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Week 3 Fantasy Baseball: 10 Pitchers About To Come Off The DL

10 Pitchers Coming Off The DL Soon

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The 2014 fantasy baseball season has been plagued with injuries and it appears that every fantasy owners has at least one star on their team on the disabled list. Luckily, some of these players are finally ready to come off the shelf. To help you sort through the mess, here are the top-10 pitchers close to coming off of the shelf.

10. SP Matt Harrison, Texas Rangers

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10. SP Matt Harrison, Texas Rangers

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Harrison has been plagued with a back injury in recent seasons and the left-hander has been on the disabled list all year. Harrison made a rehab start on Monday, and while it wasn’t the most impressive outing, it was at least a sign that he is healthy. Expect him to rejoin the rotation by the end of the month.

9. SP James Paxton, Seattle Mariners

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9. SP James Paxton, Seattle Mariners

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Paxton was having a breakout season before hitting the shelf with a back injury. He was 2-0 with an impressive 2.25 ERA and 0.67 WHIP. He won start a throwing program until this weekend, but he should be back before the start of Week 5.

8. SP Doug Fister, Washington Nationals

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8. SP Doug Fister, Washington Nationals

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Fister has been sidelined for the first couple weeks of the season with a lat injury, but he has recently started throwing off the mound. Fister still has to make a couple rehab starts, so he likely won’t be back until the beginning of next week.

7. RP Casey Janssen, Toronto Blue Jays

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7. RP Casey Janssen, Toronto Blue Jays

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Janssen has been on the shelf for the first couple weeks with a nagging back injury. His replacement, Sergio Santos, has collected four saves, but he will be moved back to the eighth inning with Janssen’s return. Janssen will be back before the end of the week and it may be better to scoop him up now.

6. RP David Robertson, New York Yankees

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6. RP David Robertson, New York Yankees

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Robertson quickly racked up two saves in the first week of the season, but a groin injury forced him to the 15-day DL. He is scheduled to come back next week and all signs have him still being on track to return on time.

5. SP Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners

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5. SP Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners

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Iwakuma had a breakout fantasy season in 2013, as he finished with a 2.66 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in 219.2 innings of work. Unfortunately, the Japanese sensation strained ligament in the middle finger on his throwing hand and has been sitting on the shelf through the first couple weeks of the year. He threw a 55-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday and is on track to be back in the next week or two.

4. RP Koji Uehara, Boston Red Sox

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4. RP Koji Uehara, Boston Red Sox

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After a dream 2013 season, Uehara has yet to throw a single pitch this season. He has been dealing with a nagging shoulder injury, but the veteran is about to come off the shelf on Thursday and will have an instant fantasy impact.

3. RP Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds

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3. RP Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds

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Chapman was struck in the head with a comebacker in one of the team’s last spring training games. It was a devastating blow because most leagues had already drafted by that point. Luckily, Chapman is already throwing off the mound and should be back in the majors before the middle of next month.

2. RP Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies

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2. RP Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies

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Hamels has already made a couple rehab starts and it looks like the veteran will make his 2014 fantasy debut next week against the Dodgers. Hamels will instantly become a decent SP2 and will show why he was worth the wait.

1. SP Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

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1. SP Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Kershaw’s addition to the DL was a painful one for fantasy owners. The southpaw was able to pitch in a meaningless game in Australia, but he was scratched from his fantasy debut due to a back injury.
Kershaw has been throwing off a mound lately and appears to be close to returning to the mound. There is officially no timetable for the superstar’s return, but don’t think he will be out much longer.