After a number of pitchers took come back hits earlier this year, it seems like last week the sequel arrived, “Revenge of the Pitchers.”
Many Fantasy Baseball squads got rocked as player after player went down with the phrase “hit by pitch” attached. You would have thought we would get a break after the loss of Giancarlo Stanton, but no such mercy was given.
I’m wondering if baseball might install some sort of chain link fence in front of the batter’s box or move to whiffle balls to correct the issue.
With all the injuries stacking up this week, it might be time to again take a look at our weekly waiver wire article to fill in the gaps and add some depth during these difficult times.
Until we get those rules adjustments, we’ve got plenty of names on the Fantasy injury report to go over, so let’s get to it!
“So Called” Injury Report
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit Tigers
Another first rounder unfortunately bites the dust. Miggy pulled up lame running to second on Friday night and was later diagnosed with a grade three strain of his calf muscle. This is the most severe of the strains and involves a complete tear or rupture of the muscle. This is a serious injury and the six week time frame that is floating around seems awfully rosy to me. Even if it is just six weeks, that puts us to mid-August, which is not what you wanted to hear.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Los Angeles Dodgers
Gonzalez got nailed by a pitch in the wrist, which will seem to be a theme this week. He didn’t even get an x-ray and vowed to return on Monday, which he did.
Jonathan Schoop, 2B, Baltimore Orioles
Remember this guy? It’s been 11 weeks since we saw him playing ball, but he made his return Sunday from a knee injury and homered in his first at-bat. He won’t win your trophy for you, but he’s a second baseman with a little pop, something not readily available in most leagues. He’s worth a look if you have the need.
Josh Harrison, 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates
After sliding into a base awkwardly on Sunday, Harrison will miss the next six weeks with torn ligaments in his left thumb. The Pirates third baseman had started to heat up after a very slow start, but will now sit out until mid to late August with this issue and is barely holding a pulse for this year’s Fantasy owners. You can try to keep him for now, but his Fantasy impact will be minimal, at best, looking at the rest of the season.
George Springer, OF, Houston Astros
Springer makes his second appearance with us, although his stay will be longer this time around. He fractured his wrist by taking a pitch off it and will miss the next month and a half, at least. Springer elected to avoid surgery and let it heal naturally following consultation with his doctor. There is still a chance he might need to go under the knife, but the team is hopeful this option gets him back to playing the quickest. Still, the leaves may be changing colors by the time he hits his next home run.
Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
Gomez was hurt by another pitch to the wrist, although he ended up more fortunate than Springer by avoiding a break. He was back in the starting lineup on Monday. He’s dealt with plenty of other injuries this season, so I think it is someone else’s turn.
Starling Marte, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
In a double whammy, the Pirates lost Marte in the same game as Harrison. He left in the fourth inning after experiencing discomfort in his left side. He was absent yesterday from the Buccos lineup as well. This sounds suspiciously like an oblique strain, which can take some time to heal. Look for an update on his status today.
Lorenzo Cain, OF, Kansas City Royals
Cain re-aggravated a hamstring injury Sunday and was missing from the Royals lineup Monday. It appears that as of now, he will just be out a few games, but keep an eye on this for developments.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, New York Yankees
Ellsbury is scheduled to return to the Yanks in time to battle the Red Sox this weekend. He’s missed half the season and who knows how long before his next injury … start him while you can.
Sonny Gray, SP, Oakland Athletics
Gray let a little vomiting and diarrhea sideline him last week while suffering from Salmonella. I’m actually kind of glad he didn’t try to pitch through that. It could have been ugly. He was able to make his scheduled start on Tuesday.
Jaime Garcia, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
The groin hasn’t loosened up since last week the way the Cardinals had hoped and Garcia has been placed on the 15-day DL. Talent is not an issue for Garcia, but staying healthy is the problem. Expect him to attempt a return in late July.
Tim Lincecum, SP, San Francisco Giants
After being hit in the arm by a come backer, Lincecum hit the DL. He’s got a contusion on his right arm and could be back shortly after the All-Star break.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington Nationals
Well, you got one decent start out of him. This time Strasburg heads to the DL with an oblique strain, which is too bad since he actually looked dominant after his recent return to action. There is no word on how long he will be out this time, but it’s going to be the end of July at the earliest when he pitches again. Oblique injuries can take quite a bit longer in some situations so we will have to watch his progress a little before guessing at a return date.
Aaron Harang, SP Philadelphia Phillies
Not that your Fantasy future is hinging on Harang, but he’s been placed on the 15-day DL with plantar fasciitis. If for some reason you held him after the good start, his implosion is now complete. You may feel free to drop him.
Jake Odorrizi, SP, Tampa Bay Rays
Your team’s namesake is almost back. He’s recovered from his oblique strain and is pitching in a minor league rehab assignment right now. He’s scheduled for one more start before he will rejoin the Rays, probably this weekend.
Andrew Miller, RP, New York Yankees
He’s on the verge of rejoining the team, but what will his role be?
That about covers it for this week’s Fantasy Baseball injury report. Best of luck this week as you continue your quest for Fantasy glory and the trophy!