Terrible news for the A’s – Brett Anderson is out for a long, long time. The lefty has been out since early June with soreness in his pitching elbow and has been sitting on the DL ever since. Dr. James Andrews was taking care of him, but lack of progress forced him to put Anderson under the knife Thursday.
It’s not much of a surprise since Anderson has had elbow issues for years now. Plus, at least it’s a familiar procedure and we all know what to expect going forward. Anderson will be out at least a year, which means that he’ll likely not be ready to come back for the start of the 2012 season, and may even miss all of next year.
There’s big news in the east as well, and it has to do with the biggest bat in all the land. All because of an awkward slide:
Jose Bautista – (Day-to-day – twisted ankle)
The Blue Jays’ biggest fears were realized Thursday night when Jose Bautista went down in the fourth sliding into third base against the Yankees. He had initially hurt the ankle earlier while running to first. The early diagnosis is that it’s nothing more than a twisted ankle, and he’s now listed as day-to-day. Hopefully it’s just a minor setback for MLB’s home run leader, who continues to annihilate the league.
Bautista is currently the No. 1 player in the Yahoo! game, and his season has been absolutely epic, batting .336 with 31 HRs and 65 RBIs. He may capable to keep up that pace if his ankle heals properly. The Jays won’t rush their superstar back on to the diamond, as they sit 10.5 games off the AL East-leading Red Sox and nine games back in the Wild Card race.
So what’s available on the wire? Don’t make any major moves yet, since we don’t yet know how bad the problem is — he could be back on the field by the weekend for all we know. But though he made it off the field on his own power, he definitely looked like he was in a lot of pain. Hopefully you have a fourth OF you can plug in, but if not, drop an expendable bench warmer for one of these guys and just wait it out:
- Josh Willingham (15% owned) – Willingham is under-owned. The stalwart left fielder is once again putting up respectable power numbers with his bat, with 11 HRs and 44 RBIs in the first half, though he continues to strike out a lot. He’s your best bet for a solid, consistent power replacement while the biggest bat of them all nurses his wounds.
- Ryan Raburn (21% owned) – A notorious second-half guy, it’s that time of year for Raburn. A disappointing start to the season lingered for months, but he has started to finally start hitting as of late. He’s only hitting .21, but has eight HRs and 31 RBIs. You’re not going to find any bats that are as likely to get hot as Raburn’s down the stretch this deep on the wire.
- Laynce Nix (11% owned) – The baseball world has been ignoring Nix as he continues to quietly produce in Washington. He’s getting pretty regular playing time, making the most of it with his power numbers (11 HRs, 31 RBIs), and he’s slugging better than every outfielder under 60% owned.
Other mixed league options: Corey Patterson (16% owned), Jonny Gomes (12% owned), Nate Schierholtz (11% owned), Garrett Jones (10% owned).
Deep league potshot: Ben Francisco (5% owned).
Kim writes for Business Insider's sports page and runs a sports business blog at Spizness.com while attending NYU as a graduate student in Business and Economic Reporting. Catch up with him at the Cafe as Kim Bhasin, and follow him on Twitter (@KimBhasin).
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