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Friday, March 2, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: DREW POMERANZ COMES DOWN WITH SCARY FOREARM TIGHTENESS

Oh boy!  Boston Red Sox lefty starter Drew Pomeranz became the latest young and hard-throwing starting pitcher to come down with a forearm problem; with this ending his spring start on Friday early.  Pomeranz is no stranger to injury as he had a string of elbow and forearm trouble in the past but so far has avoided Tommy John surgery.  It is disconcerting that the issue keeps cropping up however and Pomeranz will now head for the requisite round of tests to see if the UCL is affected.  While pitching in the AL East is always brutal, Pomeranz has strikeout stuff that makes him interesting in fantasy baseball as an SP 4 and he comes off a solid 2017 where he registered a 3.32 ERA and 9.02 K/9.  While control remains a major problem for Pomeranz (3.58 BB/9), he gives up few hits due to the movement of his offerings and thus has decent value heading into 2018.  That all gets put on hold however and so now we wait to find out how dire the test results are.  In the meantime, do yourself a favor and drop Pomeranz to SP 5 status on your cheat sheets and bee prepared for some ugly news.  


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