Easter Sunday is here, and before you grab sit down for some nice spiraled ham, read this article about some of the injuries that occurred over the past two weeks. The first two weeks included injuries for some major contributors in the fantasy world, including Buster Posey, Drew Smyly, Garrett Richards, Matt Kemp, Trea Turner, and Josh Donaldson. We will briefly discuss how Max Scherzer has rebounded from his knuckle injury, and talk about David Price’s “bionic” elbow. I will also highlight the anticipated return of several players including J.D. Martinez, Tom Murphy, the progress of Ian Desmond and how Hanley Ramirez’s shoulder is doing.
Posey went to the DL last week with an injury that occurred after being hit in the head with a ball and suffered a concussion. Posey, is the top catcher in the league and don’t expect that to change anytime soon. He should return in the next 3 to 4 days assuming he no longer has any vestibular issues secondary to his concussion.
The Toronto Blue Jays are struggling out the gate, and their third baseman Josh Donaldson will not be able to help them anytime soon. He re-injured his calf and was placed on the 10 day disabled list. Unfortunately it will be unlikely that he will return in the next 10 days, as this is a re-injury, and he plays a significant role to their team and they can afford to lose him for an extended period of time, so they will likely play it safely. I am quite concerned about Donaldson as a calf injury can affect his power and ability to run the bases as well.
Kemp was placed on the DL with a hamstring injury and he should be back in the next couple of days and will not need a rehab assignment. Kemp still has very good power, and not a bad idea to try to trade for him if you can. I don’t expect the hamstring injury to linger.
Dozier had a monster 2016 season, hitting over 40 homeruns – which is an impressive feat for a second baseman. It appears Dozier suffered a right knee contusion earlier this week and underwent an MRI which confirmed the diagnosis. Dozier got very lucky as this could have been a significant injury, and should return in the next couple of days. You have to temper your expectations with Dozier this year, as the chance of repeating 40+ homers is pretty slim.
Turner, who took the league by storm and won many people fantasy championships last year, suffered a hamstring strain and was placed on the DL. Turner was drafted by some extremely early in drafts, and this injury definitely impacts those people that did. Turner has a rare combination of power and speed, and many believe he has the potential to be a top 15-fantasy player. While this injury is definitely a setback for him, as long as it does not linger Turner still has the potential for a monster season if all the cards fall right. Turner has already started his recovery, and took a batting practice on the field a couple of days ago. It appears that Turner will likely return in the next week or two. If Turner appears to be doing well and is healthy, the Nationals will activate him soon, but do not be surprised if they are a little extra cautious with their top prospect and potential perennial All-Star, as he is such an important piece to their team.
Sanchez, the backstop for the New York Yankees, suffered a grade 1 strain of the biceps (brachialis muscle) and is expected to miss approximately 4 to 6 weeks. A unique injury in baseball, especially to a non-pitcher, this has the potential to continue to nag Sanchez if it is not allowed to properly heal. Sanchez, who is known for his massive power, is considered one of the top five catchers in fantasy and this is a big blow to both fantasy owners and the Yankees as well. Although the Yankees have won 6 straight, they want to make sure that Sanchez gets healthy, so they will go with a platoon of Austin Romine and Kyle Higashioka until he is ready. Sanchez was off to a slow start hitting only 3-for-20 with one homerun to start the season. Advanced metrics have shown that Sanchez was hitting the ball well but it appeared that his timing was a little bit off, as he had a very high average exit velocity before he got injured.
Jean Segura, the talented shortstop for the Seattle Mariners, was placed on the DL earlier this week with a strained right hamstring. Segura is known for his speed and this will likely set him back at least 1 to 2 weeks depending on the severity of the strain. Because his speed is so important to his game, do not be surprised if the Mariners are extra cautious with Segura. Although he is eligible to return on April 21, Taylor Motter seems to be filling in quite well which may give the Mariners and little time until Segura can get completely healthy.
Forsythe suffered a right hamstring injury at last night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Initially described as tightness, it is unclear as to the severity of this injury at this time. Forsythe has been on fire lately, going 10 for his last 23 in the last six games, bringing his batting average to .310. Forsythe is an underrated fantasy player who has the ability to provide quality at bats day-in and day-out. Hopefully this is not a significant injury and Forsythe will be able to be in the starting lineup on Easter Sunday. Enrique Hernandez replaced him at second base and has the potential to get more starts if Forsythe’s injury forces him to be out longer.
UPDATE: Semien lands on 10-Day DL
Semien has been dealing with a right wrist injury since the end of spring training, which may explain his sluggish start to the season, as he is batting .171 with no homeruns over 35 at-bats. An MRI has revealed that Semien is dealing with a bone contusion in the right wrist. While this is good news that there are no broken bones, it is obvious that this injury is affecting Semien’s ability to hit. Do not be surprised if Oakland decides to place Semien on the 10-day DL. Semien has the ability to rack up the stolen bases, but also has a little bit of pop as well. Adam Rosales is expected to take his place if he does indeed go on the deal.
Jackie Bradley Jr.
Last week, defensive wiz Jackie Bradley Jr. hyperextended his knee, and after receiving an MRI, the Red Sox placed him on the DL. Although there has been minimal information about the extent of the injury, it is likely that Bradley Jr. Will be back in the next week or two as long as his knee has improved and the swelling has reduced. Bradley Jr. is an underappreciated asset fantasy-wise, and has the potential to be quite effective as a third or fourth outfielder on your team. He is much more valuable in a Roto-based league where his steals and mid-teens to 20s homerun power and reliability in centerfield can help your team while not costing you too much.
Soler strained his oblique during spring training and has yet to make his debut for the Kansas City Royals. There has been limited news about Soler’s rehabilitation, but barring any setbacks he should be nearing a minor league rehab stint soon. Soler has a solid combination of power and speed, and is expected to hold down the fort in right field for the Royals upon return.
Mallex Smith was placed on the DL a couple of days ago with a right hamstring strain. Smith was likely headed to the minors soon anyway, so once his rehabilitation is complete he will likely stay down there until another injury causes him to return. A hamstring injury for a speedy player like Smith is a big deal, especially if it continues to linger, so do not be surprised if the Rays are extra cautious with Smith’s recovery. He has the potential to be I call up later in the season and have a dramatic impact in your stolen base category.
Parker, outfielder for the San Francisco Giants, suffered a broken clavicle (collarbone) after running into the OF wall after making an incredible catch on 4/15/17. Although he was not a vital piece to the Giants, his 6 – 12 week absence, depending on the severity (displaced vs. non-displaced), locations (mid-clavicle, distal or proximal) and whether or not he will need surgery. The most common clavicle fracture is a non-displaced mid-clavicle fracture that does not require surgery, and typically response to rest, anti-inflammatories and placing the arm in a sling. His absence will lead to a combination of Gorkys Hernandez, Aaron Hill, Chris Marrero, or possibly even the call up of Melvin (BJ) Upton Jr.