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Thursday, July 30, 2015

FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: MATT HOLLIDAY COULD BE DONE FOR 2015 WITH QUAD, TROUBLE BREWING FOR MICHAEL PINEDA

A couple of big names went down on Thursday, with St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday and New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda both ending up on the 15-day disabled list.  In the case of Holliday, he goes back on the DL for the second time this season with an injured quad.  Holliday missed six weeks earlier in the season with the quad as it healed very slowly.  Apparently Holliday didn't completely get over the injury as it flared again as it was officially deemed a right quad strain.  There is some talk that Holliday could be out for the rest of the season as a result, which is why the Cardinals likely went out early Thursday and traded for Brandon Moss from the Cleveland Indians.  One of the best pure hitters of his generation, Holliday had seen all of his numbers slip outside of his usual .300 average this season as he is now in his mid-30's.  Clearly Holliday is on the back side of his career and his standing now is of nothing but an outfielder 3. 

As far as Michael Pineda is concerned, we just got done featuring him in a piece on pitchers who are fatigued as we reached late July, typically the time we see this out of guys who are either young or who are coming back from injuries which means their arms are not conditioned for big innings totals.  Pineda came down with pain in his forearm and was quickly placed on the DL.  This of course brings back very bad memories when Pineda missed all of the 2012 and 2013 season with shoulder trouble and has stints on the DL a year ago as well.  The Yankees are calling Pineda's injury a right flexor muscle strain which is a Grade 1 and the least severe.  Still closer Andrew Miller sat out a month with the same injury earlier in the season and that seems about right for Pineda which should also get the Yankees going in trying to acquire a pitcher.  Even before the injury, Pineda's stellar numbers in April and May sunk badly in June and July as fatigue set in.  The injury only compounds what is shaping up to be a very shaky finish to his season. 

 

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