ESPNews reports the Toronto Blue Jays have placed third baseman Troy Glaus (heel, hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list.
Glaus had been off to a decent start this season, batting .333 with two home
runs and five RBI through eight games. Glaus started to show signs of injury
after being pulled out of a game April 7 due to soreness in his left heel. He
has also recently developed a sore left hamstring and sat out the team's last
three games before being placed on the disabled list. Not much has been disclosed
about the injuries, and Glaus has not had any other recent problems with his
heel or hamstring.
Infielder Jason Smith has been getting a few
starts in place of Glaus, with infielder John McDonald
seeing some time at third too. Neither player is a very good fantasy replacement
for Glaus, and neither will likely come close to matching Glaus' power. Smith
looks to have the advantage and is off to a decent start, with six hits in 17
at-bats and three RBI. Last season, Smith batted .263 with five home runs and
13 RBI in 49 games with the Colorado Rockies.
Third base is one of the deeper positions this season, so it would be better to look for fantasy a replacement outside Toronto. The top player to target to fill in for Glaus is Tampa Bay Devil Rays third baseman Akinori Iwamura. Iwamura has gotten off to an incredibly hot start, batting .395 with 11 runs and three steals. However, plenty of fantasy owners have taken note of this, so he may not be available.
Other choices include Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim third baseman Maicer Izturis and Tampa Bay Devil Rays infielder Ty Wigginton. Izturis is also off to a good start, batting .314 with six RBI and two steals. Wigginton should have third base eligibility and is most likely to come close to matching Glaus' power numbers, as he is batting .313 with three home runs and eight RBI so far.
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