Week 7 Injury Report: Big Time Closers Are Gone
Welcome to the SCFE Week 7 Injury Report. I am doing my best to keep you informed on all the relevant Fantasy baseball injuries. Just a little bookkeeping for those at home: this is the Week 7 Injury Report and it will be the seventh and eight times I write about a New York Met. I could have written more – that is not good for the Mets.
This week the New York Mets carousel gives us Asdrubal Cabrera and Jeurys Familia. Cabrera is making his second appearance on the year in the Week 7 Injury Report. Familia makes his first appearance. I note this because I have decided I will keep track of all Mets to determine who “won” with the most appearances by the end of the season.
Let’s first give a brief follow-up to last week’s SCFE Injury Report. (I’ll try to do this every week.) Most importantly, Jameson Taillon had successfully surgery to deal with his testicular cancer. Least importantly, Matt Harvey returned in Milwaukee and got lit up like a Christmas tree.
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. If a player you own is listed here, check out the Top 200 Rankings provided by Josh Morgan to help you out.
WEEK 7 INJURY REPORT
Look for your players, or potential trade targets in the SCFE Week 7 Injury Report.
Tom Murphy, C, COL
Latest News: Once again, positive news to start. Bud Black was asked about his catcher’s status, and stated that Murphy is “closer than you think.” There is no definitive timetable on Murphy’s return, but a return is on the horizon.
Fantasy Analysis: Murphy may not seem all that important in the Fantasy landscape right now, but allow me to introduce a few facts and a few opinions into the fray here. Murphy plays for the Rockies (Coors Field). Murphy possesses serious power, which is not abundant at the catcher position. The Colorado Rockies currently employ Tony Wolters and Dustin Garneau at Murphy’s position. If you are stale at the catcher position, pick up Murphy sooner rather than later. He could pop if given the at-bats.
A.J. Pollock, OF, ARI
Latest News: A.J. Pollock left his May 14 game with a right groin injury and landed on the 10-day DL on May 15.
Fantasy Analysis: A groin injury to Pollock rings some alarms that wouldn’t happen with other players. Pollock hurt his groin and ultimately missed most of the 2016 season as a result. Pollock mentioned that that same groin was bothering him in Spring Training this season. Let’s hope it is just a 10-day thing, but have a contingency plan in place if Pollock were to miss some time. Random, related and unrelated note: pick up Hernan Perez if he is available in any of your leagues!
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, NYM
Latest News: Last time we saw Cabrera in the injury report, he was face down in the outfield grass with a thumb injury. In the SCFE Week 7 Injury Report, we are reporting that Cabrera has a torn ligament in that same thumb after his May 13 re-aggravation.
Fantasy Analysis: The big shoe to drop here would be a promotion of hot prospect Amed Rosario. Rosario appears to be ready, and the Mets need a spark. This will go one of three ways. Cabrera will play through the injury and be ineffective. Not good. Jose Reyes absorbs most of the at-bats and mildly helps Fantasy teams. Okay. Or, Rosario gets the call and starts to get people excited again at Citi Field. Fun. Maybe the Mets are refusing to call Rosario up for his own safety, as their health issues may be contagious. Stay tuned here.
Yunel Escobar, 3B, LAA
Latest News: The Angels announced that Escobar is out 2-4 weeks with a left hamstring strain. Escobar suffered the Grade 1 strain on May 13.
Fantasy Analysis: Escobar has always been, to me at least, an underrated Fantasy hitter that never truly took the next step. Fantasy owners can cut him loose and look for help on the wire if Escobar was a starter for them. C.J. Cron is out on a rehab assignment and appears close, so add him if he is available if you need power.
Carlos Gomez, OF, TEX
Latest News: Gomez left his May 14 game with a right hamstring strain and landed on the 10-day DL on May 15.
Fantasy Analysis: Gomez has a knack for spending time on the disabled list. Gomez’s legs are too important to his game to have him playing at less than 100 percent, so it is best to find another option if you roster Gomez. Delino DeShields figures to be a full-time player and provide speed if you can get him on the cheap in Gomez’s absence.
Hunter Pence, OF, SF
Latest News: Pence had a May 14 MRI on his hamstring and he landed on the 10-day DL on May 15.
Fantasy Analysis: Pence has sat out five straight games without showing much progress. It was a no-brainer for the Giants to make the DL move. Thankfully, the outfield position always has some intriguing options on the waiver wire, so go digging.
Logan Forsythe, 2B, LAD
Latest News: Forsythe is slated to begin his rehab assignment on May 16 and will work towards rejoining the Dodger lineup soon.
Fantasy Analysis: Forsythe may still be a week or two away, but we should start planning for him. Check the waiver wire and snag him if he is available. He will assume his second base job when he is back and is a steady hitter for LA and our teams alike.
David Price, SP, BOS
Latest News: We will start with the only starter in the SCFE Week 7 Injury Report. Price had his Triple-A rehab start rained out, but proceeded to throw 75 pitches in a sim game anyway. Price declared himself ready, and said he threw all his pitches to both sides of the plate. He will make one more rehab start before a possible return to Boston.
Fantasy Analysis: I was surprised to see Price spoke to real-life reporters to give his update. He had previously said he was on a Twitter-only update plan. In all seriousness, baseball is better when David Price is going good. Assuming no setbacks in his final rehab start, fire him up and hope for the best moving forward.
Jeurys Familia, RP, NYM
Latest News: Familia was experiencing some shoulder and arm discomfort after his brutal blown save last week. The doctors found an arterial blood clot in his armpit area and had to conduct surgery almost immediately. Familia will now not touch a baseball for four weeks and his timetable to return is 3-4 months.
Fantasy Analysis: When there is a timetable that is spelled out in months for a pitcher, always take the over. There is a real possibility that Familia doesn’t pitch again this season. With the way the Mets season is headed, why bother? Addison Reed will step in for Familia, and figures to be a good option on paper, but the long ball has been plaguing him so far.
Aroldis Chapman, RP, NYY
Latest News: Aroldis Chapman landed on the 10-day disabled list, but will miss more time than that as he battles shoulder discomfort.
Fantasy Analysis: In saving a game against Boston, Chapman grabbed at his elbow and his upper arm each once, but said that nothing was wrong. Well, it turns out Chapman was lying and trying to battle through it. He will now miss a month. Dellin Betances will be a Top 5, premier Fantasy closer during his absence.
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