Even when they happen to simply marginal players, injuries can ruin a night for the fantasy baseball owner. DL-stints are becoming all the more common, and being able to back fill those positions now isn't as much a result of solid drafting as it is good waiver work.
With more stars heading to the sidelines last night, knowing who to grab as replacements will only serve to help owners move on without getting all misty over their loss.
What's better is that we get some good news from the injury realm as well. People coming off the list is always better than going on it.
Let's get to the notes.
- Carlos Delgado is slated to have surgery on his ailing hip today. Delgado's injury is very similar to the one that sidelined Alex Rodriguez earlier this year, and Mike Lowell last season. The question will be recovery as much as anything else. In the short-term, there is still depth at the position. I'd look to Todd Helton first, as he's still around in many leagues.
- Rickie Weeks will miss the remainder of the season with a wrist injury. Craig Counsell will likely get at least the initial playing time for the Brewers, but he's not a long-term fantasy answer. Asdrubal Cabrera is still available in about 25 percent of leagues. While he's one for his last 14, he's still over .300. Doesn't have the pop, but will generate production in other ways. Akinori Iwamura is more widely available, and has some speed, but no pop. You could also look to buy low from a Dan Uggla owner that could be frustrated with his current production.
- The Reds medical staff has been busy. Joey Votto skipped the team's flight home from San Diego to get medical tests done for dizziness. This comes after Votto missed five games with the flu. Pitcher Edinson Volquez had treatment done on his back after leaving his last start. The Reds do not expect him to miss any starts.
- The Twins placed pitcher Glen Perkins on the disabled list with elbow inflammation. This information should more impact AL-only owners than anything else. Perkins has been a decent spot start at home, but his road performances have been rough. There are plenty of pitchers like him to put into that category going forward.
- The Cardinals, though, are expecting to get both Rick Ankiel and Chris Carpenter back on Wednesday. Ankiel spent time in extended spring training over the weekend and the Cardinals will look to get him back for Carpenter's start. Ankiel's injury was scary, and I want to see him swing before I put him into a daily lineup. Especially if my other options are performing well.
- Eric Chavez has a herniated disk in his back. In other news, the sky is blue and pizza tastes good. Since 2007, Chavez has played in just 121 games.
- Scott Richmond proved that he can still pitch against teams that can't hit. Richmond was robbed of a win by the bullpen yesterday, but his seven inning performance should be enough for you to consider him later this week against Atlanta. Richmond's struggles have come against strong lineups, and he's performed well against bottom-third hitting teams.
- Kevin Youkilis made an appearance at AAA last night in a rehab start. While he went hitless, Youkilis felt good about his appearance and the health of his muscle injury. He'll get one more rehab start today and likely rejoin Boston on Wednesday. He did say there was some rust, keep that in mind before you activate him into your lineup.
- Kendry Morales is playing very well in May. He's hitting .305 for the month of May, and is hitting .309 against righties this season. For those of you that need someone to replace Delgado, he represents another option in deeper leagues. He does have eight home runs and 26 RBI on the season. Start him tonight, as he's 7-for-17 against Felix Hernandez.
- Yesterday's Results: Wins-Lowe, Richmond; Losses-Ohlendorf, Lohse (Season: 98-72-6) Nothing from Nolasco based on the rain out.
- I'd stay away from any and all Orioles today against C.C. Sabathia. The Yankees starter has held the team to an average hovering around .200, with no regular hitting above the .238 of Brian Roberts. Look for other options in this one.
- With Marco Scutaro playing through an injury, starting him isn't going to be the easiest thing for owners. With a .313 average against Tim Wakefield, though, tonight is a good chance. Keep Kevin Millar (.444), Aaron Hill (.292), and Lyle Overbay (.313) active tonight as well. Millar has three home runs in 27 at-bats against Wakefield. Vernon Wells and Alex Rios have both struggled. While Wakefield is only 4-4 against the Jays, he has held his ERA under 4.00.
- Matt Palmer is just five percent owned, but is 4-0 with a sub-4.00 ERA. That's a pretty rare commodity in the pitching world, and owners need to take advantage of hot streaks when they can. Will a 30-year old rookie keep this up all season? Not likely, but guys like Aaron Sele were able to go 7-0 before suffering a defeat. With a BABIP below .200, you know that something will give eventually. Not against Seattle though.
- I'm not sure I agree with Adam Madison of ESPN that Bush is a stellar starter on the road today, specifically because of his road numbers. Bush is 0-1 in his last five starts against the Astros at Minute Maid Park with a 4.31 ERA in 31 innings. I'm holding off based on the numbers I see from most of the Astros regulars, there are no red flags there to bench.
- I wouldn't be shocked to see Mike Redmond in the lineup for Minnesota tonight. With Joe Mauer just 4-for-22 against Mark Buehrle, the upgrade to the 14-for-30 of Redmond could come in to play. Not saying it well, but certainly a possibility. No real other concerns with your Twins.
- Ted Lilly has simply owned every Cardinal not named Albert Pujols. Even factoring in the .321 of Pujols against Lilly, the Cardinals are still under .200 as a team. Lilly is 5-2 against them since 2006, and 3-0 on the road at Busch Stadium with a 2.38 ERA.
- Feast or famine for the Royals against Cliff Lee. I'd start Mark Teahan and John Buck, since both are hitting well above. 350 against Lee. Otherwise, I'd avoid reaching for many of your Royals in this one. Lee has been stellar since a rough three start stretch to begin the season. Lee is 6-2 in his last nine starts against the Royals.
- Brian Bannister is slated to make his start tomorrow, despite leaving with a sore shoulder last time out. He does make a decent option in deeper leagues, as he's 2-0 at home this season with an ERA under 1.00. He's pitched reasonably well against most of the Indians as individuals, and I'd hold back Jhonny Peralta (.118) and Kelly Shoppach (0-for-9) specifically.
- If you can avoid Chone Figgins and Howie Kendrick today, neither hit well against Felix Hernandez. No other matchup problems in this one, as your remaining Angels have very good numbers against the Mariners starter.
- Spot starts: Palmer, Zito, Martis. Sticking with these three and Bannister as the fourth option.
- Keep on the Bench: Jon Garland, Felix Hernandez (3-4, 4.83 against the Angels in 12 starts)
- Keep riding the Mark Teahan train today. Teahan is a .417 hitter against Fausto Carmona. Most of your other Royals are plays as normal. Teahan is a fringe play in most leagues that should be grabbed in times like this when matchups are favorable.
- I'm not completely concerned over Gil Meche, but I'd keep him down against Cleveland. Meche is playing with mechanics and changing his routine in the middle of a season. That doesn't normally play out well initially.
- Unless you planned on using Nick Punto, the Twins have hammered John Danks in their time against him. I like Michael Cuddyer as a sneaky play. He's 8-for-15 against Danks for his career, and this could break him out of his slow start to May.
- Skip Schumaker is still widely available as a second base option, and his numbers against Ryan Dempster are solid enough to make him a good play here. He's gone 10-for-24 against Dempster in his career. He doesn't have tremendous upside, but you could do worse at second base. The Cardinals have held Dempster winless in two starts against him this season, pushing his ERA over 4.00 in his last five starts against them.
- Avoid Robinson Cano against Jeremy Guthrie tomorrow, but your other Yankees should be good to go. While Guthrie pitched well against them in the opener, he's struggled in his last six starts. Guthrie has given up at least three earned in each start over that time.
- Spot Starts: Brett Cecil, Paul Maholm, Jamie Moyer