Morning Roundup for 8/13 (Lincecum, Cook, Wainwright, Lowell and more)

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  • Still no word on Tim Lincecum, who was injured yesterday after “having gotten drilled by a scorching line drive off the bat of Brad Ausmus”, according to John Shea of The San Francisco Chronicle (click here for the article).  Shea notes that he underwent x-rays, though no results were reported.  Fantasy owners are definitely anxiously awaiting for on him, as if he is forced out for any significant period of time it could make the difference in numerous leagues.  We’ll have an update as soon as possible.
  • According to Troy E. Renck of The Denver Post (click here for the article) Aaron Cook will miss his start on Thursday due to a “stiffness in his back”.  Glendon Rusch will get the ball in his place, with Jorge De La Rosa and Livan Hernandez following him.  His All-Star appearance is something that is being pointed to as part of the reason.  Whatever happened, Cook had been tremendous prior to the break, a huge surprise, but has struggled mightily over his last few starts.  Put him on your bench at this point until he proves not only that he can take the mound, but do so effectively.
  • With Chris Carpenter set to miss his start on Friday, according to Derrick Goold of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (click here for the article), the Cardinals are changing the plan for Adam Wainwright’s rehab.  His start will be on “Saturday for Class AA Springfield, and his pitch count will increase to 65 or 70 pitches”.  I think Wainwright should defintely be inserted back into the rotation upon his return, especially with Chris Perez looking good in the closer’s role.  Fantasy owners drafted him as an ace, and now it appears that they may get him back as such.  Just continue to wait, but we should have more news soon enough.
  • Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star (click here for the article) has an update on Ron Mahay, out with plantar fasciitis.  Mahay is quoted as saying, “It wasn’t like really pitching. I wasn’t even wearing spikes. I just got on the mound and threw about 50 percent. But what I did felt good”, after he threw a little yesterday.  He only has value in formats that utilize middle relievers.
  • According to Joe McDonald of The Providence Journal (click here for the article) Mike Lowell “suffered a right-oblique strain” yesterday, with an MRI to follow today.  He could be heading to the DL, so I would search the waiver wire for a potential replacement now, just in case.
  • In the same article, McDonald notes that Jacoby Ellsbury was taken out of the line-up yesterday due to “tightness and a bruised tailbone”.  He was hit on Monday, and he was able to enter the game as a replacement in the later innings.  I wouldn’t worry too much.

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