Sunday, May 17, 2015

Week 6 MLB Injury Report

Justin Masterson- Right shoulder tendonitis
Even though the Red Sox are saying shoulder tendonitis is the reason for Masterson’s trip to the DL, We all know they are just covering up the fact that they want him out of their rotation.   Masterson has posted a 6.37 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP over seven starts this year.  Look for him to get some rest and some work in Triple A before returning to the club’s rotation. 

Chase Whitley- UCL tear
Whitley was removed from his start Thursday with an apparent elbow injury. An MRI Friday revealed a small tear of his UCL.  At this point surgery is definitely a possibility, which would shut him down for the rest of the year.  The Yankees have activated Chris Capuano of the DL to take Whitley’s spot in the rotation.

Doug Fister- Right forearm flexor strain
Fister exited Thursday’s game with right forearm tightness after a long rain delay and the Nationals placed Fister on the 15-day DL shortly thereafter. It is safe to assume that Fister will miss more than the minimum 15 days.  A.J. Cole will take the open spot in the Nat’s rotation until Fister can return.

Jarred Cosart- Right hamstring tightness
Cosart left Wednesday’s game in the sixth inning with tightness in his hamstring.  The severity of the injury has not been released, but Cosart was hobbling before he left the game so I wouldn’t be surprised if he missed a start or two.  Cosart’s spot in the rotation may be in jeopardy having posted an average 7.04 ERA over his last three starts and with Henderson Alvarez returning soon.

Jean Segura- Right pinkie fracture
The Brewers are unable to catch a break this year.  Segura will face at least a 15 day stint on the DL after fracturing his pinkie.  With the injured finger being on his throwing hand, odds are he will be out of the lineup for a few weeks.  Segura has been one of the more productive shortstops this year so you may have to use a roster spot to keep him around during the injury. 

Kelly Johnson- Right oblique strain
The red hot Johnson has been placed on the 15-day DL after straining his oblique in Wednesday’s game.  As we have seen with many players this year, oblique injuries tend to keep players out for longer than initially expected.  Johnson’s multiple position eligibility will be the toughest hole to fill for fantasy owners over the next month. 

Wil Myers- left wrist tendonitis
Myers reinjured his wrist during batting practice on Tuesday.  It looks like Myers will be able to avoid the DL, but the injury is troubling as this is the second time this season he has missed time because of his wrist.  Although a timetable has not been set, the Padres hope to have Myers back after the weekend. 

Jon Jay- left wrist tendonitis
Jay has been placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to May 10th.  The Cardinals are hoping that Jay will be ready to return right at 15 days, but will be cautious as this is the same wrist that Jay had surgery on last October.  For the time being Peter Bourjos will be the Cardinals center fielder and leadoff man.

Justin Morneau- Concussion like symptoms
Morneau was pulled from Wednesday’s game due to feeling light-headed after diving for a ball in the eighth inning.  Morneau has a long history of concussions so expect the Rockies’ doctors to be ultra cautious with Morneau.  As of now the Rockies have placed him on the 7-day DL, but don’t be surprised if he misses more time than that. 

-Some possible replacements for injured players


Saturday May 16th injuries- More information to come once statuses are released
Troy Tulowitzki- Left quad tightness
Yoenis Cespedes- Left thumb
Angel Pagan- Back Spasms
Devon Travis- Shoulder irritation
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Friday, May 15, 2015

The Fake Baseball presents: Bullpen Report 6.0

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Bullpen Report 6.0

posted by Justin Klein

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Steve Cishek is out as the closer in Miami, but he’s part of the supposed trio of closers by committee installed by Mike Redmond that also includes A.J. Ramos and Mike Dunn. I believe that Ramos will get the majority of save chances going forward and he is currently available in 58% of Yahoo leagues. Although he’s struggled with WHIP in the past, he’s been great thus far this season and could be a top-20 option if he gets the majority of save chances. Dunn could get some saves against tough LHH because he’s the lone LHP of the trio. Available in 96% of Yahoo leagues, Ramos is a great addition in blood for saves leagues, deep leagues, holds league or anywhere you need RP help. Cishek still has nasty stuff and could work his back into favor in Miami over time, especially if Ramos fails. Keep an eye on him and feel free to stash him in deeper leagues if you can. He’s been dropped in 20% of Yahoo leagues over the past day, and I expect that number to go up.
Kenley Jansen will be back on Saturday as he’s fully recovered from his foot injury and has already pitched 4 and a third rehab innings at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. Don Mattingly already came out and said that Jansen will not be immediately re-inserted into the closer role because he’s an idiot. Shave those sideburns Mattingly! I expect Kenley to work his way into the closer’s chair within a week or however long it takes Mattingly to get his head out of his ass or someone in the organization to instruct him to do soYimi Garcia is still worth rostering in every size league because of his tremendous ability and eye-popping ratios that will continue to have value. The fact that he could still get some saves moving forward only helps that value.
Huston Street gave up runs in 3 of 4 appearances from April 30th to May 7th where he allowed multiple hits and a walk in each outing, but he has since notched 3 clean outings in a row without allowing either. Then just yesterday the Angels signed Street to an 18 million dollar 2 year extension with a 10 million dollar club option in 2018. Sure seems like the Angels aren’t worried about Street’s poor week. The millions of dollars and 2 plus years under contract are just more leash. Because of this, Joe Smith seems like a long shot as a hedge for saves and can be dropped in shallower leagues or if you were speculating on saves in midsized leagues.
Tony Watson is still the hedge in Pittsburgh as Mark Melancon continues to struggle. While he hasn’t blown any saves lately, he allowed multiple hits in his last 2 appearances including a home run. Plus his K/9 and his velocity are way down this season. His HR/9 was 0.25 last year and its 1.17 this year and his HR/FB rate was 4.7% last year and its 15.4% this year. Those numbers are awfully scary and will likely lead to more poor outings. Watson is still available in 72% of Yahoo leagues if you’d like to speculate. I think that Melancon is probably on his way out as closer and will soon lose his job to Watson, who would likely be a top 15 RP if given the chance to close. Go get him go getters.
Addison Reed is another closer on the brink of losing his job. He has been fairly bad this season and had a nightmarish inning on Wednesday against the Nationals where he allowed 3 hits, a walk and a grand slam to take the loss. His ERA is now up to 7.20 even though his FIP of 3.64 suggests that he’s been a bit unlucky. One look at his .412 BABIP and you can see that is the case. Hopefully the Diamondbacks give him some leash and allow the numbers to correct themselves. The other options to close in the desert are Brad Ziegler of moneyball fame and Oliver Perez. Perez was fantastic last season but has not been good this year. Ziegler has been good, but also very lucky, as his .190 BABIP allowed and 3.35 FIP are more of an indicator than his 1.26 ERA. Brad’s K/9 of 3.77 is downright disgusting, so let’s hope Reed gets it ironed out.

Drew Storen has been great over the past 2 weeks, as he has 4 saves and 5 innings where he’s allowed only one hit along with no walks or runs while striking out 6. After a shaky start his ERA is down to 1.20 and his WHIP sits at a sparkling 0.80. Aaron Barrett has done a fine job setting up for Storen in the Nationals bullpen and has been among the best RP’s in the league and a very useful piece in the fake game. He’s now up to 3 wins, 5 holds and 21 K’s in 14 and two-thirds innings pitched. Available in 94% of Yahoo leagues, he’s a great addition in holds leagues or any deep league where you need help from an RP slot.
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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Week 5 MLB Injury Report

Stephen Strasburg- Shoulder irritation
Strasburg left Tuesday’s game with what was described as a cramp underneath his left shoulder. It’s still unknown what the injury actually is, but Strasburg did see a chiropractor on Friday and says he is feeling good.  Strasburg is scheduled to make his next start on Monday although it won’t officially be announced until later in the weekend.  No need to panic here, Strasburg will be back on the field by the end of next week at the absolute latest.

Edinson Volquez- Finger blister
Like Strasburg, Volquez’s injury is very minor.  Volquez had a blister form and pop during the second and third innings of the Royals’ game Thursday.  Even if he has to miss his next start, he shouldn't miss any more time than that. 

Options for a spot start: Last 15 days



George Springer- Concussion
The Astro’s placed Springer on the 7-day DL Tuesday after he ran into the outfield wall.  With concussions being a hot topic, Springer will have to sit out until all symptoms are gone.  He shouldn't miss more than the minimum 7 days, but because it is a concussion you can never be too sure. 

Austin Jackson- Sprained ankle
Although it was initially thought that Jackson would be able to avoid the DL, the Mariners placed him on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday.  Jackson rolled his ankle when he awkwardly landed on opposing pitcher Roberto Hernandez’s foot while stretching for first base.  15 days should be plenty of time for speedy Jackson to become fully healthy.  In the meantime Justin Ruggiano will see more playing time in his place. 

Hanley Ramirez- Sprained shoulder
Hanley hit the left field wall very hard in Monday’s game vs the Rays.  Although the MRI came back showing no structural damage, he has been held out of the lineup all week.  This is a big blow to the club, as he has been the Red Sox lone source of power this year.  At this point in the year, fantasy owners will want the Red Sox to be very careful with Hanley so this doesn't linger for the rest of the season.

Corey Dickerson- Plantar fasciitis
The red-hot Dickerson was able to rejoin the Rockies’ lineup Friday after missing two games this week.   Dickerson has been suffering from plantar fasciitis this season and had a mild flare up during the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader.  Although the injury shouldn't keep Dickerson out of the lineup for a significant amount of time, don’t be surprised if the Rockies give him a few more days off that usually throughout the year.

Leonys Martin- Sprained left wrist

Martin left Monday’s game with a sprained left wrist after trying to make a diving catch. Martin has been able to go through fielding and batting sessions without pain, but said Friday that he just isn't quite ready to face live pitching.  With his X-rays coming back negative and Martin progressing without pain, the Rangers hope to have him back by the weekend. 

Outfield options: Last 15 Days



Jose Iglesias- Groin tightness
After returning to the Tiger’s lineup Wednesday, Iglesias has now missed the last two games with renewed tightness in his groin.   At first glance the injury did not to seem to be severe, but the Tigers are now planning to be without their shortstop for the entire weekend.  You should follow this injury closely and not be surprised if Iglesias finds himself on the DL if he doesn't show improvements soon.

Shortstop options: Last 15 Days



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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Fake Baseball presents: SP Streamers for Tuesday 5.5.15

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SP Streamers for Tuesday 5.5.15

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 29: Shane Greene #61 of the Detroit Tigers delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on April 29, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – APRIL 29: Shane Greene #61 of the Detroit Tigers delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on April 29, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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As always, Streamers are listed in the order in which I would use them

Shane Greene has been dropped by several of you Yahooligans as his ownership level at Yahoo is down to 55%. Although he has had two bad outings in a row he did have 3 great ones before that, and one of them came against the team he’ll face on Tuesday, the Chicago White Sox. Not only did Greene pitch 7 innings of 1 run ball against them roughly two weeks ago, but the White Sox have struggled mightily against RHP this season. Because of this, I believe Greene will bounce back and have another good outing. If you’re in the 45% of Yahoo leagues where he’s available, you should pick him up and get him into your starting lineup.
James Paxton has been up and down thus far this season, but he’s coming off back to back 7 strikeout games, and I believe he has a good shot at 3 of those in a row. On Tuesday, Paxton will face the Angels in Anaheim. In 22 at bats against the Angels this season, Paxton held them to a triple slash of just .185/.217/.364 and in 88 at bats last season, he held them to a triple slash of only .170/.232/.284. This leads me to believe that Paxton has a good shot at a win, QS, great ratios and should also be a good source of K’s.  Available in 53% of Yahoo leagues I would pitch him in every size mixed league and strongly consider him for GPP’s in DFS.

Jesse Chavez will face the Minnesota Twins in the pitcher friendly confines of Target Field on Tuesday and is available in 78% of Yahoo leagues. I believe he has a solid shot at a win, QS, good ratios and should provide a good amount of strikeouts. Although he was roughed up by the Angels in his last outing, Chavez still has more K’s than innings pitched and should be ready to pitch deeper into games. I would use Chavez in every size mixed league and would consider him in DFS for GPP’s if he was cheap enough.
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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Week 4 MLB Injury Report

Adam Ottavino- Right Triceps inflammation
The Rockies placed Ottavino on the 15 day DL on Monday with soreness in his right triceps.  It appears there is no structural damage to Ottavino’s arm however the club is seeking multiple opinions.  Assuming he's given a clean bill of health he should be back as the closer in a couple of weeks.  Look for John Axford to handle the ninth inning for the club until Ottavino is 100% healthy. 

Adam Wainwright- Ruptured left Achilles tendon
Wainwright’s season has come to an end with a ruptured Achilles tendon.  Although Thursday’s surgery was successful, the Cardinals will be without their ace until 2016. 

Joel Perelta- Right shoulder soreness
Perelta’s stint as the Dodger’s closer was short lived after being placed on the DL with right shoulder soreness.  Perelta has been dealing with shoulder soreness since spring training so it is not a surprise that he finds himself in this position.  With Kenley Jansen nearing a return to the club, Perelta can be dropped in all leagues. 

Yasiel Puig- Left hamstring strain
Although the Dodgers placed Puig on the DL on Tuesday, they believe the hamstring injury is very minor and the DL stint will be of the minimum variety.  The Dodgers are always going to be cautious with their young star especially early in the season.  Expect to see Andre Either to see more time in the club’s lineup until Puig returns. 

Jose Reyes- Cracked rib
The Blue Jays were forced to add Reyes to the DL due to a cracked rib.  Reyes tried to play through the injury, but the pain was too severe to stay in the lineup.  Although a timetable has not been set, The Jays expect Reyes to be back in their lineup by the end of the month.

Ben Zobrist- left knee surgery
What looked like a minor knee injury has now seen Zobrist going under the knife and having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.  Typical recovery for this surgery is 4-6 weeks, which is a huge blow to fantasy owners as Zobrist has eligibility for at least three positions.  The A’s will use Eric Sogard at second base for the time being.

Alcides Escobar- Concussion
The Royals have now placed Escobar on the 7 day disabled list after he took a fastball off his cheek earlier in the week.  With concussions being a hot topic in sports, manager Ned Yost opted to play it safe with Escobar.  Look for Escobar to be back at shortstop by the end of next week.

Masahiro Tanaka- Right wrist tendinitis and forearm strain
The Yankees will be without their top pitcher for at least a month even though an MRI showed no structural damage.  The wrist and forearm injury to Tanka is very concerning and has the organization fearing that he may have to undergo Tommy John surgery.  Even if Tanka can avoid surgery, I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t see Tanaka in pin stripes until after the All Star break.



Archie Bradley- Head injury
Bradley is the second pitcher this season to catch a comebacker off his face.  Fortunately for the Dbacks, the young right-hander suffered no facial fractures and has no concussion symptoms.  In all likelihood Bradley will spend the minimum time on the DL.

Homer Bailey- Tommy John surgery
Bailey will be shut down for the remainder of the year following Tommy John surgery.  The Reds will have to compete in the very competitive NL without their 100 million dollar man. Michael Lorenzen will replace Bailey in the Red’s rotation.

Jed Lowrie- Right thumb surgery

Lowrie was forced to have right thumb surgery after he landed on the DL earlier in the week.  Lowrie was off to a red hot start slashing a .300/.432/.567 line.  Jonathan Villar and Marvin Gonzalez will fill in at shortstop as the Astros will be without Lowrie until the All Star break.
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