Jair Jurrjens went for an MRI the other day. Results came back negative, which is oddly enough a positive. That’s nice. I wouldn’t go near him with your fantasy baseball team. I don’t wish ill on anyone, except for Jamie Kennedy. If you want risk, leave the mayo out in the sun for three hours. If you want to win your fantasy baseball league, don’t go drafting a guy who’s already getting MRIs. The list of players who have had arm problems in February and have gone on to have solid seasons is one: Luke Appling, but he was a total hypochondriac and probably didn’t have any arm problems to begin with. I’ve dropped Jar-Jar out of my top 40 starters for 2010 fantasy baseball and took 40 innings away from his projections. Anyway, here’s some more goings-on for fantasy baseball:
Johnny Damon – My guess is the Tigers will get their Damon. I’ve already ranked Damon in my top 300 for 2010 fantasy baseball and really don’t think his value changes wherever he signs, assuming it’s not back at The Stadium Next Door To The House That Ruth Built. Raburn’s value will be hurt if Damon goes to Motown, which is a shame because Raburn had some intriguing upside. Oh, well, so sad.
Austin Jackson – Looks set to leadoff. This is good for his value, but, to keep your hopes in check, I point you in the direction of Jordan Schafer’s April last year.
Koji Uehara – Headed to the bullpen. This will give him more time to make his delicious Korean tacos.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia – May not be ready for the start of the season. Somewhere the guy who had to sew the letters on the back of Salty’s jersey shakes his fist at the sky.
Wade Davis – Rays are reporting that Davis will be able to throw 200 innings in the majors this year. This comes the same week Verducci shook his skull cane at him. I think Davis will land somewhere in the middle like Monie and Malcolm. I’m leaving him and his projections alone for now. Definitely still someone to look at late, but you don’t want to go friending only AL East pitchers anyway.
Ted Lilly – Having an MRI for his knee. This is in addition to the shoulder surgery he’s recovering from. Sounds awesome. Maybe he can get mono from Casey Kotchman next. I’d stash Lilly on a DL if he were around at the end of a draft, but don’t go crazy with yourself.
Josh Hamilton – Three root canals in the last three days. Sounds like someone likes the nitrous oxide a little too much.
Kelvim Escobar – Unable to grip a baseball with his right hand. That never stopped Jim Abbott.