Who replaces injured Drew, Gomez?

Updated: July 21, 2011, 11:40 AM ET
By Eric Karabell
Wow, Wednesday night was hardly a good one for the No. 2 hitters in the Milwaukee Brewers-Arizona Diamondbacks game, as outfielder Carlos Gomez (broken clavicle) and shortstop Stephen Drew (fractured ankle) both left with significant injuries. While Gomez is barely owned in ESPN standard (10-team) leagues despite his 15 stolen bases -- the guy is just not a good hitter, and he was a reserve for the Brewers -- Drew's absence will certainly have a bigger impact in the fantasy (and real) world. Journeyman Willie Bloomquist likely will replace Drew, and while he can steal a base, he's not Drew's equal as a hitter.

Then again, Drew wasn't exactly helping fantasy owners as much as they might think. I'd never call an injury a good thing, but Drew's owners might not have noticed what was going on, either. There are 11 shortstops owned in 100 percent of ESPN leagues, and three others owned in 96.7 percent or more of them. Drew isn't one of them. In fact, his below-average play over the past 30 days had made him fantasy's most-dropped shortstop. Over his past 80 at-bats, Drew is hitting .175 with one home run, no stolen bases and only five runs scored. I ranked Drew comfortably in my shortstop top 10 prior to the season, but the way he was hitting … I can't really disagree that J.J. Hardy, Yunel Escobar and even -- yikes! -- Emilio Bonifacio, with his 14 stolen bases over a month's time, have become more valuable. So should Bloomquist.