Thursday, March 27, 2014

On the Mend?

As we near opening day I'd like to take a look at a few guys who are on the mend. These are players who in all likelihood you will have to exercise some patience with as they near a return to your fantasy lineup.

Mike Minor-(Shoulder)-Braves placed Minor on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 21, with shoulder soreness. Minor won't be ready to join the Braves rotation until the end of April. The lefty's shoulder didn't respond well when he tried to start up with his throwing program early in camp, after being forced to sit for a month following a urinary tract procedure in December. With the myriad of injuries to the Braves starting rotation they are understandably taking things slow with Minor. Slot him into your DL spot and hope the time off will afford Minor the opportunity to strengthen his shoulder.

Mat Latos-(Knee)-Reds manager Bryan Price said Friday that Mat Latos will likely begin the season on the disabled list. Latos pitched in a minor league game Wednesday and will throw in another one soon, so the club will be able to backdate a DL stint if necessary. However, he simply might not have enough stamina built up to be able to start in a couple weeks. Latos was reportedly pitching with good velocity and assuming he avoids any setbacks will look to join the rotation in Mid-April.

Matt Kemp-(Ankle)-Kemp, who is working his way back from ankle surgery. is eligible to come off the disabled list on April 4 and Mattingly hasn't ruled out the possibility that he'll be ready by then. Matt Kemp fell in most draft and offers huge risk, huge reward for owners who took a chance on him. Because he was placed on the disabled list, Kemp is ineligible to play in the Freeway Series against the Angels, considered major league games even though it holds exhibition status. With a crowded outfield in L.A. the Dodgers can afford to take their time easing back in their star outfielder.

Taijuan Walker-(Shoulder)-Taijuan Walker made his first start of the spring on Saturday. Walker threw one inning, giving up two hits and a run while throwing nothing but fastballs and changeups. His command was shaky, which is to be expected in a first start, but he was touching 96 mph with his fastball and showed good movement with his changeup. With tremendous upside look for the young hurler to be back in Seattle near the end of April.

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