Sunday, May 31, 2015

Week 8 MLB Injury Report

Xander Bogaerts- Left forearm contusion
Bogaerts has missed the last two games with a bruised left forearm after being hit by a pitch Thursday.  The injury doesn’t seem to be too severe, but the Red Sox will most likely keep him out of the lineup Sunday as well.  Bogaerts could use a couple days off anyway as he was on an 0-for-15 streak prior to being hit.
**Bogaerts has returned to lineup**

Erick Aybar- Hamstring tightness
Aybar was lifted from Thursday’s game with tightness in his left hamstring.  Although the Angel’s clubhouse felt he would be able to avoid the DL, Aybar was a very late scratch Saturday after all indications pointed to him being back in the lineup.  Sunday’s lineup card will be a big indication to where Aybar’s health stands.  Even if he is back, be sure to monitor this injury closely as hamstring injuries always seem to linger.
**UPDATE**Aybar has returned to lineup**

Matt Adams- Torn right quad
After being placed on the DL Thursday, Matt Adams has decided to undergo surgery to repair a torn right quad.  The Cardinals are planning to be without Adams for the remainder of the regular season which means fantasy owners will be without Adams for their entire season as well.  Mark Reynolds will handle firstbase for the foreseeable future and could be worth an adding if you are looking for some boom or bust power.

Jose Abreu- Swollen finger
Right index finger irritation is just going to be something that Abreu, the White Sox, and fantasy owners have to deal with for the rest of the year.  The injury initially happened two weeks ago and has continued to bother him off and on ever since.  The injury isn’t severe enough to warrant a DL stint, but owners can expect Abreu to miss a couple games here and there to give his finger some rest.

Bryce Harper- Sore back
Bryce Harper was scratched from Saturday’s lineup with a sore back.  Harper was hit on the spine with a pitch during Friday’s game.  The injury does not seem too bad, but the Nationals will most likely give Harper the weekend to rest. 

Adam Jones- Ankle sprain
Jones rolled his ankle mid-week and after having an X-ray a rolled ankle is all it seems to be.  David Lough will take his place in the outfield over the weekend, but the star center fielder shouldn’t miss more than a couple games while he nurses his ankle.  Jones has only missed six games in the last four years so don’t expected a little ankle injury to keep this every day warrior down. 

Johnny Cueto- Elbow stiffness
The Reds decided to skip Cueto’s start this week even though an MRI showed no structural damage in his elbow.  The hope was for him to be able to pitch Sunday, but it looks like the Reds will continue to be cautious with their ace and hold him out until their mid-week series verses the Phillies.  All in all this is good news for fantasy owners as elbow injuries always pose the risk of sidelining a pitcher for a year.

Scott Kazmir- Shoulder inflammation
Kazmir was pulled from his start Wednesday after pitching three shutout innings.   The left-hander told the media all week that his shoulder was just sore and an MRI Thursday confirmed his remarks after finding no structural damage.  Expect Kazmir to miss just one start and for the rest to benefit him for the remainder of the season. 

James Paxton- Left hand injury
Paxton had been a pleasant surprise for the Mariners thus far posting a 3-3 record and a 3.70 ERA, unfortunately his season will be put on hold for at least three weeks.  The Mariners placed Paxton on the DL Friday with a strained tendon in his finger and will not evaluate him for at least 2 weeks.  Domonic Leone will take Paxton’s spot in the rotation while he is on the DL.

-Some possible waiver wire replacements

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