As you prepare for fantasy baseball drafts you, of course, have to study the injury report to see which stars are ready to roll for the regular season and which ones could be sidelined a little longer.
There are obviously some risks and pitfalls when relying on players coming off injuries, but like each snowflake, each injury is unique. Some injuries can debilitate one person while the next person can shake it off in no time. The severity of each injury and the prognosis for recovery is vital to know before drafting.
That all said, let’s examine some players who will have injuries to overcome prior to the start of the 2014 season. In each column, we will study some new players each week. So be sure to check back every week.
Last week we took a closer look at injuries effecting some star hitters, so in this post we’ll have a mixed bag of players with injuries to overcome.
Brandon Beachy, Atlanta Braves
If it wasn’t for injuries derailing his young career, we could be talking about one of the star pitchers in baseball when it comes to Brandon Beachy.
After trying to come back from Tommy John surgery in June last season after 12 months, Beachy had to be shut down after inflammation in his elbow got the best of him. As a result, Dr. James Andrews had to remove a bone spur and some other loose fragments in the offseason. This time around, Beachy will play it slow and steady. He—along with fantasy players—are hoping his injury woes are behind him.
With Beachy taking all the necessary precautions this time around and with the upside he owns, he is worth the gamble in the middle-to-late rounds of drafts.
Josh Johnson, San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres took a chance on the perpetually injured Josh Johnson and are hoping he can become their next reclamation project after signing him in the offseason to a $8 million one-year contract.
Johnson is questionable for the start of the regular season after having surgery to remove bone spurs from his reconstructed right elbow. When it comes to Johnson, the old fantasy adage of low risk/high reward comes to mind here.
It’s hard to imagine Johnson holding up for a full season, but the appeal of Johnson pitching in Petco Park is definitely alluring. Just know what you are getting yourself into and he should be nothing more than a late-round flier for rotational depth.
Carlos Quentin, San Diego Padres
It seems like the Padres will have their hands full with guys on the mend, as Carlos Quentin is another player who can’t just seem to stay healthy.
Quentin, who’s had a myriad of injury problems, is currently battling a knee injury that plagued him through most of the 2013 season. He only played in 82 games last year. In fact, Quentin has only topped 100 games played three times (with his water mark being 131 games played in 2010 with the White Sox) in his eight-year career.
So, while he’s a solid source for power numbers when healthy, he is probably not worth the headache and is likely best left for NL-only leagues.