Welcome to the Week 6 Injury Report. I realized that I will never run out of content for this piece. Injuries pop up every week, and important pieces go down regularly. I have included a few positive updates in this one to try to balance out the bad news.
I included one player that isn’t injured at all, but when I get a chance to write a paragraph about the Mets’ dysfunction, I take it.
Let’s first give a brief follow-up to last week’s SCFE Injury Report. (I’ll try to do this every week.) The highlights are that Gary Sanchez is back and hitting well. Aaron Nola appears close, and Rich Hill had one of the worst rehab starts in Major League history. Let’s move on to the Week 6 Injury Report.
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 for the Week 6 Injury Report.
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. If a player you own is listed here, check out the Top 200 Rankings provided by Josh Morgan to help you out. If you lost a player and need some waiver wire help, Dennis Sosic has you covered with his Week 6 Waiver Wire.
WEEK 6 INJURY REPORT
Look for your players, or potential trade targets in the SCFE Week 6 Injury Report.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
Latest News: Positive news to start. Anthony Rizzo was hit by a 99 mile-per-hour Aroldis Chapman fastball in the ninth inning on May 8. The positive news is that Rizzo stayed in the game and played the rest of the games. He appears fine and avoided what could have been a bad-luck injury here.
Fantasy Analysis: Okay, so this wasn’t an “injury.” But I saw Rizzo’s quote and had to include it. “Luckily, there’s nothing significant,” Rizzo told CSNChicago. “I thank my parents I drank my milk when I was a kid and have some decent bones.” His Fantasy owners owe Mr. and Mrs. Rizzo a thank you as well. Keep Rizzo locked and loaded moving forward.
Dexter Fowler, OF, STL
Latest News: Fowler injured his shoulder late last week and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that it could be significant and debilitating. The MRI came back clean and Fowler felt much better the next day.
Fantasy Analysis: Fowler flew out as a pinch-hitter on May 7 which means he is close to full health and will not be placed on the disabled list. This is great news for Fowler’s owners as this looked much more serious at first. Fowler is off to a slow start, but I trust that he will heat up as the weather does. Now, especially with the injury scare, could be a good time to try to buy low.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, NYM
Latest News: Asdrubal Cabrera injured his thumb late last week, and like Fowler, the worst was assumed. Cabrera sat out a few days and got a clean scan on his injured thumb, making him the dreaded “day-to-day” that Fantasy owners know and love.
Fantasy Analysis: Is it possible for the Mets to digest good news? The New York papers were speculating on an Amed Rosario call-up but it appears that won’t be in the cards this time. In a weird Met-ty twist, Jose Reyes proclaimed Rosario “ready” to go. Normally you wouldn’t want to anoint the person gunning for the job you hold, but it is the Mets. You’ll find more Mets in the Week 6 Injury Report.
Jorge Soler, OF, KC
Latest News: Soler is back. Soler was originally supposed to stay on his rehab assignment through May 10, but was hitting so well that the Royals had to call him up. Hitting so well that the Royals feel you would help their lineup is not an accomplishment honestly. The Royals are closing in on 100 runs over 30 games in, while the Nationals close in on 200.
Fantasy Analysis: Soler is supremely talented and has big-time power. But he kind of has the feeling of a guy that is never going to put it together. If you need power or a lottery ticket, give Soler a try. Just don’t expect much, that way Soler will only exceed expectations or find himself back on the waiver wire.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, NYM
Latest News: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Yoenis Cespedes returning before the end of May is a “longshot.” The Mets competing at any point this year appears to be a longshot as well.
Fantasy Analysis: Sometimes, seasons get rolling negatively downhill and get too out of control to save. That is where the Mets are. Asdrubal, Syndergaard, Cespedes, Wright, Familia, Matz and Lugo. Wait for the Harvey update in a little bit. I encourage you to try to sell any Met pieces you have. This is a plague that appears to be contagious. Get off the train!
Zach Britton, RP, BAL
Latest News: Zach Britton returned to the Oriole bullpen only to find himself back on the disabled list days later. Rotoworld reports that Britton is dealing with forearm inflammation but is insisting his elbow is fine. This disabled list stint will not be the minimum 10 days.
Fantasy Analysis: “Dr. James Andrews” are the three worst words that Fantasy owners can hear in their lifetime. The second worst three words are “Dr. Neal ElAttrache.” Britton finds himself getting a second opinion from ElAttrache. I urge you to go get Brad Brach and enjoy the ride while Britton remains sidelined. You never like to see a talented arm like Britton injured, but you should adjust and grab Brach while you can.
Tyson Ross, SP, TEX
Latest News: The Texas Ranger right-hander threw his first simulated game yesterday. He threw two innings and will throw again later this week. If Ross avoids any setbacks, he could return in late May or early June.
Fantasy Analysis: When Ross was in San Diego, he was a pitcher I loved to own. He was underrated and very dependable. If Ross can regain even 75 percent of his past form, he could help your staff. If you are desperate for pitching, get ahead of the rest of your league and wait Ross out. He could pay off.
Matt Harvey, SP, NYM
Latest News: No injury here. Harvey showed up to the ballpark to pitch on Sunday and was informed he was suspended for three days without pay for a “compilation of issues.” Harvey is said to be weighing whether to file a grievance against the Mets. Stay tuned here, this is just getting fun (for non-NYM fans).
Fantasy Analysis: Would it be the SCFE Week 6 Injury Report without a short novel about the Mets and all their problems? I live in New York, and read just about every article out about Harvey. The NY Post, Ken Rosenthal, Jon Heyman, Adam Rubin and the NY Daily News. Here’s what I could put together.
Harvey golfed Saturday morning and developed a “migraine” in the afternoon, ultimately deciding to stay home rather than head to the ballpark. I put migraine in quotes for a reason. I’m not sure I buy the migraine talk. The guy who sits next to me at work called in sick Monday with a “migraine.” He’s a big golfer and Monday was the first sunny day in a week. It doesn’t take a math professor to put two and two together there.
All jokes aside, Harvey cited a miscommunication between the Mets and himself. I’ll say, the Mets need Harvey and Harvey needs the Mets. Harvey has limited time left to build up his own worth before hitting free agency. He needs to apologize to his teammates, and man up and take the mound every five days for the rest of the season. Once again, if you can get anything for Harvey, make the trade yesterday. My guess is you are stuck with him. This doesn’t appear to be headed for a happy ending.
Jameson Taillon, SP, PIT
Latest News: In somewhat surprising news, Jameson Taillon was quietly put on the disabled list with groin issues. The news dropped that makes you remember there are bigger things than baseball. Taillon underwent surgery for what is suspected to be testicular cancer. Not good. Get well soon, Jameson Taillon.
Fantasy Analysis: Taillon was off to a pretty good start to the year minus one poor start. None of that matters now. Your heart goes out to Taillon and his family. Taillon released a pretty great statement about the situation and I certainly expect to see him back on a Major League mound in the future.
David Price, SP, BOS
Latest News: Price is scheduled to throw a simulated game May 9. If he comes out healthy, he could stay on a regular turn as he builds his innings up towards a return to the Boston rotation at the end of May.
Fantasy Analysis: Price has not been in the news much besides giving his weekly press conferences on Twitter. Price Fantasy owners have to be giddy at the thought of getting Price back. The Red Sox should be too. Here’s to good health for the lefty.
Thanks for reading the SCFE Week 6 Injury Report. Check back next week.
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