Jason Heyward’s nagging left thumb injury has placed him on the 15-day disabled list Monday. The Braves are concerned that Heyward will have to manage the pain until the offseason when he can let it rest for an extended period of time, but the Braves are hoping a few weeks of rest will give him some immediate relief.
Heyward leads NL rookies with 11 home runs and 45 RBI, but he has struggled the last 24 games with a .172 BA with one homer, 7 RBI, and 33 strikeouts. This was the right move for Heyward. The Braves need his production in the second half of the season as the team is in the thick of the NL East race. Going on the disabled list could jeopardize Heyward’s chance of playing in the All-Star game, but there will be plenty of All-Star games for Heyward in the future. Heyward owners have to hope that two weeks off will give his left thumb the necessary rest and allow him to get back to his early season offensive production.
In other fantasy news from Monday…..
- Jason Bay hit two home runs in Puerto Rico yesterday. Bay has been struggling all season and probably wishes the Mets played their home games there and not Citi Field.
- Ubaldo Jimenez earned his 14th win of the season against the Padres. He had a no-hitter through five innings, but then the Padres began to claw their way back into the game. Jimenez gave up four runs on four hits and struck out seven. Every start can’t be perfect.
- Mike Stanton hit his second home run in Puerto Rico. Stanton is only hitting .215 since joining the Marlins. Be patient with Stanton – he will be just fine.
- Chris Coghlan continued his hot streak with two hits, including his 5th home run of the season. Coghlan has reached base safely in 24 of his last 26 games. So much for the first half slump. Fantasy owners that may have thrown in the towel with Coghlan after his unexpected slow start have to be shaking their heads.
- Chad Billingsley threw six solid innings in his return from the disabled list. Billingsley was not credited with the win, but he gave the Dodgers exactly what they needed after the devastating loss to the Yankees Sunday night.
- Hong-Chih Kuo earned his second save of the season and may just be the best relief pitcher of the first half of the season. Kuo has 2 wins, 2 saves, 12 holds, and a 1.11 ERA. Kuo does have a history of injuries, but at the moment, he is a solid option for relief pitchers in all fantasy formats.