Friday was hell for fantasy owners as there are three major injuries owners need to address: Zack Greinke out for 2 months, Jose Reyes and his serious ankle injury, and Giancarlo Stanton's shoulder injury.
Zack Greinke to miss two months
We woke up to the news that Zack Greinke had sustained a broken collarbone in the senseless brawl with San Diego on Thursday night. Later on Friday, we learned that Greinke will have a rod inserted into his left collarbone and will miss the next two months. Fantasy owners have no way of replacing Greinke for the next two months, but to limit the damage of adding one of the remaining starting pitchers off the waiver wire, you might want to consider a middle reliever who will not hurt you in the ERA and WHIP categories. That is exactly what I did in the one NL-only league where I own Greinke, as I picked up Edward Mujica. who owns a 3.00ish ERA and 1.0ish WHIP over the last two seasons.
Jose Reyes seriously injures ankle
Blue Jays shortstop seriously injured his ankle sliding into second base on a steal attempt. It was an awkward slide and it appeared that he got his cleat caught either on the second base bag or in the dirt around the bag. If he should miss an extended period of time, I think Emilio Bonifacio will become the Jays everyday shortstop, as he replaced Reyes after the injury.
Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopolous says Reyes could miss anywhere from 1-3 months depending on the results of the MRI.
Giancarlo Stanton to miss weekend series
Well, maybe now Stanton's owners have a reason why he is struggling at the plate. Stanton will miss the weekend series with the Phillies due to a left shoulder injury and will have an MRI. Stanton is hitting just .167-.342-.233 with no home runs and 1 RBI through 9 games this season.
Like Greinke, there is no way you can replace the power that Stanton provides, but if Cody Ross is available, he could be a decent source of power, as he should be activated off the DL sometime this week. With Stanton out of the lineup, streamers should consider starting pitchers when facing the Marlins.
Here is what else I saw on Friday night:
Cardinals rookie starter Shelby Miller was dominant on Friday night, holding the Brewers to one hit over seven innings, striking out 8. He threw 113 pitches, which is concerning, but 87 of them went for strikes, which seems like a high number, so I dug deeper. According to ESPN, of his 87 strikes, a whopping 42 were of the foul ball variety. Is that a misprint? Can someone verify that?
Padres third baseman Chase Headley started his rehab assignment last night, going 1-3 with High A Lake Elsinore. He served as the team's DH last night, so it appears he isn't quite ready to play the field just yet.
Angels outfielder Mike Trout was moved from the leadoff spot to the two spot in the lineup recently, but that has not helped him out of his early season slump yet. He went 0-4 last night and is now hitting .227-.277-.341 with just 4 runs, one RBI and one stolen base, so he is due to get hot real soon.
Speaking of struggling to start the season, look no further than Twins rookie Aaron Hicks. Our own Craig Goldstein cautioned readers not to read too much into his 3 home run game back in spring training, and he was dead on. Hicks went 0-4 with a walk and two runs scored last night, and is now hitting just .051-.119-.051. He might need some time in AAA if he can't hit his way out of this slump.
Who saw this show of power from Mets catcher John Buck? I did not, but do own him in one of my leagues. Buck went 1-5 with a grand slam in the Mets 16-5 win over the Twins last night. He is now hitting .351-.350-.861 with 6 HRs and 19 RBI so far this season. Quite shocking.
One game eligibility leagues
For those of you playing in leagues that require just one game played at a position, Padres outfielder Jesus Guzman started at third base last night. I imagine he is owned in NL-only and deeper mixed leagues right now.
Also, Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista moved over to third base after Jose Reyes left the game, so he now has outfield and third base eligibility for the rest of the season in leagues that require just one game played at a position.
We had a few blown saves on Friday, none worse than Drew Storen's blowup in the 9th inning vs the Braves. He was called in to protect a two run lead with two out in the 8th inning, and got the third out. But then he lost it in the 9th, giving up 2 runs, one earned, on 3 hits and a walk. Storen was given the save opportunity with Rafael Soriano pitching on each of the last three days. Teammate Tyler Clippard struggled last night as well, giving up a run on a hit and 3 walks. The Nationals bullpen is not the same dominant bullpen we saw last season.
Cubs closer Kyuji Fujikawa blew a save yesterday afternoon, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits, but earned the win after the Cubs rallied vs Giants closer Sergio Romo. The blown save was Romo's first of the season. Fujikawa threw 30 pitches yesterday, so Carlos Marmol may get a save opportunity today.
UPDATE: Fujikawa may be headed to the DL, Rafael Dolis called up. Here is Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat:
#Cubs Fujikawa may be headed to DL. Name isn't on lineup card— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) April 13, 2013
So who closes now is anyone's guess.
Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz earned the save last night vs the Dodgers, but he was saved by a game ending double play grounder after walking two hitters in a row. He did not look comfortable on the mound, so there is a chance David Hernandez gets a save opportunity on Saturday.
Padres closer Huston Street entered the Padres game with the Rockies in the 9th with the score tied at 5 and proceed to give up two one-out home runs, one to Dexter Fowler and one to Josh Rutledge. Street owners may want to grab Luke Gregerson to handcuff Street if you have a bench spot.