As we move into the regular season, staying on top of injuries will benefit both the season-long and Daily Fantasy Baseball players.
So, to help your Fantasy Baseball teams each week, we’ll provide an injury report to keep you in the know about current events.
This will not only lead to injured players staying out of your lineup, but also allows a good Fantasy player to exploit these situations — particularly in the daily game.
Each week we will run through the latest while going a little more in depth with a couple highlight players.
Let’s get up to date on the current injury situations as we get ready for the first week of the regular season.
Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Hitters
Anthony Rendon, 3B, Washington
Rendon suffered an MCL sprain to his left knee on March 9 diving for a ground ball which at first seemed minor. Fast forward three weeks and the knee is still bothering him to the point that Opening Day availability is now in question. More fearful is the fact that Rendon made a trip to the famed Dr. James Andrews, ender of Fantasy seasons. Rendon will start the season on the 15-day disabled list.
#Nats Manager Matt Williams said the third opinion on Anthony Rendon's left knee sprain confirmed the first two. He will continue rehab.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 1, 2015
Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore
Tommy John surgery for a non-pitcher is not as big a deal, but still it takes some time to recover. Wieters is progressing, but is a sure thing for the DL to start this year. There is no timetable right now, but a mid-to-late April return is a possibility.
J.J. Hardy, SS, Baltimore
After a collision with teammate Jonathan Schoop, Hardy’s shoulder paid the price. He’s likely to join Matt Wieters on the DL for the Orioles and could be back in mid-to-late April as well.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B/3B and Victor Martinez, DH/1B, Detroit
Both of these veteran sluggers are good to go for Opening Day after recovering from offseason tune ups.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NY Mets
The Mets middle infielder has had hamstring problems and is iffy for opening day. You will need to watch his situation to see whether he’s OK for the first week. If Murphy is unable to go, Danny Muno who is hitting .381 in Spring Training, may see time in his place.
Jayson Werth, OF, Washington
Off-season shoulder surgery has kept Werth out of Spring Training until this week. He went 1 for 2 with double on Monday in his first action back. While he will not play to start the season Werth is hoping to return in mid-April, although, no firm date has been set. It looks like Tyler Moore and Michael Saunders will start alongside Bryce Harper in the Nationals’ outfield.
BREAKING: Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth will start the season on the disabled list. Mets won't have to face them. pic.twitter.com/RoOo6sNEQc
— GENY Mets Report (@genymets) April 1, 2015
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, NY Yankees
The Yankees center fielder appears to have put his oblique strain behind him and is a full go to start the season.
Hunter Pence, OF, San Francisco
A broken forearm thanks to an errant pitch has put the current consecutive games leader on the shelf just 14 seasons short of Ripken’s record. Pence should be back in early May if all goes well.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado:
It just seems like I should mention him here…
Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Pitchers
Koji Uehara, RP, Boston
Uehara last pitched on March 14 due to a troublesome hamstring. He felt a twinge during a bullpen session on Monday and appears to have had a setback. It is unlikely that he will be ready for the start of the season and is headed for the DL.
Uehara even admitted that he doesn’t know when he will be back at this point. Edward Mujica will be pushed into the closer position and is someone to target for owners in need a short-term fix in the saves department.
Yu Darvish, SP, Texas; Zack Wheeler, SP, N.Y. Mets
If you unfortunately drafted either of these guys, it’s OK to drop them now. Both have had Tommy John surgery and are out until sometime next year.
Adam Wainwright, SP, St. Louis
An abdominal injury sidelined Wainwright this spring, but he appears to be back on track. He has been named the Cardinals’ Opening Day starter.
— MLB (@MLB) March 31, 2015
Justin Verlander, SP, Detroit
A triceps cramp could send Verlander to the DL to start the year. However, it sounds like it would likely be a short stint with him possibly making his season debut on April 12th
Chris Sale, SP, Chicago White Sox
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Sale broke his foot while unloading his truck and will hopefully hire others to do this for him in the future.
He is pitching in a game this week, but will still be a little late to the show.
Expect him back in a week or two into the season.
Garrett Richards, SP, LA Angels
A freak injury last year led to knee surgery for Richards. He is going to miss a start or two but should be ready to return in late April.
Alex Cobb, SP, Tampa Bay
Many in the Fantasy community are concerned with Cobb due to his forearm tendinitis, but the Rays seem confident he should return by the end of April. Cross your fingers on this one …
Drew Smyly, SP Tampa Bay
Another up-and-coming starter for the Rays, Smyly has had shoulder problems this spring. If things go well, he could be pitching in games by the end of April.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LA Dodgers:
For the third time in the last year, Ryu has a sore shoulder. He has been shut down for two weeks to let him rest. An MRI revealed no structural damage, but chronic shoulder issues are a concern going forward.
Kenley Jansen, RP, LA Dodgers; Jake McGee, RP, Tampa Bay; Sean Doolittle, RP, Oakland
This trio of closers are recovering from various issues and are all out until late April at the earliest.
Koji Uehara Photo Credit: Brian Sikorski