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Well, if there is one thing I have learned, it is that luck is rarely on your side. Fantasy Baseball can be cruel, and a major injury at this point in the season can be devastating. The trade deadline has just passed, or is dangerously close, so you will be hard pressed to heal your wounds through trades. Also, at this point most of the sleeper talent has been drained out of the free agent pool. Keep reading to find out the details of some of the major injuries and options to help you cope with the loss…
Billy Wagner- strained left forearm - The Mets need Wagner desperately! He will probably return as soon as he is eligible to do so on the 18th so don’t freak out. Eddie Kunz will be the closer until Wagner returns, so pick him up if you are really desperate for saves.
Joba Chamberlain- rotator cuff tendinitis - The Jesus of the Yankees says he doesn’t experience any pain, but the Yanks have pushed back the start of his throwing program to Friday. Supposedly, he will return by the end of the month, but tendinitis is an iffy injury. I actually have rotator cuff tendinitis from playing volleyball, and it is a strange injury. It basically kills your shoulder’s strength when you are in pain, making it impossible to pitch well unless you are 100%. I would recommend being cautious when starting Joba, and maybe waiting at least 2 starts.
Carl Crawford- sublaxation right middle finger tendon - Crawford is debating whether or not to get surgery, but his fantasy season is done either way. Dump him unless you are in a keeper league, in which case now is a good time to make a trade for this overrated fantasy star. Some guys who you should be able to pick up to fill in the void are: Marlon Byrd, Fernando Tatis, Ryan Church (should return soon), Billy Butler, Mike Cameron, Jody Gerut, Lastings Milledge
Carlos Lee- fractured left pinky - Lee was the National League player of the week, but that doesn’t make up for the fact that one of the hottest hitters this season will miss the remainder of the year. Lee owners better hope for the best, since you can’t replace him with a suitable option. Some of the outfielders I mentioned earlier are decent options, but in reality you have to get lucky to bounce back from this one.
Evan Longoria- fractured right wrist - Longoria is expected to miss two or three weeks, basically the rest of the fantasy baseball regular season. That is unfortunate news, since initial tests didn’t show any break. Longoria should be fine to start in the playoffs, but might struggle behind the plate right after returning. Think about picking up Melvin More, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Willy Aybar (who will play 3rd with Longoria out), Ryan Zimmerman, or Casey Blake
David Murphy - sprained right knee - Murphy will miss 2-4 weeks, but thankfully there isn’t any structural damage. It is probably a good call to drop Murphy if you aren’t in a very very deep league. Murphy has been a great pickup for many teams this season so this will be a big loss. A temporary fix can be found in any of the previously mentioned outfielders.
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