Fantasy impact of Rios' broken hand
The injury: Alex Rios broke his hand after he was hit by a pitch on Monday night. Through the first seven games, Rios hit .321 / .345 / .464 with a HR / 4 R / 8 RBI / 2 SB.
The timetable: the Royals haven't announced an official timetable, but he's out at least a month.
The fantasy baseball impact: FOX Sports baseball reporter Jon Morosi offered up this:
#Royals loss of RF Alex Rios is especially significant at a time when LF Alex Gordon needs regular rest coming off wrist surgery.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 14, 2015
Now, Lorenzo Cain slides over to right and the speedy Jarrod Dyson picks up some playing time in center. Dyson swiped 70 bases over the past two seasons in only 207 games. It's worth noting that he's pick up a lot of borrowed bags as a pinch runner and is expected to bat ninth in the Royals' lineup. This could create a limited amount of stolen base opportunities unless he's already been given the green light.
Speaking of potential speed, 29-year-old Paulo Orlando will split some time with Dyson and has a nice minor league track record of swiping bags including 34 last season (AAA). He already has three triples for the Royals this season.
Other Notable Replacements: Kevin Kiermaier (TB), Steve Pearce (BAL), Nori Aoki (SF), Ender Inciarte (ARI), Joc Pederson (LAD)
If you follow us on Facebook or have been following our daily fantasy baseball advice feature, you know about our newest addition to the FOX Sports fantasy department, D.J. Foster. Residing in the always-beautiful greater-San Diego area, the other three scribes posting up east of the Mississippi envy him. However, Foster is not a one-trick sunshine-soaked pony, he’s an avid basketball fan and, as expected, uber fantasy competitor who once owned 34 fantasy football teams in the same season. More on that project at a later time.
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