I've said it a million times, but some just won't accept it. Any signficant back/neck injury is the ABSOLUTE WORST injury for a hitter. Instead of DLing and taking the time off to have surgery and/or do what is necessary to get healthy, these players typically play through their injuries and play well below their normal standards. All you have to do is look at Helton's decreased production the second half of last year, Alfonzo's a few year ago, Cabrera's last year, etc. etc. So Texas may make light of A-Rod's herniated disc. But as a shrewd fantasy owner, you should take it very seriously. So if I had my draft coming up, I would NOT draft A-Rod in round 1. No thanks. Anf if I was already n A-Rod owner, I'd be looking for the best possible deal now. If you can get another first round player and some change, I'd do it without hesitation. With a herniated disc, I think you can expect a DL stint, at least extra days off, or diminished HR production. This is the kind of nagging injury that doesn't just go away. And expecting a guy to hit when his back or neck hurts every time he swings is unrealistic. Be very scared.
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