Avoid starting pitchers fresh off DL

Even best arms need adjustment period after returning from injury

Updated: June 14, 2011, 2:18 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Wandy Rodriguez spoiled us.

Six shutout innings in his return start from the disabled list on Monday had to represent his best possible outcome: a 69 game score that ranked in the 86th percentile among all starts by any pitcher in 2011. He was a clear "start" in fantasy, as my suggestion of using him merely in NL-only leagues fell a bit short.

In two words: I'm sorry. I got this one wrong.

But just because I was wrong about one fresh-off-the-DL starter ...

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