Fantasy Baseball: Dodgers' Hanley Ramirez injures hand; Alex Guerrero an option

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Joe Kelly, St. Louis Cardinals

Apr 16, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly (58) pitches in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Kelly, off to a great start to the season, was pulled from yesterday’s start against the Milwaukee Brewers after four innings after injuring his hamstring running out a bunt. Kelly has reportedly been diagnosed with a left hamstring strain and is headed back to St. Louis for further tests.

He is coming off an outstanding 2013 season in which he recorded a 2.69 ERA in 37 games, 15 of which were starts. This season, as the Cardinals’ fifth starter, Kelly has an ERA of 0.59 through three starts, including Wednesday’s.

If the injury is severe and Kelly misses any time, the Cardinals pitching depth will be tested.  Fortunately for them, they are very deep in terms of arms.

Carlos Martinez could be an option, but Tyler Lyons started for Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday and is probably the more logical short-term fill-in candidate.

Martinez has been making appearances in a major league setup role and likely isn’t stretched out enough to jump in the rotation right away.

If you are in a deep league, or NL-only format, I would keep an eye on the situation and consider adding Lyons if there are any whispers of a promotion in the next couple of days.

Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

Harper has been dealing soreness in his quad since last Friday and was scratched from Wednesday’s lineup before the game.

There isn’t much info on the severity of the issue at this time, but it appears that the Nationals are erring on the side of cautiousness with their star outfielder.

He’s likely going to be day-to-day for the time being, but it wouldn’t be shocking to see him miss a few games. Get him out of your lineup for the time being.

Harper has gotten off to a decent start with a .340 BA, 1 HR and 5 RBI.

Cody Ross, Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks are expected to activate Ross from the disabled list Friday, and when they do, they will take a pitcher off the roster rather than a position player.

The D-backs are carrying 12 position players and 13 pitchers. Ross has been out since last August, when he suffered a fractured and dislocated right hip while running to first base.

Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies

Hamels will pitch Thursday in Clearwater and is expected to join the Phillies rotation next week in Los Angeles.

He last pitched in a rehab start Saturday in Clearwater, when he threw 67 pitches.


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