Carlos Rodon got the first big league start of his career last Saturday and went six frames striking out six while allowing two earned runs. He also got a win on his first try.
Today, we get the debut of Noah Syndergaard, another highly regarded prospect.
These guys are probably both on Fantasy owner’s teams by now, but if not grab one or both if possible. It is questionable whether either will stick in the bigs since both are filling in gaps due to injury or need, but Rodon already has his manager losing sleep over whether he should keep him in the rotation. Injuries lead to opportunities like this and you can take advantage of that.
For another example, look at the crowded outfield for the Dodgers. Now that a couple of guys in the crowd have limped over to the DL Alex Guerrero and Andre Ethier have had increased playing time. By keeping an eye on these situations you can see the right spot start, fill in, rookie, or even potential break out player that gets a chance and next time grab him before the rest of your league has ever heard of the guy.
Keep this idea in mind as you get yourself up to speed on this week’s injury report!
“So-Called” Fantasy Injury Report: Hitters
George Springer, OF, Houston
Springer had been starting to warm up with the bat before attempting to run through the outfield wall at Minute Maid Park last Tuesday night. He made a catch, took the wall at full steam, and lost. Springer was obviously shaken up as he got up afterwards. He’s been put on the 7-day concussion disabled list and while progressing does not have a date for return set yet.
Ike Davis, 1B, Oakland
Davis left Monday night’s game in the fourth inning after straining a quad muscle. You will need to check on this situation today since no additional information was available last night.
Jose Reyes, SS, Toronto
An MRI has shown healing in Reyes’ cracked rib and he should be back to Toronto after a rehab assignment this week.
Michael Saunders, OF, Toronto
Inflammation in his surgically repaired knee has sent Saunders back to the DL after a short lived stint on the active roster where he hit a cool .194. He will be eligible to come back again if the swelling goes down near the end of May.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Milwaukee
A muscle strain in his back is bothering Ramirez which caused him to miss the weekend’s games. The 37 year old has age chasing him and is hoping to avoid the DL. An MRI did not show any serious issues so some rest over the next few days should hopefully help.
Matt Carpenter, 3B, St. Louis
Carpenter sat out over the weekend due to increased heart rate, inability to sleep, and dizziness. They labeled the episode as extreme fatigue. He was given four days off and the Cardinals are hoping to get him back tonight.
Yasiel Puig, OF, LA Dodgers
Puig has been dealing with a hamstring injury for weeks now and appears to have re-aggravated it during a rehab appearance. It’s easy to tweak this kind of thing, so we will see if they shut him down completely for a little while to rest it.
Hunter Pence, OF, San Francisco
Pence is now playing in minor league games as he rehabs his broken forearm. Expect him to make his season debut in the big leagues in the next couple weeks.
Yan Gomes, C, Cleveland
Gomes is ahead of schedule coming back from a right knee sprain. He’s already taking part in baseball activities and could get a rehab assignment in the minors in the next week. If he stays on this accelerated track he could be back with the Indians in the last week of May.
Austin Jackson, OF, Seattle
The Mariner’s center fielder has a sprained ankle but has recovered well and is just about ready for some minor league games. He could be back as soon as May 19th, when he is first eligible to be taken off the 15-day DL.
David Wright, 3B, NY Mets
Add lower back pain to the hamstring injury Wright suffered last month and you have an explanation as to why he was shut back down recently. Hopefully this is a short lived setback, but it’s concerning that he did not resume baseball activities yesterday as planned. He could still be back playing with the Mets in a week or so, but these new issues could keep him out longer.
Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore
Wieters was moved to the 60-day disabled list over the weekend, but don’t get all concerned here. He is still eligible to return as early as May 26th, about the earliest we could expect him anyway as he rehabs his post Tommy John elbow. This move was just to make room for a reliever the Orioles picked up off of waivers.
Yonder Alonso, 1B, San Diego
Alonso goes on the 15-day DL after starting the season with a .333 average and an OPS of .864, albeit with a .378 BABIP along with clues that regression may be due. He bruised his shoulder diving for a ball Thursday and will be out for the next couple weeks. Will Myers has been brought in from the outfield so far during the absence.
Jose Iglesias, SS, Detroit
Iglesias is expected back today after missing the last four games due to a tight groin. Check the Tigers lineup card to make sure he’s back in there just to make sure.
“So-Called” Fantasy Injury Report: Pitchers
Sean Doolittle, RP, Oakland
The Athletics closer has begun throwing to batters and will most likely head to a rehab assignment this week. He’s getting close, so if he’s on your waiver wire it’s time to grab him before the rush.
Jason Grilli, RP, Atlanta
The Brave’s closer has been suffering from back spasms and was not available over the weekend. He was supposed to be ready to pitch if a save situation came up last night, but Fredi Gonzalez decided to hold him one more day. As far as we know he should be green lighted if needed today.
Archie Bradley, SP, Arizona
Bradley’s broken face is healing nicely and he is scheduled to return to the Diamondback’s rotation and start this Saturday. After beating Kershaw and Bumgarner in his first two starts taking a line drive to the cheek was easy I guess.
Kenley Jansen, RP, LA Dodgers
Jansen has been throwing in rehab outings and the Dodgers are planning to activate him this Saturday. He is one of the best closers in the game so like Doolittle, grab him if he is somehow still on your waiver wire.
Dillon Gee, SP, NY Mets
A groin pull has sidelined Gee for the next couple weeks. What’s more interesting to fantasy owners is that this opens the door for the Mets top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard. He will get a shot at a couple starts and if he impresses could become more than just a spot starter. If you have room he is worth a speculative add based on his attractive upside.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, Seattle
Iwakuma is throwing but not off the mound yet as he recovers from a lat strain. He is probably still a month away at this point.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington
I got nervous seeing Strasburg wince while rotating his shoulder during his last start. He has been a little off his game so far and I immediately jumped to terrible visions of a lingering shoulder problem, surgery, and the end to one of my season long fantasy teams. Luckily, my concerns may have been just a little overdone as an adjustment with his chiropractor seems to have cleared everything right up. He’s set to pitch today and I’m staying optimistic he goes seven innings with about 13 strikeouts…
Brandon Morrow, SP, San Diego
Morrow is suffering from shoulder inflammation on his right side and is not eligible to return until May 18th at the earliest. He’s battled injuries often over the last couple years, but shoulder problems are new. It’s too bad since he has looked excellent to this point with a 2.73 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 23/7 K/BB ratio. Morrow is saying the DL stint is precautionary, so let’s hope he’s right.
Alex Cobb, SP, Tampa Bay
At least now we know the wait for Cobb this season is over. He’s headed for Tommy John after a tear was discovered in his UCL and will be out until midway through next season. Dr. James Andrews, who is a busy man these days will perform the surgery.
Drew Smyly, SP, Tampa Bay
Tampa’s other ailing starter is also likely headed for surgery. Smyly will need to get his shoulder repaired due to a labrum tear. Smyly was able to start a few games this year including a 10 K affair on April 29th but is safe to drop once surgery is confirmed.
Jake McGee, RP, Tampa Bay
McGee is just about ready to meet up with the Rays. He is likely to be taken off the DL sometime during their home stand this week. The bigger question now is, what will his role be? Brad Boxberger has been lights out in the closer spot and Kevin Cash has mentioned using both situationally once McGee returns. It will be interesting to see what develops in Florida.
David Price, SP, Detroit
Price suffered a minor pull to his right hamstring and will get his next start pushed back to Thursday of this week. As long as he doesn’t aggravate the injury there is no need for concern and he should be fine going forward.
Hopefully, you have more players coming off the “So-Called” Fantasy Injury Report than you have going on it!