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Fantasy Baseball Injuries And Consequences

Rafael Furcal, Shortstop, LA Dodgers.Many fantasy baseball studs are on the DL, including Padres ace Jake Peavy, reported earlier this week by Fantasy Baseball Dugout.

What is the timetable for the return of some of your fantasy baseball studs? Take a look below…

  • Rafael Furcal, Shortstop, Los Angeles Dodgers: Furcal hit the DL May 6 with a lower back strain and should be activated for tonight’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Furcal was a top-10 fantasy baseball player before going on the DL, and returns as a must-start for fantasy baseball week 9.
  • Troy Tulowitzki, Shortstop, Colorado Rockies: Tulo is still expected to be out until the All-Star break, but took batting practice for the first time this past week since going down April 29 with a torn tendon in his left quadricep.
  • Jorge Posada, Catcher, New York Yankees: Posada is getting closer to beginning his rehab assignment after throwing  May 20. He has been on the DL since April 27 with tendonitis in right rotator cuff.
  • John Smoltz and Rafael Soriano, Pitchers, Atlanta Braves: Smoltz isn’t providing updates on his return from right shoulder inflammation, but is throwing bullpen sessions and practicing a new arm angle to prevent future injuries. Soriano, the Braves closer, could return next week after beginning his rehab assignment tonight at AA-Mississippi.
  • Pedro Martinez, Pitcher, New York Mets: Pedro’s been on the DL since April 2 with a hamstring strain, and will be back at Mets camp in Port St. Lucie, Florida to throw a bullpen session Sunday. Mets manager Willie Randolph thinks Pedro could be back at the end of next week, but until his injury status is updated after Sunday’s bullpen session, that is still tentative.
  • Jason Isringhausen, Pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals: Izzy added injury to insult when he went down May 16 with a laceration on his right hand, shortly after losing his status as Cardinals closer. He was scheduled to throw from a mound today for the first time since going on the DL, but Cards GM John Mozeliak thinks Izzy’s rehab could take two to six weeks, putting him on pace for a return after the All-Star break.
  • Clay Buchholz, Pitcher, Boston Red Sox: Our no. 2 ranked AL prospect/sleeper went on the DL May 13 with a broken nail on his right middle finger. Yes, you read that right. On the plus side, he is scheduled to make a rehab start Sunday at AAA Pawtucket, and could spend some time in the minors before getting the call back to the big leagues. On the year, Buchholz is 2-3 with 5.53 ERA with 43 strikeouts and a 1.63 ERA in 42.3 innings of work.
  • Joe Borowski, Pitcher, Cleveland Indians. FBD has been chronicling Borowski’s return from injury since he landed on the DL April 15 with right triceps strain. He pitched a scoreless inning Wednesday for AA-Erie, and could come off the DL this weekend.
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