The Chicago Tribune reports the Chicago White Sox have put outfielder Scott Podsednik (groin) on the 15-day disabled list with a right adductor pull. This move is retroactive to April 16.
Podsednik is a mid-tier fantasy outfielder whose chief contribution is stolen bases. He has stolen 40 or more bases in his last four years, with a career-high 70 stolen bases in 2004 with the Milwaukee Brewers. Podsednik is currently hitting .303 and has stolen three bases this season.
Podsednik had hernia surgery in January, and it kept him from rejoining the team until late in spring training. It's not immediately clear if the injury is related to the area where he had his hernia surgery, but the news is certainly discomforting. If this groin pull lingers with Podsednik, it could seriously hinder the number of bases he steals this season. Podsednik owners should check for updates on his condition. If he does not have full mobility this season, his fantasy value drops drastically.
Podsednik's replacement in left field will likely be current center fielder Darin Erstad, with Brian N. Anderson starting in center field. Anderson played 134 games for the White Sox in 2006, batting .225 with eight home runs, 33 RBI and four stolen bases in 365 at-bats. Outfielder Rob Mackowiak will also likely receive some playing time.
If fantasy owners need a replacement that contributes in stolen bases, Texas Rangers outfielder Kenny Lofton or Houston Astros outfielder Chris Burke should both be on the waiver wire. Lofton, a safer choice, is batting .262 with 11 runs and four stolen bases so far this season. Burke is batting just .184, but he has stolen four bases so far. A hopeful owner could grab Burke and look for a turnaround soon, but it's not a guarantee.
About Andrew Stewart
Andrew Stewart has been a Hot off the Wire Analyst for KFFL since 2007.
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