As we move further into the season, the list of casualties grows.
However, as injuries claim their victims we are now getting to see some of the high level prospects or other bench players get a chance to fill the void.
While you never want to see your crew show up on this list, keeping up with these injuries might also give you the edge on grabbing a crucial piece to your lineup puzzle that will help get you through a tough stretch.
Alex Guerrero and Blake Swihart come to mind this week for example.
Cross your fingers — because it’s time for you to see if you have any new additions to the weekly injury report!
“So-Called” Fantasy Injury Report: Hitters
Hanley Ramirez, SS/OF, Boston
The left field wall in Boston became the latest co-conspirator involved in the long list of injuries to Ramirez. All we know right now is that running into the wall Monday night caused a left shoulder sprain and Ramirez was removed immediately. This is the same shoulder he had surgery on in 2011. It’s possible Hanley may miss no time or he could be out for awhile, depending on what sort of damage was delivered. Updates should likely be coming today as we learn more.
Jed Lowrie, SS, Houston
Lowrie was having a good start to the year before tearing a ligament in his thumb. He will unfortunately be out until sometime around the All-Star Break while he recovers from surgery. Unless you have a deep disabled list to stash players it’s fine to cut bait on him for now.
Jean Segura, SS, Milwaukee
The injuries continue to for the Brewers. This time it’s their shortstop. Segura got pinged by a Pedro Strop fastball on Sunday and was taken out of the game. He wasn’t in the lineup Monday and might be out a few days while he gets his bearings back.
Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee
For once I get to mention some good news. Gomez stealing two bags in his first game back demonstrates that his hamstring has mended well and he is ready to rock. You can feel free to throw him back in your starting lineups.
Michael Saunders, OF, Toronto
Well that healthy status didn’t last long. Saunders had fluid drained from the knee he recently had surgery on and missed Monday’s game. He is not actually expected to miss any time as of now and is available for the Jays. If you own him you are hoping this knee doesn’t become troublesome.
Chris Johnson, 3B, Atlanta
A pre-existing hand fracture that x-rays discovered on Thursday will sideline Johnson for three to six weeks. It’s interesting that Johnson doesn’t even know when he broke it. I have yet to break a bone and not know it.
Carl Crawford, OF, LA Dodgers
An oblique strain has sidelined Crawford and he will be out for awhile. He’s on the 15-day DL for now, but has told the media he’s got a bad tear in the muscle. This opens the door for Alex Guerrero, who has been on a tear of his own in his limited number of plate appearances so far this year. Andre Ethier and Scott van Slyke will also factor in, but if Guerrero can keep his hitting going he might make it tough for Don Mattingly to send him back to the bench.
Yasiel Puig, OF, LA Dodgers
Puig continues to rehab from his hamstring injury. It’s looking like he might be able to return around May 10 if all goes well. In the meantime the Dodgers get to use all that depth in their outfield.
Austin Jackson, OF, Seattle
The Mariners center fielder rolled his ankle on Sunday and is hoping to avoid the disabled list. The severity of his injury isn’t known yet, so we’ll have to watch this to see where it goes.
Christian Yelich, OF, Miami
Yelich has been hitting in a cage and has not had any back issues while recovering to this point. He’s begun a rehab assignment and may return to the Marlins as early as Thursday.
David Wright, 3B, NY Mets
Wright sounds like he’s at least another week away from a return. Hamstrings can be tricky so it’s tough to know exactly how far out Wright is until we see him getting back into game action.
Anthony Rendon, 2B/3B, Washington
You know, I thought this was the week I could finally say Rendon was coming back to the Nationals. No such luck. This time it’s an oblique problem and there is no timetable yet. He met with the team doctor over the weekend and is listed as day to day with this new concern.
J.J. Hardy, SS, Baltimore
While it has taken longer than expected Hardy finally started a rehab assignment this week. He could be just a few days from getting back to the Orioles who sorely need middle infield help.
Steve Pearce, 1B, Baltimore
To continue from above, the Orioles are so riddled by injuries that Pierce has played a couple games at second base. However, even he was removed from Sunday’s game due to a stomach illness. This could sideline him a couple days, but isn’t thought to be serious.
Desmond Jennings, OF, Tampa Bay
Bursitis has put the Rays outfielder on the DL. A cortisone shot on April 25 doesn’t appear to have helped so he will sit down for a couple weeks.
Ryan Hanigan, C, Boston
The catcher took a ball to the hand Friday and broke his right pinkie finger. He went in for surgery Saturday and is out until sometime around the All-Star Break. This brings Boston’s big catcher prospect Blake Swihart into the picture. He was called up and made his debut Saturday going one-for-three in his first start. Swihart will be expected to step up a little earlier than planned to man the catcher position for the Sox.
Zack Cozart, SS, Cincinnati
After a nice start to the year Cozart will likely miss some time. He broke a nail fielding a ground ball, and while teasing in the dugout may be in order this actually sounded painful. He split the nail on the index finger of his throwing hand and was still bleeding hours after the game on Sunday. X-rays were negative which is good, but performing baseball activities with this sort of issue could be a challenge. We will have to see if he’s in the lineup today after a day off yesterday.
Alcides Escobar, SS, Kansas City
Escobar is currently on the seven-day disabled list for concussions after getting hit in his helmet’s earflap by a Danny Salazar pitch last Wednesday. He will be eligible to return this Thursday as long as symptoms don’t linger.
Jose Iglesias, SS, Detroit
Iglesias left Sunday’s game with tightness in his groin. For now this sounds minor and the shortstop is hoping to play today.
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, Minnesota
A hip flexor strain has sidelined the Twins slugger for at least two weeks. He pulled the muscle making a throw Sunday and was removed from the game after his next at-bat.
Adam Eaton, OF, Chicago White Sox
Eaton has been hit the hardest by some sort of virus jumping between Sox. Tyler Flowers and Adam LaRoche have also been suffering, but it’s Eaton that has now missed three games. I suspect this is a stomach flu that will run its course and all affected should be back to normal after a few days.
“So-Called” Fantasy Injury Report: Pitchers
Archie Bradley, SP, Arizona
Bradley took a nasty come backer to the face this week and suffered a sinus fracture in his cheek. He’s lucky it wasn’t worse based on the selfies he put on twitter. He looked like he was still hiding the baseball in his mouth in the one I saw. After the initial scare and hospital visit it looks like Bradley might actually be back May 14. He’s on the 15-day DL for now.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP, NY Yankees
You knew you would end up reading this if you drafted Tanaka right? He’s now resting a forearm strain and wrist tendonitis and will likely miss at least a month. Surgery might still be waiting for the Yankees ace, but for now he’s still trying to avoid it. Chase Whitley now has had two good starts filling in for Tanaka and might make a decent pick up.
T.J. House, SP, Cleveland
Call it a mercy stint on the DL. At least now we have an excuse for House’s horrendous start after some spring hype. He’s got some inflammation in his shoulder and has no timetable right now. We can cross our fingers that House comes back and impresses like many hoped.
Bobby Parnell, RP, NY Mets
For those hoping Parnell would jump back into the Mets closer role by May 1 it’s time to adjust your plan. Jeurys Familia has been solid and Parnell is struggling with his recovery. He was recently shut down due to forearm stiffness and is still just over 12 months out from Tommy John. If you are short on DL spots you could probably toss him for now and pick him up again if things turn positive.
Jordan Walden, RP, St. Louis
Walden has been a nice setup guy to own in holds leagues to this point with a 0.87 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings. Unfortunately he felt some discomfort in his right biceps while warming up Saturday and has been added to the 15-day DL to rest it.
Jake McGee, RP, Tampa Bay
McGee is pitching in a minor league rehab stint and has a couple steps left before proceeding to the big leagues. Late May seems reasonable right now for his return. The bigger question here though is whether he still gets his job handed back with Brad Boxberger pitching like a top tier closer right now.
Homer Bailey, SP, Cincinnati
And down goes another for Tommy John. Bailey will unfortunately need surgery and will be out for the year. He joins the growing list of casualties to pitchers during this young season.
Adam Ottavino, RP, Colorado
After experiencing what was characterized as triceps inflammation last week Ottavino was put on the disabled list. A partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament was revealed yesterday and the Rockies closer will be headed to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion. Tommy John surgery is almost a sure thing here so Ottavino can be dropped now. If John Axford is still available in your league he is a must add for those needing closer depth.
Greg Holland, RP, Kansas City
Holland has recovered from his pectoral strain and should be available as early as today. If he’s not off the DL when you read this he is probably just about ready to be activated. Check your team and feel free to plug him back in as your go-to saves guy.
Hopefully, you see fewer and fewer of your Fantasy player’s names on the “So-Called” Fantasy Injury Report going forward.