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Friday, February 17, 2017

FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: GRADE 1 CALF STRAIN FOR BELTRE A REMINDER OF HIS AGE

                                                                 

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has been putting the finishing touches on what has turned out to be a Hall of Fame career the last few seasons, with the latest being a tremendous comeback campaign in 2016 when he hit 32 home runs, collected 104 RBI, and batted .300 which reversed a 2014-15 trend of sliding offensive numbers,  Now turning 38 in April, Beltre is clearly on the back nine of his career but he has become the latest David Ortiz example of a guy we can't ever doubt in terms of performance all the way to retirement.  Alas with age comes an increased chance of injury and Beltre showed he was not immune to this as it was revealed on Friday he suffered a Grade 1 calf strain during Thursday's workouts.  The injury means Beltre will not likely be able to play for the Dominican Republic in the upcoming WBC but otherwise he is slated to miss only 2-3 weeks before returning to spring workouts.  The fact Beltre won't be playing in the WBC is actually good news for those who already own him in fantasy baseball or are planning to do so.  The WBC is a landmine for star players and an injury here is doubly frustrating to owners of these hitters and pitchers given the exhibition nature.  Be that as it may, Beltre seems to be quite a safe investment once again in 2017 fantasy baseball and a decently priced on at that since his ADP is a bit lower then it should be given the age discrimination.  Be aware though that injury is something that no aging player can avoid and so Beltre needs a decent backup to cover yourself.  

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