Monday, June 12, 2006

Lieberthal out for the season? What to do?

Have we lost our catcher for the year? Considering how much better Lieby is than the alternates, this is very bad news. The only position we're more shallow is second base.

While Sal has been an adequate replacement so far this year, it's hard to believe that a Fasano/Ruiz platoon is going to take us to postseason.

Tom G pointed out that not everyone has a subscription to BP. I've stated before why I generally don't post the entire article to a subscription site, but anyway the pertinent quote is this:

A hip problem for a catcher is about as bad as it gets. The Phillies are getting to see what next year looks like, when they’ll almost assuredly begin life without Mike
. The team is without a de facto #1, mixing and matching a series of backup catchers in and getting some production. Lieberthal is headed for an MRI to see exactly what’s going on inside his damaged left hip. The injury is more severe than the strain that the team has acknowledged, leading some to question if it could be career-threatening. This injury is clearly related to the leg and knee problems that have plagued Lieberthal this season (and hindered him over most of his career). Like the Phillies, fantasy teams relying on Lieberthal need to be looking at other options.


At 1:57 PM, Anonymous Tom G said...

Holy crap. I wish you had never showed us what it said.


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