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OF Corey Hart undergoes successful knee surgery
Oh Captain, My Captain....
On Tuesday, Hart had arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee. There was a concern that the injury might be more serious than initially thought, but it wasn't. The Milwaukee Brewers informed the media that Hart will be sidelined for three to four weeks. He should begin the season on the DL.
Hart still hopes to be ready by opening day, but he'll have to get into baseball shape and regain his timing once he's cleared for action. When he sustained a strained oblique early in March 2011, he pushed it, and he didn't return until late April. Slide Hart down your cheat sheet a few spots and root for Milwaukee to err on the side of caution this time.
OF Carl Crawford won't be ready for opening day
Bobby Valentine told the press that it's "probably not realistic." Considering that OD was an optimistic scenario prior to Crawford's Monday checkup, this shouldn't come as a surprise. Inflammation in his surgically repaired wrist, according to the medical text, shouldn't either.
Crawford is refraining from baseball activities for about a week, and the injury shouldn't affect his performance. The return date is still likely to be a couple of weeks into the regular season. Don't worry about downgrading the Boston Red Sox outfielder's stock; others may do that, which works to the advantage of roto managers who see a possible bargain.
OF/1B Mike Morse has lat strain
The Washington Nationals erased Morse's name from the lineup card for Tuesday's exhibition because he has a strained right latissimus dorsi. The team called him day-to-day, but The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore noted that such injuries frequently result in lengthy absences.
No need to move him down your cheat sheet. Be prepared to do so only if the Nats don't respect the ailment. It's no big deal if Morse needs to miss two or three weeks of spring action. If he does but pushes it, however, a setback might mean that he's not ready for the beginning of the season.
SP Josh Beckett feeling out backstops
How much of an effect will Jason Varitek's retirement have on Beckett? The right-hander worked well with his club's former captain. The identity of Beckett's battery-mate seems to have had a noteworthy effect on his results; catchers with take-charge reputations have handled him well.
Is Jarrod Saltalamacchia the man for the job? The pair didn't do so hot in a couple of hookups last year, but they haven't worked together much. Maybe Kelly Shoppach is Beckett's guy. The question and the starter's year-to-year fluctuation should prompt potential Beckett investors to follow this story and not to pay for his 2011 numbers.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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