||Two Start Pitchers :: Week 12
by Scott Mickels
Published: June 16, 2013, 6:54 pm
We've got quite a few Injury Watch's this week so let's get right to them! The first takes us to Boston where Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz is dealing with a sore neck. His bullpen session scheduled for Sunday has been scratched as has his next scheduled start on Tuesday at home against Tampa. It's also appearing more and more likely that Buchholz will find himself on the DL sooner or later. Despite his great season, play it safe this week and keep Buchholz on the bench.
In the two-hole is the Orioles' Jason Hammel. Hammel isn't exactly injured, but just really sick. He was seen leaving the ballpark before Friday's game, but is expected to rejoin the team on Sunday. However, that doesn't necessarily mean he'll make his next start. In fact, it seems just about anything is possible. Hammel could make his next start Monday at Detroit, have that start pushed back a day or more or simply have it skipped altogether. With that uncertainty surrounding his next outing, Hammel is best left on the bench this week
.Our third Injury Watch comes to us from our friends up north where the Blue Jays' Josh Johnson has been dealing with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand since a start on June 9. The blister has forced Toronto to push back his next scheduled start from Saturday to Sunday, and then again from Sunday to Monday. Johnson is tentatively scheduled to start Monday at home against the Rockies. I wouldn't risk using him though. The blister could flare up at any time, and frankly Johnson wasn't pitching well before the injury anyway. Keep this guy on your bench too.
And finally, our last Injury Watch takes to the Big Apple where Mets' starting pitcher Dillon Gee has been dealing with flexor tendinitis, apparently since spring training. Despite the lingering injury, Gee has actually pitched really well in his last 3 starts. This one is really a judgment call. Much like Johnson, there's just too much risk involved with a pitcher that has an injury that could linger and/or affect his two-start status, so I wouldn't use him. However, if you're desperate or perhaps in a deep league, you might consider rolling the dice with Gee, but for those of you in standard leagues, stay away.
Good luck to your fantasy teams! Now, on to what we all came here for, the Two-Start Pitchers!
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NOTE: These starts are not set in stone. They can change for any variety of reasons: managerial moves, injuries, rain-outs, etc. Please keep in mind they are probable.
NO-BRAINERS Yu Darvish, TEX: vs. OAK, @ STL
Max Scherzer, DET: vs. BAL, vs. BOS
Justin Verlander, DET: vs. BAL, vs. BOS
ADVISABLE OPTIONS Jarrod Parker, OAK: @ TEX, @ SEA
James Shields, KC: @ CLE, vs. CHW
OTHERS TO KEEP IN MIND Jeremy Bonderman, SEA: @ ANA, vs. OAK
Aaron Harang, SEA: @ ANA, vs. OAK
Phil Hughes, NYY: vs. LA, vs. TB
Ubaldo Jimenez, CLE: vs. KC, vs. MIN
Jordan Lyles, HOU: vs. MIL, @ CHC
Bud Norris, HOU: vs. CHW, @ CHC
Jose Quintana, CHW: @ MIN, @ KC
Dan Straily, OAK: @ TEX, @ SEA
Jason Vargas, ANA: vs. SEA, vs. PIT
TRY TO AVOID Chris Archer, TB: @ BOS, @ NYY
Dylan Axelrod, CHW: @ HOU, @ KC
Mike Pelfrey, MIN: vs. CHW, @ CLE
Nick Tepesch, TEX: vs. OAK, @ STL
INJURY WATCH Clay Buchholz *, BOS: vs. TB, @ DET
Jason Hammel *, BAL: @ DET, @ TOR
Josh Johnson, TOR: vs. COL, vs. BAL
NO-BRAINERS Matt Harvey, NYM: @ ATL, @ PHI
Mat Latos, CIN: vs. PIT, @ ARI
Shelby Miller, STL: vs. CHC, vs. TEX
Adam Wainwright, STL: vs. CHC, vs. TEX
ADVISABLE OPTIONS Matt Cain, SF: vs. SD, vs. MIA
Patrick Corbin, ARI: vs. MIA, vs. CIN
Mike Leake, CIN: vs. PIT, @ ARI
Francisco Liriano, PIT: @ CIN, @ ANA
Hyun-Jin Ryu, LA: @ NYY, @ SD
Jeff Samardzija, CHC: @ STL, vs. HOU
Travis Wood, CHC: @ STL, vs. HOU
OTHERS TO KEEP IN MIND Andrew Cashner, SD: @ SF, vs. LA
Jorge De La Rosa, COL: @ TOR, @ WAS
Ross Detwiler, WAS: @ PHI, vs. COL
Tim Hudson, ATL: vs. NYM, @ MIL
Paul Maholm, ATL: vs. NYM, @ MIL
TRY TO AVOID Nate Eovaldi, MIA: @ ARI, @ SF
Jeff Francis, COL: @ TOR, @ WAS
Tom Gorzelanny, MIL: @ HOU, vs. ATL
Dan Haren, WAS: @ PHI, vs. COL
Charlie Morton, PIT: @ CIN, @ ANA
Edinson Volquez, SD: @ SF, vs. LA
Barry Zito, SF: vs. SD, vs. MIA
INJURY WATCH Dillon Gee, NYM: @ ATL, @ PHI
John Lannan, PHI: vs. WAS, vs. NYM
* = this pitcher's two-start status is questionable.
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