Originally posted on Fantasy Baseball Tools  |  Last updated 4/14/12


The Boston Red Sox as well as many fantasy baseball league owners suffered a huge blow Friday when outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury injured his shoulder and he will now miss at minimum the next six weeks of action and possibly longer. The team called up Che-Hsuan Lin to replace him on the roster, but with Ellsbury out and Carl Crawford already on the disabled list, the Red Sox now feature the worst outfield in baseball with Cody Ross, Darnell McDonald and Ryan Sweeney running out there every game. The one winner of the loss of Ellsbury is shortstop Mike Aviles who hit leadoff on Saturday against Tampa Bay. If the team keeps him in that spot, he should see a boost in his runs scored.

Here is a look at the latest news and notes from around major league baseball to help you set your fantasy baseball lineup for week 3 (April 16 – April 22)  of the 2012 fantasy baseball season.

American League:

6 games: BOS, CLE, KC, SEA, TEX, TOR
7 games: BAL, CWS, DET, LAA, MIN, NYY, OAK, TB

Hitters:

The Minnesota Twins demoted outfielder Ben Revere to Triple-A. The team claimed Clete Thomas and sent Revere down to Rochester to get more at bats and seasoning instead of having him sit on the bench in the major leagues. Revere was hitting .182 but had only received 11 at bats so he had little chance to get off to a good start this season.

Luke Scott returned to the Tampa Bay lineup today after missing the previous five games with a strained hamstring and showed little rust while hitting a home run and driving in four. He hit sixth in the lineup at designated hitter and is a good source of cheap power if he happens to be sitting out on the waiver wire in your league.

The experiment at third base with Mark Trumbo of the Los Angeles Angels has not gone well and the team is playing Alberto Callaspo there whenever the team is starting a ground ball pitcher on the mound, as was the case today when C.J. Wilson got the start. So despite Trumbo hitting .385 in 13 at bats with a home run and a stolen base, it is going to be hard for him to get at bats unless a trade or injury occurs. For now, he should be reserved in all formats.

The Detroit Tigers activated third basemen Brandon Inge from the disabled list on Friday. He is expected to see starts at second base against left-handed pitching as he platoons with Ryan Raburn.

Pitchers:

The Los Angeles Dodgers activated 5th starter Jerome Williams from the disabled list. He will start Sunday against the New York Yankees and Ivan Nova and will star tagain next Friday at home against Baltimore and Brian Matusz.

To see all of the two start pitchers in week 3, click here.

National League:

6 games: CHC, CIN, COL, LAD, MIA, MIL, NYM, PIT, SF, STL
7 games: ARI, ATL, HOU, PHI, SD, WAS

Hitters:

The San Francisco Giants continue to saddle Brandon Belt on the bench as he sat for the 5th straight game today. With the Giants preference toward veteran players, Aubrey Huff continues to see time at first base and Nate Schierholtz continues to start in right field. Belt should be reserved in all formats until Giants management makes a change or Huff / Schierholtz hits a slump.

The San Diego Padres placed outfielder Kyle Blanks on the disabled list with the call up of starting pitcher Joe Wieland. The move means that Jesus Guzman and Will Venable will continue to see the majority of starts in the outfielder, flanking Cameron Maybin.

Third basemen Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves is out of the lineup today after having his knee drained and could return tomorrow against the Milwaukee Brewers. Considering how fast Jones returned from surgery, he is likely going to miss a couple of games each week making it hard to start him even in NL-only leagues unless you have absolutely no other alternatives.

The Houston Astros activated shortstop Jed Lowrie from the disabled list and he got his first start on Friday, hitting second in the lineup against the Miami Marlins. Lowrie went 2-for-3 with a stolen base with a run scored and a RBI and who should be activated in lineups for games next week.

Pitchers:

The San Diego Padres officially purchased the contract of Joe Wieland who will start Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. With a road start next week against the Philadelphia Phillies, I would be willing to start him in NL-only leagues next week unless he gets absolutely shelled tonight. Also in the game tonight, Ted Lilly returns from the disabled list for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He should be activated in all formats for next week as well as his injury was not arm related but was a result of neck stiffness.

To see all of the two start pitchers in week 3, click here.

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