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Early Injury Concerns Around The League

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 4/16/2013 7:15:56 PM

The MLB regular season is less than a month old, but already there are teams that are starting to gain some separation in their respective divisions in the Atlanta Braves, and to a lesser degree the Oakland Athletics. Both of these teams look very capable this season, and while the MLB trade market hasn’t heated up quite yet, these two teams could be in the market for one or two key players that could help make them a more complete contender. Of course, it is a long online betting season and there is a lot that can change in terms of injuries and varying levels of performance. The Braves and Athletics both have relatively healthy rosters, one of the biggest differences between them and other teams early on. Atlanta has been relatively healthy early on, and while Oakland could be without Yoenis Cespedes for a couple of weeks they have enough depth to make up for it until he returns from an injured left hand.

The Cleveland Indians have cooled off following a quick start to the season and injuries have been a begin reason. Now they could be without one of their star hitters for athe next two weeks. Michael Bourn left Sunday’s game after getting his hand stepped on by a pitcher while attempting a slide in to first base, and will have to miss some time. Bourn needed five stitches to close the gash in his hand, and while at minimum he will need to wait until the stitches come out, he could be held out a little longer if there are any setbacks. The injury has forced manager Terry Francona to move around some pieces in his lineup, and he will likely have Drew Stubbs in center field until Bourn returns to the lineup. The Indians have already been without Jason Kipnis due to a sore elbow and Carlos Santana has missed a handful of games with a thumb contusion, which hasn’t helped the team’s sports betting situation early on.

Another team with some early injury concerns are the Los Angeles Angels, one of the online sportsbook teams chasing the Athletics for top spot in the AL West. The Angels already placed Erick Aybar on the 15-day DL, and now Alberto Callaspo could miss some time with a strained calf muscle. The Angels have hit relatively well early on this season, but their inability to cash in runs has been a big problem and now they need to find a way to generate more offense without either Aybar and Callaspo.

Of the two most notable injuries early on this season, the Toronto Blue Jays could be feeling a little better about their situation since Jose Reyes could return to the lineup in three months following a severe ankle sprain. A break could have completely changed the outlook for Toronto’s season, and while they have an uphill climb to deal with now that their best hitter is down, the Blue Jays could at least get him back later in the year to provide a boost if they can remain in contention for a playoff run until then.

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