Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants – According to Chris Haft of mlb.com (click here for the article), “Posey, the reigning National League Rookie of the Year, was hurt during Wednesday night’s 12th inning as he absorbed a home-plate collision with Florida’s Scott Cousins, who scored the tiebreaking run in the Marlins’ 7-6 victory. Posey received X-rays Wednesday night and will undergo a MRI on Thursday morning that’s expected to reveal more about the nature of the injury.” At this point it is not worth speculating as to the extent of the injury. All you can do is sit, wait and hope for the best. I would, however, pick up a potential replacement, preparing for the worst. Hopefully we’ll know more soon.
Hanley Ramirez – Florida Marlins – According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the Florida Sun-Sentinel (click here for the post), “After the 7-6, 12-inning victory, Ramirez was still limping in the clubhouse. Manager Edwin Rodriguez does not anticipate Ramirez playing in Thursday’s series finale.” Ramirez was hurt after being hit by a pitch in the foot. At this point it appears safe to consider him day-to-day, though you will have to monitor the pregame lineup.
Kevin Youkilis – Boston Red Sox – According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe (click here for the post), “Kevin Youkilis said after the game today that he would play tomorrow against the Tigers.” This news comes after he didn’t play yesterday, as Ian Browne (via Twitter) reported, “Youk is out because of sore left hand from a dive in yesterday’s game.” It appears safe to call him day-to-day. Monitor the pregame lineup, just to be safe, however.
J.D. Drew – Boston Red Sox – In the same post Abraham is reporting that, “J.D. Drew, meanwhile, is not expected to play tomorrow and could miss a few days with a strained right hamstring. The injury is not believed to be too serious, but Drew was walking with a slight limp in the clubhouse.” If you are in a deeper format where he has value, you should find an alternative for the next few days. We all know his history, so would it surprise anyone if this turned into a DL stint?
Dustin Pedroia – Boston Red Sox – After getting the day off on Tuesday, Pedroia was right back in the starting lineup. He had a huge first inning, going 2-2 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 1 R, then went 0-4 the rest of the game. Still, he gave us quite the scare on Monday, but he clearly appears to be fine and should be active in all formats.
Andre Ethier – Los Angeles Dodgers – According to the Dodgers Twitter feed, “Mattingly: Barajas and Ethier out of the lineup again today, but should be at 100% by Friday”. Ethier was once again out of the starting lineup, though he appeared as a pinch hitter for the third straight day. If you are in a daily format, monitor the pregame lineup but be prepared to use him on Friday.
Brandon Webb – Texas Rangers – Richard Durrett (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Brandon Webb will pitch a bullpen Friday and is scheduled to pitch a rehab start in Double-A Frisco on Monday.” He’s getting closer, but is probably still a little ways away from returning to the Majors and even once he does he is not going to be trustworthy immediately. All fantasy owners can do is keep him stashed and wait for now.
Rafael Soriano – New York Yankees – According to Andrew Marchand (via Twitter), “Filed to ESPNNY.com, Soriano out at least 6-to-8 weeks.” Well, it could’ve been worse, but this is certainly not good news. Move on to the next middle relief option if he has value in your format.
Jason Bay – New York Mets – As he stated, the tightness in his calf was minor and Bay was right back in the starting lineup. It appears to be safe to use him in all formats.
Casey Blake – Los Angeles Dodgers – The Dodgers Twitter feed is reporting that, “Casey Blake will likely join #Dodgers in LA and could be activated on Friday or Saturday if no setbacks”. Considering all of the injuries to 3B this season this is great news for those who need help at the hot corner. He was hitting .321 with 2 HR, 6 RBI and 15 R in 53 AB (14 games) prior to getting hurt and will be a viable option in deeper formats. If he’s sitting on your waiver wire he certainly is worth grabbing.
Michael Cuddyer – Minnesota Twins – According to Joe Christensen (via Twitter), “Cuddyer (strained right hip) is available off the bench but not in the lineup.” It certainly feels like he is close to returning, so you will want to monitor the pregame lineup in daily formats. Hopefully he can return to the lineup on Friday against the Angels.
Jason Giambi – Colorado Rockies – Troy Renck of The Denver Post (click here for the article) is reporting that, “Jason Giambi left the nightcap with significant swelling above his right elbow, the byproduct of being hit by a Joe Saunders pitch after homering off him in his previous at-bat.” Consider him day-to-day.
Joe Blanton – Philadelphia Phillies – According to Matt Gelb (via Twitter), “Joe Blanton saw James Andrews: He will throw in 3-4 weeks. No surgery.” That’s certainly good news and gives us a better timetable of how long Vance Worley will be filling in the Phillies rotation. Blanton will still be out some time and Worely does bring upside for those in deeper formats.
Orlando Hudson – San Diego Padres – Corey Brock (via Twitter) is reporting that, “2B Orlando Hudson looks like he might have aggravated his hamstring injury running down the line. He’s left the game. More soon.” Bad news, as Hudson just recently returned to the roster. It’s certainly possible that he came back a little too quick and could need more time to fully recover. Monitor the situation, but prepare to move on without him.
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