The injuries keep piling up relentlessly in Fantasy Baseball it seems!
Quite a few big names join our illustrious list this week and, unfortunately, some may be stuck with us for a while, including our first couple out-for-the-year players.
On the bright side, some of you that have players on the DL may see a light at the end of the tunnel.
The injury bug taketh, but also giveth back.
Wipe away those tears so at least you can read how long the key to your fantasy season is out for and let’s peruse the “so called” injury report for this week!
“So-Called” Fantasy Injury Report: Hitters
Jed Lowrie, SS, Houston
A slide into home led to an early exit Monday night for Lowrie. He did something to his thumb so make sure to check out his status today if you are one of the owners that grabbed him off the waiver wire.
Josh Hamilton, OF, LA Angels
It was announced yesterday that Hamilton is on his way back to Texas. I thought it worth mentioning here that he is out until at least June as he recovers from shoulder surgery.
Ben Zobrist, 2B/SS/OF, Oakland
The Athletic’s swiss army knife made an appearance with us last week and unfortunately the surgery we feared is going to happen. He has been diagnosed with a meniscus tear in his left knee, will get a surgical tune up, and will miss the next four to six weeks recovering.
Jose Bautista, OF, Toronto
Toronto’s slugger has a sore right shoulder and missed the better part of a week while he gave it a rest. He returned to the lineup Monday in the DH role, but keep an eye on this situation as he gets back into everyday activities.
Jose Reyes, SS, Toronto
Reyes is our reigning champion here on the injury list. He makes his league leading third appearance this week as he finally and officially heads to the 15-day DL to rest his cracked rib. Jose, get comfy and we’ll check back in with you in a couple weeks.
Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee
The Brewer is continuing to progress well with his hamstring injury. Gomez running full speed on a treadmill is an excellent sign that he is close. Watch for him to make his return to the Brew Crew’s lineup as early as this weekend.
Jonathan Lucroy, C, Milwaukee
Unfortunately not all baseball news in Wisconsin is good news. Lucroy’s fracture extends all the way up his big toe and he still has at least four to six weeks until the Brewer’s get their other big bat back.
Jason Heyward, OF, St. Louis
No one ever likes to hear the phrase groin tightness. Let’s hope that was both the first and last time I ever have to type that. Heyward exited Sunday but was spotted pinch hitting on Monday, so hopefully this was a minor pull and a non-issue.
Yasiel Puig, OF, LA Dodgers
Puig was mentioned here last week as he tried to gut his way through a hamstring issue. Not a good idea. He was put on the DL this week after re-aggravating it and will take a couple weeks to rest the strain. Don Mattingly mentioned he could probably play in four or five days but they would rather have him for the long haul after taking it slow for now.
Christian Yelich, OF, Miami
Yelich has a bulging disk in his back and is hoping rest will take care of it while he’s on the 15-day DL. He has struggled so far and this is likely a big part of the problem. I threw out my back once and couldn’t put pants on let alone hit a baseball coming in at 97 mph. Rest does sometimes help the irritation so we will need to see if Yelich can start making strides towards getting back on the field over the next 15 days.
David Wright, 3B, NY Mets
Wright is out with a hamstring strain but may be back late this week. He is in Florida rehabbing and eligible to come off the DL Thursday, but the word is that is unrealistic. It’s more likely we see him back this weekend or maybe into next week.
Anthony Rendon, 2B/3B, Washington
I took a couple weeks off of updating Rendon since he still had big steps to take before joining the Nationals and Rendon owners had felt enough pain. Unfortunately, in yet another setback he was scratched yesterday from a rehab game due to fatigue. This probably isn’t huge, just another annoyance. For now, just ignore him on your DL until further notice.
Gregory Polanco, OF, Pittsburgh
Polanco seems to have a slight groin pull and took the day off on Monday. He’s listed as day to day so check to see if he’s in the Pirates lineup today. If not, we will want to watch to make sure he gets back in this week.
John Jaso, C/DH, Tampa Bay
Jaso was transferred to the 60-day DL this week making him unavailable until early June at least.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, Boston
Neck soreness drove Panda out of the game last night. It’s too bad this came on a night he had a homer and three RBI. He may have hurt it diving for a pop up bunt when he face planted, but caught the ball! He might be back today, check the Red Sox lineup.
Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati
I don’t understand the Reds. Is Mesoraco injured or not? He has been pinch hitting which keeps them from moving him to the DL, but he clearly can’t catch a game so he’s not starting. Maybe this works for the team, but it doesn’t work for our fantasy squads! You need to bench him on your team until there is confidence he is going to get regular at bats.
Rajai Davis, OF, Detroit
It seems like groin injuries are the fad this week. Davis has missed the last few days with tightness in his groin but it is not believed to be serious. With a speed dependent guy any lower body problems are a concern, so we will need to keep an eye on this.
“So-Called” Fantasy Injury Report: Pitchers
Adam Wainwright, SP, St. Louis
What a shame. Wainwright tore his achilles after hitting a pop up and attempting to run towards first. It was pretty clear that the team knew this was serious as he was taken back into the clubhouse after limping off the field. An MRI confirmed the tear and he will go for surgery this week. Rehab for this sort of injury is nine to twelve months so Wainwright is now droppable in redraft leagues.
Max Scherzer, SP, Washington
In another batting mishap, Scherzer jammed his right thumb while hitting Thursday and has been scratched for his scheduled start Tuesday. The hope is that he is just being pushed back to later in the week, but we will have to watch this situation.
Brandon McCarthy, SP, LA Dodgers
The new Dodgers pitcher had to leave Saturday’s game after feeling tightness in his throwing arm and later found out he had torn his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). McCarthy is likely headed for Tommy John surgery and is done for the year with a hope that he can make his return around the all star break next year. Like Wainwright he can be dropped in redraft leagues.
Joel Peralta, RP, LA Dodgers
Right shoulder soreness sends the de facto closer for the Dodgers to the 15-day DL. No timetable has been released for Peralta yet but there’s a good chance he is out until after Kenley Jansen can make his return. Chris Hatcher or the interesting Yimi Garcia will likely take Peralta’s interim gig until Jansen is ready to go.
Jesse Hahn, SP, Oakland
Hahn missed his last start due to a blister on his finger, but is tentatively set to go tomorrow.
Trevor Bauer, SP, Cleveland
Food poisoning kept Bauer from starting in his normal spot on Saturday, but he should be taking the mound today against the Royals. The Royals may want to try tainting his lunch since this is the only thing that has slowed him down so far this year.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, Seattle
Iwakuma hasn’t looked good yet this spring and now a grade one lat strain will sideline him for two to four weeks. He is already throwing, but a break may actually be a good thing for the veteran. We can hope he comes back as the Iwakuma we knew last year.
Jake McGee, RP, Tampa Bay
McGee is going to a rehab assignment this week and could possibly be available as early as May 5th. He may or may not step back into the closer role immediately depending on who you talk to.
Homer Bailey, SP, Cincinnati
After recovering from surgery and making two starts this year, Bailey goes back on the DL. He is reportedly suffering from a right elbow ligament sprain, ouch, that doesn’t sound good. We will have to see if Bailey is headed for another surgery or if they will try to rest this.
Adam Ottavino, RP, Colorado
Triceps inflammation sent Ottavino to the 15-day DL after he admitted he has had pain in his arm during his last three starts. They are hoping shutting him down now will prevent further injury and allow him to get back to the Rockies sooner than later. John Axford steps into the closer role while Ottavino is out.
Joe Nathan, RP, Detroit
If you were holding out hope for Joe, it’s time to move on. He tore his UCL and is headed for surgery ending his season. Joakim Soria is the closer in Detroit now for the season if he can keep performing well.
We hope you didn’t see too many of your own players on our “So-Called” Fantasy Injury Report this week!
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