Originally posted on Fantasy Baseball Tools  |  Last updated 4/25/12


Fantasy baseball owners in all types of league formats suffered a blow today when it was announced starting pitcher Michael Pineda of the New York Yankees was diagnosed with a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder and will have surgery next Tuesday, knocking him out for the 2012 season. It a tough break for the Yankees who received zero innings from Pineda after trading Jesus Montero for him in a multi-player deal. If you own him in a keeper or dynasty league, I would hold onto him since his trade value is likely at an all-time low unless you are competing for a money finish this season, then I would definitely be looking to move him.

Coming back soon:

Tim Hudson (ATL) – is slated to return to the Braves on Sunday after his last rehab start yesterday. Hudson posted a 3.57 ERA in four minor league starts with 21 hits allowed in 17 2/3 innings. I would see how he does in his start on Sunday before deciding whether to activate him for games next week.

Allen Craig (STL) – will resume his rehab on Thursday at Triple-A and looks to be another week away or so. With Jon Jay banged up, Craig could see a few starts in the outfield, but he is going to primarily fill a bench role for the Cardinals which limits his value to NL-0nly leagues.

Andres Torres (NYM) – currently on rehab assignment at High-A, he has games slated for today and again on Friday with the possibility of returning to the major leagues on Sunday.

Felipe Paulino (KC) – just had his first rehab start today at Double-A as he works his way back from a forearm strain, allowing four hits and two walks in four innings with eight strikeouts. He will need another start or two in the minor leagues and then he should be back, replacing Luis Mendoza in the rotation.

It might be a while:

Aubrey Huff (SF) – was placed on the disabled list today with an anxiety disorder and there is no immediate estimate for when he is scheduled to return. Huff was off to a slow start with a .182 batting average in 33 at bats and with Nate Schierhotlz flashing power and Brandon Belt in the mix as well, Huff could find at bats limited when he returns. I would hold onto him in NL-only formats on reserve until a time frame is established for his return.

Jason Bay (NYM) – placed on the disabled list by the Mets on Tuesday with a fractured rib, he is going to be out of action for several weeks. The winner of this transaction looks to be Kirk Nieuwenhuis who will likely see time in the outfield still once Torres comes off the disabled list.

Lorenzo Cain (KC) – it looked like the outfielder was due back this week but he suffered an injury on rehab in Double-A and is likely going to miss another week or two. There is no word yet on this new injury, but Jason Bourgeios will have some short-term upside for the time being in AL-only leagues.

Carlos Quentin (SD) – finally hit in a simulated game as he works his way back from knee surgery, but he is still likely three weeks away at least as manager Bud Black said Quentin needs to be able to show he can run full speed before he is sent on a rehab assignment.

Sergio Santos (TOR) – inflammation in his shoulder will knock him out of action for one month which makes Francisco Cordero a good candidate to grab from the waiver wire in deeper leagues if you are still looking for saves.

Mike Pelfrey (NYM) – he could be soon moving into the done for the season category once Dr. James Andres finishes examining him. He has swelling in his elbow but team officials fear that he could have a torn UCL. In the short term, Chris Schwinden will take his place in the rotation, but longer term for this season, you should be looking at reserving prospects Zack Wheeler (1.80 ERA, 24 strikeouts in 20 innings at AA) or Matt Harvey (started slow, but struck out 15 in last 13 innings at AAA).

Done for the season:

Dustin Moseley (SD) – underwent shoulder surgery for a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder and is done for the season. With his limited skill set, he should be dropped in all keeper and dynasty formats as he does not have any long term value or upside.

Kyle Blanks (SD) – had surgery on his labrum and is done for 2012. He has no value in keeper leagues so he should be dropped in all formats.

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