Chipper injury opens spot for Omar Infante

Updated: August 12, 2010, 4:21 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones won't be a fantasy factor the rest of the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee Tuesday, but his injury should guarantee that one of my favorite undervalued players this season remains a presence. Omar Infante can flat-out hit, and now that the NL East division leaders have an opening, this potential batting champion won't have to fight for at-bats.

Infante deserved to keep playing anyway, probably in left field, but now there's an everyday job open. Don't underestimate the power of batting average and how critical a safe hitter can be down the stretch of a fantasy season. And Infante isn't just hitting over the past few weeks; he hit .317 in May, .306 in June and a startling .429 in July. There's nothing fluky about his season, and because he's hitting .360 against right-handed pitching, and will face a lot of it, I don't expect this to change.