Sunday, June 7, 2015

Week 9 MLB Injury Report

Edwin Encarnacion- Sore shoulder
Edwin has been dealing with a sore shoulder for the last two weeks and has now decided to take some time off to get treatment.  He received a cortisone shot on Saturday that will keep him out of the lineup for at least the weekend.  Justin Soak will man first base until Edwin is back which most likely will be mid-week.

Adrian Beltre- Dislocated left thumb
Although an MRI showed no fractures, the Rangers placed Beltre on the DL Tuesday with a dislocated left thumb.  The Rangers are fairly optimistic thinking that Beltre will only miss 2-3 weeks, but any timetable given will be nothing more than a guess until Beltre can start swinging a bat. Beltre’s replacement, Joey Gallo, started off homering twice in his first two games, but has since struck out 12 times in only 23 at bats to go along with two errors. 

Daniel Murphy- Left quad tightness
The Mets placed Murphy on the 15-day DL Friday with left quad tightness.  It was first thought that Murphy would avoid the DL, but apparently the injury is more serious than first thought after he pulled up lame running for a ground ball.  The Mets are yet to give an estimate on Murphy’s return, but we should know more after the weekend.

Hunter Pence- Wrist tendonitis
Pence will remain out of the Giant’s lineup for the remainder of the weekend while suffering from wrist tendonitis.  Pence won’t try to swing a bat before their game Sunday, but he is expected back in the lineup Tuesday.  Fantasy owners should monitor this injury closely as wrist injuries can really hinder a hitter if they are not fully healed. 
Evan Longoria- Sore right wrist
Longoria was held out of the Ray’s game Saturday with a sore right wrist.  The injury does not seem to be serious , but expect him to miss Sunday’s game as well so he can get three days of rest with the off day Monday. 

Howie Kendrick- Right knee injury
Kendrick will most likely miss his 4th straight start Sunday with an apparent right knee injury.  Although an MRI revealed no structural damage, the Dodgers are not ruling out a trip to the DL for their second baseman.  It is probably a good sign that he hasn’t been placed on the DL yet, but there has been little information released regarding the injury since it occurred Wednesday. 

Yunel Escobar- Right wrist injury
Escobar was removed from Thursday’s game in the first inning after hurting his wrist during a check swing.  It doesn’t look like Escobar will require a DL stint, but like Pence, this could be an injury that lingers if not fully healed.  Fortunately for the Nats, Anthony Rendon has finally been activated and will man third base.

Josh Hamilton- Right hamstring strain
Hamilton will most likely be out for four weeks with a right hamstring strain. It’s an unfortunate injury for Hamilton who finally made his way into the lineup after a very long absence in the beginning of 2015.  A combination of Joey Gallo and Jake Smolinski will take Hamilton’s spot in the lineup for the rest of the month.

Jorge Soler- Left ankle sprain
The Cubs decided to place Soler on the 15-day DL after spraining his ankle Monday night.  The 23 year old showed little improvement initially, which led to the quick action to place him on the DL.  Soler should be ready after the 15 days are up, but until then Junior Lake will see an increase in playing time.

Jake Odorizzi- Strained oblique
Odorizzi was removed from Friday’s game after 4.1 innings with an oblique strain.  Rays manager Kevin Cash is expecting Odorizzi to miss some time and most likely end up on the DL.  Oblique injuries usually require a couple weeks to heal so expect Odorizzi to miss at least one start regardless of the club’s decision to place him on the DL.

Stephen Strasburg- Left trapezius strain
The Nationals were forced to place their young ace on the DL last weekend while he deals with a left trap strain.  Strasburg was able to throw 30 itches in a bullpen session Saturday, which is a very encouraging sign.  The injury shouldn’t keep him out much longer than the required 15 days as he is making very quick progress in his recovery.

-Some possible waiver-wire targets

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