By mrcane and nichols33
Do you have a draft this weekend? Don’t be the one to call out a guy that is out for the year or waste an early round pick on a pitcher that won’t pitch until June. Here is a rundown of the major injuries to impact fantasy baseball players heading into the 2009 season:
Joe Mauer – Kidney – Status: Late March
mrcane: Kidney, back, not really sure but the situation should be monitored closely.
nichols33: Watch this situation closely. The way the Twins are handling this makes me think that this is more serious they we may all know. I’ve already moved Mauer to 4th on my list behind McCann, Martin and Soto.
Jesus Flores – Elbow – Status: Mid March
mrcane: Should be ok to go. Flores is an option for larger mixed leagues.
Chase Utley – Hip – Status: Day to day
mrcane: Has been playing, a top 10 pick in my book.
nichols33: Hope that he slides in your draft due to injury concerns, he is money.
Dustin Pedroia – Oblique – Status: Late March
mrcane: Closely monitor the MVP’s progress, this can be a lingering issue.
nichols33: I already expected a bit of a letdown season for Pedroia and this just could be the start. Still a top 4 second baseman.
Hanley Ramirez – Shoulder – Status: Day to day
mrcane: No worries, the number one pick in fantasy.
nichols33: #1 in my book
Julio Lugo – Knee – Status: Mid April
mrcane: Could permanently lose his job because of the surgery, waiver wire.
nichols33: shouldn’t be drafted unless it’s a Redsox only league
Alex Rodriguez – Hip – Status: Early May at best
nichols33: ARod is already off his crutches and says he’s rehab is going great. If ARod is back sometime in early May, he is still a Top 4 3B. Only take Wright, Longoria and Ramirez over him.
Chipper Jones – Strained Oblique – Status: Day to day
mrcane: Same old story with Chipper, goes too early, draft at your own risk.
nichols33: Chipper will drive you nuts if you own him. He’ll miss games here and there. If you are in a daily line-up change league, you have to be on top of things everyday to ensure you play him when he plays and sit him when he sits. He is still probably the 5th best 3B.
Garret Atkins – Hip – Status: Day to day
mrcane: Atkins should be okay.
nichols33: Overrated clap clap clap clap clap. Overrated. Stewart has that job by the end of the year. Atkins is either at 1B or traded.
Troy Glaus – Shoulder – Status: Mid April
mrcane: Same old story with Glaus, constantly dinged up. Nothing unusual.
nichols33: not a bad late flyer. Stash him on your bench until he’s back then enjoy the dingers.
Ryan Braun – Ribcage – Status: Day to Day
nichols33: Braun is staying with team USA who are fighting to make the semis of the WBC. The fact that he is staying with the team rather than going back to Brewer camp leads me to believe this is not serious at all. Braun is a top 10 pick in all leagues.
Manny Ramirez – Hamstring – Status: Late March
mrcane: We know how Manny injuries can linger, should not effect his draft status.
nichols33: Is this just the start of Manny being Manny? Agree with mrcane, still draft him in the 2nd/3rd round.
BJ Upton – Shoulder – Status: Early April
mrcane: Should only miss the first week, no concerns here.
nichols33: Be prepared in the early season with a good replacement.
Vlad Guerrero – Knee – Status: Mid March
nichols33: Vlad is having a tough spring. He’s aged one complete year, he’s had to shut it down for injury and he is a soon-to-be free agent in a horrible market for players. Slide Vlad down a few spots on your list but don’t get too carried away. When he plays…he hits.
Vernon Wells – Hamstring – Status: Late March
mrcane: The often injured centerfielder should be monitored.
nichols33: when he played last season, he hit. Just needs to stay on the field.
Garret Anderson – Calf – Status: Late March
mrcane: Should be a very minor injury.
nichols33: Should not be drafted unless you are in the deepest of NL only leagues. Platoon player along with Matt Diaz.
Eric Byrnes – Hamstring – Status: Day to day
mrcane: If Byrnes doesn’t have his legs then he has nothing. Monitor progress.
nichols33: 4th OF in Arizona. Only useful in NL only leagues as a stash away and hope for injury guy.
Hank Blalock – Quad – Status: Day to day
mrcane: Blalock has been designated to AL only leagues. He won’t play a full season.
nichols33: Is getting drafting in every draft I’ve seen. Not a bad late round flyer but certainly don’t count on anything. Played well when he came back from injury the last few weeks of the season.
Johan Santana – Elbow – Status: Day to day
nichols33: It appears as though Santana is set to pitch on opening day (April 6th). The nightmare appears over for Mets fans and Johan owners. Johan should be one of the top three pitchers off the board along with Lincecum & Sabathia.
Cole Hamels – Elbow – Status: Day to day
mrcane: Went back to Philly for testing. Proved to be inflammation in his left elbow. No structural damage.
nichols33: Warning, warning, warning!! Even though this checks out OK, Cole will most likely be on the DL at some point this year. His increase in innings over ’07 and the fact that he pitched deep into the fall are red flags. Still a top 10 pitcher, just don’t be shocked to see him go down.
Ervin Santana – Elbow – Status: Mid April
mrcane: Not a good sign, draft a healthy arm and let someone else worry about Santana.
Erik Bedard – Glute – Status: Day to day
mrcane: I’m sticking by Bedard as a steal, don’t overpay, word is he’ll be ok.
nichols33: Seems to going right where I’d expect him to go in most drafts. Not a bad risk/reward guy as your #3 or #4. I’d prefer he my #4.
Max Scherzer – Shoulder – Status: Mid April
mrcane: Very concerning, monitor closely, don’t waste a valuable pick.
Brandon Morrow – Forearm – Status: Late March
mrcane: Forearms never go away and many times lead to the elbow. Be careful.
Randy Johnson – Bicep – Status: Day to Day
nichols33: Johnson’s Tuesday start is being skipped. Giants are saying this is just precautionary and no biggie. I like Johnson this year and if he can stay on the field he could be a very good 4. I appear to not be alone in that opinion as Johnson goes in most drafts earlier than expected.
Shawn Marcum – Elbow – Status: Out for Season
mrcane: No fantasy value
nichols33: I’ve seen this guy drafted twice now…….Don’t be that guy/girl
Jeff Francis – Shoulder – Status: Out for Season
mrcane: No fantasy value
Tim Hudson – Elbow – Status: Out until August
mrcane: No fantasy value
Ben Sheets – Elbow – Status: early June (free agent)
mrcane: Could be useful in larger AL only leagues.
Kelvin Escobar – Shoulder/calf – Status: Mid-May
mrcane: Monitor progress, useful in larger mixed leagues.
John Smoltz – Shoulder – Status: Mid May
mrcane: Mid may seems optimistic, AL only leagues.
Dustin McGowan – Shoulder – Status: Early May
mrcane: Shoulder injuries are difficult to come back from, don’t expect much from Dustin.
Justin Duchscherer – Elbow – Status: Mid April
mrcane: Stay clear of Duchscherer on draft day, the news keeps getting worse.
Jason Schmidt – Shoulder – Status: Start on 15 day DL
mrcane: No value in any format.
Tom Glavine – Elbow/Shoulder – Status: Mid April
mrcane: Has little value when healthy except for larger NL only leagues.
Rich Hill – Elbow – Status: Late March
mrcane: Avoid in all formats.
Jeremy Bonderman – Shoulder – Status: Late March
mrcane: Bonderman should only be drafted in large AL only leagues.
Brad Penny – Shoulder – Status: Late March
mrcane: After being injured all of most of last year, monitor his progress.
Mariano Rivera – Shoulder – Status: Day to day
mrcane: Word is that Rivera will just fine. I’m a fan.
Matt Lindstrom – strained rotator cuff – Status: Shut down for 7 – 10 days
nichols33: Bad news for a possible sleeper for saves. Lindstrom, if healthy, will be the Marlins closer, but rotator cuff soreness for a power pitcher is never a good sign. Leo Nunez will be the closer until Lindstrom gets back. Only take Lindstrom after the other 20 or so closers that are guaranteed to have the job are off the board.
Joey Devine – Elbow – Status: Late March
mrcane: Should be closer with injury history should be ok.
Billy Wagner – Elbow – Status: out for the season
mrcane: No fantasy value
Chad Cordero – Shoulder – Status: Mid April
mrcane: My vote as the closer by the end of April, check the waiver wire.
Joel Zumaya – Shoulder, neck – Status: Mid April
mrcane: Lyons has the job and Zumaya is never healthy, avoid Zumaya.