Left Field Player Notes
For The Last 15 Days
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANA3/4/2015 9:45:00 PM
Description: Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton could enter a rehabilitation program for his drug abuse according to the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: A four-person panel is currently split on whether he should enter rehab. An arbitrator will join the group to break the tie. It is also possible that the league considers Hamilton a fourth-time offender, which would mean a year-long suspension. New commissioner Rob Manfred, however, will ultimately make that decision. To say there is major risk in drafting Hamilton for your fantasy team this season seems to be the understatement of the year.
Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL3/2/2015 12:58:00 PM
Description: Like his Colorado teammate Troy Tulowitzki, left fielder Carlos Gonzalez (patella tendon surgery) did some base-running work on Monday, according to Nick Groke of The Denver Post.
Insight: Cargo should be ready for Opening Day. He has never played more than 145 games in a season, so fantasy owners must take that into account when selecting him.
Dustin Ackley, LF, SEA3/2/2015 12:10:00 PM
Description: Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley will be in a platoon situation with Rickie Weeks, according to Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon.
Insight: Ackley's splits against left-handers warranted the move. He batted just .212 with a .553 OPS in 151 at-bats last season versus southpaws. This will kill any long-term fantasy value.
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANA2/25/2015 5:40:00 PM
Description: The Angels are bracing for a serious penalty in reagrds to outfielder Josh Hamilton.
Insight: Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that it is "worse" than the use of performing-enhancing drugs. We do not want to speculate, but Hamilton is seemingly in a ton of trouble. Brace yourselves.
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS2/25/2015 3:30:00 PM
Description: Nationals manager Matt Williams told CSN Washington that Harper will likely hit somewhere in the middle of the lineup.
Insight: Harper mostly hit sixth last season despite his complaints. Harpes is injury prone, having missed 106 games over the last two seasons, but Williams clearly expects Harper to take his game to another level. Fantasy owners would love that.
Alex Gordon, LF, KAN2/23/2015 1:55:00 PM
Description: Royals outfielder Alex Gordon (right wrist surgery) has been cleared to threw and take 15 swings Tuesday.
Insight: Gordon underwent extensor retinaculum repair in january He's a four-time Gold Glove winner who batted .266 with 19 HR, -74 RBI, 87 runs and stole 12 bases. He's capable of more and this wrist injury, which may have happened back in July, could have been the culprit. He could be ready for Opening Day.
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANA2/20/2015 6:47:00 PM
Description: Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto told the Los Angeles Times on Friday that left fielder Josh Hamilton could miss up to 12 weeks with his shoulder injury.
Insight: Hamilton's original timetable was six-to-eight weeks, so that's quite a difference. The weird thing is Hamilton hasn't suffered a setback; Dipoto has simply just changed the prognosis. This situation just indicates that the Angels really have no idea when Hamilton will be back, and he may not return until May.

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