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Friday, March 24, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY WRAPUP: MIGUEL CABRERA (BACK) MAY NOT BE READY FOR OPENER

Some news and notes on the injury front with the season less than two weeks away.

-Some potentially big news was shared Thursday when Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera admitted he played through a back injury during the WBC and that he may not be ready to go for Opening Day.  Cabrera hit just .190 during the tournament as he was clearly hampered physically and so yet he goes down as another casualty of the exhibition.  Getting up there in age at 34, Cabrera's big body is always prone to breaking down as we have seen from other hefty sluggers like Ryan Howard and Prince Fielder.  This is something to watch closely over the next ten days.

-Luis Valbuena is only of interest in AL-only leagues but he will be down 4-6 weeks with a Grade 1 hamstring strain.  The Los Angeles Angels third baseman has always hit for solid power but his annually horrific batting averages make him an option just in AL-only and very deep mixers.

-Yasmany Tomas continues to say he will be ready to go for the opener despite still being limited by an oblique strain.  Tomas is scheduled to do some higher intensity work in the cage on Friday which will go a long way in determining how ready he is for game action.  A very underrated outfielder in fantasy baseball, Tomas can hit 25-30 home runs for a quite affordable draft cost.

-Having not played since March 12, Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock has stressed out his fantasy baseball owners once again.  Coming off a lost 2016 on account of injury, Pollock was a popular buy low outfielder at the draft table.  However his groin injury is a reminder that he always seems to be nicked up and so Pollock is no guarantee to make good on that draft cost.  He still has time to get himself ready to go but he needs to start getting at-bats soon.


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