It’s with the sincerest of apologies to those in weekly leagues that Fantasy Baseball Injury Report was not updated on its usual Sunday, in time for lineups locking on Monday. The holiday weekend schedule seems to have thrown off some schedules here. Hopefully, you were able to continue your road to the championship without too many issues. For those still in need of some updated injury news before our usual Thursday session, we’ve got a special Tuesday edition here, so without any added fanfare, let’s get right to it…
For those that exhibited patience with Jose Tabata, it just might be time to finally cut bait with him for the remainder for the season. Obviously, he’s had some difficulties healing, and this latest wrist issue that has him sidelined once again doesn’t appear to be just a minor thing. He’s being listed as day to day, but the impression that the Pirates training staff is giving is that it could take some time for him to even think about getting back into the lineup. He’ll be undergoing a series of tests again and a decision should be made soon, but for fantasy sake, you should be finding an alternative immediately. Alex Presley should get the bulk of time for Pittsburgh and he could be worth a look here in the short term.
Seattle’s Casper Wells is another guy who could be sidelined for a good portion of this week due to a wrist ailment. He was hit on the wrist by a pitch Sunday, wasn’t in the lineup Monday, and is expected to be out for a few days now. Again, it’s probably best at this point in time to find a healthier alternative.
Father Time is catching up to a pair of veteran first basemen as both Aubrey Huff and Todd Helton are dealing with back issues that will likely keep both men on the sidelines for a few days. While the Giants will just slot Brandon Belt at first, the Rockies will likely use Ty Wigginton with a splash of Jason Giambi in there. More than likely, Wiggy will have the most value in Colorado for the short term, but if you can find another corner infielder to use, you might be better off.
Looks like the clubhouse spread in both Atlanta and San Francisco may not have been the best MLB has to offer as both Chipper Jones and Carlos Beltran missed Monday with non-baseball related illnesses. Chipper’s sickness was specifically labeled, but Beltran’s was definitely a gastric problem. Neither sounds tremendously serious, so expect both of them to return pretty quickly.
It might be a rough go this week for Josh Beckett owners after he injured his ankle in the 4th inning of his start against the Blue Jays. Originally thought to be a sprain, it appears to be something a little more serious. Beckett said it felt like his ankle locked on him and then popped out of the socket, which doesn’t sound very good at all. Further test will be done and he will be re-evaluated, but if you were banking on him for later in the week, you may have to find someone else now. His status for his next start is completely up in the air.
The Red Sox rotation took an added hit when the team announced that Erik Bedard would be skipped in the rotation this week due to a minor knee injury. The team is downplaying the injury, but it’s apparently an MCL issue. Further tests will be done during the week. It was originally speculated that John Lackey would be pushed up, but now it appears that the team will go with Kyle Weiland in his place.
Indians third baseman Jack Hanahan was on quite a roll there last week, but all good things must come to an end. Hanahan injured his calf during Sunday’s game and was scratched from the lineup on Monday. Now reports are coming in that he is likely to be out for most of this week. The team said five days which would put him back on track for the weekend, but you’re probably better off finding someone completely new rather than stashing him and hoping for a solid return.
Johnny Damon is being listed as day to day with leg soreness after he was hit by a pitch Sunday and then missed Monday’s game. It doesn’t sound too serious and the scratch on Monday seemed more precautionary than anything, so you shouldn’t be without him for very long at all.
While he is being listed as day to day, Justin Morneau’s problems from his concussion continue to plague him and are keeping him out of the regular lineup still. He missed Sunday’s game and was a late scratch on Monday as well. Word out of Minnesota has him DH-ing the rest of the season, and even that is not a guarantee that he’ll be available every day. If you’re in a re-draft league, hopefully you’ve learned you lesson and have moved on to someone else.
There banged up players that could miss a game or two this week include: Mike Stanton, Yunel Escobar, Coco Crisp, Pat Burrell and Conor Jackson.
Even though Mark Ellis has a pretty strong hold on the second base job in Colorado, it’s still worth noting that Jonathan Herrera will no longer be poaching any more time from him. Herrera broke his finger and did ligament damage after catching it in a door while playing with his kids and manager Jim Tracy seems to think that he will be out for the remainder of the season. If you were stashing him on your bench, holding out hope that he may get some added playing time, you can forget about it and drop him now. No need to waste a bench spot any further.
And that’s all she wrote for Hanley Ramirez this season. The superstar shortstop who is having the worst season of his career will undergo a CT scan this week to determine exactly what type of shoulder surgery to have, but it is surgery nonetheless – the season-ending kind. He will apparently be ready in time for spring training next year, but this whole season, coupled with the surgery, has put a serious damper on his overall value.
You’ve also got a few players whom we thought could make it back, but are now likely done for the year. The list includes: Brennan Boesch, Bobby Jenks, Chris Snyder, Taylor Buchholz, Nick Blackburn, Casey Blake, Josh Johnson and Daric Barton.
It’s a big night for the Washington Nationals and Stephen Strasburg owners Tuesday as the phenom makes his first major league start since undergoing Tommy John surgery. He’ll get the Dodgers for his first game back, but will be on a serious pitch count. Manager Davey Johnson said that he will likely throw fewer than the 70 pitches he tossed in his last rehab start. Even with the limitations, Strasburg could be worth starting Tuesday, so if you are in need of some pitching help, feel free to activate him. Just be wary of some possible rust on the ol’ pitching arm.
The above mentioned Huff and Beltran issues are somewhat well-timed in the sense that the Giants should be getting Nate Schierholtz back from the DL on September 7th. He’ll be out there in left field, most likely, unless Beltran is still suffering from his stomach issues, and could be worth a look in NL-only leagues as a temporary fill-in.
The Chris Davis experiment continues in Baltimore this week as they will finally activate their potential first baseman of the future on Tuesday. The orioles are obviously hoping that he replicates his minor league totals and doesn’t reprise his disastrous major league numbers. If you’re looking for a quick power burst late in the year, he could definitely be worth a look.
More players heading back this week include: Ryan Ludwick, Xavier Nady, Scott Baker, and Barry Zito.
Other players that could be back by the middle to end of next week include: Jair Jurrjens, Travis Hafner, Shin-Soo Choo and Juan Uribe.
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