The fantasy baseball playoffs just kicked off on Monday and we have already seen several huge injuries. The first was to New York Mets SP Matt Harvey, who partially tore is Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) in his throwing elbow.
The most recent setback to fantasy baseball lineups came on Tuesday evening when New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano was struck in the hand with a pitch. In New York’s 7-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, Cano was hit in the left hand by a 90 MPH fastball from SP J.A. Happ. Cano was on the ground writhing in pain and the five-time All-Star slammed his helmet on the ground in pain several times.
Cano immediately had X-rays on the hand, but the prognosis was negative. However, just because there isn’t a serious problem with the Dominican slugger, doesn’t mean that he will be returning to action this week. The most obvious course of action would be to have him sit out a couple games just to be safe. This severely hurts fantasy owners, though, because it will leave many people with a big zero atop their lineup this week.
Cano was supposed to be one of the best sticks in the playoffs this year, but his recent injury has all but killed his value this week. He may be back for the second round, but for now, he seems like he will miss at least a couple games.