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Fantasy Baseball Injuries and Consequences

Hideki Matsui, DH, New York YankeesOne constant frustration for fantasy baseball players is the presence of highly valued players on the disabled list.

Down the stretch, the saving grace of having long injured players come back is that they can lead you to fantasy baseball glory.

We’ve got some injury updates for you… check them out and make moves accordingly.

  • Christian Guzman, the Washington Nationals’ slap-hitting shortstop, missed a week with a thumb injury, but he returned last night and got two hits. Get him back in your lineup.
  • Hideki Matsui returned to the New York Yankees outfield earlier this week (old news) and hit his first home run in last night’s action against the Blue Jays (good sign).
  • Julio Lugo, the scrappy Red Sox shortstop, has been on the DL since July 12, and has now had a setback in his recovery from a quad injury. If you were holding onto him for any reason… maybe now you should cut him and add a guy like Mike Aviles, instead.
  • Joba Chamberlain, our favorite Cornhusker, is working his way back from that pesky shoulder injury, and should begin throwing from a mound on Saturday.
  • Hanley Ramirez has a bum thumb and could miss some action this weekend. Bench him in leagues with daily lineup changes until he is healthy enough to return, which should be sometime next week.
  • Justin Duchscherer has joined the DL crowd with a hip injury. Use one of your DL spots for him and add some two-start pitchers in his place down the stretch. He should be back in the lineup during key playoff weeks, and you’ll want his stats when it matters most.
  • Bartolo Colon is on his way back from a back injury (ha). Look for him to return in September. He threw four innings of no-hit action in a rehab start last night. Never a bad idea to give a former Cy Young-winner a close look when you need quality spot pitching down the stretch.
  • Brad Penny has been injured for a week or so with shoulder inflammation, and he will begin throwing next week. When he returns, however, he will be in the Dodgers bullpen, seriously lowering his fantasy value. If your league has holds, consider keeping Penny, but it might be time to part ways.
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