Starting pitcher Matt Andriese has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a mild groin strain, the Tampa Bay Rays announced. The right-handed pitcher’s five wins currently leads the club.
“[The injury] usually requires about a two week for the player to return,” Fantasy Doctor and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Selene Parekh M.D. said. ” An MRI could be possible if there are concerns of a more severe injury. Therapy, anti-inflammatories and rehabilitation are all required.”
Andriese was arguably having his best season as a pro before this injury. He has a 5-1 record with 54 strikeouts to go with a career-best 3.45 ERA in first 11 starts of 2017. The Rays home run-rejuvenated offense allowed Andriese to become an option for fantasy owners in 12-team leagues. Owners should keep him in their DL roster spot if they have space, but leaving him on the waiver wire until he heals may be a better idea. He does not have the allure of other top fantasy pitchers, so he would likely be safe on the waiver wire, and out of the hands of other fantasy owners until he returns to full health.
The Rays have two off days coming up and could afford to use a four-man rotation while Andriese’s mild strain heals. With that said, the team could ultimately decide to ride out the four-man rotation. The team has only announced the promotion of relief pitcher Austin Pruitt from Triple-A Durham. However, after sending two players down to the minors, Tampa Bay may be looking to promote a starting pitcher to make a spot start or two while Andriese is injured.
Blake Snell stands as the most likely candidate to be called up. He was sent down to Triple-A earlier this month after posting an 0-4 record with a 4.71 ERA in his first eight starts of the season. But Andriese’s injury opens up a spot in the lineup, and the Rays could use a lefty in its starting rotation. He has 21 strikeouts in 11 innings with a 3.86 ERA in his two starts since his demotion. The shock factor of his early-may demotion may have done the lefty some good. If he can ever figure it out consistently at the MLB level he will be a dangerous fantasy asset.
Even if Snell does get the promotion, he is going to have to have some great starts to stick in the rotation once Andriese returns.