Sunday, April 12, 2015

Week 1 MLB Injury Report

Matt Cain- Right flexor tendon strain
The Giants placed Matt Cain on the 15 day disabled list right before the start of the season.  If you have read any of my other pieces you will know that I am not very high on Cain this year.  He has been a workhorse for the last 10 years but I think time and age are finally catching up to him.  It would not surprise me if Cain never makes it back into the starting rotation.   

J.J. Hardy- Shoulder soreness
The Orioles shut down Hardy from all baseball activities for 10 days on March 30th.  Hardy has started taking dry swings and will be sent down to play some Double-A ball and the O’s could have him back in the lineup in a week.  Hardy has admitted to feeling some soreness during his dry swing sessions, but still expects to begin his rehab assignment on Thursday.  Be sure to monitor this injury closely and expect Hardy to lose some power when he returns.  

Jake Peavy- Lower back discomfort
Peavy was able to avoid the disabled list and is expected to make his first start Sunday.  With Matt Cain already on the DL, look for Peavy to step up his game and hold the number 2 spot in the rotation for the remainder of the year.  Peavy could be a sneaky pick up, as he is available in over 90% of all leagues.  

Matt Wieters Tommy John surgery 2014
The Orioles are continuing to play it safe with Wieters and probably won’t bring him back to the club until May.  Wieters' rehab has gone smoothly since dealing with tendinitis in his surgically repaired elbow, but the O’s are content with giving him as much time as needed as they have a very capable backup catcher in Caleb Joseph. 

Alex Cobb-  Right forearm tightness
Cobb was placed on the DL before the start of the season and has been progressing slowly in his recovery from a throwing arm injury.  For the first time since his injury, Cobb was able to throw back to back bullpen sessions this week.  Cobb will still need some work in the minors before joining the Ray’s rotation, but when he does rejoin the club expect him to return to his 2014 form when he posted a 2.87 ERA and 1.136 WHIP. 

James Loney- Right oblique strain
Tampa Bay placed Loney on the DL after he strained his oblique in a batting practice session Tuesday.  Loney had a solid spring and has been productive for the Rays over the last 2 seasons so don’t expect his playing time to be in jeopardy.   Loney doesn’t bring much to the plate other than a solid batting average and should be avoided in most formats until he can show that he has regained the power that he once had.

Anthony Rendon- MCL sprain
Rendon’s injury seems to be worse than originally expected.  He finally began doing side-to-side movements on Thursday and should start to ramp up his fielding work next week.  The Nationals may just be exercising caution with their All Star third baseman, which will pay off for the fantasy owner in the long run.  Be patient with Rendon as he is one of the top infielders in all formats when healthy.

Koji Uehara- Hamstring strain
After being placed on the DL on March 27th, Uehara made a rehab appearance on Saturday.  However, he was not his sharpest giving up 3 hits and 1 run in an inning of work.  The aging Uehara should be monitored closely, but he should return as Boston’s closer fairly quickly.  Especially with his replacement Edward Mujica having blown his only save opportunity of the year.

Jayson Werth- Offseason shoulder surgery
Werth is hoping to make his 2015 debut on Monday against the Red Sox.  After a great week of Minor league games, Werth looks like he will be able to fill one of the holes in the Nationals outfield.   Werth will be a great boost to the Nationals lineup who have not posted more than 3 runs in the first week of the season.  If the Nationals are going to even come close to fulfilling their 2015 expectations, they are going to need Werth to be a major contributor. 

Hunter Pence- Left forearm fracture.
As expected the Giants placed Pence on the DL before the start of the season.  Pence has been progressing well after getting hit by a pitch that left him with a fractured forearm. He is still roughly two weeks away from swinging a bat, but the Giants should have him back in their lineup in early May.  Pence is a very well rounded player that will help any fantasy team.  Like Rendon, be patient with Pence as your team will benefit in the long run when he returns.

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