Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco left last night’s game with a strained left hamstring in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves. The Reds would lost the game 5-4. While the severity of the strain in unknown, you can bet Mesoraco will miss at least a week with this injury.
Mesoraco has been the best catcher in fantasy so far this year, posting a robust .477 average with three home runs and 13 RBI. Brayan Pena will replace him for the Reds, and is worth a look if you need help at catcher. In shallower leagues, you can do better than Pena, but deep league Mesoraco owners will want to pounce on Pena immediately.
Obviously, this will have a big fantasy impact on Mesoraco owners. Here are some players worth picking up in the meantime. The first group will cover standard 10 team leagues in roto or head-to-head formats. All of these replacements are owned in 40-80 percent of leagues. The second group will give recommendations for 12-16 team leagues. These players are available in 10-40 percent of leagues. The last group is for those hardcore deep leaguers such as myself. This will be for 20 team leagues, leagues that start two catchers, or NL-only leagues. These players are owned in no more than 10 percent of leagues.