Welcome to the SCFE Week 13 Injury Report. A few big-time pitchers are making some progress and getting closer. Keep an eye on them, and all injuries around the league for that matter.
Let’s first give a brief follow-up to last week’s SCFE Injury Report (I’ll try to do this every week). Wilson Ramos, Felix Hernandez, and Cole Hamels have been activated. And sadly, Gleyber Torres had his surgery.
Once again, the disclaimer. I know everyone does injury reports a little differently, but my version will be my honest thoughts on the 10 biggest injury situations at the time of publication. I will also attempt to give you a forward-thinking thought on how you should react to the news if you own him or are interested in owning him in your league. Buckle up.
The below players are broken into two sections, hitters and pitchers. Hopefully, your team is healthy, and you won’t see any of your guys here. If not, stick with it, as Fantasy Baseball is a marathon. I say that every week to try to keep you guys positive.
WEEK 13 INJURY REPORT
Look for your players, or potential trade targets in the SCFE Week 13 Injury Report.
Aaron Hicks, OF, NYY
Latest News: Hicks landed on the disabled list with a strained oblique on June 26. The timetable for Hick’s injury has been set at 3 to 4 weeks.
Fantasy Analysis: This stinks in a lot of ways. Hicks, though he has been cooling off, was finally enjoying a breakout season. The breakout was in such full swing that Joe Girardi, he of a million deflected questions, actually named him the full-time starter while Jacoby Ellsbury was out. Oblique injuries are both difficult to come back from and can sap a player’s power. Hicks may struggle to contribute when he comes back.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, NYY
Latest News: Ellsbury met the Yankees in Chicago on June 26 and was activated from the 7-day concussion disabled list. With the aforementioned Hicks injury, Ellsbury figures to be a full-time player moving forward.
Fantasy Analysis: Ellsbury lost his starting job while on the disabled list, but it is now conveniently waiting for him. If you are desperate for speed or outfield help, give Ellsbury a try. The Yankees are ice-cold, but you may want a cheap piece of the lineup when they heat up again.
Michael Brantley, OF, CLE
Latest News: Michael Brantley, similar to Ellsbury, was also activated off of the disabled list on June 26. Brantley’s sprained ankle has healed and he is ready to begin helping the Indians again.
Fantasy Analysis: Brantley has earned himself the “injury-prone” label with all that he has been through the last three years. He was hitting well before the injury and I am inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt. I would insert Brantley back into my lineup with confidence, and hold my breath for good health moving forward. Let’s wish that across the board for everyone in the Week 13 Injury Report.
Madison Bumgarner, LHP, SF
Latest News: The Bum is back! Not quite, but he threw three no-hit innings in the Arizona Rookie League in his first rehab start since his dirt bike accident. Bumgarner was said to be sitting in the 88-91 mph range with his fastball.
Fantasy Analysis: I always take the “over” on whatever timeline is given to pitching injuries. You can especially take the over on teams playing as poorly as the Giants. But, I just can’t bet against Madison Bumgarner. The only holdup I have is I am just not sure it will be worth it to bring Bumgarner back at all this season. Bumgarner strikes me as someone that would get a large say in his own status, so expect to see him back on the mound at some point this season.
Dallas Keuchel, LHP, HOU
Latest News: While giving a status update on Dallas Keuchel, AJ Hinch conceded that he will not be back before the All-Star Break. Keuchel is progressing “well” from a neck injury that has been nagging the southpaw since the beginning of the season.
Fantasy Analysis: This is like the anti-San Francisco Giant effect, but the fact that Houston is so far and away the best team in the West could end up hurting Keuchel’s timeline. The Astros are on cruise control and figure to make Keuchel’s health and limiting the wear and tear on his neck a top priority. Houston’s goal is not to make the playoffs or have Keuchel win the AL Cy Young, it is to win the World Series, and they will operate that way.
Jon Gray, RHP, COL
Latest News: Jon Gray has been out since the middle of April with a fracture in his foot, but will be returning this weekend to Colorado’s rotation. The surging Rockies will be happy to have their ace back.
Fantasy Analysis: I know, I know. A pitcher coming off an injury whose home park is Coors Field? Not ideal. But Gray has proved he can pitch there and he figures to get all the run support he can handle. Take a shot on Gray.
Zack Wheeler, RHP, NYM
Latest News: Wheeler landed on the 10-day disabled list on June 21 and is said to be only missing one start.
Fantasy Analysis: There really is nothing to see here. Wheeler will return soon, and Rafael Montero captured a win in his absence. I am just obligated to include a Met each week to keep my streak alive. They have made it easy so far.
Zach Britton, LHP, BAL
Latest News: Zach Britton is on track to return from the disabled list on July 5. He will regain the closer’s role soon thereafter provided he remains healthy.
Fantasy Analysis: This may be a good time to check the waiver wire for Britton. He has missed most of the season, and his owner may have grown too impatient to hold him. Saves are always desirable so put in a claim for Britton if he is available in your league.
Carlos Rodon, LHP, CHW
Latest News: Rodon made his final rehab start on June 23 and will make his next start for the Major League club.
Fantasy Analysis: Rodon made his first start of the season on June 28 against the Yankees. He allowed zero ERs on three hits, two Ks and six walks. Control was an issue, but that was to be expected. Rodon has great swing-and-miss stuff and figures to have plenty of success if he is right physically.
Thanks for reading the SCFE Week 13 Injury Report. Check back next week.