The San Diego Padres lost third basemen Chase Headley for the next four to six weeks when it was revealed he had broken the tip of his left thumb. Headley suffered the injury on a slide at second base as he attempted to break up a double play in a game against the Los Angeles Angels. Missing the most amount of time would put him out six weeks and cause him to miss the entire month of April almost.
For his fantasy baseball projection, I knocked 90 at bats off of his totals which puts his new fantasy baseball ranking right around Martin Prado which is in the $12-$13 for 15 team mixed format leagues and knocks him down five rounds in 15 team mixed format draft leagues. In terms of replacing Headley in the lineup, Logan Forsythe seems the likely candidate assuming he is healthy to start the season. Forsythe would get the start at third base with rookie prospect Jedd Gyorko getting the start at second.
In other injury news, Mark Teixeira announced over the weekend that he has a strained tendon in his wrist and is likely out of actin until June. I had originally knocked him down to 410 at bats when news of the injury was first reported back in early March, but now with the potential of surgery looming at some point this season, I am crossing him off of my draft board. Speaking of the Yankees, they added outfielder Brennan Boesch after he was waived by Detroit this past week. Since he will likely be platooned, he does not have much value in mixed leagues, but he is worth a couple of dollars at the end of an AL-only auction league.
Shortstop Stephen Drew of the Boston Red Sox was plunked in the helmet almost two weeks ago and was ruled out with a concussion. He has not yet been cleared for on the field activities so it looks like he will not be ready for the start of the season. Jose Iglesias will get the start at short while Drew is out but he brings nothing to the table in a fantasy league.
Starting pitcher Scott Baker of the Chicago Cubs is getting an MRI later this week after experiencing soreness in his elbow today. Baker is attempting to come back from Tommy John surgery and was originally scheduled to appear in the Cubs rotation sometime in mid-April. Watch for an update later this week before deciding whether to keep him on your draft list or not.