It’s a week to focus on pitchers here at the SCFE injury report.
It seems like while the bats stayed healthy for the most part this week, the throwers continued to pile up on our list.
Most of the big names appear to be fine long term now that the dust is settling, but there are some warning signs here on a handful of guys.
Raisel Iglesias is an example of this. If he can get healthy and string a couple quality starts together, it might not be a terrible idea to try to sell high. More on what is turning into recurring shoulder issues for him below.
Finally, we do welcome back one hitter of note to the injury report. Travis d’Arnaud, one of our most frequent and cherished guests here has come home to join us again. While we don’t know how long you’ll stay, we’ve kept a spot warm for you here Travis.
Fantasy Baseball Injury Report
Fantasy Baseball Injuries
|Kyle Schwarber||C/OF||Chicago Cubs||Torn ACL and LCL; out for 2016 season|
|Robinson Chirinos||C||Texas Rangers||Broken forearm; Placed on 60-day DL, expected to miss 8-12 weeks|
|Devon Mesoraco||C||Cincinnati Reds||Torn labrum in left shoulder, no current timetable|
|Devon Travis||2B||Toronto Blue Jays||November shoulder surgery; Expected to return in May/June|
|Jhonny Peralta||SS||St. Louis Cardinals||Ligament tear in thumb; Return possible in mid June|
|Jung-ho Kang||SS/3B||Pittsburgh Pirates||September knee surgery; On triple-A rehab assignment since April 18, return any day|
|Danny Valencia||3B||Oakland Athletics||Hamstring strain; placed on 15 day-DL 4/22, return possible in early May|
|Trevor Plouffe||3B||Minnesota Twins||Intercostal strain; placed on 15 day-DL 4/19 with return possible in early May|
|A.J. Pollock||OF||Arizona Diamondbacks||Broken elbow; likely out for 2016 season|
|Ender Inciarte||OF||Atlanta Braves||Hamstring strain; placed on 15-day DL on April 10|
|Rymer Liriano||OF||Milwaukee Brewers||Facial fractures after hit by pitch; Placed on 60-day DL April 2, return possible in June/July|
|Andre Ethier||OF||Los Angeles Dodgers||Right tibia fracture; Placed on 60-day DL, return possible in June|
|Ben Revere||OF||Washington Nationals||Right oblique injury; return possible this weekend|
|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 early May|
|Josh Hamilton||OF||Texas Rangers||October knee surgery; Placed on 15-day DL possible return in May|
|Shin-Soo Choo||OF||Texas Rangers||Calf strain; Placed on 15-day DL and expected to miss 4-6 weeks|
|Carlos Carrasco||SP||Cleveland Indians||Hamstring strain; placed on 15 day-DL with return possible in late May|
|Lance McCullers||SP||Houston Astros||Shoulder soreness; throwing in extended spring training with return possible in May|
|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; Began throwing program April 11, no timetable for return|
|Andrew Heaney||SP||Los Angeles Angels||Left flexor muscle strain; no timetable to begin throwing after PRP injection|
|Matt Garza||SP||Milwaukee Brewers||Lat strain; transferred to 60-day DL with return possible in June|
|Zack Wheeler||SP||New York Mets||Tommy John surgery in March 2015; Return likely in July|
|Joe Kelly||SP||Boston Red Sox||Right shoulder impingement; placed on 15 day-DL 4/20 with no current timetable|
|Henderson Alvarez||SP||Oakland Athletics||Shoulder surgery in July 2015; expected return in May|
|Tyson Ross||SP||San Diego Padres||Shoulder inflammation; eligible to return from 15-day DL April 20 but not expected until May|
|Yovani Gallardo||SP||Baltimore Orioles||Shoulder tendinitis; placed on 15 day-DL 4/23 with no current timetable|
|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; sent on triple-A rehab assignment April 16|
|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; felt discomfort during last rehab start April 29|
|Raisel Iglesias||SP||Cincinnati Reds||Right shoulder impingement; placed on 15-day DL May 1st|
|Daniel Norris||SP||Detroit Tigers||Non-displaced spinal fractures; Began rehab assignment April 10, optioned to triple-A April 26|
|Huston Street||RP||Los Angeles Angels||Oblique strain; Placed on 15-day DL with no current timetable|
|Brad Boxberger||RP||Tampa Bay Rays||Underwent surgery March 17; Could return in mid-May|
|Carson Smith||RP||Boston Red Sox||Elbow strain; On 15-day DL, throwing off mound but no current timetable|
|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|
|Zach Britton||RP||Baltimore Orioles||Sprained ankle; should avoid DL with return day-to-day|
|Glen Perkins||RP||Minnesota Twins||Shoulder strain; placed on 15 day-DL with no current timetable|
Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Hitters
Carlos Gomez, OF, Houston Astros
Gomez has been a mess so far this year. His hard hit rate is down, he’s not stealing bases, and he’s got an .063 ISO to go with his total of zero home runs. Did I mention his batting average is a woeful .213 on the season? If you didn’t have enough reason to bench him yet, his sore rib cage should put you over the edge.
It may be difficult to outright cut him, but the idea should be crossing your mind by now… We will have to see if the word oblique gets added to the rib issue. If so, we could see some time on the DL. You probably need to hold in most leagues for now, but for God’s sake don’t leave him in your lineup!
Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Pitchers
Raisel Iglesias, SP, Cincinnati Reds
Iglesias reportedly felt a pinch in his throwing shoulder last week and was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday. Remember, this isn’t the first time the Reds pitcher has had issues. Last year he was shut down after dealing with shoulder fatigue and started late in spring training this year due to a shoulder issue.
He’s been placed on the 15-day DL for now with a shoulder impingement. We’ll see if some rest does the trick going forward.
Yu Darvish, SP, Texas Rangers
I generally avoid pitchers coming back from Tommy John surgery, but Darvish is worth mentioning here. The Rangers pitcher is now 14 months post-surgery and is already throwing fire clocked at 97 mph in his first rehab game. He’s on pace to join the MLB club around the end of May, so you can probably grab him on the cheap now if interested.
Fair warning though, pitchers coming back from TJ often struggle with command in the beginning and can be hampered by innings limits. Don’t expect pre-surgery Darvish, but initial indicators are very positive that he could be useful in Fantasy leagues.
Zach Britton, RP, Baltimore Orioles
Britton sprained an ankle Saturday while trying to field a bunt and ended up leaving the game. While he’s been out since then, the good news is now pouring in. X-rays and MRI were both negative and Britton reported Monday that he already felt much better. Expect to see him back closing for the Orioles at some point this week.
Huston Street, RP, Los Angeles Angels
The oft-injured closer for the Angels is currently suffering from an oblique strain and was sent to the 15-day DL on April 28. Oblique injuries can linger so this could be more of a 4-6 week thing than a 15-day injury. Either way, Joe Smith is the obvious add, if you can still find him on the wire, and will be filling in during the ninth until Street is ready to go.
- Joe Panik has been absent from the Giants lineup since April 30 and is listed as day-to-day with groin tightness. He should be back in the lineup sooner rather than later.
- Oakland’s rotation was hit again when Chris Bassitt was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL this week. He’s likely headed for Tommy John surgery. This opens the door more widely for both Sean Manaea and Jesse Hahn to stick in the rotation long term.
- Both Kyle Gibson and Ervin Santana hit the injury report in the last week. Enter Jose Berrios and Tyler Duffey. Berrios is a top prospect and should have been added in all leagues. Duffey had a hot finish last year and should be monitored for now.
- Travis d’Arnaud unsurprisingly joins the injury report this week. An old friend of ours, he’d been away too long. This time a rotator cuff strain has led to a DL stint with no current timetable for return. If you are in a bind Kevin Plawecki will handle the catcher duties for the Mets in the meantime.
- J.J. Hardy broke his foot fouling a pitch off of it on Sunday and will miss 4-6 weeks. The bigger question here is whether Manny Machado could play enough games at short now to gain eligibility there going forward.
- Devon Mesoraco is putting together a season similar to last year’s. And by that I mean a crap season. He’s been in and out of the lineup and completely ineffective on the rare days he does play. He was placed on the 15-day DL yesterday due to a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Surgery is a possibility here with an extended stay on the DL looking realistic.
Thanks for stopping by again this week for our fantasy baseball injury report! Check back again next Tuesday to get the latest on dinged players and how to make the best of the situation.