Friday, July 3, 2015

Week 13 MLB Injury Report

George Springer- Fractured right wrist
Fantasy owners and the Astros suffered a serious blow on Wednesday after Springer took a fastball off his arm leaving him with a fractured wrist.   Springer was on pace for a 25/25 season and had been hitting .325 over the last month.  It looks like he will need four to six weeks to heal before stepping back into the lineup.   Alex Presley has been called up from Triple-A to fill in at right field in Springer’s absence.

Anthony Rendon- Strained left quad
After only 18 games Rendon will return to the DL, this time with a strained left quad.  He is eligible to come back before the All Star break, but Manager Matt Williams revealed that the injury is pretty significant.  Hopefully Rendon will use the 20+ days to fully recover and help out fantasy lineups for the final month of the regular season.   

Giancarlo Stanton- Left wrist hamate fracture
Stanton underwent successful surgery on Sunday to repair a left wrist hamate fracture that he suffered last week.  The normal recovery time for this procedure is four to six weeks, but the biggest blow to fantasy owners will be the potential loss of power when he does return.  This injury is known for stripping sluggers of their power for months after their return.  If Stanton loses his power his fantasy value takes a major hit as his batting average is mediocre.  Ichiro Suzuki will most likely see more starts in the Marlins lineup until Stanton’s return.

Michael Cuddyer- Left knee soreness
Michael Cuddyer exited Tuesday’s game with an apparent left knee injury, but an MRI Wednesday didn’t show enough to require a trip to the DL.  He did receive an injection following the MRI and will be reevaluated in a few days.  The Mets  will most likely hold him out through the weekend to see if the injection improves his knee’s health. 

Carlos Beltran- Rib cage soreness
Beltran left Tuesday’s game in the fifth inning with a rib cage injury.  After the game Beltran said he would not need to spend any time on the DL, but as the days go by it is becoming more and more likely that he will.  The Yankees promoted Taylor Dugas on Wednesday in the event that Beltran absence becomes lengthy.  Beltran should be evaluated over the weekend, though it wouldn’t surprise me if they held off on using the veteran until after the break. 
***Update***Beltran has landed on DL

Jaime Garcia- Left groin injury
The young lefty has been experiencing ongoing cramping in his groin that forced him to miss his scheduled start on Thursday.  As of now the Cardinals have given us no reason to believe that he will miss another start, but until Garcia can complete a bullpen session his status remains up in the air.  Tim Cooney filled in for Garcia Thursday and matched the Padres’ Tyson Ross, taking a no decision after surrendering only three runs. 

-Some possible waiver-wire targets 

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