We have baseball! Games are rolling now as we enter our third day of the season and with luck you’ve already got some return on the players you invested in during the draft. However, with games come nicks and bruises so it’s time again to check out our weekly injury report.
With the start of the season, players that have significant injury issues have been placed on the disabled list, which clears things up a little for us.
On the other side of the coin, players like Corey Seager, Albert Pujols, and Matt Wieters are returning to action so we’ve got a little good news to start the year. Those and others expected to see action this week have been happily removed from our dubious list.
We have also regrettably seen our first major Fantasy Baseball injury of the season in A.J. Pollock. More on that below.
Let’s check out what else is going on as we get into the SCFE weekly injury report!
Fantasy Baseball Injury Report, April 5
Fantasy Baseball Injuries
|Evan Gattis||DH||Houston Astros||February hernia surgery; Placed on 15-day DL with return possible April 10|
|Yasmani Grandal||C||Los Angeles Dodgers||Forearm strain; placed on 15-day DL with return possible April 12|
|Devon Travis||2B||Toronto Blue Jays||November shoulder surgery; Expected to return in May/June|
|Howie Kendrick||2B||Los Angeles Dodgers||Left calf strain; placed on 15-day DL with return possible April 12|
|Ruben Tejada||SS||St. Louis Cardinals||Quad strain; placed on 15-day DL with return possible in mid-April|
|Jhonny Peralta||SS||St. Louis Cardinals||Ligament tear in thumb; out 2-3 months|
|Jung Ho Kang||3B||Pittsburgh Pirates||September knee surgery; Return in April/May|
|Michael Brantley||OF||Cleveland Indians||November shoulder surgery; Placed on 15-day DL with return likely in mid-April|
|Lonnie Chisenhall||OF||Cleveland Indians||Wrist impingement; Placed on 15-day DL with possible return April 12|
|A.J. Pollock||OF||Arizona Diamondbacks||Broken elbow; surgery required, will miss most if not all of 2016 season|
|Rymer Liriano||OF||Milwaukee Brewers||Facial fractures after hit by pitch; Placed on 60-day DL after surgery, return possible in June/July|
|Andre Ethier||OF||Los Angeles Dodgers||Right tibia fracture; return possible in June|
|Jarrod Dyson||OF||Kansas City Royals||Grade 2 oblique strain; placed on 15-day DL with return possible in late April|
|Aaron Altherr||OF||Philadelphia Phillies||Underwent wrist surgery on March 9; out until at least July|
|Cameron Maybin||OF||Detroit Tigers||Broken wrist; placed on 15-day DL with return possible in mid to late-April|
|Josh Hamilton||OF||Texas Rangers||October knee surgery; Placed on 15-day DL possible return in May|
|Jon Gray||SP||Colorado Rockies||Abdominal strain; placed on 15-day DL with return possible in mid-April|
|Lance McCullers||SP||Houston Astros||Shoulder soreness; return possible in late April|
|Hyun-Jin Ryu||SP||Los Angeles Dodgers||Shoulder surgery in May 2015; Possible return in June|
|Brett Anderson||SP||Los Angeles Dodgers||Underwent back surgery in March; return possible mid-season|
|C.J. Wilson||SP||Los Angeles Angels||Shoulder inflammation; Shut down with no current timetable for return|
|Marco Estrada||SP||Toronto Blue Jays||Back soreness, likely to return on April 10|
|Zack Wheeler||SP||New York Mets||Tommy John surgery in March 2015; Return likely in July|
|Henderson Alvarez||SP||Oakland Athletics||Shoulder surgery in July 2015; expected return in May|
|Kevin Gausman||SP||Baltimore Orioles||Shoulder tendinitis; Placed on 15-day DL with return possible in mid-April|
|Yu Darvish||SP||Texas Rangers||March 2015 Tommy John surgery; Return likely in May|
|Alex Cobb||SP||Tampa Bay Rays||Tommy John surgery in May 2015; return likely in August|
|Eduardo Rodriguez||SP||Boston Red Sox||Dislocated kneecap; Placed on 15-day DL, could return in May|
|Homer Bailey||SP||Cincinnati Reds||Tommy John surgery in May 2015; return possible in June|
|John Lamb||SP||Cincinnati Reds||Underwent back surgery in December; return possible in mid-April|
|Michael Lorenzen||SP||Cincinnati Reds||Mild sprain of UCL; Placed on 15-day DL with return possible in May|
|Anthony DeSclafani||SP||Cincinnati Reds||Strained oblique; Placed on 15-day DL with first start pushed back to April 10|
|Daniel Norris||SP||Detroit Tigers||Non-displaced spinal fractures; Placed on 15-day DL with return possible in mid-April|
|Brad Boxberger||RP||Tampa Bay Rays||Underwent surgery March 17; Could return in mid-May|
|Carson Smith||RP||Boston Red Sox||Experienced forearm tightness March 21; shut down with no timetable for return|
|Will Smith||RP||Milwaukee Brewers||Torn lateral collateral ligament; placed on 15-day DL, currently no timetable for return|
|Corey Knebel||RP||Milwaukee Brewers||Oblique strain; Placed on 15-day DL with no current timetable|
Injury Report: Offensive Players
A.J. Pollock, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
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Pollock broke his elbow after a slide into home just two days before the start of the season. He will be lucky to get back at all this season so you can force yourself to go ahead and drop him in redraft leagues. Socrates Brito will get a bump in playing time while he splits time with Chris Owings in center field to start the year. If Brito performs, he gets interesting, particularly in the steals department.
Ruben Tejada, SS, St. Louis Cardinals
The Red Birds can’t seem to catch a break with their shortstops. With Jhonny Peralta out for 2-3 months, it seemed their problem was solved by acquiring Tejada. However, a grade one quad strain has forced Tejada to join Peralta on the DL and will likely keep him there for a couple weeks. It looks like Jedd Gyorko will be the primary fill in for now.
Yasmani Grandal, C, Los Angeles Dodgers
Grandal was placed on the 15-day DL after some hoped that he could start the season on the active roster. This forearm issue continues to be concerning but there is hope. The team believes he should be able to return to action by mid-April. If he can get back on the field and stay there, he might actually be a nice waiver wire add.
If you’ve got an extra DL spot on your Fantasy roster, you could do worse than adding Grandal to see what happens. Just keep in mind this elbow problem could turn into something more significant.
Injury Report: Pitchers
Corey Knebel, RP, Milwaukee Brewers
An oblique strain for the Brewer’s flame thrower has left no one to realistically compete with Jeremy Jeffress to close out games in Milwaukee. Expect Jeffress to get the closer spot without much in the way of competition for at least the next month.
- Ben Revere was pulled from Monday’s game with a rib issue. The team stayed away from labeling this as an oblique injury but it sounds awfully similar. For now Revere says this is a day to day thing, but look for a possible DL stint if this doesn’t clear up quickly.
Beyond the Pollock injury, there was luckily not too much damage this week. We even got a bunch of guys off our list! Just like death and taxes, injuries will happen. Make sure to check out the SCFE injury report again next week!