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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: ERIC THAMES LIKELY OUT UNTIL LATE JUNE OR JULY DUE TO TORN UCL IN THUMB

For the second consecutive season, Milwaukee Brewers first baseman/outfielder Eric Thames has been a power hitting monster in April as he sat with 7 home runs, 13 RBI, and a .250 batting average going into Wednesday's action.  Having been the darling of the game last April when Thames went nuclear in his first month back in MLB after years spent torturing Korean pitching, fast starts certainly was becoming the trend here.  Unfortunately, Thames won't be able to build off his big start this time around as it was revealed he had a torn UCL in his thumb and the expected time he will be out likely will range in the 6-8 week range.  This means Thames won't return to active duty until sometime in late June or early July and so those in more shallow formats really have no choice but to cut the guy loose.  Thames has cemented his status since coming back to the States as a big-time power producer who on the flip side was a batting average liability due to a penchant for striking out.  In the meantime, the Brewers will likely use Ryan Braun more at first base in Thames' absence and that at least should help minimize some wear-and-tear there.  Either way, Thames's power will certainly be missed while he is out. 


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