Welcome to the SCFE Week 11 Injury Report. I apologize for missing Week 10’s Report, but I was on the disabled list and couldn’t write that week.
The injury I sustained was two or three too many beverages at a graduation party. Thankfully I didn’t have to get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews and I am back with you guys now.
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.
WEEK 11 INJURY REPORT
Look for your players, or potential trade targets in the SCFE Week 11 Injury Report.
Carlos Gomez, OF, TEX
Latest News: Gomez landed on the disabled list over a month ago but is rehabbing with Round Rock and appears close to activation. The plan is for Gomez to play five innings Wednesday, seven innings Thursday, and a full game on Friday. Assuming he comes out of that stretch healthy, he could be in the Rangers lineup on Saturday.
Fantasy Analysis: Gomez always seems to be more trouble than he is worth. He misses a lot of time due to injuries and never seems to put all of his skills together for a full season. However, because of the rare blend of power and speed that Gomez possesses, he remains a must-own in Fantasy leagues. Things heat up quickly during the summer in Texas, let’s hope Gomez is a part of it.
Tom Murphy, C, COL
Latest News: Murphy is tearing the cover off of the ball on his rehab assignment and appears close to activation in Colorado. Murphy is working to the tune of a 1.051 OPS while rehabbing.
Fantasy Analysis: Consider the above paragraph your last reminder to go grab Murphy in all of your leagues. The only thing that stands between Murphy and full playing time is Tony Wolters. Once he gets the starting job, he will hit all summer at Coors Field. Pick him up and enjoy the ride.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
Latest News: Gonzalez’s back “locked up” on June 11 and a disabled list stay seems imminent. Gonzalez was quickly diagnosed with a herniated disk in his back.
Fantasy Analysis: Dave Roberts admitted that placing Gonzalez on the DL and activating Joc Pederson soon would be an option. The news about “A-Gone” isn’t as Ffantasy relevant as it seems. Gonzalez is not the hitter or player he once was and you can feel free to drop him permanently in any and all leagues.
Kevin Kiermaier, OF, TB
Latest News: Kiermaier suffered a fractured right hip while sliding into first base to avoid a collision on June 8. Kiermaier is slated to miss two months or more with the injury.
Fantasy Analysis: This injury is a bad one for Kiermaier, the Rays, Fantasy teams, and baseball as a whole. Kiermaier is one of the most exciting players in baseball and was finally coming into his own offensively. You can drop Kiermaier and hope that Mallex Smith or Eric Young are still unowned in your league.
Koda Glover, RHP, WSH
Latest News: Koda Glover landed on the disabled list on June 11 after a rough outing which saw him blow a save just a day before. He will miss at least 10 days and the Nationals figure to provide an update in a week or so on their big right hander.
Fantasy Analysis: The timing of this injury stinks. Glover had finally claimed the closer role in Washington and figured to have plenty of chances to save games for the Nationals. For the time being, Dusty Baker figurers to use Matt Albers, Blake Treinen, and Shawn Kelley interchangeably until Glover returns or Washington trades for a big-time closer. In other words, avoid this situation altogether for now.
Zach Britton, LHP, BAL
Latest News: Britton begins his rehab assignment on June 19 in what will be his second time coming off the disabled list. Britton has been coming out of bullpen sessions healthy, but this figures to be a longer rehab assignment than normal for a closer.
Fantasy Analysis: Britton has already missed almost all of the season so far. Baltimore will want to make sure this is his last time spent on the disabled list, so expect Britton to be handled carefully on his trek back to Baltimore.
Taijuan Walker, RHP, ARZ
Latest News: Walker remains on track to start for the Diamondbacks on June 14. Walker finally appears to be fully recovered from the dreaded blister that has claimed many victims this season.
Fantasy Analysis: With the amount of injuries up and down Major League rosters, I would make sure Walker was not available in any leagues I play in and try to grab him based on upside alone. Arizona is not a good park to pitch in but their lineup figures to give Walker chances to string some wins together. Grab him and let it fly if you believe.
Tyson Ross, RHP, TEX
Latest News: Tyson Ross will be activated on June 16 for a start against the Mariners. Ross is returning from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, or the same injury Matt Harvey battled through.
Fantasy Analysis: I would steer clear here. Ross did not pitch well while on his rehab assignment, both walking and striking out 11 over 18 innings. We see how hard it has been for Harvey, and Ross figures to struggle as well. Let someone else chase San Diego Ross, because the Texas version may not be pretty.
Felix Hernandez, RHP, SEA
Latest News: Hernandez will make one more rehab start on June 17 and assuming he comes out healthy, he will join the Mariners next week.
Fantasy Analysis: Felix had a rough first rehab start, but was pretty good his last time out. In a normal season, I would say let someone else grab or hold Felix. This is not a normal season. There has been more injuries than any other year that I can remember, meaning I may grab Hernandez and take the chance myself.
Nate Jones, RHP, CHW
Latest News: Nate Jones was shut down while rehabbing his elbow. He experienced the setback while throwing a bullpen session and felt symptoms of elbow neuritis.
Fantasy Analysis: Jones is a dominant eighth inning guy, and figured to be the closer-in-waiting until Robertson was dealt to a contender. Unless you are in the deepest of leagues, feel free to let Jones go as it will likely be a long time before we see him on a Major League mound. You can win in Fantasy while employing eighth inning guys, but things have to go perfectly for them both health and performance wise.
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