Good night, Prince
Prince Fielder was regarded as a near-consensus first-round fantasy pick this season ... and if you picked him, you git three home runs and 16 RBI out of the deal. Fielder will have surgery next week to repair a herniated disc in his neck, and his season is over.
How to replace Fielder? None of the options will provide what you expected from his position, but all isn't necessarily lost. Adam LaRoche, who is due to come off the DL for the Nationals on Monday, is owned in 41.5 percent of FOXSports.com leagues and on track for his usual 20-homer season. Blue Jays 1B/DH Adam Lind (11.1 percent owned) missed a few weeks with a back injury, but he's got a .938 OPS in 72 at bats; that's better than last season, when Lind hit 23 home runs. Fielder's real-life replacement, Mitch Moreland (2.1 percent owned), is likely to improve after his slow start. Finally, Minnesota's Chris Parmelee (0.4 percent owned) has been hitting well lately, and has a chance to keep playing even when Josh Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia return to the lineup.
Obviously, everyone's league has different options. Send me a tweet (@jhalpin37) if you have specific questions.
On to the rest of the news:
Lots of Brewers' news today: OF Carlos Gomez is day to day following a recurrence of his back tightness; OF Ryan Braun left Thursday's game with a sore oblique; and SP Yovani Gallardo (ankle) will throw a bullpen session today with the hopes that he'll be able to start on Sunday.
Streaming starters: Jon Niese's latest strong start raised our record to 33-19 for the season. The weekend selections are Edwin Jackson (6 percent owned) at San Diego on Friday; Ryan Vogelsong (8.2 percent owned) against the Twins on Saturday; and Mike Leake (23.5 percent owned) versus the Cardinals on Sunday. San Diego's Robbie Erlin was originally today's pick, but he's now on the DL with a sore elbow.
Orioles 3B Manny Machado left Thursday's game with what appears to be a minor groin injury, and his status for tonight is TBD. Teammate Tommy Hunter is on the DL with a groin strain, so look for Zach Britton to keep getting saves for awhile. Finally, O's 1B Chris Davis is expected to miss games Sunday and Monday while on paternity leave.
The Royals have sent struggling 3B Mike Moustakas to Triple A, so Danny Valencia will get the majority of the playing time. Valencia is a much better hitter against lefties than righties, and his value is probably limited to AL-only leagues. 2B Omar Infante (back) will begin a rehab assignment today, and could be back pretty soon.
See you back here Monday morning.