Fantasy stars have dropped like flies this season and we have another pair of names off to solid starts heading to the disabled list in Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez and Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Ramirez’s strained left hamstring will likely send him to the disabled list before Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and club officials and a corresponding roster move is likely coming.
That all likely depends on whether right fielder Ryan Braun is ready to return from a stint on the DL for a right rib-cage strain.
That all seems likely as Braun took batting practice again on Sunday and the results were positive.
Keep an eye on Mark Reynolds as he will likely fill in at third base most of the time in Ramirez’s absence. While Reynolds will only help you in the power categories, he has hit in nine of his last 10 games with three long balls during that span.
Ramirez was off to a nice start in the power department with five homers and 21 RBI, but was sitting with only a disappointing .699 OPS though 34 games.
As for LaRoche, he has already been placed on the DL (retroactive to May 10) after an MRI revealed a strain in his right quad.
The Nats made the announcement officially on Sunday, and promoted Tyler Moore as the corresponding move.
LaRoche, known for notorious slow starts, had been playing as well as anyone on the Nationals roster. Through 32 games he boasts a .319 average with a .925 OPS, five home runs and 21 RBI.