Royals’ Lucas Duda a Risky Start, Add Marlins Cameron Maybin for Steals
Add Cameron Maybin Off the Waiver Wire, Sit Lucas Duda
Nick Ahmed, SS ARI - Start
Nick Ahmed is currently sidelined with a bout of the flu, but there is no reason to think this is serious. The Diamondbacks have a rare Friday off-day, and there is a good chance he will be ready to go for Saturday. If he is starting, he can be in your lineup no problem.
Lucas Duda, 1B/DH KCR - Risky Start
Lucas Duda pulled a hamstring on Monday, something you never want to happen to any player, but especially not one on the wrong side of 30. Duda has had upper leg issues before, including hamstring and hip injuries. This makes it particularly worrisome. Duda is supposedly aiming to return over the weekend, but he probably won't be healthy until the end of next week. Avoid if possible.
Scott Schebler, OF CIN - Sit
Scott Schebler is dealing with an elbow injury after taking a 95 mile per hour pitch to the funny bone on Sunday. Initially considered not serious, he was slated to start on Monday, but after waking up Monday morning with little to no feeling in his fingertips, he was scratched from the lineup. Schebler's injury has an estimated recovery time of 14 days, so he is still more than a week away from being 100 percent. Given that he wasn't a super high-profile Fantasy player to begin with, it might not be a bad idea to drop him for another outfield option, at least until he heals up.
Christian Yelich, OF MIL - Sit
Yelich is out with an oblique injury, one that's equally detrimental to hitting and running, both of which Yelich does often. The injury has an Optimal Recovery Time of two weeks, and as this injury was just on Wednesday, there is a good chance Yelich will retroactively be added to the DL. Yelich is a great player, and there is no need to drop him by any means, but keep him out of the lineup and put him in your DL spot (if you have one open).
Hunter Pence, OF SFG - Sit
Hunter Pence is out with a ligament sprain in his thumb. While it’s a small injury, it can be very serious for a baseball player. It has a very harmful effect on the swing, and it can take quite a while to heal. His Optimal Recovery Time is 21 days, but he is very likely to come back before then and will probably avoid a DL stint. But he is still a sit candidate for the weekend, and given the combination of his slow start to 2018 and steady decline over recent years, this might be the sign owners need to get ahead of this and drop Pence.
Robinson Chirinos, C TEX - Sit
Robinson Chirinos is out for the near future with a wrist sprain, and it could keep him out of the Rangers lineup for a while. While Chirinos has been adamant that it is very minor, this injury can have an Optimal Recovery Time of up to three weeks. Because of this, Chirinos may be added to the 10-Day DL in the coming days. Chirinos is a guy that has solid upside but has gotten off to a horrid start to the season. Given the dearth of talent at the catcher position, he might be worth keeping on the bench. But for those who are starting to lose faith (regardless of how early it is in the season), this would be a convenient time to cut bait.
Adam Eaton, OF WAS - Sit
Eaton sprained his ankle trying to chase down an eventual home run in the outfield on Thursday and left the game shortly after. All baseball fans remember around this time last year when Eaton had a year ending knee injury. While we don't know the extent of the injury just yet, keep an eye out, but don't be surprised if this one turns out to be somewhat serious. He was in the lineup for Friday’s game but his Injury Risk is Elevated for now.
Daniel Vogelbach SEA 1B
With Nelson Cruz on the DL due to a sprained ankle, it'll be Vogelbach who gets the majority of the at-bats for the Mariners in the DH spot. Cruz is a High Injury Risk according to Inside Injuries, so don't be surprised if he's out longer than the 10-day minimum or isn't 100 percent right away when activated. Vogelbach will try and fill Cruz' shoes as a slugger in the lineup, and he is off to a good start, going 4-7 with two RBIs in his two starts since Cruz went down. He doesn't have much Major League experience, but he did slash .291/.403/.480 in close to two full seasons at Triple A. He's a solid short-term fill-in option, who could potentially blossom into more if he continues to hit.
Yuli Gurriel HOU 1B
Gurriel is eligible to return off the DL next Friday, and all signs point to him doing so. He's been rehabbing from surgery to remove the hamate bone in his hand and looks to be on track for an on-time recovery. Gurriel isn't a big power presence, especially for a first baseman, but his steady bat should be owned in most leagues when you take into account the loaded lineup he's part of in Houston. Pick up Gurriel now, ahead of his fast-approaching return. According to our analytics, he is very close to being fully healthy as this surgery isn't very serious and comes with just a five-week Optimal Recovery Time.
Cameron Maybin MIA OF
Maybin fills one main role in Fantasy, and that's as a base stealing threat. With Garrett Cooper (wrist contusion) on the DL, Maybin should have the opportunity to play every day now and show off the speed that helped him pick up 33 stolen bases in 114 games last season. He only has one stolen bag, but he has gone 8- for-22 at the plate with three doubles. If he plays every day and can get on base at a decent clip, the steals will be there. If like most Fantasy owners you're looking for a source of stolen bases, then Maybin is your guy.
Reynaldo Lopez CWS SP
Lopez' big time stuff has yet to translate into consistent success at the Major League level, but his season debut Monday was a heck of a step in the right direction. He went six innings, giving up just one earned run while striking out six and walking two. This is the first time he's been with a Major League club out of Spring Training, and perhaps the consistent reps at the Big League level will allow him to settle in and find his groove. With Carlos Rodon (shoulder surgery) on the DL and still a ways away, Lopez will comfortably stay in the rotation for the time being. His talent is worth betting on.
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Cameron Maybin Photo Credit: AP Photo/Lynne Sladky
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