Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Hanley Ramirez – Florida Marlins – According to Clark Spencer (via Twitter), “Hanley Ramirez says stiff back is worst pain he’s ever felt in his life, stood the entire flight to Phoenix”. The certainly is not exactly what fantasy owners want to hear and a stint on the DL is now an extreme possibility. The Marlins may give him a few days, but fantasy owners need to plan accordingly and prepare for the worst.
Francisco Liriano – Minnesota Twins – According to Joe Christensen of the Minnesota Star-Tribune (click here for the article), “Twins lefthander Francisco Liriano said his left shoulder did not feel well when he played catch before today’s game against the Tigers, so he will likely miss one more start, at least. The Twins had hoped he’d be able to test the shoulder in a bullpen session Tuesday, but that probably won’t happen now, and Anthony Swarzak will likely make Thursday’s start against the Royals.” Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com (click here for the article) has a further update saying, “The Twins placed left-hander Francisco Liriano on the disabled list, retroactive to May 23 with left shoulder inflammation after Monday’s 6-5 loss to the Tigers.” The hope is that he’ll only miss one more turn through the rotation, as he’s eligible to return on June 7, though we’ll have to wait and see at this point. Fantasy owners should shift him to their bench for now.
Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles – There had initially been talk that he would be able to play yesterday, but that turned out not to be the case. According to Jeff Zrebiec (via Twitter), “lineup is not posted but adam jones (sore shoulder) won’t be in it. He said he is feeling better and is hoping to play tomorrow.” Time will tell, but monitor the pregame lineup tomorrow. He did appear as a pinch runner yesterday, but didn’t play the field or swing a bat.
Elvis Andrus – Texas Rangers – Jeff Wilson (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Elvis Andrus was spiked by Michael Young in the sixth inning. Andrus’ left foot was swollen, and he isn’t sure if he’ll play Tuesday.” Check the pregame lineup, but it certainly doesn’t appear to be very serious. If he is forced to miss time, it should likely be just one or two games.
R.A. Dickey – New York Mets – Despite the injury, reports are that R.A. Dickey will still take the ball today against the Pirates. He hasn’t been close to what he was in 2010, with a 4.50 ERA and 1.55 WHIP, and the injury just adds another reason to be concerned. He is a risky proposition for today’s start.
Jason Kubel – Minnesota Twins – Rhett Bollinger (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Jason Kubel left today’s game with a left foot sprain and is day-to-day. X-rays negative.” It doesn’t sound like it will keep him out for long, so monitor the pregame lineup for the next few days. With the Twins offense hurting, Kubel has emerged as a middle of the lineup presence, entering Monday hitting .305 with 5 HR and 29 RBI. He’s viable in all formats (especially five-outfielder formats), so stash him for now.
Alfonso Soriano – Chicago Cubs – According to Carrie Muskat (via Twitter), “Soriano left game with strained left quad. Will have an MRI to determine severity of injury.” Time will tell how severe the injury is, but it would certainly appear like a DL stint is possible. Monitor the situation, but locate an alternative.
Phil Hughes – New York Yankees – According to the Star Ledger (via Twitter), “Reasonable to expect Hughes back around July, even perhaps before the All-Star Break, Girardi says.” Time will tell, but this at least gives fantasy owners a little bit of optimism. With his struggles earlier in the season, he’s not a must use by any stretch, but he does have upside and is worth stashing if you have the room.
Russell Martin – New York Yankees – Ben Shpigel (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Martin’s scratched from lineup, presumably w/sore toe. Cervelli now catching.” Certainly not what owners want to hear, but it doesn’t appear to be very serious. Consider him day-to-day.
Ian Desmond – Washington Nationals – According to Bill Ladson of mlb.com (click here for the article), “Nationals manager Jim Riggleman decided to give shortstop Ian Desmond the day off Monday, as Desmond has some aches and pains. Desmond is expected to be back in the lineup Tuesday against the Phillies.” It certainly doesn’t appear to be anything to be concerned about. Just monitor the situation, but he should be a usable option for the rest of the week.
Ryan Doumit – Pittsburgh Pirates – Not that he plays everyday, but both Doumit & Steven Pearce have been placed on the DL with catcher Dusty Brown & infielder Josh Harrison being recalled to replace them on the roster. Neither offer fantasy appeal, as Chris Snyder will get the bulk of the playing time behind the plate.
Jed Lowrie – Boston Red Sox – Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com is reporting (via Twitter), “Jed Lowrie out of lineup with stiff left shoulder, result of collision w/ Cameron Sun.; Sutton at SS. Lowrie will be back Tues.” Monitor the pregame lineup, just to be sure, but this doesn’t appear to be anything we need to be concerned about.
Aaron Rowand – San Francisco Giants – According to Andrew Baggerly (via Twitter), “Right hip contusion. That’s what happened to Rowand.” Doesn’t sound serious, though he’s not an everyday player in San Francisco at this point anyways. He shouldn’t be in fantasy lineups right now.
Carlos Beltran – New York Mets – He returned to the Mets lineup, going 2-4 with 1 R. It certainly does appear like the injury was minor and he is safe to remain in fantasy lineups. Don’t be surprised if he gets a day off soon, though.
Matt Holliday – St. Louis Cardinals – He finally returned to the Cardinals lineup, going 1-4 while hitting cleanup. I would continue to monitor the pregame lineup, just to make sure, but fantasy owners should certainly be relieved.
Cameron Maybin – San Diego Padres – He missed his third straight game, with Blake Tekotte again getting the start and going 1-3. Continue to monitor things, but Maybin remains day-to-day.
Kyle McClellan – St. Louis Cardinals – According to B.J. Rains (via Twitter), “Kyle McClellan will have his hip examined tomorrow after landing awkwardly in the first inning today. He downplayed any injury after game.” Monitor the situation, but it doesn’t appear to be serious.
Gordon Beckham – Chicago White Sox – He returned to the lineup, going 1-4 with 1 R. He gave owners a scare, but it should be safe to get him back in your lineup.
Seth Smith – Colorado Rockies – After missing some time with a groin injury Smith returned to the lineup going 1-3. You never know how the Rockies are going to align their outfield, though prior to the injury it appeared Smith had emerged as a fairly regular cog in the lineup. On the year he is hitting .304 with 5 HR, 22 RBI and 25 R, making him usable in five-outfielder formats.
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