Injuries are constantly impacting the world of fantasy baseball. Numerous players are injured each week of the fantasy season, but the DL trips during the 2014 campaign have really started to pile up.
The number one player casualty so far this week has been RP David Robertson of the New York Yankees.
Robertson was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday morning with a nagging groin injury and it has left the team with a considerable hole in their bullpen. Unfortunately, the Robertson injury came out pretty late and many owners in weekly formats were unable to pull the injured reliever from their lineup in Week 2.
Stepping into his closer spot in Robertson’s absence is Shawn Kelley. Kelley recorded his first major league save on Monday during the team’s afternoon game and he quickly showed that he can be a solid fantasy contributor.
Kelley has been a dominant strikeout pitcher throughout his major league career. The right-hander fanned 71 batters last season in just 53.1 innings of work and his skill set seems ideal for the ninth inning. He should be good for a couple strikeouts each time he takes the mound.
Kelley is worth picking up immediately in all fantasy formats and he will be a great RP2 over the next couple weeks. Unfortunately, he will be moved back to the setup role when Robertson returns, so don’t factor Kelley into your long-term plans.