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First I must apologize to all Cole Hamels owners. I traded for him in a league in which I’ve already lost Stephen Strasburg and Jake Odorizzi and the next day he was scratched from his scheduled start.

This is clearly an example of my trade somehow impacting his hamstring. So, again, I am sorry for gifting you with a lump of Cole and forcing him to miss a start for you. Luckily it looks like he’s good to go this week.

While I am not sure of the mechanism I am sure that in both Fantasy Baseball and Football, that whenever I acquire a player in trade their risk of injury immediately rises at least an order of magnitude. Has anyone else noticed this phenomenon with their teams?

We add some players with minor bumps and bruises that I did not actually trade for this week to the injury list.  I’m glad to see that most of the new additions are suffering from day-to-day sorts of issues and should return to your starting lineups in the near future.

Cross your fingers and let’s dig into this week’s injury report.

“So-Called” Fantasy Injury Report: Hitters

Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta

After playing in 243 consecutive games Freeman has been out the last four games for the Braves with a bothersome wrist. He received a cortisone shot last Wednesday but that didn’t help so he went for an MRI yesterday. While the results have not been released as I write this, Freeman didn’t travel with the team for their series with the Nationals. Expect him to be out at least through the beginning of this week, and a DL stint is likely at this point.

Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee

Gomez has been day-to-day for most of June with hip and groin issues. The Brewers think he might be back in the lineup as early as today, but I am taking a wait and see approach in leagues that set lineups weekly. I want to see him play in a few games before I throw him back in with my starters.

Dexter Fowler, OF, Chicago Cubs

Fowler sprained his ankle last night and left the Cubs game early. You will need to check today for an update on his status.

Nori Aoki, OF, San Francisco

The Giant’s lead-off hitter got plunked with a pitch in the ankle and has sat out the last couple days. He’s day-to-day for now with no word on when he will slot back into the lineup. There have been no indications that this is anything more than a bruise so we should see a return sooner than later.

Hunter Pence, OF, San Francisco

Don’t plan on the outfielder contributing any time soon for your club. He was shut down last week and has a splint back on his wrist to encourage his tendonitis to calm down. Once the wrist cooperates Pence will be able to start swinging a bat again but he is probably weeks away from getting back into games.

Travis d’Arnaud, C, NY Mets

d’Arnaud got his arm bent backwards while covering the plate Saturday and sat out Sunday. This hyperextension is minor though and he should be back in the Met’s lineup today.

Wil Myers, OF, San Diego

After thinking this would be short-lived in the beginning, Myers time on the DL will now be substantial after he required surgery on his left wrist to remove bone spurs. He will need until at least mid-August to recover and get back on the field.

Pablo Sandoval, 3B, Boston

At least he wasn’t liking pictures on Instagram Saturday night. Instead he sprained an ankle actually playing the game and will miss a few tilts. It looks like he will avoid the DL, but keep an eye on the Sox starters until he shows up on the card again.

Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati

Finally, the pain is over. Mesoraco is headed for surgery and the Reds have given up on him for the year. Drop him.

Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado

A sprained hand has sidelined Carlos but X-rays were negative. He’s day to day and should return any time as long as the soreness dissipates from the hand.

“So-Called” Fantasy Injury Report: Pitchers

Jered Weaver, SP, LA Angels

The Angel’s slow-ball hurler has been dealing with hip soreness during the last month or so and has been moved to the 15-day DL to rest it. There is no timeframe set for his return as of now. Even when healthy he isn’t going to contribute significantly to your Fantasy team so look for a better option on the waiver wire.

Jose Fernandez, SP, Miami

One of baseball’s most talented pitchers is set to return from Tommy John surgery on the second day of July . Fernandez is likely already owned in your league but if not, this is the guy to drop Jered Weaver for, see above. Expect the Marlins to ease him back in, but at long last the wait is coming to an end.

Cole Hamels, SP, Philadelphia

Hamels tweaked a hamstring and missed one turn in the rotation last week. Luckily this was a minor pull and he is on track to make his next start tomorrow. The trade watch is still on for the top pitcher on the market.

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