StrategyJuly 11, 2011

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Roto Medic: Reyes of Misfortune

By Kim Bhasin

It appeared that everything was going to be A-OK out in Colorado, with superstars Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki on the comeback trail. But disaster struck Friday when CarGo reported that his wrist was still bothering him early in the game.  The soreness remained, and the Rockies kept him out of the starting lineup for Saturday’s win against the Nationals.  All the Rox can do is hope that their center fielder is ready to go when they come back from the looming All-Star break.

Things are looking better for Tulowitzki, who came back Saturday from a quad injury.  Tulo admits that he’s still not 100%, but should be fine as long as he doesn’t re-injure it.

And there’s plenty more muscle strains around the league.  As the Red Sox deal with Carl Crawford’s ailing hamstring, a New York team has a similarly discouraging situation to deal with:

Jose Reyes (15 day DL – strained left hamstring)

Another week, another Met — and this is one of their biggest injuries yet.  Reyes tweaked his hammy sprinting to first base against the Yankees a week ago, and the Mets are showing caution in handling him.  At first it didn’t seem like the injury was that bad, but after all, it’s the Mets.  Reyes joined David Wright on the DL Wednesday after getting an MRI.

This is terrible news for Reyes who is having an amazing year, batting .354/.398/.529 with 65 runs and 30 steals so far.  No word on how he’s doing in his recovery so far, but reports say that he’ll be out for at least three weeks.

Will this derail the Mets’ playoff hopes?  That remains to be seen, but we’ve got to figure out what to do to keep your fantasy team’s playoff hopes alive in Reyes’ absence, so let’s take a look at the options we have on the waiver wire:

  • Darwin Barney (30% owned) – The early season sleeper darling has cooled off significantly since owners first rushed to grab him, but there’s still plenty of value in Barney.  He continues to hit .300, and while you won’t get much else out of him besides a decent amount of runs and RBIs, he’s a solid replacement at a weak position.
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka (13% owned) – Nishioka was on most people’s draft boards in the Spring after he came over from Japan to start at second base for the Twins, but broke his left fibula just a week into the year.  Now he’s back, and available in most leagues off the wire.  He hasn’t been overly impressive in the three weeks since his return, but the upside is worth it now that the hype’s completely faded.
  • Orlando Cabrera (26% owned) – O-Cab’s has a marginally productive season so far in Cleveland, but at least has hasn’t completely receded into obscurity.  Don’t hope for anything more than RBIs, but he should be able to continue to put up a respectable number of those in Cleveland’s lineup.

Other mixed league options: Alcides Escobar (29% owned), Angel Sanchez (8% owned), Jason Bartlett (10% owned).

Deep league potshot: Yuniesky Betancourt (4% 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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