Welcome to the SCFE Week 8 Injury Report. You know the drill. I’ll provide injury updates on a few of baseball’s best hitters and pitchers. Every single team in your league is dealing with injuries, so dust yourself off and make some adjustments.
This week we cover some good news about some big-time studs, and as always, some Mets updates. I’ll also give you an injury update on a minor leaguer who is knocking on the door for an impact call-up. All of that and more in the Week 8 Injury Report.
Let’s first give a brief follow-up to last week’s SCFE Injury Report. (I’ll try to do this every week.) Not much to report honestly. Logan Forsythe is back and David Price is getting closer.
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 8 INJURY REPORT
Look for your players, or potential trade targets in the SCFE Week 8 Injury Report.
Yoan Moncada, 2B, CHW
Latest News: The update on Moncada is some bad news with good news baked into it. Moncada landed on the Minor League disabled list with a bruised hand. The scan showed no structural damage and the DL stint will be short.
Fantasy Analysis: Moncada landing on the DL is bad news. The fact that Moncada has no structural damage is good news. The best news of all is that the magic Super 2 date for Moncada has passed meaning the White Sox are free to bring him up without losing control of Moncada early. He will be an impact Fantasy player right away. This is the only minor leaguer you will find in the Week 8 Injury Report.
Brian McCann, C, HOU
Latest News: McCann landed on the 7-day concussion DL on May 20. He should be good to return immediately when eligible assuming he shakes off all concussion symptoms.
Fantasy Analysis: Head injuries are never to be taken lightly, but you should be good to re-insert McCann into your lineup when he is eligible. If you need short-term help, Welington Castillo just came off of the DL for the Orioles and Mike Zunino was recalled to Seattle. Either can help in the power department in the meantime.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, TOR
Latest News: Donaldson is finally on a rehab assignment with Single-A Dunedin and appears just a few days away from reactivation.
Fantasy Analysis: Donaldson’s Fantasy owners have been forced to wait amid some miscommunications from Toronto manager John Gibbons. The good news is the rehab assignment is underway, and the habitual MVP candidate will be back in your lineup sooner rather than later.
Mitch Haniger, OF, SEA
Latest News: Haniger begins a rehab assignment in the next couple of days and is said to be on track to return before the end of May.
Fantasy Analysis: This update is just a reminder to make sure no one dropped Haniger in any of your leagues. Haniger was a hot sleeper during draft season and started the season hot. He can help your team in all of the major categories, so make sure to check on Haniger’s availability.
Steven Matz, SP, NYM
Latest News: Steven Matz made his first rehab start and is expected to make two more before possibly rejoining the New York rotation. He threw 53 pitches in his first rehab outing, throwing in the mid-to-high 90s. That’s good news, but obviously Matz needs to be stretched out some more.
Fantasy Analysis: I know it is unusual to read positive Mets news in these injury reports, but here we are. Matz is a supreme talent and a pitcher that can help Fantasy teams when he is right. But at what point does Matz become “the boy who cried wolf”? He shows some upside and then breaks your heart with another injury, every time. I am officially off the train of believers. Hop back on at your own risk.
Jon Gray, SP, COL
Latest News: Gray was placed on the disabled list during the second week of the season and has been on the shelf since then. Bud Black told MLB Network that Gray is “three weeks away.”
Fantasy Analysis: Gray is the rare pitcher that seemed to master pitching at Coors Field last year. If someone in your league was forced to drop him, snag him and wait. It will be a long winding road back for Gray, but he has proven that he is worth the roster spot.
Phil Hughes, SP, MIN
Latest News: Hughes landed on the 10-day DL on May 22 with some arm soreness. The quotes after the game paint a very bad picture for the immediate Fantasy outlook for Hughes.
Fantasy Analysis: Hughes stated after the game that he was experiencing “a lot of the same symptoms he felt last year.” That is obviously a major red flag as Hughes had surgery last season for thoracic outlet syndrome. Hughes was at one point an electric young arm out of the World Series winning New York Yankees pen, but eight years later, it is very possible that we have seen the last of Hughes on a Major League mound.
Corey Kluber, SP, CLE
Latest News: Kluber will make a Triple-A rehab start for Columbus on May 25. He is expected to throw around 75 pitches.
Fantasy Analysis: Kluber landing on the DL was the thing everyone saw coming this season after the insane amount of pitches and innings he threw deep into October. If Kluber comes out of the rehab start feeling good, he will rejoin the Indian rotation next week. That is big news for the underachieving Indians, and for your Fantasy rotation as well.
Cam Bedrosian, RP, LAA
Latest News: Bedrosian threw a bullpen session on May 22 and will need a rehab appearance or two before rejoining the bullpen.
Fantasy Analysis: I am covering Bedrosian in this injury report so I can type this unexpected question out: are we sure he can reclaim his closer job from Bud Norris? Wow, 2017. What a time to be alive.
James Paxton, SP, SEA
Latest News: Paxton is eyeing a May 31 return to the Seattle rotation. Seattle has had a rough season so far on the injury front, but reinforcements are coming.
Fantasy Analysis: Paxton was arguably a Top 10 starting pitcher at the time he went down. That is the problem with Paxton though, he remains a health risk and a poor bet to finish the season without another DL trip. All you can do is pray for good health and enjoy Paxton while the going is good. And hold your breath every time the dominant lefty winds up.
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