Texas Rangers: All-Star 2B Ian Kinsler was placed on the 15 day DL on Sunday with an ankle injury. He is not eligible to come off the DL until mid-April. He should be back in a couple weeks but I’m not sure his stolen bases will be. Kinsler is normally a threat to go 30-30 any season now, but with the ankle injury I don’t think he’ll come close to 30 SB as an ankle injury can sap a stolen base threat. Proceed with caution! Tommy Hunter went on the DL with a left oblique strain and may have a hard time finding a spot in the rotation when he does get back in possibly two weeks. He could be a nice pickup, pitching in front of that offense this year if he can crack the rotation. Warner Madrigal and Eric Hurley were also placed on the DL but don’t really have any fantasy value at this point.
Los Angeles Angels: Under-achiever Scott Kazmir is on the DL with a shoulder and hamstring issue, the Angels say he should miss just one start and be able to pitch in the April 13-15 series at the Yankees. Speedster backup outfielder Reggie Willits is also on the DL with a hamstring issue and should be back in two weeks…if you’re in a deep league and you need steals, Willits probably sits on the waiver wire waiting on an injury in the Angels outfield.
Seattle Mariners: If the Mariners can get back Cliff Lee and Erik Bedard off the DL and the issues don’t continue to haunt them throughout the year and they pitch up to their abilities, the 1-2-3 slots are "off-the-hook"! That’s a big if? Lee has an abdominal strain and Bedard is dealing with a bad shoulder. Lee should be back in two weeks or so but Bedard is out until early June. Bench option Jack Hannahan has a strained right groin and will probably be back in a couple weeks if anyone wants to know? Bueller...Bueller…Bueller?
Oakland A’s: Andrew Bailey has a “nuisance” in his knee, but should be able to pitch through it…Many pitchers…many DL slots. Reliever Joey Devine will be out until at least late April recovering from surgery to his elbow. RP Josh Outman is also recovering from elbow surgery but he will be out until late July. Dominant set-up man Michael Wuertz is dealing with shoulder tendinitis and hopefully will be back in 2 weeks or so…check back. Starter Trevor Cahill was placed on the DL with a shoulder blade issue, but he had already been beaten out of a rotation spot by Gio Gonzalez and his mad K’s skills. Don’t worry about Cahill though…there are a number of DL candidates in the Oakland rotation just waiting to blow up. (Sheets, Braden, Duchscherer) Oh yeah, you want something other than a pitcher? Quasi-lead-off speedster? CoCo Crisp is on the DL with a broken finger he got when he was tagged out by Juan Uribe….can you say brittle…BRI---TTLLEEE. Good, I knew you could. He’s out 3-8 weeks. Pick him up when he comes back but have a plan to fall back on because it won’t be the only time he goes on the DL this year. Trust me!
Enjoy the beginning of the season…if you’re like me, you’ve been waiting all winter for it!
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