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Replacing Utley, Polanco can be tall order

Updated: June 29, 2010, 6:46 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

The Philadelphia Phillies placed their Nos. 2 and 3 hitters on the disabled list Tuesday. Second baseman Chase Utley went on the shelf less than 24 hours after spraining his right thumb in Monday's loss to the Cincinnati Reds, while third baseman Placido Polanco has been bothered by a left elbow injury suffered in April.

Fantasy owners shouldn't have too much issue replacing Polanco, but consensus first-rounder Utley is a different story.

As someone who has seen far too much of utility infielders Wilson Valdez and Juan Castro this season -- remember, Jimmy Rollins has missed 56 games with separate DL stints already -- I can say with certainty these guys have little fantasy value in any league. Greg Dobbs was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, a week after being designated for assignment. He's hitting .152 this season, but those in NL-only leagues should take a look on the chance he hits the occasional home run. The same can't be said for Cody Ransom, the former Alex Rodriguez backup from April 2009 who is hitting .238 with 16 home runs at Lehigh Valley. Maybe he gets a promotion soon. You don't want him.

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