The Mets are off to a strong start at 4-1, but not everyone is smiling after Tuesday’s game. X-rays taken Tuesday evening on the right pinkie finger of Mets third baseman David Wright revealed a small fracture. Wright was off to a 7-for-12 start and appeared poised to re-emerge as a major power threat this season courtesy of the reconfigured walls at Citi Field. Maybe he’ll only miss a couple of weeks and be able pick up right where he left off. If Wright is out for an extended period of time, the Mets could move Daniel Murphy to third base and hand the starting second base duties over to either Jordany Valdespin or Justin Turner.
In other fantasy news:
- Justin Upton missed Tuesday’s game with a jammed thumb. Fantasy Owners should consider Upton day-to-day.
- Danny Duffy threw six shutout innings to defeat the A’s on Tuesday. He gave up just one hit while striking out eight. Fantasy owners that own Duffy should feel good after last night, but by no means is he a definite start each time he walks to the mound. He’ll face the potent Tigers lineup in his next start and that is one that I would keep Duffy on the bench.
- Chipper Jones returned from the DL on Tuesday night and hit his first home run of 2012 to lead the Braves to a victory. Jones If Jones (39 years old) can remain healthy, his is still a productive player.
- Carl Crawford was sent to the doctor with a sore elbow. He is already on the DL after having surgery on his left wrist. Since signing that mega deal with the Red Sox last year, it has been one disappointment after the other for Crawford and fantasy owners. I want no part of him in 2012.
- Vernon Wells is off to a slow start this season. The Angels think he could be pressing, but the reality is that he is just not any good. If he can’t produce in this lineup, where can he be successful? Avoid Wells in all formats.
- Jeremy Hellickson was taken to the hospital today after getting hit in the head with a baseball during the Tigers batting practice. We should hear more later today.