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It’s time for another Fantasy Baseball injury report here at So-Called Fantasy Experts!

We are now moving towards June and are a third of the way through baseball season! We are also finally to the point that what were small aberrations at one time can be considered as larger trends moving forward. I’m talking to you Justin Upton…

During that first month of the season it can be tough to differentiate an Aledmys Diaz from a Jeremy Hazelbaker. However, now that we’ve got some data to digest it can help to tease out which players could be for real long term. While this is nice when picking up the right player to fill in a gap, it also points us towards injured players.

Baseball players that have been struggling all season but have a consistent history of production need to be considered for possible injury. With a known commodity age and injury are the two most likely culprits for prolonged droughts of productivity. Even if a player isn’t really injured, at this point some teams will magically come up with one to allow a player a break. Then, they will ramp the player back up and give them some time in the minors to work out kinks.

Don’t be surprised to see others join Sonny Gray on the “injury report” in the coming weeks as teams attempt to jump start players or deal with previously undiagnosed issues as they pop up. Let’s see who made the cut this week!

Fantasy Baseball Injury Report

Fantasy Baseball Injuries

Player
Position
Team
Notes
Alex Rodriguez DH New York Yankees Hamstring strain; could return this week
Robinson Chirinos C Texas Rangers Broken forearm; placed on 60-day DL, expected to miss 8-12 weeks
Travis d’Arnaud C New York Mets Rotator cuff strain; received PRP injection with no current timetable
Nick Hundley C Colorado Rockies Oblique strain; placed on 15-day DL May 6 with return possible in late May
Devon Travis 2B Toronto Blue Jays November shoulder surgery; Moved to Triple-A, rehab assignnment May 19 with return expected in late May/early June
Jed Lowrie 2B Oakland Athletics Shin contusion; Beginning triple-A rehab assignment, could return to major league club any day
Logan Forsythe 2B Tampa Bay Rays Hairline fracture in shoulder; placed on 15-day DL May 14 with return possible in mid-June
Jhonny Peralta SS St. Louis Cardinals Ligament tear in thumb; Sent on Class A rehab assignment May 20
Andrelton Simmons SS Los Angeles Angels Torn ligament in thumb; Return possible in late June
Ketel Marte SS Seattle Mariners Thumb sprain; Placed on 15-day DL with return likely in early June
Mike Moustakas 3B Kansas City Royals Left thumb fracture; Return possible in late May
Josh Reddick  OF Oakland Athletics Broken thumb; Consulting with hand specialist, return possible in late June
A.J. Pollock  OF Arizona Diamondbacks Broken elbow; Likely out for 2016 season
David Peralta  OF Arizona Diamondbacks Sore wrist; Placed on 15-day DL with return possible in early June
Domingo Santana  OF Milwaukee Brewers Shoulder strain; Placed on 15-day DL May 20 with no current timetable
Rymer Liriano  OF Milwaukee Brewers Facial fractures after hit by pitch; Placed on 60-day DL April 2, return possible in June/July
Jason Heyward OF Chicago Cubs Rib cage contusion; Listed as day-to-day and could return this week
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
Michael Brantley OF Cleveland Indians Shoulder inflammation; Placed back on 15-day DL and received anti-inflammatory injection May 17, no current timetable
Christian Yelich OF Miami Marlins Back spasms; Sat out May 21-22 and listed as day-to-day
Josh Hamilton OF Texas Rangers Left knee surgery; will miss rest of 2016 season
Kevin Kiermaier OF Tampa Bay Rays Broken left hand; Placed on 15-day DL May 22
Carlos Gomez OF Houston Astros Bruised rib cage; Could return by end of May
Carlos Carrasco SP Cleveland Indians Hamstring strain; Threw simulated game May 19 with return expected in late May
Kyle Gibson SP Minnesota Twins Right shoulder strain; scheduled to throw batting practice May 19
Hyun-Jin Ryu SP Los Angeles Dodgers Shoulder surgery in May 2015; Sent on Class A Advanced rehab assignment May 15
Brett Anderson SP Los Angeles Dodgers Underwent back surgery in March; return possible mid-season
Garrett Richards SP Los Angeles Angels Torn UCL; elected against Tommy John surgery for stem cell therapy, could possibly return in August
C.J. Wilson SP Los Angeles Angels Shoulder inflammation; Expected to begin rehab assignment shortly and could return in early June
Andrew Heaney SP Los Angeles Angels Left flexor muscle strain; transferred to 60-day DL with return possible in August
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
Steven Matz SP New York Mets Elbow soreness; will miss next start
Sonny Gray SP Oakland Athletics  Right trapezius strain; placed on 15-day DL with no current timetable
Henderson Alvarez SP Oakland Athletics Recovering from shoulder surgery; Felt soreness in shoulder during latest rehab start and shut down, no current timetable
Tyson Ross SP San Diego Padres Shoulder inflammation; Possibly after All-Star break
Andrew Cashner SP San Diego Padres Hamstring strain; Scheduled to start May 24
Yovani Gallardo SP Baltimore Orioles Shoulder tendinitis; Placed on 15 day-DL with return possible in early June
Yu Darvish SP Texas Rangers March 2015 Tommy John surgery; Scheduled to start first MLB game since surgery on May 28
Alex Cobb SP Tampa Bay Rays Tommy John surgery in May 2015; return likely in August
Eduardo Rodriguez SP Boston Red Sox Kneecap subluxation; suffered setback but scheduled to return to rehab  assignment on May 24
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; threw bullpen session May 14
Raisel Iglesias SP Cincinnati Reds Right shoulder impingement; Began throwing again with return possible in late May
A.J. Griffin SP Texas Rangers Right shoulder stiffness; placed on 15-day DL May 8
Luis Severino SP New York Yankees Right triceps strain; placed on 15-day DL on May 14 with no current timetable
Huston Street RP Los Angeles Angels Oblique strain; Placed on 15-day DL with return possible in late May
Brad Boxberger RP Tampa Bay Rays Underwent surgery March 17; Sent on triple-A rehab assignment May 21
Will Smith RP Milwaukee Brewers Torn lateral collateral ligament; Placed on 15-day DL, trhew extended bullpen session May 18, could begin rehab assignment shortly
Corey Knebel RP Milwaukee Brewers Oblique strain; Placed on 15-day DL, expected to throw bullpen session May 20
Glen Perkins RP Minnesota Twins Shoulder strain; placed on 15 day-DL with no current timetable

 

Hitters

Lucas Duda, 1B, New York Mets

 

After sitting out for a couple games due to back pain and then returning to action, the tone took a turn for the worst over the weekend with Duda. The Mets announced Monday that he has a stress fracture in his back and will miss at least six weeks, possibly more.

The slugger wasn’t tearing up Fantasy leagues but he will be missed from a lineup that needs him. Ty Kelly has been promoted from Triple-A to help out while Michael Conforto begins to take grounders as a possibility for now. Longer term, Wilmer Flores is likely to take much of the action at first once he is able to return from the disabled list.

Kevin Kiermaier, OF, Tampa Bay Rays

 

Kiermaier is usually better known for his defense than for winning Fantasy Baseball leagues. Still, he was likely an OF5 in deeper leagues and had five homers along with six steals on the year. He bent his wrist back attempting to make a diving catch on Saturday breaking two bones in the process. Preliminary word out of Tampa says Kiermaier will miss 8-10 weeks with this issue.

Its time to pick up someone like Cameron Maybin to fill the spot since Tampa’s defensive star is going to miss some significant time. In deeper formats it may be worth taking a look at Mikie Mahtook. He was called up from Triple-A after the injury, plays center field, and was hitting .333/.416/.487 in the minors. Remember he also hit .295 and jacked nine homers in a little over 100 at-bats filling in last year.

 

Pitchers

Sonny Gray, SP, Oakland Athletics

 

The question with Gray is whether this is a trapezius strain or a “trapezius strain.” After posting a 6.19 ERA and 4.5 BB/9 through 48 innings this year, something is amiss with Oakland’s ace. The hope is that regardless of the reason, taking a couple weeks off then ramping back up could help the situation.

I think we can all agree that he is better off taking a break than destroying both the Athletics and your Fantasy team’s year. There is no timetable for now so we will have to see once Gray begins a throwing program to get a feel for a return date.

Yu Darvish, SP, Texas Rangers

Darvish finished up his last rehab outing by pitching six scoreless innings to go with six strikeouts and seems ready to go for the Rangers. The team has been without Darvish since March of 2015 when he was lost to Tommy John surgery. After the long road back, Darvish is set to make his first major league start since 2014. It should be interesting to see the Ranger’s pitcher get back into action, but the hype over his return is probably overdone.

If he’s available on the waiver wire, he’s worth an add, but keep a couple things in mind. Pitchers often struggle with command when returning from Tommy John and Darvish has never been huge on command to begin with. The Rangers will also put an innings cap on their best arm which could limit his depth in games or lead to him getting shut down later in the season.

Still, Darvish is a good pitcher and has been an excellent source of strikeouts in the past so there is a good chance he can help a Fantasy team. Just remember it’s going to take some time to get the old Yu back.

 

Singles

  • Miguel Cabrera took a pitch off his knee and had to exit the game on May 22. The team is calling it a knee contusion and Miggy shouldn’t be out more than another day or two.
  • Alex Gordon collided with Mike Moustakas on May 22 while trying to make a play and was later pulled for a pinch hitter. It looks like he is headed for 3-4 weeks on the disabled list with a broken bone in his right wrist.
  • Devon Travis has moved up to Triple-A in his rehab from shoulder surgery. He could be back to the big leagues sooner than later and should be stashed now if possible in all formats.
  • Jason Heyward made an excellent play tracking down a fly ball in AT&T Park before colliding with the wall in right field on 20 May. An MRI showed a mild rib cage bruise, so Heyward should be able to return to his mediocre Fantasy production any day.

Thanks for dropping by to check out the Fantasy Baseball injury report this week!  Make sure to check back again next Tuesday for the latest around the league!

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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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