Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Braves Closer Rafael Soriano Has A Sore Elbow


Atlanta Brave's closer Rafael Soriano has complained recently of having a sore right (throwing) elbow. Bobby Cox, manager of the Braves, confirmed that Soriano had some inflammation in the elbow. This normally wouldn't be a big issue this early in the season, as pitchers normally experience some elbow, or general arm soreness while they work their arms back into shape. In this case it might be cause for a alarm, as Soriano has battled elbow and arm injuries throughout his career, and even had Tommy John surgery in 2005. While the Braves called the soreness, "tiny" it apparently was significant enought for them to put him on the 15 day DL Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact

If you do own Soriano be sure to also take Peter Moylan later, who figures to pick up saves now that Soriano has gone down with some sort of injury. Former Pittsburgh Pirates closer Mike Gonzalez, also appears on the Braves roster, but he is coming off of Tommy John surgery himself and won't be ready to go until at least June.

Personally I would avoid Soriano, its not worth drafting someone who is hurt, when you can draft similar players with much less risk. Still look to take Moylan late, or grab him now as he could be a solid source of cheap saves, and add depth to your closer stable.

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