Sunday, July 12, 2015

Week 14 MLB Injury Report

Miguel Cabrera- Grade 3 calf strain
The Tigers placed Miggy on the DL last weekend with a Grade 3 left calf strain.  The injury will keep Cabrera out of the lineup for at least six weeks and may force the Tiger’s hand into making a trade to help fill in for the All-Star first baseman.  Jefry Marte was called up from Triple-A Toledo and will fill in for the time being.

Dee Gordon- Dislocated thumb
Gordon dislocated his thumb Saturday sliding head first into first base.  This type of injury is very probable for the speedy leadoff man who is second in stolen bases this year.  The good news is, Gordon did not suffer any breaks or ligament damage so he should only be held out for 2 weeks.  It is still unclear whether the Marlins will place Gordon on the DL before or after the break.

Josh Harrison- Torn thumb ligament
Like Gordon, Harrison injured his thumb sliding last weekend.  But unlike Gordon, Harrison did suffer ligament damage that will require surgery.  The injury will most likely keep him out until the end of August and until he can return Jung-ho Kang will man third base. 

Alex Gordon- Grade 2 left groin strain
After undergoing an MRI, Gordon has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 left groin strain.  Gordon collapsed Wednesday trying to chase down a ball hit to deep left field.  The Royals have placed him on the 15-day DL, but he will miss at least eight weeks.  Jarrod Dyson will take over in left and is a viable fantasy option because of his exceptional speed. 

Denard Span- Back Spasms
Span has been enduring back spasms all week and finally the Nationals have decided to place him on the DL.  Manager Matt Williams is optimistic that Span will only need the 15 days to recover.  Luckily for Span an MRI discovered no structural damage, but back issues do tend to linger so don’t be surprised if this isn’t the only time Span misses games during the second half of the season. 

Scott Kazmir- Left triceps tightness
Scott Kazmir left his start Wednesday with tightness in his left triceps.  It doesn’t seem like the injury is serious at all as Kazmir went through a successful warm up before the A’s game Saturday.  In all likelihood the A’s are being overly cautious with Kazmir, as he has been linked to multiple trade rumors.  If he can get traded to a playoff contender, the pitcher who holds a 2.49 ERA should be able to substantially improve his 5-5 record. 

Jason Hammel- Left hamstring tightness
It looked like Hammel was going to be forced to spend some time on the DL after he exited Wednesday’s game with hamstring tightness.  Fortunately his MRI results came back showing no structural damage and he will be able to make his next start after the All-Star break. 

Clay Buchholz- Left elbow flexor strain
Every week I write about at least one pitcher that is headed to the DL with an elbow injury and Clay Buchholz is this week’s victim.  Buchholz left Friday’s game verses the Yankees after he saw a significant drop in his velocity in the forth inning.  Although an MRI showed no structural damage, he will still require a stint on the DL with a flexor strain.  The Red Sox, who were finally looking like a playoff baseball team, will now try to stay in contention without their best starter.  Left-hander Brian Johnson was called up from Triple-A Saturday and will take Buchholz’s spot in the rotation for the time being. 

Huston Street- Groin strain
Huston Street tweaked his Groin Wednesday night on the very last pitch of the game.  Street, who has been excellent this year, says he feels a lot better and will use the All-Star break to recover.  He should be able to avoid the disabled list, but if Street needs any more time after the break Joe Smith will get the save opportunities. 

Jason Grilli- Ruptured let Achilles tendon
During a week where he was one of the most talked about trading pieces, Jason Grilli was carted off the field Saturday with a ruptured Achilles tendon.  This is the type of injury that will sideline Grilli for at least the rest of this year and will require a lot of off season rehab.  Jim Johnson will now serve as the Braves closer and is a must own in all fantasy formats.  

-Here are some players to target on the waiver-wire

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Week 13 MLB Injury Report

George Springer- Fractured right wrist
Fantasy owners and the Astros suffered a serious blow on Wednesday after Springer took a fastball off his arm leaving him with a fractured wrist.   Springer was on pace for a 25/25 season and had been hitting .325 over the last month.  It looks like he will need four to six weeks to heal before stepping back into the lineup.   Alex Presley has been called up from Triple-A to fill in at right field in Springer’s absence.

Anthony Rendon- Strained left quad
After only 18 games Rendon will return to the DL, this time with a strained left quad.  He is eligible to come back before the All Star break, but Manager Matt Williams revealed that the injury is pretty significant.  Hopefully Rendon will use the 20+ days to fully recover and help out fantasy lineups for the final month of the regular season.   

Giancarlo Stanton- Left wrist hamate fracture
Stanton underwent successful surgery on Sunday to repair a left wrist hamate fracture that he suffered last week.  The normal recovery time for this procedure is four to six weeks, but the biggest blow to fantasy owners will be the potential loss of power when he does return.  This injury is known for stripping sluggers of their power for months after their return.  If Stanton loses his power his fantasy value takes a major hit as his batting average is mediocre.  Ichiro Suzuki will most likely see more starts in the Marlins lineup until Stanton’s return.

Michael Cuddyer- Left knee soreness
Michael Cuddyer exited Tuesday’s game with an apparent left knee injury, but an MRI Wednesday didn’t show enough to require a trip to the DL.  He did receive an injection following the MRI and will be reevaluated in a few days.  The Mets  will most likely hold him out through the weekend to see if the injection improves his knee’s health. 

Carlos Beltran- Rib cage soreness
Beltran left Tuesday’s game in the fifth inning with a rib cage injury.  After the game Beltran said he would not need to spend any time on the DL, but as the days go by it is becoming more and more likely that he will.  The Yankees promoted Taylor Dugas on Wednesday in the event that Beltran absence becomes lengthy.  Beltran should be evaluated over the weekend, though it wouldn’t surprise me if they held off on using the veteran until after the break. 
***Update***Beltran has landed on DL

Jaime Garcia- Left groin injury
The young lefty has been experiencing ongoing cramping in his groin that forced him to miss his scheduled start on Thursday.  As of now the Cardinals have given us no reason to believe that he will miss another start, but until Garcia can complete a bullpen session his status remains up in the air.  Tim Cooney filled in for Garcia Thursday and matched the Padres’ Tyson Ross, taking a no decision after surrendering only three runs. 

-Some possible waiver-wire targets 

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Week 12 MLB Injury Report

Freddie Freeman- Right wrist sprain
Freeman was officially placed on the 15-day DL Tuesday, retroactive to July 18th.  Freeman missed the entire weekend series against the Mets after not being able to take practice swings during batting practice.  An MRI showed nothing more than a bruise, so expect the 25-year-old to be back in the lineup after the minimum 15 days. 

Dustin Pedroia- Hamstring tightness         
Initially the Red Sox thought Pedroia’s injury was mild after he pulled up lame rounding first base during Wednesday’s game, but now have placed him on the DL.  Pedroia will need at least three weeks of recovery time before being reinserted into the lineup.  Luckily the Sox have the scorching hot Brock Holt to man second base for the time being.

Hanley Ramirez- Hand contusion
It looks like Hanley was able to escape with just a hand bruise following being struck with a line drive while running the bases.  The Sox held Hanley out of the lineup Thursday, but don’t expect him to miss much more than a couple of games. 

Lorenzo Cain- Hamstring tightness
After missing two of the team’s last three games it has come out that Cain is dealing with some hamstring tightness.  With the Royals off Thursday, the team expects him to be back in the lineup Friday.

Chase Utley- Right ankle inflammation
Utley was placed on the DL Tuesday with a right ankle injury that he has been dealing with all spring.  The Phillies are an interesting place in their year where a lot of their older players will likely not be on their team in 2016 due to trades or expiring contracts so it is tough to really understand what every DL stint means.  The disabled list trip for Utley decreases the chances that the Phillies pick up his 2016 $15 million option as he needs 251 more plate appearances.  Cesar Hernandez looks to be in line to see the bulk of the playing time in Utley’s absence. 

Adam Jones- Sore shoulder
Jones has now missed six of the last eight games with a sore right shoulder.  Although an MRI turned up clean, it is concerning how many games Jones has now missed.  Jones is yet to play the field since the discomfort began and probably will continue to only see time at DH until the O’s know he is fully healthy. 

Carlos Gonzalez- Left hand sprain
Cargo left Sunday’s game with a mild left hand sprain.  The injury comes at a very unfortunate time as he has finally started to hit his normal offensive stride.  Gonzalez has not batted since Sunday, but did serve as a defensive replacement Wednesday night.  The appearance of Cargo is definitely a positive sign and should be back in the lineup in the next couple of days. 

Brandon Phillips- Jammed thumb
Phillips will most likely miss his second straight game Thursday after jamming his thumb Tuesday.  The concerning thing about this injury is it is to the same thumb that he had surgically repaired last season.  This looks to be just a day-to-day situation, but should be monitored closely.

Justin Verlander- Back stiffness
Verlander was scratched from Wednesday’s schedule start in favor of Buck Farmer due to some back stiffness.  The Tigers aren’t overly concerned, but this can’t be a good sign for the aging Verlander.  The word is he will be able to pitch during the next five days; however fantasy owners will probably want to wait and see how he performs before putting him back in their rotation.  

Jered Weaver- Hip inflammation

Weaver was moved to the 15-day DL with some hip inflammation even after an MRI showed no structural damage.  It looks like the Angels will hold Weaver out of the rotation until after the All-Star break which means he will only miss two starts.  Hopefully the extended break will help lower the ace’s  4.75 ERA when he returns. 

-Some possible waiver-wire targets 

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Week 10 MLB Injury Report

Bryce Harper- Sore Knee
Harper left Saturday’s game after taking a pitch off his right knee in the ninth inning.  After the contest Harper said his knee felt sore decreasing the chance for him to be in the lineup Sunday.  Expect Harper to get a bit of time to rest his knee, but to be back in the Nats’ order very soon.

Jose Altuve- Hamstring tightness
Jose had to leave the Astro’s game Friday after he tried to beat out an infield single.  It sounds like the hamstring injury is very minor and he should be able to reestablish his spot at the top of the order after the weekend.  However, fantasy owners should monitor this injury very closely as Altuve’s speed is his largest asset.

Matt Holliday- Grade 2 quad strain
It is no surprise that Holliday ended up on the DL after he pulled up very lame chasing a fly ball on Monday.  Holliday was in a ton of pain and the Cardinals feared that they may lose another player for the year due to leg muscle surgery.  Fortunately, Holliday was diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain so he won’t be out for the season, but he still should miss a significant amount of time.   The Cardinal’s normal four man outfield rotation will now move to just three with Jon Jay, Randal Grichuk, and Jason Heyward. 

Mookie Betts- Back strain
Mookie Betts had to exit Friday’s game after he violently crashed into the famous triangle in Fenway’s outfield.  Remarkably, Betts passed his concussion test and all X-rays came back negative.  The Red Sox believe that Betts will avoid the DL as the only side affect seems to be soreness.  Expect Betts to be back in the Red Sox lineup early this week. 

Ryan Zimmerman- Plantar Fasciitis
The Nationals have finally placed Zimmerman on the DL after he struggled to play through Plantar Fasciitis.  Zimmerman was in the midst of a 1-for-25 slump, which had dropped his batting average to a dismal .209 for the year.  The hope is that the time off will be very beneficial to the  first baseman and the middle of the Nationals’ batting order.

Brandon Phillips- Groin strain
The groin injury that Phillips suffered Tuesday has kept him out of the Reds’ lineup for the past four days.  He has been able to pinch hit in two of the three games at Wrigley, but still does not feel comfortable enough to play the field.  A groin injury for a middle infielder can be concerning, though the fact that Phillips has not landed on the DL is a very positive sign.

Zack Cozart- Torn knee ligaments
Zack Cozart suffered probably the most gruesome injury of the year while trying to beat out an infield hit.  Cozart stepped awkwardly on the bag and his knee immediately crumbled.  After an MRI it was determined that Cozart had torn multiple ligaments and tendons in his right knee that would require surgery on Monday.  The minimum time that he will be out is nine months, but I would be very surprised if we saw him back in a Reds uniform before the 2016 All Star break. 

Lance Lynn- Right forearm strain
Lynn is another starting pitcher who is victim to a forearm injury.  Forearm injuries for a pitcher are always concerning and the Cardinals hope that putting Lynn on the DL Friday will give him the rest needed to avoid a serious injury.  The right-hander will be out at least two weeks giving way to Tyler Lyons in the Cardinals’ rotation. 

Yoradno Ventura- Right arm nerve damage
The Royals pulled Ventura after 3 innings Friday when he started complaining of weakness in his right hand.  After being evaluated it was determined that Ventura was dealing with irritation in his ulnar nerve.  Manager Ned Yost said Saturday that he does not expect Ventura to miss his next start, but don’t be surprised if it his pushed back a day or two. 

Andrew Miller- Right forearm strain
Like Lynn, Andrew Miller is suffering from a forearm strain and has been placed on the 15-day DL.  The Yankees have decided to shut Miller down for two full weeks before he even begins a throwing program.  This is a rather unfortunate injury for the closer as he has been very effective this season.  Dellin Betances will fill his spot who has been lights out all year.  Even after Miller’s return, Betances could hold onto the closer’s role pushing Miller back to being the set up man. 

-Some possible waiver-wire targets

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

June 9th MLB Top Plays

Tonight in the MLB we have a large 15 game slate full of options at all positions. Especially after a smaller slate last night when ownership was high across most of the plays tonight is the complete opposite for the player. I really enjoy these larger slates, you can attack it from so many different angles which makes strategy so much more exciting to dive into.

7:05 PM EST : Boston ( -103 ) at Baltimore ( -105 ) —- T: 8.0
7:05 PM EST : Washington ( +107 ) at NY Yankees ( -116 ) —- T: 7.0
7:05 PM EST : Milwaukee ( +192 ) at Pittsburgh ( -210 ) —- T: 7.5
7:07 PM EST : Miami ( +126 ) at Toronto ( -137 ) —- T: 9.0
7:08 PM EST : Chi Cubs ( +104 ) at Detroit ( -113 ) —- T: 7.5
7:10 PM EST : SF Giants ( +114 ) at NY Mets ( -123 ) —- T: 7.0
7:10 PM EST : Philadelphia ( +126 ) at Cincinnati ( -137 ) —- T: 7.5
7:10 PM EST : San Diego ( -127 ) at Atlanta ( +117 ) —- T: 7.5
7:10 PM EST : LA Angels ( -103 ) at Tampa Bay ( -105 ) —- T: 7.5
7:10 PM EST : Seattle ( +171 ) at Cleveland ( -186 ) —- T: 7.0
8:10 PM EST : Houston ( -133 ) at Chi Sox ( +123 ) —- T: 7.5
8:10 PM EST : Kansas City ( -103 ) at Minnesota ( -105 ) —- T: 8.5
8:40 PM EST : St. Louis ( -131 ) at Colorado ( +121 ) —- T: 10.0
10:05 PM EST : Texas ( +162 ) at Oakland ( -176 ) —- T: 7.0
10:10 PM EST : Arizona ( +145 ) at LA Dodgers ( -157 ) —- T: 7.5

Pitchers - Max Scherzer will be a cash game favorite for many, but he is actually the underdog tonight against the Yankees. Scherzer carries a 6-4 record with 90 strikeouts on the season, even being the underdog I can get behind some cash game shares of Max tonight. Corey Kluber has been on the wrong side of variance this season coming into tonight at 3-6, however he makes up for the losses with 106 strikeouts and I think Kluber is in a good spot to pick up a win tonight. Fransisco Liriano has historically struggled against the Brewers and could be a GPP play tonight if you think the Pirates will give Liriano some run support. Liriano is 3-4 on the season with 81 strikeouts. Michael Wacha pitching in Coors tonight could be a really low owned pitcher in a GPP setting, not to mention Wacha is 8-1 on the year, that is hard to ignore. If you need a salary relief pitcher tonight, Carlos Rodon isn't a bad option. Rodon is 1-0 with 35 strikeouts and could save you a lot of money and have a decent amount of strikeouts this evening.

Catcher - I don't like the position a lot of the top plays are here tonight at catcher, I think Russell Martin is in the best spot if you aren't punting catcher like I tend to do. I am going to be on Yan Gomes tonight, he has hits in his last four spots and really cheap if you need help fitting bats into your lineup.

1st Base - I like Anthony Rizzo a lot tonight, Rizzo has a 12 game hitting streak coming into tonight and 8 hits in his last four with two home runs. Chris Davis is a little bit cheaper than Rizzo and has hits in three of his last four, I can get behind some Davis shares tonight. Another guy I want some exposure too is Yonder Alonso, who has five hits in his last three with a home run, and a guy I don't think will be highly owned in a larger field tournament.

2nd Base - Dee Gordon and Brian Dozier both let down a lot of owners last night, for that reason alone I want exposure to them. Howie Kendrick had a solid game last night collecting three hits and two runs scored, could be in line for a similar line again tonight. Matt Duffy is a guy I don't think gets enough credit for the Giants, Duffy does have hits in his last three and could collect multiple hits again tonight.

3rd Base - It is getting nearly impossible to fade Josh Donaldson in cash games at whatever price he is at, coming off a monster night I expect his ownership to be high tonight in all formats. I like Josh Harrison tonight to pick up multiple hits and score a run or two. Harrison has been quiet lately and will be a sneaky large field play this evening. David Freese is carrying an eleven game hitting streak into tonight and a guy I want exposure to facing Nathan Karns of the Rays.

Shortstop - Jhonny Peralta let down a large amount of us last night, which makes me like him even more tonight in a large field setting. Troy Tulowitzski has been hot and staying hot, hitting another home run last night. Tulowitski will be a nice cash game play. Ruben Tejada has cheaply and quietly been really productive over his last ten games makes for a nice cheap play tonight.

Outfield - A lot of great options tonight in the outfield. I can get behind Andrew McCutchen tonight in a GPP setting as well as Starling Marte, both should be low owned this evening. Adam Jones has homers in three of his last four and hard to not roster in cash games right now.  When Jones gets hot these numbers are expected from a player of his caliber. Is tonight the Michael Brantley double homer game I have been waiting on? Brantley has hits in his last six starts and has the power to change your whole lineup with one swing, don't sleep on Brantley tonight. Josh Reddick is in good spot tonight, Reddick has seven hits in his last five with a home run, I will have some exposure to him this evening.

-That will wrap up my piece for the day I hope you enjoy it. As always enjoy your day and good luck growing your bankroll on this nice large slate tonight in the MLB!
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