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Fantasy Baseball News: Player News and Updates for 9/9/13

Fantasy Baseball Daily: Checking in on Craig, Murphy and more

September 9, 2013

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With football kicking into high gear this weekend, it’s sometimes tough to concentrate on your fantasy baseball lineup. There’s plenty happening out there in the MLB, however, and lots of fantasy business to attend to. With that said, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy happenings from yesterday’s games and look forward to the early-week series getting started today. Here’s the latest.

Allen Craig, OF, St. Louis Cardinals: We’ve got a bit of an update on Craig this morning, but nothing concrete just yet. As of yesterday, he’s out of his walking boot, and he’s set to be reevaluated at some point in the next couple of days. Once that happens, we’ll get a better idea of where he’s at in the recovery of his sprained foot and we’ll be able to put a timetable on his return. Craig has been out since Wednesday; fantasy owners (and Cardinals fans, for that matter) would really like to see him back in the lineup. We’ll keep you posted.

Fantasy Baseball News: Player News and Updates for 9/9/13

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Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington Nationals: We’ve got some good news and some bad news on Strasburg this morning. The good news is that he was able to post a win over the Marlins yesterday, his first victory since August 11. The bad news is that he looked pretty bad while doing it. He lasted six innings and allowed four earned this time, and we’ve also got a possible reason for his sketchy play recently. Strasburg has reportedly been dealing with hamstring tighness over his last handful of starts. We’ll keep you posted on that. In the meantime, look forward to his home matchup against Philly on Friday.

Cole Hamels, SP, Philadelphia Phillies: Speaking of Philly, let’s take a look at Hamels. His only blemishes yesterday against the Braves were a pair of solo homers to Evan Gattis. He was otherwise great, lasting eight innings and fanning nine. That’s nine consecutive quality starts for Hamels, and even though his record still looks pretty ugly (7-13), he’s been throwing very well recently. He’ll face Gio in DC on Saturday.

Addison Reed, RP, Chicago White Sox: He made things interesting, but somehow Reed was able to pull out his 37th save of the year yesterday against Baltimore. He allowed two walks, a hit and a run in the ninth, but eventually retired the side. This one could have gotten ugly, as Reed was coming off a two-earned three-hit loss in Saturday’s game. The fact that he was able to pull things out is reassuring, however, and he should be fine heading into the home series against the Tigers this week.

Daniel Murphy, 2B, New York Mets: We don’t talk too much about Murphy in this space, but he deserves some mention this morning. He did his best to help the Mets earn a tough victory yesterday against Cleveland, posting a 2-for-2 line that included a trio of walks, a double and a single. Unfortunately, his teammates left him on base all five times. Murphy has had a steady, if unremarkable year (but that’s just fine at such a thin fantasy position). He’s hitting .284 on the season with 10 homers, 67 RBI, 82 runs and a pleasantly surprising 18 swipes.

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