The Royals' bullpen suffers a couple of blows, and the pain around the rest of the league is plentiful.
Carlos Quentin, San Diego Padres (Right Knee Surgery)
Quentin has had a difficult time staying healthy, and he’s starting his injury train early this year. The outfielder will undergo arthroscopic surgery today to fix a torn meniscus and remove loose bodies from his right knee. Meniscal injuries can cause pain, swelling, or a clicking sensation depending on the type, size, and location of the tear. If left untreated, meniscal tears can lead to arthritis. Loose bodies can also act as irritants and lead to arthritis.
The procedure is straightforward. The surgeon will remove the loose bodies and try to stitch the torn meniscus back together but will most likely have to trim the torn portion because the tissue is degenerated beyond repair. Standard recovery is four to six weeks, but it could vary if there are additional injuries not seen on the MRI. With the recovery expected to be four to six weeks, we should see Quentin back in mid- to late April. When Quentin returns to the outfield, his knee might flare up or swell.
Injuries and ineffectiveness have opened the way for many reserves, meaning the Tout crew is already all over the next big things of fantasy.
There was baseball last week, meaning there were also injuries that need dealing with. Neftali Feliz hits the disabled list with a sore shoulder, meaning fantasy owners everywhere are trying to figure out which reliever Ron Washington will mismanage next. Victor Martinez also hit the DL thanks to his groin. What other moves did the Tout Wars experts make this week? Let us begin by looking into the mixed league.
With Texas and LSU squaring off for the title, what does the matchup make for in terms of quality baseball action?
It's been four and a half months since I returned to BP to cover the 2009 college baseball season, but we're set to finish the year where we began, with LSU and Texas atop the rankings. I'd love to brag that I saw this final coming all along, but to be honest, I had an inkling about Cal State Fullerton before the season began, and I picked Arizona State to win just ten days ago. The Tigers and Longhorns have always seemed like the best teams, but the best two teams reaching the finale of the season is a rarity in college baseball (cue highlights of Cinderella-story Fresno State one year ago).
The Rangers' Director of Player Development discusses the system's young talent and the organization's new directions.
There is more than a lone star in the making on the Texas farm. Thanks to an aggressive and well-executed commitment to scouting and player development, the Rangers now possess what is arguably the deepest stable of young talent in the game. Much of the credit goes to general manager Jon Daniels, but no less important are the contributions of Scott Servais, the team's Director of Player Development. Servais, who has been in his current role since December 2005, discussed the organization's philosophy, and some of the most promising players under his watch.
A more evenly matched series than it may appear at first glance, and one whose outcome may be decided in the trenches.
Is this "the year" for the loyal legions of Cubs fans? Disappointment comes a little more frequently in Wrigleyville the last two decades. It used to be that just mentioning years like "1969" or "1984"—without providing a single detail—could cause a confidently well-perched fan in your nearest hoodie to tumble from his stool in despair. That's no longer the case, not when we get to muck through the messier details of what hurt worst lately, the humiliatingly quick exits in 1989, 1998, and 2007, or the more elaborately agonizing NLCS loss in 2003, or their more infamous losses involving black cats or Leo Durocher or Gatorade-soaked gloves or Steve Garvey. Whatever the self-reinforcing certainty in circulation in the city that this year will be different, the Cubs come into the postseason with a team that makes for a study in contrasts when it comes to its assets: a broad and deep collection of hitters to attack the other team's pitchers with, balanced against a stars-and-scrubs pitching staff that runs perhaps no more than six men deep before you start getting into trouble.
Having already graduated a lot of young talent to the majors, the cream of the Royals' crop is a mix of pitchers and low-minors prospects.
1. Mike Moustakas, SS Four-Star Prospects
2. Luke Hochevar, RHP Three-Star Prospects
3. Daniel Cortes, RHP
4. Billy Buckner, RHP
5. Danny Duffy, LHP Two-Star Prospects
6. Blake Wood, RHP
7. Carlos Rosa, RHP
8. Julio Pimentel, RHP
9. Sam Runion, RHP One-Star Prospects
10. Mitch Maier, OF
11. Chris Lubanski, OF
Will has another update on Rich Harden, plus notes about Casey Blake, Ben Sheets, Derrek Lee, Mark Prior, and more.
It's good to hear that Rich Harden not only won't need surgery at this stage, but that the original reports that my story Monday was based on were incorrect. It's interesting to see just how much coverage this has received and even more interesting that the A's have been up front and clear about the situation. If my report hadn't come out, would we be hearing from the team's orthopedist, something I can never remember occurring? If my information was incorrect, then it appears that the team was working from similar information. Dr. Jerrald Goldman told the Chronicle that the injury looked better with a follow-up MRI than initially indicated, meaning Harden may only miss a month. Part of my job is to get the correct information on injuries out; this isn't the way I want to have it happen, but the end result is that we have a better understanding of what's going on with Harden.