With the Mid-Summer Classic in the Rearview Mirror, It’s Time fantasy baseball Owners need to start pushing that second half and assess what it will take to bring that title home.
If you’re not into contention and you play in a keeper’s league, now is the time to settle your trade chips and start offering something to set yourself up for next year. No matter what position you are in, your first stop on the waiver wire is to check which players are coming off the 10-day injury list and if they are available.
The baseball community is discussing the imminent return of White Sox slugger Eloy Jimenez. The 24-year-old was a second-round draft pick in most leagues but suffered a torn pectoral muscle that required surgery just before the season. The recovery time should have been 5-6 months, so instead of keeping him away until September, many owners cut him off, an understandable move in most situations.
As we progressed into the final weekend of the first half, however, Jimenez began destroying baseball during his rehab stint at High-A Winston-Salem and quickly moved to Triple-A Charlotte. He has played just two games since then, and although he went just 1-for-6 with a walk, the White Sox are targeting a return to the big leagues at the end of July.
No matter how shallow your league may be, if he’s available, there isn’t a single other player on your waiver wire that is able to post the numbers he’ll be providing you with in the last two months of the season. can do.
But Jimenez isn’t alone, as IL is full of impact players who await his return. White Sox teammate Louis Robert was recently cleared of baseball activities and is expected to begin rehab work in late July to return in mid-August. With Adam Eaton not on the roster, guess who should come next?
If pitching is your need, how about Mets right-hander Carlos Carrasco? After a successful 29-pitch mock game last weekend in his return from a hamstring injury, Carrasco resumed his rehab work on Thursday and could be in early August. In a career spanning seven years, he has posted 3.77 ERA with more than one strikeout per innings. Any fantasy rotation will get a hand boost like this.
It can be difficult for a player to hide for several weeks, but the end result should prove positive. Adding players like Jeff McNeil, Luis Severino or all three of the above is all you need. Today’s small sacrifice means tomorrow’s big reward.
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