Harper out of luck?
A trio of big-name players landed on the disabled list over the weekend.
Bryce Harper is getting a second opinion on his sprained left thumb, and sources within the Washington Nationals organization believe it could be an extended absence -- maybe similar to Josh Hamilton's own slide-related thumb malady. This will open things up for Nate McLouth to take over, with a potential sprinkling of Steven Souza, one of the fastest-rising minor-league stocks (.333-2-10 with a 1.009 OPS in 33 AB for Class AAA Syracuse). Deep-mixed players shouldn't invest too heavily in McLouth because of Souza's momentum, which could seep into those formats soon if he displaces McLouth.
Chris Davis' oblique strain could keep him out for about a month. The Baltimore Orioles will probably use a combo of Nick Markakis, who played the 3 Sunday, and Ryan Flaherty, among others. This doesn't boost anyone's value legitimately, except maybe Markakis' for the mere addition of eligibility and James Loney-ish 1B numbers.
The laceration of Anibal Sanchez's right middle finger might only take a few weeks, but such dings can linger for a hurler. Don't be surprised if it takes a month or so. Thanks to their schedule, the Detroit Tigers merely may just slide Drew Smyly into the rotation. Pick him up if he has been cut. AL-only players could look into Robbie Ray, who's having a fine year at Triple-A Toledo so far.
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