MLB Injuries

Yasmany Tomas out with strained oblique

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Yasmany Tomas of the Arizona Diamondbacks has a strained oblique and has no timetable for return, according to Nick Piecoro of AZcentral Sports. He was coming off of a breakout season in 2016, hitting 31 home runs.

According to the Fantasy Doctor’s Dr. Selene Parekh, Tomas has a strained oblique. The injury typically causes players to be out for two to four weeks in order to “quiet down.” Given the amount of force and torque going through those muscles, he says it needs sufficient time to heal.

The injury puts his availability for Opening Day up in the air. He was expected to be the team’s starting left fielder next to AJ Pollock and David Peralta making for one of the strongest outfields in the National league.

Luckily for the Diamondbacks, AJ Pollock is healthy and the team has a deep outfield. Arizona acquired veterans Gregor Blanco and Jeremy Hazelbaker to fill out its outfield depth, which will now be tested early in 2017.  Both players are having mild spring trainings and are expected to split time in left field.

But Gregor Blanco has the more experienced glove if Arizona prioritizes fielding over run production. He batted .245 in 2016 with one home run in 274 at-bats with San Francisco and only he has hit over .280 only twice in his career. He will not be worth an add in 12 team leagues.

29-year-old Jeremy Hazelbaker has more potential to be a fantasy baseball asset if he can return to the way he played in April last season. As a 28-year-old rookie, Hazelbaker shocked baseball by batting .317 with five home runs, 13 RBI and two stolen bases in the first month of the season. However, Hazelbaker batted just .217 with five home runs after the All Star break.

Neither player shifts the balance of the fantasy baseball waiver wire, especially because Tomas will not be gone for long. If your league has a disabled list spot, Tomas should be worth a look if he falls to the later rounds. Just be prepared to not have him in the beginning of the season.

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