Fantasy Baseball 2014: Injury Update 4/15
Fantasy Baseball Injury Update: Pedroia, Teixeira and more
April 15, 2014
The MLB season is still young, but we’re already seeing some significant injuries to lots of fantasy baseball stars out there. Before we get those lineups set for today, let’s take a look at some of the significant injury situations happening right now and try to determine what type of effect they’ll have on your fantasy lineup.
Alex Cobb, SP, Tampa Bay Rays: We haven’t gotten to see much out of Cobb just yet, and we’ll have to wait for quite a while before we see anything else. He was placed on the DL early this week, with a 4-6 week recovery timeline due to his strained left oblique.
This leaves the Rays rotation in quite a pickle, and fantasy owners are in a tough spot as well. Cobb’s replacement is Erik Bedard, who isn’t the most spectacular option out there but should snag his fair share of strikeouts. Look for a return from Cobb in mid-May as a best-case scenario.
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Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas Rangers: Here’s another one we haven’t touched on just yet. Beltre was also a DL casualty early this week, as he’s been put on the shelf due to his strained left quad.
The good news here is that it’s a Grade 1 strain--which is the most minor case. The DL move is more of a precautionary measure than anything, as the Rangers don’t want to risk further damaging their star third baseman. As far as replacement prospects in fantasy, you can look toward the likes of Trevor Plouffe, Kelly Johnson, Anthony Rendon or Marcus Semien.
A.J. Ellis, C, Los Angeles Dodgers: Ellis is around a week or so off his surgery to repair the medial meniscus in his knee, but he’s already been up and around playing catch and taking swings. That’s a good sign, but realistically we won’t see him until next month. (His initial timeline right off his surgery was 4-6 weeks.)
In Ellis’ absence, there are a few backstops you can check out if you’re in the market. They include Devin Mesoraco (CIN), Russell Martin (PIT), A.J. Pierzynski (BOS) or Matt Wieters (BAL).
Mark Teixeira, 1B, New York Yankees: Say what you will about the inconvenience of Teixeira’s injury--at least it’s going to be a relatively short absence. He’s made some great strides since first hitting the DL with a strained hamstring, and by all accounts he should be able to rejoin the lineup on his first day of eligibility.
That would put Teixeira back in on the field this Sunday against the Rays, so fantasy owners should be able to see a light at the end of this tunnel. In the meantime, check out Adam LaRoche, Kelly Johnson, Michael Morse or even Mark Reynolds.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston Red Sox: The biggest injury news of yesterday concerned Pedroia, and it was certainly good. His sore wrist that’s been plaguing him since this weekend turned out to simply be a case of inflammation, which should have plenty of fantasy owners breathing easily today.
Pedroia will be back with the Red Sox today, but it’s not known just yet whether or not he’ll take the field. Owners will have to keep an eye on the lineup cards to see how he’s doing.
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