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Monday, March 26, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: DINELSON LAMET DOWN UNTIL MAY WITH SORE ELBOW

                                                            

And another one bites the dust.  That uttered phrase can certainly apply to another young pitcher going down with injury and also for another key 2018 fantasy baseball player overall falling by the wayside with the start of the new season oh so close.  San Diego Padres upstart power pitcher Dinelson Lamet was the latest hurler to go down as he was forced out of his final exhibition outing with soreness in his pitching elbow which instantly sparked fears of Tommy John considering his young age and hard-throwing approach.  Luckily, no structural damage was discovered but Lamet will be shut down for a bit and not return until May.  While he was not considered a top starter for 2018 fantasy baseball by any means, Lamet presented some sizable upside based on his top-shelf fastball that elicited 139 strikeouts in just 114.1 innings as a rookie in 2017.  Once again we have been reminded not only of the fragility of pitchers but especially young ones such as Lamet whose elbows/shoulders strain heavily under the 100 pitches per start routine every five days.  Now in terms of what to do with Lamet, he is too talented to simply just discard onto the waiver wire and so stashing him on your DL spot is the way to go if possible.  The injuries are coming fast and furious in this last week or so however so even those spots might be getting clogged up by the looks of things. 


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