Ian Kinsler‘s ankle has gotten Tiger Woodsian publicity here at Chinstrap Ninjas in recent weeks.
For good reason, too. Kinsler was one of the most sought after players in drafts and Auctions this preseason, but he’s not even close to a rehab assignment yet.
He got an injection in his ankle and will start a minor league jaunt next week at the earliest. Even when he does come back, any lingerings from the ankle injury could hinder his basestealing abilities. Without his steals, he’s Dan Uggla and not even close to worth what we paid for him.
In other news around fantasy baseball on Thursday:
Carlos Santana — If prospects wouldn’t have led off yesterday’s new, Santana would have been your introduction. Second fiddle isn’t too bad. The Indians catcher went 4-for-5 with two homers a double and 4 RBIs in his triple-A debut. Lou Marson and Mike Redman are in front of him on the big league club. That dynamic duo is batting a combined .000 so far this season… My gut says we’ll see Santana by May 1.
AJ Pierzynski — He’s a train wreck when it comes to throwing out runners. Pierzynski stopped only 17% of basestealers in 2009. The White Sox allowed 132 as a team. They’re struggling again in 2010. Smart fantasy owners take note: Start your speedsters when they face the ChiSox to boost your SB stats.
Chipper Jones — Banged up already, but the strained oblique is only expected to keep him out 2-to-3 days.
Felix Pie — Will try to throw today. Nolan Reimold homered while starting in Pie’s place on Thursday.
Mike McCoy — Filled in for Aaron Hill who was nursing a hamstring. But few injury replacements bat leadoff and go 2-for-5 with an RBI. With the Rockies AAA club in 2009, he stole 40 bags, scored 102 runs and hit .307. Let’s keep an eye on him.
Tyler Colvin — Hit his first major league homer on Thursday. It was a solo shot and his only hit. He projects to a 15-10-.300 hitter at best, but he was tearing it up during spring. Another player we need to monitor.
Brandon Morrow — Will be on a pitch count (85) on Friday. If he finishes with saucy stats, the 26-year-old is worth grabbing and stashing if you have bench flexibility.
Desmond Jennings —Won’t be back from a sprained left wrist until May.
Allen Craig (STL), Don Kelly (DET) and Ryan Raburn (DET) — All three were unlikely starters on Thursday. Combined for zero hits, four Ks and seven LOBs. All three have spent a significant amount of time in the minors. Raburn, 29, hit 16 homers with the Tigers last season and probably has the best chance to produce fantasy-relevant statistics in 2010.
Don’t forget to check out the Top 10 fantasy performances from Thursday.
What big news did we miss? Let us know in the comments.