Originally posted on Fantasy Baseball Tools  |  Last updated 3/5/12

With spring training just underway, there have already been several injuries that have occurred which is going to impact the fantasy value of those players. In case you have not quite yet started your fantasy baseball draft preparation, here is a look at some of the players that have been in the news recently.

Franklin Gutierrez (SEA) – the outfielder is expected to miss four-to-six weeks of action with a pectoral injury and will likely start the season on the disabled list. Michael Saunders and Casper Wells are the leading candidates to fill in and could do so in a platoon role with Saunders seeing more at bats as the left-handed hitter. I don’t think it changes the value for Saunders or Wells, unless Gutierrez has to undergo surgery which would keep him out of action longer.

For Gutierrez, I saw him with little value in mixed-league formats this season except in deeper leagues and this latest injury does nothing but reinforce that thinking. He would still carry value in AL-only leagues, but I would knock him down a round or two now.

A.J. Burnett (PIT) – just another point of support for those looking to have the designated hitter in the National League so pitchers don’t injure themselves when attempting to hit. Burnett will miss 8-12 weeks after having surgery to fix an orbital fracture that occurred during a bunting drill. What little sleeper value he might have had in NL-only leagues is now gone unless you play in a league with an extremely deep reserve bench or your league has a disabled list where you can stash players.

Scott Sizemore (OAK) – no relation to Grady Sizemore who is also out of action, Scott will miss the entire 2012 season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee. Oakland have several options to replace him at the hot corner with Josh Donaldson, Eric Sogard and Adam Rosales in the mix.

Donaldson may be interesting if he wins the job depending if he qualifies at catcher in your league. He did not play in the major leagues in 2011, but he did in 2010, seeing seven games at catcher and two at first base. So with a five game limit or if your league assigns positions based on where he played the most games, he could be a decent sleeper in two catcher AL-only leagues. He hit .261 last season in AAA with 17 home runs and 70 RBI in 444 at bats.

Sogard saw 10 games at third base and 14 games at shortstop in 2011 so he might qualify at two positions in fantasy baseball leagues. He batted .298 in Triple-A last season with five home runs and 13 stolen bases in 315 at bats. His value would be in AL-only leagues if he wins the job.

Rosales has struggled to hit major league pitching with a .226 average in 575 career major league at bats. He has shown a little bit of power with 13 home runs and 60 RBI to go with four stolen bases in his MLB career. He played seven games at shortstop, six at third base and five at first base in Oakland last season.

Shaun Marcum (MIL) – experiencing shoulder inflammation, not a good sign for a pitcher that got beat up down the stretch the second half of the season. He had shoulder tightness last spring and was fine to start the season so it could be nothing, but it bears watching for more updates to see if the condition stays with him. I am not adjusting his fantasy baseball ranking for now, but I will be looking for more updates and proceeding accordingly.


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