Eugenio Suarez suffering a fractured right thumb on Sunday was a tough blow all around. The 26-year-old third baseman signed a seven-year, $66 million contract extension with the Reds last month -- in the second-to-last week of spring training -- after posting a career-best .828 OPS, 26 home runs, and 82 RBI over 156 games in 2017 while also contributing excellent defense at the hot corner. His fWAR (FanGraphs’ version of Wins Above Replacement) was 4.0, which ranked third among all Cincinnati players last year, behind only Joey Votto and Zack Cozart.
But there may be a small silver lining to Suarez’s extended absence for fantasy owners combing the waiver wire in search of the next hotshot prospect who could have an immediate fantasy impact.
Nick Senzel, the No. 2 overall prospect in Christopher Crawford’s latest fantasy-minded rankings for Rotoworld, drew the start at third base Tuesday night with Triple-A Louisville in preparation for a potential promotion to the major league level this Friday, April 13 -- when the Reds can call him up and still control his contract through 2023. Senzel was drafted as a third baseman but had made all of his starts at second base so far this year in Triple-A, the thought being that he wasn’t going to leapfrog Suarez on the MLB depth chart anytime soon.
Cincinnati selected Senzel with the second overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft out of the University of Tennessee and he batted .329/.415/.567 with seven home runs and 15 stolen bases in 58 games that year at Low-A Dayton before slashing .321/.391/.514 with 14 homers and 14 steals in 119 games last season between High-A Daytona and Double-A Pensacola.
Those counting stats might not be eye-popping, but keep in mind that Senzel started his professional career less than 22 months ago. He’s a huge talent, with the goods to provide both power and speed production right out of the gate at the major league level.
As this Daily Dose goes live, the kid is owned in under 25 percent of Yahoo leagues.
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Odor Out With Left Hamstring Strain
Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor first tweaked his left hamstring last week and then fully strained the muscle in Monday’s series opener against the Angels when he had to scamper back to first base on a flyout. Odor was officially placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday afternoon and it’s possible that his absence could extend close to three or four weeks, until sometime in early May.
This opens an opportunity for former top infield prospect Jurickson Profar, who made his major league debut six seasons ago but somehow just turned 25 years old in late February.
Profar went 0-for-4 with a walk in his start at second base Tuesday night against the Angels, a brutal 11-1 loss at home for Texas, but Rangers manager Jeff Banister seems to think there could be good moments ahead: "He's in a different place," Banister told Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.
Profar does have seven walks this season for an on-base percentage of .346. He’s always put up promising numbers in the minor leagues and now that he is finally getting another shot at an everyday gig at the MLB level, there should be some intrigue for those in deeper fantasy formats.
Rizzo On First Career Disabled List Stint
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo landed on the 10-day disabled list for the first time in his career Tuesday due to a lower back injury that has lingered since early last week. The move was backdated to April 6 and Rizzo said he fully expects to be activated when first eligible next Monday for the start of a three-game series at home against the rival Cardinals.
Rizzo was batting just .107/.219/.214 through 32 plate appearances this season, but some of those offensive struggles can probably be blamed on the back, which first became an issue during the Reds’ fourth regular-season game on April 2 at Cincinnati.
The primary fill-in at first base will likely be Ben Zobrist, who started there and batted third on Tuesday afternoon in the Cubs’ home opener against the visiting Pirates. Zobrist went 0-for-5 in that 8-5 loss to Pittsburgh, but the versatile 36-year-old still boasts a .300/.382/.433 batting line over 34 total plate appearances this season. He may carry some temporary value in mixed leagues.
National League Quick Hits: Giants placed starter Johnny Cueto on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 5, with a left ankle sprain … Wil Myers (arm) is no longer expected to return from the disabled list when first eligible on Friday, as he has not resumed swinging a bat or throwing a ball … Stephen Strasburg quieted Atlanta's bats with eight scoreless innings in the Nationals' win on Tuesday … Matt Carpenter hit a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning as the Cardinals topped the Brewers on Tuesday … Charlie Blackmon was scratched from the Rockies’ lineup Tuesday against the Padres with quad tightness … Adam Eaton (ankle) indicated following Tuesday's game that he's going to rest his leg for a week, which likely means a trip to the 10-day disabled list … Aaron Nola pitched eight innings of one-run ball to defeat the Reds on Tuesday … Lorenzo Cain (quad) was held out of the Brewers’ starting lineup Tuesday night against the Cardinals … Justin Turner (wrist) has yet to resume swinging a bat … Justin Bour hit a pair of two-run homers in a losing cause Tuesday against the Mets … Mets optioned outfielder Brandon Nimmo to Triple-A Las Vegas … Yadier Molina received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine from MLB for Sunday's benches-clearing incident with the Diamondbacks, but he has appealed … Asdrubal Cabrera launched a pair of solo homers to lead the Mets past the Marlins on Tuesday … Joey Lucchesi allowed two unearned runs, four hits and a walk with eight strikeouts over six innings in a victory Tuesday in Colorado … Manuel Margot was removed from Tuesday night's game against the Rockies after taking a fastball to the ribs … Junior Guerra will start for the Brewers on Wednesday against the Cardinals … Mark Melancon (forearm) hasn't resumed throwing … J.T. Realmuto (back) took six at-bats Tuesday in an extended spring training game … Dan Straily (forearm) threw a 29-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday … Nationals top outfield prospect Victor Robles has been diagnosed with a hyperextended left elbow … Brewers catcher Manny Pina left Tuesday's game against the Cardinals with right calf tightness.
American League Quick Hits: Blue Jays placed designated hitter Kendrys Morales on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain … Blake Snell struck out 10 batters over six innings of one-run ball in the Rays’ win over the White Sox on Tuesday … Aaron Sanchez took a no-hitter into the eighth inning Tuesday in a victory over the Orioles … Mookie Betts had a night for the ages Tuesday, going 4-for-4 with four RBI and five runs scored in the Red Sox's blowout victory over the Yankees … Shohei Ohtani will make his next turn in the Angels’ rotation Sunday against the Royals … Kevin Kiermaier (foot) remained out of the Rays’ starting lineup Tuesday against the White Sox … Xander Bogaerts (ankle) is already out of his walking boot … Cody Allen struck out one in a scoreless frame Tuesday versus the Tigers to record his third save of the season … Chris Sale punched out eight batters while limiting the Yankees to one run over six innings in Tuesday’s rout … Mike Trout belted a solo home run and reached base three times in Tuesday's blowout defeat of the Rangers … Mike Zunino (oblique) has hit off a tee and resumed cage work … Welington Castillo exited Tuesday's game against the Rays in the sixth inning with right knee soreness … Brian Dozier was on base all five times up Tuesday, going 1-for-1 with four walks against the Astros … Ian Kinsler (groin) now expects to be activated from the disabled list on Thursday … Jean Segura went 3-for-5 with a triple, a double and two RBI as the Mariners topped the Royals on Tuesday … Ben Gamel (oblique) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday … Dustin Pedroia (knee) ran the bases on Tuesday … Twins manager Paul Molitor said Ervin Santana (finger) will begin a throwing program Wednesday in Fort Myers … Royals placed outfielder Alex Gordon on the 10-day disabled list with a left hip labral tear … Rangers placed starter Doug Fister on the 10-day disabled list with a right hip strain … Boog Powell (knee) is expected to miss several weeks … Rays acquired outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker from the Diamondbacks for cash considerations … Rangers released infielder Trevor Plouffe.