Apparently, 95 percent doesn’t mean the same thing to you and me as it does to Ian Kinsler.
Nothing official yet, but it seems like the star 2B — typically the second one off draft boards — will start the season on the disabled list because of that troublesome ankle. A couple days ago I mentioned that he felt 95 percent certain he would be ready to go for Opening Day. He hasn’t even ran since the the injury.
Andres Blanco is likely the guy who’ll be his temporary replacement.
Elsewhere around fantasy baseball on Tuesday:
Lance Berkman — Said he’s 70 percent certain he’ll be ready by Opening Day. What’s with all the percentages? Kinsler should have gone with 70 percent, it’d be a little less upsetting. Berkman could play in a minor league game today according to MLB.com.
Felix Pie — Named the Orioles starting left fielder and promptly responded with a 3-for-4 day and a pair of runs scored. Nolan Reimold is still nursing his Achilles and the team is being cautious with him. Enter Pie. If he holds the job all season and produces, Pie could be good for a 70/15/60/15/.280-type line.
Chris Tillman — Highly touted Orioles prospect Tillman is starting 2010 in the minors. David Hernandez won the fifth starter spot in the rotation. According to an Associated Press story, Tillman was pretty upset that he didn’t claim the spot that he was expected to win entering the preseason. Something tells me the 21-year-old will be back up with the big club soon enough.
Matt Lindstrom — Astros officially made Lindstrom their first closer of the season Tuesday. Let’s say first because it’s doubtful he’ll be the only player Houston calls closer this season.
Kenshin Kawakami — No superstar, Kawakami still makes a nice streaming starter if you play that game. He’s developed a blister on his right index finger, but still looked strong in five innings pitched Tuesday against the Yankees.
Aroldis Chapman — One report has Chapman off to the minors already and two others say it’s likely based on comments from general manager Walt Jockety. I wouldn’t go dropping him for some pitcher who throws a five-hitter on Opening Day. Chapman will be back soon enough.
Fausto Carmona — Again, put as little faith in spring numbers as you want, but Carmona has allowed just one run in 20 spring innings. Maybe he’s finally got that encore from 2007 ready? He’s probably available on waivers in your league, or available with your last pick.
Neftali Feliz — Scored 101 on the radar gun and looks to be the top setup man for Frank Francisco this season. Knowing Francisco like we know Francisco, that means Feliz will have some opportunities to close.
Brian Roberts — Played in a day game Tuesday following a Monday night game. If his back was as suspect as we all think it is, he would have taken the day off.
Eric Young Jr. — One of our favorite sleepers, shipped back to the minors. He’ll be one of the Rockies first call-ups, but it’s going to be hard for him to get to 40 steals this season if it takes a while.
We’ll end this with two pieces of info for the sideshow:
Pat Venditte — Ambidextrous Yankees pitcher threw from both sides of the plate in a spring game today. Crazy, right? But how crazy are you feeling if you’re…
Eric Stults — The Dodgers pitcher was sold to the Hiroshima Carp on Tuesday. Good luck in Japan, Mr. Stults.
What did we miss? What are we wrong about? Let us know in the comments.