The 2009 started with the game's biggest name, Alex Rodriguez, inactive and on the disabled list with an injured hip, so far this has been just the tip of the iceberg. While stars like Milton Bradley, Geovany Soto, and Aramis Ramirez have been dinged with day to day ailments, the nationwide injury bug has begun to hit big names at big prices.
Tuesday night's start for St. Louis' Chris Carpenter was cut short with an elbow problem, and the Cards' version of Mark Prior will be out at least four weeks, once again leaving a strain on a rotation loaded with slightly above average arms like Kyle Lohse and Joel Piniero. The injury to Carpenter puts a dark cast on the Cards quick start, and once agian will allow Albert Pujols to carry the team onward.
While Carpenter's injury is not a bit suprising, and can be blamed on his inability to stay healthy over the last few years, Boston's Daisuke Matzusaka's mild shoulder strain surely will be pinned on Bud Selig's World Baseball Classic. The two-time WBC MVP has stumbled out of the gate for the struggling Sox, with an ERA close to 13.
"Our biggest concern is to keep him healthy and productive," [Terry] Francona said. "At the moment, it doesn't seem like we're there with him. ... It wasn't coming out very crisp. It looks like he needs to be built back up. We want him to be able to be Dice-K."
Dice-K's timetable is still unknown, and the season's injuries have truly put a hex in the fantasy baseball world so far.