Flat Albert? Albert Pujols’ Bad Elbow

Mar 7, 2008

When it comes to drafting your fantasy team, there won’t be a riskier player than Albert Pujols.  Any time a potential first round pick is linked to the phrase “high-grade tear”, and they aren’t talking about him ripping a fast ball down the line, I get nervous.  Anytime the phrase Tommy John surgery is associated with a guy who’s supposed to be the backbone of my team, I clamp up. 


He has basically has become untouchable for me.  I would still draft him, but there is no way he’ll be available when I am willing to take him.  He’s just too much of a risk for me.  Even if he borrows Barry Bonds’ armor (he’s not going to need it anytime soon), ices it, and gets Cortisone injections I still can’t imagine this injury not taking a toll on him.  I would imagine his power numbers would take a hit.  I would imagine at some point it will become so sore that he will require a few extra days off, and a 15 day trip to the DL isn’t out of question.  What worries me most though, is the Cardinals being mostly out of it by July.  If the Cardinals are double-digit games out of the Division and Wild Card races, who’s to say that Pujols won’t go under the knife to get a jump on his rehab for next year.  It will take him at least seven or eight months to rehab his elbow when he has the surgery.  If this is a lost season anyway, he might as well get the surgery done in order to be ready for the start of next season. 


Perhaps, I’m being pessimistic, however I think I’m being a realist.  Swinging a bat is a violent action.  There is a lot of pressure put on the elbow.  I’d like to give him the benefit of the doubt, but I just can’t.  Unless the other owners in my league are more cautious than I am with Phat Albert, there is no chance I will have to worry about him, which is to bad because I do like him.  If you’re less concerned than I am and are willing to stake your fantasy season on him, I wish you the best of luck.  If he’s not there for you down the stretch, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    March 7th, 2008 at 6:56 pm #

    I am not a real fantasy player. Just as a casual hobby, But if I was a Card fan which I am not at all, I would rather the cards shut him down and plan on next year, He has so much upside it would be a shame to see his brilliant career come down much like Frank Thomas or Jr Griffey.

  2. Ryan Lester
    March 8th, 2008 at 8:17 am #

    Larry – I agree. I don’t like a guy playing that hurt. of course he has 3 HRs this spring already

  3. Larry Novak
    March 8th, 2008 at 5:31 pm #

    He may hit real good THIS year, but I would rather have him get everything fixed so he can hit real good in 2009 through 2015 or later
    he could have around 600 HRs after 2015 at 35 years old, and who knows he could be a real threat to Barry Bonds or A-Rods HR record by the time he turns 40.

  4. Ryan Lester
    March 8th, 2008 at 11:06 pm #

    Good point Larry.

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