Contreras Derailed? Could Be Headed For DL

Disabled_gcorp Ouch! Another big gun bites the dust. As of April 1st, I was feeling pretty darn giddy about my Fantasy rotation: Noah Lowry, John Patterson, Ben Sheets and Jose Contreras. Even though Big Ben started the season in extended spring, I figured no problem- the other guys will tow the line. Well, now there’s almost no line left to tow. Big Ben recently was scratched from his latest start with what the Brew Crew is calling minor tendinitis in his throwing shoulder. The last time I heard that one, I was left doing an ancient Mayan healing dance in my basement apartment as Noah Lowry proceeded to miss the first five weeks of the season. That ‘minor tendinitis’ term popped up again a couple of weeks ago when Patterson complained of soreness in his forearm, now he’s not expected back until June. Then today, as I was celebrating Noah’s return from the great flood of injuries my team has endured, I read that the one guy I could count on, Jose Contreras, could be headed to the DL with either a sore hip or back- depending on what ChiSox’ source you’re reading. I’m not sure things could get worse, but I guess I should at least be happy that it’s not the dreaded tendinitis that Jose is suffering from. Maybe ChiSox VP Scott Reifert will be able to clarify the situation for us tomorrow.
Knucklink
In Contreras’ stead, there is speculation that the White Sox could call up highly thought of 23-year old, Charlie
Haeger
. Haeger has been dominating Triple-A competition this spring (3-0, 0.68 ERA in six starts) with a tried and true knuckler mixed in with a fastball that registers in the high-eighties. Chris Widger, who had very limited experience catching Mike Mussina’s knuckle-curve (2002) could become the Sox’s designated catcher if and when Haeger pitches.

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