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Bad weekend for injured third basemen

Updated: May 2, 2011, 12:37 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

The weekend was not kind to third basemen around the fantasy baseball world, as bad news was delivered to those who own Ryan Zimmerman, Pablo Sandoval and David Freese, among others. Let's take a look at each of these situations and how fantasy owners should react.

Zimmerman: When the Washington Nationals slugger hit the DL three weeks ago I blogged that a short DL stint for an abdominal strain was no big deal, and I controversially compared him to Scott Rolen in terms of a lack of durability. That feedback was interesting! Now we hear that Zimmerman's abdominal strain needs sports hernia surgery. The team says he'll miss at least another six weeks, with some reports pushing his return past the All-Star break. Look, this update doesn't exactly endear Zimmerman to fantasy owners more than the original injury. However, as a top 25-overall draft selection, someone regarded at the same level of Alex Rodriguez, you can't cut Zimmerman. Now we must hope for a 15-home run second half.

According to the Washington Post, the Nationals could move Michael Morse to third base in an effort to give outfielder Laynce Nix more playing time, but unless Morse hits that really doesn't matter much to fantasy owners. Morse has been a huge disappointment. Jerry Hairston Jr. and Alex Cora can handle third base, but they can't hit much. At this point it's difficult to call Morse, Nix or Hairston even close to fantasy relevant.

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