Fantasy Baseball News: Player News and Updates for 9/13/13
Fantasy Baseball Daily: Checking in on Kemp, Wright and more
September 13, 2013
Yesterday was a pretty slow day around the MLB, but there’s still plenty to talk about when it comes to fantasy baseball. We’ve got a few injury and performance updates for you this morning, and they’re sure to have an effect on your league’s standings as we head toward the end of the season. Here’s the latest.
Matt Kemp, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers: Okay, we all know it’s been an ugly year for Kemp, not to mention his depressed fantasy owners. He’s only been able to tally 228 at-bats due to his injuries, and it feels like he’s had more setbacks than games played. There’s reason to be optimistic as we move toward the end of the year, however, as he’s had a pretty good week. Kemp is now able to run on a treadmill, and Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly believes he’ll be back by the end of the month. That’s little consolation for those out of their league’s top spots, but hey, it’s something.
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David Wright, 3B, New York Mets: Wright is another player whose supreme fantasy talent has gone to waste on the DL recently. He’s had some good news with his injured hamstring this week as well, however. Wright has begun running the bases, and if he doesn’t suffer any setbacks (cross your fingers), he may even be able to return to the team next week. That doesn’t leave him a whole lot of time to contribute to your lineup, but like with Kemp: hey, it’s something.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays: While we’re on the subject of potential injury returns, we’ve got a bit of an update on Encarnacion this morning as well. Today will be a big day for him, as he’s expected to test drive his healing wrist during batting practice today. If all goes well, he’ll remain on track for a possible return this weekend. Encarnacion was able to hit off a tee with no issues yesterday, so the hope remains strong that he’ll be available at some point during the Baltimore series. He’s been out since the 7th.
A.J. Griffin, SP, Oakland Athletics: Griffin tossed a nice game yesterday, and was able to snag his fourth win in a row against the Twins. He lasted seven innings, allowing one earned run on just two hits. He also fanned eight. That brings Griffin’s ERA to 3.81 on the season, and though he’s had some rocky patches during his recent starts, he keeps getting the Ws. His next appearance will be Tuesday at home against the Angels.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Miami Marlins: We’ve been keeping a close eye on Stanton recently, as he experiences something of a late-season surge. He was able to tally another hit yesterday during a 1-for-4 overall performance against the Braves, which means he’s now recorded at least one hit in six of his last seven games. During that span, Stanton has managed to post eight RBI and six runs. He’s had some stretches of poor production and injury this season, but it’s good to see him getting something back to the fantasy owners who drafted him as a big-producing third-rounder at the beginning of the year.
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