The Sports Network reports Philadelphia Phillies CL Brett Myers (shoulder)
was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder.
It had been reported that Myers injured his right shoulder in the team's game
Wednesday, May 23. After throwing a pitch, he clutched his right arm. He returned
home Thursday for further examination.
"It should be all right," Myers said then. "I don't think it
popped or tore. If it did, I wouldn't have any strength in it, but I have strength
Obviously, Myers was wrong. As if the Phillies bullpen
already wasn't in trouble, now they have lost Myers for an extended period of
time. The team did receive a much-needed reinforcement in reliever Ryan
Madson (abdomen), who came off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, May 22.
With reliever Tom Gordon (shoulder, illness)
still out, Madson could be the guy called upon for saves. One report indicated
that relievers Antonio Alfonseca and Geoff
Geary might also be used in ther role. Last year, when the club had lost
Gordon for an extended period, the club used Gordon and former Phillies reliever
Arthur Rhodes as closers. Therefore, it might
not be a surprise that the role becomes situational or by committee. In all
likelihood, Gordon is still at least a week away from returning to the team
as well; he isn't expected to begin throwing until next week.
Madson is worth picking up and using until Gordon or Myers is ready to return.
So far this year, Madson has a 2.95 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP through 21 1/3 innings.
He does have a 0-2 record, but both losses came early in the season. Madson
could have a few cheap opportunities against the Atlanta
Braves or Arizona Diamondbacks. With Myers and
Gordon likely returning soon, both should be owned in fantasy leagues.
If Madson isn't available, then for teams suddenly in need of a closer, Oakland
Athletics reliever Alan Embree is the lead
for saves in the short term while CL Huston Street
(elbow) is on the disabled list. Embree has a 3.72 ERA and 14 strikeouts in
19 1/3 innings this season. He picked up his first save May 19.
To plan for a longer stint, fantasy owners might want to grab reliever Justin
Duchscherer (hip). He typically serves as the backup closer, and when Street
went down, Duchscherer would've likely taken on the job. However, a hip injury
sidelined Duchscherer. He's eligible to return next week, though, and he'll
likely be in the running for saves again. Duchscherer could end up being a longer-term
solution because Street's injury is the type that may linger, forcing him to
miss extended time. It's already know that Street won't be ready to return when
he's eligible to come off the disabled list.
About Michael Egnak
Michael Egnak is a Hot Off The Wire Analyst at KFFL and has been with the company since 2005. Covering both NFL and MLB, Egnak is also a key contributor to KFFL's fantasy services.
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