People who don’t follow major league baseball wouldn’t understand my excitement about this … neither, perhaps, would baseball fans outside of central Pennsylvania, near the chinstrapninjas.com world headquarters.
The news involves the Washington Nationals and two extremely gifted, and uber-hyped, rookie pitchers. Ironically, the news is that both Stephen Strasburg and Drew Storen were demoted to the minors.
Why is this exciting, you ask? Because they were demoted to the Nationals’ AA team in Harrisburg. So … if you are in Pennsylvania and can get to a Senators game, definitely do so. It may lead to a few stories you’ll want to tell your grandkids someday, or, if nothing else, it gives you another reason to get to a pro ballgame … not that you needed any more reasons to do that!
In other breaking fantasy news:
Cleveland closer Kerry Wood is, surprised, injured again. A strained right latissimus dorsi muscle will sideline him for four to six weeks, and may eat into his numbers throughout the season. Buyer beware. Meanwhile, Chris Perez becomes a sleeper closer candidate and could hold onto the job long-term if he can pitch well enough out of the gates.
An ab strain will likely keep new Mariners pitcher Cliff Lee out of his regular season opener, but don’t expect it to be an issue any further than that. It may drop Lee down a few spots in respective drafts, which will only help his draftday value if nothing else.
Eligibility is a big deal in fantasy baseball, and Chone Figgins may earn some at second base soon. Reports out of Marinersland is that he could be playing a decent amount of time there this season while Jose Lopez switches to third.
Many weren’t expect a whole lot from Ken Griffey Jr. before, but signs from spring training suggest he’s even slower in his swings than most figured at this point. He couldn’t get around on a Dan Haren fastball, and has only had a few opportunities this spring to really show what he can or can’t do.
Hunter Pence doubled twice to drive in three runs during spring ball Saturday and is looking like the Astros No. 3 hitter with Lance Berkman likely missing time. Many aren’t looking too closely at Hunter Pence this season, but he’s very talented and could be a nice sleeper candidate for those willing to roll the dice.