As the wails and sobs of one owner in every fantasy league could have told you, Mets SP Matt Harvey will miss the rest of the season with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, and might be headed for Tommy John surgery that would keep him out for most or all of 2014.
In real life, this stinks for Harvey and the Mets, and we hope he gets better soon. In fantasy, the 2013 impact isn't as big, as Harvey's projected innings limit would have held him to about three more starts. If you were planning to stream starters to fill Harvey's slot, you can start now. If you'd like (or need) to roster someone instead, try one of thes options:
- Ricky Nolasco, Dodgers (41.2 percent owned)
- Jose Quintana, White Sox (18.4 percent owned)
- Sonny Gray, A's (12.4 percent owned)
- Danny Salazar, Indians (7.1 percent owned)
First pitch: 7:05 p.m. ET in both leagues.
Interleague DH issues: The Indians lose their DH in Atlanta. Carlos Santana has been getting time in that spot, so if he moves behind the plate, Yan Gomes could lose at bats. So could some others (Drew Stubbs, Nick Swisher), as the Indians have a lot of interchangeable parts.
Streaming starters: Zach Wheeler (another Harvey replacement possibility) pitched well in a loss to the Phillies last night, so we're up to 83-49 for the season. Today's selection is the aforementioned Jose Quintana versus the Astros, while Wednesday's pick is Pittsburgh's Charlie Morton (4.7 percent owned) against the Brewers.
On to the rest of the news:
- Rockies OF Dexter Fowler is day-to-day with a bruised knee. Teammate Troy Tulowitzki (soreness in left side) took Monday off, but hopes to play tonight. Carlos Gonzalez (finger) took some swings in the batting cage Monday, but his return is still TBD.
- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Monday that OF Colby Rasmus suffered a "minor setback" in his recovery from an oblique injury. Rasmus should still be back this season, but stay tuned.
- Bartolo Colon (groin) is penciled in as Thursday's probable starter for the A's. Teammate Josh Reddick (wrist) is on the DL.
- Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Monday that the team might promote prospect Taijuan Walker to start Friday's game against the Astros. The 21-year-old Walker is a blue-chipper (2.93 ERA, 160 K in 141 1/3 IP between Double A and Triple A) that might be a good streaming option on Friday, but he's probably getting close to an innings limit, so don't get too excited about his September fantasy impact.
- Jordan Lyles got a one-out save last night for the Astros. The team's website reports that Lyles "was pressed into duty because closers Chia-Jen Lo and Josh Fields were unavailable." Lyles' save was a fluke, folks.
- Look for Giants C Buster Posey to get tonight off.
- Lefty David Holmberg (2.66 ERA at Double A) will be tonight's starter for the Diamondbacks. The 22-year-old Holmberg fits the "crafty lefty" mold (meaning not many strikeouts), but he could work as a streamer if you're desperate.
- Braves 2B Dan Uggla has started to rehab his new, LASIK-powered eyes. His return date is TBD.
- The Padres have called up OF Reymond Fuentes, who stole 35 bases in the minors this season. He's worth a look, NL-only owners.
- Rays SP Matt Moore is scheduled to make a rehab start on Thursday.
- Remember when we mentioned Harvey's partial UCL tear? Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt has a complete tear, and might retire. Best of luck to a guy who was a lot better than people think, even if he didn't get a full-time closer gig until age 38.
See you back here tomorrow morning.