Fantasy Baseball: Trea Turner and Gary Sanchez Injured

Nationals Trea Turner

Trea Turner and Gary Sanchez are two young players entered the season with a ton of optimism and expectations. However, a week in and both players are already dealing with injuries. Their owners in fantasy baseball leagues have some decisions to make as Week 2 approaches.  What should you do with these players and who are some potential replacements? Lets examine.


Trea Turner – Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals Trea Turner pulled up lame on Saturday advancing to third base. The injury will keep him out of Sunday’s game for sure. Manager Dusty Baker said, “It will probably be a couple of days,” before he can return.

It seems like a very optimistic approach especially for a player that relies on his speed for production. I would not be shocked to see Turner end up on the 10-Day DL over the next couple of days. The Nationals would be able to retro the move back to Sunday which would have him back sooner.

For Turner’s fantasy owners, I would plan on having another option. In daily leagues it’s easy, as you will be able to switch him in as soon as he is healthy. In weekly leagues however the decision is much tougher. I would be adding someone else to play if you can find a reasonable replacement. If you need a name to target for the week, there are a few that come to mind.

Brandon Phillips | 2B | Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves Brandon Phillips is a guy who can be added if you are in need of second base help. He can be a reliable option that should play most days. Phillips has two RBI and one stolen base on the season thus far. The Braves lineup is solid and Phillips should have plenty of RBI and run scoring opportunities. He is available in 80% of Yahoo leagues making him an easy add in most leagues.

Chris Owings | SS | Arizona Diamondbacks

Chris Owings has been impressive to start this season. He has an RBI in four of the five games he has played this season. He also flashed the speed stealing two bases this week. He is available in 74% of Yahoo leagues and would fill in nicely for Turner this week if you have an open middle infield spot. He is on the road this week which isn’t as ideal, but with games coming against the Giants and Dodgers there should be opportunities for production.

Add if available: Starlin Castro (NYY), Jonathan Schoop (BAL), Elvis Andrus (TEX) 
Deep League Adds: Marwin Gonzalez (HOU), Joe Panik (SF), Raul Mondesi (KC)

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Gary Sanchez – New York Yankees

Gary Sanchez had to leave Saturday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles after fouling off a Kevin Gausman fastball. He strained his right bicep that will keep him out for awhile. He has already been placed on the 10-Day DL and there is no guarantee he will return as soon as he is eligible. I would be adding someone I’d be fine playing for the next two weeks or so. Below are a few names to target.

Stephen Vogt | C | Oakland A’s

It has been a slow start to the season for Stephen Vogt, hitting just .200 on the season. This is a guy who typically hits in the .260-.270 range with 15-20 home run potential. He will face the Royals in KC and the Astros in Oakland over the next week. I expect his to pick up the production and help out his fantasy owners. Pick him up if you lost Sanchez.

Sandy Leon | C | Boston Red Sox

Sandy Leon has been on fire to start the season hitting .417 with a home run and three RBI. He is hitting in an explosive lineup that should provide plenty of chances for RBI and runs regardless of where he hits.

Coming into the season it was expected Christian Vasquez and Leon would split time fairly evenly which hasn’t been the case thus far. If Leon keeps hitting the way he has, I would expect to see him play more often than not. However, owners must be ready for Leon to be sitting 2-3 days per week.

Add if available: Yadier Molina (STL), Matt Wieters (WAS), Welington Castillo (BAL)
Deep League Adds: Mike Zunino (SEA), Travis D’Arnaud (NYM), Derek Norris (TB)

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