Fantasy Baseball 2013: Weekend Injury Wrap-Up

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A week or so ago, I made a trade.

Yes, it was incredibly early, but when you hear what I got, you’ll be on my side. I sent away Justin Morneau and Josh Rutledge in return for Jose Reyes. Ever since acquiring the star shortstop, he immediately provided a ton of fantasy value for my roster, posting hits, runs, RBI, steals, you name it. So it is with great sadness that I remind the baseball universe that he headlines this weekend’s injury wrap-up.

Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays: After sliding into second base awkwardly on Friday night, Reyes did not get up. Seeing the sadness and tears in his face made me feel terrible, and everyone knew then that the injury was serious. According to Scott MacArthur of TSN Radio 1050, Reyes is expected to be sidelined for up to three months with a severe ankle sprain. It is terrible to see, especially to Reyes, a guy who can never seem to stay healthy. Via Twitter, Reyes said that he will “be back on the field soon.” We sure hope so, Jose. We sure hope so.

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Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland Athletics: Sliding into second base seems to lead to nothing but trouble these days. The A’s outfielder injured his left hand while doing so on Friday night. Unfortunately, Cespedes landed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in that left hand. The good news, however, is that X-rays revealed no structural damage. In 11 games this season, Cespedes is batting an even .200 with three home runs and seven RBI. Not exactly the greatest start after having a breakout rookie campaign a season ago.

Kyuji Fujikawa, Chicago Cubs: Despite having pitched through the injury earlier this season, the Cubs’ newly appointed closer will also find himself on the disabled list. During Friday’s closing opportunity, it appeared that Fujikawa aggravated the arm, and team doctors are calling it a sprained right forearm. It’ll be interesting to see if the Cubs give struggling Carlos Marmol another chance as the team’s closing guy, but many believe that Shawn Camp will receive the closing opportunities until Fujikawa is healthy enough to return.

Chase Headley, San Diego Padres: The third base position may be close to receiving one of the better young players. Headley’s fractured thumb appears to be feeling much better, as he was able to take batting practice during the week, ultimately taking place in his first rehab game. He went 1-3 with a double, serving as the team’s designated hitter. Word is that his thumb is still a bit sore when he closes his glove, but the hitting and participation is a great sign for both the Padres and fantasy owners. Expect him to return to the Padres’ lineup within a week or so.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.


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