The Miami Marlins have placed RHP Jose Fernandez on the 15 day disabled list with a right elbow strain. However, those are merely preliminary reports. There are rumors swirling that Fernandez will need Tommy John surgery and will miss the rest of the season and part of 2015. We will keep you posted.
If you are a Fernandez owner, this leaves a huge void in your lineups. Fernandez had a 2.44 ERA, and a whopping 70 strikeouts in just 51.2 innings. While there is no way to replace this kind of production from waivers, I will try to give you a few names that can help plug the hole in your lineups.
The Marlins could use Brad Hand or Kevin Slowey to replace Fernandez in the rotation. There is the outside shot that they will call up prospect Andrew Heaney. That likely will not happen unless Fernandez misses the rest of the season. You don’t need to settle for any of these options, although if Heaney is called up he will be worth adding in moderate and deep leagues.
For standard ten and twelve team leagues, I will give you names that are available in 15 to 50 percent of leagues. For the moderate leagues, which would be 14 and 16 team leagues, or leagues with a lot of pitcher slots, I will give you names that are available in 50 to 90 percent of leagues. For those of you in deep and “only” leagues, I will give you players that are available in 90 percent of leagues or more.