Here we are one week into spring training and we’ve already got a broken wrist and a visit to Dr. Andrews in two players that looked draft worthy in most leagues. In this week’s injury report we’ll take a look at these situations and other developments from the last week.
It’s easy at this time of the year to overload on every muscle tweak or Panda belly, but much of this is just noise and shouldn’t affect draft position. With all the attention focused on every little detail, we’ll need to figure out which stories are empty and which could hint at something bigger.
Take A.J. Pollock’s sore arm for example. The internet was full of reporting on Pollock and speculation on how mundane or serious this could be once it hit the media. Upon closer inspection though it looks like Pollock was just a little sore and took a few days off. While some may get spooked, let them and then take advantage. I still want last year’s breakout player as a second round option this year.
On the other hand, the clues we are getting on Carter Capps are much more concerning. See below for details on his current troubles.
With this in mind let’s take a look at this week’s injury report!
Spring Training Injury Report: March 8
Fantasy Baseball Injuries
|Evan Gattis||DH||Houston Astros||February hernia surgery; Questionable for opening day|
|Stephen Vogt||C||Oakland Athletics||January elbow surgery; Probable for opening day|
|Yadier Molina||C||St. Louis Cardinals||December thumb surgery; Possible for opening day|
|Greg Bird||1B||New York Yankees||Surgery for torn labrum, Out for 2016 season|
|Albert Pujols||1B||LA Angels||November foot surgery; Probable for opening day|
|Devon Travis||2B||Toronto Blue Jays||November shoulder surgery; Expected to return in May/June|
|Jhonny Peralta||SS||St. Louis Cardinals||Ligament tear in thumb; out 2-3 months|
|Jung Ho Kang||3B||Pittsburgh Pirates||September knee surgery; Return in April/May|
|Michael Brantley||OF||Cleveland Indians||November shoulder surgery; Return likely in late April/ early May|
|Ryan Braun||OF||Milwaukee Brewers||October back surgery; Probable for opening day|
|Jarrod Dyson||OF||Kansas City Royals||Grade 2 oblique strain; return possible in late April|
|Cameron Maybin||OF||Detroit Tigers||Broken wrist; return possible in mid-April|
|Josh Hamilton||OF||Texas Rangers||October knee surgery; Will begin season on DL, possible return in May|
|Hyun-Jin Ryu||SP||LA Dodgers||Shoulder surgery in May 2015; Possible return in May|
|Brett Anderson||SP||LA Dodgers||Bulging disk in back requiring surgery; return in June/July|
|C.J. Wilson||SP||LA Angels||Shoulder tendinitis; Questionable for opening day|
|Zack Wheeler||SP||NY Mets||Tommy John surgery in March 2015; Return likely in July|
|Henderson Alvarez||SP||Oakland Athletics||Shoulder surgery in July 2015; expected return in May/June|
|Yu Darvish||SP||Texas Rangers||March 2015 Tommy John surgery; Return likely in May|
|Alex Cobb||SP||Tampa Bay Rays||Tommy John surgery in May 2015; return likely in August|
|Homer Bailey||SP||Cincinnati Reds||Tommy John surgery in May 2015; return possible in June|
|John Lamb||SP||Cincinnati Reds||Underwent back surgery in December; return possible in mid-April|
|Masahiro Tanaka||SP||New York Yankees||Elbow surgery in October 2015; Possible for opening day|
|Carter Capps||RP||Miami Marlins||Elbow discomfort; MRI completed and meeting with Dr. Andrews|
Injury Report: Offensive Players
Jhonny Peralta, SS, St. Louis Cardinals
In a surprising loss for the Cardinals, Peralta left Florida Monday to return to St. Louis so that team doctors could examine what is thought to be a ligament tear in his thumb. This is a blow to the Cardinals and Fantasy owners alike.
It’s possible that the Cardinals could try out Jedd Gyorko at short, but they ideally want him sharing time at second base. Remember the name Aledmys Diaz here. The Cardinal’s prospect has been coming on recently and could get a shot at the everyday job if he can flash during the rest of Spring Training.
Jarrod Dyson, OF, Kansas City Royals
Dyson was a little bit of a sleeper headed into the season this year. Signs were pointing to him getting the heavy side of the platoon work in right field for the Royals and maybe more. Hype was beginning to build about how many steals he could rack up with a full season’s at-bats.
Well, we will have to wait a little while longer to see. Dyson injured himself on his very first at-bat of the spring and will be headed to the DL. He’s been diagnosed with a grade two oblique strain and is expected to miss about six weeks, putting him back in action sometime in mid-to-late April.
Because of the upside for steals, Dyson is still someone to target in drafts, just make sure you keep in mind he’ll be on the shelf for the first few weeks. He’s a late round source of steals in most formats, so don’t pay more than that.
Cameron Maybin, OF, Detroit Tigers
Maybin took a Luis Severino pitch off his left wrist on Wednesday. After being taken out of the game as a precaution, it was somewhat surprising that tests revealed a break in the wrist. This sort of injury carries a 4-6 week timetable and the hope is that Maybin is back before the end of April.
While Maybin was also getting some hype this spring, broken wrist or not, he’s still likely on the short side of a platoon for the Tigers. I’ll take Jarrod Dyson and his upside this year over Maybin at this point, but someone is still going to spend a pick and likely overdraft Maybin.
Injury Report: Pitchers
Brett Anderson, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Anderson has put in 175-plus innings now just twice in his career. You can safely add 2016 to the list of injury shortened seasons for the Dodgers hurler.
He’ll now be headed in for arthroscopic surgery on a bulging disk that will sideline him for 3-5 months. This is actually the same disk he had work done on two years ago.
He could optimistically be back around the All-Star break, but I’m not going to stay optimistic here. Worst case scenario is that he could already be done for the year. This makes Anderson virtually undraftable in most redraft leagues in my book. If he does make it back, he could be a waiver add down the road if you are desperate for pitching help.
Carter Capps, RP, Miami Marlins
In the most concerning development of the week the potential closer, the Marlins noticed a pinch in his forearm while throwing batting practice last week. Remember Capps was shut down for the last two months last season and also had similar issues back in 2014.
It’s too bad since Capps and his funky delivery resulted in a K/9 rate of 16.8 last year, besting even Aroldis Chapman. He could potentially be one of the most dominant relievers in the game if his elbow would behave. He’ll be visiting the dreaded Dr. James Andrews this week which often precedes the decision for Tommy John surgery.
On a bright note, Capps did see Dr. Andrews in 2014 as well and was recommended to rest and avoid surgery. Either way it looks like a long layoff may be in store for the young reliever and it would be best to avoid him on draft day. A.J. Ramos, on the other hand, gets a solid boost on draft boards since the closer role now looks to be his.
There will certainly be more to come as arms get warmed up and guys stretch out in Florida and Arizona. Keep checking back with So-Called Fantasy Experts to get the latest each week on our injury report!