If you rolled the dice on Jason Motte late in your draft you got dealt some tough news this week.
Motte was checked out this week and it was reported that he has a torn ligament in his throwing elbow. The team will re-examine Motte on May 1 and if he does not show improvement he could face reconstructive surgery. I think at this point it’s safe to drop Motte in all leagues as I don’t think he will pitch at all this season.
The Cardinals have long been a source of frustration for fantasy owners when it comes to closers and Mitchell Boggs has struggled thus far this season. Which means it’s not safe to assume at this point that Boggs will survive the season as the closer. Keep an eye out for Cardinals results to see how long Boggs hangs onto the ninth-inning duties.
It was a tough week for starting pitchers in L.A. as both the Angels’ Jared Weaver (broken left elbow) and the Dodgers Zach Greinke (fractured collarbone) suffered injuries that will keep them out for a while.
If you’re looking for a couple of decent stream/pick up options I have a few names to consider.
I would also keep an eye on Miami’s Jose Fernandez, who pitched well in his debut against the Mets giving up one run on three hits with 8 strikeouts and 1 walk. Fernandez has a mid-90s fastball and a strong slurve. Fernandez struck out 158 batters in 134 innings in High-A last season, so it’s reasonable to expect high strikeout totals. It’s hard to get too high on Fernandez, as he has such a limited professional track record, but he has a lot of upside and he might be worth a flier, especially if you are weak in strikeouts. If he can stay in the big league rotation he could turn into a potential sleeper.