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How many of you out there own Carlos Carrasco?

I invested fairly heavily and own multiple shares so the world stopped for me on Sunday as he was helped off the field.

Flashes of plummeting pitching stats jumped through my head as I tried to absorb the situation, but all I heard was “hamstring, upcoming MRI” before everything went black.

Luckily it appears that Carrasco avoided serious knee damage or anything requiring surgery, but more on that below.

Still, it can grab your attention when you see a foundational player to your squad go down. For those that own Carrasco, we were all in it together for the last two days. We can hopefully all breathe now and begin to figure out a stopgap plan to fill the next month or so. In addition to my Carrasco fears, let’s take a look at everything else going on regarding the injury front this week.

Injury Report, April 26

Fantasy Baseball Injuries

Kyle Schwarber C/OF Chicago Cubs Torn ACL and LCL; out for 2016 season
Robinson Chirinos C Texas Rangers Broken forearm; Placed on 60-day DL, expected to miss 8-12 weeks
Devon Travis  2B Toronto Blue Jays November shoulder surgery; Expected to return in May/June
Jhonny Peralta SS St. Louis Cardinals Ligament tear in thumb; Return possible in mid June
 Jung-ho Kang  SS/3B  Pittsburgh Pirates September knee surgery; Headed for triple-A rehab assignment April 19
Danny Valencia 3B Oakland Athletics Hamstring strain; placed on 15 day-DL 4/22, return possible in early May
Trevor Plouffe 3B Minnesota Twins Intercostal strain; placed on 15 day-DL 4/19 with return possible in early May
Michael Brantley OF  Cleveland Indians November shoulder surgery; sent on Triple-A rehab assignment April 12
A.J. Pollock  OF Arizona Diamondbacks Broken elbow; likely out for 2016 season
Ender Inciarte  OF Atlanta Braves Hamstring strain; placed on 15-day DL on April 10
Rymer Liriano  OF Milwaukee Brewers Facial fractures after hit by pitch; Placed on 60-day DL April 2, return possible in June/July
Andre Ethier OF Los Angeles Dodgers Right tibia fracture; Placed on 60-day DL, return possible in June
Yoenis Cespedes OF New York Mets Bruised leg/knee; fluid drained 4/25 with return any day
Ben Revere OF Washington Nationals Right oblique injury; return possible in early to mid-May
Aaron Altherr OF Philadelphia Phillies Underwent wrist surgery on March 9; Out until at least July
Charlie Blackmon OF Colorado Rockies Turf toe; placed on 15 day-DL with no current timetable
Cameron Maybin OF Detroit Tigers Broken wrist; Placed on 15-day DL with return possible in late April
Josh Hamilton OF Texas Rangers October knee surgery; Placed on 15-day DL possible return in May
Shin-Soo Choo OF Texas Rangers Calf strain; Placed on 15-day DL and expected to miss 4-6 weeks
Carlos Carrasco SP Cleveland Indians Hamstring strain; placed on 15 day-DL with return possible in late May
Lance McCullers SP Houston Astros Shoulder soreness; Began rehab assignment April 11, return possible in late April
Hyun-Jin Ryu SP Los Angeles Dodgers Shoulder surgery in May 2015; Possible return in June
Brett Anderson SP Los Angeles Dodgers Underwent back surgery in March; return possible mid-season
C.J. Wilson SP Los Angeles Angels Shoulder inflammation; Began throwing program April 11, no timetable for return
Andrew Heaney SP Los Angeles Angels Left flexor muscle strain; no timetable to begin throwing
Matt Garza SP Milwaukee Brewers Lat strain; placed on 15-day DL April 5 with return possible in early to mid-May
Zack Wheeler SP New York Mets Tommy John surgery in March 2015; Return likely in July
Joe Kelly SP Boston Red Sox Right shoulder impingement; placed on 15 day-DL 4/20 with no current timetable
Henderson Alvarez SP Oakland Athletics Shoulder surgery in July 2015; expected return in May
Tyson Ross SP San Diego Padres Shoulder inflammation; eligible to return from 15-day DL April 20 but not expected until May
Yovani Gallardo SP Baltimore Orioles Shoulder tendinitis; placed on 15 day-DL 4/23 with no current timetable
Yu Darvish SP Texas Rangers March 2015 Tommy John surgery; Return likely in May
Alex Cobb SP Tampa Bay Rays Tommy John surgery in May 2015; return likely in August
Eduardo Rodriguez SP Boston Red Sox Dislocated kneecap; Placed on 15-day DL, could return in May
Homer Bailey SP Cincinnati Reds Tommy John surgery in May 2015; return possible in June
John Lamb SP Cincinnati Reds Underwent back surgery in December; sent on triple-A rehab assignment April 16
Michael Lorenzen SP Cincinnati Reds Mild sprain of UCL; Placed on 15-day DL with return possible in May
Anthony DeSclafani SP Cincinnati Reds Strained oblique; threw batting practice April 18
Daniel Norris SP Detroit Tigers  Non-displaced spinal fractures; Began rehab assignment April 10, return possible in April
Brad Boxberger RP Tampa Bay Rays Underwent surgery March 17; Could return in mid-May
Carson Smith RP Boston Red Sox Elbow strain; On 15-day DL, throwing off mound but no current timetable
Will Smith RP Milwaukee Brewers Torn lateral collateral ligament; placed on 15-day DL, currently no timetable for return
Corey Knebel RP  Milwaukee Brewers Oblique strain; Placed on 15-day DL with no current timetable
Glen Perkins RP Minnesota Twins Shoulder strain; placed on 15 day-DL with no current timetable

Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Hitters

Yoenis Cespedes, OF, New York Mets

Cespedes aggravated a knee injury while attempting to slide into second base on Friday. This is the same knee he hurt diving into the stands recently. Fluid was drained on Monday and he will be listed as day-to-day as the swelling goes down. If things go well he could be back in the lineup at some point this week. He should probably be riding the pine for now in weekly formats. In daily leagues, keep an eye for his return and go from there.

Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland Indians

Brantley rejoined the team on Monday after being activated from the DL. He was then promptly left on the bench for his first game back. I wouldn’t expect this to continue although he could be eased back into action to start. The Tribe faced a left handed pitcher yesterday so there was some possible reason behind his not playing. I would think he probably gets the nod in about half the games this week and if there are no setbacks, ramp up to everyday playing over the next couple weeks.

Michael Saunders, OF, Toronto Blue Jays

Michael Saunders is a Fantasy Baseball tease, but I just can’t quit him. Every time it looks like he’s on the verge of being Fantasy relevant, he pulls up lame and heads for the DL. This season he started out by batting .321 and vaulting up the Blue Jays roster to the lead-off spot. The excitement quickly faded, however, after a hamstring injury flared back up. He’s missed a handful of games now but has avoided a trip to the disabled list for now and was back in the lineup yesterday.

It looks like the Jays are being cautious more than anything with his playing time for now. If you are in a daily league, he’s worth a roster spot as long as you can move him in and out of your lineup at will. I still can’t give up the idea of Saunders paying off big at some point if he can stay off the trainer’s table.


Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Pitchers

Carlos Carrasco, SP, Cleveland Indians

I was thinking this would be a season ender while Carrasco was getting assisted off the field Sunday. The Indians pitcher fell to the ground in obvious pain after attempting to cover first base during a play on Sunday. Luckily for both the Indians and a couple of my Fantasy teams, a hamstring strain is all that was found after his MRI.

While he didn’t blow out a knee, this is still a significant injury and early comments suggest he could miss 4-6 weeks while he recovers. That puts us close to June before he throws another inning in a best case scenario. Still, this feels like good news after my initial concerns. Carrasco should be held in all but the shallowest of leagues due his potential later on this season but owners will need to spot start others to fill in the void over the next month or so.

Cole Hamels, SP, Texas Rangers

The Rangers ace was skipped in his first start for this week on Monday due to a groin injury. This doesn’t sound like DL material so the hope is that Hamels misses just one turn in the rotation. Since this would be a two-start week for him normally, there is still optimism that Hamels returns this weekend.

Kevin Gausman, SP, Baltimore Orioles

After being widely viewed as a potential break out candidate during the spring, Gausman pushed the pause button by developing shoulder tendinitis during camp. He ended up on the disabled list and finally made his first start of the year last night going five innings with three hits, a couple walks, an earned run and seven whiffs. Not bad for an initial outing. With decent upside, the Orioles hurler should be on a roster in most 12-team leagues.



  • Joe Kelly is suffering from a shoulder impingement and went on the 15 day-DL April 20. This opens the door for Henry Owens, one of Boston’s top pitching prospects. Owens struggled in his first start in the bigs this season allowing three runs, five hits, and four walks in just 3 1/3 innings on Sunday night. If the young lefty can get his command tightened up he could hold some value. Until then he’s not worth rostering in most 12-team formats.
  • Joe Ross will be skipped this time around in the rotation due a blister on his finger. The hope for now is that he will be good to go next time around and avoid a stint on the DL.
  • Yovani Gallardo in Baltimore was a mistake from the beginning in my opinion. An ERA of 7.00 and 1.67 WHIP during his first 18 innings of work seem to verify that somewhat. Now shoulder tendinitis has put him on the shelf for at least a few weeks. Take this opportunity to dump him and don’t look back.
  • Jung-ho Kang is very close to returning, although he’s gone 1-for-15 so far in his rehab at-bats. Once he gets his groove back, look for a quick jump back up to the majors and potential for Top 5 shortstop numbers the rest of the way.
  • Trevor Plouffe will hang with us here on the injury report until at least early May with an intercostal strain. Eduardo Nunez has taken over at the hot corner in Minnesota for now and is on fire batting .432 with eight runs, eight RBIs, and four steals on the season. This can’t be sustainable but you can feel free to ride Nunez until he cools down.
  • Alex Rodriguez is 40 years old. So it’s about time that injuries and time caught up. While an MRI was negative, an oblique strain will keep him off the field for at least a few games. We’ll have to wait and see if this leads to time on the DL.
  • Aaron Hicks also made his way to the Yankees trainer this week. We had a couple defensive highlights to start the week then traumatic shoulder bursitis after a diving attempt in the field on Friday night. He received an injection in the shoulder and hopes to get back on the field during the team’s current nine game road trip.

Thanks for stopping by again this week for our Fantasy Baseball injury report! Check back again next Tuesday to get the latest on dinged players and how to make the best of the situation.

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