New York Yankees: Mark Texeira was HBP in the right elbow the other day, he looks to get back into game action Thursday, but if you’ve already drafted Tex, you’re holding your breath. Alfredo Aceves has lower back tightness and will possibly start the year on the DL. Unless you’re in a very deep AL only league he’s probably not really an option unless he gets a shot at full-time starter.
Boston Red Sox: Dice-K is having back and neck problems and will start the season on the DL. The Red Sox are looking at a possible April 23rd return date…IMO, he will be out longer and need some time to tune up and possibly come back to a resemblance of who he was 2 years ago. Junichi Tazawa had some value if your league uses Holds as a category and the occasional vulture win, he is probably done for the season though. Jeremy Hermida was hitting well in the spring but is experiencing tightness in his hamstring. If you need an OF in a deep league with upside, here is a sleeper, because you know sometime this year he’ll get at-bats as JD (something hurts) Drew goes down with an injury and Hermida will step in and deliver.
Tampa Bay Rays: JP Howell, part –time closer last year for the Rays is experiencing shoulder weakness…not good. He will open the season on the DL and doesn’t have the closer role this year as the Rays brought in Rafael Soriano to close out games. Matt Joyce has a sore elbow and isn’t looking to have a starting gig with the amazing Sean Rodriguez tearing the cover off the ball. So even when he starts playing again, the positions are probably Rodriguez on 2B with Zobrist moving to RF, leaving Joyce and his power/K’s on the bench.
Baltimore Orioles: Koji Uehara has a strained left hamstring and hasn’t pitched since March 18th…not really sure why I’m sharing this info with you as Koji is not a viable alternative for your roster even when he comes back in Mid-April?…try E85. No other injuries for the Orioles (knock on wood)
Toronto Blue Jays: How much time do you have and how many pitchers do you need? Dustin McGowan is probably the best of the injured and could come back and be the ace for this young staff. He is shut down for another two weeks with a bum shoulder and wondering if he’ll ever make it back on the rubber. Scott Richmond is starting the year on the 60 day DL with trouble in his right shoulder. Brandon Morrow has a sore shoulder and may return on April 3rd and be the Jays third starter. Probable 4th starter Mark Rzepczynski has a fractured finger and will be out at least 6 weeks and won’t be able to throw for 2 weeks. He had a 3.67 ERA with basically a K/Inning last year and could be worth a flyer if he gets/stays healthy. “Tommy John team member” Jesse Litsch on the 60 day DL and out until July…don’t worry about him. Done with pitchers? How about a catcher? Starting catcher John Buck is dealing with a minor finger injury but is scheduled to catch a game on 3/30/10.
There you go! AL Central up next!
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