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Green could benefit
An MRI confirmed that Alex Gonzalez has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, as multiple sources have revealed. The Milwaukee Brewers had already placed him on the disabled list after their Saturday contest with the San Francisco Giants in which the injury occurred. The shortstop is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
The Brew Crew is forced to go with Cesar Izturis in the short term. The .255/.295/.322 lifetime performer is a liability on offense. He spent the last few years in the Baltimore Orioles' organization and missed much of last season because he had surgery to fix a nerve issue in his elbow, and he later endured a groin strain.
Gonzalez was a defense-first 6, but he provided the prospect of 15-plus bombs in Milwaukee's lineup. NL-only managers can't expect anything more from Izturis (.208/.240/.208 in 25 plate appearances) than the playing time and a few stolen bases. A few years ago, he had the goods to hit around .260, but the 32-year-old switch hitter has lost some of that physical ability. Perhaps everyday at-bats and a healthy outlook will allow him to rediscover it.
If the Brewers don't fall out of contention in a couple of months, they may look to upgrade. They don't have anyone in the minors who's a clear upgrade, however. Triple-A Nashville second baseman Eric Farris has spent a little time at short. The light-hitting 26-year-old runs a bit and may have a touch more upside for NL players if he's called upon, but that's not a great endorsement.
This past weekend, the team called up its only viable infield prospect, Taylor Green (.336/.413/.583 for the Sounds last year, .287/.363/.396 this year). He's expected to platoon at first base with Travis Ishikawa and is worth owning in NL leagues because of his ability to hit for average as well as power. He's a left-handed batter, like Ishikawa, so Milwaukee may be willing to let Green run with the job. He may have third base or second base eligibility in your league, and he could play his way into consideration in deep mixed leagues.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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