Fantasy Baseball 2013 Player News and Updates for 8/10/13
Fantasy Baseball Daily: Checking in on Gonzalez, Vogelsong and more
August 10, 2013
We’ve finally reached the weekend, and that means it’s time for a healthy dose of big series around the MLB. The extra action will translate into plenty of fantasy business, so with that in mind let’s check in on some of the major players out there who are making headlines today. Here’s the latest.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado Rockies: We’ve got some fresh news on Gonzalez this morning, and it’s of the positive variety. He reportedly won’t need surgery for his injured finger, as there’s no structural damage there. He’s been on the DL since Wednesday.
That’s good news for Gonzalez owners, but we’ll still have to wait a little while to see how long he’ll be out. As of right now, there’s no target date for his comeback.
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Ryan Vogelsong, SP, San Francisco Giants: It’s been a while since we’ve been able to talk about Vogelsong; he’s been out since May 20 with a hand injury, but came back with his start against Baltimore yesterday. He didn’t fare too badly, going six innings and allowing two earned on six hits to tally a no-decision. Vogelsong will get another thorough test in his next start, which is set for Thursday in DC.
Francisco Liriano, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates: Liriano had an ugly outing yesterday against the Rockies, and that’s something we haven’t been able to say very often this season. He went just 2 1/3 innings, accounting for 12 hits and a whopping 10 earned runs. It was his worst start of the season, obviously, and snapped his three-game win streak.
We’ll call this a hiccup for Liriano, as he’s been dominant otherwise this season. He’s still got a 12-5 record and will toss again Thursday in St. Louis.
Mariano Rivera, RP, New York Yankees: Last night, something happened in New York that you don’t see too often. Rivera blew his second consecutive save, allowing two earned on three hits (one a game-tying two-run homer). He’s now allowed five earned runs on 10 hits in his last 10 appearances.
Even with the rough seas lately, Rivera is still the best closer of all time, and near the top of the pecking order this season. He’ll be back to his old self soon. Don’t lose faith.
Josh Reddick, OF, Oakland Athletics: If you left Reddick on your fantasy bench due to his 0-for-20 slump, try not to beat yourself up too much this morning. No one could have known he’d bust out with three homers and five RBI against the Blue Jays last night. (He’s the first A’s hitter to do that since 2004.)
The homers were Reddick’s first hits since July 29, and as a result he’s still got plenty of work to do on that ugly .210 season average. We’ll see if he can keep it going this weekend.
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