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Karablog: Trevor Bauer injury fallout

Trevor Bauer is going to be sidelined for a while with a leg fracture. Should you hold on to him in fantasy? Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Sometimes it sure feels like fantasy managers just cannot continue to enjoy nice things. Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer is having an amazing breakout season. He is No. 12 on the overall, full-season Player Rater and fifth among the starting pitchers -- this after entering the 2018 season with a 4.36 career ERA and 1.35 WHIP.

Bauer always seemed to possess breakout upside due to his willingness to think and explore information deeper than most to improve, his unique methods for preparation and, of course, his ability to strike hitters out. I had long speculated that Bauer was capable of a great season and now ... well, I enjoyed those 25 starts, because who knows when No. 26 will come.

Most of us probably thought little of Bauer getting struck by a Jose Abreu liner off his right leg on Saturday night, especially when the Indians did not seem particularly concerned in the days afterward. They are concerned now. Bauer suffered a small stress fracture in the fibula and likely will sit for at least a few weeks.

Ordinary right-hander