Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim third baseman Chone Figgins (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, May 11, retroactive to Sunday, May 4, due to a strained right hamstring.
Figgins hadn't played since Saturday, May 3, when he aggravated an existing hamstring injury while he was scoring. His leg collided with the home plate umpire's foot, causing his leg to move backwards while he was sliding. An MRI after that game revealed he had a mild strain. He had been able to take batting practice and do some running as recently as Friday, May 9. Figgins had been playing through the injury since April 11, but his latest setback forced the team to place him on the DL.
Figgins' game is built around speed, so the decision to place him on the disabled list will give him at least an extra week to heal while allowing the team to bring up infielder Kendry Morales to fill the roster void.
He has played in 26 games at third base with seven appearances at second base. The 30-year-old is hitting .306 with seven RBIs, 11 steals and 18 runs scored in 121 at-bats over 32 games. The team's offense has been struggling without him in the lineup, averaging 3.43 runs per game in seven games since his injury, including back-to-back shutouts at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Angels have been using infielders Brandon Wood and Robb Quinlan at the hot corner with Sean Rodriguez at second base; the team's infield depth has been tested by injuries to infielder Howie Kendrick (hamstring) and infielder Maicer Izturis (back). Wood is a highly regarded prospect but is hitting just .154, while Quinlan is hitting a disappointing .182. Izturis could return as early as Tuesday if he undergoes a successful rehab assignment Monday. Kendrick is currently going through physical therapy, and he is scheduled to be re-evaluated Monday, May 12.
Those in weekly formats could expect Figgins back in action for the week beginning Monday, May 19. In the meantime, he should be placed in a DL spot, if one is available on your roster, so you can cover the void for the week beginning Monday, May 12. Don't dump him - there is still plenty of fantasy value that he should bestow to your roster upon his return. Other base-stealing specialists that likely are available are Kansas City Royals outfielder Joey Gathright (10 steals), San Francisco Giants infielder Eugenio Velez (eight steals), San Francisco Giants outfielder Fred Lewis (five steals) and Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ryan Freel (five steals). If you are strictly looking for a short-term replacement at third base, someone like Florida Marlins infielder Jorge Cantu, Cincinnati Reds infielder Jeff Keppinger, or Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Blake DeWitt could fit the bill with their third-base eligibility.
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