The Los Angeles Dodgers were dealt a big blow recently, as ace pitcher and Cy Young hopeful Hyun-Jin Ryu was placed on the 10-Day IL with neck soreness.
It's uncertain how long Ryu will be out, as the Dodgers are known to get creative with their IL spots, but at the very least, owners will need to find a replacement for the upcoming fantasy baseball week.
Here are three names to consider for Week 18, and possibly beyond if Ryu's neck injury lingers.
3. Dustin May, Los Angeles Dodgers
One of the more obvious replacements for Ryu may be the very same pitcher who replaced him in the Dodgers' rotation, rookie Dustin May. Making his MLB debut against the Padres on August 2, May mostly held his own, allowing three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. It's uncertain how long he'll be up, depending on the health of Ryu and Ross Stripling, but May is the Dodgers' best pitching prospect and offers high upside if he can somehow stick in the rotation for the stretch run. For the upcoming week, he should draw a favorable home start against the Cardinals.
2. Aaron Civale, Cleveland Indians
Aaron Civale is another prospect getting a crack at the big league rotation due to a teammate's injury, as the Cleveland Indians rookie will be replacing Danny Salazar who hit the IL with a groin injury. Civale is slated for an August 5 home start against the Rangers, and could pitch at the Twins later in the week. He may be in the rotation for good, depending on Salazar's health, as the rotation is in flux following the Trevor Bauer trade. Civale pitched great in one previous big league start this season, throwing six innings of shutout ball in a win against Detroit.
1. Dylan Cease, Chicago White Sox
After a rough four-start introduction to the big leagues, White Sox rookie Dylan Cease rebounded in his fifth turn against the Mets this past week, lasting seven innings and surrendering three earned runs. Cease is one of the best pitching prospects in baseball, and is currently averaging nearly a strikeout per inning. He will need to build off his solid outing to be worth rostering, but does draw a strong two-start week at Detroit and home against Oakland. Cease is an intriguing upside play for the remainder of the fantasy season.
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