Orioles 2B Brian Roberts left Friday’s game with a strained abdominal muscle. He has just two hits in 14 at-bats this season.
Some of you are smiling while nodding knowingly — hello Ninjas. Others are cringing at the thought of an injury next to Brian Roberts’ name.
Chinstrap Ninjas warned readers to stay away from Brian Roberts for most of the preseason.
In other news around fantasy baseball on Friday:
Jose Reyes — He’s expected back today and will start at shortstop and bat leadoff.
Chris Young — The pitching Chris Young’s shoulder is ailing. He’ll miss his next start, which was scheduled for Sunday.
Stephen Strasburg — Nothing concrete here, but an MLB.com columnist says we wont’ see the fireballing prospect until after Memorial Day. That sounds about right.
John McDonald — Started at second base for the Blue Jays. One day after Mike McCoy performed well out of the leadoff spot, McDonald replaces him and goes 0-for-3 with a strikeout and three left on out of the nine hole.
Kerry Wood — Read two different reports on Wood. One said he isn’t going to rush himself back. The other one said he “could” throw off a mound next week. It’ll be at least two weeks before we see him. What’s the line on his number of setbacks? It doesn’t matter, bet on the over.
Mike Gonzalez — One of the sleepers I “stole” late in drafts has been costly for fantasy owners. He’s got two blown saves in three tries so far in 2010. On Friday he walked a batter, flung a wild pitch, then served up an RBI double.
Nick Stavinoha — The Cardinals’ OF prospect hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer on Friday. Stavinoha’s ceiling isn’t that high to begin with and he’s got Skip Schumacher, Matt Holliday and Colby Rasmus in front of him on the outfield depth chart.
Brooks Conrad — Read one report that he might start for the Braves today with Chipper out. You can’t call a 30-year-old a prospect, but Conrad has some impressive Triple-A numbers. His batting average is dicey, but he hit 22-28 homers in three consecutive seasons from 2006 to 2008 and stole 15 and 12 bags in ’06 and ’07 respectively.
Jonathan Sanchez — Lot’s of less than stellar pitching performances out there that weren’t so terrible they deserved to be in the Top 10. I’m pointing out Sanchez’s no-decision because I’ve backed him hard all preseason and this was his first start. His stat line: Seven hits, two walks, three earned runs and six Ks in just 4.1 innings