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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