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AL Injury Updates: Peavy, Sizemore, Bailey

There are a number of prominent fantasy players who are currently injured but are scheduled to come off the disabled list in the next few weeks. Late April could end up feeling like Christmas to some owners. We’re going to take a look at┬áthree of those players today.

Jake Peavy

The former Cy Young winner is scheduled to make two more rehab starts, and if all goes well should join the White Sox rotation on April 29th. Peavy was sharp last night, striking out four and walking none while throwing only 74 pitches over six innings in Triple-A Charlotte. His recovery seems to be going well. Owned in roughly half of mixed leagues, Peavy will likely never recapture the magic he had from 2004-2008 in San Diego, but can still be an above average starter with good strikeout numbers with the White Sox. Tread cautiously given his injury history.

Grady Sizemore

In Sizemore’s last healthy season he hit 33HR with 38SB and scored 101 runs. Unfortunately, that was in 2008. Since then knee injuries have kept the center fielder from reaching true superstar status. His speed seems to have been zapped, only stealing 17 bases in what amounts to a seasons worth of at bats over 2009 and 2010. Outfield power is lacking this season, so if he can provide you with 15-20 home runs he should still be worth a place in your lineup. That may be all the value he provides however since he won’t score as many runs and strikes out too much to maintain a high average. Sizemore is hoping to return to the red hot Indians next week.

Andrew Bailey:

Even though his injury was less severe than Peavy’s or Sizemore’s, the A’s took serious precaution in protecting their young closer’s strained forearm. Bailey completed his first successful bullpen session on Monday, not going full out, but exerting himself enough to impress manager Bob Geren. Thanks to their off season plan of acquiring every reliever on the market, the A’s have plenty of viable closer options in Bailey’s absense. However, upon his return he’ll slide back into the 9th inning role no matter how well Brian Fuentes and company have done holding down the fort. Bailey’s ownership numbers dipped only slightly after it was determined that the injury was just a strain and no structural damage had occurred. There’s no reason to believe that Bailey won’t return to his low ERA, low WHIP ways.