Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Wandy Rodriguez – Houston Astros – One day after having his start skilled, Rodriguez ended up on the DL. According to Alyson Footer (via Twitter), “Wandy to DL with fluid in elbow. Jordan Lyles called up and will pitch Tues in Chicago.” Lyles is a highly regarded prospect, ranking #33 on Rotoprofessor’s Top 90 Prospects for 2011 list. He was 3-3 with a 3.20 ERA and 41 K in 59.0 innings at Triple-A. In NL-only formats, he has some value immediately. At this point, there is no timetable for Rodriguez’ return.
Matt Holliday – St. Louis Cardinals – According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (click here for the article), “Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday said he had a ‘good day’ running and would like to return to the lineup Sunday if permitted by the team’s trainers.” Time will tell (though he did go 0-1 as a pinch hitter yesterday), but you will have to continue monitoring the pregame lineup for now. At least it appears like he will be a safe play for the coming week, though we certainly would like to see him start a game before Monday.
Humberto Quintero – Houston Astros – According to Rowan Kavner of mlb.com (click here for the article), “Quintero suffered a sprained right ankle when, with one out and the bases loaded, the D-backs’ Chris Young hit a soft grounder to Astros pitcher Wilton Lopez, who attempted to throw out Ryan Roberts at home plate. “ He’s been placed on the DL, with Robinson Cancel getting recalled to fill his spot on the roster. Cancel will likely share time with J.R. Towles, who was hitting .229 with 2 HR in 70 AB heading into yesterday’s game. In other words, Houston catchers are not ideal, even in two-catcher formats.
Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals – Matthew Leach of mlb.com (click here for the article) is reporting that, “Catcher Yadier Molina felt some discomfort in his left ankle before the game even started, but played eight innings before he was pulled for a pinch-runner. “ He went 1-4 with 2 RBI on Friday and 0-2 yesterday (before being pulled with the Cardinals down big), so this appears to be nothing to be concerned about. Still, monitor the situation, just in case.
J.P. Arencibia – Toronto Blue Jays – According to Gregor Chisholm (via Twitter), “Encarnacion (toe) and Arencibia (left thumb) were both left out of today’s lineup but are available off the bench if needed.” It doesn’t sound serious, but make sure he plays on Sunday (especially in one-catcher formats). The fact that he was available, however, was a great sign.
Cameron Maybin – San Diego Padres – The San Diego Union-Tribune (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Black says Maybin given day off to rest “balky” knee. The CF is in 4-for-34, 14 K slide.” By his recent performance it is clear that the knee issues are affecting Maybin’s performance. Blake Tekotte (2-3, 1 RBI, 1 R yesterday while hitting sixth) got the start in his absence and has the potential to prove worthy of filling the Padres hole atop the lineup. If Maybin is forced to sit for an extended period of time, Tekotte will likely be worth owning in five-outfielder formats.
Gordon Beckham – Chicago White Sox – According to Mark Gonzales (via Twitter), “Becks hopes to play Monday but swelling has to subside”. It doesn’t sound like a long-term issue, but monitor the pregame lineup before reinserting him into your lineup.
Tom Gorzelanny – Washington Nationals – According to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post (click here for the article), “After an MRI on his left elbow revealed no damage, Tom Gorzelanny expects to miss only two starts while on the disabled list with inflammation on his throwing elbow.” Good news. He’s eligible to return on June 8, so if he has value in your format just stash him on the bench until then.
Steve Pearce – Pittsburgh Pirates – Jenifer Langosch (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Steve Pearce left the game with soreness in his right calf”. He’s not a full-time player, so his fantasy appeal was minimal, at least for now. He has 5 RBI in his past 3 games, so the timing certainly is not ideal. For now I would consider him day-to-day.
Randy Wells – Chicago Cubs – He came off the DL and made the start for the Cubs, though it wasn’t pretty. The Pirates got him for 5 ER on 5 H and 3 BB, striking out 7, over 4.0 innings. It was his first start off the DL, though, so you cannot draw any conclusions from it. I would leave him on your bench for his next start against the Cardinals, though don’t write him off yet.
Joe Nathan – Minnesota Twins – According to Rhett Bollinger (via Twitter) the Twins, “selected the contract of Chuck James with Joe Nathan going to DL.” We had heard the rumblings of late, so this isn’t a huge surprise. There’s still a chance that he regains his closer spot at some point, though the fact that it’s an elbow issue that has pushed him to the sidelines has got to worry owners. Time will tell at this point, though Matt Capps is certainly safe for now.
Zach Duke – Arizona Diamondbacks – He came off the DL to stymy the Astros, tossing 7.0 shutout innings while allowing just 3 H and 1 BB, striking out 4. He has potential, but it is tough to make a move on him based on one start, especially when it came against Houston. His next start comes against the Nationals and, while they are one of the worst offenses in the league, it should give us a little bit more of a track record to go on.
Kevin Kouzmanoff – Oakland Athletics – He returned to the lineup after missing the last six games with a groin injury, going 2-4 with 1 RBI. He has not been good this season, but if you are desperate for a 3B he could be worth a flier.
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