Everybody wants to get off to a good start to the fantasy baseball season, I did so far. Most important though, I had no injuries and I have been exploring the waiver wire to see who might be able to help my team. As I am doing myself I would to remind you to be patient, remember why you drafted a person in the second or third round, or what your strategy was. Don’t chase players who are hot for one week, look at the player stats from the past years and find a player that has potential to be a break out candidate this year. Early on in the season is a great time for this. I look to have 2 players that I use to pick up someone from waiver wire and if it doesn’t work out, that’s OK. Many diamonds in the rough I have found this way in my fantasy baseball career.
This week I share with you some headline news, injuries and some players that could be helpful to you.
Jacoby Ellsbury OF Redsox has a dislocation or partial dislocation of his right shoulder and will miss a minimum of six weeks.
Brian Wilson RP Giants He has structural damage in his elbow and needs surgery which will end his season.
Chipper Jones Braves returned from DL, he has swelling and fluid in his knee so you should have a back up if you are counting on him as your starter.
Daisuke Matsuzaka is throwing again and could return in June.
Jed Lowrie HOU is now off DL.
David Wright NYM has a fractured finger but is back playing baseball leading his team.
Scott Baker needs elbow surgery, done for season.
Lance Berkman STL has a torn left calf muscle- risk of further injury
Mike Morse WAS has been placed on DL and is out for six weeks at minimum.
Drew Storen undergoes elbow surgery and placed on the DL.
Ryan Howard has been taken off antibiotics and is progressing on the waiver wire for you to explore.
Aaron Harang SP Dodgers he had nine K’s in a row April 13, 2012 one short of the major league record of 10, set by Tom Seaver in 1970 and he is on my team!
Matt Cain P Giants pitched a great game strinking out 11 in a one-hit shutout.
The Detroit Tigers are in first place with a record of 5-2, but no starter on the team has a win. They will win many games this year so don’t despair.
Johnny Damon OF Indians, agree to one-year, $1.25M deal.
Jesus Montero Util has two starts at catcher. In yahoo leagues he is still listed as a utility player and does not qualify as catcher until he plays 5 games or more in some leagues.
Lance Lynn RP/SP, Cardinals has an opportunity to show what he can do with
Chris Carpenter injured. If he does well he could stay in the rotation. NOTE: Pitching is hard to find as the season moves forward
Zack Cozart SS, Reds He’s has speed, it’s a shallow position and is he is hitting second in a strong lineup. NOTE: If he is not available on waivers and you waited late in the draft this year, keep an eye on the manager who owns him for a potential trade as the year moves forward.
Kyle Seager 3B SS Seattle He is batting over .300 with three extra-base hits and a team-leading six RBI. He has hits in five of seven games so far with three multi-hit games. Notes He could have second base eligibility later in the year. I picked him up for my team this week.
Ross Detwiler SP/RP, Nationals
He is in the starting rotation, had a good first game against the Mets. A 2007 first-round pick had a 3.21 ERA over 10 starts last year. NOTE: Pitching is hard to find, worth a shot.
Erik Bedard SP, Pirates – Been injured in past years, had good stuff, now in the National league and can help your teams stats if he can stay healthy. NOTE: Cheap value, if it doesn’t work out you can find something else.
Lorenzo Cain OF, Royals placed on the Dl so someone who has injuries or is not baseball savvy might drop him NOTE: Be the one who takes a shot if you have a roster spot available. (My brother in law has him on his team and he is very baseball savvy).
Alejandro De Aza He plays center field, and is starting for the White Sox. He batted .329 with four homers, 23 RBI, 29 runs scored and 29 stolen bases over 54 games last year. NOTE If you need speed and average he looks to be worth a shot. He is batting 280 as I write and also qualifies in Right field
Jose Altuve 2B Houston A shallow position, along with many player injuries during the year. He should be able to have a respectable average and steal bases out of the No. 2 spot. NOTE: He should available in your league, as not many managers should even know who he is and he does not play for a popular team. I know that I don’t watch them unless the games are against the Mets.
Vinnie Pestano RP Cleveland He has a chance to take over the closer situation. Note: I am taking a chance and picked him up this week
As the 2012 season continues I will be discussing events of the week (tidbits), injury news, waiver wire possibilities, and sharing with you articles that I am reading that will help you achieve your goal of getting into the playoffs and being the Fantasy Baseball champion. Post your comments questions and feel free to e-mail me any time at Bonniegortler@gmail.com
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