Fantasy Baseball 2013: Player News and Updates for 8/16
Fantasy Baseball Daily: Checking in on Chapman, Gomez's Injury and More
August 16, 2013
It’s Friday, and that’s always a good day when it comes to fantasy baseball. The weekend series around the MLB will be kicking into gear in the coming hours, so there will be plenty of activity to keep us busy. In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names out there. Here’s the latest.
Aroldis Chapman, RP, Cincinnati Reds: Chapman hit the magic number of 30 saves on the season last night, tallying another one against the Brewers. He allowed a hit, but was otherwise clean in the two-strikeout performance. It’s now been five innings since Chapman has allowed a run. He’s putting up numbers just like we all thought he would, and though he’s not at the top of the ranks like many projected he’ll still come away with another big fantasy season.
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Gordon Beckham, 2B, Chicago White Sox: You’ll want to make sure you’ve got Beckham out of your fantasy lineup this weekend. He’s dealing with a strained quad, suffered during last night’s game against Minnesota. He was 1-for-2 before coming out. Beckham is expected to miss a couple of days with the injury. We’ll keep an eye on things, as owners will want to get him back into the lineup ASAP. He’s hitting .310 through 239 at-bats.
Rafael Betancourt, RP, Colorado Rockies: In other injury news, Betancourt is set to return tomorrow, after his rehab assignment began successfully yesterday. He’s been out following an appendectomy and hasn’t seen a major league field since July 14. Betancourt’s return will muddy the waters in the Rockies’ bullpen, as Rex Brothers has done a fine job in his absence. We’ll keep an eye on things, but we’d imagine Betancourt will ease into the main role gradually.
Mark Buehrle, SP, Toronto Blue Jays: Buehrle was sharp once again during last night’s start against Boston. He went seven innings and allowed 10 hits but only one earned run. He’s now 2-0 with a combined four earned over his last pair of outings. Buehrle sits at 9-7 on the season, thanks to a 2.36 ERA in his last five starts. He’ll make his next appearance on Tuesday in New York against the Yankees.
Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee Brewers: This is a little concerning, but doesn’t sound like it will amount to a whole lot in the long run. Gomez collided with the wall as he made a catch during last night’s game against the Reds, injuring his knee in the process. The initial diagnosis was a sprain, and an exam after the game couldn’t detect any serious damage. That said, Gomez will undergo an MRI this morning to see exactly what he’s dealing with, so owners will want to keep a close watch on those results.
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