Welcome to the SCFE Week 9 Injury Report. The hits keep on coming, and this might be my least favorite week yet. Huge news about baseball’s best player, Mike Trout, is to follow. The news on Trout is so bad that I tried to balance it out with some positive Met news, as rare as that may be.
This week the New York Met carousel gives us updates on two starting pitchers and their best hitter, so stay tuned. This baseball season feels a lot like a football season, for all the wrong reasons.
Let’s first give a brief follow-up to last week’s SCFE Injury Report. I gave you a lot of guys who were close to returning, while Josh Donaldson was the only one who did. The rest are right behind him, with a few guys providing updates again in the SCFE Week 9 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.
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. I say that every week to try to keep you guys positive.
WEEK 9 INJURY REPORT
Look for your players or potential trade targets in the SCFE Week 9 Injury Report.
Joc Pederson, OF, LAD
Latest News: Two weeks ago, I updated you on Pederson having a chance to have a short stay on the disabled list with a concussion. That turned out to be too optimistic. A week removed from his concussion, Pederson is still experiencing “mild” concussion symptoms.
Fantasy Analysis: Mild or not, this is not something the Dodgers will take lightly. Concussions are one of the most unpredictable injuries, as they can linger for a long time. Los Angeles will be patient here, and you should too. Pederson started extremely slow and is a part of a usually crowded outfield. You can move on to a hot waiver wire addition without stressing Pederson too much.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, NYM
Latest News: Sandy Alderson, General Manager of the Mets, spoke with reporters and updated the status of three players in the Week 9 Injury Report. Cespedes had a minor setback during his rehab with right quad soreness. Cespedes is rehabbing a left hamstring injury. Alderson stated Cespedes is now 7-to-10 days away.
Fantasy Analysis: The setback doesn’t appear to be anything serious, as it did not affect the return timeline all that much. Cespedes will have the added benefit of DHing next week against Texas if he returns on schedule, which is good news for him and for you. The buy-low window on Cespedes is closing fast as his owners can now see the light at the end of the dark Met tunnel.
Mike Trout, OF, LAA
Latest News: This is by far the worst of the week. Trout landed on the 10-day disabled list after injuring his thumb in a head-first slide into second base. The Angels announced that Trout will have surgery and miss two months, best-case scenario.
Fantasy Analysis: Ouch. This sucks. There is no way to replace Trout. Your team will not be the same until he is back. Trout is the best player of our generation and on his way to being the all-time best. He is the closest thing we have to an irreplaceable Fantasy asset. His replacement, Eric Young Jr., will provide some speed. I am sorry, nothing I can say can make this any better. You just have to hope the Angels stay competitive and wait because if they don’t, there will be no rush at all to bring Trout back.
Corey Kluber, RHP, CLE
Latest News: The Indians announced that Corey Kluber will return on June 1. He made a rehab start in Columbus and looked good, but most importantly, he came out healthy.
Fantasy Analysis: Kluber’s return provides a big boost to the Indians and Fantasy staffs nationwide. I would normally advise on waiting for one positive start before inserting a pitcher into your lineup. However, Kluber has earned enough trust that you can start him immediately, though. An injury was somewhat predictable with Kluber’s heavy workload last season, so let’s hope this is all Kluber needed to finish the rest of the year strong.
Charlie Morton, RHP, HOU
Latest News: Morton landed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained lat, and will be shut down for a week before being re-evaluated. Morton figures to miss more than a week, as these typically aren’t easy injuries for power pitchers to return from.
Fantasy Analysis: I know what the common fan is thinking. Why do we care about Charlie Morton? Unless you own or have streamed Morton, you probably don’t realize he has been throwing 98 mph with movement. He is a borderline hold at this point. Find some streamers you like in the meantime.
Alex Wood, LHP, LAD
Latest News: Wood landed on the 10-day DL, but is only expected to miss one start. He has inflammation in his SC joint, but the reports are reassuring for Wood owners.
Fantasy Analysis: Alex Wood is 6-0. and has won his last five starts. He has been the second-best LA Dodger starter. All parties involved can breathe a sigh of relief. Let’s hope this is a small speed bump in Wood’s breakout campaign.
Danny Duffy, LHP, KC
Latest News: Duffy got smacked around by the Indians on May 28. That is bad news for the up-and-down lefty. The worse news is Duffy landed on the DL after the game and will miss 6-to-8 weeks with a strained oblique.
Fantasy Analysis: Once again, when a pitcher’s injury timeline is measured in months – take the over. Duffy’s injury could have a much larger impact than people realize, as this could be the development that ultimately forces KC into a full fire sale. Closer Kelvin Herrera could be the first to go, and may not be a closer wherever he ends up. Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, and Mike Moustakas could also be traded. Now might not be a bad time to shop some Royals around in your league.
Steven Matz, Robert Gsellman, and Seth Lugo, LHP, RHP, RHP, NYM
Latest News: Gsellman isn’t injured! Just wanted to get that out there. The other two are and all three are affected. Matz threw five perfect innings on his rehab assignment, and Lugo came out of his rehab start feeling good as well. Both will make one more rehab start.
Fantasy Analysis: The important news here is that GM Sandy Alderson stated that when they are ready, both Lugo and Matz will join the Major League rotation. Lugo’s rotation spot was a little bit up in the air, so while this is a positive development for him, it will leave Gsellman as the odd man out.
Gsellman has struggled badly so far but had finally delivered a good start his last time out. But with Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Zack Wheeler, there is no room for Gsellman. He is safe to drop while Lugo and Matz figure to be interesting upside pickups as they near their returns.
Thanks for reading the SCFE Week 9 Injury Report. Check back next week.
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