We had a nice run avoiding big name injuries on the “So Called” Injury Report. However, this week it looks like we paid the bill.
Giancarlo Stanton, a consensus early first round pick was felled by a pitch and will miss some significant time. More on that below…
We have plenty of other updates to our Fantasy Baseball injury report this week, including some more big name players. With the All-Star game just a few weeks away, some of our borderline guys might be held back to get extra rest and return as soon as play resumes in mid-July.
You may also notice that while our early season maladies seemed to focus on pitching, the bats are hitting the shelves as we approach the midpoint of the season.
That’s enough suspense, so let’s see who made the list this week!
“So Called” Injury Report
Injury Report: Hitters
Nori Aoki, OF, San Francisco Giants
Aoki’s sporting a cast on his broken right fibula these days. Preliminary news stated he had suffered a bruise after taking a pitch to his leg June 20. However, he sat out the next game and was a late scratch June 23. He was put on the 15-day DL the following day after a slight break was revealed by MRI. He is expected to wear the cast for at least another week and then begin the process of returning to action. While this is a minor injury, it will still cost the outfielder some time and I wouldn’t expect him back until after the All-Star break. I would expect a Brandon Belt, Gregor Blanco, Justin Maxwell timeshare for now with Blanco the best bet for increased value while Aoki nurses his injury.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Miami Marlins
I knew something was up when the Stanton owner in one of my leagues, who happens to be in first place, sent an IM to all owners that simply read “No, Stanton!” Another owner sent a response that added “chuckling.” An errant pitch took out one the game’s best power hitters with a blow to his wrist. Stanton had surgery to fix the break to his hamate bone and will miss the next 4-6 weeks. He is leading the big leagues with 27 home runs at this point in the season and will certainly be a blow to Stanton owners across the Fantasy universe. This might even force the Marlins to throw in the towel for the season and get ready to sell prior to the trade deadline. For Fantasy purposes, throw him in a DL spot and hope that you can get a late season power surge when you need it.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 29, 2015
Anthony Rendon, 2B/3B, Washington Nationals
We might as well invite Rendon to our list each week for the rest of the season as he’s been on this list far too often. After a run of 18 games off the DL, here he is once again with a quad strain. He will be eligible to return just before the All-Star break, but I wouldn’t count on him back until after the break.
Josh Hamilton, OF, Texas Rangers
Hamilton (strained hamstring) is expected to be activated (June 30) after a month on the DL and slide into the center field spot. Considering center field is one of the more physical positions, it’s a little concerning given he is not 100%. So, we’ll see how this goes…
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston Red Sox
Pedroia’s hamstring is improving and he has been able to ride a stationary bike and hopes to take batting practice this week. The club still has no date set for his return, but I’m guessing we see him back right after the All-Star break.
Hanley Ramirez, SS/OF, Boston Red Sox
Add Ramirez to the list of batters hit by pitches over the last week. An MRI was negative on Hanley’s wrist and he will avoid the DL. The Red Sox are actually hopeful he might be able to return in the next few days. You will want to monitor his status this week and if the swelling goes down, expect him back sometime later this week or over the weekend.
Byron Buxton, OF, Minnesota Twins
The Twins top prospect has struggled since being called up to the bigs and now has a sprained thumb. This injury will sideline him for at least a month and the 25-30% of your FAAB budget you spent will have to wait to pay off until sometime around the beginning of August.
Injury Report: Pitcher
Jaime Garcia, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
When healthy, Garcia has looked dominating, while boasting a 1.69 ERA and a 32/7 K/BB ratio in 48 innings. The issue is he has dealt with numerous injuries, which included a shoulder injury that kept him out for most of the early season. He’s now dealing with groin cramping, which I don’t even like to type. There was concern when he skipped a bullpen session a couple days ago, but the latest word is that he should be able to make his start on July 2. If he is able to make the start, get him into your lineup.
So, how many players on your roster are currently on the DL? Feel free to tell us your horror stories in the comments section! Check back next week for my latest injury report and be sure to check back next week for the latest injury report and don’t forget to check out our other weekly columns including waiver wire advice, closer updates, and rookie watch!