FBS keeps you up to date on all the latest injury news that will impact fantasy teams. A lot of big names in the first week of the season have been bruised and battered. Three of the top middle infielders in the game will be put on the shelf for a couple weeks.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, Philadelphia Phillies
– A right calfstrain scratched JRo from the lineup on Monday. Although not official yet, the must-start fantasy shortstop seems ticketed to the 15-day DL. Veteran utility man Juan Castro will play SS for the Phillies until Rollins returns
Brian Roberts, 2B, Baltimore Orioles
-The must-start fantasy second baseman was placed on the DL, retroactive till April 10 with an abdominal injury he suffered while attempting a steal. The leadoff man might be out longer than 15 days and will most likely have a minor league rehab stint before rejoining the Orioles. Julio Lugo, Ty Wiggington and Justin Turner will help fill the shoes of Roberts. Fantasy-wise, neither players are good options to replace Roberts in a fantasy lineup.
Aaron Hill, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays
-The second baseman has been placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive from April 8 with a right hamstring injury. Hill is eligible to return to play on April 23 against the Rays. John McDonald and John Hoffpauir will split time at second until Hill returns. Neither are quality fantasy replacements.
Miguel Montero, C, Arizona Diamondbacks
-The young catcher has been placed on the 15-day DL, but if the ligament damage to his knee is severe, surgery will be required and will put the catcher out at least six weeks if not more. Chris Snyder will resume the every-day catcher responsibilities that Montero took from him last year. Snyder is a very viable fantasy replacement and fantasy owners should not hesitate starting him.
Chris Young, SP, San Diego Padres
-A strained right shoulder has placed the starting pitcher on the 15-day DL, retroactive to April 7. The righty is able to return to the rotation on April 22. In his first start of the season, Young pitched six strong innings, only giving up one hit, walked three and struck out five in a win against the D-Backs.
Although not placed on the DL, these players’ nagging injuries might keep them out of the lineup. Be sure to check the status of each of these players before you set your fantasy team.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, Boston Red Sox
-The speedy outfielder has missed two straight games (Monday and Wednesday) with a rib injury after colliding with Adrian Beltre. Ellsbury might not be in the lineup until the weekend against the Rays.
Derrek Lee, 1B, Chicago Cubs
- A nagging thumb injury took the veteran first baseman out of the game during the Cubs’ home opener on Monday. The swollen thumb will most likely keep him out of the lineup for a couple days. He suffered the injury a week prior during the opening series against the Braves. Although minor, a nagging injury like this could shelf Lee for a while.
Mark Ellis, 2B, Oakland Athletics
-A sore left hamstring has sidelined the red-hot infielder for a couple days. Ellis, who has four multi-hit games this year was hitting .345. Ellis also experienced the same injury during Spring Training which can be a big concern for the A’s.
These players, on the road to recovery, will be must-start fantasy options when they return.
Scott Kazmir, SP, LA Angels
-The southpaw is penciled in to start the series finale on Thursday against the Yankees. In six starts with the Angels last year, Kazmir had a 1.73 ERA in 36 innings. He is a must-start fantasy pitcher in any leagues.
Cliff Lee, SP, Seattle Mariners
-Although not official, first start will come when the calendar rolls over to May.
Ian Kinsler, 2B, Texas Rangers
-Expect a return for one of the best 2B in the game in late April/early May.