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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY REPORT: MURPHY, ROSARIO, SALAZAR, AND MORE

Spring training is only a few weeks old and already some important names are showing up all over the injury blotter which will no doubt impact fantasy baseball drafts moving forward.  Let's get to all the latest and their fantasy baseball fallout.

-Perhaps the most disturbing news of the day on Tuesday was New York Mets top shortstop prospect Amed Rosario heading for an MRI on his sore knee.  Rosario first complained of soreness in the knee last week and he admitted early on Tuesday that the pain was still a problem.  The MRI was soon ordered and now we wait to see if the five-tool talent will be the latest Met to hit the injury skids.  Outside of injury trouble, Rosario is a major talent who looks like the latest star offensive player at the shortstop position but his stock is sliding based on what has been happening with the knee.  If Rosario will miss extended time, old friend Jose Reyes would be just an option for the NL-only crowd.

-We already have learned that fireballing Cleveland Indians pitching tease Danny Salazar will begin the 2018 season on the DL due to ongoing elbow trouble and Mike Clevinger will take his place which is good for those who have been getting the latter at a cheap rate in early drafts.  Clevinger has shown a knack for missing bats at a high rate and the opportunity he will get at the start of the season is a big chance for him to firm up a rotation spot.  The issue with Clevinger has always been walks as it is for most young hurler but any inroad there would make the K's jump out even more.

-We said to avoid Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy in drafts this spring as he made his way back from microfracture surgery and now it looks like he won't be ready to answer the bell Opening Day.  While Murphy could be back by mid-April, the microfracture procedure is a very serious one and that could impact the All-Star at the dish.  It was a very fun ride with Murphy the last two years but he is now moving into his mid-30's with a bum knee. 

-Billy Hamilton was a late scratch by the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday with an index finger injury and so this needs to be watched in terms of an update.  You always have to worry about broken fingers for stolen base guys like Hamilton but he should not be on your cheat sheets in my opinion anyways as he is grossly overpriced.  Yes Hamilton can steal a monster amount of bases but he literally is a one-trick pony and you can get better value from someone like Bradley Zimmer. 

-Toronto Blue Jays ace Marcus Stroman will also likely begin the year on the DL due to the shoulder stiffness that has sidelined him of late.  Stroman throws hard but is small in size which often lead to injuries as we are seeing now with here and his middling K/9 rate is nothing to write home about either.  There is talent here however and Stroman can be a cheap SP 3 if he does return in mid-April.  Just don't pay much to find out. 


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