We have some significant developments this week with the injury report.
Some players that have been struggling with lingering issues like Corey Dickerson, Devin Mesoraco, and Victor Martinez finally got shelved over the last few days while others like Anthony Rendon and Jonathan Lucroy got closer to a return.
We also have another ace reporting dreaded elbow tightness. There was a ton of action on the injury front over the last seven days so let’s get right to it.
“So-Called” Fantasy Injury Report: Hitters
Coco Crisp, OF, Oakland
After getting into the lineup for 13 games this year, Crisp returns to the disabled list. He was late to the show originally due to elbow surgery, but this time its a cervical strain that is bothering him. He dealt with disk issues in his neck last year and this looks like its related. For now Crisp will try to rest and hope for the best since disk surgery on his neck would likely end his career. There is no timetable for him and and at this point its touch and go. Don’t count on the outfielder being available any time soon and keep an eye on the situation to see what sort of treatment options Crisp decides on.
Ben Zobrist, Infielder/Outfielder, Oakland
Oakland’s swiss army knife was activated yesterday after undergoing surgery last month to clean up his knee. With all the Athletics hitting the DL right now this is one of the few bright spots as they actually take someone off the list. If you’ve held on to him you can insert him back in wherever you have a gap in your lineup.
Jose Bautista, OF, Toronto
Bautista has been bothered by his shoulder for close to a month now and has been stuck in a DH role. He got a cortisone shot Sunday and will probably miss a couple days as the soreness of the injection wears off. The team is hoping the shot allows him to move back into the outfield where the Jays have been plugging in anyone with a glove to try to fill gaps due to inefficiency and injury. Plus, with inter-league play coming, Toronto is going to want their slugger in the lineup.
Jose Reyes, SS, Toronto
Out since April 27, Reyes finally returned to the Blue Jays lineup yesterday. He’s been dealing with a cracked rib that kept him from swinging the bat full speed. I think Reyes is hands down the most often mentioned player on this list so far this season, so here’s to hoping we don’t see you back for at least a couple weeks Jose.
Devon Travis, 2B, Toronto
Travis will be eligible to return to the lineup on June 5 after suffering a shoulder injury on a bad hop by a ground ball. He had some inflammation that appears minor and is likely to be activated as soon as his 15 days are up.
Jonathan Lucroy, C, Milwaukee
Lucroy is likely headed for a rehab assignment this week. He was supposed to get an X-ray yesterday to make sure his toe has healed and then head out to get back into game shape. It’s possible he could join the Brewers in the next week or so.
Jean Segura, SS, Milwaukee
Segura’s fractured pinkie finger has also healed. He was set to get an MRI to confirm everything is fine and then meet with the team doctor yesterday. He might skip rehab and go right back to the lineup as early as Friday.
Jason Heyward, OF, St. Louis
The Cardinals outfielder noticed some tightness in his hip Friday night and sat out Saturday and Sunday. He returned to the lineup Monday so hopefully just a little rest was all that was needed. It would be nice if this break jump starts his so far disappointing season.
Matt Holiday, OF, St. Louis
Holiday sat out Sunday after taking a pitch to his left forearm Saturday. He’s fine and was back in the lineup Monday.
Jake Lamb, 3B, Arizona
Lamb is getting close and could be back to the Diamondbacks in a week or so. He was strengthening his grip around third base by hitting .363 with an OPS of 1.204 before being shut down with a bad foot in late April. Since his stress fracture things have changed in Arizona and Lamb’s return is going to ripple through the club. It’s up in the air if he and the hot hitting Yasmany Tomas will split time or whether Tomas could be forced back into an already crowded outfield. Queue the Mark Trumbo trade rumors…
Yasmani Grandal, C, LA Dodgers
Grandal had been hitting as well as any catcher in baseball over the last couple weeks but took both a backswing and a foul tip to his mask on Friday. He was put on the 7-day concussion DL Saturday and should return next week if all goes well.
Yasiel Puig, OF, LA Dodgers
The Dodgers outfielder can’t even jog yet without feeling pain in his hamstring so he’s not close. Keep him on your fantasy disabled list and don’t plan to have him back any time soon.
Austin Jackson, OF, Seattle
Jackson was activated yesterday after taking part in nine rehab games in triple-A. His sprained ankle appears to be fully healed and he should jump right back into the lineup.
Lucas Duda, 1B, NY Mets
Duda sat out Sunday with a tight hamstring but returned to the lineup yesterday. There’s no indication this is a concern at this time. We’ve seen what a hamstring can do though to Yasiel Puig, so keep an eye on Duda to make sure he doesn’t worsen things.
David Wright, 3B, NY Mets
Wright has been shut back down again with his back issue and has now been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, or a narrowing of the open space in the spine through which the nerves travel. This can put pressure on the nerves leading to tingling, numbness, and pain. Wright is hoping to rehab this and get back into games, but there is no estimate on when that could be. New York fans will remember a similar condition ended David Wilson’s career last year. Football is a much more physical sport than baseball though and Wright has at least a chance to play with this issue if its managed.
Travis d’Arnaud, C, NY Mets
The Mets catcher is set to start a rehab assignment in the next few days and possibly join the team in San Diego next week. If you have held on to d’Arnaud since April get ready to move him back to your active roster!
Anthony Rendon, 2B/3B, Washington
Rendon appears to be close to playing in real games again, so its time to get nervous that he could develop a new injury. If he is able to make it through a rehab stint he might finally join the Nationals in the next few weeks.
Jayson Werth, OF, Washington
Werth will rejoin the team this week but his bruised wrist is still healing after he was hit by a pitch. He will likely be ready to get back into games without a minor league assignment sometime in the first week of June.
J.J. Hardy, SS, Baltimore
An uncomfortable hotel bed was blamed for the sore back that led to Hardy getting pulled from the game Monday. This sounds like a transient thing and he should be in the lineup tonight.
Wil Myers, OF, San Diego
Myers has not yet swung a bat since being placed on the disabled list. He is eligible to come back on May 26, but unfortunately he’s not going to be ready. The team is just going to have to wait until his wrist calms down before getting him back into baseball activities.
Steven Souza, OF, Tampa Bay
A collision at home plate ended with Souza being both out and injured. He sprained his wrist and will get an MRI today to make sure everything is still intact. As long as it comes back clean Souza should be back in the lineup for the Rays in a few days.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, Tampa Bay
Cabrera pulled his groin on Sunday and is day to day. Expect him back at some point this week.
James Loney, 1B, Tampa Bay
What was thought to just be a sore finger turned out to be a broken one suffered while making a slide on Sunday. At first reports mentioned this keeping him out just a couple days but now that the break is confirmed he is expected to miss the next four to six weeks.
Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati
Finally! At last we have some sort of change to Mesoraco’s status. He’s been put on the 15-day DL while a decision about season ending surgery is made. It’s still possible they try to shift people around but this is sounding like a lost season for the all-star catcher.
Corey Dickerson, OF, Colorado
Dickerson’s foot finally caught up to him and he’s landed on the 15-day DL with plantar fasciitis. Injuries like this can linger so it’s not clear how long he will be sidelined as he recovers. I am concerned this could linger all year for the talented outfielder. Brandon Barnes has been called up to take his spot and has gone 8-for-13 to start for the Rockies. If he keeps hitting the team may feel more comfortable bringing Dickerson back slowly. If Barnes is available in your league he is worth a pick up as long as the bat stays hot.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado
Gonzalez was scratched from Monday’s lineup due to an illness. I know I throw up a little in my mouth when I look at his numbers this year, so maybe that’s what’s going on with Cargo. Once he comes to terms with his .206 average look for him to return to the Rockies lineup in the next couple days.
Alex Rios, OF, Kansas City
Rios started a rehab assignment yesterday in Omaha and is probably a week or two away from returning to the team. He went 0-for-5 in his first game and will need to search for his swing before he is ready to jump back into the big leagues.
Victor Martinez, DH, Detroit
Martinez made his way to the disabled list on May 19 due to inflammation in the knee he had surgery on during the offseason. He has been off so far this year and might need some time to get the knee right. There is no timetable for his return right now.
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, Minnesota
After starting the year with a .276 average the power hitter strained his hip but appears to be close to returning to the Twins. He will begin a rehab assignment this week and could start slugging homers again in the majors during the first week of June.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, NY Yankees
The good news is that Ellsbury is not going to need surgery on his injured knee. The bad news is that Joe Girardi has no idea when the lead off hitter for his club could return. Plan on at least two weeks for now, but with the potential for a substantially longer period in a worst case scenario.
“So-Called” Fantasy Injury Report: Pitchers
Sean Doolittle, RP, Oakland
Doolittle is the last of the trifecta of top closers that started the year on the disabled list to return. He’s currently on a triple-A rehab assignment where he is starting to put things together. He struck out two in a clean 1-2-3 inning last Friday and could be activated any day. I do have a little concern since he still hasn’t topped 90-mph yet but if he’s still basically in spring training we should expect to see his velocity increase as he loosens up and finds his groove.
Sonny Gray, SP, Oakland
Gray took a come backer off his ankle during Sunday’s start and had to leave the game after the fifth inning. X-rays were negative and he still got the win after throwing five shutout innings. He’s now listed with an ankle contusion, the big word for a bruise. The A’s expect him to be able to make his next start on Friday, so it looks like all is well here.
Drew Pomeranz, SP, Oakland
The hope is that Pomeranz has a short stay on the disabled list after he received a cortisone injection in his troublesome shoulder last week. He played catch yesterday and will hope to keep ramping things back up fairly quickly. Shoulders and elbows are always concerning for pitchers though so let’s hope he doesn’t have a setback.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LA Dodgers
If you were holding him for some reason as Dante once said you can go ahead and abandon all hope. He’s out for the season after electing to undergo surgery. Drop him unless you own him in a dynasty league.
Henderson Alvarez, SP, Miami
So, Henderson, when were you planning to tell us you have a 90% tear in your UCL? Alvarez dropped that bomb while preparing to make his first start back from shoulder inflammation last week. Having him on your team at this point seems sort of akin to the girl you are dating mentioning in passing that she has herpes. Then to top it off his shoulder lasted through one start before howling again. He’s back on the 15-day DL now and I’m thinking this situation might be a deal breaker for me.
Mat Latos, SP, Miami
At least you don’t have to decide whether to start Latos now, you can probably just drop him. He’s been placed on the 15-DL with inflammation in his knee and no current timetable for return. He’s hurt fantasy teams more than helped so until he shows he can provide profit stay away.
Drew Smyly, SP, Tampa Bay
In a surprising turn of events it looks like Smyly might not need shoulder surgery after all. He has elected to rehab it instead for the next eight weeks and hope his labrum tear heals on its own. The Rays are holding out hope that he might be able to make it back in time to finish out the year. On the pessimistic side if this doesn’t work he could still go under the knife and just be two months further behind in rehabbing post surgery.
Johnny Cueto, SP, Cincinnati
Uh oh… Cueto missed his start on Sunday with elbow stiffness. The Reds are hoping this is not a major problem, but if you own Cueto start crunching some Tums. The team doctor looked at Cueto Monday and initial reports are that things looked good. We should get an update hopefully today on testing and what sort of situation is going on in Cincinnati.
Danny Duffy, SP, Kansas City
Duffy has developed biceps tendinitis in his throwing arm and has been put on the 15-day DL. He had an ERA over 13 this month, so hopefully you aren’t too distraught over this move. No date has been set for a return or rehab for Duffy yet.
Now THAT was an exhaustive look at the Fantasy injury report! Hopefully, you’re players are healing and not hurting anymore.