Key Injuries May Have an Impact as Season Starts

By Scoresheet_Tom | April 3rd, 2012

As the season gets underway, some bad news has hit the wires in the last few days. Here’s an update with some of the most recent injuries that could have an impact on your fantasy baseball team.

The Red Sox, already trying to find a way to recover from their 2011 meltdown, may have to do it without newly acquired closer Andrew Bailey. Perhaps they should have known better than to pick up an injury-prone closer in the first place, huh? USA Today is reporting that Bailey’s thumb injury could be serious enough to put him on the shelf for the season. And manager Bobby Valentine’s quote offered little to refute that possibility:

Valentine said he thinks the right-handed Bailey will be out “a while” with a right thumb injury. Asked if that meant days, weeks or months, the manager said: “possibly all of the above.”

Uh oh! The full article can be found at the link below.

Red Sox closer Bailey may need thumb surgery (USA Today)

The A’s also got some bad news on the injury front – which seems to be an ongoing theme in recent years – when reliever Joey Devine was shut down with elbow soreness. Devine came back from 2009 Tommy John surgery last year and performed well in stints with the A’s and their Triple-A  affiliate in Sacramento.

Dallas Braden, another who was attempting a return from injury and expected to be available in May, was also shutdown with shoulder soreness.

More info can be found on the San Francisco Chronicle’s Drumbeat blog.

Others of note include the Cards’ Chris Carpenter (nerve injury in right shoulder), Arizona’s Stephen Drew (fractured ankle), the Dodgers’ Ted Lilly (stiff neck), and the Rangers’ Nelson Cruz (bruised wrist).

For a list of current injuries and estimated return dates, check out the MLB Fantasy Player Injury list.


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