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An injured player that returns can be like making a one-sided trade for your fantasy team. You can add a star player to your lineup while dropping your worst player. Sometimes the strategy pays off. Sometimes it blows up in your face. You have to take risks to win fantasy championships though. Here are some injured players that you can store in your “bank” in hopes that they will pay dividends down the road.
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Kendrys Morales, 1B, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Morales is a little scary right now because he seems to be getting worse rather than better. You probably remember he broke his leg celebrating a walk off grand slam on May 29th last year. He has been experiencing soreness in toe. Mark Trumbo, who has been dealing with an injury (groin) of his own, will keep first base warm for Morales. Kendrys hit 34 home runs in 2009 and had eleven in 51 games before going down. Unfortunately you’re going to have to still take him fairly early (64 average draft position) because of his potential. Hopefully he won’t spend too much time in your D.L. slot.
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Curtis Granderson, OF, New York Yankees
Granderson strained his oblique, which could cause him to miss the start of the season. While that is disappointing news to fantasy owners, it could give you better value than his ADP (73) before the injury. Granderson hit 17 home runs and carried a .861 OPS after the All-Star Break last year.
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Chase Utley, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies
Utley is another guy that comes with a risk thanks to a knee injury that will likely keep him out on Opening Day. Anytime a knee is involved, it’s a pretty sticky situation. Best case scenario is it heals fast and it doesn’t hinder his production. The likely scenario is Utley playing through the injury, but his numbers will be affected. The worst case scenario is Utley being shut down. We don’t really know what is going to happen with him. That’s what makes drafting Utley so scary. His ADP is 18, but sinking fast.
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Grady Sizemore, OF, Cleveland Indians
Sizemore won’t play Opening Day as he recovers from a knee injury. When he returns, he will probably be limited initially. He isn’t a 30-30 threat this year, but he could post a 20 HR/20 SB season. His ADP is 99, which makes him a little bit of a risk. The payday could be great though.
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Carlos Beltran, OF, New York Mets
Beltran is shooting for Opening Day, but given his injury history I wouldn’t hold my breath. The main reason I like Beltran is his value. His ADP is 228 meaning you can get him around the 19th round of fantasy drafts. I don’t think he’ll ever post the numbers he did as recently as 2008, but he could be a solid power/speed combo.
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Brian Wilson, RP, San Francisco Giants
Like Granderson, Wilson is dealing with a strained oblique. It is an injury that can be aggravated, but it’s not alarming at this point. Wilson remains one of the game’s elite closers.
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Johan Santana, SP, New York Mets
It’s gambling time. Johan won’t like pitch until the All-Star Break, if he pitches at all in 2011. He’s an excellent second half pitcher, but will he be productive without having the first half to get warmed up?  With and ADP of 208 he is certainly worth the risk. If he is 75 percent of what he’s been after the break (65-23, 2.95 ERA, 1.07 WHIP) you could get a huge boost for the stretch run.
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Jake Peavy, SP, Chicago White Sox
Peavy’s return from lat reattachment surgery is dealing with rotator cuff tendinitis. It’s only expected to keep him out a few weeks of the season. He struggled a bit last year going 7-6 with a 4.63 ERA. I think he’ll be closer to the pitcher that went 9-6 with a 3.45 ERA with the White Sox in 2009.
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Johnny Cueto, SP, Cincinnati Reds
Cueto’s shoulder will sideline him for the start of the year. He’s still should have plenty of value for fantasy owners. His ERA and WHIP have gone down in each of the past two years. He’s worth considering towards the end of your draft.
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Game 1
Chase Utley
went 2 for 4 with a 2-Run HR a Walk, and 2 SBs.  Jayson Werth went 2 for 4 with a Run, 2 Doubles, a Walk, and a SB.  Shane Victorino went 2 for 4 with a Run.  Pedro Feliz went 2 for 3 with a Walk.  Carlos Ruiz had a Walk and drove in the game-winning Run.  Akinori Iwamura went 3 for 4 with a Double and an RBI.  Carl Crawford hit a solo HR.  Jason Bartlett scored a Run, Walked twice, and stole a base.

Cole Hamels gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in 7 Innings with 5 Ks to earn the Win for the Phillies.  Ryan Madson threw a perfect 8th with a K.  Brad Lidge threw a perfect ninth with 2 Ks to earn the Save.  Scott Kazmir gave up 3 Runs in 6 Innings with 4 Ks, but took the Loss.  Grant Balfour threw 1-2/3 Innings of scoreless relief with 2 Ks.  J.P. Howell struck out 2 in 2/3 of an Inning.

Thursday, August 28th
Cristian Guzman
went 4 for 5 en route to the Cycle with 2 Runs and 3 RBI. Elijah Dukes went 2 for 3 with 3 Runs, a HR, 4 RBI, a Walk, and a SB.  Ty Wiggington hit a pair of solo HRs.  Aramis Ramirez hit a Grand Slam.  Derek Jeter, Ryan Zimmerman, Willy Aybar, Chase Utley, and Torii Hunter each had 3 Hits.  Jason Giambi, Milton Bradley, Juan Rivera, and Brian McCann each had 3 RBI.

Edwin Jackson gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings to improvet o 11-8 with a 3.81 ERA.  Brandon Backe gave up 2 Runs in 6-2/3 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 9-12.  Charlie Morton gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits to improve to 4-8.   John “She Loves You” Lannan gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits in 6 Innings to improve to 8-12 with a 3.92 ERA.  Brandon McCarthey (6 Innings, 1 Earned Run), Dana Eveland (7 Innings, 2 Runs, 5 Hits), Cole Hamels (7 Innings, 1 Run, 5 Hits, 6 Ks), Jon Lester (6-2/3 Innings, 1 Run on 5 Hits, 8 Ks) and Mike Mussina (7 Innings, 2 Runs on 5 Hits, 6 Ks) pitched well, but got no-decisions.  Aaron Harrang gave up 3 Runs in 7 Innings with 9 Ks, but lost.

Saturday, June 28th
Derrek Lee
had 5 Hits and 3 RBI.  Gregor Blanco, Adam Jones (3 Runs), Dustin Pedroia, and Mike Lowell (3 RBI) each colleted 4 Hits.  Vernon Wells (3 RBI), Casey Blake, Willy Taveras, Chase Utley, Ian Kinsler, Michael Young, Carlos Lee (3 RBI), Chris Ianetta, Kurt Suzuki, Adrian Beltre, and Edgar Renteria each had 3 Hits.  Paul Bako Kevin Youkilis, Lance Berkman, Mark Loretta, and Chris Young each had 3 RBI.  Ryan Raburn hit a Grand Slam.

Jeff Weaver and Jose Arredondon combined for a no-hitter, but an unearned Run cost them the game.  Chad Billingsley gave up 3 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings with 7 Ks to earn the improbable victory and improve to 7-7 with a 3.37 ERA.  Tim Linceum gave up 5 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings to improve to 9-1 with a2.38 ERA.  Manny Parra gave up 2 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 8-2 with a 3.95 ERA.  Johnny Cueto gave up 5 Hits in 6-1/3 scoreless Innings to improve to 6-8.  John Parrish gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 6 Innings for his first win of the year.  Andy Pettitte gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings to improv to 9-5 with a 3.98 ERA.  Mitchell Boggs gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 6 Innings to improve to 3-0.  Brandon Webb gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 12-4 (he gets a decision every time out, huh?) with a 3.21 ERA.  Ty Taubenheim gave up 2 Runs in a 6 Inning no-decision.  Garrett Olson gave up 1 Run in 5 Innings to improve to 6-3.  Justin Duchscherer gave up 1 Run on 2 Hits in 8 Innings, but took a Loss.  Carlos Silva gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings to improve to 4-9.

Wednesday, June 25th
Carl Crawford
hit a pair of HRs with 5 RBI.  Bobby Abreu had 3 Hits and 4 RBI.  Carlos Guillen had 4 Hits and 3 RBI.  Jay Payton hit a pair of HRs with 4 RBI.  David Wright smacked a pair of HRs with 3 RBI.  Rick Ankiel had 2 HRs, 3 Runs, and 3 RBI.  Gary Sheffield and Chase Utley each had 4 Hits.  Kelly Johnson, Geovany Soto,  Jose Reyes, Kevin Cash each had 3 RBI.  Dustin Pedroia, Coco Crisp, Derek Jeter (3 Runs), Jose Castillo, Robinson Cano, Jack WIlson, Alex Rios, Evan Longoria (3 RBI), Ross Gload, and Carlos Gomez each had 3 Hits.  Mike Lowell and Brian Buscher each scored 3 Runs.

Eric Stults pitched a Complete Game four-hit Shutout to improve to 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA.  Kyle Kendrick gave up 4 Hits in 8 scoreless Innings to improve to 7-3.  Joba Chamberlain continued to prove The Boss II right by firing 6-2/3 scoreless Innings improving to 2-2 with a 2.03 ERA.  Tim Wakefield knuckled 7 scoreless Innings allowing 2 Hits with 6 Ks to improve to 5-5 with a 3.88 ERA.  Jorge Campillo gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits with 6 Ks in 7 Innings to improve to 3-2 with a 2.54 ERA.  Randy Johnson gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings, but took the Loss.  Barry Zito shocked Giants fans by going 6-2/3 Innings allowing just 1 Run on 4 Hits to improve to 3-11.  Tim Redding gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings, but got a no-decision.  John Maine gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings to improve to 8-5 with a 3.73 ERA.  James Shields gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 5-5 with a 3.76 ERA.  Luke Hochevar gave up 2 Runs in 8 Innings to even his record at 5-5.

Friday, June 13th

Ryan Howard
went 3 for 5 with 4 Runs, 2 HRs, and 5 RBI.  Carlos Ruiz had 4 Hits and 4 RBI.  Grady Sizemore hit a pair of HRs and drove in 3.  Ian Stewart hit a pair of HRs.  Jason Michaels, Alexi Casilla, Justin Morneau, and Chase Utley each had 3 RBI.  Melvin Mora, Alex Rios, Jason Bartlett, Delmon Young, Shane Victorino, Pedro Feliz, Skip Schumaker, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Jame Carroll, Mark Teixeira, Gregor Blanco (3 RBI), and Ichiro Suzuki each had 3 Hits.  Pat Burrell scored 3 Runs.

Armando Galarraga pitched 7 scoreless Innings allowing 3 Hits to improve to 6-2 with a 3.31 ERA.  He beat Derek Lowe, who allowed 2 Earned Runs in 7 Innings.  Aaron Harang allowed 1 Run on 4 Hits in 7 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 3-9.  Oliver Perez gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 5-4.  Kevin Slowey gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in 8 Innings to improve to 3-6.  Joba Chamberlain gave up 1 Run in 6 Innigns, and Shawn Chacon gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 6-1/3 Innings as they battled to no-decisions.  Kyle Kendrick gave up 1 Earned Run in 7 Innings to improve to 6-2.  Zack Greinke and Doug Davis each pitched 7 scoreless Innings for no-decisions in their pitchers’ duel.  Jo-Jo Reyes gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in 8 Inning to improve to 3-4. 

Monday, June 2nd
Casey Blake
took top honors going 3 for 5 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 7 RBI.  Adrian Gonzalez went 3 for 4  with 2 Runs, a HR, 4 RBI, and a Walk.  Yunel Escobar (3 RBI), Derek Jeter, A-Rod, Michael Cuddyer (3 Runs), Delmon Young (3 RBI), Chase Utley (21st HR), Prince Fielder, Johnny Peralta, Casey Kotchman, Todd Helton, Matt Kemp (3 Runs), Bobby Crosby, Carlos Zambrano (seriously), Ryan Theriot, Bengie Molina, and Ray Durham each had three Hits.  Jason Michael hit a pinch-hit Grand Slam.  Marlon Byrd also Grand Slammed.  Adam Jones, Ben Francisco, Ian Kinsler, Michael Young, and Brian Horwitz each had 3 RBI.

Derek Lowe gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 8 Innings of work to improve to 3-5.  Ervin Santana gave up 2 Runs in 7-2/3 Innings to improve to 8-2 with a 3.02 ERA.  Jeremy Guthrie (6-1/3 Innings, 2 Runs), 5 Ks) and Tim Wakefield (7 Innings, 2 Runs) took no-decisions.  Kenny Rogers (7 Innings, 2 Runs) and Rich Harden (6-2/3 Innings, 2 Runs, 8 Ks) battled to no-decisions.  Jonathan Sanchez gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 4-3. 

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Wednesday, May 28th
Cody Ross  and Marcus Thames each hit a pair of HRs and drove in 4 Runs.  Jesus Flores hit a Grand Slam.  David Ross and Ray Durham also had 4 RBI.  Carlos Quentin, Chase Utley, Geoff Jenkins, Fernando Tatis (I had no idea he was still in the league), Craig Monroe each drove in 3 Runs.  Johnny Damon, Brian Roberts, Melvin Mora, Shane Victorino, Jerry Hairston, Jr., Joey Votto (3 Runs), Russell Martin, Mike Lamb, Joey Gaitright, Alex Gordon, Jack Cust, Cristian Guzman, Tadahito Iguchi, Bengie Molina, and Jose Castillo each had three Hits.  Fred Lewis scored 3 Runs.

Jeff Supan tossed 8 scoreless Innings allowing 4 Hits with 7 Ks to improve to 3-4 with a 3.93 ERA and outduel Jo-Jo Reyes, who gave up 1 Run on 2 Hits with 9 Ks in 7 Innings.  Erik Bedard pitched 7 scoreless Innings giving up 2 Runs while striking out 8 to improve to 4-3.  He beat Tim Wakefield, who gave up just 1 Run in 8 Innings with 8 Ks.  Matt Garza gave up 2 Runs in 8 Innings while striking out 10 to improve to 4-1 with a 3.78 ERA.  Andy Pettitte gave up 2 Runs in 6-2/3 Innings to improve to 5-5.  Adam Eaton gave up 1 Run in 6 Innings for his first Win of the year.  Bronson Arroyo continued his turnaround giving up 1 Run on 3 Hits with 6 Ks to even his record at 4-4.  Adam Wainwright gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits with 8 Ks to improve to 5-2 with a 2.86 ERA.  Derek Lowe (7 scoreless Innings, 4 Hits, 5 Ks) and Carlos Zambrano (8 Innings, 1 Run) took no-decisions in their pitchers’ duel. Armando Gallagher went 8-1/3 Innings allowing 2 Runs to improve to 4-2 with a 3.44 ERA.  Roy Halladay gave up 1 Run in 8 Innings with 9 Ks to improve to 6-5 with a 2.93 ERA while outdueling Rich Harden, who gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings.  Jonathan Sanchez gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 3-3.

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Monday, May 26th
Chase Utley
went 3 for 6 with 2 Runs, a HR, and 6 RBI.  Pedro Feliz went 4 for 6 with 2 Runs, a Double, and 4 RBI.  Orlando Cabrera went 4 for 6 with 2 Runs, a Double, and an RBI.  Mark Teixeira had 4 RBI.  Shane Victorino scored 4 Runs.  Gregor Blanco, Hideki Matsui, Nick Markakis, Jeff Kent, Chris Coste (4 RBI), So Taguchi, Carlos Pena, Dioner Navarro, A.J. Pierzynski, Victor Martinez, and Vladimir Guerrero each had 3 Hits.  Ryan Howard had 3 RBI and scored 3 Runs.  Jose Reyes hit a pair of HRs.  Aubrey Huff, Ryan Spilborghs, Luis Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler, Eric Hinske each had 3 RBI.

Scott Kazmir gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 7 Innings with 10 Ks to improve to 4-1 with a 1.50 ERA.  Garrett Olson pitched 7 scoreless Innings giving up just 3 Hits with 7 Ks to improve to 4-1.  Shaun Marcum gave up 1 Earned Run in 7-1/3 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 5-3 with a 2.64 ERA.  Jason Bergmann struck out 8 in 5-2/3 scoreless Innings for a no-decision.  Ben Sheets (6 Innings, 2 Runs, 6 Ks) also got a no-decision.  Ryan Dempster gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings to improve to 6-2 with a 2.56 ERA.  He beat Chad Billingsley, who gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits in 6 Innings with 7 Ks.  Jon Garland (7-1/3 scoreless Innings) and Kenny Rogers (7 scoreless Innings) got lock up in a pitcher’s duel and took no-decisions.  Bartolo Colon gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA.

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Sunday, May 25th
Adrian Gonzalez
went 4 for 9 with a Run, 2 Doubles, 4 RBI, and a game-winning HR in the 18th Inning.  Carlos Quentin went 3 for 3 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 3 RBI.  Kevin Kouzmanoff went 3 for 7 with 3 Runs, 2 HR, 2 RBI, and a Walk.  Bengie Molina went 4 for 4 with 2 Runs, 3 Doubles, and 3 RBI.  Jason Kubel and Eric Byrnes each hit a Grand Slam.  Carlos Lee had 4 RBI.  Aaron Rowand, Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, and Seth Smith had 3 RBI.  Jorge Cantu scored 3 Runs.  Orlando Hudson, Nate McLouth, Geoff Jenkins (3 Runs), Manny Ramirez, Ken Griffey Jr. (3 Runs), Brandon Phillips (3 Runs), Joey Votto, and Andre Ethier each had 3 Hits.

Aaron Cook tossed a Complete Game giving up 1 Run on 4 Hits to improve to 7-3 with a 2.82 ERA.  Dustin McGowan (7 Innings, 1 Run, 7 Ks) improved to 3-4 with a 3.90 ERA in beating Gil Meche (6 Innings, 2 Runs).  Glen Perkins (7-2/3 Innings, 1 Run) improved to 2-1 with a 2.77 ERA as he outdueled Justin Verlander (7 Innings, 1 Run).  C.C. Sabathia (7 Innings, 1 Run) and Doug Mathis (6 Innings, 1 Run) dueled to no-decisions.  Jarrod Washburn gave up 2 Runs in a 6 Innings no-decision.  Micah Owings gave up 2 Earned Runs in 6 Innings to improve to 6-2 with a 3.73 ERA.  He hasn’t been hitting lately though.  Aaron Harrang struck out 9 in 4 Innings of scoreless relief.  Josh Banks pitched 6 scoreless Innings of relief for his first career Win.  Clayton Kershaw gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings with 7 Ks for a no-decision.  Jose Contreras gave up 2 Run in8 Innings with 10 Ks in a no-decision.


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