It certainly was a devastating week for many fantasy baseball owners. Josh Hamilton, Ryan Zimmerman, Joe Mauer, Rafael Furcal, J.J. Hardy, Rajai Davis, and Phil Hughes were some of the players that landed on the disabled list. Here are some possible replacements.
David Murphy (Rangers, OF): Murphy should play almost every day with Hamilton on the disabled list. The Rangers haven’t used Murphy much against lefthanders. He is a career .266 hitter against lefties. Murphy hit .291 with 12 home runs and 14 stolen bases last season in 419 at-bats. He already has four stolen bases in six games.
Josh Willingham (A’s, OF): He’s not in an ideal offense and he does strike out often, but he draws a lot of walks and has power. He has three home runs and eight RBIs in 13 games.
Sam Fuld (Rays, OF): Fuld is 30 and has shown no power through his minor league career. Fuld is batting .324 with seven stolen bases in 37 at-bats. Ride the hot streak, but don’t invest long term.
Wilson Betemit (Royals, 3B): Betemit is off to a great start and will see time at third base against righthanders and could get some at-bats at designated hitter in place of the struggling Kila Ka’aihue. Betemit is batting .387 with one home run, seven RBIs, and two stolen bases in nine games.
Maicer Izturis (Angels, 2B/SS/3B): Izturis is getting more at-bats with Erick Aybar on the disabled list and should still find enough at-bats when Aybar returns soon. He is batting .304 with one home run, five RBIs, and two stolen bases.
Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays, 3B): A solid replacement if you need a short-term fix for Zimmerman and someone to use at a corner infield spot. He’s off to a slow start, but he hit 21 home runs in 332 at-bats last season and has always exhibited good power.
David Freese (Cardinals, 3B): Freese was supposed to play two out of every three games coming off surgery on both ankles, so it was a good sign to see him play four consecutive games this past week. He is batting .342 with two home runs and six RBIs and should have plenty of opportunities to drive in runs in this lineup.
Orlando Hudson (Padres, 2B): His career high is 10 stolen bases in one season and he already has six. The Padres lack power and Hudson hitting third emphasizes that point and they will be very aggressive, so 20 stolen bases is realistic.
Alex Avila (Tigers, C): He came into the season with 12 career home runs in 355 at-bats. He has the full-time job and has three homers in 31 at-bats so far.
Nick Hundley (Padres, C): He won’t hit for much average, but he’s hot now batting .361 with two home runs and eight RBIs.
Wilson Ramos (Nationals, C): Ramos’ playing time will increase. The minor league numbers were good and he’s 10-for-22 so far.
Justin Masterson (Indians, SP): Improved control last season and has a good K/9 and gets a ton of groundballs.
All statistics entering Friday.