The Chicago White Sox have placed LHP Chris Sale on the 15 day disabled list with a flexor strain. The good news is that the MRI showed no structural damage in his elbow. The White Sox expect him to return in the first week of May. LHP Charlie Leesman has been called up to start today against Tigers’ ace Justin Verlander.
The Houston Astros have placed RHP Scott Feldman on the 15 day disabled list with biceps tendinitis. Feldman opened the season with three consecutive quality starts, and posts an impressive 1.69 ERA on the young season. RHP Collin McHugh has been called up to replace Feldman, and will start tonight in Seattle.
So, what does this mean for your fantasy teams? Those of you who own Chris Sale should only lose him for two or three starts. Andre Rienzo might be worth a look, but I wouldn’t start him Wednesday against the Tigers. Charlie Leesman is best left for AL-only owners, and even that may be a bit of a stretch.
Cuddyer landing on the DL should mean more playing time for Charlie Blackmon and Brandon Barnes. Blackmon is already owned almost everywhere, but Barnes would be a suitable pickup for Cuddyer owners that aren’t deep in the outfield. Those of you in deep leagues should pick up Barnes, and maybe even take a shot a Drew Stubbs, who will see time if Carlos Gonzalez has to miss a few games.
You Feldman owners will just have to stream for a couple of weeks. McHugh is not worth an add anywhere, as his 4.50 ERA at triple-A doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in his abilities.
Jason Giambi might be worth a look in deeper leagues if you are desperate for home runs. Keep in mind that he can really hurt your batting average though. He was hitless in his rehab assignment in double-A, and hitless in four at-bats in yesterday’s game against the Royals.
As for Bobby Abreu, well, he is best left for those in NL-only leagues unless he starts hitting. I still think he will have some trouble finding at-bats in the Met outfield unless Curtis Granderson needs more rest than usual.
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