May 29 2012
Fantasy owners have been scrambling to maintain a healthy lineup this season with all the weird injuries and illness, but Jonathan Lucroy’s injury is pretty unusual. The Brewers have already lost half of their starting infield due to season-ending knee injuries with Mat Gamel and Alex Gonzalez going down, and now they’ll be without Lucroy. Lucroy was placed on the disabled list after fracturing a bone in his right hand. He was reaching under his hotel room bed for a sock on Sunday night when his wife dropped a suitcase on his hand. Lucroy is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks. Its a terrible break for fantasy owners and a bad break for the Brewers. The loss of Lucroy means the Brewers will be without one of their best hitters so far this season, as Lucroy has batted .345 with five homers and 30 RBI. Milwaukee will call up Martin Maldonado to replace Lucroy on the roster, but George Kottaras will receive the majority of the playing time behind the plate. Kottaras isn’t a bad replacement for Lucroy.
In other fantasy news…..
- Freddie Freeman (vision problems) missed the entire weekend as he waits for a pair sport goggles to arrive on Tuesday. I can’t believe it takes 3+ days for a pair goggles to get delivered to Atlanta. The Braves can afford the rate for overnight shipping fee.
- Jered Weaver left Monday’s start after throwing just 12 pitches due to a lower back injury. He is scheduled for an MRI Tuesday and we will find out more.
- Chris Sale was unhittable on Monday, striking out 15 Rays batters over 7 1/3 innings. Sale’s 15 strikeouts established a new career high and he was simply on another level.
- Roy Halladay will get his shoulder examined by a doctor Tuesday. If Halladay hits the disabled list, Vance Worley could take his spot in the rotation.
- Matt Adams had three hits and three RBI Monday and is now batting .382. It will be interesting to see how the Cardinals work him into the lineup with Allen Craig (hamstring) due back Friday.
- James McDonald continued his strong start to 2012 with eight shutout innings against the Reds Monday. His ERA sits at 2.20.
- PROSPECT WATCH: Yasmani Grandal is tearing it up in the minors and with Matt Hundley struggling at the plate, a call-up could be soon. Grandal has yet to put up strong power numbers, but who does at Petco Park? Yonder Alonso has done a nice job for the Padres, but the best prospect they received in the Mat Latos trade was Grandal.