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Monday Morning Manager: Bad news for Wilson, Ellsbury

By April 16, 2012

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Two more big names are going to probably miss big chunks of the season.

If you have Brian Wilson on your fantasy team, it's time to cut your losses. The Giants closer, a lock-down reliever in San Francisco's title run in 2010, is probably out for the season. Wilson, 30, likely needs Tommy John ligament transplant surgery, the second one of his career.

If you have Jacoby Ellsbury, stash him on your DL (if your league has one). The Red Sox center fielder might be finished until the All-Star break -- or best case, sometime in June -- after separating his shoulder on a slide Friday. Ellsbury was second in the AL MVP voting last season.

More hits and errors in this week's Monday Morning Manager:

WHO'S HOT

David Ortiz, Red Sox: Not known as a fast starter, Ortiz is 16 for 36 (.444) this season and had hits in seven consecutive at-bats this weekend against the Rays.

Matt Kemp, Dodgers: He got a big contract in the offseason and isn't playing like he feels entitled. He's hitting .487 with six homers and an incredible 16 RBI in the season's first nine games. MVP-caliber numbers and then some. His OPS is an obscene 1.549.

Javy Guerra, Dodgers: Looking for a darkhorse fantasy closer? He won't be available for long, if he's not picked up already. Guerra has given up one hit, no runs and has five saves in the season's first nine games.

WHO'S NOT

Heath Bell, Marlins: Changing coasts hasn't worked out so well yet. He's given up six runs, four earned, in three innings, with an ERA of 12.00. He's blown two saves already.

Tim Lincecum, Giants: The two-time Cy Young winner has a 12.91 ERA in two starts, and his line from April 11 against the Rockies seems almost inconceivable for him: 2 1/3 innings, eight hits, six runs, all earned.

J.P. Arencibia, Blue Jays: If he's your starting fantasy catcher, our apologies. He's 2 for 28 (.071) with 12 strikeouts, and 1 for 16 in the last seven games.

TOP 5

1. Detroit Tigers (6-3, last week No. 1)

2. Texas Rangers (8-2, last week NR)

3. Los Angeles Dodgers (9-1, last week NR)

4. New York Yankees (5-4, last week No. 5)

5. St. Louis Cardinals (7-3, last week NR)

BOTTOM 5

26. Kansas City Royals (3-6, last week NR)

27. Pittsburgh Pirates (3-6, last week NR)

28. Chicago Cubs (3-7, last week No. 28)

29. San Diego Padres (2-8,  last week No. 29)

30. Minnesota Twins (2-7, last week No. 30)

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