Fantasy Baseball 2014: Injury Update 4/8
Fantasy Baseball Injury Update: Middlebrooks, Teixeira and more
April 8, 2014
It’s only the second week of the MLB season, and our fantasy baseball players are already going down with injuries (or have been down all season so far). With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the injured guys out there and see if we can determine what’s in store for their immediate futures. Here’s the latest.
Bobby Parnell, RP, New York Mets: One of the big blows to the relief pitcher market so far this year has been Parnell’s elbow injury. He’d been going back and forth about whether or not he’d be getting Tommy John surgery, but earlier this week the team announced he’d be going under the knife. That procedure is scheduled for today.
With Parnell out, the Mets will have to rely on a 36-year-old Jose Valverde, at least for now. It remains to be seen what else they’ll do at RP, but we’d imagine the team will try to get a plan B together in the coming days.
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J.A. Happ, SP, Toronto Blue Jays: Any deeper-league owners holding onto Happ in the hope that he’ll get back into the rotation may have to look elsewhere. The good news is that he’s set for another rehab start on Thursday and seems to be pretty close to getting back to form after his back injury.
The bad news is that the Blue Jays’ pitching staff has thrown really well in Happ’s absence. Once he is healthy, there’s no guarantee he’ll get back into the rotation--he may end up as a middle-reliever. Plan accordingly; That is, look elsewhere.
Craig Gentry, OF, Oakland Athletics: Gentry hasn’t seen any action yet due to a back injury, but that could be changing very soon. He started off his rehab assignment yesterday with a bang, knocking in four RBI, and will play another one or two games before rejoining the A’s.
Gentry is expected to be back with Oakland at some point during the Seattle series. That one begins on Friday, so he could be back in action as early as then. He finished 2013 on at tear and will be looking to get back to that when he returns.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, New York Yankees: The year has been pretty rocky for the Yankees thus far, and the Teixeira situation certainly hasn’t helped matters. He’s dealing with a Grade 1 strain in his right hamstring, and was placed on the disabled list over the weekend.
Teixeira could return by the end of this month if all goes well. In the meantime, Kelly Johnson will be continuing with his first-baseman duties. He’s not exactly a red-hot fantasy name, but at least 1B is reasonably deep compared to some of the other positions.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, Boston Red Sox: The prognosis on Middlebrooks isn’t so good. There’s technically no timetable for his return, as he’s dealing with a pesky Grade 1 strain in his calf. If there’s good news here, it’s that he’s reportedly feeling better than he was, but no one is expecting him to be ready by the first date he’s eligible to return (April 20).
Optimistically, Middlebrooks owners are going to be without him for at least a couple weeks, so plan accordingly.
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