New York Mets OF Ryan Church headed to the DL

by Tim Piotrowski on June 9, 2008 @ 14:53:19 PDT


The Associated Press reports the New York Mets will place outfielder Ryan Church (concussion) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, June 10, because of a concussion. The move will be retroactive to Friday, June 6.

Church has been struggling with the effects of the concussion since Tuesday, May 20. However, before the injury, he was putting up some very good numbers in his first season with the Mets. In 50 games played, he is hitting .300 with 10 home runs, 35 home runs and one stolen base. He has struck out 45 times and walked 18 times this season. Church has also been moving around in the batting order, playing in at least 10 games while hitting second, fifth and sixth.

Church had a decent 2007 season. He hit .272 with 43 doubles, 15 home runs, 70 RBIs and three stolen bases with the Washington Nationals. He did strike out 107 times with 49 walks. Including this season, he has hit at least 10 home runs in each of the last three seasons.

From a fantasy perspective, Church has been a pleasant surprise for many fantasy owners so far this season. He has performed better than several of the highly touted outfielders in the league. Owners should place him on the disabled list if they have the roster space because he should be able to produce when he feels 100 percent healthy. If there is no room on the roster, owners should stash him on the bench.

One player that could be a good pickup if available is outfielder Moises Alou (calf), who may be coming off the disabled list Tuesday. He has been hitting well when he has been healthy. In 47 at-bats, he is hitting .340 with two doubles, seven RBIs and one stolen base. If Alou is owned, Church owners could look outside the organization to look for a short-term replacement.

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