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This week we are preparing to say goodbye to quite a few players as they leave the Fantasy Baseball injury report and head back out with their clubs.

It seems like player after player on the list is rehabbing in the minors or preparing to do so.

With some luck, maybe I won’t have anyone to write about next week!

We also avoided any big name or season ending injuries since our last installment. This is good since no one is paying attention to injuries any way while everyone involved with baseball is talking trades with the deadline at the end of this week. By the way, did my TV just say something about Tulo and Toronto?

I better make this quick so I can go see what’s happening with all these trades. On to this week’s Fantasy Baseball injury report!

“So Called” Injury Report

Hitters

Travis d’Arnaud, C, New York Mets

The Mets young and oft injured catcher has played a couple games now during his rehab assignment and is likely to be activated later this week. If all goes well, he can probably be inserted back into Fantasy Baseball lineups over the weekend.

Dee Gordon, 2B, Miami Marlins

Gordon has made a swift recovery from his dislocated thumb and may return to the lineup as early as today. If not today, expect him back at some point this week.

Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston Red Sox

After going 1-for-22 in his return to action, Pedroia was placed back on the DL with his hamstring woes. Better to have him sitting out right now than confusing you about whether to start him or not.

Jean Segura, SS, Milwaukee Brewers

Segura sat out Sunday with a sore throat, but was back in the lineup last night. This is just a cold from what it sounds like … he’s fine.

Texas Rangers Garbage Can

After Leonys Martin robbed Mark Teixeira of a home run and then later threw him out at home plate Teixeira decided to take revenge on a dugout garbage can. No word yet on if said can is done for the season.

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Brock Holt, Utility, Boston Red Sox

While rounding first base after a hit on Sunday, Holt hyper-extended his knee and has been out since. Luckily, this is supposedly a minor injury and your super utility player might even be back today.

Randal Grichuk, OF, St. Louis Cardinals

A groin pull forced Grichuk out of the game on Sunday and he sat last night as well. While the Cardinals don’t believe this is serious, it’s not clear when he will back in the lineup. He’s listed as day to day for now.

Nori Aoki, OF, San Francisco Giants

After being sidelined in June with a fractured fibula, Aoki returned to the Giant’s lineup last night. He was inserted in the eight-hole instead of in his traditional lead-off spot, but we can hope this is just a warm up period as he gets back in to games.

Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, New York Yankees

After a collision with the outfield wall in Minnesota on Sunday, Ellsbury was absent from the Yanks lineup on Monday. He had ice on his shoulder after the game but this is minor and he is expected back today.

Pitchers

Jaime Garcia, SP, St. Louis Cardinals

Out since late June with a groin strain, Garcia is set to return for a start today. Play him while he’s healthy since you never know how long that will last.

Derek Holland, SP, Texas Rangers

While he is still a few weeks away, the Rangers pitcher is nearing a Triple-A rehab assignment. Holland has thrown a total of one inning this season but hopes to get at least a little work in this year. For now he’s on track to return in the middle to the end of August.

Drew Smyly, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

It seemed dire for Smyly back in May when he was facing season ending shoulder surgery. After deciding to rehab the injury and avoid surgery, I thought it was a long shot that he would realistically make it back this year. However, I may need to eat crow on this one. Smyly is now pitching in Triple-A and could be ready to start a Rays game sometime in the very near future. The team is not putting a date on his return, but if he can make it through another couple starts in the minors, he could be ready to join the big league club in the next few weeks. He is worth a speculative add now to avoid the rush if he gets hot in the minors.

Thanks for checking out this week’s Fantasy Baseball injury report. We’ll be back next week for another painful installment. In the mean time, take a look at our other weekly articles through our Fantasy Baseball homepage, right here! 

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