SHOCKER. Starling Marte was suspended for 80 games after testing positive for PEDs (Nandrolone). This is a huge unexpected blow to the Pittsburgh Pirates, as Marte is a top 25-fantasy outfielder. The repercussions of this are significant in multiple ways, because Marte is suspended and not injured; he has to take up a spot on your bench rather then go to the disabled list for the next 3 to 4 months. Depending on your league size, redraft versus keeper league, roto versus weekly match-ups, Marte will still be significantly valuable when he returns, but unfortunately holds little value now. The main beneficiaries of this suspension are Adam Frazier and Josh Bell. This may also speed up the timeline of top prospect Austin Meadows, depending on whether or not the Pirates are ready to start his arbitration clock this early in the season. If you have the space on your team, you should try to go pick up Frazier or consider adding Meadows if he is available. The Pirates are also expected to recall José Ozuna from AAA to help out in left field, but at this time is does not seem that Ozuna is fantasy-relevant.
Marcus underwent a CAT Scan earlier this week that diagnosed a scaphoid fracture of his wrist. Semien will undergo surgery to repair this fracture, and is expected to miss at least 3 to 6 months. The issue with this type of fracture is that occasionally they do not heal correctly even with surgery, and sometimes even require a second surgery. We will have a better idea of his return date in the next 6 to 8 weeks after thorough evaluation of the post-op x-rays, pain evaluation, and grip strength. This injury opens the door for the possibility of top prospect Franklin Barreto to be called up much sooner than previously anticipated, Barreto , 21 year old, has been tearing up AAA with a .310/.375/.524 with 2 HRs. It is unlikely that Oakland will rush to start Barreto’s arbitration clock, so for the time being it appears that Adam Rosales and Chad Pinder will be filling in for Semien. For fantasy purposes neither should warrant your interest at this time. This will be something we will closely monitor as Barreto has the potential to impact your fantasy team, and if you have an open bench spot, or prospect slot that is not already taken, and Barreto is available, you should go grab him now.
Segura is recovering nicely from a hamstring injury, and remains on track to be activated on Friday, the first day he’s eligible. This is good news for the Mariners as he is the dynamic player that has the ability to be a positive impact with both his bat and on the basepaths. Hopefully he was rested long enough to allow the hamstring to properly heal, and he does not have to worry about any further exacerbations, especially with his style of play. Taylor Motter has filled in admirably for Segura during his absence, already hitting a couple HRs, so it will be interesting to see what the Mariners do with Motter when Segura returns, my suspicion is that he will slide into a utility role.
Carpenter suffered a laceration of one of the fingers of his right hand while trying to field a ground ball on Sunday. He is currently out of the lineup on Tuesday due to this issue, and it remains to be seen how significant of an injury this is. José Martinez has replaced him in the lineup for the time being. If this injury is significant enough, he made need a short stint on the disabled list, as we know hand injuries have a tendency to linger if not allowed to properly heal.
Correa took a pitch off his hand this past weekend, and while the x-rays were initially negative he has still been dealing with some discomfort. Alex Bregman continues to replace him at shortstop, as Correa continues to be out of the lineup.
Sanchez, who is dealing with a right bicep strain, is expected to resume throwing tomorrow. He has already begun swinging a bat in his left hand, but it has not do not done much with his right arm, the injured arm, but the activities are expected to be started tomorrow.
Posey has been activated from the seven-day concussion disabled list and should return as the premier catcher in all of fantasy.
HanRam left Monday’s game early after pulling up limp while rounding second base with what looked like a hamstring injury. Reports confirmed that indeed it was a hamstring injury, but luckily for Ramirez it was only a cramp and he was able to return to the playing field the following day. Sounds like he will be good to go.
Turner tested his hamstring out earlier on Tuesday by running base and he seemed to do quite well. He is eligible to return from the disabled list tomorrow (Wednesday), but do not be surprised if the Nationals wait a day or two to activate him, airing on the side of caution. Upon return he should immediately be reinserted into your line.
Kemp is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment tomorrow at AAA after successfully recovering from a hamstring injury. He is expected to need a couple of days to make sure that he’s feeling better and may be able to return either Friday or Saturday of this week.
Flowers is currently day-to-day with what is being reported as mild hamstring strain. The Braves will likely give him a couple of extra days off in hopes of avoiding a trip to the DL. He is not a major fantasy contributor but he has the potential to help certain days with DFS.
We finally have some good news for Matt Duffy, as he ran and took fielding practice today. Duffy is still trying to return from main Achilles surgery that he suffered last September. He is aiming to return in May, and while he this timetable it’s possible he still has many hurdles to clear.
J. A. Happ
Happ was placed on the 10-day disabled list after being diagnosed with elbow inflammation. Although the exact mechanism of injury is unclear at this time, the typical return to play is about 2 to 4 weeks, and sometimes a corticosteroid injection (CSI) is needed to help alleviate the pain and facilitate a faster return to play. The good news is that an MRI of the elbow has already f he continues to experience pain or the rehab is not going according to plan.
Graveman has been dominant this year, and while some people predicted this to be a breakout year for him, most don’t visualize him as an ace. However so far, Graveman has pitched like an ace: 18 innings, 12 k, 5 bb, 2.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP. Unfortunately, Graveman was placed on the DL with a shoulder strain. While the severity of the injury is unknown, it is possible that he may require a corticosteroid injection (CSI) to help alleviate the pain. There are some reports saying that he may only miss 1 start, but a more likely RTP is 2 to 4 weeks.
Blisters and pitchers, first Rich Hill and now Aaron Sanchez. Sanchez was placed on the 10-day disabled list earlier this week with a right middle finger blister that he first started dealing with in his final spring training start and unfortunately continued to bother him in his most recent start. This is likely lead to him getting battered around for 5 runs over 5.1 endings in his most recent start. Sanchez met with a hand specialist today who performed a fingernail removal of the specific finger in question to help alleviate this blister issue. It is unclear how long Sanchez will be out, because as we know with the Hill situation, that returning from injury too soon can lead to reopening of the blisters and a subsequent lengthier DL stay. As of this time it is unclear who will replace Sanchez in the rotation. This is something I will monitor closely.
Rich Hill did not make it too far in his first start off the DL after dealing with blister issues before the blister reopened and started affecting both his fastball and curveball. He lasted a mere three innings, as his control went completely out the window. So back to the DL Hill went, as this is a very poor sign this early in the season. It appears that the Dodgers rushed Hill back to soon, and the blister on his left middle finger did not heal properly. It appears that Alex Wood will replace Hill in the rotation, and would be a great target to pick up, but keep a close eye on super-prospect Julio Urias as it is only a matter of time before the Dodgers call him up. In the future, it would be wise for the Dodgers to allow this blister to heal appropriately before considering reactivation. This may result in Hill staying on the DL in upwards of 1 month. It is also possibility that he is sent to the bullpen upon his return to help minimize the wear and tear on his blisters and help preserve his effectiveness throughout the season. Unfortunately there are minimal medical treatments that we can use to effectively treat these hand blisters; it just appears that Hill’s more predisposed to getting these than other pitchers. If you own him, Sell, Sell, Sell.
Dyson has been awful so far this season. He’s given up 13 ER in 4.1 ER and blown saves already. Never having been a dominant pitcher, Dyson was placed on the disabled list with a right hand contusion. Honestly, I would not be surprised if this was a phantom injury until they can figure out exactly what’s going on with him. Whether it’s mechanics, an undiagnosed injury or a dip in his velocity, something needs to be done to make him more effective. The guy to pick up here is Matt Bush, former top prospect that fell out of baseball for a while and then regained his footing and now has the chance to be a dominant closer if he can settle in nicely.
Clay had surgery on a torn flexor mass earlier this week, and is expected to miss the rest of the season as this surgery takes three to eight months to return to play. The return to play all depends on the size of the tear as well as the exact location. It is a tough break for Clay because he had the potential to be solid starting pitcher for the Phillies this year despite his up the ups and downs with Red Sox. He will be a free agent in the off-season so he’ll maybe attach onto a new team if his velocity and accuracy return to pre-surgery form.
There has been no new information regarding Britton since he was placed on the 10-day DL with a left forearm. We will continue to monitor closely and provide an update at that time.
Carlos was diagnosed with bursitis of his left biceps at the end of spring training, and is currently working on a strengthening program. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated by the White Sox this upcoming Friday. There is still no timetable for Rodon’s return until this evaluation has been completed.
Top prospect Anderson Espinoza was recently placed on the 7-day DL at High-A for the Padres due to right forearm tightness, and is expected to begin a throwing program this week.