Anderson still ownable despite DL stint

Updated: April 28, 2010, 5:53 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Brett Anderson, a popular fantasy sleeper pick for this season, was placed on the disabled list Tuesday because of a left forearm strain and elbow inflammation. Considering the timetable for Anderson's return has cautiously been labeled at 4-6 weeks, according to ESPN's Buster Olney, reactive fantasy owners likely are tempted to cut him. At least as of now, I think that would be a mistake.

A contrast MRI was scheduled, and it's possible the injury could be worse than expected. Who knows, maybe there could be a Tommy John surgery in Anderson's future. But I'm not at that point yet, and I really don't think the Athletics are, either. The team should be cautious, and of course one never knows if a major league team is sharing all relevant news, but for now, I'm not taking the drastic step of dropping Anderson in the multiple leagues I own him in. He is, after all, a 13th-round draft pick in average ESPN leagues, and he was off to a terrific start this season, with a 2.35 ERA and 1.04 WHIP.