We are one day into the Fantasy Baseball season!
Yet, we’re already seeing names like Jose Reyes and Ryan Braun being mentioned on the Fantasy injury report.
Raise your hand if you have already maxed out your Fantasy Baseball team’s disabled list!
Just so you know, I am sitting at my computer with my hand raised right now.
To share in the pain let’s take a look at who’s going on and who’s coming off the “So-Called” Fantasy injury report this week.
Fantasy Injury Report: Hitters
Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh
Whoa, you scared me there for a second Cutch… The consensus first-round draft choice removed himself from a Spring Training game last week after slipping on home plate.
He quickly claimed there was nothing wrong and it was just precautionary. McCutchen owners, myself included, finally exhaled when the Pirates outfielder cranked a two-run homer on Monday in the season opener.
Jose Reyes, SS, Toronto
Reyes made it into the third inning of Game 1 this season before pulling up limp after rounding first on an errant throw. Trainers came out, but ultimately let Reyes stay in the game, although an ankle brace was spotted in the ninth inning.
There was mention of Stephen Drew’s foot also possibly brushing lightly against Reyes’ knee. Either way it looks like Toronto’s oft-injured shortstop avoided anything serious, but keep an eye on him over the next few days just in case.
Denard Span/Jayson Werth, OFs, Washington
Both Nationals outfielders have started the season on the 15-day disabled list. Werth looks to be the closer of the two to return, and may be back before April 15. Span is hoping to be ready sometime in late April.
Michael Taylor and Tyler Moore started in place of the injured outfielders Monday and didn’t do much with the opportunity.
Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore
It’s no surprise that Wieters found himself on the 15-day DL to start the season. If you drafted him you should be prepared to get through the first couple weeks until he is activated.
If you don’t have a plan, hey, there’s always Robinson Chirinos out there to pick up. In other words, I hope you had a plan.
J.J. Hardy, SS, Baltimore
Hardy’s shoulder is healing and he could be back as early as mid-April, although, later in the month might be more likely.
Michael Saunders, OF, Toronto
While he is eligible to come off the DL on Saturday, it looks like Saunders may not play in a game until the end of the month. Kevin Pillar opened the season in his spot and went 2 for 4 with a stolen base on Monday.
John Jaso, C/DH, Tampa Bay
The Rays’ unorthodox leadoff hitter jammed his left hand while sliding into second on Monday. X-rays showed no structural damage and he is day to day.
Ryan Braun, OF, Milwaukee
Well, at least it wasn’t his thumb. Braun pulled a muscle in his rib cage while colliding with the right field wall at Miller Park on Monday and was taken out of the game.
While he is currently listed as day to day, Braun owners should watch this situation over the next few days since it’s not known yet how serious this injury is.
Fantasy Injury Report: Pitchers
Jenrry Mejia, RP, NY Mets
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Mejia felt tightness in his elbow while warming up on Monday.
Instead of closing out the first game of the season he found himself on a flight back to New York to get an MRI.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson was quoted saying he was “somewhat concerned.”
With a substantial injury history with his arm, including Tommy John surgery, and the “somewhat concerned” tone coming from the Mets, what should Fantasy owners do?
It’s time to familiarize yourself with Jeurys Familia, who should step into the closer role while Mejia’s situation is figured out.
Chris Sale, SP, Chicago White Sox
Sale is set to make his season debut Sunday against the Twins. He threw 72 pitches in a rehab start on Monday.
In the two minor-league games he has pitched in, he has struck out 20 batters. Sounds like he’s ready to pick up where he left off last year.
Garrett Richards, SP, L.A. Angels
With three rehab starts under his belt, Richards is close to returning from knee surgery. April 19 is looking like a possible start date for the promising 26-year-old.
Jake Peavy, SP, San Francisco
Peavy has a sore back and was scratched for his scheduled start on Tuesday. The Giants are hoping he can take the mound this weekend after his back loosens up.
Matt Cain, SP, San Francisco
After suffering from the dreaded “forearm tightness” Cain’s MRI on Monday showed no damage to his UCL. Instead he is suffering from a flexor tendon strain in his elbow which could keep him out a couple weeks on the DL. This is much better than surgery, but still a situation to watch as he tests the arm through April.
Hopefully, you’ll see more of your opponents players on the Fantasy Injury Report in the coming weeks!
Jose Reyes Photo Credit: Keith Allison