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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: ANDRE ETHIER OUT 10-14 WEEKS WITH FRACTURED TIBIA

Heading into the 2015 fantasy baseball, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier was nothing but another boring and aging veteran hitter who nobody wanted at the draft table.  While Ethier had some very good power seasons a few years prior, injuries and a crowded Dodgers outfield that included hotshot newcomer Joc Pederson left his stock out in the cold.  Well Ethier decided to take matters into his own hands in terms of engineering a very nice comeback campaign that saw him smack 14 home runs in just 395 at-bats to go along with a tidy .292 batting average.  Still young enough at 34 in April, Ethier was slated for another season of decent at-bats for the Dodgers in 2016 where he could wind up being a cheap source of 15-20 home runs. 

Unfortunately that narrative has to go in the waste bin as it was found out on Tuesday that Ethier will be forced to miss the next 10-14 weeks due to a fractured tibia in his right leg.  Ethier suffered the fracture in Monday's exhibition game but there was no hint of something this serious.  As a result of Ethier's absence, the Dodgers have plenty of fill-in options that includes Trayce Thompson, Carl Crawford, Scott Van Slyke, and Alex Guerrero.  Guerrero and Thompson have some slight sleeper appeal but nothing that should make anyone race to the waiver wire.  As far as Ethier is concerned, cut him loose if your league carries a very thin bench.  You can do without him. 

 

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