Being a Josh Hamilton owner is like being on a sugar rush. You enjoy all the hits, home runs and RBI like an endless supply of Fun Dip but the inevitable crash always happens when he is forced to miss time due to injury.
Yesterday the crash came in the form of head first slide into home plate in which Hamilton broke a small bone in his right shoulder. The slugger was placed on the DL and is expected to miss six to eight weeks.
Finding a replacement won’t be an easy task but if you’re looking for a place to start, check out Hamilton’s real life replacement, David Murphy. In 16 at-bats the former Red Sox farmhand is batting .312 with one home run and two stolen bases. Murphy impressed last year when he batted .291 with 12 home runs and 14 stolen bases in 419 at-bats.
There’s no replacing Hamilton’s numbers but Murphy should be a more than serviceable fill-in. And the good news is he’s only owned in 31% of Yahoo leagues and in a shockingly low 3.5% of ESPN leagues.
Dan Haren, SP, Los Angeles Angels – CG, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
Alexei Ramirez, SS, Chicago White Sox – 2-for-4, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2 HR
Chris Young, OF, Arizona Diamonbacks – 3-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 HR
Chris Carpenter, SP, St. Louis Cardinals – 4 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Edwin Jackson, SP, Detroit Tigers - 4 2/3 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Carlos Lee, OF, Houston Astros – 0-for-5, 1 K, 6 LOB
- Magglio Ordonez was out of Tuesday’s lineup with an ankle injury and could be out of few days. The injury should put both Ryan Raburn and Brendan Boesch in the lineup in the coming days. Leyland has frustrated Raburn owners by declaring him the starting left fielder in spring training only to thrust him into a platoon role once the season began. But if the 37-year-old Ordonez continues having trouble with nagging injuries all year, Raburn and Boesch could both find themselves in the lineup more often than not as the season progresses.
- Michael Pineda turned in another solid outing going 7 1/3 innings allowing five hits, one earned run and striking out seven batters. Through two starts his ERA and WHIP sit at 2.70 and 0.98, respectively. Even more impressive is that both of his starts have come against Texas and Toronto, two offensive juggernauts. After last night’s game several Blue Jays hitters praised Pineda’s stuff, proclaiming that he’s an ace in the making.
- Lance Berkman hit his third home run of the season and drove in his fifth and sixth runs last night. Predictions of his demise may have been premature. After all, he does get to hit behind Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols so the RBI opportunities will be plentiful. He’s still nowhere near the player he once was but if he can stay healthy—which is a big if—Berkman could have a quietly productive season.
Nicks, bruises and cuts:
Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the DL with an abdominal strain. The Nationals hope he’ll be back in 10 days but he’ll probably be out longer than that. … Chone Figgins was not in the lineup due to a thumb injury. There’s no word yet on whether or not he’ll hit the DL. … Rafael Furcal was placed on the DL but don’t worry, he’s not retiring as was originally reported. … Michael Morse was out of Tuesday’s starting lineup with the flu but he did manage to pinch hit.
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