Welcome to the SCFE Week 12 Injury Report. Usually, you will find two sections, hitters and pitchers. This remains true this week, but I give you a bonus section that you never asked for and don’t really want called the “Mets Section.” I’ve had too much fun with the Mets this year, so just let me continue. Injuries aren’t fun, but the way the Mets have handled their season has been kind of funny.
Let’s first give a brief follow-up to last week’s SCFE Injury Report (I’ll try to do this every week). Carlos Gomez, Tom Murphy, Taijuan Walker, and Tyson Ross all came back healthy. As you’ll see below, Felix Hernandez is close.
Once again, the disclaimer. I know everyone does injury reports a little differently, but my version will be my honest thoughts on the 10 biggest injury situations at the time of publication.
I will also attempt to give you a forward-thinking thought on how you should react to the news if you own him or are interested in owning him in your league. Buckle up.
The below players are broken into two sections, hitters and pitchers. Hopefully, your team is healthy, and you won’t see any of your guys here. If not, stick with it, as Fantasy Baseball is a marathon. I say that every week to try to keep you guys positive.
WEEK 12 INJURY REPORT
Look for your players, or potential trade targets in the SCFE Week 12 Injury Report.
Wilson Ramos, C, TB
Latest News: Wilson Ramos will be activated off the DL on June 25. Catcher is a barren wasteland this year, so Ramos figures to be a factor right out of the gate.
Fantasy Analysis: The Rays will surely bring him along slowly, but they made a 2-year, $12.5 million commitment to Ramos, and they will want to use him often. Ramos enjoyed career highs across the board last year. He finished the 2016 campaign with a .307 BA, 22 HR, 80 RBI, and 58 R. He will need to shake the rust off, but a catcher of that caliber needs to be owned everywhere. Grab him where you can.
Gleyber Torres, 3B, NYY
Latest News: Gleyber Torres landed on the 7-day Minor League DL on June 18 after a scary collision on a slide at home plate. The initial diagnosis was a hyperextended elbow, although more will be known in the coming days.
Fantasy Analysis: Yankee fans followed the tweets of beat writers with a bad feeling in the pit of their stomachs as this was happening. Barring a trade for someone like Mike Moustakas, it is widely assumed that Gleyber Torres will be the Yankee third basemen coming down the stretch. Chase Headley is once again having a terrible season offensively, and if this injury doesn’t turn into something serious, #GleyberMania may be hitting the Bronx this summer. Stash him where you can.
Mike Trout, OF, LAA
Latest News: In somewhat surprising news, Mike Trout is traveling with the team for the upcoming East Coast road trip to New York and Boston. Trout will be taking dry swings and if he feels up to it, hitting off a tee. Trout has a personal goal to return to play in the All-Star Game.
Fantasy Analysis: Maybe his Fantasy owners would prefer he not play in the Midsummer Classic, but regardless, this is good news. Trout is good at everything related to baseball, and apparently, we can add recovering from a severe injury to that wrist. There remains a possibility that Trout’s power could be a little zapped with the thumb injury, but you won’t catch me betting against him. Ever.
Kyle Hendricks, RHP, CHC
Latest News: Kyle Hendricks, the first pitcher mentioned in the Week 12 Injury Report, remains on the 10-day DL with a strained tendon in his middle finger. The Cubs will be cautious with Hendicks, and there is speculation he may be out until after the All-Star Break.
Fantasy Analysis: On the surface, the injury doesn’t sound that serious. But a finesse, control-reliant pitcher like Hendricks needs his control to be impeccable to be successful. Your middle finger controls your control, so to speak. The Cubs, although underachieving now, expect to again play deep into October. They need Hendricks to get healthy for that to be possible.
Felix Hernandez, RHP, SEA
Latest News: Felix Hernandez will be making his first start back from injury on Friday against the Houston Astros. Hernandez threw six scoreless innings with eight strikeouts and no walks in his last rehab start.
Fantasy Analysis: The numbers from his last rehab start provide some optimism for the rest of Felix’s season. Houston is a tough first matchup, so I would advise to keep him benched. Moving forward, Hernandez is a fair bet to have some positive moments and can help your Fantasy team down the stretch.
Cole Hamels, LHP, TEX
Latest News: Cole Hamels is set to make his final rehab start on June 21. Provided he exits the start with good health, he will be activated at some point next week.
Fantasy Analysis: Hamels does not have the stuff he once had, but he is still a capable starter on an above average team. I would feel confident deploying him right away depending on matchup. Make sure he isn’t available in any leagues you may be pitching-starved in.
Mets Section of the SCFE Week 12 Injury Report
Matt Harvey/Noah Syndergaard, RHP, NYM
Latest News: These are two very different pitchers at this point. Harvey landed on the 10-day DL with more shoulder issues and will be sidelined for four to six weeks. Syndergaard, still on the disabled list with arm issues, has been shut down for another four weeks.
Fantasy Analysis: Harvey can’t get outs. Syndergaard, when healthy, definitely can. The point remains the same here, though. These are both pitchers the Mets care about a lot, and this Met season is sinking fast. There may turn out to be no reason to bring either of these pitchers back at all. I would be happy to drop Harvey wherever I owned him. I would unhappily be forced to hold onto Syndergaard and pray for the best, albeit with very little confidence he makes an impact this year.
Neil Walker, 2B, NYM
Latest News: Neil Walker landed on the disabled list on June 15 with a partially torn hamstring. This injury will sideline Walker for a while, most likely well into August.
Fantasy Analysis: Amed Rosario time, right? Not so fast. The corresponding move the Mets made was calling up Gavin Cecchini. I can’t blame the Mets at this point. Their season is going nowhere, and I wouldn’t want to start Rosario’s service time clock either.
Juan Lagares, OF, NYM
Latest News: Juan Lagares landed on the 10-day DL on June 16 with a left thumb fracture. The Mets have not provided a timetable, but it will be months before he returns. A possibility remains that Lagares will not return this season.
Fantasy Analysis: Lagares is not exactly Fantasy-relevant outside of deep or NL-Only leagues but he fit the Mets section perfectly because he is, well, a Met. Lagares at his peak could provide a little bit of power and not much else. If you own him, no matter what the size of the league is, move on before he spreads that contagious Mets disease through your Fantasy clubhouse.
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