Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds – According to John Fay (via Twitter), “Votto is “hobbling a little” Baker said. Didn’t go into specifics.” It would be nice to have a little bit more information, wouldn’t it? It doesn’t seem serious, but don’t be surprised if Votto gets the day off on Thursday.
Matt Holliday – St. Louis Cardinals – B.J. Rains (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Holliday left the game suffering from tightness of his left quad.” We’ll have to wait and see how serious the injury is, but considering how the Cardinals have handled Colby Rasmus in recent days you have to expect him to miss a few days even if it is just precautionary. Monitor the pregame lineup, but have an alternative in place.
Lance Berkman – St. Louis Cardinals – Matthew Leach (via Twitter) is reporting that, “”Precautionary measure” for Berkman, who has “discomfort in his right wrist,” per #StLCards announcement.” It certainly has been a rough day for the Cardinals, though this doesn’t appear to be a major issue. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him out of action for a few days, though, so monitor the pregame lineup.
Will Venable/Cameron Maybin – San Diego Padres – According to the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Twitter feed, “Maybin (patellar tendinitis) and Venable (jammed index finger on right hand) available, but will not start Wednesday. Maybin back Thursday”. Continue to consider them day-to-day, but monitor the pregame lineup just in case. The fact that both were available yesterday (with both appearing as pinch hitters) clearly makes it seem like they are close to returning.
Vicente Padilla – Los Angeles Dodgers – Dylan Hernandez (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Vicente Padilla said he still feels pain in his forearm, but isn’t concerned and thinks he won’t be out long.” Who knows, but stashing both Matt Guerrier (who got the most recent save chance) and Kenley Jansen (who could be the long-term solution) makes sense. There was always a good chance that Padilla failed to hold the job, the injury may just accelerate the process.
Travis Hafner – Cleveland Indians – According to the Indians’ Twitter feed, “Hafner scratched (soreness, right side)”. For now consider him day-to-day, but hopefully we get a little bit more information before long. It comes at a bad time, as Hafner was finally being productive (8 RBI in his last three games).
Willie Bloomquist – Arizona Diamondbacks – He returned from the DL, though he didn’t start the game. He appeared as a pinch hitter, but it’s possible that his time away took away a lot of his potential value. Monitor what the Diamondbacks do with him before considering using him. If he’s only going to be a bench player, he has no real fantasy appeal.
Mitch Moreland – Texas Rangers – Moreland returned to the lineup, albeit as the team’s DH. With an upcoming series in Philadelphia, you have to hope that he’s healthy enough to return to the outfield by Friday. With Michael Young likely playing 1B, he’ll need to be out there to be in the lineup.
Colby Rasmus – St. Louis Cardinals – According to B.J. Rains (via Twitter), “Rasmus says he is fine, just wants to play it safe. Said no reason to push it this early in season. Should play tomorrow or Friday.” That’s good on paper, but until we see him start a game (he did appear as a pinch hitter yesterday), you still have to remain a little bit nervous. Continue monitoring the pregame lineup, though it does appear like he will be a safe play for the coming week.
Franklin Gutierrez – Seattle Mariners – He returned from the DL, going 0-4 while hitting fifth in the Mariners order. In five-outfielder formats he has the potential to be a solid buy low candidate. If he’s still available in your league he’s worth considering, though I would leave him on your bench for the time being until he rounds back into form.
Mark DeRosa – San Francisco Giants – According to Andrew Baggarly (via Twitter), “Left wrist strain for DeRosa and he’s day-to-day. That’s the official word.” It’s not like DeRosa was producing, anyways, going 0-19, so this isn’t a huge loss. At this point, you have to think the Giants are exploring other options at 3B.
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