Lester To DL, Possible Replacements

Jon Lester is heading to the disabled list with a lower lat strain suffered Tuesday night against the Blue Jays.

Analysis: We do not yet have a clear time table on Lester’s return but one thing is certain- there are huge holes on fantasy squads nationwide as a result of the injury. If you feel like riding a hot streak you may want to pick up Phillie starter Vance Worley. In just eight starts this year Worley is 4-1 with a 2.22 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Worley isn’t this talented, his FIP suggests a regression but his slider is the truth. Worley will make his next start the first game after the All-Star break against the New York Mets. San Diego starter Tim Stauffer is on a hot streak of his own and certainly merits a mention. Stauffer hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in his last six starts while winning three games in that span. Add in the Petco park factor and he is a pitcher on the rise. The veteran righty is finally putting it all together and his walk rate just keeps dropping(2.09BB/9). Stauffer’s FIP is just a shade over three so he is the real deal this year. Stauffer is scheduled to make his next start Sunday against the Dodgers.