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We are back from the All-Star break, which means it’s already time to set our sights on contending for the Fantasy Baseball trophy!

After the break, strategy shifts towards the end game, so we’ll begin to focus a little more on the implications related to injuries that occur going forward.

It’s also time to look at where your team stands when it comes to injuries. If you’ve lost Giancarlo Stanton and George Springer, you may need to try to fill at least some of your holes with a trade, or possibly decide to sell some aspect of your team to shore up your more competitive categories.

This brings about the idea of mid-season strategy. It’s time to evaluate your team and decide which battles you want to fight going forward to make you the most competitive. Our own Chris Meyers wrote a great piece on midseason strategies that is a must read.

Keep this in mind as you mull over our weekly injury reports and how they impact your Fantasy chances going forward.

 

“So Called” Injury Report

 

Hitters:

Miguel Montero, C, Chicago Cubs

Montero sprained his thumb and will miss some time. He is going to see a specialist, so there is no official time table on his return, but rumors are floating that he could be out six weeks. That would put us at the beginning of September for a return. Kyle Schwarber has been excellent in limited at-bats this year and was recalled from Triple-A to help out with the catching duties.

Dee Gordon, 2B, Miami Marlins

For the latest reason on why not to slide into first base, please see Dee Gordon’s thumb after said attempt. He dislocated it before the All-Star break and will now sit until the end of July.

Jordy Mercer, SS, Pittsburgh Pirates

Mercer collided with Carlos Gomez as he attempted to break up a double play on Sunday and had to be carted off the field. An MRI revealed a sprained Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) in his knee, which will keep him out of action for around six weeks. This solidifies Jung Ho Kang in the lineup as the Pirates are running short of infielders.

Maikel Franco, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies rookie left Monday night’s game due to elbow soreness, but information is very limited so far. If you own Franco you will need to check for updates on his status. Expect the team to take no chances with one of their top young prospect.

Miguel Sano, 3B/DH, Minnesota Twins

The Twin’s impressive rookie rolled his ankle on a ball Saturday and will take a few days off to rest it. He’s hitting .326 with two homers and nine RBIs in his first thirteen games and the team needs his power back if they want a shot at the postseason.

Matt Holliday, OF, St. Louis Cardinals

Holliday made his return from a quad strain on Friday. He can safely be slotted back into lineups going forward.

Nori Aoki, OF, San Francisco Giants

Word came out over the last few days that Aoki’s broken fibula is 80 percent healed. He’s headed out for a rehab assignment this week and might even be activated by this weekend.

Justin Upton, OF, San Diego Padres

Upton left Sunday’s game early and sat out Monday due to tightness in an oblique muscle. We will need to watch this since oblique injuries often need time on the DL to fix. Cross your fingers that this is minor and the Padres insert him back in the lineup in the next few days.

 

Pitchers:

Jesse Hahn, SP, Oakland Athletics

Hahn will be shut down for at least month with a forearm strain. While he hopefully wasn’t the foundation of your pitching staff, he was a fairly reliable back end starter, particularly in deeper leagues. While no structural damage to his previously repaired elbow has been found, he will get a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection to help the strain heal. With the Athletics looking at a lost season, bringing Hahn back so he can make his next start in the majors in mid-September might be more trouble than it’s worth. I could very much see this being the end to his season.

Jason Hammel, SP, Chicago Cubs

A tight hamstring sidelined the Cubs pitcher prior to the All-Star game, but thanks to the timing, he won’t miss his next scheduled start on July 21.

Chase Anderson, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks

Anderson tried to pitch through a right tricep injury over the weekend and it didn’t go well as he gave up seven earned runs in three-plus innings. There is no word yet on how long he will be out or who will take his spot. What this really means is that the already ragged Diamondbacks pitching staff becomes even more inviting for Daily Fantasy Baseball hitting, especially when playing in Phoenix.

Francisco Liriano, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates

Liriano woke up Saturday with a stiff neck and was scratched from his scheduled start. This is the stiff neck we’ve all had after sleeping the wrong way that usually runs its course in a few days. Expect him back this week for his next start.

Clay Buchholz, SP, Boston Red Sox

Buchholz is scheduled to see Dr. Andrews on July 22 for a second opinion on his flexor strain. Until then, there is no timetable for his return, but he is already playing catch and hoping to ramp back up quickly.

Jason Grilli, RP, Atlanta Braves

After a surprising first half of the season, the 38-year-old Grilli blew out an Achilles tendon while trying to cover first before the All-Star break. He will obviously miss the rest of the season. Jim Johnson steps into the role and should be targeted by owners searching for saves.

That about covers it for this week’s Fantasy Baseball injury report. Check out our other weekly articles through our Fantasy Baseball homepage, right here

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