We are less than a week into the MLB season and the fantasy baseball world has already been rocked by injuries. It seems that everyday another big time player has been added to the DL, leaving fantasy baseball owners with the blues. The trainers and team doctors are having to really work for their paycheck in this young season more so than seasons past. Let’s take a look at some fantasy baseball injuries around the league.
Evan Longoria, 3B Tampa Bay Rays
Bad news coming out of Tampa, as the Rays expect all-star third baseman Evan Longoria to miss a minimum of three weeks with a strained muscle in his left side. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday, and manager Joe Maddon opted to start Sean Rodriguez in his place. This is obviously a big loss for the Rays, who are already off to a slow start. It is also a tough break for Longoria’s fantasy owners, who will be without his services for the first few weeks of fantasy baseball. Owners will have to look for an alternative for the time being, and hope that this type of oblique injury doesn’t linger.
Matt Holliday, OF St. Louis Cardinals
Holliday underwent an appendectomy after starting opening day, and is out indefinitely. While it now appears that Holliday will avoid the 15-day DL, the Cardinals are still uncertain how long he will be out. He began swinging a bat yesterday and it seems that his return may come sooner than originally expected.
Adam Dunn, DH Chicago White Sox
Like Holliday, Dunn had to undergo an emergency appendectomy Tuesday night and will have to sit out at least five games. Dunn is not expected to be placed on the DL, but owners will have to adjust their daily line-ups accordingly until he returns.
Brian Matusz, SP Baltimore Orioles
The bright future for this talented young lefty will have to be put on a hold, at least for now. Matusz felt some soreness in his back and an MRI revealed a severe strain that could sideline him anywhere from 3-6 weeks. Zach Britton will take the open spot in the rotation, and had an impressive first outing. Matusz owners may want to add the young lefty as he could provide some solid numbers in the short term.
Ubaldo Jimenez, SP Colorado Rockies
The Rockies had to place their ace on the DL as he recovers from a cracked cuticle on his pitching hand. Jimenez complained that he couldn’t grip the ball properly and that his breaking pitches lacked spin because of this injury. Jorge De La Rosa will start in his place this Friday.
Jake Peavy, SP Chicago White Sox
The often-injured Peavy is recovering from his offseason surgery to repair a tendon in his shoulder. Reports out of the White Sox camp are that he is progressing well and is targeting a return in late April. Peavy threw a simulated game last Sunday and reported no pain. He will have to make at least one minor league start before he joins the big club.