StrategySeptember 4, 2011

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Roto Medic: Choo Derailed Again

By Kim Bhasin

As we enter September, hobbled players around the league are racing to try to get back on the field before season’s end. Kevin Youkilis plans to be back tonight after a couple successful rehab games in the minors. Hanley Ramirez has been talking to doctors to figure out whether he needs surgery or not, but there’s no definitive news on him yet. Jimmy Rollins still isn’t able to run full speed as he recovered from a pulled groin, and Rickie Weeks seems still pretty far off from taking a trot on his sprained ankle.

Nelson Cruz just hit the DL and will likely be out for a few weeks with a bum hammy, so keep an eye on him. Here’s another outfielder having problems with a strain, so if you need an replacement, the guys below will apply for a Cruz fill-in too:

Shin-Soo Choo (15-day DL – strained left oblique)

It has been a tumultuous season for Shin-Soo Choo, who just hit the DL again with a strained oblique. Choo initially hurt himself back on August 23rd against the Mariners, but he was able to play through it. Then, he aggravated it on a swing a couple days later and was forced to sit. The Indians finally placed him on the DL Thursday.

It’s the second time on the DL for Choo this year, who has only managed to make it on the field for 84 games. Back in June, a Jonathan Sanchez fastball broke his thumb, knocking Choo out for nearly two months.

The injury couldn’t come at a worse time. After a good April, he slumped through May and June, then got hurt. Choo had finally found his swing in August, batting .348 in the first 12 games since his return. He’ll probably be back with a one or two weeks of season left in front of him, so he may be worth holding on to if you’re planning for the playoffs. In roto, there’s not much value left in him this year.

Fortunately, if you’re a Choo owner, you probably grabbed a decent replacement the first time he went down — or even prior to that. Hopefully you held on to an insurance policy, but if not, here are some waiver options:

  • Logan Morrison (30% owned) – He may not be able to beat a praying mantis, but he can hit a baseball. Morrison has been quietly productive down in eternally-ignored Florida this year, putting up 18 HRs and 63 RBIs. He deserves a shot as a filler on teams that need a plug-in.
  • JD Martinez (14% owned) – This kid has been an RBI factory so far for Houston, driving in 28 runs last month. He’s hovering around the .300 plateau in average, so he won’t hurt you there. It won’t last forever, so get him while the fire’s still spitting.
  • Magglio Ordonez (13% owned) – Picking up Mags would be more of a potshot than anything, but he has had a couple good games as the season winds down, so maybe he has something left before he finishes regressing into oblivion.

Other mixed league options: David Murphy (17% owned), Garrett Jones (15% owned), Jonny Gomes (9% owned).

Deep league potshot: Eric Thames (5% owned).

Kim writes for Business Insider's sports page and runs a sports business blog at 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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