Ranking Injured Players

Posted: August 5, 2012 in Rankings

By David Kerr

With just under two months to go in the 2012 Major League Baseball season, there are quite a few players currently on the disabled list that should return and can help your team down the stretch. I will rank them from 1-21 based on how much production I believe they will provide from here on out. I am basing these rankings on the actual injury, the estimated time the player will miss, and personal opinion. Let’s take a look.

1. Joey Votto

Joey Votto has increased his workouts and should return within the next week. He’ll pick up right where he left off which was being an on base monster. The fact that he’s so close to returning and that he’s a total stud make him my number one ranked injured player.

2. Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo, or Mike as I like to call him, should be back as soon as this coming Tuesday. While he was on the DL, the Marlins had a fire sale, but that shouldn’t stop his astounding power. He could hit 15 bombs the rest of the way.

3. David Ortiz

Big Papi said this past Thursday that his Achilles was at 50-60 percent so he wasn’t activated this weekend. He hopes to be activated early next week. I’m not a doctor, but I don’t see that happening based on his own words. Next weekend seems more realistic to me. When he does get back though, he should be mashing.

4. Jose Bautista

Bautista is out for at least another two weeks, possibly more. When he returns look for similar power numbers and a hopefully a batting average increase. He has a very unlucky .217 BABIP. up to this point.

5. Pablo Sandoval

This has been Pablo Sandoval’s second stint on the DL this season. He could return by next weekend, but hamstrings can be tricky, so I would temper expectations. When he’s in the lineup, Panda is going to hit. If he can return by mid-August and he stays healthy from that point on, he’ll provide good production down the stretch.

6. Evan Longoria

Evan Longoria has frustrated owners everywhere with the continued delay in his return from a torn hamstring. I am not totally convinced he’ll be back and stay back, but if he does, he’ll be very useful. He’ll provide good power numbers, but be circumspect towards his average. It may take him a while to get into a solid groove after missing so much time.

7. Brandon McCarthy

When healthy, Brandon McCarthy has been very good. He doesn’t strike out many batters, but is very solid in the ERA/WHIP department. If his shoulder holds up he could help stabilize both categories for you. Don’t count on him staying off the DL though.

8. Brandon Morrow

Brandon Morrow was well on his way to a career year until an oblique injury forced him to the DL. He will return to an ERA of 3.27 with a WHIP of 1.00 and should help bolster a rotation that’s been depleted by injuries this year. He should be back towards the end of August and I’d feel confident placing him back into your team’s rotation for the stretch run.

9. Emilio Bonifacio

Bonifacio was a late addition to my Injured Player list because when I started compiling it, it was feared he’d be out the rest of the season. Reports are now saying that he may only miss 2-3 weeks, so I slotted him in at number 9. Steals aren’t easy to find, so keep an eye on Bonifacio and if he’s sitting on the wire in 2 weeks, grab him.

10. Erick Aybar

The Angel’s starting shortstop was finally finding his groove in the 2012 campaign when he went down with a fractured big toe. The good news is he should be back early next week. Since June 1st, Aybar has posted a .296 average with 3 homers and 4 steals. Hopefully he picks up where he left off.

11. Trevor Plouffe

Trevor Plouffe has clubbed 19 home runs in 259 AB giving fantasy owners a very cheap source of power. He should be back within the next two weeks, but I would curb my expectations for another huge power surge. With that being said, there is a solid chance he COULD have another power outburst, so he should be on most fantasy rosters.

12. Johan Santana

Through his first 16 starts of the season, Johan Santana had a 2.76 ERA. After getting shelled in three straight starts prior to his trip to the DL it inflated to 3.98. When he returns, I expect him to be somewhere in the middle of those two numbers. He’s definitely worth owning and should provide value down the stretch.

13. Ian Desmond

Bothered by a sore oblique for seemingly a month, Ian Desmond was finally diagnosed with a torn oblique and placed on the DL July 22. He is expected to be out for a month, but it could certainly be longer. He was in the midst of a career year tallying 17 homers and 15 steals to go along with a solid .286 average. If he returns he could provide some speed and pop in September.

14. Troy Tulowitzki

Tulowitzki’s 2012 prospects to return are still up in the air. He has began to batting practice, but there’s still no timetable. I can’t rank him much higher than 14 because he may not be back at all. If I were in a keeper league and could trade him for a rental that would put me over the top, I would. He’s a guy that just can’t stay healthy.

15. Dee Gordon

Take away the 30 steals and Dee Gordon has been a fantasy bust this season. The good thing is that he is blazing fast and come September, when he’s on targeted to return, he could rack up a lot of steals… if he gets on base. Here’s hoping he catches a hot streak and swipes 8-10 bags.

16. Tommy Hanson

Tommy Hanson has had an unspectacular 2012 season, but with the Braves in the thick of a pennant race, they’ll need his arm. He should return from the DL in mid-August and at the very least will provide good strikeout numbers.

17. Jed Lowrie

Jed Lowrie’s was diagnosed with a sprained right ankle and a nerve issue in his leg in mid-July. The recovery time was 4-6 weeks which puts him on track to return in late-August or early-September. He is a question mark mainly because of the nerve issue. If he does come back he’ll provide some power, but little else. The Astros lineup is anemic.

18. Andy Pettitte

Andy Pettitte has enjoyed a very nice comeback campaign. He should be back at some point in September and will be tuning up for the New York’s playoff run. He could get you a few wins and won’t kill you in ERA and WHIP. You should be able to snatch Pettitte off of your wire, as most owners have probably dropped him.

19. Alex Rodriguez

A-Rod may only play a few weeks to finish out the season so I wouldn’t get my hopes up that he’ll help out very much. It’s unfortunate as A-Rod was batting a solid .276 with 15 homers and 11 steals. If you can move him in a keeper league to someone out of the money playing for next year, I would definitely do it. This year is what’s important, of course.

20. Carlos Ruiz

After posting a .335/.399/.559 triple slash, Carlos Ruiz’s season is in jeopardy after being placed on the disabled list due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot. He’s expected to miss 4-6 weeks and it’s altogether possible he misses the season. With the Phillies out of a playoff race, that’s a very distinct possibility. I wouldn’t be hopeful to get much out of Ruiz the rest of the season.

21. Victor Martinez

Victor Martinez is a total wild card because there’s a very good chance he may not place this season. If he does play, he probably won’t be back until the final few weeks of September. He is a career .303 hitter, so he could provide some batting average help at a very weak position.

Naturally there are other players on the DL, but these are the 21 I think will provide you with the most value from here on out. I’d try to trade for any of the top 6 if I could get them at a fair price even with the risk of setbacks.

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