Part of a successful strategy in yearly fantasy baseball is selling high and buying low. Grab a player in a slump you have confidence will rebound and use that guy playing way over his head you picked up to get him.
Baseball is often a game of streaks for individual players and can be manipulated. This includes injuries. A frustrated owner will often unload a player fresh onto the DL at a discount, but as an owner you need to decide which players are worth the risk.
Troy Tulowitzki makes his first appearance on our injury report this season today. He got right back in the lineup, but his lower body issues are well documented and this could be our first warning. So, do you deal him or buy him?
Each owner needs to weigh their tolerance for risk in a situation like this. The risk for Tulo going down for an extended period is high, but if you can get him for half price and are open to sky diving, shark cages, etc. you might grab him and see what happens.
For my two cents I will say that if I have him and can get 70-80% value I would deal him now, but I also own zero shares of the Rockies shortstop because that injury risk always scares me. However, I have also never been sky diving, so take that for what it’s worth. Let’s see who else makes the list this week.
“So-Called” Fantasy Injury Report: Hitters
Ike Davis, 1B, Oakland
Davis is expected to miss somewhere in the neighborhood of three to six weeks with a quadriceps strain. He’s been put on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 14. Oakland has quite a few options at first and will probably use a combination of guys to handle the vacancy.
Jose Reyes, SS, Toronto
It looks like Reyes will finally start a rehab assignment this week, which means he could be getting close to a return. He took batting practice last week without issue, a good sign with a finicky rib. He’s a week or two away still, but he’s making progress.
Devon Travis, 2B, Toronto
After casting himself as the waiver wire steal of the early season Travis has begun to cool off. Still, he’s sporting a .271 average and has entrenched himself at the top of the Blue Jays order. He had to be removed on Saturday and was absent Sunday and Monday due to left shoulder irritation. He’s day to day for now and will need to be monitored to see if this disappears or turns into a DL sort of thing.
Kelly Johnson, 3B, Atlanta
I just picked this guy up in a league in an attempt to boost my power. So, of course an oblique strain landed him on the 15-day DL in his next game. In leagues with a shallow DL he might just get dropped. This guy isn’t going to win you your league, but is worth a look in deep leagues once he comes back if available.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado
Troy, I’ve been reserving a space for you right here. Welcome, we will keep this spot warm for you. Tulo tweaked his quad on Friday and missed the weekend’s games. The team is saying this is not DL worthy, but lower body issues and Troy Tulowitzki are the Brangelina of baseball, inseparable. Tulo was back in the lineup Monday, but I would be concerned right now if I owned him. If you are very brave you can probably get him at a discount from a panicky owner, but this is playing with fire.
Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee
Gomez tried to sneak back on our report for this week, but he is not expected to stay. He bounced a pitch off the side of his helmet on Sunday and after some preliminary concern tests showed he had no concussion, just a bruise. He was back in the starting lineup Monday and jacked a homer, so nice try Carlos but back to work.
Jean Segura, SS, Milwaukee
Segura broke his right pinkie finger last Wednesday during a slide and while he wanted to try to play through, the Brewers decided a DL stint was best as he heals. This is likely a two to three week sort of thing, but we will watch to make sure he’s back sometime around the end of May.
Kris Bryant, 3B, Chicago
Step back from the ledge. Bryant left Sunday’s game after feeling under the weather, but this doesn’t sound serious. He just had a little flu or something and should be fine. Watch for him in the Cub’s lineup today.
Yasiel Puig, OF, LA Dodgers
A setback on May 8 has led to Puig being shut back down for now. His hamstring has not cooperated so his return date will be moved back a little. On the bright side at least no new damage has been found. He could be ready in the first week or two of June, but hamstrings as we see are troublesome. I am getting concerned that even when back Puig may be hesitant to push it due to risk of re-injuring the muscle. We could see a scenario where his steals take a hit for the rest of the year.
Yan Gomes, C, Cleveland
Gomes began a rehab assignment in triple-A yesterday which means he is close. If someone dropped him in your league grab him now before the rush that will be coming. He should hang out in the minors for the next 10-14 days and then rejoin the club going forward.
Carlos Santana, 1B, Cleveland
Back spasms led to Santana being scratched yesterday from the lineup. No word yet on whether he might need a couple days off to rest the back. Check the Indians lineup today to see where he’s at.
Austin Jackson, OF, Seattle
A triple-A rehab assignment is keeping Jackson busy these days after an ankle sprain. He went 2-for-4 on his first game back and looks to be there for a week or more while getting himself ready to return to big league games.
David Wright, 3B, NY Mets
Well at least it doesn’t sound like Wright’s hamstring is bothering him anymore. He returned to all baseball activities short of swinging a bat yesterday. Now it’s the back we need to be concerned about. If Wright can continue to recover, then complete a rehab assignment in the minors we could see him by the end of May.
Travis d’Arnaud, C, NY Mets
There’s a chance d’Arnaud might actually be back before David Wright. He’s now swinging a bat and working on stamina to catch an entire game. With some luck we could see him playing with the Mets before June.
Jayson Werth, OF, Washington
Werth got plunked on the wrist by a pitch on Friday and sat out over the weekend. X-rays were negative but the team still took a look at the wrist with an MRI yesterday. Results were not available last night so look for an update today. For now he is day to day.
Wil Myers, OF, San Diego
In the midst of a great start to the season is not when Myers planned to develop tendonitis in his wrist. He’s hitting .291 with 28 runs, 5 dingers and 19 RBI so far. He is going to avoid the DL with this and the Padres hope to have him back today. Check San Diego’s lineup to make sure he’s back in there and we can hope this issue is behind him.
Josh Hamilton, OF, Texas
It looks like Hamilton will appear for the first time this season next week with the Rangers. They got him for close to nothing and will see if he’s able to recapture any of his 2012 season in Texas. If not, they really haven’t lost much.
Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati
I’m done trying to figure out what’s going on with Mesoraco. He’s being used as a pinch hitter, but there has been mention that he might not be able to catch all year. This might work in the AL, but in the national league you need to play a position to get plate appearances. It’s tough to drop a guy like this, but I’m not sure there is much left for options here. I definitely would not be starting him or planning to unless he gets traded somewhere he can DH.
Corey Dickerson, OF, Colorado
It looks like the plantar fasciitis might have finally caught up to the Rockies outfielder. He aggravated the injury Saturday and might be headed for the disabled list. The frightening thing here is Dickerson mentioned that he didn’t know if the 15-day DL would be enough to fix the problem. So, that leaves us with two options. He either tries to play through this all year or gets shut down for an extended period to let it heal. Both sound less than ideal to me.
Justin Morneau, 1B, Colorado
After straining his neck while diving on Saturday Morneau reportedly began suffering concussion like symptoms. He has a long history with this so the team will not be taking any chances. He was put on the seven day concussion disabled list and will be able to return this weekend if his head clears.
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, Minnesota
Arcia was just starting to warm up before injuring his hip. I was originally hoping he might be ready to head back to the field this week, but it looks like he is actually still a couple weeks away. He’s hitting in a batting cage which means he has multiple steps left before getting into major league game action.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NY Yankees
X-rays are negative on the Yankees hitter but he might miss a few days after taking a sinker to his big toe on Sunday. He’s day to day for now so you will need to check the lineup until he slots back in.
“So-Called” Fantasy Injury Report: Pitchers
Sean Doolittle, RP, Oakland
The A’s closer is working through a rehab assignment and if all goes well should join the club around the beginning of June. He hasn’t reported any discomfort in his shoulder but has given up a couple homers and needs to shake the rust off before heading up to the bigs.
Kenley Jansen, RP, LA Dodgers
Jansen jumped right back into the closer job in LA after returning over the weekend. He notched his first save Sunday and should be the ninth inning guy from here out.
Jake McGee, RP, Tampa Bay
It’s less clear in Tampa who has what role. McGee did hit 97 mph with his fastball in his first inning pitched with the Rays on Sunday and looked very good. Tampa Bay may have a committee or situational usage deal setting up with two excellent late inning pitchers to choose from.
Drew Pomeranz, SP, Oakland
Pomeranz left Monday’s start after 4 1/3 innings due to tightness in his shoulder, specifically his AC joint. He’s had issues with this before but the team is hoping this isn’t serious. He’s scheduled to start next on Saturday so if you need him going for your team keep an eye on their probable pitchers as the weekend approaches.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, Seattle
The Seattle pitcher felt soreness in his back after a recent throwing session and was shut back down on May 12th for 10-14 days. He is still quite a way from getting back into action and we are now looking at sometime in late June as a possibility. It’s time to move on while Iwakuma tries to rehab. We can hope to get half a season down the road, but for now he’s droppable unless you have a very deep disabled list.
Dillon Gee, SP, NY Mets
The Noah Syndergaard show could get canceled even with great reviews once Gee is ready to return. Gee will start one more game in the minors before likely returning to the Mets which means Syndergaard gets one more chance to impress in the majors. The Mets brass are going to need to make a decision this week on who stays and goes in this rotation and its anyone’s guess as to what they will do.
Doug Fister, SP, Washington
The dreaded phrase “forearm tightness” entered into the conversation with Fister at the end of last week. For once it didn’t mean imminent surgery since an MRI did not actually reveal any sort of ligament tear. Something hasn’t been right though with Fister so far this year as his velocity is off, his walks are up, and he hasn’t looked like the Fister we know. He will be eligible to come off the DL May 30th, but it’s not clear yet when the Nationals expect him to be able to pitch in a game.
Shane Greene, SP, Detroit
After starting the season as an industry favorite sleeper Greene impressed. He ran into some problems in late April but appeared to right himself in his May 10th start going eight innings while allowing one run. Greene then had to leave his last start after five shutout innings due to tingling in his pitching hand. An MRI showed inflammation in his ulnar nerve but no ligament damage. The team is saying he will make his next start on Wednesday but I still wouldn’t be surprised if they decide to skip him once to make sure the inflammation doesn’t progress.
Chase Whitley, SP, NY Yankees
I started Whitley for the first time this season in a daily league last week and I fear I jinxed him. He unfortunately had to leave that game with elbow discomfort and an MRI showed a partially torn UCL. He has now decided to undergo surgery and is done for the year. I’m sorry Chase, we will see you next year where I may start you again if the right matchup and pricing converge.