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Seven, count 'em, seven Devil Rays on the DL
Posted by Gus Papadopoulos at 4/14/2006 7:47:00 AM
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In case you haven't heard, the Devil Rays have been hit hard by injuries at the start of this season. When Aubrey Huff (knee) was placed on the DL on Wednesday, that meant the Rays now had seven players on the DL, in addition to having Jorge Cantu (bruised foot) limited to pinch-hitting duty for almost a week. And it's not just scrubs we're talking about. Rocco Baldelli (hamstring) has missed all 10 of Tampa Bay's games so far, and will be out at least a few more weeks; Julio Lugo (muscle strain, abs) has been out since Opening Day; Cantu was out of the starting lineup for 5 of the Rays' first 10 games; and Huff went down in the Rays' eighth game of the year and won't be back until mid-May at the very earliest. Those hitters make the difference between a decent major-league batting order and a near-expansion team. As a matter of fact, here's how bad it is; according to the Tampa Tribune, Rays players received a flyer in the clubhouse Thursday notifying them that due to the high number of players on the DL, it's now necessary to do assigned parking in the players' parking lot, based on seniority. (FYI, the other players on the DL for the Rays are pitchers Mark Hendrickson and Shinji Mori, and infielders Sean Burroughs and Luis Ordaz. Burroughs could be back by Friday, however.)


In the relm of Fantasy Baseball....INJURIES will kill your season as bad if not worse than poor player evaluation....This is why I rather side with the views of a Mr. Erickson over a Mr. Liss. Someone out there will bid or draft the likes of a Nomar, Wood, Prior, Schilling ,Griffey,Bonds, Thome, etc, etc..yada yada yada...based on potential and past statistics....A few will pan out but the majority will kill you more than help you based on my past experiences.
Posted by Zenguerrilla at 4/15/2006 11:07:00 AM
So....with all these injuries, why can't Delmon Young get a parking spot? The .389 batting average in Durham isn't good enough? Strike zone recognition needs work? He's only K'd 3 times in 36 at bats this season. AND he has 5 steals.

Start the arbitration clock boys. The baseball gods are obviously punishing the D-Rays for screwing around with Delmon.
Posted by lvtdude at 4/15/2006 4:09:00 PM

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