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“So-Called” Fantasy Injury Report: Billy, Are You OK?

We are into only our second week and the injuries are piling up already.

To keep this report from going on like a “Game of Thrones” novel, I’m going to focus on players injured this week or that are expected back in the near term.

That uncontrollable anxiety you are feeling means it’s Tuesday and time to check out this week’s injury report!

Fantasy Injury Report: Hitters

Billy Hamilton, OF, Cincinnati

With all those stolen bases Hamilton seems to have jammed his index finger while sliding and took the day off Monday. Of all the days, he missed the start against Jon Lester who hasn’t dared to throw to first base since 2013. Hamilton should be back in the lineup today.

Hanley Ramirez, SS/OF, Boston

Ramirez left Monday’s game after fouling a ball off his right foot. A CT scan was clean and he’s expected to play today. Exhale…

Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati

Mesoraco has had a troublesome hip this spring and stayed in Cincinnati for an MRI Monday. He’s listed as day to day at this point and will need to be monitored as the results of his testing come back.

Michael Saunders, OF, Toronto

I was all ready to tell you to pick up Saunders if he’s available on your waiver wire until he was removed from a rehab game on Sunday with hamstring tightness. He’s returning from knee surgery and is a week or so away from joining the team. The latest issue sounds precautionary and he is still on track to make his first appearance sometime in the next couple weeks. If he can stay healthy he provides power and speed to a potent Blue Jays lineup. I’ve heard someone predict that he could still have a 20/20 season, but that might be a little optimistic. Still, Saunders is worth the speculative add if you have the space.

Yan Gomes, C, Cleveland

Gomes took the brunt of a Rajai Davis slide at home plate on Saturday to his right knee and suffered a moderate sprain of the medial collateral ligament. This is a big blow to both the Indians and fantasy teams as he will be out at least 6-8 weeks. We can hope that he comes back sometime in June.

Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland

Back spasm have bothered Brantley all spring. An MRI on Friday showed a lower back strain but he still played and even hit a double. It is hoped that he can avoid a trip to the DL by resting it as necessary but for now you will need to monitor whether he’s in the lineup daily. If you are in a league that locks lineups weekly it might be best to sit him until you see him play multiple games in a row.

Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh

PIT-McCutchen-Keith-Allison, Fantasy Injury ReportAndrew, are you hurt or not? This situation is more up and down than my fifth grade romance with Kimberly whatever her name was. McCutchen pulled himself out of the game Friday night due to a sore left knee, then sat out Saturday.

It appeared that his lower body issue from this spring is lingering and might be a bigger issue than we all thought. By Sunday he was back to hitting three-run homers. At this point if he’s in the Pirates starting lineup he should also be in yours.

Brett Gardner, OF, New York Yankees

Gardner was hit by a pitch Monday night in the wrist but x-rays came back negative.  We’ll have to see today if there are developments on how long he might be out.

Casey McGehee, 3B, San Francisco

The Giants third baseman felt a sharp pain in his knee while attempting to run out a fly ball on Saturday. He feared it was much worse than the bone bruise that was diagnosed. He should only miss a game or two after a cortisone shot.

Kole Calhoun, OF, LA Angels

Calhoun was surprisingly absent from Sunday’s lineup card. It was originally reported that it was just a day off for the Angel’s outfielder, but news surfaced later that his right calf was tight and led to the scratch. He was also left off the starting lineup Monday but was used as a pinch hitter during the game. More than the hit he got this demonstrates that the issue is not serious and that he should be fine in the near future.

Anthony Rendon, 2B/3B, Washington

For those that own the Nationals third baseman the weekly injury report should be familiar reading material by now. The rehab continues and this week Rendon took ground balls. However, he still experienced discomfort while moving laterally. He is still weeks away in a best case scenario. So, we’ll see you back here next week, same time same place.

Jayson Werth, OF, Washington

Werth returned to the Nationals Monday and went 0 for 3 in his first big league action this year.  He should be fine after he shakes the rust off.

Shin-Soo Choo, OF, Texas

Choo left Friday’s game with back spasms and sat out Saturday.  He was not in the starting lineup Sunday but pinch hit during the game.  He is touch and go as his back loosens and the Rangers stay conservative after last year’s chronic injury problems.

Fantasy Injury Report: Pitchers

Felix Hernandez, SP, Seattle

The King left Sunday’s start in the fifth inning due to tightness in his quadriceps. It was supposedly just precautionary and he is expected to make his next start on Saturday.  Keep an eye on his status up to the weekend just to make sure he’s good to go.

Derek Holland, SP, Texas

The unfortunate Rangers got stung yet again by the injury bug when Holland exited after only one inning in his first start of the season. He was clearly in pain while pitching and was diagnosed with a subscapular strain in his shoulder. He has been placed on the 60-DL and is not eligible to return until June 10th at the earliest.

Yordano Ventura, SP, Kansas City

For the second time in as many starts Ventura has suffered from cramping. The Royals are hoping to tweak his diet and fluid intake so that this doesn’t become a recurring theme going forward. He should be fine for his next start.

Chris Sale, SP, Chicago White Sox

Sale pitched six innings allowing one run while fanning eight in his first start back from the DL. Start him as your ace from here out.

Jenrry Mejia, RP, NY Mets

Mejia was placed on the 15-day DL last week after experiencing elbow stiffness while warming up opening day. One more small detail here. Mejia also tested positive for stanozolol last week, an easily detectable steroid. He has been suspended for 80 games and now has plenty of time to rest his elbow. If you haven’t grabbed Jeurys Familia off waivers someone else in your league probably already has. If Familia struggles Bobby Parnell is lurking and expected to return from Tommy John surgery in the next month or so.

Joe Nathan, RP, Detroit

Nathan started the season with many doubters and a right flexor strain hasn’t helped. He’s now on the 15-day DL and might be back in late April. Joakim Soria is filling in for now but could end up with the job for good at some point this season.

Henderson Alvarez, SP, Miami

An MRI Monday revealed both shoulder and elbow inflammation for Miami’s opening day starter.  He’s been placed on the 15-day disabled list. There is currently no timetable for his return.

Ian Kennedy, SP, San Diego

Kennedy has been placed on the DL after pulling his hamstring in his first start Thursday. The Padres are hoping to get him back after missing two starts in late April.

Garrett Richards, SP, L.A. Angels

Richards says he is ready to go but the Angels aren’t taking any chances.  He will start a Triple-A game in Salt Lake on Tuesday and could return to the team to start a game around April 19.

Billy Hamilton Photo Credit: Keith Allison

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