Choo Up, Choo DownFriday, September 16, 2011
The Indians activated right fielder Shin-Soo Choo from the 15-day disabled list a couple hours before Thursday night’s game versus the Rangers. By the second inning, he was already injured again.
Choo aggravated the oblique strain that cost him the early part of September on an awkward first-inning swing and was informed after the game that he will be shut down for the rest of the 2011 regular season.
Choo was a high selection in fantasy drafts this year -- and rightly so given his consistently productive past -- but he missed around six weeks of the summer due to a broken thumb and is now having his season cut short by a troublesome oblique.
The 29-year-old native of South Korea will finish at a .259/.344/.390 batting line, eight home runs, 12 stolen bases and 36 RBI. He’s likely to be undervalued on fantasy boards next spring and will be worth the risk given that his injuries were mostly of the freak variety. We still love his fantasy potential and aren’t willing to label him injury-prone based off one lost season.
This is Friday’s edition of the MLB Daily Dose...
Editor's Note: Want to play salary cap fantasy football and win real cash? Snapdraft is back.
* Choo isn’t the only high profile fantasy player hitting the showers prematurely this year. Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto suffered a strained right lat muscle on Wednesday night while making a start against the Cubs. It’s not a serious injury, but less than two weeks remain in the regular season schedule and Cueto simply won’t have enough time to fully recover. The out-of-contention Reds aren’t going to push him, and admitted as much on Thursday afternoon.
Cueto posted a superb 2.31 ERA and 1.09 WHIP across 24 starts this season, striking out 104 batters and walking only 47 in 156 total innings. He reworked his delivery, found a new attitude, and will head into the offseason having achieved “ace” status in Cincinnati.
* As expected, Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez underwent season-ending surgery Wednesday on his right shoulder. He’s expected to be fully recovered by Opening Day next season, but the 27-year-old is going to take a considerable dip in fantasy rankings heading into 2012 no matter the status of his recovery.
Ramirez, a .306/.380/.506 career hitter, batted just .243 with a .712 OPS in 92 games this year. His days as a consensus Top 3 fantasy pick have almost certainly come to a close. Whether he rebounds under the bright lights of a new stadium and a revived fanbase will be a major storyline to watch throughout the 2012 campaign.
National League Quick Hits: Giants closer Brian Wilson (elbow) threw a successful 30-pitch simulated game Thursday and could be activated from the disabled list within the next couple days … Cliff Lee came within an out of his seventh shutout of the season Thursday against the Marlins … Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 5-for-6 with a double and three RBI in Thursday’s defeat of the Mets … Pablo Sandoval hit for the cycle on Thursday night against the Rockies, becoming the 26th player in Giants history to accomplish the feat … Omar Infante has rejected an initial contract extension offer from the Marlins … Giants catcher Buster Posey (ankle) is scheduled to begin hitting off a tee next week … Logan Morrison has filed a grievance against the Marlins in regards to his August demotion … Reds outfielder Jay Bruce slugged a two-run, walk-off homer in Thursday's win over the Cubs … Chase Utley started his first game Thursday night since suffering a concussion last Wednesday … Clayton Kershaw will not be suspended for hitting Gerrardo Parra with a pitch on Wednesday night ... Cubs reliever Justin Berg will undergo Tommy John surgery Friday.
American League Quick Hits: A’s rookie second baseman Jemile Weeks remains day-to-day with cramping in his left leg … Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis won’t play Friday due to ongoing issues with his hip and lingering discomfort related to a sports hernia … Clay Buchholz (back) is scheduled to throw a “full-fledged” bullpen session Saturday and will try to return as a long reliever later this month … Robinson Cano (foot) has vowed that he will be in Friday’s starting lineup … Josh Tomlin (elbow) could return to the Indians’ rotation on September 24 against the Twins … The Royals have shut down starter Luke Hochevar, who was up to 198 innings on the season … Rays outfielder Sam Fuld is day-to-day with a strained wrist tendon … Ryan Kalish underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a bulging disc in his neck … White Sox starter Mark Buehrle was pulled from Thursday’s game against the Royals after taking a line drive off his shoulder … Alexi Ogando recorded his first win in a month Thursday, tossing six scoreless innings against the Indians … David Ortiz (back) singled twice and drew a walk Thursday in his return to Boston’s lineup.