For a team whose pitching staff has already been decimated by injuries, the LA Angels of Anaheim got more bad news as they placed ace setup man, Scot Shields on the DL with forearm soreness to start the season. Shields has led the AL in holds over the last 2 seasons and is the primary bridge to closer Francisco Rodriguez.
Shields was hurt for parts of last season as well and would go a long way to explain why he struggled so badly in the second half of the 2007 season. Avoid drafting Shields if your league counts holds. While this is speculation on my part it looks as if, there is something wrong with his arm, that will need surgery at some point. It is the only thing that explains the struggles last season and why an entire off season of rest has not corrected the problem. If your league counts holds go out and grab Justin Speier who should take on the majority of Shields hold opportunities in his absence.