San Diego Padres SP Chris Young goes back on DL

by Keith Hernandez on August 14, 2008 @ 09:50:48 PDT reports the San Diego Padres placed starting pitcher Chris Young (forearm) on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, Aug. 14, with a strained right forearm. The move is retroactive to Monday, Aug. 11.

In a related move, pitcher Brian Falkenborg is reporting to San Diego and active for their game Thursday, Aug. 14. Falkenborg was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, Aug. 13.

Young was injured in his start Sunday, Aug. 10, after giving up nine hits and seven runs in four innings of work. In his 13 starts this year, Young is 4-4 with a 4.74 ERA with 40 walks and 66 strikeouts in 68 1/3 innings. He missed a significant amount of time earlier this year with a nasal fracture and laceration to his nose.

Turning to the fantasy impact, Young has already missed significant time this year, so this latest development has his owners frustrated. However, Young's MRI indicated that there is no ligament or tendon damage to his forearm. Regardless, Young will be sidelined for at least another week and a half, as he was advised to rest for 10 days to allow his strain to heal.

At this point in the season, waiting on Young might not be the best option. Fantasy owners in shallow mixed leagues might want to consider dropping him in favor of more reliable options, especially if they don't have the roster space. Those in deep leagues are better off holding on to him.

Falkenborg appeared in 16 games with the Dodgers and went 2-2 with a 6.17 ERA and nine strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings. He started the season at Triple-A Las Vegas and went 1-1 with 13 saves and a 3.60 ERA in 32 relief appearances (35 innings).

It is unclear how the Padres plan to use Falkenborg, although it will almost certainly be out of the bullpen. Regardless of how Falkenborg is used, he doesn't have any fantasy value.

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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