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Thursday, March 30, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: ALREADY SCRATCH APRIL AWAY FROM STEVEN MATZ

If you were to make a fantasy baseball "All Injury Team", New York Nets lefty Steven Matz would undoubtedly hold down one of the starting pitching spots  Already with a Tommy John surgery under his belt, Matz also has dealt with ongoing elbow trouble (including a bone spur that was surgically repaired) and a slew of other ailments.  Already Matz is injured for 2017 as he will now miss all of April with an ongoing bout of elbow irritation.  Matz will need to build back up again stamina-wise and once again his very high ceiling is being muted by his losing battle to injuries.  The big fallout on the bright side however is that Zack Wheeler returns to the starting rotation for the first time since 2014 and he comes off a decent enough spring where his fastball routinely hit 97 again.  While Wheeler has never been able to generate the high amount of K's anticipated from having such a potent fastball due to poor location, his return is a nice story and it puts him firmly into the SP 5 range.  Remember Wheeler was once considered one of the very best pitching prospects in baseball and while he may be capped at around 120 innings, he is still worth an add for now while he is healthy.


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