Zack Greinke fractured his rib while playing basketball. Word is he jumped from the free throw line and tried to dunk over the Brewers’ 2011 expectations. Prince Fielder would’ve missed the shot before looking bad. Since we just drafted Gallardo, I’m glad he doesn’t play hoops with Yovani. Greinke will miss 3 starts, so take him from 220 IP to 200 IP or the equivalent of 3 rounds, or $20 to $16 in 12 team mixed leagues. (BTW, Point Shares for AL-Only and NL-Only have been added.) In my top 20 starters for 2011 fantasy baseball post, I was already pretty realistic (read: not crazy optimistic) with Greinke so I’m not changing my projections or ranking. I.e., I do what I do, you do what you do and together we do what we do. Anyway, here’s some more news for fantasy baseball:
Corey Hart – Was already avoiding him in all leagues this year and now he has a sharp pain by his strained oblique. I wouldn’t touch him with your team. Hart’s hoping his trip to the doctor can figure out what ails him. Never surrender, Corey Hart!
Ryan Zimmerman – Strained his abdominal muscle when he heard someone call out his name during a game of Jew or Not a Jew. He should be fine, but this is a reminder that as great as Zimmerman is he still always seems to have nagging injuries.
Brandon Webb – Won’t be ready for Opening Day. In other news, water is wet.
Joel Zumaya – Will miss Opening Day. Water still wet.
Derrek Lee – Will have an MRI on his wrist today. This is an update for all of those fantasy baseballers (<–my mom’s term!) who think they’re outsmarting everyone by taking Lee very late and thinking they’re going to get a 2010 Konerko out of him. Modify Derrek with past-his-primely.
Carlos Beltran – Now having problems with his non-surgically repaired knee. Somewhere, Kauffman Stadium is saying, “Hey, I switched to natural grass in 1994 so stop looking at me!” You really don’t want to get pot-committed to this schmohawk. No matter the price, you’re going to regret it.
Justin Morneau – Returned from his head knocking… Where did I put my caps? Oh, here they are… FINALLY! He knocked in three with a double and I’d draft him with confidence. It’s not like he broke his wrist. Other players (minus Jason LaRue) have returned just fine from a concussion. Because Rudy and I have already drafted Morneau in two leagues for around $20, you’ll have to pardon me while I bask in my discounted Morneau. BTW, someone from one of our leagues tried to tell us a trade of Morneau for Ubaldo was “simple silly” and instead offered us Ackley, Ubaldo and Pineda for Holliday, Stanton, Danks and League. Apparently, he’s an alpha trader.