Sunday, July 12, 2015

Week 14 MLB Injury Report

Miguel Cabrera- Grade 3 calf strain
The Tigers placed Miggy on the DL last weekend with a Grade 3 left calf strain.  The injury will keep Cabrera out of the lineup for at least six weeks and may force the Tiger’s hand into making a trade to help fill in for the All-Star first baseman.  Jefry Marte was called up from Triple-A Toledo and will fill in for the time being.

Dee Gordon- Dislocated thumb
Gordon dislocated his thumb Saturday sliding head first into first base.  This type of injury is very probable for the speedy leadoff man who is second in stolen bases this year.  The good news is, Gordon did not suffer any breaks or ligament damage so he should only be held out for 2 weeks.  It is still unclear whether the Marlins will place Gordon on the DL before or after the break.

Josh Harrison- Torn thumb ligament
Like Gordon, Harrison injured his thumb sliding last weekend.  But unlike Gordon, Harrison did suffer ligament damage that will require surgery.  The injury will most likely keep him out until the end of August and until he can return Jung-ho Kang will man third base. 

Alex Gordon- Grade 2 left groin strain
After undergoing an MRI, Gordon has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 left groin strain.  Gordon collapsed Wednesday trying to chase down a ball hit to deep left field.  The Royals have placed him on the 15-day DL, but he will miss at least eight weeks.  Jarrod Dyson will take over in left and is a viable fantasy option because of his exceptional speed. 

Denard Span- Back Spasms
Span has been enduring back spasms all week and finally the Nationals have decided to place him on the DL.  Manager Matt Williams is optimistic that Span will only need the 15 days to recover.  Luckily for Span an MRI discovered no structural damage, but back issues do tend to linger so don’t be surprised if this isn’t the only time Span misses games during the second half of the season. 

Scott Kazmir- Left triceps tightness
Scott Kazmir left his start Wednesday with tightness in his left triceps.  It doesn’t seem like the injury is serious at all as Kazmir went through a successful warm up before the A’s game Saturday.  In all likelihood the A’s are being overly cautious with Kazmir, as he has been linked to multiple trade rumors.  If he can get traded to a playoff contender, the pitcher who holds a 2.49 ERA should be able to substantially improve his 5-5 record. 

Jason Hammel- Left hamstring tightness
It looked like Hammel was going to be forced to spend some time on the DL after he exited Wednesday’s game with hamstring tightness.  Fortunately his MRI results came back showing no structural damage and he will be able to make his next start after the All-Star break. 

Clay Buchholz- Left elbow flexor strain
Every week I write about at least one pitcher that is headed to the DL with an elbow injury and Clay Buchholz is this week’s victim.  Buchholz left Friday’s game verses the Yankees after he saw a significant drop in his velocity in the forth inning.  Although an MRI showed no structural damage, he will still require a stint on the DL with a flexor strain.  The Red Sox, who were finally looking like a playoff baseball team, will now try to stay in contention without their best starter.  Left-hander Brian Johnson was called up from Triple-A Saturday and will take Buchholz’s spot in the rotation for the time being. 

Huston Street- Groin strain
Huston Street tweaked his Groin Wednesday night on the very last pitch of the game.  Street, who has been excellent this year, says he feels a lot better and will use the All-Star break to recover.  He should be able to avoid the disabled list, but if Street needs any more time after the break Joe Smith will get the save opportunities. 

Jason Grilli- Ruptured let Achilles tendon
During a week where he was one of the most talked about trading pieces, Jason Grilli was carted off the field Saturday with a ruptured Achilles tendon.  This is the type of injury that will sideline Grilli for at least the rest of this year and will require a lot of off season rehab.  Jim Johnson will now serve as the Braves closer and is a must own in all fantasy formats.  

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