The middle of the week is the time when Roto Riteup readers prove they’re men and others turn into watered down pansies.
Andrew McCutchen out for awhile
The star center fielder has been diagnosed with a fractured rib, and it’s entirely possible the injury was caused by Kirk Gibson’s assault on the right-hander through Randall Delgado’s arm. McCutchen was initially diagnosed with an oblique injury and was originally scheduled to miss about a month’s time, but no new timetable has been released to reflect the new diagnosis. On a basement dweller McCutchen could easily be out for the entire year, but with just a few games separating the Pirates and playoffs, don’t be surprised if the Buccos try to get their stud back as soon as possible.
Michael Cuddyer to begin rehab
Cuddyer is set to start rehabbing in short season A ball today, and the Rockies actually plan on a rather long assignment. Cuddy is down in A-ball for about a week, and then he will move on to Double-A before presumably coming back to Colorado. Cuddyer has been out for two months with a shoulder injury, and he hopes to be back in the bigs by the middle of the month. The 35-year-old was having another stellar season in Coors before his injury, and he could be a huge addition for fantasy owners over the final 5-6 weeks of the season. If Cuddyer’s available, grab him now and use your DL spot.
Shane Victorino has back surgery
Victorino’s season is officially over after just 30 games. Victorino had a bulging disk in his back that had to be repaired surgically, and he’ll now be on the shelf for three or four months before resuming normal activities. Victorino should be back for 2015, but the Red Sox outfield is already slightly crowded, and his recent injury history won’t help him cement time in the lineup. Victorino may be a solid late-round sleeper next year, but anything above that is overpriced.
David Price in a Tigers’ Uni
Price may have given up two homers in his Detroit debut, but he lasted over eight innings and struck out 10 Yankees along the way. Price walked away without a decision and the game lasted into extras, but all-in-all it was a good way to start his career in the Motor City.
The Forgiving Five
SP: Chris Young | $7,200 | vATL
SP: Tom Koehler | $6,500 | @PIT
1B: Anthony Rizzo | $5,300 | @COL (Jordan Lyles)
2B: Ian Kinsler | $4,600 | @NYY (Chris Capuano)
OF: Alejandro De Aza | $3,800 | vTEX (Nick Tepesch)
I can’t tell you how much I like Koehler today because this is not an X-rated column, despite my protests.
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