Grady Sizemore Activated by Indians, Mitch Talbot to DL: Fantasy Baseball Impact
Grady Sizemore was activated off the 15-day disabled list and pitcher Mitch Talbot was was sent to the DL in his place on Sunday morning, according to MLB.com.
The MLB.com report says that Michael Brantley will move from the leadoff spot to make room for Sizemore. Talbot, a righty who was boasting a 1.46 ERA and 11 strikeouts in two breakout starts this season, is expected to miss at least three weeks with an elbow strain in his pitching arm.
Talbot's fastball was only averaging 89.3 mph so far in 2011, he was never a significant pitching prospect and he was pretty crummy in 2010 (4.41 ERA with little in the way of attractive peripherals to suggest bad luck, including a 4.48 FIP), so, while it's a shame we won't get to see if he'd be able to continue his hot start, it's safe to drop him in all but fairly deep leagues. No one's going to pick him up while he's hurt, and it's unlikely that he'll ever build significant trade value when he returns.
As MLB.com's Jordan Bastian said, "Tough break for Talbot. Exciting news for Sizemore."
Like Alfonso Soriano, Sizemore is a former rotisserie darling who can really fill up every category if he gets hot. Coming off a knee injury that sidelined him for most of 2010, Sizemore hit well in his five-game rehab stint (.353/.450/.647) and is still young enough at 28 to have a comeback season. If he's somehow unowned in your league, pick him up immediately.
Remember, Sizemore hit 33 home runs and stole 38 bases in 2008.
UPDATE: Sizemore homered and doubled in his 2011 debut today, finishing 2-for-4 overall. If he is on the waiver wire in your league, don't sleep on him.
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