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Injury scares take some of the fun out of opening day

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Injury scares take some of the fun out of opening day

Fantasy owners with shares of Hanley Ramirez are enjoying life one day into the MLB regular season. Those who are counting on Ryan Braun to return to MVP form … not so much. The Milwaukee Brewers outfielder, who spent the offseason recovering from thumb surgery, exited Monday’s season opener with an abdominal injury that could sideline him for an extended period of time.

Fourth outfielder Gerardo Parra, who was supposed to be seeing some time at first base against lefties, will move into the starting lineup should Braun be sidelined. (The Brewers are at home vs. Colorado tonight.) Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura left his opening day start after allowing just one run in six innings. The first thought running through everyone’s mind was a potential elbow injury, especially for a pitcher who throws as hard as Ventura does. Fortunately, it turned out to be a thumb cramp and Ventura is expected to make his next start.

Finally, New York Mets closer Jenrry Mejia warmed up for a save situation in Washington, but felt soreness in his elbow and never entered the game. Veteran Buddy Carlyle, 37, came in to get the final two outs for his first career save.

It’s no secret that in daily fantasy baseball contests such as FantasyScore, starting pitchers are the key to victory. And of the eight games on tap Tuesday, Greinke is by far the best bet. Even as the most expensive starter on the board, the Dodgers right-hander will make it worth looking for hitting bargains. The Padres lineup is stacked with right-handed hitters, who will have a difficult time with Greinke, who averaged more than a strikeout per inning last season.