Well, it looks like we made it through a week without losing any major Fantasy contributors for the year so we get a break.
Thank the injury bug for being kind, even if for just a brief moment.
Still, if you own players on the injury list you may need a plan B at least until they get back. We’ve got a big name prospect in Joey Gallo coming up this week due to injury, a couple quality catchers returning, and it looks like Johnny Cueto dodged a bullet to his elbow last week.
Overall, things are oddly positive here in the injury report so enjoy for this week.
Like BABIP correction is inevitable so prepare to get hammered next week!
“So-Called” Fantasy Injury Report: Hitters
Khris Davis, OF, Milwaukee
In the latest blow to the Brewers Davis tore the meniscus in his knee while in the process of striking out. He’s going in for surgery today after which we should hear about a potential timetable for return. It will take going in with the knife to determine how severe the tear is and therefore how long recovery will be. Without knowing exactly how bad this is, it’s best to hold Davis on your DL for now if you have space. This could be anywhere from a month to season ending in a worst case scenario, so once we know a little more a decision can be made on what his fantasy value is going forward.
Jonathan Lucroy, C, Milwaukee
While they lost Khris Davis, the Brewers do regain a foundation piece to their lineup in Lucroy this week. He was activated yesterday and went right back in to the starting catcher spot batting second. Lucroy did go 0-for-4 last night, but I think we can hold back judgement until he gets back into the routine.
Matt Adams, 1B, St. Louis
Consider Adams done for the season. He underwent surgery for his torn right quadriceps a couple days ago and might be back in September. Mark Reynolds will take his spot but is a risky bet for fantasy production. Reynolds has always had some power, but his career batting average sits at .230, less than desirable.
Anthony Rendon, 2B/3B, Washington
Rendon is actually playing in games again, albeit double-A games during a rehab assignment. He seems close, but I’m thinking the Nationals give him some more time to work on his timing before bringing him back up to the club. Without any new setbacks he could be back in just a week or two.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas
The Rangers all-star has a dislocated thumb and a few stitches to brag about after sliding into second on Sunday. He is expected to miss at least two weeks but is seeking a second opinion. At this point he should consider himself lucky if he didn’t tear any ligaments while dislocating the appendage. Texas is calling up prospect Joey Gallo to fill in who will be an interesting one to watch. He’s got nuclear power and can also strike out with the best of them. This is a limited appearance since he’s expected to go back to the minors once Beltre returns, but if you need power he’s worth a speculative add to see how his stint in the big show goes.
Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore
If you stashed Wieters all spring it looks like this is your week. I wouldn’t start him just yet but expect to see him back in the Orioles lineup by this weekend.
“So-Called” Fantasy Injury Report: Pitchers
James Paxton, SP, Seattle
A strained tendon in the middle finger of his pitching hand led to the Mariners shutting Paxton down for two weeks. It’s too bad since he had a nice streak going prior the injury. In his last 35 innings before the shortened start he had allowed just six earned runs while striking out 22. He’s on the 15-day DL and will be re-evaluated after that. If he starts throwing at the two week mark he could be ready to return to the rotation at the beginning of July.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington
A trip to the disabled list just to work things out might be the best thing for Strasburg right now. He’s clearly not right and a new tweak to his upper back each start seems to derail him every time he takes the mound. Looking at this optimistically, at least it’s not his arm giving him problems. If this is some sort of muscle strain issue a little rest along with making sure his mechanics are solid could solve the problem. However, if this is an indicator of some sort of undiscovered shoulder problem, it could spell trouble for the talented 26 year old. If you own Strasburg for now you have no option but to hold him and hope you get a top level second half out of him.
Johnny Cueto, SP, Cincinnati
Last week’s baseball spotlight focused on Cueto and his elbow tenderness. Pitcher and elbow is never something you want to hear together for your crew. Luckily, in this case, an MRI showed no structural damage and a bullet has been dodged. The Reds ace is expected to suit up Tuesday against Philadelphia, so whatever it was has cleared up.
Sean Doolittle, RP, Oakland
A different shoulder injury sent Doolittle right back to the 15-day DL after pitching just one inning. I like that this isn’t an aggravation of his rotator cuff problem, but he is going to miss a couple more weeks just the same. With some luck he might be back before we get out of June.
Come back each week for more “So-Called” Fantasy injury reports!