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2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Players On The DL To Stash Away For Playoffs

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5 Players On The DL To Be Patient With

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The fantasy baseball playoffs are right around the corner, and as a result, many owners are looking to clear some place on their roster. There are tons of players on the disabled list worth cutting ties with, but not all of them should be shown the door. Here are five players to be patient with over the final weeks of the regular season in all fantasy formats.

5. OF Wil Myers, Tampa Bay Rays

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5. OF Wil Myers, Tampa Bay Rays

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Myers has been on the shelf for weeks with a wrist injury. He is waiting to hear when he will start a rehab assignment, so he is obviously getting close. He will be back in the bigs between mid-August and will be a huge asset to keep stashed away from the playoffs.

4. OF Geroge Springer, Houston Astros

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4. OF Geroge Springer, Houston Astros

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In just 78 games, the outfielder racked up 20 home runs and 51 RBIs. He was hitting for serious power and the rookie was maturing into a legitimate OF2. Unfortunately, he has been on the shelf for weeks with a nagging quad injury. He is starting to take batting practice, though, and will likely come off the shelf within the first week of August.

3. 1B Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays

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3. 1B Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays

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Encarnacion was on a tear before hitting the shelf with a quad injury. Encarnacion suffered a minor setback last weekend, but he should be ready to rejoin the team by the first week of August. Be patient with the slugger just a little bit longer.

2. 1B Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

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2. 1B Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

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Votto has been in a serious slump this year. He is hitting just .255 and has slugged just six homers on the year. He is still on the shelf with a quad injury and recently received platelet-rich-plasma injections, but he should still be back relatively soon. Look for him to be back in time to make a difference in the fantasy postseason.

1. SS Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies

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1. SS Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies

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Tulo has an insane .340 batting average to go along with 21 homers and 52 RBIs on the year. The stopgap was the number one candidate for the NL MVP before hitting the DL with a thigh injury. Luckily, he will be back in the middle of August and will be back in time for a playoff push. If you have him on the DL, or worse eating up a roster spot, be patient with him a little longer.