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We’ve got a month in the books already this season.

So far we have seen players like Aledmys Diaz make the most of it after an injury led to opportunity.

On the flip side injured players like Anthony DeSclafani haven’t thrown a single pitch after injury derailed their spring training. Really, though, who hasn’t been injured in the Red’s rotation?

This week we got both Jung-ho Kang and Ben Revere into action for the first time this year. Kang even announced his return with two long balls in his first game back. Both should be fine to insert immediately into lineups going forward.

Keeping an eye on injuries obviously helps you manage the players on your roster, but also helps to identify a Ben Revere that is coming off the DL and available on the waiver wire. With some luck you can even nab the next Aledmys Diaz before that one month break out. Let’s take a look at what we have going on this week with the injury report!

Fantasy Baseball Injury Report

Fantasy Baseball Injuries

Player
Position
Team
Notes
Kyle Schwarber C/OF Chicago Cubs Torn ACL and LCL; out for 2016 season
Robinson Chirinos C Texas Rangers Broken forearm; Placed on 60-day DL, expected to miss 8-12 weeks
Devon Mesoraco C Cincinnati Reds Torn labrum in left shoulder, elected for surgery, likely out for season
Devon Travis 2B Toronto Blue Jays November shoulder surgery; Expected to return in May/June
Jhonny Peralta SS St. Louis Cardinals Ligament tear in thumb; Return possible in mid June
Andrelton Simmons SS LA Angels Torn ligament in thumb; will need surgery, out indefinitely
A.J. Pollock  OF Arizona Diamondbacks Broken elbow; likely out for 2016 season
Rymer Liriano  OF Milwaukee Brewers Facial fractures after hit by pitch; Placed on 60-day DL April 2, return possible in June/July
Andre Ethier OF Los Angeles Dodgers Right tibia fracture; Placed on 60-day DL, return possible in June
Aaron Altherr OF Philadelphia Phillies Underwent wrist surgery on March 9; Out until at least July
Cameron Maybin OF Detroit Tigers Broken wrist; Placed on 15-day DL with return possible in early May
Josh Hamilton OF Texas Rangers October knee surgery; Placed on 15-day DL possible return in May
Shin-Soo Choo OF Texas Rangers Calf strain; Placed on 15-day DL and expected to miss 4-6 weeks
Carlos Carrasco SP Cleveland Indians Hamstring strain; placed on 15 day-DL with return possible in late May
Lance McCullers SP Houston Astros Shoulder soreness; sent on triple-A rehab assignment May 5
Hyun-Jin Ryu SP Los Angeles Dodgers Shoulder surgery in May 2015; Possible return in June
Brett Anderson SP Los Angeles Dodgers Underwent back surgery in March; return possible mid-season
Garrett Richards SP Los Angeles Angels Torn UCL and headed for surgery; could return late 2017
C.J. Wilson SP Los Angeles Angels Shoulder inflammation; Began throwing program April 11, no timetable for return
Andrew Heaney SP Los Angeles Angels Left flexor muscle strain; no timetable to begin throwing after PRP injection
Matt Garza SP Milwaukee Brewers Lat strain; transferred to 60-day DL with return possible in June
Zack Wheeler SP New York Mets Tommy John surgery in March 2015; Return likely in July
Joe Kelly SP Boston Red Sox Right shoulder impingement; placed on 15 day-DL 4/20 with no current timetable
Henderson Alvarez SP Oakland Athletics Shoulder surgery in July 2015; expected return in May
Tyson Ross SP San Diego Padres Shoulder inflammation; eligible to return from 15-day DL April 20 but not expected until May
Yovani Gallardo SP Baltimore Orioles Shoulder tendinitis; placed on 15 day-DL 4/23 with no current timetable
Yu Darvish SP Texas Rangers March 2015 Tommy John surgery; Return likely in May
Alex Cobb SP Tampa Bay Rays Tommy John surgery in May 2015; return likely in August
Eduardo Rodriguez SP Boston Red Sox Kneecap subluxation; began triple-A rehab assignment April 28
Homer Bailey SP Cincinnati Reds Tommy John surgery in May 2015; return possible in June
Michael Lorenzen SP Cincinnati Reds Mild sprain of UCL; Placed on 15-day DL with return possible in May
Anthony DeSclafani SP Cincinnati Reds Strained oblique; felt discomfort during last rehab start April 29
Raisel Iglesias SP Cincinnati Reds Right shoulder impingement; placed on 15-day DL May 1st
A.J. Griffin SP Texas Rangers Right shoulder stiffness; placed on 15-day DL May 8
Huston Street RP Los Angeles Angels Oblique strain; Placed on 15-day DL with no current timetable
Brad Boxberger RP Tampa Bay Rays Underwent surgery March 17; Could return in mid-May
Will Smith RP Milwaukee Brewers Torn lateral collateral ligament; placed on 15-day DL, currently no timetable for return
Corey Knebel RP  Milwaukee Brewers Oblique strain; Placed on 15-day DL with no current timetable
Glen Perkins RP Minnesota Twins Shoulder strain; placed on 15 day-DL with no current timetable

Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Hitters

Mike Moustakas, 3B, Kansas City Royals

After trying to play through what was thought to be a jammed thumb, Moustakas had to sit last Friday when he was unable to grip a bat or fit his hand into a glove due to the swelling. X-rays revealed that Moustakas actually suffered a break in the hand. Luckily, this looks like a minor fracture and Moustakas is only expected to miss two to three weeks.

Alex Rodriguez, DH, NY Yankees

The elder names on the Yankees roster, which is most of them, have started to succumb to their aches and pains. Rodriguez, for example, pulled a hamstring running out a ground ball and will miss at least two weeks, maybe more.

This gives Aaron Hicks an opportunity many thought would arrive at some point. Carlos Beltran moves to the DH with Rodriguez out slotting Hicks into right field most days. Hicks is a highlight reel in waiting on defense and does have some history mashing lefties at the plate. The big test though will be to see if he can begin to figure out right handed pitching with the time he’s got playing full time. If he can hit righties he’s worth an add in most leagues.

Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Pitchers

Garrett Richards, SP, LA Angels

It’s a devastating blow to both the Angels and fantasy owners to lose Richards to Tommy John surgery. In his 34.2 innings this season he had accrued 34 strikeouts to go with an impressive 2.34 ERA and was easily the best the Angels had to offer on the mound. There was some hope that “ace” status could be coming after a full recovery from his last devastating injury, a ruptured patellar tendon in 2014.

After a fairly mundane report of dehydration and fatigue being the reason for a missed bullpen session, then a skip in the rotation, it was shocking to hear that a torn UCL was the real issue. Richards will obviously miss the rest of this season and much of the 2017 season as well as he rehabs. Expect a return somewhere around the beginning of August, 2017 if all goes well. Many are now asking the question, will Mike Trout still be with the club for that return?

Singles

  • Lance McCullers began a triple-A rehab assignment over the weekend and could be close to returning to the Astro’s rotation. If you are looking for pitching and he’s available in your league he could be fantasy relevant very soon.
  • Travis d’Arnaud experienced some pain while throwing the other day and has been shut down from his rehab from a rotator cuff strain. No word yet on how much time this could add to his absence from the Mets.
  • Not that there was much room for hope but it looks like another lost season for Devin Mesoraco is about to be made official. He has chosen, wisely in my opinion, to undergo surgery this week to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. This should effectively end his season. Mesoraco’s catching days may just be over, and the chances of him adding to his stellar season 2014 are dimming.
  • Nick Hundley didn’t last long after returning from a concussion last week. He quickly pulled an oblique muscle and headed right back to the DL. It’s possible he could return in late May, but don’t be surprised if his recovery takes longer.
  • Starlin Castro and Jacoby Ellsbury both missed Monday’s game for the Yankees. Castro tweaked an oblique on Sunday and was available off the bench. Expect him back in the lineup any day. Ellsbury is dealing with a strained hip and could possibly land on the DL if things don’t improve over the next couple days. For now he’s listed as day-to-day.

Thanks for stopping by again this week for our fantasy baseball injury report! Check back again next Tuesday to get the latest on dinged players and how to make the best of the situation.

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Graham is a 20-year veteran of Fantasy Sports and writes about Football and Baseball for SCFE. While he's both won and lost leagues over the years, he contends that fate alone is to blame for the losses. Graham’s days are spent working as an epidemiologist, but it is rumored that he spends every other waking moment studying Fantasy Sports.
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