Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Jaime Garcia sidelined with shoulder strain

by Nicholas Minnix on June 7, 2012 @ 15:15:26 PDT's Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you candid reviews and ratings of fantasy baseball players making MLB news in your rotisserie or head-to-head baseball leagues. Are they trade bait or worth your FAAB dollars in your fantasy baseball games?

St. Louis Cardinals SP Shelby Miller
Not Miller time just yet

The St. Louis Cardinals placed southpaw Jaime Garcia on the 15-day disabled list because he has a strained left shoulder. The club hasn't revealed how serious it is, as Derrick Goold reports; in St. Louis, the pitcher had tests done on his hip and elbow in addition to those on his shoulder.

The Cards recalled reliever Fernando Salas to replace Garcia on the roster. They haven't yet indicated who'll be the replacement in the rotation.

Goold notes that the organization has a few options to take the injured starter's turn this Sunday versus the Cleveland Indians. They may go with Brandon Dickson in a spot start to delay a commitment to a solution until they know more about Garcia's timetable. He's likely of no utility to fantasy owners.

Joe Kelly, soon to be 24, has a good fastball, according to multiple scouting reports, but judging from those evaluations and the progression of his farm numbers, his future probably lies in the bullpen. Only those in deep NL leagues should even think about investigating the Triple-A Memphis hurler further, although he seems to be the likelier of the two other candidates.

The name on the tip of prospect hounds' tongues will be Shelby Miller's. The electric right-hander has struggled with his location for long periods for the Redbirds. Opponents have pummeled him for most of the year. Don't expect the organization to promote him, unless it's strictly to let him taste big league air.

The Cardinals skipped Garcia last week because he had elbow discomfort. He made his start on Tuesday, in which the Houston Astros rocked him, but afterward stated that something was wrong.

Some of his outcomes since April have hinted at that notion. Some of his recent health woes may be the result of physical compensation for others and not necessarily a big deal, but roto players have to be a little fearful, at least until they get more answers.

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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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