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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY WRAPUP: DAVID WRIGHT CONTINUES TO TAKE THINGS SLOW

Spring traning is now two weeks old and there are more than a few injury storylines worth paying attention to.  Let's get to all the latest.

-It appears as though New York Mets third baseman David Wright is finally set to play in a minor league game for the team after he went at a very deliberate pace the first two weeks of camp in terms of getting ready.  Wright of course is dealing with the spinal stenosis that cost him almost the entire 2016 season and his health will be a non-stop theme all year.  While Wright was once a slam dunk first round pick in fantasy baseball, he is now nothing but a deep starting third base option who is as volatile as they get.

-Cincinnati Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton manned the DH spot in his return to the spring lineup for the team Tuesday.  Hamilton has hardly played the field at all this spring as he continues to deal with soreness in his surgically-repaired shoulder that has hindered him constantly since.  Manager Bryan Price suggested Hamilton could return to the outfield in a matter of days but his fantasy baseball value remains completely tied up in his massive stolen base totals and nothing else. Hamilton overall is quite overrated. 

-Speaking of the Reds, catcher Devin Mesoraco is set to debut Thursday for the team.  Mesoraco has taken it slow this spring after recovering from 2015 hip surgery but all signs point to him being ready for Oopening Day as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks.  Mesoraco looks quite undervalued this season and he could supply very good bounce back upside.

-Toronto Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada pitched two innings in a minor league game on Tuesday as he finally seems like he has his back issues behind him.  It was disappointing to see Estrada re-sign with the Blue Jays this winter and he has big bust potential due to his home park and the fact his advanced metrics point to a pitched who should have had a 2015 ERA over 4.00 due to good BABIP luck. 

-New York Mets ace Jacob DeGrom will start on Thursday for the team after he missed his last outing due to a sore back.  There is zero concern about DeGrom's health moving forward and he is set to be a top ten fantasy baseball starter once again. 

-It appears as though Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez won't return to the team until late April as the news continues to get worse regarding the youngster and his knee injury.  Hold Rodriguez is you can but it looks like at best you will get only five months out of the kid this season. 

-Tampa Bay Rays infielder Logan Forsythe suffered a left elbow contusion after getting drilled by a pitch Tuesday.  Forsythe is expected to return in a few days and he has some decent value in deeper leagues due to his versatility. 


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