When the words innovation, injection and platelet-rich plasma therapy are thrown around, it’s time for a ninja to start paying attention.
One of fantasy baseball’s brightest stars, Jose Reyes, has been DLed by a tear in his right hamstring since May 26, but a revolutionary new form of therapy is helping the Mets shortstop feel great, according to reports.
Doctors are drawing his own blood, then injecting it into the injured area. Not sure how truly effective that treatment is, but fans should appreciate anything that could get the fantasy star back on the field.
Every day crazy stuff — OK not as crazy as injecting yourself with your own freaking blood! And by crazy, I mean awesome — goes on in baseball
For instance, on Wednesday:
Five guys who won’t want to see their names in the paper tomorrow: Wang, Lackey, Niemann, Volstad, Pavano. Jeff Niemann and Carl Pavano each made the last Stealthy Ninjas post, but both got hammered today. I think their just minor blips on the radar for that duo. As for Chien-Ming Wang, it’s not like it was a completely awful outing — he dropped his season ERA from 14.46 to 14.34. Congratulations!
- On the other side of the spectrum: Gil Meche (11 Ks), Jair Jurrjens (7 Ks, 2 Rs in a loss), Felix Hernandez, John Danks (7Ks in 7 1/3, hard-luck loss) and Justin Verlander (9 Ks, CG win over Danks) were masterful.
- Dontrelle Willis will stay in the Tigers rotation. Jeremy “Rock-bottom” Bonderman is now in the ‘pen
As long as Frank Francisco shoulder is slung (day-to-day), C.J. Wilson will get save opps.
- Ryan Madson is the new Brad Lidge, for a couple weeks anyway. Word is Lidge will keep his job no matter how good Madson is in relief. Lidge doesn’t expect to need surgery on his knee ever, either, so expect him back at the end of his 15-day layoff.
- David Aardsma got save No. 10 for Seattle. He’s still available in 34% of Yahoo leagues and shouldn’t be.
- Huston Street got save No. 11 in 12 tries for the Rockies this season.
Like Ninjas, but with bats
Alberto Callaspo, went 4-for-4 with his 1st Grand Slam. He’s hitting .311 this year and available in 79% of leagues. Call me kooky, but that seems like a very high number.
- David Wright owners can smirk, and non-owners can be jealous of these ridiculous numbers the last five games: 11-for-17, 5 doubles, homer No. 4, 5 RBIs and 2 steals. Impressive numbers, but where’s his power at?
- Chase Utley and Jose Lopez each had two-homer days. That’s probably the first time all season Utley and Lopez have been in the same sentence together. It’ll happen more frequently because Lopez is heating up, and available in 58% of Yahoo leagues.
- St. Louis Cardinals middle infielders Tyler Greene and Brendan Ryan had seven combined hits Wednesday. Neither of them are owned in leagues, and for what it’s worth, Ryan is hitting .295 with 5 steals and 15 runs. Greene only has 50 at-bats but has 6 runs, 2 homers and 3 steals. Worth monitoring I guess.
Ups and downs
Cubs 1B prospect Jake Fox, Angels RP Jose Arrredondo and Pirates SP Tom Gorzelanny were all minored.
- San Francisco Giants 2B Kevin Frandsen was recalled, not that it should matter for your fantasy team.
You may gather your wounded
Carlos Quentin is not coming off the DL anytime soon. His foot still hurts. Watch for his return after the All-Star break.
- Roy Oswalt’s start was pushed back due to a “(wrist).” I have two wrists, but they don’t keep me down. Oswalt’s start was pushed back 2 days. It’s not a major injury and probably less painful than actually having him in your starting lineup. He gave up 6 earned runs in six innings to the Pirates on June 6. Yuck.
- I’m sure you’re all excited to see Scott Kazmir is set to throw some minor league ball. Hello? I think everybody just left.
- Jake Westbrook appears to have his velocity back and has been crushing minor league lineups on his way back to Cleveland.
What else happened Wednesday? What did I miss? Let us know in the comments, or go to our forums and start a conversation.