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2014 Fantasy Baseball: The Fix DL Report – Week Eleven

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Welcome to the eleventh week of the Fix DL Report. Each week I (@Rich_Migs) will cover significant fantasy baseball injuries. As the season continues, the report will address some of the most recent injuries and their fantasy implications.

OUT FOR THE SEASON: Patrick Corbin, Brandon Beachy, Kris Medlen, Jarrod Parker, Cory Luebke, Bruce Rondon, Bobby Parnell, Jameson Taillon, Avisail Garcia, Matt Moore, Maicer Izturis, Ivan Nova, A.J. Griffin, Jose Fernandez, Martin Perez, Prince Fielder, Chris Withrow

PLAYERS TO WATCH (Not on DL/DL Updates): Francisco Liriano (Oblique), Stephen Drew (Oblique), Wilson Ramos (Hamstring), George Springer (Knee), Henderson Alvarez (Hip), Aaron Hicks (Shoulder), Justin Smoak (Quad)

  • It sounds like Liriano may need a DL stint. Drew is also dealing with an oblique problem and may see some time there as well.
  • Wilson Ramos has more health issues and bad luck, this time a tight hammy. We shall wait and see what happens there.
  • Springer has missed a few games with a knee issue. He hasn’t attempted to steal many bases and I can’t imagine this will make him suddenly turn on the jets. So, from a fantasy standpoint, not great news.

The Colorado Rockies have been the latest victim of the injury bug, infecting several key players, including their promising prospect Eddie Butler. The Texas Rangers continue to fill up the DL report and the Pittsburgh Pirates lost their young hurler Gerrit Cole. Things could be going better for these clubs, but let’s face it, just about every team, including your fantasy ones, are getting blown up and slapped in the face.

Here is week ten’s DL report. I will be doing my best to avoid too much repetition each week, so be sure to refer back to the past DL reports to keep track of all the injuries. Let’s take a look at some of the key fantasy players on the disabled list entering the week.

Week Eleven:  

Pitchers

Injury

Expected Return

Fantasy Implications

Gerrit Cole (SP)

Shoulder

 Mid-to-Late June

More slaps. There is some hope Cole returns sooner rather than later, but we’ll see how his shoulder responds.

Eddie Butler (SP)

Rotator Cuff

Late June/Early July

Unfortunate. Butler is shut down from throwing and the Rockies may want to be cautious here.

Jordan Lyles (SP)

Hand

Unknown

Lyles is a righty who broke his left hand, so there is some hope that he won’t be out for too long. An end of the June scenario seems possible.

Tyler Skaggs (SP)

Hamstring

Late June

Not considered a serious hamstring injury, Skaggs could be back in two to three weeks. Maybe the time off will allow him to get back on track.

Alexi Ogando (RP)

Elbow

Late July/Early August

Although he is avoiding surgery (so far), it sounds like Ogando’s elbow is a mess.

Mike Pelfrey (SP)

Elbow

August-Out for Season

Pelfrey had to go under the knife to manage a problem with his ulnar nerve. He will likely miss the season, but there is some hope that he can come back in August or September. Considering his eight ERA, I hope you don’t have to wait.

Miguel Gonzalez (SP)

Oblique

 Mid-June/Late June

Gonzalez appears to be making progress and may return soon for the Orioles.

Others on the DL: Boone Logan (elbow), Tyler Thornburg (elbow), Mike Adams (shoulder)

Hitters

Injury

Expected Return

Fantasy Implications

Carlos Gonzalez (OF)

Finger

Early July

Gonzalez has run into some bad luck (a potential tumor in his finger) and it sounds like he could miss about a month. He has had some dings and dents throughout the season, so maybe the time off could actually help and get him going to that top-tier fantasy level. Optimism.

Michael Cuddyer (OF)

Shoulder

Late July/Early August

Maybe you were excited to see Cuddyer potentially gain third base eligibility. Unfortantely, the experiment didn’t last long as he injured his shoulder on a diving play, resulting in a fracture. Despite some missed time, Cuddyer was having another nice season. A shame.

Josh Reddick (OF)

Knee

Late June/Early July

Reddick has had trouble regaining the fantasy relevancy he saw in 2012. His roster spot is only for very deep leagues and AL-only rosters.

Neil Walker (2B)

Appendix

Early July

The expected return date is merely a guess based on some other ball players who underwent appendectomies. He was having a very solid season, so hopefully this won’t derail it too much.

Mitch Moreland (1B)

Ankle

To be Determined

The Rangers can’t catch a break. Moreland is going to need surgery and he may end up missing the rest of the season. For those of you that need to own him, wait-and-see is the only option right now.

Jedd Gyorko (2B)

Foot

Unknown

Welp. I blew this one. I had Gyorko as my number four rated second baseman. But because of his draft price, I had zero shares. Sometimes you just want to slap your crushes (well, not really, but work with me here).

Others on the DL: Eric Chavez (knee), Cliff Pennington (thumb)

 

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3 Comments

  1. david
    June 11, 2014 at 9:47 am — Reply

    I am in a 5×5 league with 10 owners. My options to replace Mitch Moreland are K. Morales, L. Chisenhall or Jon Singleton. Who do you recommend? I need power, runs scored and batting average – that order Thanks.

    • June 16, 2014 at 9:43 pm — Reply

      Sorry for the late response. You can always try to reach me on Twitter @Rich_Migs. I get to questions a little quicker on there.

      As for the answer, Singleton has the best power, but will likely drag your other categories down. Chisenhall isn’t this good (overall numbers) and has cooled down of late, but he has double digit HR power and may hurt you less than Singleton this season. Morales is the best hitter of the three, but may also have the least power. Personally, I would go Morales. His power shouldn’t be soooo far off from Chisenhall’s and Singleton will likely sink your average and such.

      • June 16, 2014 at 9:44 pm — Reply

        Also, Morales’s last two seasons saw him hit over 20, so that’s another reason to give him a look.

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