As we get ready for our upcoming fantasy baseball drafts, player injury reports needs to be constantly monitored if we want any shot at winning our respective fantasy league. This article looks at 2 key players to team rosters that have been bitten early by the injury bug and the impact that it may have on your upcoming fantasy baseball draft day decisions.

Max Scherzer (RHP Was) – A stress fracture in the ring finger of his throwing hand has Scherzer slightly limited as he tries to prepare for opening day. However, he’s managed to improvise by throwing with 3 fingers on the ball. This modification resulted in a pain free bullpen session on Saturday.

This has also allowed Max to continue building his strength while maintaining his delivery form. This will go a long way in ensuring the Max is ready for opening day and should have little impact to his overall top tier fantasy value as starting pitcher. Scherzer is scheduled to throw another limited bullpen session today and barring any setbacks, will continue this plan until he is able throw pain free with his normal grip.

Jason Kipnis 2B Cle – Diagnosed with a strained rotator cuff, Kipnis has been sidelined for at least 4 to 5 days and been given a cortisone shot to help with the healing process. Manager, Tony Francona doesn’t seem to be very concerned and appears confident he’ll be ready for opening day. On the surface, this appears to be a precautionary measure that shouldn’t have much impact on the fantasy value of Kipnis come draft day.

However, if Kipnis is one of your targets for your upcoming fantasy baseball draft, you should continue to monitor this situation. The Indians have not disclosed the grade of strain he encountered, so you should keep an eye on this situation going forward. Right now, this is classified as a low impact injury to your upcoming fantasy draft.

If Kipnis goes down for any length of time, there doesn’t appear to be a valuable fantasy level replacement for him and would be considered a major blow to the Indians offense as well. Keep your eyes open on this on as spring training heats up.

Stay tuned to our regular articles and updates regarding injuries relevant to the value of your fantasy baseball team. Feel free to comment below and share this article.

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Doug Lukas

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