Corey Brock, of Padres.MLB.com, reports the San Diego Padres have placed starting pitcher Chris Young (nose) on the 15-day disabled list with a nasal fracture and lacerated nose.
The injury occurred when he was hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols. Young is the second starting pitcher (Jake Peavy is the other) the Padres have placed on the DL this week.
Young has not been the pitcher that many fantasy owners might have expected through his first 10 starts. He has a 4-4 record, a 4.50 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. He has struck out 51 batters and walked 30 batters in 54 innings of work. He has given up eight home runs in his 10 starts, which is two shy (10) of the number he allowed all of last season. While his numbers aren't impressive, his record might be better if the Padres offense wasn't dead last in the majors.
Young had in many respects his best season in 2007. He went 9-8 while setting career marks in ERA (3.12), WHIP (1.10) and strikeouts (167). Young won 12 games in 2005 and 11 games in 2006. He has struck out at least 137 batters in each of the last three seasons.
The player who will likely take his place in the starting rotation is pitcher Josh Banks. For Triple-A Portland, he had a 1-1 record with a 6.66 ERA in eight appearances. He has started three games for Portland. He has given up 18 earned runs in 24 1/3 innings and has struck out 19 batters in that span. For mixed leagues, Banks is not a player owners should look to grab. National League-only owners could track his first start or two before deciding to grab him, but he is not expected to have much of a fantasy impact.
From a fantasy perspective, Young has been somewhat of a disappointment this season. Despite his unimpressive numbers, owners should keep him on their rosters. Stash him on the disabled list because he could turn things around when he returns, although when that will happen has not been determined.
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Piotrowski has been a Hot Off the Wire analyst since 2007.
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