currency Hiroki Kuroda used during his formidable years in the 1920s).  No matter how many supplements and PEDs and anti-aging hormones these players use, they’ll eventually wither away and get hurt in the process. If only the Yankees had a pill that gave their players Benjamin Button disease.  I can picture CC Sabathia as a fat three-year-old baby, probably licking the fluid coming out of his knees.  How adorable, he got it all over his face!  How many jars of Gerber’s mashed zucchini can you buy for $142 million?

Mark Teixeira had to leave Saturday’s game with renewed wrist “inflammation”.  This is not something to be taken lightly.  He had offseason surgery on the same wrist and had to miss three games earlier this week before returning Friday.  The fact that could only make it through one-and-a-half games before getting hurt again says this problem is not going away.  Wrist injuries can completely sap your power (see, Encarnacion, Edwin in April).  He’s scheduled to see a specialist on Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury. Don’t hold your breath.

After a promising start to the season in which he compiled a 2-2 record with a 1.83 ERA and 1.02 WHIP, Michael Pineda has been nothing but a pain in the backside for fantasy owners — literally.  He’s been dealing with back issues, similar to the one Clayton Kershaw had in spring training, and he had been on track to return within the next few weeks.  But that is no more.  After a setback in his rehab this weekend, Pineda will be shutdown indefinitely.  It’s time for fantasy owners to cut bait, as it’s possible we won’t see him in the Bronx till August.

There may be some good news on the injury front in New York, however.  Carlos Beltran‘s attempt to avoid surgery to his elbow seems to be going well.  He’s been slowly swinging a bat — progressing from dry swings, to swinging from both sides of the plate, and he took batting practice on the field before Friday’s game.  According to Beltran himself, he walked away from that session happier than a big city business man taking his lunch break at a Korean massage parlor.  Evidently that was enough proof of good health for the Yankees to send him out on an extended spring training stint in Tampa.  He is shooting for a June 10 return when the Yanks visit Seattle to take on the Mariners.

Now on to the rest of the league…

Josh Hamilton, Angels: After a setback last week, Hamilton has begun his rehab again and is aiming to return to the big club early this week.  He had initially been hoping to play for the Angels last Monday, but a bone bruise in his surgically-repaired finger cost him some extra time.  Mike Scioscia may have to come to terms with benching Raul Ibanez — permanently.

Matt Adams, Cardinals: Adams to the DL with a case of the jelly doughnuts — errr sorry, jelly leg.

Joey Votto, Reds: The Cincinnati first baseman has been doing some running and light drills, but may be able to return soon.  Fantasy owners are brimming with excitement at the possibility of plugging Votto and his career-worst .859 OPS back into their lineups.  Slow claps.

James Paxton, Mariners: I warned y’all before, but you kept coming back for more punishment.  The M’s 25-year-old pitching prodigy had a setback in his recovery from a strained lat, this time feeling renewed soreness in his shoulder and inflammation in his tricep.  Twenty-five doll hairs to the first person who can name a body part he hasn’t injured.  Someone please just off him Fargo style and put him out of his misery.

Nolan Arenado, Rockies: No surgery for the Rox 3B, but he’s still looking at a 3-to-5 week timetable at this point.  Make sure he is stashed on your DL.

Carl Crawford, Dodgers: A sprained ankle landed Craw Daddy on the DL.  Matt Kemp apologized to Don Mattingly for sleeping with daughter and he was finally put in LF to take Crawford’s spot.  Given Crawford’s propensity for injuries and that speed is a big part of his game, I would expect him to be sidelined a bit longer than the minimum, but who knows, maybe today’s horoscope will predict quick-healing ankles for all Leos.

Mat Latos, Reds: He’s been out all season with elbow issues, but threw 81 pitches in a rehab start on Friday.  He should make one or two more minor league starts and be in in Cincy by mid-June.  And you know what that means?  More Dallas Latos bathroom selfieeeeeesss!  *gag*

Matt Wieters, Orioles: Played a little catch this weekend and should ramp up the throwing till we get an idea of whether he’ll be able to avoid surgery or not.  If Nelson Cruz could play in the OF, slotting Wieters in the Orioles’ DH spot would be no problem.  Alas, that is not the case, as Cruz is mashing the ball and the team won’t risk an injury to him, as well.

Andrew Cashner, Padres: Scheduled to throw a simulated game Monday.  I keep wondering how no one is questioning the trainers and pitching coaches in the Padres organization.  Just in the last two years, they’ve seemed to have had more pitchers endure elbow injuries than any other team on the planet (i.e. Cashner, Josh Johnson, Casey Kelly, Joe Wieland, Cory Luebke, Jason Marquis).  Maybe Dr. James Andrews has Josh Byrnes on the take.

 

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  1. J-FOH says:
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    Dallas Latos reminds me of those LA “coked-out debutantes”

    • Lville Jim says:
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      @J-FOH: At least she didn’t do a bathroom selfie and inadvertantly include a shot of an unflushed duece still in the bowl.

      • SethDaSportsMan

        SethDaSportsMan says:
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        @Lville Jim: ugh that seems to be the trend these days, although I’m sure she thinks “her shit smells better than ours”

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @J-FOH: more like a coked-out Milwaukee debutante

      • J-FOH says:
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        @SethDaSportsMan: I don’t know, never been to Milwaukee

        • SethDaSportsMan

          SethDaSportsMan says:
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          @J-FOH: lol me neither, was just thinking of a place Midwesterny that is behind the times fashion wise. Girls don’t dress like that in LA anymore

  2. Xavier says:
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    Is giving up G. Jones to snag Singleton too hasty of a move to make?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Xavier: nope, Jones has always been streaky

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Xavier: not at all. Prolly have similar stats rest of way and Singleton more upside

  3. tjw4404 says:
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    Drop K. Davis for Singleton?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @tjw4404: I wouldn’t

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @tjw4404: nope. Davis gonna have a big year

  4. Pistol Pete says:
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    As a San Diego resident, I agree that the Padres have had some bad luck for sure, but it’s my opinion that they’ve created most of that bad luck themselves by continuing to sign these kinds of players.

    As for their techniques, if anything they’ve treated their minor league pitchers with kid gloves too much. They don’t Dusty Baker ‘em by any means, so the issue can’t be from overuse. I wonder if the weight/conditioning program in the Padres organization is different from other, “luckier” clubs (with respect to injuries).

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Pistol Pete: my sentiments exactly. Just seems like SOMETHING has to be different. Could be bad luck, but that’s a lot of arm problems in such a short span

    • Dusty Baker says:
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      @Pistol Pete: Hey brotha, I sent that remark …. I just let the kids go out an play. I cant help aint none of them “old school” and can go out and throw 25 complete games, and 300 innings a year……… Man, that was the day, before science took over the league . I kept a tellin them, “keep it simple ,stupid” . I want someone to do an in depth study of pitchers from the 1960s-80s ——with the pitchers of 2000- today ———- two things I see different—— lifting weights, and drug testing. —–not that I am implying anyone used drugs…… BUt seems the injuries increased, once there was more weights being used, less stretching, and in implementation on drug testing. – latter bra0

  5. Miz says:
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    Drop Morneau for Singleton? Seems to me Singleton has more upside. I lost Fielder and have Allen Craig (uninspiring) as my backup. Who do u like better ROS?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Miz: Hold Morneau, Craig has been heating up and you can always do some platoony tunes. There is no one worse to drop on your team?

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Miz: I’d rather have Morneau. He’s on pace for 28 or so homers. I like Singleton as a grab if there’s someone else to drop, but rather take a known commodity playing half his games in Colorado. Singleton could have very similar adjustment problem early on like Springer did. As for Craig, he’s been anything but unispiring lately. RBIs in 9 of his last 11 games.

  6. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    Any thoughts on Myers? Wrist injury is cuing sounds of doom in my head. Either that or I’m still in a blissful hangover from watching Temple of Doom last night. Oh Short-Round, never change…

    • SethDaSportsMan

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      @Gonzo_The_Great: agree. Wrist problems are never good and the more the Rays fall out of contention, the more likely they are to rest him. Looks like it could be 3-4 weeks if there are no snags. It’s not like he was hitting well before either. He’s a DL stash right now until more updates are provided. In the meantime, grab yourself a hot, steamy bowl of monkey’s brains to tide you over

  7. tj says:
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    Blaming josh johnsons injury on the padres? Hes hurt all the time…i just traded harper for gerrit cole and chris davis..what do u think?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @tj: you won that deal

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @tj: I like it

  8. uncdrew says:
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    What’s the news on the other Seattle prospect. Tiajuan Walker I think his name is…

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @uncdrew: Walker has another rehab start in Triple-A tomorrow. They’ve aligned him with the open spot in their rotation (was Maurer’s) so it’s possible if tomorrow goes well that he’ll be called up to pitch either Saturday or Sunday for the Mariners

  9. Bob the builder says:
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    Would you add jon singleton by dropping either dee Gordon, lackey or zach wheeler? I already have polanco , springer, & oscar taveras as young guns.

    • SethDaSportsMan

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      @Bob the builder: I’ve got no issues dropping either Lackey or Wheeler

  10. Eric R. says:
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    Speaking of injuries, what side of this trade would you rather be on?
    Arenado + Bruce for Machado + Harper

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Eric R.: that’s very close. I’ll go with the Harper side

  11. JWray says:
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    I’m thinking of offering A. Gordon & D. Mesoraco for his Puig. Thoughts..???

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @JWray: good deal for you

  12. Goose! says:
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    There are at least 6 catchers in my 12 team keeper head to head category wins with OBP and SLG that are doing better on the year, and even more in the last 30 days…is it time to give up on Wilin Rosario?

    • Goose! says:
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      @Goose!: Just to name a few of the starter-ish guys available that are ranked ahead of Rosario: Chris Iannetta, Alex Avila, Brayan Pena, Tyler Flowers, Dionner Navarro

      • SethDaSportsMan

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        @Goose!: no, rather have Wilin than those guys. Rockies just came off a long road trip and will be at home for a while. Try to stick it out through then

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @SethDaSportsMan: guy’s had every recent season with 20 or more homers.

  13. nick the dick says:
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    would you trade heyward for hurt gio if i need to clear some bench bats out for all the called up guys?

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @nick the dick: if it’s a redraft I’d rather have Heyward than those call ups. I’d hate to have to rely on a bunch of rookies.

  14. Scott says:
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    Dynasty 5×5 League

    Which side would you rather:

    Ian Desmond/top 50 prospect (TBA) or Ian Kinsler

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Scott: Kinsler

  15. nick the dick says:
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    or is dropping bench bat andrus for yordano who was dropped or to stash walker a good idea? i could drop archer or beckett for one of them but i now have polanco, singleton and taveras so way too many bench bats which i need to turn into pitchers. best move?

  16. jack says:
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    I’m in a H2H league so a big name coming off the DL in September could be huge for the playoffs. I have Gio coming of the DL next week and I’d like to replace him with one of the following. Which do you think makes the biggest impact late in the season:
    Fielder
    Harvey (pitching off the mound soon and wants to make 5-7 starts this year)
    Nate Jones
    Profar

    I’d love to hear detailed thoughts (probably ame a good article!) if you have time.

    • SethDaSportsMan

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      @jack: none of those will have impacts IMO. Fielder is out for the season and that’s official. Profar likely done for the season. Same as Jones and he won’t have an impact regardless (was terrible before surgery). Harvey “thinks” he’ll be back but that’s doubtful. The mets have zero reason to risk anything with him. They’d be foolish to let him pitch no matter how much he wants to. I’d rather fill the DL spot with someone who WILL play (Holland, Hellickson). Besides, if you grab any of those other guys, as soon as another one of your players gets hurt you’ll need the DL spot anyways

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