The researching, player projecting, and mock drafts are finally over. It’s time to play balland for most fantasy players it was an extended week 1 with 11 days of action. Here aresome of the headlines of an exciting week.

The Closer Carousel Is In Full Effect

If you had Fernando Rodney in the first closer to lose his job pool, you are the big winner. It took less than a week for Jordan Walden to take over closing duties in Anaheim. Matt Thornton’s two blown saves has led the White Sox to announce that they will now have a closer by committee. The next in line to possibly lose the closing  job would be Ryan Franklin with three blown saves. Popular sleeper pick Drew Storen did not get the first save chances in Washington, as the honor went to Sean Burnett. Another popular sleeper pick Craig Kimbrel does appear to be the full time closer in Atlanta and not just a part of a committee. All of this and we’re only 11 days into the season. Buckle up boys and girls. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

April Hot Starts

Some of those who sprinted out of the gate this year include Nelson Cruz, Howard Kendrick, Miguel Montero, Matt Kemp, Ryan Howard, and Gordon Beckham. Also of note is slow starting Mark Teixeira, who despite a low average (.182) has clubbed four home runs and ten RBI.

Appendectomies Are In Style

Matt Holliday and Adam Dunn had the procedure within a few days of each other. Luckily both are expected back in a few days and avoid the DL. A couple big names did hit the DL in the first week. Evan Longoria is expected to be out a minimum of three weeks. Ubaldo Jimenez also hit the disabled list. Others missing time in week one include Stephen Drew, Mike Stanton, Hanley Ramirez, Ryan Zimmerman and Jose Bautista (who left the team due to personal reasons, not an injury.)

Manny Being Manny No More

After having a hot spring, many were seeing Manny Ramirez as a comeback candidate. Once the regular season started he was 1-17. On Friday, it was discovered he testedpositive for P.E.D,’s and promptly retired before being suspended. With Evan Longoriaon on the DL, the Rays offense is looking very weak and in otherwise offensive AL East.

Tampa Bay star third baseman Evan Longoria is expected to miss nearly a month because of a sore oblique muscle. He left Saturday night’s game because of the injury, that began bothering him during batting practice. Longoria has yet to pick up his first hit of 2011. If you’re looking for a short-term fix at third base, here are some possible options:

  • Willie Bloomquist, ARI: 4 for 10, run, three SBs
  • Edwin Encarnacion, TOR:  2 for 8, run, two RBI
  • Jack Hannahan, CLE:  4 for 9, three runs, HR, three RBI
  • Chase Headley, SD:  3 for 10, three runs, HR, four RBI
  • Brandon Inge, DET:  4 for 7, RBI
  • Maicer Izturis, LAA:  3 for 10, RBI, SB
  • Chipper Jones, ATL:  4 for 9, run, RBI
  • Jose Lopez, COL:  3 for 8, two runs, HR, two RBI
  • Brent Morel, NYM:  3 for 9, three runs, two RBI, SB
  • Placido Polanco:  3 for 8, three runs

MLB Injury Report

2 June 2009

Josh Hamilton‘s nightmare season took a turn for the worse as he is headed for the 15-day DL again because of an abdominal strain.  The Fort Worth Star-Telegram is reporting that Hamilton could miss up to two months if surgery is required.  After hitting .304 with 32 HRs and 130 RBIs in his breakout season, Hamilton is hitting just .240 with 6 HRs and 24 RBIs. 

Edison Volquez, the man traded for Josh Hamilton, will also go on the DL because of elbow tendinitis.  Volquez lasted a whole Inning in his first start since coming of the DL because of back spasms.

Evan Longoria came out of Tampa’s game against Kansas City with a sore hamstring.  Fantasy owners will hold their breath, but early reports are that it’s day-to-day.  Longoria is raking this  year hitting .327 with 13 HRs and 55 RBIs.

Milton Bradley won’t have to worry about umps squeezing him as he is day-to-day with a strained calf.  He left the Cubs’ game against Atlanta early because of the injury.  Bradley is struggling this year with a .224 average, 5 HRs, and 14 RBIs.  Perhaps Jake Fox will get a few extra ABs, though Reed Johnson will likely fill in.

Asdrubal Cabrera injured his shoulder against the Twins.  He collided into Twins’ SS Brendan Harris.  No word on the extent of the injury or Asdrubal’s status going forward.  He’s hitting .312 with 38 Runs and 27 RBIs in 52 games, so he’ll be missed by fantasy owners if he’s out for an extended period.

Thursday, June 26th
Albert Pujols came back from the DL with a 4 for 4 effort.  Curtis Granderson and Aubrey Huff (3 Runs) also had 4 Hits.  Evan Longoria (including his 14th HR), Aaron Miles, Guillermo Quiroz, David Newhan, Lance Berkman, Justin Morneau (3 RBI), each had 3 Hits .  Shawn Riggans, Jay Payton, Hunter Pence, and Scott Rolen each had 3 RBI.

Matt Garza tossed a Complete Game one-hitter with 10 Ks to improve to 6-4 with a 3.76 ERA.  Rich Harden gave up 2 Hits in 8 scoreless Innings with 11 Ks to improve to 5-0 with a 2.15 ERA.  Nate Robinson gave up 1 unearned Run in a 6-1/3 Inning no-decision.  Todd Wellemeyer pitched 5 scoreless Innings.  John Danks gave up 4 Hits in 6 scoreless Innings as he improve to 5-4 with a 2.62 ERA.  Jesse Litsch gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 8 Innings to improve to 8-4 with a 3.82 ERA.  Wandy Rodriguez gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 8 Innings with 9 Ks to improve to 3-3 with a 2.58 ERA.  Cliff Lee gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 8 Innings with 11 Ks to improve to 11-1 with a 2.34 ERA.

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.

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