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Fantasy Baseball Injury Report

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Many of you are still buzzing from a tremendous first week and a half of baseball here in 2015, however as always there are going to be injuries…and more injuries. That’s why I’m here to help keep you updated on who’s in, who’s out, and who could be returning in the near future. This article begins a weekly post that will involve injury news regarding some of baseballs biggest names and the fantasy implications that surround those particular guys, lets get started.

Injury Report

Hitters

Credit: Keith Allison

Credit: Keith Allison

Michael Brantley (OF – CLE) – After a breakout 2014 season in which Brantley posted career highs across the board in turn launching his 2015 draft stock into a top 30 pick for many owners on draft day he has played just two games this season so far. His back seems to be the main issue for the five tool outfielder early on this year, however Indians manager Terry Francona has stated that he hopes to have his star center fielder back in the line up on Friday after the team has an off day on Thursday.

Pablo Sandoval (3B – BOS) – As a Nationals fan I was watching intently during Tuesday night’s game in which Sandoval took a hard curveball from Stephen Strasburg off of his foot. The Panda looked to be in serious pain right after being hit but managed to walk it off and remain in the contest, only to be removed an inning later by John Ferrell. When you have an injury history as rich and documented as the former World Series star its worth looking into any time something serious or even minor occurs, in this case the foot issue seems to be a less than a big deal. If the hefty hot corner man was too miss a significant amount of time the red hot Brock Holt would be the obvious choice to replace Sandoval and would in turn be a must own player based on last seasons success and his scorching start in 2015.


Alex Rios (OF – KC) – This injury is more serious than the two previously discussed as the Royals have already placed their outfielder on the 15-Day Disabled List. Rios suffered a fracture in his left hand, much like the injury endured by Washington’s Bryce Harper last season, but to a slightly lesser degree. The 34-year-old outfielder is targeting a late May to early June return, and for the time being Jarrod Dyson becomes an elite speed contributor, while Lorenzo Cain always receives a bump in value. My advice to you is to grab Dyson if your team is in need of some stolen bases, but hold onto Rios if you have a DL spot open on your roster, Paulo Orlando may also see some time in the outfield while Rios is sidelined.

Matt Wieters (C – BAL) – Just one of the many catchers who are banged up early on in 2015, Wieters has yet to step out onto the field this season but is targeting a return around the first week of may. I liked him prior to the season as a bounce back candidate with a cheap price tag on draft day but the continued injury issues have scared me a bit, however its not time to panic as an owner of Wieters as he should be back between the lines within a few short weeks, if he was dropped in your league and you need a catcher add him now.

Christian Yelich (OF – MIA) – Miami’s young outfield has been a little disappointing to start 2015 considering the high hopes offseason moves provided for the NL East contenders. Yelich has missed the Marlins last two game with a back ailment and his return date is yet to be determined, if he is headed to the DL Ichiro will gain a slight boost in value, while Stanton loses some RBI potential without his two hole hitter on the active roster.

Devon Mesoraco (C – CIN) – Another backstop who is dealing with early injury woes this season, Cincinnati’s breakout star is 2014 has been off to a rocky start this year. He has already missed three games in the last week for the Reds; while they don’t expect him to need a stint on the DL this is a situation to monitor for owners of the powerful Mesoraco.

David Wright (3B – NYM) – Oh how the mighty have fallen, Wright who was once considered of baseballs premier players for years and years has really taken a hit due to injuries the last few seasons. He is likely headed to the 15-Day DL with what appears to be a hamstring injury and his chances of returning to game action before the end of April seem fairly low. There is no real winner here because of the lack of talent the Mets posses on their roster, they did recall Eric Campbell and there’s a chance Mark Reynolds sees some time at the hot corner.

Yan Gomes (C – CLE) – Another catcher yes…this is the worst of them all though as Gomes is slated to miss 6-8 weeks with an MCL issue. A popular value pick by many owners on draft day, including myself the Indians backstop will now be shelved until sometime in June at the earliest. Roberto Perez started for the injured Gomes but holds almost zero value in fantasy leagues, while Carlos Santana could see a few spot starts behind the dish his value remains about the same as it was prior to the injury. If you need help at the catcher spot take a look at San Diego’s Derrick Norris who has had a nice start to the season and is thriving with the revamped Padres.

Pitchers

Credit: dslrnovice

Credit: dslrnovice

Felix Hernandez (SP – SEA) – The injury was a minor scare, but for a player of this status anything is a big deal. King Felix has stated there is a 100% chance he starts on Saturday, so it seems as though court will be in session as the King takes on the Texas Rangers in a battle of American League contenders.

Garrett Richards (SP – LAA) – News coming out of the Angels camp is that Richards will meet with the team in Houston from which point on they will decide if he will get the ball for Sunday’s game. Keep an eye out for news regarding Sundays probables and make sure you have Richards active on your squad if he is cleared to rock and roll on Sunday.

Carlos Carrasco (SP – CLE) – What a scary moment for Carrasco after being drilled in the face by a Melky Cabrera liner. However, the news is good and it sounds as if it’s just some pain and swelling. Owners can breath easy as it appears the 2015 sleeper candidate will be okay for his next start, despite having it pushed back an additional day.



Justin Verlander (SP – DET) – Its not like the Tigers are in a real hurry to rush back Verlander after starting off the season 6-0 behind a mammoth offensive attack that features a completely healthy Miggy. He has progressed to throwing a simulated game as of Wednesday and will likely be ready to return in mid May, as it seems currently. Shane Greene has looked awesome in two starts giving up just seven hits in 16.0 innings while not allowing a run, Alfredo Simon also maintains low end spot start value while Verlander inches towards a return to the rubber.

Yordano Ventura (SP – KC) – The flame-throwing Ventura excited his last start with a slight calf cramp but still was able to notch the W after a solid outing. In all likelihood he will be able to toe the mound for his next start Saturday versus the Athletics.

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