ESPNBoston.com is reporting that Jacoby Ellsbury could be done for the year with yet another fractured rib. Details as to whether this rib is related to his collision with teammate, and human Mack truck, Adrian Beltre were not immediately clear.
This is sad news for those of you holding out hope for a triumphant return for the Boston speedster, but it’s time to pull over and drop the dead weight off your roster.
At this point in the season no matter where you look for replacements, it will probably wind up being slim pickings, but hey, you gotta replace these guys somehow right?
Let’s take a quick look at three potential fill-ins for your sudden loss.
Melky Cabrera , ATL, 3% ownership: Cabrera is currently riding a four game hit streak, and since the break he has hit .301. Thus far this season Cabrera is hitting .270 with four homeruns and 33 ribbies, and when the guy gets on a role he tends to stay there for a while. He’s worth a shot in NL leagues only if you’re in the market.
Coco Crisp, OAK, 9% ownership: Crisp has been heating up as of late which is perfect timing for those of you looking for a replacement. In his last seven games, Crisp has hit .345 with 3 RBI and 3 SB and overall is hitting .277 with 4 dingers and 25 RBI with an additional 18 stolen bases which is very attractive.
J.D. Drew, BOS, 42% ownership: He may be a bit difficult to get, but if he’s available I suggest picking him up for a couple of reasons.
- Drew is just starting to heat up, and when he does, he stays hot for long periods of time as any Red Sox fan can tell you.
- He’s cracked four homeruns in his last four games, and stands to do a whole lot more damage with the remainder of the Angles series, and the Mariners on deck afterward.
- In all, the hot streak started five games ago, and in that time he is hitting .368 with five runs scored, five RBI while currently riding a five game hit streak.