FLB '05: Examining Major Injuries

Originally Published: January 31, 2005
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN Games Fantasy Edge
There isn't a fantasy owner who enjoys dealing with injuries. Unfortunately, they're part of the game, and it's important to keep an eye on players with health issues coming into a given season. Let's take a look at some of the most notable injury risks heading into 2005:

On the rebound: The following seven players are looking to bounce back from injury-marred seasons.

Aaron Boone, 3B, Cleveland: He missed the entire 2004 season recovering from February surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and August surgery to repair a microfracture. Boone is expected to be ready to participate in spring games by mid-March, though he's going to need time to get up to game speed after such a long layoff. If he misses a good chunk of the spring, he'll be a much riskier fantasy selection. Boone should enjoy hitting in Jacobs Field, though he's probably no longer a 30-steal candidate. Play it safe and expect a .270-20-80-10 season.