Hello Fantasy friends and foes! Welcome back to the SCFE Weekly Injury Report.
Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers and grandfathers! I hope you enjoy your special day!
Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show Dad how much you appreciate him. Make it special by including baseball. Go play catch with your father. Take him to a baseball game. Or gather the family around and watch a ball game, cook hot dogs on the grill, and don’t forget to get your Dad an ice-cold beer.
This is also the right time for you to check on the status of injuries. Maybe the family can gather around and take a few minutes and get the updated the status of the players that came back from injuries. In addition, they can read about the players that just suffered injuries. How serious are those injuries? How long will they be out? Don’t wait any longer, step away for a bit and read the Week 12 Injury Report.
Week 12 Injury Report
Impact Players that have made it back from injury
Mookie Betts, OF, Red Sox
The Red Sox and Fantasy owners welcomed back Mookie Betts, who made his return to the Red Sox lineup Monday. Betts missed the last 14 games with a left abdominal strain.
Betts, who leads all Major League players in fan balloting for the 2018 All-Star Game, is having an MVP-level season. He leads the big leagues with a .348 batting average, a .721 slugging percentage and a 1.148 OPS, while also ranking second in runs scored (55) and third in WAR (4.2).
Betts is a huge reason why the Red Sox lead MLB in wins with 48 so far this season. He is also carrying Fantasy rosters to their championships as well. Welcome Back!
Joe Mauer, C, Twins
The former American League MVP returned to the lineup after missing 25 games with a strained neck and concussion-like symptoms suffered when he was injured diving for a foul ball last month.
Mauer returns to a .283/.404/.355 slash line with only one homer and 11 RBI in 38 games this season. A career .308 hitter, Mauer only has a Fantasy impact in OBP leagues.
Eric Thames, 1B/OF, Brewers
The Brewers offense received a lift Monday when they activated slugger Eric Thames from the 10-day disabled list. Thames missed the last seven weeks with a torn ligament in his left thumb. Prior to the injury, he was hitting .250/.351/.625 with seven homers in 74 plate appearances. In his return to the majors last season, Thames hit .247/.351/.518 with 31 homers.
The issue now is how to make room for Eric Thames. Jesus Aguilar is swinging a hot bat, it makes zero sense to pull him out of the lineup. The only solution is to place him into the outfield rotation of Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain, and Ryan Braun.
Eric Thames will play in the outfield rotation, especially if there is a righty on the mound. It will be difficult to depend on Thames in your Fantasy lineups. Fantasy owners who play with five outfielders and can make daily lineup changes are really the only situation that Thames can provide Fantasy value.
Zach Britton, RP, Orioles
Zach Britton had missed the first two-plus months of the season while recovering from a torn Achilles tendon he suffered during the winter. He pitched well during his rehab stint, allowing four hits and zero walks in 5 ⅓ innings while striking out six batters. Yet his velocity reportedly checked in around 92-94 mph — or several ticks below his normal.
The two-time All-Star closer finished fourth in the 2016 AL Cy Young Award voting in 2016 when he had 47 saves and a 0.54 ERA. He struggled in 2017 with both his command and his health, which limited him to just 38 appearances.
Britton is auditioning for his next team as he is a prime trade candidate. Depending upon where he ends up and his subsequent role, Britton will be a fantasy asset worth owning in all Fantasy formats.
Kenta Maeda, SP, Dodgers
The Dodgers finally got some good news with the return of right-hander Kenta Maeda off the disabled list. He was placed on the disabled list after suffering a right hip strain on May 29. In 11 games (10 starts), he has gone 4-4 with a 3.61 ERA and a 2.83 FIP in 52.1 innings. He has held hitters to a .244 average while striking out 68 strikeouts and 18 walks.
In his first start since May 29, he made it through five innings allowing two earned runs and walked three, but only struck out one hitter. It will be important to see how he feels in the days following his first start on the disabled list.
Maeda has recorded an 11.69 strikeout per nine innings mark, which ranks fifth among Major League starters with 50 or more innings pitched. With the Dodgers losing starters seems like weekly, Maeda’s return could not have happened at a better time for the Dodgers. Get Maeda back in your Fantasy lineups immediately.
Mike Soroka, SP, Braves
Mike Soroka, 20, the youngest pitcher in the majors, was placed on the disabled list May 17 with a right shoulder strain. This was a precautionary move since an MRI and other tests showed nothing wrong structurally.
Soroka was 1-1 with a 3.68 ERA in his first three MLB starts with 15 strikeouts and four walks in 14.2 innings before going on the disabled list. After two clean outings in the minors while rehabbing, in which he struck out 10 batters in eight innings, Soroka rejoined the Braves’ rotation.
Soroka returned with a boom, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Mets. He ended up throwing 6.1 shutout innings, allowing one hit and one walk with four strikeouts. He threw 74 pitches, 44 for strikes.
Soroka, who ranks as the game’s 26th-best prospect, per MLB Pipeline, was tremendous in the minors. In 61 minor league games (59 starts), Soroka has a 2.91 ERA and 287 strikeouts in 330 2/3 innings. If he is somehow available in your league, stop reading, and go pick up Mike Soroka.
Ouch! That Hurts!
Players that sustained injuries this past week.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Tigers
Former two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera suffered a ruptured left biceps tendon while taking a swing and will undergo season-ending surgery. The 35–year-old Cabrera has already missed 30 games this season with a hamstring injury. He batted .301 with three home runs and 22 RBI this season.
It seems that his body has had enough. He has dealt with multiple injuries in recent years including groin trouble in 2015 and back trouble in 2017. Additionally, his numbers continue to decrease every year.
I think we may have seen the last of Miguel Cabrera. Even if he does return, his stats are underwhelming and he is just a shell of himself now. No reason to hold on to him in dynasty formats as well. In his absence, Mets manager Ron Gardenhire confirmed that John Hicks will get the bulk of playing time at first base. Hicks, hitting a solid .285/.327/.437, is catcher eligible and a sneaky add for your catcher position.
Matt Chapman, 3B, A’s
Chapman was added to the disabled list Saturday with a right thumb contusion and is scheduled for an exam with hand surgeon Dr. Steven Shin in Los Angeles on Monday. Chapman admitted that he has been dealing with pain in the hand since the end of last season. This same injury sidelined him for a significant portion of spring training.
Chapman is currently slashing .250/.346/.447 with 10 homers and 26 RBI. He just started to heat up as he was hitting .368 so far this month. He does strike out a lot as evidenced by having more strikeouts (67) than hits (61) on the season.
He will never hit for a high average, but he does hit for power. Chapman is a Fantasy power option at your MI that will be in the lineup daily when healthy due to his stellar defense. Franklin Barreto was called up to take Chapman’s spot on the roster. Barreto is a speculative add as he has yet to show that he can hit big league pitching consistently.
Walker Buehler, SP, Dodgers
Rookie Walker Buehler is the next Dodgers pitcher to be placed on the disabled list after an MRI revealed a microfracture in his rib cage. He was hit by a Trevor Story’s 108 mph line drive on May 21 and actually made three starts after that. However, the rib injury caused him to exit a game Friday night when Buehler mentioned that he was having some difficulty breathing.
Buehler has made nine starts this season, going 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA, 54 strikeouts, and 11 walks. He has been a spark for the Dodgers especially with their rotation being decimated by injuries.
In all likelihood, Buehler will be out at least two weeks. I should not have to tell you that you must hang on to Walker Buehler.
Trevor Cahill, SP, A’s
The Oakland A’s placed pitcher Trevor Cahill on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right Achilles. This is his second DL stint of the season after a brief elbow scare in mid-May.
Cahill has been one of Oakland’s best starters. He has a 1-2 record with a 2.77 ERA and 0.99 WHIP while striking out 47 batters in 48.2 innings.
Hopefully, you still have an open DL spot to stash Cahill. He is definitely worth holding onto until he returns.
Nate Jones, RP, White Sox
The White Sox have placed reliever Nate Jones on the 10-day disabled list with a muscle strain in his forearm. The forearm soreness has prohibited him from finishing pitches, contributing to seven walks and seven strikeouts in his last nine games.
The MRI came back clean. The issue is more muscular related. He will stop throwing for six days and then be re-evaluated. It’s the fourth time on the DL for Jones, who suffered a muscle strain in his left hip in 2014. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2014 and missed most of the 2017 season with elbow neuritis and subsequent nerve-repositioning surgery.
Jones is 2-2 with a 4.01 ERA and four saves with 27 strikeouts and 14 walks in 24.2 innings this season. There is no reason for Fantasy owners to hold on to Nate Jones any longer.
Garrett Richards, SP, Angels
Garrett Richards was one of four players now on the disabled list for the Angels, bringing their total to a club-record 15 players on the DL. They have only 12 players from the opening day roster left on the active roster.
Richards hurt his hamstring on Wednesday when he was forced to leave his start after two innings. His fastball velocity was down nearly three miles per hour and Richards said that the hamstring tightness didn’t allow him to finish his pitches.
He has now allowed five earned runs in consecutive starts and has allowed four or more in five of his 10 outings this season.
Since 2015, Richards has struggled with a fair amount of injuries. This season will mark the first time he has made at least 10 starts in a season since 2015. His inconsistency makes him difficult to depend on outside of deeper leagues.
Nick Tropeano, SP, Angels
Nick Tropeano was one of four players placed on the disabled list this week by the Angels. Tropeano has right shoulder inflammation and might require an extended period of time on the DL.
Over 10 appearances this season, he has posted a 3-4 record with a 4.83 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 54 innings. He has failed to complete five innings on three occasions, including each of his last two starts.
There is no reason for Fantasy owners to own Nick Tropeano.
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