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Saturday, March 26, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: TORN LCL ELIMINATES WILL SMITH FROM CLOSER TIER

The news started trickling in on Friday when prospective Milwaukee Brewers closer candidate Will Smith was spotted wearing a wrap on his knee and then later was seen on crutches.  Despite dominating this spring with seven scoreless innings to his name, Smith was headed for an MRI on the knee which immediately threw a dark cloud over his immediate value.  Well the results are in and they are not good as Smith was diagnosed with a torn LCL in his right knee which will necessitate a DL stint to begin the season.  Now we turn to how long Smith could be out and the severity of the injury.  If surgery is recommended, stick a fork in Smith for the majority of 2016.  If he can rehab the injury, an early June return could be possible.  The bottom line now however is that Smith is out of the closer battle in Milwaukee and that means righty Jeremy Jeffress is the favorite for saves despite him dealing with his own injury issues this spring with a hamstring problem.  Feel free to cut Smith loose as either way his stock is destroyed by this.  Corey Knebel would be next in line behind Jeffress but either way this is now a big mess for the fantasy baseball community to digest. 

 

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