Saturday, August 15, 2015

MLB Week 18 Injury Report

Hanley Ramirez- Left foot soreness
HanRam has had a season full of minor injuries and his most recent injury has caused him to miss a week’s worth of games.  The injury has been diagnosed as just a bad bruise, but I can’t imagine Hanley is in too much of a rush to get back with the Sox out of the playoff hunt.  Jackie Bradley will continue to start in left for the Sox until Hanley’s return. 

Michael Brantley- Left shoulder soreness
Brantley will miss this weekend’s games with a sore left shoulder.  Fortunately he will be able to avoid the DL after his MRI results came back clean.  Brantley did receive a cortisone shot Thursday so he should be available in a couple of days if his recovery goes as planned. 

Starling Marte- Bruised left hand
Marte was removed from Wednesday’s with some discomfort in his left hand.  Marte has been able to pitch run the last two games so he should be able to get back in the lineup soon.  The only reason for concern here is the injury is on the same hand that caused him to miss a few games three weeks ago.  Expect Marte to be swinging the bat again by Monday at the latest. 

Salvador Perez- Left wrist inflammation
A sore left wrist has finally forced Perez to miss a couple games.  The ailment has been bothering him for a bit, fortunately his x-rays and MRI came negative insinuating that he will avoid the DL. The Royals hope to have Perez’s big bat back in the lineup this weekend, but if he cannot Drew Butera will continue to man home plate. 

Lucas Duda- Lumbar strain
The Mets have been without their star first baseman for three days now, but the hope is that the rest will help him return to the lineup Saturday.  Fortunately for the Mets, they made a mid-season move to acquire the versatile Kelly Johnson who has been swinging a hot bat.  The injury doesn’t seem to be significant although it wouldn’t be surprising if Duda is forced to miss a few games here and there over the next month.   

Howie Kendrick- Strained hamstring
The Dodgers have moved Kendrick to the 15-day DL with a strained left hamstring.  Kendrick suffered the injury last Sunday trying to run out an infield single.  There is currently no timetable for his return, but manager Don Mattingly said he expects the club to be without him for at least three weeks.  The club has called up Jose Peraza who figures to split time with Enrique Hernandez at second base. 

Christian Yelich- Right knee contusion
Marlins have now been without the red-hot Yelich for four games now.  There has been no indication that Yelich is headed to the DL for his bruised knee, but the longer he stays out makes it more and more likely.  Fantasy owners should wait until more information comes out on Yelich before they consider dropping him from their roster.   

Maikel Franco- Left wrist contusion
Franco gave his fantasy owners a scare when he crumbled after being plunked on the wrist Tuesday.  Luckily his x-rays came back negative and he will shoot to get back in the lineup this weekend.  Franco is a promising young player on a team that is going nowhere this year, so the Phillies will take their time before inserting him back into the starting 9. 

Sonny Gray- Back spasms
Sonny will miss his start this week due to back spasms, but could return to the rotation as early as Monday.  He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Saturday that will determine when he reenters the rotation.  Gray has been absolutely electric this year, holding a 2.06 ERA for the last place A’s.  Brad Mills filled in for Gray Friday and will continue to start if Gray is forced to miss another start.   

Cole Hamels- Groin tightness
Like Gray, Hamels was scratched from his start this week, but is expected to rejoin the Ranger’s rotation Monday.  Hamels has not been good since joining the Rangers, carrying a 5.93 ERA in his two starts.  The rest may be just what the doctor ordered as the club hopes Hamels will be the key to a playoff berth.   Fantasy owners should check Hamel’s status after his bullpen and throwing sessions over the weekend. 

Jose Fernandez- Right bicep strain

The Marlins placed Jose Fernandez on the 15-day DL, retroactive to August 8th, with a right bicep strain. Marlins placed RHP Jose Fernandez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 8, with a right bicep strain. The Marlins are going to be extra careful with their young ace and it wouldn’t be surprising if they shut him down for the remainder of the year.  Either way this is a major blow to fantasy owners as Fernandez has been dominate in 43 innings this year, with a 2.30 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.  If you have a spot on your team, Fernandez is definitely worth holding onto in the case he comes back for your playoff run.  

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