Josh Hamilton‘s time with the Los Angeles Angels continues to be a disappointment. In 151 games last season, he hit just 21 home runs and 79 RBI. This year, after just eight games, Hamilton will miss close to two months.
On April 9, Hamilton slid into first base in an attempt to beat out a ground ball. As a result, he tore a ligament in his left thumb and will be out six to eight weeks. He was playing well, too, hitting two home runs with six RBI.
Now that fantasy owners will be without Hamilton for a few weeks, here are a couple of players to target on the waiver wire.
Michael Morse, San Francisco Giants – Morse has hit two home runs and eight RBI in just 26 at bats. He is hitting behind Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval, which gives him a good chance to drive in some runs. Morse is owned in just 26.2 percent of ESPN.com leagues and will be a nice power replacement.
Raul Ibanez, Angels – Hamilton’s teammate is a good option if you’re in a deeper league. We all saw what he did in New York last season. Ibanez still has some power. In a sport where right-handed pitchers are the norm, Ibanez should have great numbers when playing. With the injury to Hamilton, Ibanez will be moving up in the lineup, which will provide him a greater opportunity to help the Angels, and you, win some games.
Geraro Parra, Arizona Diamondbacks – Parra is a deep sleeper among outfielders, but not for long. He already has 12 hits with a .273 batting average. He was a double away from hitting for the cycle on Wednesday. While he isn’t an everyday starter, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson has been starting Parra against righties. As the No. 8 hitter in the Diamondbacks lineup, there are low expectations for Parra, but he’s been succeeding them all. He’s available in almost 97 percent of ESPN.com leagues.