Friday, April 24, 2015

Week 3 MLB Injury Report

Travis d’Arnaud- Fractured right finger
The Mets have placed d’Arnaud on the 15-day DL after he was hit by a pitch in Sunday’s game.  D’Arnaud will have to wear a splint on his hand for three weeks which will keep him out of the lineup for most likely a month.  Kevin Plawecki has been called up to the big leagues and will see the majority of playing time behind the plate. 

Jonathan Lucroy- Fractured toe
The brewers suffered a huge loss this week after Lucroy took a foul tip off of his foot.  Lucroy is expected to be out of the lineup for 4-6 weeks.  Like the Brewers, Lucroy was off to a very slow start to the season.  The last place Brewers will look to Martin Maldonado and Juan Centeno to replace Lucroy while he is sidelined.

Joey Bautista- Right shoulder strain
Luckily for Bautista’s fantasy owners, the Blue Jays will not place him on the DL.  Although there is no timetable for his return, the Jays expect him to be back in the lineup soon.  Joey Bats shouldn’t miss more than a couple games, but be sure to monitor the 35 year old slugger’s status very closely.   

Christian Yelich- Lower back strain
After struggling with back issues for the last week, Yelich will finally made his way to the DL.  Prior to this move, Yelich was stuck in struggle city, batting .200 and driving in only 4 runs in 45 at bats.  Hopefully the time off will prove to be helpful in the long run for the Marlins, but for the time being Ichiro Suzuki will man left field.

Max Scherzer- Jammed thumb
Scherzer jammed his thumb on a swing in Thursday’s game vs the Cardinals.  Scherzer went on to pitch two more innings so the injury doesn’t seem to be too bad.  He did however give up two hits/one run and also hit a batter in the 6th inning after the injury.  Scherzer won’t officially be cleared until he gets through his bullpen sessions this week, but the Nationals expect him to make his next start against Atlanta on Tuesday. 

Matt Harvey- Left ankle sprain
Harvey has been dealing with a left ankle sprain since spring training that is just now coming to the surface.  Between starts Harvey has been noticing some swelling and discomfort in his lower leg.  The Mets say the issue is minor even though Harvey has yet to pitch over six innings in any of his starts this year.  Hopefully the Mets are right, but I would not be surprised to see Harvey miss a start or two  in the near future.   Harvey is scheduled to start Saturday which will be a great indication of his health status. 

Greg Holland- Right pectoral strain
The Royals placed Holland on the DL late last week and are expecting him to resume throwing this weekend.  An MRI on Monday confirmed the initial pectoral strain diagnosis, which was a very good sign for fantasy owners and the Royals.  Hopefully Holland can rejoin the leagues best bullpen on his earliest activation date of May 4th. 

Joe Nathan- Torn UCL and tendon in right elbow
In his first rehab appearance Nathan felt a pop in his elbow, which will result in his second Tommy John surgery.  The injury will not only end his season, but in all likelihood will end the 40 year olds career.   Joakim Soria will continue as the Tiger’s closer for the foreseeable future. 
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