MLB - Fantasy Baseball - Weekly Injury Report
Stop me if you've heard this before, but injuries are a part of the game. Like any real Major League manager, every fantasy manager has to deal with injuries at some point. The important thing to remember is that it's still very early on in the fantasy season and most of the guys hitting the disabled list now will be back before the All-Star break and be able to help your team again sooner rather than later.
Headed to the Disabled List
Jose Reyes - SS - Toronto Blue Jays - Sprained Ankle
The Blue Jays placed Reyes on the disabled list with a severely sprained left ankle this week. The injury looked much worse at the time as Reyes rolled over his left ankle sliding into the second base bag, but x-rays came back negative meaning that Reyes will not need surgery and will only miss three months. If Reyes can return after the All-Star break, he has the potential to help his fantasy owners late down the stretch, but it is difficult to lose and replace a player of his caliber (.395 with one homer, five RBI and five steals in 10 games).
Jose Bautista - 3B/OF - Toronto Blue Jays - Back
Bautista was held out of the Blue Jays lineup again on Wednesday and has not played since Sunday due to back issues. While there hasn't been any discussion about a D.L. stint, it is certainly a situation worth monitoring going forward, back issues don't just fade away, especially over the grind of a six-month season.
Jonny Cueto - SP - Cincinnati Reds - Strained Lat
Cueto was place on the disabled list earlier this week with a strained lat muscle. Manager Dusty Baker came out and said that Cueto will miss three to four starts. Highly touted prospect Tony Cingrani will replace Cueto in the Reds rotation and is worthy of a pickup in all fantasy leagues. Cingrani has dominated at the Triple-A level this season and will make his first start at home on Thursday against Jose Fernandez and the Miami Marlins.
Michael Bourn - OF - Cleveland Indians
It isn't a severe injury, but it is certainly one that could have been avoided. Bourn slid headfirst into first base beating out an infield single, but paid the price as he was stepped on by White Sox reliever Matt Thornton and needed stitches to repair the damage. Bourn will be back as soon as he is eligible to come off the disabled list.
Joel Hanrahan - RP - Boston Red Sox - Hamstring
It's hard to imagine things getting any worse for Joel Hanrahan after a couple blown saves, but it looks like after hitting the diabled list this week with a hamstring injury, that he may not be able to reclaim his closing role upon return if Andrew Bailey pitches well. Ironically, it was Bailey who got hurt last year and is finally getting an opportunity to close now. Fantasy owners should have zero faith in Hanrahan re-taking the job, so he is safe to drop in all formats for the time being.
Zach Greinke - SP - Los Angeles Dodgers - Broken Collarbone
Greinke broke his left collarbone last week after he was hit by Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin, who charged the mound after being hit by a pitch. Greinke is expected to be out until mid-June and his replacement Chris Capuano got hurt in his first start in place of Greinke. Ted Lilly, who is currently rehabbing in Triple-A seems like the most likely candidate to step into the Dodger rotation.
Jered Weaver - SP - Los Angeles Angels - Broken Left Elbow
Weaver was placed on the disabled list on April 9th with a broken left (non-throwing) elbow after he landed awkardly trying to avoid a line drive back up the middle. According to the latest reports, Weaver is expected to resume throwing in a few days but will not be able to rejoin the rotation for another 4-6 weeks. Garrett Richards will take Weaver's spot in the rotation, but isn't a viable fantasy option for Weaver owners as a replacement.
Kyuji Fujikawa - RP - Chicago Cubs - Strained Forearm
Just when it lookedl ike there was some clarity in Chicago, closer Kyuji Fujikawa was forced to go on the disabled list with a strained right forearm earlier this week. The Cubs will turn to a closer by committee approach with both Shawn Camp and James Russell getting save opportunities until Fujikawa returns.
Freddie Freeman - 1B - Atlanta Braves - Oblique
Freeman is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday and could be ready to return to the Braves lineup by early next week if there are no setbacks. Freeman's return should take at-bats away from red-hot prospect Evan Gattis who has gotten some time at first base with Freeman out. Once Brian McCann returns next month, Gattis will have a hard time finding at-bats.
David Ortiz - DH - Boston Red Sox - Heel
Ortiz is expected to return to the Boston Red Sox lineup early next week, but has struggled in his rehab assignment with Triple-A affiliate Pawtucket (3-for-15) and missed two games earlier in the week, one because of an illness, the other with pain in his heel. If Ortiz is activated, he provides a nice boost for his fantasy owners and likely means that prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. will be sent down to man centerfield in Pawtucket.