Lance Berkman and his achy knees have a long history. If Berkman’s worried Berkman’s not going to be ready, you should be worried. One report said there’s “no timetable” for his return.
Berkman managed eight steals and 25 homers in just 136 games in a “disappointing” 2009. A lot of people drafted him fairly high this year with that in mind. He is 34 this season but his knees are much older. I avoided Berkman in all of my drafts this season, guaranteeing he’ll go 90/35/100/10/.290 when he returns.
Hunter Pence will bat third while the Astros await Berkman’s return.
Elsewhere around fantasy baseball on Friday:
Phil Hughes — Will enjoy extended Spring Training. Look at his Ks last year. Look at his innings. Now remember what team he’s pitching for. 15 wins? Maybe. 200 Ks? Maybe. He won’t be gone long and might be available on your waiver wire. Go get him if he is.
Gio Gonzalez — Talked about him in an update last week. He won the fifth starter spot in Oakland. If he can stay under control he’ll be an excellent source of strikeouts in 2010.
Trevor Cahill — We’re staying in Oakland for now. Cahill, one of Oakland’s budding rockstar pitchers, will start the season on the DL with a sore shoulder blade.
Scott Kazmir, Jeff Francis, Coco Crisp — While we’re at the DL talk. Kazmir, Francis and Crisp were all placed on the 15-day DL with various retroactive dates. Kazmir is the biggest name here. His sore hamstring will likely only cost fantasy owners one start.
Nate McLouth — Disabled list decision coming today. This one could hurt a couple of my teams. There are few players that offer 25-25 potential where McLouth goes in drafts.
Andrew Bailey — Hobbled off the field with an ankle injury on Saturday. Nothing to worry about.
Nolan Reimold — Lost a starting job to Felix Pie this week. However, Reimold, a Chinstrap Ninjas favorite, was 2-for-2 with a homer and a walk Saturday. Pie was injured Friday but x-rays were negative. If he’s not ready to go, Reimold could step in and never relinquish the job.
That’s all we’ve got for today. What did we miss? Let us know in the comments.