Jerry Owens will start the regular season on the 15-day disabled list after an MRI Tuesday revealed a slight tear in his right adductor muscle.
It's a tough break for Owens, but the White Sox would be better off if someone else steps up and claims the job in his absence. Brian Anderson and Carlos Quentin both figure to make the team now. However, unfortuantely for Quentin, Nick Swisher will likely continue to play mostly left field, with Alexei Ramirez and Anderson splitting time in center.
What are the chances he comes back and provides value in a deep 16 team league?
if he's healthy, i think the chances are very good that he will come back and give value. i'm not sure where the above quote came from, but i think it's highly unlikely that one of the other outfielders will take the job in his absence, mostly because the Sox really envision him as the leadoff-flea guy that gets on base and then agitates the pitcher to death, driving up pitch counts, etc. Ozzie really likes that kind of game, and Owens is the only guy that can really do it for the Sox. Cabrera can kinda steal, but he's just not quite that same guy. I think if Owens gets his legs totally healthy, then the job is his. Anderson and Quentin were never really in the running for the CF job in Spring Training, i mean Owens won it while dealing with this injury the whole time, and basically not even running, and that's with Anderson being a much better fielder. The Sox want Owens in CF and leading off, period. If he's healthy, i think it's highly unlikely that any other scenario would play out. In a deep 16 team league, i'd hang onto him unless you've really got alot of DL issues.