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Fantasy Notes: Prior Down Again

July 17, 2006 | By RotoRob | comment on this post
Anthony Reyes looked better in his last start for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Anthony Reyes needs to get more economical with his pitch count. (Chrisoleary.com)

Today, we discuss Mark Prior’s latest injury, another DL stint for Kelvim Escobar, Matt Kemp’s demotion and more.

  • Well here’s a shocker: Mark Prior has landed on the DL again. Afflicted with a strained oblique, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 5, making him eligible to be activated later this week. Prior is starting to believe what countless Cubs fans already do: “The goat is starting to look real.” At any rate, Prior was scheduled to throw a bullpen session today to determine if he’ll go Thursday or wait until the weekend to make his next start… assuming the goat allows it.
  • Another veteran hurler sent to the DL retroactively is Kelvim Escobar. Elbow woes caused a fifth DL trip in 10 years, this one backdated to July 7, so he’ll be good to go this upcoming weekend. Escobar’s injury woes are growing tiresome; that’s four stints on the DL since he joining the Angels prior to the 2004 season.
  • Well, despite speculation to the contrary, it was in fact Matt Kemp who got farmed out when Ricky Ledee came off the DL for the Dodgers. Kemp’s recent 2-for-15 skid, combined with having options remaining, sealed his fate. But oh man did this 21-year-old kid look good. What a future. Unlike Ledee, who has not had a hit since April 26. If you own Ledee, we applaud your communication skills. They must be damn sharp trying to keep track of all the owners in your 77-team NL-only league.
  • Albert Pujols is on another of his patented tears, producing an RBI double Monday to extend his hitting streak to eight games and raise his BA to .329. The man is on pace for 60 homers and 160 RBI, yet he missed almost three weeks last month. Just think about that for a moment.
  • Young Anthony Reyes snapped a streak of a couple of substandard outings Sunday, leading the suddenly hot Cards to their first four-game sweep of the Dodgers in almost 20 years. Reyes threw five strong innings, but of concern, his pitch counts have been racking up fairly quickly, making it difficult for him to go very deep into his starts. He’s capable of winning six to eight games in the second half just by pitching for such a strong club, but the chances of pulling those wins out will be increased if he can get through his innings quicker and shorten games for his bullpen.
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