It’s Tuesday and time for another Fantasy Baseball injury report!
We have a couple returning champions to the list and a few new additions to our dubious group of hamstrung fantasy assets this week.
A couple big names got dinged over the week but luckily it appears that they avoided major problems.
I may be down three starting pitchers and lost my best closer this week in one league, but I still have Bryce Harper so as Bill Murray once said “So I got that going for me, which is nice.”
Let’s see if your crew made it through the week unscathed.
“So-Called” Fantasy Injury Report: Hitters
Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston
The all star second baseman pulled up lame after running out a ground ball on Friday and is now listed as day to day. The team says he has a minor hamstring pull and should only need a few days rest so look for him back sometime this week. As we have discussed all season hammy injuries are dangerous, particularly for players reliant on speed. Once he returns Altuve may be a little more hesitant to stretch a double or swipe a base until he gains confidence that the pull is resolved.
Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee
Originally reported as leg soreness, Gomez later mentioned that he has been wrapping his hip during games for the last couple weeks. He reportedly feels discomfort when running and the team decided to give him a few days off. He sat out three games last week but returned to the lineup Saturday. Then, he got scratched from the lineup last night. This is another frustrating issue for Gomez owners as he can’t seem to stay healthy. He is day to day for now but if he misses more games a DL stint could be coming. While it is nice of him to try to play through for all of us fantasy owners I would actually prefer he take a seat, rest, and get some treatment so that he is 100% when he is playing. I’m benching him until he can show me he can start a week straight without issues.
Matt Holliday, OF, St. Louis
The Cardinals outfielder hit the 15-day DL June 9th with a grade 2 strain of his right quadriceps muscle. The injury occurred while Holiday was attempting to field a fly ball when he tripped and had to leave the game. This is a moderate injury and there is no timetable for return right now. The team is planning on sitting him for the 15 days then reevaluate going forward. I think it’s safe to say Holiday is out at least through the beginning of July unless he heals faster than expected.
Hunter Pence, OF, San Francisco
Welcome back to the list Mr. Pence. He was mentioned here last week but since then has been officially placed on the 15-day DL with his tendonitis. This is in the same area that his break occurred in earlier this spring and could be related. At this point there is no word on when he will be back, but he will be eligible on June 18th.
Bryce Harper, OF, Washington
Calm down, he’s ok. Harper took a pitch to his knee on Saturday and took the day off Sunday. He is day to day for now and was back in the lineup last night. After looking like an MVP candidate to this point a return to injury problems would be a huge disappointment to Harper owners so let’s hope he shakes this off.
Mookie Betts, OF, Boston
Mookie had a run in with the outfield wall Friday night and has needed a couple days to catch his breath. He avoided major injury and should be fine later this week.
Zack Cozart, SS, Cincinnati
Cozart tore up his right knee last week and is headed for surgery to repair the damage. He won’t be seen on the field until 2016 so if you are rostering him go ahead and drop him now.
“So-Called” Fantasy Injury Report: Pitchers
Pat Venditte, RP, Oakland
He doesn’t really have much fantasy relevance outside of holds leagues, but everyone is asking about the ambidextrous pitcher so here’s your update. He strained his right shoulder and is going to be out at least a few weeks. And no, he can’t just use the other arm if he wants to keep his mechanics intact. It is pretty cool to see him pitch so hopefully he comes back by the end of the month just for entertainment.
Sean Doolittle, RP, Oakland
Doolittle was transferred over to the 60-day DL last week and now won’t be back until the end of July at the earliest. This is looking like a lost season for Doolittle at this point and I would feel comfortable dropping him in any league that does not have a very deep disabled list.
Lance Lynn, SP, St. Louis
Lynn will take the next two weeks off with a right forearm strain. The Cardinals are hoping he is able to return on or around June 23rd, as soon as he is eligible to come off the DL. From the sound of how this is being handled it sounds minor and almost more precautionary than anything. He will miss a couple starts but should be ready to go after that as long as his arm calms down.
Andrew Miller, RP, NY Yankees
After looking like an elite closer to start the year the injury bug bit Miller. He’s expected to miss the next month with a forearm strain which opens the door for Dellin Betances. If he is somehow available in your league stop reading this and pick him up immediately.
By the time Miller returns, Betances might have stolen the job that Miller stole from him during the spring.