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MLB Injuries

Dr. Morse’s mid-week MLB Injury Report

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Hitters

Eric Thames

Thames, who has been on FIRE to start the season, who has already hit 11 HRs, is batting .371 with a .929 SLG and 1.411 OPS over 20 games, left today’s game with left hamstring tightness. Initial reports state that this injury is not that big of a deal, but hamstrings have a tendency to linger if not allowed to properly heal. Expect him to sit out a day or two if this is indeed mild. However, if the injury is deemed a little more severe, the Brewers may decide to get an MRI and possibly place him on the DL. Jesus Aguilar, who has actually been pretty impressive so far this season in limited playing time, if Thames indeed to does go to the DL, then Aguilar may be someone to pick up.

Jose Abreu

Abreu left today’s game with a strained hip flexor. Depending on the severity of the strain, he could be out anywhere from a couple of days to several weeks. Abreu is notorious for starting the season off slow, but seems to always pick it up as the season goes on. Keep an eye on how severe this is, as it could take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks to heal, depending on the severity. Matt Davidson could slide over to 1B potentially, and if this is significant enough, the White Sox may consider calling up Yoan Moncada, which would be a HUGE deal. Stay tuned!

Mitch Haniger

The Seattle Mariners’ outfielder who is surprisingly currently tied with Mike Trout for the league-leading WAR at 1.9, strained his oblique last night. Haniger has been on fire to start the season, he’s hitting .321 with 4 HRs, 2 SBs, 16 RBI & 19 runs. Those numbers are very impressive, especially for someone who was not drafted in a lot of leagues. Unfortunately an oblique strain, depending on the severity will likely land him on the DL from anywhere from 2 weeks up to 6 weeks. Look for the Mariners to try to replace his production with a combination of Taylor Motter and Danny Valencia. If Motter is still available in your league, go grab him now.

Jose Altuve

In a scary scene during the Astros game last night, Altuve collided with Teoscar Hernandez and possibly sustained a concussion. After the game he was cleared for a concussion, but expect him to continue to be closely monitored and evaluated for symptoms of a concussion. If he starts to experience any symptoms of a concussion he may need to go on the 7-day concussion DL. If woke up today & did not experience any dizziness, nausea, sensitivity to sound or light, or difficulty concentrating, then Altuve may be able to return to the lineup in the next couple of days. Stay tuned!

Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia, who is still dealing with left knee and ankle injuries, has yet to return to the Red Sox lineup. Initially he was scheduled to return tonight but that did not happen. Pedroia underwent an MRI the other day, and despite any concrete reports, the consensus is that no major issues were identified. Likely Pedroia is still dealing with some lingering soreness, expect him to be back in the lineup in the next day or two. In the meanwhile, Marco Hernandez, currently a non-factor in fantasy, is filling in at 2B for Pedroia until he’s ready to return.

Brandon Crawford

The Giants’ underrated SS, Crawford, suffered a strained groin last night and is expected to undergo an MRI in the next day or two. In the meanwhile, Crawford was actually placed on the bereavement list after having to attend his sister-in-law’s funeral. If the groin strain is a grade one, expect Crawford to be out at least 2 weeks, possibly up to 4-6 weeks if the strain is more severe.

Brandon Phillips

Phillips suffered a groin strain earlier tonight and depending on the severity will be out between two to four weeks. Phillips has played really well so far this season, batting .343 with 2 HRs, 5 SBs and a .878 OPS. Stay tuned to more details about this injury, but expect him to be at least placed on the 10-day DL.

Pablo Sandoval

Kung Fu Panda suffered a right knee sprain while making a play at 3B on Sunday. He was placed on the 10-day DL and underwent an MRI on Monday. While the results have not been released, the Red Sox placed him immediately on the DL, so this is semi-concerning. Sandoval has been a massive disappointment since signing with the Red Sox. Although he has displayed a little bit of power so far, hitting 3 HRs, he’s only batting .213, has a 13/5 K/BB ratio over 61 ABs. Josh Rutledge, a non-factor in fantasy, was activated from the DL to replace him.

Ian Desmond

Desmond continues to make progress in his return from a fractured left hand that he suffered in mid-March. He took BP on Monday and overall sounded like everything went well. Expect Desmond to return in the next 1-2 weeks. If you can, buy, buy, buy!

Adam Frazier

Adam Frazier suffered a left hamstring strain earlier this week and subsequently placed on the DL that will likely sideline him for two weeks, possibly up to four weeks, depending on the severity. Frazier was expected to man the outfield for the Pirates after they lost Starling Marte to a PEDs suspension. With both Frazier and Marte sidelined, the Pirates are going with a combo of Jose Osuna and John Jaso. It sounds like the Pirates do not think that their top-OF prospect, Austin Meadows, is not ready for the big show yet.

Joc Pederson

Pederson was placed on the DL Monday with a right groin strain. There havenot been any updates in terms of severity, but depends on the results of the MRI, expect him to be out from 2 to 4 weeks. Enrique Hernandez, who is sneaky platoon player, and recently called up top-prospect Cody Bellinger will be taking turns playing CF while Pederson is on the shelf.

Denard Span

Span has been battling a shoulder injury over the past week since he crashed into the outfield wall on Saturday. The injury does not appear serious, and is likely just a bruise that will take a couple of days to heal. Span has started the season off slow, he’s hitting .200/.245/.280, but has the potential to steal a ton of bases and score a bunch of runs atop the Giants lineup if he can get healthy. Expect him to be back in the lineup over the next few days.

Jake Marisnick

Jake Marisnick, CF for the Houston Astros, was placed on the 7-day with a concussion. Jake slammed hard into the OF wall after making a catch on Sunday. Through 17 games, Marisnick is batting .286 with 2 HRs. You can safely drop him in 10-12 team leagues. Expect Marisnick to be back within the next week, unless he continues to experience any lingering symptoms of the concussion. The Astros will rely on a combination of Aoki, Springer, Reddick and Tony Kemp to cover the OF.

Travis Jankowski

Jankowski, the 25 year old speedy OF for the San Diego Padres, was placed on the 10-day DL after suffering a bone bruise on his right foot. He had a rough start to the season, batting .160/.263/.180, and possibly this foot issue is to blame. Jankowski stole 30 bases in 2016 while batted .245 over 131 games. If you have him a roto league, you could consider putting him on your IR since he can significantly impact your SBs.

Aaron Hill

Hill was diagnosed with a right forearm strain earlier this week and placed on the 10-day DL. Hill is a nice platoon guy for the Giants this year, and has seen time at 2B, 3B, and LF. You can safely drop him and wait for him to get healthy, which should take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks.

Devin Mesoraco

Devin has been dealing with hip and shoulder injuries over the past 2 years both of which have required surgeries. He struggled in his AA assignment, only batting .175/.283/.275 with 1 HR over 46 PA’s, but the Reds feel he is ready enough to help out. He is set to be activated from the DL on Friday. If you are playing in a 2-catcher league, and he is still available on the wire, especially if it’s an NL-only league, then it may not be a bad idea to grab him if you can afford to do so. He’s still on 28 years old so he is certainly talented enough to rebound if he can stay healthy.

David Freese

Freese is dealing with mild right hamstring strain, likely a grade one, and has been listed as day-to-day. Expect Freese to return to the lineup by Thursday or Friday, if he does not heal quickly enough, then a quick DL stint (retroactively placed) may be necessary. A combination of Josh Harrison and Phil Gosselin are covering 2B & 3B for the Pirates.

Pitchers

Aaron Nola

The Phillies’ Aaron Nola was placed on the DL earlier this week with a back strain. Nola has pitched half-decent so far this season, going 2-0, with a 4.50 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, with 15 K’s and 8 BBs over 16 innings. These typically take about 2 to 4 weeks to properly heal, depending on the severity of the strain. Expect Nola to miss about 1-2 starts. The Phillies will use Nick Pivetta, a non-factor in fantasy, to replace him temporarily. If someone dropped him, or is down on him, go try to get him!

Shelby Miller

Miller, the SP who was controversially traded to the Diamondbacks a couple years ago, was placed on the DL with right elbow inflammation. The results of his MRI are apparently concerning, as they required a second review by famous orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache, now just released a third review by Dr. James Andrews. This is usually a very concerning sign. Stay tuned for more news, but expect that Miller is going on the DL for a while, how long remains to be seen. The best case scenario? Flexor tendon strain of forearm. Worst case scenario? Torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), requiring Tommy John surgery.

Felix Hernandez

Hernandez left last night’s start with shoulder tightness and what he described as ‘dead arm.’ King Felix, the beloved ace for the past decade, who has pitched the most innings since 2006, has an ERA of 4.73 this season after getting shelled last night. Many anticipated that King Felix wouldn’t be able put up the same numbers that he used to. Too many pitches and too many innings on his arm, leading to decreased velocity. We will have to see how he does with a little bit of rest, so don’t be surprised if he doesn’t go to the DL.

James Shields

Big Game James was placed on the DL April 21 with a strained right lat muscle, but reports came out today that he is feeling “very encouraged” by his progress. Expect him back in early May, assuming no setbacks.

Zach Putnam

Putnam was placed on the 10-day-DL yesterday with right elbow inflammation. Putnam needed surgery on his elbow last August after battling elbow discomfort for much of last season. Putnam has pitched really well this season, with a 1.04 ERA through 8.2 IP. Unless your league counts holds or is a roto league, putting Putnam on your DL probably not the best idea. Save that DL spot for someone that is un-droppable, like Bumgarner for instance.

Koda Glover

Glover was diagnosed with a left hip impingement and subsequently placed on the DL earlier today. Glover has a history of hip issues, as he tore his labrum last season, so this may be more than it appears on the surface. Expect the Nationals to give Glover at least 2, up to 4 weeks to heal, and at that time if he is still symptomatic, Glover may need to undergo surgery. Do not be surprised if the Nationals decide to get an MRI on the hip to determine the extent of the damage. Shawn Kelley has already taken over the closer duties with Glover now shelved and Treinen struggling mightily. Hopefully you added Kelley earlier in the season anticipating Treinen’s struggles (like I did), but if not, try to trade for him now, because there is a good chance he sticks as Washington’s closer.

David Price

Price is battling back from elbow discomfort and successfully made it through a 45-pitch bullpen session on Monday, personally Tweeting how good he felt. The next step in his rehab may be to pitch in a simulation game or possibly a rehab start. Expect Price to return to the mound at Fenway in the next 3 to 4 weeks.

Matt Cain

Veteran Matt Cain, who has pitched surprisingly well in the Giants’ rotation, exited Monday’s start with right hamstring tightness. He underwent an MRI that came back clean, and Cain is expected to make his next start, which would be this weekend against the Padres. Cain has been a decent streaming option so far this year, with 15 K’s over 22 innings, a 2.42 ERA and 1.16 WHIP.

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.

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