Cespedes, who had been on a tear lately, suffered a hamstring injury that had him out for the entire weekend. At this point the injury does not look serious, but this is something to keep an eye on closely, as Cespedes has the potential to win you your week in matchup leagues, and the Mets really need his bat in their lineup as well. Stay tuned to @TheFantasyDRS on Twitter.
First it was his back, and then his groin, whether or not the back injury played a role in the MRI-confirmed groin injury we will never know. Either way, Miggy suffered a Grade 1-2 groin strain, as well as a possible hamstring strain. While the Tigers are hoping he returns as soon as possible, since he is dealing with so many different injuries, it may be wise for the Tigers to wait a little longer to make sure the groin strain doesn’t linger for a long period of time. Miggy is hitting .268 with 3 HRs and 9 RBIs already. Still a top 3-5 first baseman, as a fantasy owner, you should expect him to be out likely 2, possibly 4 weeks.
Tulo landed on the DL with a hamstring injury. With Tulo’s history of injuries, you never really know how long it will take for him to fully heal. His replacements are nothing special, likely Ryan Goins and Darwin Barney. Boy are the Toronto Blue Jays struggling to stay healthy. I wouldn’t expect him back for at least 2 weeks, more than likely it will be closer to 6 weeks, depending on the results of the MRI.
Springer pulled up lame in Saturday’s game with a hamstring injury. Based on reports it may be a grade 1 hamstring strain, meaning that Springer got lucky, and may only miss a game or two. Springer is currently leading the AL with 7 HRs, so his presence is important to both the Astros as well as their fantasy owners. If the strain is indeed just a grade 1, there is a good chance he returns Tuesday, as the Astros have Monday off.
After taking a spike to the back of his surgically-repaired knee (last October) during a controversial over-slide by the O’s Manny Machado. Apparently not only did Pedroia injure his left knee, but also injured his left ankle. The Laser Show was seen limping and needed to be helped off the field. Initially the knee swelling was expected to subside with rest, but unfortunately after nearly 36 hours, the swelling has persisted. So much so, that the Red Sox are not taking any risks with their fiery two-bagger, and they are sending him for an MRI of both his knee & ankle when they get back to Boston on Monday. Marco Hernandez is filling in for Pedroia, who hopefully does not need to be out for long, as Pedroia is an integral piece of the Red Sox power lineup. There will be more updates available on www.thefantasydoctors.com as soon as they are available.
Forsythe, the underrated 2B for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was placed on the DL earlier this week with a right great (big) toe fracture after getting hit by a pitch on the toe. Expect Forsythe to miss at least 4 weeks, probably closer to 8 weeks. Chase Utley is expected to take over the majority of the duties when Forsythe is injured. Unfortunately, Utley is no longer a productive replacement. Look elsewhere for someone to replace Forsythe’s production.
Span injured his right shoulder when he collided with the OF wall in yesterday’s game. X-rays came back negative, so it appears that Span is dealing with a significant shoulder strain/bruise. Expect him to be day-to-day, but more than likely he will be out for a couple days. Gorkys Hernandez is expected to takeover in center while Span is on the mend. Span is a nice source of SBs and runs, slide him on your bench for a couple of days. If he’s not healing appropriately, don’t be surprised if the Giants put him on the 10-day DL.
Iglesias suffered a concussion after taking a knee to the head earlier this week in a game against the Rays. He was placed on the 7-day concussion DL and may need 7-14 days to fully recover. Dixon Machado should handle the SS duties while Iglesias is out. For the most part, Machado isn’t fantasy relevant.
Peralta was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection, whether bacterial or viral, this should resolve in the next 7-10 days with proper management. The Cardinals plan on using a combination of Jedd Gyorko and Greg Garcia to fill in for Peralta at 3B. There has also been some discussion that the Cardinals may use Matt Carpenter at 3B, and put Matt Adams or Jose Martinez at first base. While Gyorko has some decent power, the beneficiary here would be Carpenter’s positional flexibility, depending on your league settings, if he can get 10-20 starts at 3B. Jose Martinez is also someone you can keep an eye on, as he batted .400/.510/.825 with 4 HRs and 13 RBI in 40 Grapefruit League at-bats.
Veteran Howie Kendrick was placed on the DL earlier this week with a Grade 1 oblique strain. He is expected to be out for 2-3 weeks, replacing someone you need to keep an eye on is Aaron Altherr. Altherr was having an impressive season last year (5 HRs, 6 SBs in 39 games) before sustaining a season-ending wrist injury – he suffered a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist that required 4 months of rehab. Altherr has a nice mix of speed & power, and could be a sneaky 20/20 guy for the rebuilding Phillies, scoop him up if he’s available.
Oakland’s speedy outfielder, Rajai Davis is dealing with a hamstring injury, and while he has been day-to-day there is a very good chance that he may need to be placed on the DL. Since he relies on his speed so much, Davis will not be very effective if this injury continues to nag him.
In a shocking injury, Madison Bumgarner, a top 3-starting pitcher in the league and always in contention for the Cy Young Award, decided to go dirt bike riding and unfortunately it did not go so well. MadBum suffered rib and shoulder injuries, and showed up to the ballpark on Friday wearing a sling. He is scheduled to be evaluated by Dr. Kenneth Akizuki on Monday, which should provide clarification about MadBum’s exact injuries. Reportedly, Bumgarner suffered a bruised rib, if so, he would return in about 1-2 weeks, whereas a broken rib would take 4-6 weeks to return. Bumgarner also suffered a sprained AC joint. Now this injury is actually more important, especially since this is his pitching shoulder. The RTP will likely range from 4-8 weeks. These injuries, especially since they are to his pitching shoulder, are a HUGE blow to the Giants & fantasy owners alike. MadBum is as reliable as they come. Now the Giants have to fill his rotation spot with Ty Blach, who may be worth a look, but I would keep him on the bench until he gets a start or 2 under his belt.
Miller left today’s game with tightness in his forearm. Obviously this is very concerning, especially since this is Miller’s first time after having an issue with his pitching arm. Miller is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday, which will provide more information. Expect Miller to be out at least 2 weeks, possibly much longer if the MRI shows a torn UCL ligament, which would mean Tommy John surgery. Expect an update sometime tomorrow afternoon. If you own him, expect the worst, but hope for the best.
Gout? That’s not usually a disease you hear much about when it comes to athletes, unfortunately it is actually quite common in the general population. Gout is an inflammatory condition where crystals infiltrate a joint and cause significant pain, swelling, tenderness, inflammation, and warmth of the joint. The most common area of a gout flare is the big toe, which called podagra, and the second is actually the Achilles tendon. So while it is not exactly clear where on the ankle he is swelling, but I would not be surprised if it is actually the Achilles tendon area. Griffin was pitching surprisingly well for the Rangers to start the season, throwing a 1-hitter with 8 K’s in his most recent start vs. the A’s. There are several different treatments for acute gout attacks, including colchicine and sometimes steroids. Expect Griffin to be out at least 2 weeks, possibly up to 4 weeks.
Bedrosian was placed on the DL earlier this week with a right groin strain. Bedrosian has been the best Angels relief pitcher over the past 2 seasons. Unfortunately he will be on the shelf for at least 2 weeks, possibly up to 4 weeks. Groin injuries can severely limit a pitcher, as it affects the pitcher’s ability to push off the rubber as well as planting back on the ground after the pitch. The Angels haven’t had the best luck with their closers, injury-wise, first Huston Street went to the DL with a shoulder injury, and then Andrew Bailey also went to the DL with a shoulder injury. Bud Norris, the former starting pitcher, is slated to take over the closer duties, but be on the look-out for Blake Parker, who might be the Angels’ best option.
Big Game James was pitching surprisingly well for the awful Chicago White Sox so far this year, holding the Tigers, Indians and the Twins all to 1 ER apiece. Shields has 16 K’s over 16.2 IP, along with a 1.62 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. Shields was diagnosed with a strained latissimus dorsi (lat) muscle, which often takes about 2 to 4 weeks to return from, depending on the severity of the strain. Don’t even bother to search for a streamable replacement for Shields on the White Sox, as the they don’t have one that is ready (yet).
In a statement from the Angels, it appears that Richards will be placed on the 60-day DL. His most recent evaluation showed that Richards had mild improvement in his biceps strength & confirmed that irritation of the cutaneous nerve is leading to the strength deficit. Although he is progressing appropriately, this unfortunately is a long process and will take some time before he is cleared to begin throwing. I personally picked him off the waiver wire earlier this week in hopes that Richards can return later this season for a nice 1-2 months. If you can, I suggest you do the same.
Putnam left yesterday’s game with a sore elbow. Although he plays for an awful White Sox team, he is still putting up some respectable ratios, with a 1.04 ERA and 9 K’s in 8.2 IP. He can be very useful in roto leagues as well as those counting holds. More information should be available in the next couple of days.
This was written for the @TheFantasyDRS by Dr. Jesse Morse. I am a Family Medicine trained physician, and I will be beginning a Sports Medicine Fellowship in the next couple of months. If you have any questions or comments, you can contact me directly at @DrJesseMorse.