The Associated Press reports Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Randy Johnson (buttocks) was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a sore gluteus maximus muscle. Johnson is eligible to return June 26.
After waiting until nearly the end of April to use him, Johnson owners have to be frustrated by now. He was finally coming around, pitching five quality starts in his past six games. Johnson has been very valuable to fantasy teams this year with his 3.52 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP and 70 strikeouts in 53 2/3 innings pitched.
Starting pitcher Edgar Gonzalez is a candidate to replace Johnson in the rotation. Gonzalez (2-2, 4.73 ERA) has done better as a starter this season than he has as a reliever. With 35 1/3 innings as a starter, Gonzalez had a 4.08 ERA with 28 strikeouts and a 1.25 WHIP. However, he has a 6.97 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP in 10 1/3 innings as a reliever. Starting pitcher Yusmeiro Petit is not a candidate to replace Johnson, because he pitched for Triple-A Tucson Friday, June 15.
For owners now in need of a starter, there a couple options that may be available. Baltimore Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie (3-1, 2.57 ERA) is doing well since entering the rotation. He has a 0.92 WHIP, but just 47 strikeouts in 73 2/3 innings pitched. As a starter, Guthrie has a 1.71 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP.
Toronto Blue Jays starter Shaun Marcum (3-2, 3.53 ERA) has done a solid job while in the Blue Jays' rotation. With a 1.14 WHIP and 50 strikeouts in 51 innings, Guthrie is capable of helping teams out in most pitching categories. He also has the added benefit of facing the Washington Nationals in his next start Saturday, June 16.
Marcum's teammate with the Blue Jays, starter Dustin McGowan (3-2, 4.78 ERA), is also a decent option for fantasy teams. He has had five consecutive quality starts, so his numbers are improving after a rocky start to his season. On the year, he has a 1.35 WHIP and 40 strikeouts in 49 innings.
About Michael Egnak
Michael Egnak is a Hot Off The Wire Analyst at KFFL and has been with the company since 2005. Covering both NFL and MLB, Egnak is also a key contributor to KFFL's fantasy services.
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