Brantley’s night off reason for concern

Brantley is batting .323 with 11 home runs and nine stolen bases.

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Indians OF Michael Brantley left Monday’s game after getting bumped in the head on a slide into second base. He passed all concussion tests after that game, but when getting ready for Tuesday’s game, he "experienced concussion-like symptoms" and was scratched, according to the team’s website. Brantley went to the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday for more tests, and his prognosis is TBD. He might play tonight, he might go on the seven-day concussion DL … multiple possibilities are in play. Keep Brantley on your fantasy bench until you see him in a real-life lineup.

Tuesday’s studs and duds

Stud: Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy hit his seventh and eighth home runs of the season, and is now batting .340. He’s been fantasy’s best catcher.

Stud: Mike Trout hit two homers of his own, but he probably shouldn’t be allowed in this category, because he does studly things all the time.


Stud: Masahiro Tanaka whiffed 10 Blue Jays while allowing one run over six innings, and raised his record to 11-1. By my calculations, if the Yankees hadn’t signed Tanaka during the offseason, their record would be 8-61.

Dud: Tigers’ ace Max Scherzer allowed 10 runs in four innings against the suddenly unstoppable Royals. Shake it off, Scherzer owners.

News & notes

After a rough Monday outing, A’s SP Drew Pomeranz punched a wooden chair on his way into the clubhouse, and fractured his right (non-pitching) hand. Pomeranz is on the 15-day DL.

Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez left Tuesday’s game with a bruised right ring finger, and is day to day.

Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez will come off the DL to start tonight against the Astros.

Tigers OF Torii Hunter doesn’t seem to think he’ll be back in the lineup before Friday.

Braves OF Justin Upton left Tuesday’s game because he felt dizzy and light-headed, but it was probably due to the heat. Probably nothing to worry about.

Blue Jays OF Colby Rasmus (hamstring) will come off the DL and be in the lineup tonight.

Royals OF Norichika Aoki left Tuesday’s game with a groin cramp, and is day to day.

With Koji Uehara needing a night off, Edward Mujica got the Red Sox’ save on Tuesday. Manager John Farrell said after the game that "the reason we brought Edward in here was to be that secondary closer on days Koji wasn’t available in the event of an injury that might have been unforeseen." File that info away, saves speculators.

In other Sox’ news, OF Grady Sizemore has been designated for assignment. and OF Shane Victorino could come off the DL Sunday or Monday.

Pssst … Mariners SS Brad Miller is finally coming around.

How desperate are the injury-riddled Rangers? Desperate enough to sign 1B Carlos Pena, apparently. The team’s website says that Pena is "not expected to be an option at the big league level anytime soon."

Streaming starters

Roenis Elias was pretty good on Tuesday, so we’re up to 44-32 for the season. Today’s pick is Edinson Volquez (owned in 3 percent of leagues) against the Reds, and on Thursday we’ll take a shot with Andrew Heaney’s (16.4 percent owned) big-league debut against the Mets.

Finishing up

Colleague Ryan Fowler checks in with this item:

Pretty crazy to think that Marcell Ozuna is available in 60 percent of leagues. Granted, he strikes out too much (27.3 percent), but he’s one of only four players under the age of 25 with 10-plus homers, 30-plus runs scored and 40-plus RBI this season. The other three are Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Trout and Yasiel Puig.

Also, I had a few drinks with a good friend who happens to be a sports anchor in Kansas City. We were swapping baseball stories back and forth and he shared one that I think a lot of fantasy baseball owners will relate to.

He and a buddy were talking about the extreme emotional waves fans ride during their hometown team’s season. One minute the sky could be falling, while the next minute they are on their way to the World Series. But instead of riding the emotional roller coaster on opposite ends of the spectrum, his buddy suggested to break the season into nine-game chunks.  

If your team goes 5-4 every nine games, it doesn’t look very sexy in print or sound positive on the local sports honk’s radio show and you’re probably looking up for that anvil, but if your team wins five out of every nine games for the season, they are winning 90 games and probably going to the playoffs. 

In fantasy terms, the sky is not falling – we have two weeks in June and all of July, August and September left to go. Remember that.

See you back here tomorrow morning.