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Friday, March 4, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY WRAPUP: C.J. WILSON NOT LIKELY FOR OPENER

Another day and another one filled with injury question marks for some "name" players with spring training just days old.  Let's get right to it.

-It looks like Los Angeles Angels lefty starter C.J. Wilson will not be ready for his first start of the season due to a combination of offseason elbow surgery and shoulder tendinitis that cropped up at the start of camp.  Aging and coming off a very rough 2015 season, Wilson was nothing but an SP 5 in almost all formats. 

-Once again it seems like the rapid progress of Angels DH Albert Pujols is legit as he will DH in a spring game on Sunday.  After undergoing offseason foot surgery to repair a plantar fascia injury, it was originally felt he would be out until May of 2016.  However it now looks like Pujols will be ready for Opening Day which means those who bought low in early drafts will be rewarded.  Still a very capable power hitter, Pujols' batting average has sunk badly the last two years.  He is best as your UTIL or DH spot for your fantasy baseball squad. 

-More and more injury question marks for Cincinnati Reds leadoff hitter and outfielder Billy Hamilton who was scratched from a spring game on Friday.  Hamilton had been used as a DH only early this spring as he continues to recover slowly from labrum surgery in the shoulder and his status for Opening Day is becoming more murky as spring goes on.  A classic one-trick pony who helps only in his massive steals total, Hamilton is simply not worth the aggravation. 

-Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Aaron Altherr was forced out of the team's spring game Friday after he jammed his wrist making a diving catch in the first inning.  Altherr was seen flexing the wrist in the dugout and he had some tests performed afterwards.  The result were not known as of this writing but Altherr is really just a very late round slight upside play due to some very good speed.

-The Miami Marlins are breathing a sigh of relief as Jared Cosart's MRI on his knee came back clean.  Cosart suffered a seemingly bad knee injury when he collided with Martin Prado while trying to make a catch.  He should be able to make his next start but his annually middling numbers make him just a guy you want to own in NL-only leagues. 

 

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