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Thursday, March 22, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY WATCH: FOOT CONTUSION A REMINDER OF FRAGILITY OF CARLOS CARRASCO

                                                              

Hey Carlos Carrasco is hurt AGAIN!  Surprised?  Don't be because as tremendous a pitcher as Carrasco is on a yearly basis, he also is one of the most injury-prone players in all of fantasy baseball regardless of position.  This time around it was a foot contusion when he was hit by a line drive during the fifth inning of his Wednesday spring start but the bigger news is that no breaks were found.  While Carrasco dodged a health bullet this time (all signs are he will be ready to go when the season starts), anyone who invests here has to accept the very sizable risk that there will be more injury woes going forward.  Simply put, some hitters and pitchers can't ever seem to avoid getting hurt for one reason or another and Carrasco is that guy.  His history arm trouble is too numerous to list and it could possibly be a delivery issue causing the problems like what we have seen with Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg in the past.  You almost get the sense that you are on borrowed time when it comes to owning Carrasco (sort of like owning the New York Mets' Noah Syndegaard as well) and so that needs to be factored into where you draft the Indians' number 2.  For now though, enjoy the healthy version of Carrasco while it lasts.  That is because it won't last. 

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