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May 11, 2013

Fantasy Forecast: Much ado about Machado

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Initially, it appeared as though the Hanrahan injury was not incredibly serious. An MRI showed no structural damage and the injury was originally termed as a right forearm strain. However, as the week has progress fears have risen to the point where Hanrahan will visit Dr. James Andrews (never a good sign) and has been moved to the 60-day DL. That move means that no matter what tests show, and surgery or no surgery, Hanrahan will be out until at least July.

Bailey did play catch yesterday for the first time since being placed on the DL, saying he “felt pretty good.” However, he also said he doubted he would be able to come off the DL when eligible on Tuesday. And, let’s face it, Bailey has been as fragile as fine china in his career.

So, in the interim John Farrell has tabbed Junichi Tazawa as the closer du jour. Tazawa has been one of Farrell’s favorites this season, already among the league leaders in appearances. And with good reason, as opponents were hitting just .228 against him going into play on Thursday. Plus, Tazawa has proven himself in a setup role, notching 9 holds thus far in 2013.

Tazawa is owned in just 49 percent of Yahoo! leagues, so if you need a quick influx of saves there’s a place to turn. Bailey still could come back and wrestle the job away from Tazawa, unless the Japanese import really excels while the other two are recovering from their maladies. For the time being, Tazawa becomes a player who is a must own, especially given Bailey’s long and varied injury history in the big leagues.

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This may go without saying, but for those still on the fence: Roy Halladay should be dropped in basically all formats.

It was announced this week that Halladay will undergo surgery to remove bone spurs and repair a partially torn rotator cuff. Now, the former ace says he believes he can come back this season, but given his age and performance is that something you even want?

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