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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: ANDREW MILLER HEADING FOR X-RAYS AND CT SCANS, DELLIN BETANCES ON DECK

The New York Yankees thought they had built an all-time dominant bullpen for the 2016 season, with their trade for consensus number 1 closer Aroldis Chapman joining fireballing Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances to give the team a frightening back end of arms for opposing bats to deal with.  Well Chapman was able to come to the Yankees at a very cheap price due to a domestic issue that ultimately resulted in a suspension that will go until early May.  The result was that Miller would move back into the closer role until Chapman's return where he was named the most dominant stopper in the game in a very successfully 2015 debut with the team.  Well a comebacker could change those plans as Miller took a hit pitch off his wrist that had him writhing in pain and heading immediately to the locker room.  While the Yankees came out and initially labeled the impact a "bruise," Miller will undergo X-Rays and CT scans which tells you that the team is far from ready to exhale on this.  Obviously it is hold your breath time for Miller and his fantasy baseball owners and that also means those who own Dellin Betances could find him closing real soon.  If there is a break, Betances will likely hand off to Chapman as Miller could be out until June under that scenario.  Betances meanwhile was looked at by the fantasy baseball community as the closer favorite for 2015 before Miller came in and stole the gig away.  Be that as it may, Betances has been an All-Star each of the last two years behind a tremendous K rate.  Betances would be a big difference-maker in the ninth inning but his clock would only run with that role until Chapman returns.  Either way check back for updates on this situation as things could change quickly. 

 

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