Carlos Gonzalez is one of the most productive players a fantasy owner can draft for any format you play in. The problem has been for Cargo and continues to be his inability to stay healthy and on the field. When he was not on the disabled list this season, Gonzalez batted .302 with 26 home runs and 70 RBI in 109 games played. But he has been dealing with a right middle finger injury for months and the Rockies outfielder announced this weekend that he won’t swing another bat this year. Gonzalez will travel to Cleveland this week to visit another hand specialist and if surgery is recommended, which is what an Arizona hand specialist already recommended, Cargo will have the surgery. Fantasy owners that were hoping to get Cargo back for the final 14 days of the season can only wave good-bye to one of the most productive offensive players in the game.
The New York Yankees needed to save Derek Jeter from himself and they did that on Wednesday when they placed him on the 15-day disabled list as he continues to deal with a surgically repaired ankle. Jeter, 39-years old, played in just 17 games this year as he was never able to completely heal that ankle. The Yankees will try to sneak into the playoffs with Brendan Ryan and Eduardo Nunez at shortstop. Fantasy owners should not even consider Ryan, but Nunez can provide some offensive production. Nunez will likely take a backseat to Ryan's defensive ability in the final 14 games. The bottom line is that even in AL-only leagues, the Yankees shortstop situation should be avoided at all cost. The question now becomes is Jeter done for 2013 or his career? There is no doubt that Jeter will do everything is his ability to be ready for spring training in March, but his ankle will dictate whether or not his Hall-of-Fame career is over.