I am happy to say again this week we limped through without adding any big names to the “lost for the season” section of the injury list. Little nicks, bruises, and trapezius strains keep the fantasy baseball owner on his or her feet though by this time of year.
For example one of my team’s opening day SP rotations consisted of Stephen Strasburg, Gerrit Cole, Jake Odorizzi, Garrett Richards, Carlos Martinez, and Mike Fiers. While it could be worse I’m scrambling a little to get my innings and have had bumps in the road. I’m looking at you Mike Fiers…
Still, with some injuries occurring depth helps and you weather the storm. Keep an eye on your depth as we move into the middle part of the season.
Don’t forget that you never know when picking up Noah Syndergaard a couple weeks back will pay off for you. Even if you feel like your starters are in good shape monitor your waiver wire, keep an open mind concerning trades, and load your bench just in case.
Let’s see what we have this week for injury developments.
“So-Called” Fantasy Injury Report: Hitters
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, Toronto
The Blue Jays first baseman aggravated a sore shoulder during a swing over the weekend and had to get a cortisone shot. While this will hopefully help eventually, the injection site is generally sore for a couple days afterword. He was out of the lineup Sunday and Monday but should be back once the soreness subsides.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, LA Dodgers
Minor knee soreness kept Kendrick out the Dodgers lineup last week, but he has avoided the DL and was back in the lineup last night. Keep an eye on him to make sure he doesn’t have another flare up, but he should be good to go now.
Justin Turner, 3B, LA Dodgers
Turner took a ball hard off his knee last night. I happened to be watching this game and it looked like the foul ball went directly off his knee cap. After the trainers took a look he tried to play through but was removed after fielding a ground ball in the top of the next inning. X-rays came back negative Monday night and he was diagnosed with a knee contusion, more commonly called a bruise. All you Alex Guerrero owners out there should pay attention to this situation. If Turner were to miss games maybe Guerrero has bought himself some more routine playing time.
Hunter Pence, OF, San Francisco
The Giants are playing it safe with Pence. He is experiencing tendinitis in his left wrist near where he broke his arm earlier this year. He should be back this week if the wrist loosens up so he’s day to day for now.
Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland
Brantley is still troubled by his back and sat out Sunday. This is a lingering issue and might force him out of the lineup sporadically but he should return today or tomorrow.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NY Mets
A quad strain will sideline Murphy for some time going forward. There is no timetable yet but the preliminary reports are saying maybe a month is realistic for the Mets infielder. The team was already reeling after David Wright’s diagnosis with stenosis, this is just what they didn’t need. Just like the Mets you are going to need an alternate plan if you own Murphy.
Travis d’Arnaud, C, NY Mets
Last week we got Matt Wieters and Jonathon Lucroy back. This week it looks like it will be d’Arnaud. He’s been on the mend with a broken finger but is playing in the minors and should return to the Mets any day. Too bad he can’t play second or third base…
Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh
McCutchen tweaked his bothersome knee on Sunday and took Monday off. He is day to day but is not expected to miss much time or land on the DL. He has made up for his early season struggles hitting .330 in May so let’s hope he steps right back in to the sort of production after a couple days rest.
Wil Myers, OF, San Diego
Myers went 2-for-5 in his first rehab game Sunday and looked good. I would speculate that he rejoins the Padres by the end of this week.
Josh Hamilton, OF, Texas
Hamilton looked rejuvenated for the handful of games he played for the Rangers. Unfortunately injury got in the way once again for the up and down outfielder. He has acquired a moderate or grade II strain of his hamstring and will miss at least a month while he heals up. Expect to see him back in early to middle July if his rehab goes as planned.
Marlon Byrd, OF, Cincinnati
Byrd is the latest hitter to try to hit a pitch with his wrist and each time it seems the wrist loses. For now Byrd waits in a cast to be reevaluated in another week before a timetable is set for his return. This is looking like a month minimum and I’m guessing probably longer. Byrd was only hitting .212 so at least he can’t hurt your average while nursing his injury.
“So-Called” Fantasy Injury Report: Pitchers
Jake Odorizzi, SP, Tampa Bay
Do you ever wonder if the Rays sold their soul for good pitching? If that is true, then the bill came due this year. Odorizzi is the latest Ray to pay and pulled an oblique muscle during last Friday’s start. He is listed as day to day for now. He is going to miss his start this week at the least and possibly additional time depending on what results from some testing done yesterday show.
Justin Verlander, SP, Detroit
I know you have been holding out hope that Verlander is going to save your pitching staff once he returns. Oh wait, this isn’t 2011, never mind. Either way, it is looking like he will make his season debut for the Tigers this weekend. Don’t expect vintage Verlander but if you held him for some reason all this time, trot him out proudly.
Did your Fantasy players successfully avoid the “So-Called” Fantasy Injury Report this week!?!