Week 4 Injury Report: Riding Dirty, Madison Bumgarner Edition
Welcome to the Week 4 Injury Report. I don’t know about you, but it is hard to keep up with all the injuries. We have no choice. The 10-day DL is good for Major League Baseball. Teams play shorthanded far less often, and minor leaguers can earn that coveted MLB salary more often during the year. The “con” for Fantasy owners is day-to-day injuries are resulting in DL stints more often.
The biggest news this week is obviously the dirt-biking injury sustained by Giant ace Madison Bumgarner – a huge blow to San Francisco and Fantasy teams. Bay area fans want good news? Sonny Gray is coming back! Both are included in the Week 4 Injury Report.
Let’s first give a brief follow-up to last week’s Injury Report (I’ll try to do this every week). Trea Turner is back, and David Dahl is getting close. Rich Hill sounds like he may be moving to the bullpen, and nobody wants that. Otherwise, not much change for last week’s crew of 10 injured Fantasy assets.
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, here’s the Week 4 Injury Report.
There are two sections below, 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. If a player you own is listed here, check out the Top 200 Rankings provided by Josh Morgan to help you out.
WEEK 4 INJURY REPORT
Look for your players, or potential trade targets in the SCFE Week 4 Injury Report.
J.D. Martinez, OF, DET
Latest News: Detroit manager Brad Ausmus mentioned to reporters that Martinez is on track for a late April or early May activation. Martinez ran in the outfield this past week and is close to going out on a rehab assignment. Martinez is two years removed from a 38 homer, 102 RBI campaign, and should be treated as a stud Fantasy player upon activation.
Fantasy Analysis: This is the best-case scenario for Fantasy owners who drafted Martinez at a slight discount on draft day. The Tigers will be cautious with Martinez’s comeback. Barring a setback, Martinez will be locked and loaded for the rest of the year offensively. This is your last chance to put in a trade offer for the premier power hitter.
Ian Desmond, 1B, COL
Latest News: The timeline for Desmond is all positive. Desmond took ground balls on Thursday. Desmond hit off a tee on Friday, and took batting practice over the weekend. Colorado manager Bud Black also stated that Desmond will see some time in the outfield once he gets back. Desmond signed to be the Rockies first basemen, but Mark Reynolds has gotten off to a hot start.
Fantasy Analysis: Outfield work is good news for Desmond. The more flexibility the better, and playing time will not be an issue. Colorado committed big money to him, and he is there to help. Desmond was already a big-time Fantasy producer before he changed addresses. Coors Field lines up perfectly with his skill set. It is the equivalent to letting Russell Westbrook play next season on an 8-foot hoop.
Veterans Go Down
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, TOR
Latest News: Tulo landed on the DL over the weekend with a strained right hamstring. The situation in Toronto has gone from bad to worse. Josh Donaldson, Aaron Sanchez, JA Happ, and now Tulo are on the DL. Tulowitzki should be ready to return when eligible, or soon thereafter, so keep your eye out for updates on the his health.
Fantasy Analysis: Toronto is in trouble. The whole situation has this contagious, bad feeling around it. Most of their major pieces are hurt. Jose Bautista forgot how to make contact. If you are a Tulo owner, you must hope he gets healthy. But you will also want Toronto to start playing better so this situation can be turned around. Tulo is a strong hold for now.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET
Latest News: The same injury that sidelined Tulo got Miggy this week as well. Cabrera landed on the 10-day DL with a strain that is said to be somewhere between Grade 1 and Grade 2. This is a loss that the Tigers and your Fantasy team hope is brief, because neither can survive for long without him. This is a name I didn’t want to see in the Week 4 Injury Report.
Fantasy Analysis: Cabrera plays through everything and rarely finds himself on the DL, so this must be significant. Ausmus spoke optimistically about it being a 10-day thing. My advice remains the same. If you can pounce on Miggy and buy low from an antsy owner, do it. If you already have him, wait it out. Cabrera is someone I will never bet against.
Gary Sanchez, C / Didi Gregorius, SS
Latest News: Here is the Yankee portion of the show, with a bonus hitter. Gregorius is out on a rehab assignment and looks like he could beat his May 1 goal. Sanchez is swinging pain-free and appears close to a rehab assignment. This is huge news for the overachieving Yankees, and could be huge for you too.
Fantasy Analysis: Depending on your league size, Didi could be available on the wire. If you aren’t happy with your middle infield options, pick him up. He found his power stroke last year and started to become Fantasy relevant. As for Sanchez, let’s hope the time off cures the slow start he was off to. Let’s also hope the wrist still holds some pop. These guys could be nice pieces moving forward for your team.
Madison Bumgarner, SP, SF
Latest News: The bombshell from Friday left the baseball and Fantasy world shocked, as Bumgarner was involved in a serious dirt bike accident on his day off in Colorado. Bum sprained his shoulder and injured multiple ribs. The early timetable looks like he will be out for two or more months. Not good. I will never bet against Bumgarner, but this could be season-ending, or at the very least, season-ruining.
Fantasy Analysis: Bumgarner has thrown somewhere close to a million innings and never gone on the disabled list once in his career. The innings number was an exaggeration; the DL part was not. He must feel terrible that he let his teammates down here. San Francisco fans and players cannot get too upset here, because Bum has singlehandedly given them championships. But still, this hurts. You have no choice but to wait and see here. I’m hoping for the best, but I don’t see this ending well.
Cam Bedrosian, RP, LAA
Latest News: Bedrosian landed on the 10-day DL with a strained groin. The injury came out of left field and the timing of the injury is unknown. That leaves the Angels with Huston Street, Andrew Bailey, and the most talented of the bunch, Bedrosian, all on the DL.
Fantasy Analysis: Is he the closer? It appears so. Mike Scioscia waffled with the decision, but ultimately, it looked like Bedrosian was their guy. In the short term, if you are desperate for saves, Blake Parker could provide a few. Keep your eyes peeled for updates on Bedrosian from the Angels beat guys.
Sonny Gray, SP, OAK
Latest News: The moment finally came for Gray owners. Gray made his first rehab start, and he was impressive. He struck out six and walked one over six scoreless. He will make his next rehab start for Triple-A Nashville on April 27. If that start goes off without a hitch, Gray will be ready to make his next start… for the Oakland A’s.
Fantasy Analysis: It is tough to know where to project Gray for the rest of the season. Gray had an ugly, injury-riddled 2016. But he is a pitcher with a good pedigree, and is worth picking up if available. Gray pitches in one of the best parks in baseball, and has had a lot of success at the MLB level in the past. Take a flier on Gray if your rotation needs a jumpstart.
Not really an Injury
Stephen Strasburg, SP, WSH
Latest News: Stephen Strasburg is on paternity leave and flew home to San Diego to be with his wife Rachel. He was scheduled to pitch on April 25 at Coors Field but will now likely slot in April 28 or 29 against the Mets.
Fantasy Analysis: This isn’t exactly an injury for Strasburg. It is the opposite. This means everything is working correctly. But it affects your Fantasy team, so I had to include it. He will lose his two-start status for this week, but in the long run this is a break as he avoids the Coors Field start. Keep starting Strasburg with confidence as he has been consistently good so far this season.
Thanks for reading the Week 4 Injury Report.
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