Bad weekend for injured third basemen 

May, 2, 2011

The weekend was not kind to third basemen around the fantasy baseball world, as bad news was delivered to those who own Ryan Zimmerman, Pablo Sandoval and David Freese, among others. Let's take a look at each of these situations and how fantasy owners should react.

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Rhona Wise/Icon SMIWhat looked to be a short disabled-list stint is turning into an extended absence for Ryan Zimmerman.
Zimmerman: When the Washington Nationals slugger hit the DL three weeks ago I blogged that a short DL stint for an abdominal strain was no big deal, and I controversially compared him to Scott Rolen in terms of a lack of durability. That feedback was interesting! Now we hear that Zimmerman's abdominal strain needs sports hernia surgery. The team says he'll miss at least another six weeks, with some reports pushing his return past the All-Star break. Look, this update doesn't exactly endear Zimmerman to fantasy owners more than the original injury. However, as a top 25-overall draft selection, someone regarded at the same level of Alex Rodriguez, you can't cut Zimmerman. Now we must hope for a 15-home run second half.