After taking a truck-stick blow from Carlos Quentin in last night’s brawl between the Dodgers and Padres, Los Angeles ace and offseason acquirement Zack Greinke has suffered a fractured left collarbone. The extent of downtime for the former Cy Young winner is unknown, though initial reports have Greinke on the sidelines for at least a month.
To replace Greinke, the Dodgers will turn to either Ted Lilly or Chris Capuano. Lilly has spent the early season making rehab starts for his shoulder, endeavors that have not gone smoothly, as the 37-year-old was blasted in both appearances. Owners may remember Capuano’s early-season success from 2012, holding a sub-3.00 ERA during the first half. Alas, the wheels came off after the All-Star break, exploits that have put him in his current predicament as long-man in the Dodgers bullpen. Even in deeper leagues, Lilly and Capuano are not worth the look at the moment.
For viable replacements, our old friend Barry Zito, owned in 52 percent of FOXSports.com fantasy baseball leagues, is off to a strong start in 2013. In fact, Zito has performed reasonably well since August of 2012, including a commendable fall during the Giants’ postseason run. Jaime Garcia is another battle-tested arm coming strong out of the gates. Though historically he’s been a detriment to WHIP, Garcia’s ERA, combined with the Cardinals’ offense, should correlate to a fair share of wins for managers. Garcia is owned in just under 40 percent of formats.
In deeper leagues, take a look at Ross Detwiler. The fifth man in the Nationals rotation, Detwiler has a high ceiling and a front-line pedigree. Detwiler could be a sneaky pick-up that can contribute to your team throughout the summer.
James McDonald (owned in 8.3 percent), when pitching in PNC Park, is a serviceable option. Also keep an eye on Brandon McCarthy in the desert. He’s struggled coming back from that liner-to-the-head scare last season, but once he gets his feet under him, could be a top-30 hurler.