The Fantasy baseball regular season is winding down to a close, but as always, the injuries never do. Last week fantasy owners were fooled by Paul Konerko’s knee injury and Melky Cabrera’s supposed ankle injury. They both went on to have productive weeks in week 19 and should be strong going forward. Take a look at this week’s round of injury updates for week 20 of the fantasy baseball regular season.
3B, Adrian Beltre/Texas Rangers: Beltre has been out for the past three weeks with a strained hamstring. He was supposed to be back sooner, but re-aggravated his injury during the rehab process. He did however, take the road trip with his team over the weekend, but did not play. He could be just one or two more weeks away from a return, so daily and weekly fantasy baseball leaguers, look elsewhere for third base help.
1B, Paul Konerko/Chicago White Sox: Regardless of PK’s supposed knee injury that resulted from him getting hit by a pitch last week, he seems to be hitting the ball just fine out of the DH spot, so Ozzie Guillen continues to keep him in the lineup even though he can’t run that well. Konerko is a tough soldier and has played hurt before. Last year he was hit in the face by a pitch and didn’t even leave the game. He got up, wiped the blood off with the training staff and jogged over to first base. Keep Konerko in your lineups and you can still expect him to produce as he did this past week.
2B, Brandon Phillips/Cincinnati Reds: Brandon Phillips had missed four starts last week after being hit in the elbow by a pitch on August 9th. He returned however, on Sunday and should be a safe bet going forward. Phillips is having another productive year in 2011 hitting .285/11/63. Consider those missed four starts just a minor bump in the road and continue to play him in your fantasy lineups with confidence.
2B, Rickie Weeks/Milwaukee Brewers: Rickie Weeks took ground balls Sunday for the first time since being hurt back in late July. The coaching staff was surprised at the progress he had made. Weeks is hopeful that he will return in about three more weeks.
OF, Rajai Davis/Toronto Blue Jays: Davis hit the 15-day DL on Sunday and has been diagnosed with a torn left hamstring. He sat out during Sunday’s game but came on in the 8th as a pinch-hitter and hurt himself while reaching first base on a ground ball. It is unknown how long Davis will be out, but one thing’s for sure, he won’t be playing at least the next two weeks.