Surprised there's no thread on Kinsler. This is the latest from Yahoo and it doesn't look good. I took him at #11 in the first round.
2B Ian Kinsler, who hasn't played since March 11 due to a high ankle sprain, is questionable for the season opener. Kinsler received a cortisone injection to the area on March 26, but high ankle sprains typically require a 4-5 week recovery. The Rangers would prefer to go without Kinsler for a week than to rush him back and have him aggravate the injury.
From fantasy baseball.com Ian Kinsler Delayed Again This is starting to get worrisome when you consider the name it is attached to. Kinsler has a high ankle sprain. He was supposed to be back by now but the team has changed their tune and they are now saying that they hope he will be ready to play any spring training games and play on opening day. Kinsler has a poor history of dealing with injuries so I would be worried about a possible April DL stint. Also, an ankle sprain is concerning for a player that steals a lot of bases. I wasn’t high on Kinsler heading into spring training – his work at the plate wasn’t good in the second half last year and I’m not totally convinced of a rebound. This news just makes me more and more likely to let someone else have him.
8 Team H2H points league C Joe Mauer (Min - C) 1B Joey Votto(Cin - 1B)2B Dustin Pedroia(Bos - 2B)3B Kevin Youkilis(Bos - 1B,3B)SS Hanley Ramírez (Fla - SS)OF Justin Upton (Ari - OF) OF Nelson Cruz (Tex - OF)OF Adam Lind(Tor - OF)Util Carlos Quentin (CWS - OF)BN Jay Bruce (Cin - OF) SP Zack Greinke (KC - SP) SP Justin Verlander (Det - SP)SP James Shields (TB - SP) SP Edwin Jackson (Ari - SP) SP Ryan Dempster (ChC - SP) RP Jonathan Broxton (LAD - RP) BN Kevin Slowey (Min - SP) BN Carlos Zambrano (ChC - SP)
Stat Category Value Runs =1, Singles= 1,Doubles =2,Triples=3,HR=4,RBI=1,Sacrifice Hit=1,SB=3,CS=-3,BB=2,IBB-1,E=-1,Cycle=25 IP=2,W=5,L=-3,CG=5,SHO=10,SV=7,ER=-1,BB=-1,K=1,SVOP=1,RW=-2,NH=20,PG=20,BSV=-4
When coming back, he is projected to hit in the 5th spot. Do you think being lower in the order as well as wonky legs start his steals off slow this year? And for that matter, is 30 steals achievable again?
LMack wrote:When coming back, he is projected to hit in the 5th spot. Do you think being lower in the order as well as wonky legs start his steals off slow this year? And for that matter, is 30 steals achievable again?
I think as a matter of principle in any lineup if a player is hitting lower in the batting order (unless he is hitting like 9th or 8th) it decreases the probability on any given day that he will steal that day because typically your best batting average/runners hit first and second in the batting order and your 3 and 4 hitters are generally not slouches themselves as far as getting on base, but may be a little slower and less likely to be moving fast on the basepaths which would block a speedy player who gets on base behind them from stealing. But then again, the law of averages could play in his favor in an unlikely manner and he could get on base a ton and have many situations where stealing would make sense.
So yea, 30 steals are achievable again. How like that is has lessened, but, it is within the realm of possibilities.
Also, wonky (love that word! never heard it before!) legs don't help his base stealing abilities, sadly.
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Second baseman Ian Kinsler's hopes of playing in a game Monday for the first time since he suffered a high ankle sprain two weeks ago today are "not realistic," Texas Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said.
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That determination was made after Kinsler was examined by club orthopedist Dr. Keith Meister, who discovered a small bone bruise at the tip of the tibia in addition to the sprain. Meister will inject Kinsler with an anti-inflammatory later Friday.
After having the injection, Kinsler was realistic.
"I'm not going to say I'll be ready for the opener but I'm not going to say I won't be either," he said. "I'm optimistic that I'll play next week."