Mallex Smith was placed on the 10-day disabled list after suffering a strained right hamstring during Thursday night’s game against the New York Yankees, the Tampa Bay Rays announced. Smith was playing left field for the Rays while Colby Rasmus was on the disabled list.
[Smith] will likely need an MRI which will help to grade his strain. It could be anywhere from two-four weeks,” the Fantasy Doctor’s Dr. Parekh said. “If they do not give him proper time to heal now, it could end up being a recurring issue throughout the season.”
Smith was batting .273 with three stolen bases in his 22 at-bats so far this season. But the Rays offseason acquisition, Colby Rasmus, was expected to return from the DL soon. There had even been talk of sending Smith down to the minor leagues to give him everyday at-bats until the club deems him ready. Smith was making a decent case to stay in the MLB, posting decent numbers to begin the season. But now that he will be sidelined for several months, he should be dropped in all leagues.
Rasmus is expected to be ready for a minor league rehabilitation game in the next few days, so his return should return in about a week. When he does return he will provide plus power to the back end of the Rays lineup. However, he has hit above .240 just once since 2010, limiting his fantasy relevance to occasional power surges.
Corey Dickerson is playing left field tonight in Smith’s place. Dickerson has primarily acted as the Rays designated hitter this season and has played left field just once so far this season. Dickerson has not been in the field with the Rays much this season because of his recent injury history.
More time in the field is good for his playing time but may not be great for his body. Regardless, Dickerson is batting .324 with two home runs and five RBI and should be owned in all leagues with additional playing time in the field. But he should have been owned anyway.
Smith was not playing bad to begin the season, but fantasy owners will have to wait for the speedsters inevitable breakout stolen base season.