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Saturday, July 11, 2009
Jay Bruce was removed in the first inning tonight against the New York Mets after attempting to catch a David Wright blooper, but the ball popped out as his wrist bent back very awkwardly. These injuries are always concerning and have been known to be power sapping (think Derrek Lee). According to Cincinnati.com Bruce is flying back to Cincinnati for follow up tests and MRI. There are several possibilities, but expecting him back before Late August would be extremely optimistic. Any team with Jay Bruce in the outfield will need to find a replacement and likely for a large portion of the remainder of 2009.
Here is the opinion of Corey Dawkins from FantasyPitchF/x -
Depending on the location and severity of the fracture, he could be out anywhere from 4 weeks to the rest of the season. I'm sure the MRI will show the extent of the damage and therefore we'll have to wait until the results come out to make a decision. Regardless, he looks to be out an extended period of time.
Bruce was replaced by Chris Dickerson who would appear to be the potential replacement, but could open more ABs for Jonny Gomes. The Reds also have Drew Stubbs in Triple-A, but he is not on the 40 man roster and would require another move to clear a spot.
If Dickerson takes over for Bruce he makes a solid choice for steals and not bad pop. He has the potential to go 10/10 in half a season of full ABs, but the strikeouts are a problem. Gomes is pretty familiar to us all now as a good power guy and a few steals, but also strikes out a bit to much. This seems to be a running theme with Reds outfielders, but Stubbs is very similar to the others here. If he happened to get a shot he has great power/speed potential, but has shown a 25%+ strikeout rate at Triple-A.
I would project that Dickerson sees most of the ABs and makes a good add for a team needing a pickup in the outfield.
Posted by Troy Patterson at 11:29pm
If you haven't heard, yesterday the Mets and Braves swamped OFs Ryan Church and Jeff Francoeur. Apparently, Mets GM Omar Minaya wanted to send a message, which leaves me wondering if said message was, "I have no idea what I'm doing. Please fire me before I mess things up any further." (Sorry, as a Mets fan, this jab is mandated. Be thankful I'll stop here .)
From a fantasy perspective, both players probably figure to be helped by the trade in the way of more playing time/better job security. Francoeur should play pretty regularly in RF for the Mets (as unqualified as he is to do so) and could find himself batting fifth for a while. Church's situation is a little less clear. He could play regularly or platoon with someone like Matt Diaz. We'll have to wait and see what Bobby Cox does. He'd be the better half of the platoon, though, and his power could be helped by Turner Field. If he winds up in a full-time role (or near full-time role), he could warrant a pickup in all 12-team mixed leagues.
Posted by Derek Carty at 11:45am
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