Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Infirmary Report (3-8-14)

Welcome to the The Infirmary Report and 2014's first look at injuries affecting your fantasy baseball rosters. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @FantasyInfected to stay up to speed on the days injury news. The focus of this blog is to help you dominate your league. Let us begin!

Grant Balfour (TB)- Balfour indicated that he is going through a "dead arm" period. Balfour got batted around by the Pirates on Saturday afternoon and allowed a three-run homer to Russell Martin. He believes he's going through a normal "flat arm" period of spring training. One note of interest is the Orioles reportedly nixed a two-year, $15 million deal with Balfour back in December over some health concerns (reportedly due to his wrist and knee). This is hopefully routine soreness, however it warrants monitoring heading into the season.

Peter Bourjos (StL)- Peter Bourjos (hamstring) is scheduled to return to Grapefruit League action on Sunday. He's missed the past week of camp while nursing a hamstring cramp. Boujos has had problems with hamstring injuries over the years, so this situation bears monitoring. He's the projected starting CF in St. Louis.

Zack Greinke (LAD)- Zack Greinke (calf) threw 33 pitches over two innings in a simulated game on Saturday. Greinke was working against Matt Kemp and several minor leaguers during the session. He's expected to be cleared for a return to Cactus League action next week and remains on track to be an option for the Dodgers Sunday night opener stateside.

Josh Hamilton (LAA)- Angels manager Mike Scioscia indicated Saturday that Josh Hamilton (calf) should make his Cactus League debut in "about a week."
The veteran outfielder suffered a strained calf at the end of February, but has been making steady progress hitting in the batting cages and running on a weight-reduced treadmill. Barring any setbacks, he shouldn't have any problems being ready for Opening Day.

Alex Rios (Tex)- Alex Rios will miss his fifth consecutive game on Saturday due to a strained oblique. Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said Saturday that the team is simply playing it cautiously with Rios, and that if it were the regular season he would likely be playing. Still, it's a situation that's worth monitoring as i said on Twitter, oblique injuries are like the herpes of baseball injuries...they can linger.

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