Friday, June 26, 2015

Week 12 MLB Injury Report

Freddie Freeman- Right wrist sprain
Freeman was officially placed on the 15-day DL Tuesday, retroactive to July 18th.  Freeman missed the entire weekend series against the Mets after not being able to take practice swings during batting practice.  An MRI showed nothing more than a bruise, so expect the 25-year-old to be back in the lineup after the minimum 15 days. 

Dustin Pedroia- Hamstring tightness         
Initially the Red Sox thought Pedroia’s injury was mild after he pulled up lame rounding first base during Wednesday’s game, but now have placed him on the DL.  Pedroia will need at least three weeks of recovery time before being reinserted into the lineup.  Luckily the Sox have the scorching hot Brock Holt to man second base for the time being.

Hanley Ramirez- Hand contusion
It looks like Hanley was able to escape with just a hand bruise following being struck with a line drive while running the bases.  The Sox held Hanley out of the lineup Thursday, but don’t expect him to miss much more than a couple of games. 

Lorenzo Cain- Hamstring tightness
After missing two of the team’s last three games it has come out that Cain is dealing with some hamstring tightness.  With the Royals off Thursday, the team expects him to be back in the lineup Friday.

Chase Utley- Right ankle inflammation
Utley was placed on the DL Tuesday with a right ankle injury that he has been dealing with all spring.  The Phillies are an interesting place in their year where a lot of their older players will likely not be on their team in 2016 due to trades or expiring contracts so it is tough to really understand what every DL stint means.  The disabled list trip for Utley decreases the chances that the Phillies pick up his 2016 $15 million option as he needs 251 more plate appearances.  Cesar Hernandez looks to be in line to see the bulk of the playing time in Utley’s absence. 

Adam Jones- Sore shoulder
Jones has now missed six of the last eight games with a sore right shoulder.  Although an MRI turned up clean, it is concerning how many games Jones has now missed.  Jones is yet to play the field since the discomfort began and probably will continue to only see time at DH until the O’s know he is fully healthy. 

Carlos Gonzalez- Left hand sprain
Cargo left Sunday’s game with a mild left hand sprain.  The injury comes at a very unfortunate time as he has finally started to hit his normal offensive stride.  Gonzalez has not batted since Sunday, but did serve as a defensive replacement Wednesday night.  The appearance of Cargo is definitely a positive sign and should be back in the lineup in the next couple of days. 

Brandon Phillips- Jammed thumb
Phillips will most likely miss his second straight game Thursday after jamming his thumb Tuesday.  The concerning thing about this injury is it is to the same thumb that he had surgically repaired last season.  This looks to be just a day-to-day situation, but should be monitored closely.

Justin Verlander- Back stiffness
Verlander was scratched from Wednesday’s schedule start in favor of Buck Farmer due to some back stiffness.  The Tigers aren’t overly concerned, but this can’t be a good sign for the aging Verlander.  The word is he will be able to pitch during the next five days; however fantasy owners will probably want to wait and see how he performs before putting him back in their rotation.  

Jered Weaver- Hip inflammation

Weaver was moved to the 15-day DL with some hip inflammation even after an MRI showed no structural damage.  It looks like the Angels will hold Weaver out of the rotation until after the All-Star break which means he will only miss two starts.  Hopefully the extended break will help lower the ace’s  4.75 ERA when he returns. 

-Some possible waiver-wire targets 

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