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Postby Mercer Boy » Mon Sep 05, 2005 1:37 am

Sorry if this is posted somewhere else:

Yahoo! player update thingy wrote:Sep 4 With the Cardinals nursing a comfortable lead in the NL Central, Pujols may take some time off in September to receive treatment for plantar fasciitis. The injury also bothered him last season. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that team trainers will evaluate the first baseman early this week and decide an exact course of treatment. Pujols already has 100 RBI this season, meaning he has reached that mark in each of his first five MLB campaigns.

Advice: After hitting .370 in June and .358 in July, Pujols batted 'just' .287 in August. - Stats Inc.

This would really kill me because I have him in a weekly change league for money. Any other insight on this?

(I have Berkman, so I can put him there if he decides to sit out :-° ...but still, if I use him and he's out halfway through a week I'm done for. :-P )
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Postby Oliver Perez » Mon Sep 05, 2005 1:47 am

HOLY CRAP, this would be huge. I won top seed in my league this year, and 2nd place has Pujols. (I'm probly going to meet him in the championship week.) This would be amazing if it happened. ;-D
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Postby Madison » Mon Sep 05, 2005 1:50 am

With him stealing bases (stole another tonight), I wouldn't think there is a problem with his foot anymore. :-?

Hmm.....Interesting, and I own him in a roto league, so this could affect me as well. :-?
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Postby SaintsOfTheDiamond » Mon Sep 05, 2005 1:57 am

This really shouldn't come as much of a surprise really. The foot issue flaring up again is little troubling, but with a double digit lead in the division and the pitching staff carrying the team right now they have no need to push him. And Mad, I didn't see the game today, but he hasn't been stealing as much as he was earlier, and they have brought up on numerous occasions on the Cardinal broadcasts lately that he has been experiencing discomfort in his foot, nothing serious, but something that they'll need to keep an eye on.

I'm not really concerned about the fantasy implications if you couldn't tell, but thats my $.02 FWIW.
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Postby BaseballFann0008 » Mon Sep 05, 2005 9:35 am

he seems to be alright, but who knows if the cards clinch he might get some time off

i own him in my money roto :-o
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Postby clevername » Mon Sep 05, 2005 10:33 am

Albert is still stealing bases because he's Albert. The guy doesn't know how else to play, even if he is hurting.

Just the other night he tried to go from 1st to 3rd on a single to left field. 8-o He was out, but I don't think it was because of his foot.

He'll need to sit to get the treatment he got before the season. It got him this far, so hopefully it will get him through the playoffs.

It hurts fantasy teams, but it also hurts his MVP campaign. The best player in the game may once again put up MVP numbers and be denied the award.

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Postby jzfran » Mon Sep 05, 2005 10:40 am

I hope not. If he takes time off, this week would be great (I have a bye--1st place!). This would hurt a lot fo teams playoff chances, but I have Tiex at util right now, so I'd be okay.
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Postby rainman23 » Mon Sep 05, 2005 12:28 pm

Yet another one of those little tiebreakers when you're plotting your drafting strategy for H2H. When in doubt, go with that guy who's on a team likely to be in the playoff hunt...but not likely to be particularly dominant. You want your guys in the lineup that last week of the season, not resting up for the playoffs or looking ahead to next year.

Easier said than done, of course. Plus it directly contrasts with another good tiebreaker -- "Go with the guy with a better supporting cast."
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Postby JTWood » Mon Sep 05, 2005 1:43 pm

Cardinal TV was talking about this yesterday. They're saying he'll probably take a week of, but they were non-specific about when.

As to weekly lineups, convince your league to add one mid-week substitution for position players. It's more fair.

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Postby Red Stripe » Mon Sep 05, 2005 3:33 pm

Im really rooting for him too sit, the 1st seeded guy in my h2h league and the only guy that could probably beat me has him. I wouldn't be playing him until the championship weeks if everything works out right though.
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