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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: TWO ACES BITE THE INJURY DUST TUESDAY

It was one of those trainwreck days in fantasy baseball when injuries struck down top-tier talent across the game and in the process left owners in quite a bit of pain.  Right at the top of the injury blotter was not one but TWO ace-level pitchers going down for extended time periods and it adds to the chaos among a starting pitching fraternity that has been besieged with an insane amount of home runs going out of parks the first two weeks of the season.  Let's take them one at a time given the significance of the names:

Luis Severino:  Already on the IL after coming down with shoulder pain in spring training, New York Yankees ace Luis Severino is now going to be shut down for six weeks due to suffering a Grade 2 lat strain.  On its surface, this means Severino will be out at least until July as he will need to have the equivalent of a full spring training to get himself in shape but it is likely he will be out even longer given the severity of the injury.  Keep in mind that last season New York Mets ace Noah Syndergaard missed virtually the entire year with a Grade 2 lat strain and so Severino is far from guaranteed to come back based on the original timeline.  Already looking like a bust candidate before the second injury, Severino's 2019 is already looking like a washout. 

Mike Clevinger:  There may not have been a more dominant starting pitcher to begin the 2019 season that the Cleveland Indians' Mike Clevinger who burst out of the gates 12 scoreless innings and a truly insane 22 strikeouts.  Unfortunately, Clevinger exited his last start after five innings with back pain and the results from testing was disastrous as it was revealed he suffered a major back strain.  As a result, Clevinger will now miss the next 6-8 weeks which is truly a disaster and you also now have to worry he will never be the same pitcher again given the nature of back injuries.  Anyone who has suffered a back injury knows that once a major injury is suffered here, it never is truly the same and flareups happen constantly.  So for a guy who was looking like he was graduating into ace status this season, Clevinger is now nothing but a second-half stash who really leaves his owners in a lurch. 


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