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Monday, March 28, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: ANTHONY DeSCALFANI LIKELY GOING ON DL AFTER SUFFERING OBLIQUE STRAIN

The last week of spring training is always a trying time for manager across Major League Baseball. After having already survived five weeks of tedious exhibition play, the 30 respective MLB managers cross their fingers that they could get their squads through the final week of games without any injury.  Well there was no such luck for Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price who saw one of his better starting pitchers in Anthony DeScalfani go down Monday with a dreaded strained oblique.  While much more pronounced among hitters, a strained oblique is just as debilitating and unpredictable in terms of recovery time for a pitcher.  Generally it takes about two weeks or more for a player to get back to work after suffering the strain and so that means it is only a matter of time before the Reds place DeScalfani on the DL to start the 2016 season.  DeScalfani was actually in line to start the opener for the team after a surprisingly good rookie campaign in 2015 when he pitched to a 4.05 ERA and put up a very impressive 77-14 K/BB ratio during the second half of the season.  As far as fantasy baseball is concerned, DeScalfani is your classic SP 5 who has some upside to be a 4 by the end of the season.  Stash him in deeper setups. 

 

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