Is Jim Thome fantasy-relevant again?
First baseman Justin Morneau left Tuesday's game because of stiffness in the back of his right rib cage, an injury he says shouldn't keep him out of action more than a couple of days. Then again, Morneau missed the end of the 2009 season because of a stress fracture in his lower back. The team has made it clear this injury is to muscle and not, like the stress fracture, to bone, but any time I see the words "back injury" associated with Morneau, it's noteworthy. Frankly, concerns about injury, and not production, helped push Morneau to the fifth round of ESPN average live drafts, well below previous levels. A Morneau injury would move Michael Cuddyer to first base, opening up an outfield spot for Jason Kubel and the designated hitter role for the guy with 564 career home runs.
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