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“So-Called” Fantasy Injury Report: Brewsed Crew

Another week and another truck load of injuries have fallen on Fantasy Baseball owners.

That brilliant team you drafted may be looking a little haggard these days if you had Carlos Gomez, Travis d’Arnaud, and Greg Holland on your crew.

Someone typing on this computer drafted those guys, too.

Some of us might need to check out the “So-Called Fantasy Experts” waiver wire column on Friday.

Let’s start digging ourselves out of this pile of broken hands and broken dreams by seeing what sort of shape our injured players are in.

“So-Called” Fantasy Injury Report: Hitters

Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee

Our first consensus first-round fantasy pick to officially hit the 15-day DL is Gomez.

He pulled his hamstring and was placed on the disabled list last Thursday. He will be out at least until the first week of May but there is hope he will be ready to return by then.

I don’t like hearing about a leg injury like this on someone with speed. Hammy injuries can linger and get re-aggravated relatively easily, so Gomez owners need to cross their fingers and hope he can get through this without setbacks.

Jonathan Lucroy, C, Milwaukee

The Brewers got hit hard again Monday night when their all-star catcher’s toe got in the way of a foul tip and was broken in the process. Lucroy hit the disabled list Monday and will miss significant time.

Scooter Gennett, 2B, Milwaukee

Gennett cut his hand in the shower on Sunday and needed stitches to close it up. The Brewers will monitor him for a few days to see how his hand responds before deciding on whether to place him on the DL.

Ben Zobrist, 2B/SS/OF, Oakland

The A’s second baseman left Sunday’s game in the fifth inning reportedly due to knee soreness. He also sat out Monday evening’s game and received a cortisone shot in the troublesome knee.

An MRI showed no ligament damage but if he doesn’t respond to the cortisone he may need to go under the knife to get the knee cleaned out. He has no timetable for return but is listed as day to day.

Jose Reyes, SS, Toronto

Reyes makes the list for the second time already this year. Try not to laugh at this but Reyes supposedly cracked a rib and strained the surrounding muscle while making a check swing against Baltimore.

He took the weekend off and will be re-evaluated this week to determine whether a possible DL stint is needed.

Devon Travis, 2B, Toronto

The Blue Jays infielder got plunked in the chest with a 94 mile per hour fastball in the first inning Sunday and had to leave the game. An x-ray showed no broken ribs, but he was diagnosed with a bruise to his chest. Travis has started his rookie season hot with a .356 average, three homers and a dozen RBI.

He was recently moved up to the leadoff spot for the Jays, a desirable location in a powerful lineup. However, his BABIP so far is sitting at .371 so a correction may be coming at some point. For now, the team is hoping a few days off will do him some good and allow him to avoid the disabled list.

Mike Olt, 3B, Chicago Cubs

He’s on the 15-day DL with a broken wrist, but as my daughter would say “like it matters…” Kris Bryant is with the team now and no one in the Cubs organization is going to be pushing Olt back into the lineup to replace Bryant.

If I were into conspiracy theories, I might wonder if the Cubs president Theo Epstein may have done whatever was necessary to get Olt out of the picture just as soon as Bryant was eligible to come up without the Cubs losing a year of ownership. While I don’t buy conspiracy theory I do think it’s hilarious that the Cubs brass are acting disappointed that they had to bring him up earlier than they had supposedly hoped.

Yasiel Puig, OF, LA Dodgers

Puig has been nursing some sort of hamstring pull or soreness for the last week. He’s been attempting to play through it but has been limping at times. At this time it doesn’t sound like the DL is imminent but Puig owners should monitor the situation.

Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland

Brantley continues to play through his bad back. He was in the Indian’s lineup over the weekend again after missing nearly a week of time. Still, the issue is lingering and physicians can’t pin down exactly what the problem is. He may be in and out of the lineup until this gets rested or works itself out.

David Wright, 3B, NY Mets

Wright is part of this hamstring pull outbreak that is occurring as players adjust to the daily grind of the season. He has been placed on the 15-day DL and should hopefully be back in early May.

Travis d’Arnaud, C, NY Mets

One of the bright spots of the early season was d’Arnaud. He was hitting .317 for the Mets and led the team with 10 RBI before being rudely hit by a pitch on Sunday. The fastball broke a metacarpal bone in d’Arnaud’s right hand and he will be in a splint for the next three weeks. In a best case he will be out for the next four to six weeks. Can anyone say J.T. Realmuto?

J.J Hardy, SS, Baltimore

Hardy is getting close to coming back. He’s taking part in infield drills and batting practice. Expect him to rejoin the team in one to two weeks if he doesn’t have any setbacks.

Jonathan Schoop, 2B, Baltimore

Schoop has a partial tear of his posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and a medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprain. This is generally a six to eight week sort of injury but a timetable for Schoop has not been published.

The signing of Everth Cabrera has been convenient for the Orioles, as he has filled in for Hardy and can likely handle second base duties once Hardy returns. He may be worth a look in deep leagues as he has speed to spare, will be getting every day playing time for at least a month, and was spotted at the top of the order over the weekend.

Justin Upton, OF, San Diego

Upton left Saturday’s game with a quad strain and sat out on Sunday. He was back in the lineup Monday in Colorado but then left again in the fourth inning.

This game was a blowout, so it may have been precautionary or he could have re-aggravated it. We will have to see what the Padres lineup looks like Tuesday.

Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati

The Reds catcher has been out since April 12 due to problems with his left hip. He is still not with the team but is listed as day to day. The Reds manager Bryan Price says he expects Mesoraco back today but I don’t know if he can actually catch a game right now.

Hanley Ramirez, OF, Boston

An unknown illness forced Ramirez from the game on Monday in the third inning. No word yet on what sort of bug Hanley picked up. We will have to see if he’s in the lineup today for the Rays game.

Corey Dickerson, OF, Colorado

Dickerson was pulled Monday due to “mild” plantar fasciitis. Foot problems can linger so this is worth watching. If Dickerson were to miss time, Drew Stubbs would step into the gap created.

Alcides Escobar, SS, Kansas City

The leadoff hitter for Kansas City was back on Monday. He missed most of the weekend due to a knee sprain suffered during the war with the Athletics that almost went nuclear during their weekend series.

“So-Called” Fantasy Injury Report: Pitchers

Carlos Carrasco, SP, Cleveland

The Indians fireball thrower took a line drive to the jaw last Tuesday in a situation that initially looked ugly. He somehow avoided a concussion and serious damage, possibly by partially deflecting the ball with his glove. He surprisingly didn’t even miss a start and plans to return to the mound today after being pushed from Monday’s original start date.

Greg Holland, RP, Kansas City

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Holland was a complete surprise when he appeared on the 15-day DL on April 18th. He strained a pectoral muscle while pitching and was on the list by the next morning. An MRI has shown a grade-one strain and the Royals are hoping he can be back in two weeks.

A grade-one strain is the least severe and involves very limited strain or tearing in the muscle so two weeks is realistic here without complications.

Ian Kennedy, SP, San Diego

The Padres pitcher threw six innings in an extended spring training game Monday and is eligible to come off the DL on April 25. He is returning to the team Tuesday and will be re-evaluated for any issues. If all looks good he could be activated Saturday.

Alex Cobb, SP and Drew Smyly, SP, Tampa Bay

Both Rays pitchers are continuing to progress in their rehab. Smyly still looks the closest and was solid for 3 and 2/3 innings in a rehab start on Sunday. He may get one more rehab start before returning to the rotation.

Cobb is still playing catch and has a ways to go.

Joe Nathan, RP, Detroit

To the dismay or Joakim Soria owners it looks like Joe Nathan is getting close to getting back into the bullpen. He threw off the mound Saturday and is eligible for return on Wednesday.

Brad Ausmus has stated that Nathan will get his job back when healthy, even with Soria throwing well and going 5-for-5 in save opportunities. Don’t dump Soria yet, logic says he should end up with the most saves by year’s end in Detroit.

Garrett Richards, SP, LA Angels

Richards returned to pitch five innings while allowing four runs on five hits over the weekend. He struggled with control, but I view this as a possible buy low opportunity. I would expect him to shake off the rust over his first few starts.

Hopefully, you didn’t see too many of your players on our “So-Called” Fantasy Injury Report this week!

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Graham is a 20-year veteran of Fantasy Sports and writes about Football and Baseball for SCFE. While he's both won and lost leagues over the years, he contends that fate alone is to blame for the losses. Graham’s days are spent working as an epidemiologist, but it is rumored that he spends every other waking moment studying Fantasy Sports.
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