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It wouldn’t truly be baseball without a plethora of injuries to grace your fantasy teams’ rosters, now would it?

As I predicted last week, Prince Fielder is set to undergo surgery, but he isn’t the only player lost for an extended period of time.  Here are some of the fallen from Week 8 and perhaps some players who could actually be returning (yes, believe it or not, they still practice modern medicine in MLB clubhouses!)

Nolan Arenado, Rockies: Bah!  Arenado’s injury came at a bad time for the Rockies and his fantasy owners.  The 23-year-old was in the midst of a fantastic season, hitting .305 with six homers and 28 ribbies.  He suffered a mallet finger injury while attempting a head-first slide on Friday and will be out at least a month.  The timetable to return depends on whether the team feels he needs surgery.  If he does in fact require it, his stay on the DL could last up to two months.  It’s definitely an injury that debilitates a hitter’s power stroke.  I mean, this is what a mallet finger looks like.  You’re not hitting 420-foot (*Colorado weed reference alert*) homers with that grotesque deformation, unless you’re this guy.  To put the possible ramifications of his injury in perspective, the Giants’ Marco Scutaro had the same injury last year — and played through it.  Scutaro is hardly the hitter Arenado is, and is definitely not a power hitter, but after he malleted (?) his finger, he batted just .266 with eight extra-base hits in 256 at-bats the rest of the way.  Prior to the injury, he hit .332 with 2 HR, 2 triples and 16 doubles.  In the meantime, perennial disappointment Josh Rutledge should garner a fair share of playing time, but he’s not really a great add in anything but NL-only leagues.

Shane Victorino, Red Sox: The Flyin Hawaiian’?  More like a bunch of Spam on your fantasy rosters.  Piece of info, whether it’s spam or Spam, they both suck (that Nigerian prince still hasn’t paid me back yet!).  So does owning Victorino.  He aggravated the same hamstring injury that kept him out for the beginning of the season, and at 33 years old, his career as an everyday player seems to be fading.  He just can’t stay on the field.  He was put on the DL and should require longer than the minimum.  When he was playing, he wasn’t doing much either, slashing an abysmal .242/.276/.352 with just one homer and 10 runs scored.  There are too many hot hitters still sitting on waiver wires to waste your time with this guy.  He’s cuttable in most formats.  Aloha!

Colby Rasmus, Blue Jays: Another hammy injury to sideline a hitter.  Rasmus was on fire prior to hitting the DL and was supposed to do the minimum stay, but with doctors saying he’s not yet fully healed, owners may have to wait a little bit longer for his return.  Tread with caution here, as not only is Rasmus a streaky player who can make or break a week for you, but he also missed 39 of the Jays’ final 46 games last year with the same injury.  In the meantime, he and his wife can keep wearing highly descriptive hats detailing their sex life.

Ben Zobrist, Rays: Zobrist (dislocated finger) hopes to return from the DL in the minimum time, which would allow him to be activated for next weekend’s series vs. the Red Sox.  Even with his slow start (.260, 3 HR, 9 RBI), he’ll help the Rays a lot — they are 23rd in runs scored in May.

Matt Wieters, Orioles: Will he have surgery or won’t he?  We will get a definitive answer on July 1, which is the team’s self-imposed deadline.  Someone give the Orioles’ team secretary a raise!  Meanwhile, he’ll see if some platelet rich plasma injections can help heal his gimpy elbow.  Who cares anyway, they traded for Nick Hundley!  Wieters is worth stashing on your DL if you can afford it, especially knowing you’ll only have to use the spot up for five weeks at the max.

Josh Hamilton, Angels: This is what happens when you try to rush recoveries.  HamBone re-injured his surgically-repaired finger and was forced to sit out two rehab starts this weekend.  Bad news.  He had initially been aiming for activation on Monday, but that’s not gonna happen.  Hopefully he’s just dealing with some swelling, but this is something that could restart the whole process.  Keep stashing him and pray to the Disney gods that he doesn’t get Hook’d.

 

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  1. Splendid Sphincter says:
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    Thoughts on Beltran moving forward?

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Splendid Sphincter: his dry swing workout checked out okay but he’s still a risky proposition. Depends how badly you need hitting, but he’s worth a roster spot/stash if you got space

      • Splendid Sphincter says:
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        @SethDaSportsMan: ya I’ve got Ryan Zimmerman and Beltran, as well as Gio Gonzalez on the DL and only two DL spots. Going to hold for now I guess.

  2. Carl Spackler says:
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    What do we make of Kipnis’ oblique? He’s set to come of the DL this week, and I was offered McCutchen/Kipnis for my Miguel Cabrera… I need the 2B help, but do I deal Miggy?

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Carl Spackler: obliques are always a tough injury due to how easily they are aggravated and I’m always preaching caution, but that’s a great deal for you if it’s helping a need at MI. Miggy for Cutch straight up is a “fair” deal so adding Kipnis is only gravy

  3. mike iwakuma says:
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    I also received an offer to obtain kipnis. He offered his kipnis for my smardjiza. I instant accepted. Am I right?

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @mike iwakuma: yes, I’m doing that in a heart beat, especially if your league counts wins as a stat

      • mike iwakuma says:
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        @SethDaSportsMan: yep its counted! Ya a little reminiscint of cliff lee a couple yrs ago. Wins do count. I felt like it was a no brainer. No way smardjiza pitches this way all season.

        • SethDaSportsMan

          SethDaSportsMan says:
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          @mike iwakuma: no, definitely not and his Ks are WAY down, which further limits his upside. Kipnis was a top 3 2B last year

  4. Nick says:
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    I have Polanco and Tavares both stashed, is it time to grab Singleton as well? Or hold off for now? Thanks

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Nick: I like Singleton and all, but that may be too many unknowns to throw onto one team. No guarantee any of those guys pan out. How deep is this league?

      • Nick says:
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        @SethDaSportsMan: 12-team, standard Yahoo league. I think I’ll hold off on Singleton for now.

        • SethDaSportsMan

          SethDaSportsMan says:
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          @Nick: I think that’s the right move

  5. Eric R. says:
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    Having lost arenado for a while, would you recommend I trade someone like Gerrit Cole (probably my 4th best SP) for someone like bogaerts or Alvarez? Or should I just stick with a waiver wire guy like Chisenhall or Juan Francisco?

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Eric R.: I don’t mind moving Cole for Alvarez there although I think Chisenhall is a nice add in the meantime if you can’t get that deal done

  6. KCC26 says:
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    which side?

    blackmon/keuchel or pagan/hamels?

    thanks!

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @KCC26: Pagan/Hamels

  7. Charles says:
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    Arenado injured, but I also have Harper and Abreu on the DL already. Only 1 DL slot. Grabbed Chisenhall to play 3B. 12-team, h2h lead. Is it worth it to wait on Arenado? Maybe if it’s a 1-mth injury, but not a 2-mth injury? Your thoughts?

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Charles: depends on how deep your benches are and where u are in standings, but in most cases I’d hold onto him. Abreu set to return next Monday so that should be a boost

      • Charles says:
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        @SethDaSportsMan: 5 bench spots for both hitters and pitchers. I’m currently in 3rd. I had Fielder too. Just getting tired of dumping injured hitters.

  8. Steeve says:
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    Now, Valverde out: Mejia a must-own and hold job rest of year?

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Steeve: must-own, should hold job as long as he doesn’t implode crazy style or get hurt

  9. Carter says:
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    Arenado out is tough, but seager, chisenhall, dominguez, and mcgehee are available.

    Is Seager the add?

  10. Goose! says:
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    I get Allen Craig and Charlie Blackmon

    I give Anibal Sanchez and Leonys Martin.

    12 team keeper 6×6 head to head league (category wins) with OBP and SLG as categories.

    My SB numbers are fine (I would still have Bonifacio, Ellsbury, and a few guys with 4,5 and 6 too) but my RBI and RBI are low and my OBP and SLG are worst in the league. My pitching is pretty mediocre but I at least have depth there (Garrett Richards, Chris Sale, Dallas Keuchel, Doug Fister, Trevor Bauer, just picked up Hughes for the 2 starts, and a Homer Bailey that I kinda want to dump).

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Goose!: without looking at the rest of your hitters, based on your needs, I like that deal. I like Sanchez, but hes not gonna make or break your staff. Martin is getting severely hosed by hitting at the bottom of that order.

  11. Matt P says:
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    Any love for Arcia getting called back up? Before injury I kept hearing 20 HR season from this kid. Would you drop Byrd for him in a dynasty league?

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Matt P: The power is legit with Arcia and if you’re considering keeping him, sure, but otherwise rather have Byrd.

  12. 740 says:
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    Sup Seth, 10team roto 5×5. Cingrani, Archer, Cain, Latos, Gonzalez, Cashner, Hughes…Who would u rather have ROS?

    Thanks!

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @740: Gio

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