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Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Injuries And Consequences

Troy Tulowitzki, Shortstop, Colorado Rockies.Since our last update on the many injuries in fantasy baseball, many of your stud hitters and pitchers have returned to action. Outfielders Alfonso Soriano of the Cubs, Shane Victorino of the Phillies, Curtis Granderson of the Tigers, third baseman Mike Lowell of the Red Sox, and pitchers Erik Bedard and J.J. Putz of the Mariners have all returned to action in the last two weeks.

Major fantasy baseball studs are still landing on the DL, however. Fantasy Baseball Dugout reported earlier this week that A-Rod and John Smoltz landed on the DL.

Who else is there, you might ask? Take a look below…

  • Jimmy Rollins, Shortstop, Philadelphia Phillies. J-Ro is eligible to come off the DL Monday after going down April 20 with a sprained ankle. Phillies manager Charlie Manual wants him to log at least four rehab starts before rejoining the big league team, so the earliest he will return is the end of next week. It could be longer.
  • Troy Tulowitzki, Shortstop, Colorado Rockies. Tulo gave fantasy baseball owners high expectations coming into this season, but has yet to deliver on any of them. After batting .152 with only 1 homerun and 11 RBI, fantasy owners might be glad to voluntarily take Troy out of the lineup. His agent is reporting he will miss six weeks, but there will be no surgery. The tendon tear in his quadricep he has suffered could sideline him until the All-Star break.
  • Jorge Posada and Phil Hughes, New York Yankees. The Yankees believe Posada will miss more than a month after injuring his right shoulder. Hughes was having a rough start to the season, going 0-4 with an ERA of 9.00, and has a stress fracture in one of his ribs. The Yanks will shelve him for a month before re-evaluating the injury. Hughes might not return until July.
  • Howie Kendrick and John Lackey, Anaheim Angels. Kendrick might return from the DL this weekend against Baltimore after going on the shelf April 14 with a strained left hamstring. Lackey is working through his minor league rehab assignment with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and is expected to rejoin the Angels on May 14.
  • Scott Kazmir, Starting Pitcher, Tampa Bay Rays. Kazmir is on pace to start Sunday against Boston, as we reported in our last edition of Injuries and Consequences.
  • Chad Cordero, Closer, Washington Nationals. Cordero is back on the DL for the second time this season after coming off the shelf April 13 and looking awful in every outing. He has a torn shoulder muscle that could sideline him up to six weeks.
  • Rafael Soriano, Closer, Atlanta Braves. Soriano was very confident two weeks ago that he would come off the DL as scheduled April 22 after suffering tendinitis in his right elbow. It is now May 2, and he still has soreness in his arm after throwing only fastballs. Don’t get your hopes too high for his return just yet.
  • Joe Borowski, Closer, Cleveland Indians. Borowski will still miss at least two more weeks, although he is making progress on his strained right triceps injury. He began playing catch on Monday and the Indians are waiting for him to get his arm strength back.
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