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Gerrit Cole, one of the better young pitchers in the game, landed on the DL Sunday with “right shoulder fatigue”.  What does this mean for the Pirates?  Well, they have been playing much, much better of late, and this is gonna put a wrench in their chances of making a run at first place in the division.  Yes, they are still eight games back, but with Gregory Polanco likely getting called up this week, if they had a push in them, now was the time they were going to have to make it.  Instead, 2013 All-Star Jeff Locke, who was so bad post-break that he finished the year in the minors, will fill the void left by Cole and his 6-3 record.

Fantasy baseball owners are also going to be affected by this.  The Pirates hope Cole will only miss one start, but this sounds like it could develop into a multi-week recovery.  Concern arose when Cole, who normally throws in the 95-98 MPH range, was showing decreased velocity in the mid- to-late innings of games.  Assuming the Bucs fall further out of contention, the team will be in no rush to bring back their 23-year-old stud.  For what it’s worth, the Reds’ Tony Cingrani landed on the DL in May for the same reason (left shoulder fatigue) and missed just the minimum time, but he hasn’t been good at all in the weeks since.  For now, fantasy owners will just have to stash Cole on their DL and hope for a speedy recovery.

Mitch Moreland, Rangers: The hits just keep on comin’ for the seemingly plagued Texas Rangers.  Moreland will undergo ankle surgery and be out three months, which essentially makes it a season-ending injury.  The Rangers are likely to use a combo of Donnie Murphy, Robinson Chirinos and even Geovany Soto (when he returns from his own surgery) at 1B.  Michael Choice will continue to get even more playing time and should be added in deeper leagues.  Super-prospect Joey Gallo was promoted to Double-A Sunday, but does that mean he’ll reach the majors by September?  Will Chuck Norris, the ultimate Texas Ranger, be called upon to lead the team to the World Series?  Only time will tell.

Michael Cuddyer, Rockies: Cuddyer is 35, and with age comes injuries.  Cuddy was seemingly on the verge of acquiring 3B eligibility, but looks like he could be headed to the DL — again.  A pulled hammy kept him sidelined for 28 games earlier this year and it’s possible a shoulder injury could force a similar outcome.  When he plays, he rakes, but if he needs an extended recovery period, owners with minimal bench allotments and just one DL slot may have to consider dropping him at some point.  The Rockies are fading fast and have too many outfield options to warrant rushing him back.

Jeremy Hellickson, Rays: The 2011 AL Rookie of the Year is making his away back from elbow surgery and should be back by the end of the month.  He made his first rehab start on Saturday, pitching three innings of two-hit, shutout ball.  The 27-year-old left a lot to be desired last year (5.17 ERA, 1.35 WHIP), but he is fine DL stash if you have the space.

Jedd Gyorko, Padres: If you haven’t cut him yet, it’s time do so in all formats except keeper leagues.  Plantar fasciitis takes a long time to heal (just ask Albert Pujols), and it’s not like Gyorko was doing dick before he landed on the DL.  Hopefully the Gyork Store doesn’t keep restocking their shelves with this guy.

Eric Young, Mets: Those of you SAGNOF sluts waiting to grab a cheapie off the wire once he returned are gonna have to look elsewhere .  It was assumed that E.Y. was going to come off the DL when first eligible, but he’s had a setback with his hamstring injury and has been shut down.  No steals for you! (sorry, now I’m in a Seinfeld mood)

Wil Myers, Rays: A stress fracture in his right wrist will keep Myers out a couple of months, if not more.  Drop city U.S.A.

Joey Votto, Reds: Votto went out on a rehab assignment Sunday and should be back manning first base in Cincy by the end of the week.  That’s good news, but what is more concerning is that GM Walt Jocketty said he doesn’t expect Votto to be 100 percent at any point this season.  What’s even more concerning is that a simple “quad strain” kept Votto out three weeks.  What’s even more, more, more concerning is that Votto had surgery on his left knee in 2012, the same side his quad injury is on.  Why is this worth noting?  The knee is directly below the quad and often times the two are congruent to one another.  If I’m a Votto owner I’m looking to sell, but, I’d also be looking to buy Votto if I can get him at a very discounted price.  His injury, plus his .257 average, should make that easier to do.

Colby Rasmus, Blue Jays: There hasn’t been a lot of news coming out of the Rasmus front, but it was announced Saturday that the Jays’ center fielder could begin a rehab assignment early this week.  If all goes well, that could put him on track to return by the weekend or the beginning of next week.  Rasmus has nine home runs in just 135 at-bats.  He’s owned in just 27 percent of ESPN.com leagues.  He needs to be added and stashed if you’re in need of power and are okay sacrificing batting average and your team’s overall good looks.

 

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  1. J-FOH says:
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    Great stuff as usual. The lack of PEDS is keeping you employed this year.

    I’ve been a little occupied lately, any news on Fat Adams?

    I’m looking at Drew Stubbs being the biggest benefactor to Cuddyer’s injury, you seeing more platoony tunes or does he get solid play?

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @J-FOH: well there ya go. Cargo having surgery. Making Stubbs a lot better pickup now

  2. Lville Jim says:
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    Hope the Rangers first baseman keep dropping like flies. Meanwhile Gallo rakes at AA, gets called up early July and hits 20 bombs the rest of the season. I would be sporting perpetual wood from July thru September if that scenario plays out.

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Lville Jim: ha! That would be nice, although I’d hate to be the wall behind your toilet when you wake up in the morning

  3. SethDaSportsMan

    SethDaSportsMan says:
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    Thanks, J!

    Adams is starting a rehab assignment today. If all goes well, he’ll back back Friday, which is the first day he’s eligible. Should be interesting to see how that plays out. Ideally, I’d send Taveras back down, but that prolly ain’t gonna happen. Could see him play full time vs. RHP, but making room makes sense. Maybe a Bourjos/Jay trade?

    As far as Stubbs, should be a platoon. Maybe see more ABs than normal till Cargo comes back but that will prolly be just over a week. While hes hitting righties better this year, he’ll give way to other when they are on the mound in more cases than not. Worth an add if you need some SAGNOF though. Rockies have a nice 4-game homestand

  4. Homer Simpson likes baileys says:
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    I remember last Monday I saw on ESPN that singleton got the call, why won’t the pirates just call polanco up already , if he does get the call do you see it as late this week or more so next week?

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Homer Simpson likes baileys: Its all about his Super 2 status, which is correlated with his service time. If they call him up before that passes, they risk losing a year of arbitration eligibility. Its financially driven. A penny pinching team like the Pirates have even MORE incentive to do so.

      Singleton prolly woud’ve stayed on the farm had he not signed that deal. The Pirates gave Polanco a simiar low-ball offer earlier this year which would have equaled a promotion, but he didnt take it. Its a shady way of organizations to hold prospects hostage.

      Polanco will likely be up within the next few weeks, but it’s hard to tell when. You gotta hold onto him though if you own him

  5. Grant says:
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    So when is Trumbo do back, no news on any of the sites I know of I guess. Here is the real question, I like my OF/Utl, I have Crisp, K Davis, A Jones, Arcia, and Parra. I have Polanco waiting in my NA spot as well. Which 2 would you drop/try and trade away to make room, first for Polanco and then Trumbo. I think Parra would be first to go when Polanco comes up, since they are similar in HR/Steals ratio, but when Trumbo is back who do you axe? Davis, Arcia, Crisp. Crisp is good for steals, I have Segura and Kendrick, Jones, and Goldy for other sources of steals. Thanks

    • SethDaSportsMan

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      @Grant: They’ve been a little quiet on updates with Trumbo but I spotted some photos of him hitting in batting cage this weekend. If all goes well, they’re hoping he’s back by June 23rd-ish. I dont expect him to acclimate immediately — he had similar injury before and it took 6 months to recover — BUT, he needs to be added and you’re lucky he’s on the wire.

      Parra would be 1st guy to go, I agree. Trumbo qualifies at 1B too, so are there any infielders you’d consider dropping? If not, if you can trade Crisp, I’d like that move. He cant seem to stay healthy and is becoming mainly a source of runs and steals alone and wont come close to the 30-40 SB he’s usually drafted for.

  6. Mike says:
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    Oscar taveras or jay Bruce this week?

    Also at IF Brett lawrie , Juan Francisco or holt.

    Thanks!

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Mike: Bruce. I’m sitting Taveras till I see that he can take a walk.

      …I’d go with Holt. One of hottest hitters in baseball right now and looks Stephen Drew will miss some time with an oblique injury

  7. Five-On-One says:
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    Any Bryce Harper news? Between him and Myers, I have been trolling the waiver wire for OFs to use. Have used the likes of Dyson, Cain, BJ Upton, Arcia, KDavis and Taveras. Could be worse, but would prefer to have more reliable options.

    • SethDaSportsMan

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      @Five-On-One: Harper is still shooting for a July 1 return, but that’s just a goal. To paraphrase what he said this past weekend: “I could be back July 1, or could be back in two months”, reiterating he just wants to be 100 percent better before returning and is in no rush.

      You just gotta hang tight

  8. Jacks says:
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    How bout Beltran? He looks terrible so far and is complaining about pain and how it limits his preparation. I sat him this week, eacy to do cuz no games at home, and played Votto instead. I think Votto is up tomorrow or Weds. Not a guy they’ll leave at AAA unless he has a setback.

    • SethDaSportsMan

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      @Jacks: I agree about Votto, wont need more than a couple rehab games.

      Beltran is damaged goods. Hes hitting 7th in a bad lineup right now and that elbow issue isnt going away. May be close to droppable pretty soon if you’re in a shallower league

  9. Seth says:
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    Should I be worried w/ springers health this week? I just got a notification that he’s missing tonight with knee soreness, I just didn’t know if you’d leave him as starter or move to bench because of this?

    • SethDaSportsMan

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      @Seth: he said he “tweaked” it. Said he’d be okay for Tuesday

  10. Abdoozy says:
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    Matt Wieters. Worth a stash? Will he be back by the ASB?

    • SethDaSportsMan

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      @Abdoozy: he’s worth a stash if you have a DL spot but otherwise not. Has a scheduled appointment with Dr Andrews next week to determine why his elbow isn’t getting better. Could end up having surgery

  11. tony G says:
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    Would you trade Matt holiday & James shields for hanley ramirez?

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @tony G: yes

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