clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Orioles in fantasy baseball and who represents an injury risk

New, 1 comment

Although real baseball is still about a month away, fantasy baseball is back and you fantasy GMs out there better start preparing for the draft, especially if you want to get some Orioles on your team.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

One more month. I can wait one more month. Right? I mean how hard could that be. Yes, there may still be 4 feet of snow on the lawn outside my apartment, but baseball is back...even if it is just fantasy baseball.

Although I won't be playing fantasy baseball this year, I can still remember the days where I would spend hours and hours researching players before the draft. Maybe I was just weird, but I wanted to know every piece of relevant information about a player before I drafted him, including his injury history. Generally it wasn't too hard to find out if a guy had an injury last year, but to have a detailed injury history I always had to have multiple websites open during the draft. Anyone who plays fantasy sports knows how hectic the draft is and having a cheat sheet is always helpful. So, consider this the official fantasy baseball injury cheat sheet for Orioles players.

Note: Only the top 5 Orioles fantasy players are covered in the post. Rankings are based on ESPN's Top 300

Adam Jones

Trips to the 60 day DL: 1 (Left ankle sprain in 2009)

Trips to the 15 day DL: 1 (Left foot fracture in 2008)

Seasons with greater than 140 games played: 5 (2010-2014)

Bottom line: Aside from a few injuries in 2008 and 2009, Jones appears to very durable.

Chris Davis

Trips to the 60 day DL: 0

Trips to the 15 day DL: 2 (Right shoulder strain in 2011; Left oblique strain 2014)

Seasons with at least 140 games played: 1 (2013)

Bottom line: Although Davis struggled through a left oblique strain last year, he has spent very little time during his career on the DL.

Manny Machdao

Trips to the 60 day DL: 3 (Right patellar dislocation 2011; Left patellar dislocation 2013; Right patellar dislocation 2014)

Trips to the 15 day DL: 1 (Recovering from surgery 2014)

Seasons with at least 140 games played: 1 (2013)

Bottom line: Machado has had a lot of knee injuries early in his career, but there is still hope that he can be a durable every day player. While Machado may be a bit of risk due to his injury history, he also has tons of upside.

Zach Britton

Trips to the 60 day DL: 1 (Left shoulder impingement 2012)

Trips to the 15 day DL: 1 (Left shoulder strain 2011)

Seasons with at least 60 relief appearances: 1 (2014)

Bottom line: Britton transitioned very nicely into the closer's role and hasn't spent a day on the DL since becoming a reliever.

Matt Wieters

Trips to the 60 day DL: 1 (Tommy John surgery 2014) 

Trips to the 15 day DL: 1 (Right hamstring strain in 2010)

Seasons with at least 140 games played: 2 (2012-2013)

Bottom line: Despite being sidelined after Tommy John surgery last year, Wieters is another Oriole who has spent his career relatively healthy and available on a regular basis.

Good luck to everyone playing fantasy baseball this year and hopefully there will be nothing new to add to this post next season.