Happy June everyone. Week 9 of the fantasy baseball season is just about over but it was another week of aggravating and significant injuries. Let's delve right into the next edition of the walking wounded.
Mike Trout (OF-LAA)
It is never a good sign to see one of the top two fantasy baseball players in the injury report, especially for the second time in just a few weeks. Mike Trout had previously missed some time with a hamstring issue, and now he has missed a couple games with back stiffness. The injury does not appear serious so expect Trout back in the lineup for Week 10. But any type of back injury is cause for concern, especially for someone like Trout who plays the game so hard. His numbers aren't near where they were expected to be, but he had been hitting well over the past 10 days. Let's hope he is back in the lineup on Monday and that there are no lingering issues.
Robinson Cano (2B-SEA)
I had to stop and pinch myself to make sure I wasn't hallucinating before including Robinson Cano's name on the injury report. Despite having a reputation for not hustling all the time, Cano has been a pillar of consistency and durability since coming to the big leagues in 2005. He will miss his fourth straight game on Sunday due to an illness combined with a hand contusion. He has hit extremely well since joining Seattle but has seen an expected decline in power as he only has two home runs thus far. He is not expected to need a stint on the DL, so plan on having him back in your lineup for Week 10.
Nelson Cruz (OF-BAL)
We don't have many details yet, but Nelson Cruz was hit by a pitch in his hand and was removed from Sunday's game. This could be a major development as Cruz has been unstoppable with a .315 batting average along with 20 home runs and 52 RBI. Fantasy GM's are holding their collective breaths that no bones were broken. Damn you Scott Feldman.
Wil Myers (OF-TB)
After bursting on the scene in 2013 as the AL Rookie of the Year, Wil Myers has struggled mightly in his sophomore season batting only .227 with five home runs and 25 RBI. He was placed on the disabled list on Saturday with a wrirst injury that he sustained after colliding with Desmond Jennings. The extent of the injury isn't known yet, but he will be sidelined for at least a couple weeks depending on what any test results show.
Mark Teixeira (1B-NYY)
There is a reason why Mark Teixeira likely slipped the middle teen rounds in many fantasy baseball drafts. He missed most of 2013 with a wrist injury that required surgery, and there were lingering questions whether he would be able to fully recover. For the second time in the past couple weeks, his wrist has started to flare up causing him to miss some time. He received a cortisone shot which will keep him out of the next couple games and should be back shortly after that. But the question is how soon until his next flare-up? Teixeira was hitting well in May, but he has slumped badly over the past 10 days. Keep a close eye on his situation because his production going forward could be limited.
Brandon Moss (1B-OAK)
A's slugger Brandon Moss is suffering from tightness in his calf which has cost him games this weekend. Right now it is not expected that he will miss any additional time, But it is a known fact that calf injuries can be a lot more serious than they appear and take longer than expected to heal. That was not intended to scare you, but it should be known that Oakland, like any other team, could be downplaying the severity of the injury. Do your due diligence and monitor Moss's situation daily because he is a must-start for his power and run production.
Matt Adams (1B-STL)
If you don't believe what I was just saying about calf injuries, then look no further that Matt Adams. He was dealing with a calf injury last week which kept him out of a couple games, but it was thought to be a day-to-day situation. He even appeared as a pinch hitter last Wednesday, but his calf never healed enough to get him back on the field. He is now on the disabled list which prompted the promotion of rookie prospect Oscar Taveras. It isn't beyond the realm of possibility that Adams may come back and not see the same playing time he once did because Allen Craig could move to first base to accommodate Taveras if he is here to stay.
A.J. Pollock (OF-ARZ)
With all of the injuries we have seen this year, there were a few silver linings found on the waiver wire. A.J. Pollock is certainly one of them as he has rewarded fantasy GM's with a .316 batting average and six home runs which earned him more playing time in Arizona. Unfortunately, he was hit by a Johnny Cueto pitch on Saturday and sustained a fractured hand which will require surgery. He is expected to miss up to two months, so feel free to drop him if you need the roster space..
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