Jeff Blair, of The Globe and Mail, reports Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Vernon Wells (hamstring) suffered a strained left hamstring and is expected to miss up to four weeks. Wells will still have a chance to be ready for the regular season, perhaps as the designated hitter.
Wells has been hampered by injuries within the last year and at times throughout his career. He spent time on the disabled list twice last season, including one stint that involved the same hamstring. However, he finished the 2008 season hitting .300 with 20 home runs and 78 RBIs despite being sidelined for 52 games.
The good news for Wells is he is not expected to miss any time in the regular season unless he suffers a setback in his rehabilitation. However, his history of hamstring issues is a cause for concern for potential re-injury. It may affect his ability to steal bases, much like it did last season.
Wells' latest hamstring injury should not affect his fantasy draft status too much. However, keep an eye on his progress and temper your expectations if he suffers any setbacks. When healthy, Wells could provide fantasy owners with 30 home runs and close to 100 RBIs. He was a little undervalued, but this incident proves he's risky. Since he'll miss much of the spring, he may get off to a bit of a slow start.
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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