With a little bit less than one month left in the Major League Baseball season, many fantasy baseball leagues are still being decided. With Major League and fantasy baseball teams entrenched in ‘pennant’ races, it is vital to stay up to date on all the latest player news and information. Fantasy Baseball Sportal will continue to provide you with the most current news and information all things fantasy baseball.
Johan Santana, SP, New York Mets
Santana, one of the most dominating starting pitcher’s of the last decade is currently awaiting a second opinion on his left shoulder from Dr. James Andrews. Andrews is expected to review recent MRI results conducted by Mets doctors last Thursday. The initial diagnosis was a torn anterior capsule and if Andrews confirms those results Santana is expected to undergo shoulder surgery as soon as possible. Santana, the Mets ace, is a huge question mark headed into next season and beyond and its expected the Mets are going to go hard after the top SP’s in the free agent market with Cliff Lee being at the top of their wish list.
Akinori Iwamura, 2B, Oakland Athletics
After being signed by the Athletics on Sunday, Iwamura will make his debut at third base on Monday afternoon. The Athletics, looking for help at third base with Kevin Kouzmanoff currently sidelined with back pain, felt that Iwamura was better than any internal options. While he should receive regular at bats, Iwamura is not a recommended fantasy baseball play in any format but the deepest of leagues.
Albert Pujols, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals
Pujols, the top hitter in fantasy baseball, revealed Sunday that he has been dealing with discomfort in his left elbow for quite some time. Pujols made it clear he has no plans to miss any time with the Cardinals fighting for a playoff berth. It’s important to note that this is not the same elbow that has given him problems in the past. Either way, the discomfort cannot be too horrible as ‘The Machine’ crushed 2 bombs on Sunday night as he finished the Cardinals recent seven-game road trip going 9-for-28 with four home runs and eight RBI. Pujols is clearly a must-start in all fantasy baseball leagues as he is considered by many to be the best hitter in baseball. This situation is worth keeping tabs on, however, as Pujols might be forced to miss some time if the situation gets worse.
Javier Vazquez, SP, New York Yankees
The Yankees plan to skip Javier Vazquez in their rotation this week. With an off day on Thursday and Andy Pettitte scheduled to return from the disabled list Sunday, Vazquez will be available out of the bullpen immediately. CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes will start during the Yankees series against Tampa Bay and A.J. Burnett, Sabathia, and Pettitte will start against Baltimore. Bench Vazquez in all formats this week, as he will not be making any starts. It is unclear how Vazquez will be used after this week but this cannot be considered a good sign as it’s clear the Yankees feel they have five better starters. All other Yankees starters are more valuable than Vazquez for the rest of the season unless he gets moved back into the rotation.
Carlos Beltran, OF, New York Mets
Beltran was 1-for-4 in his return to the starting lineup Sunday against the Phillies. Beltran missed Saturday’s game due to tendinitis in his left knee and while he played Sunday, the centerfielder is still considered day-to-day and with the Mets out of the pennant race it is likely Beltran will get a rest every few days. Beltran is not a recommended fantasy play in any weekly formats as it is unknown how many games he will actually play. Angel Pagan is a much better play in any format if you own Beltran it is safe to drop Beltran altogether from your fantasy baseball roster.