Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Ike Davis – New York Mets – According to Michael Baron of metsblog.com (click here for the post), “Ike Davis will wear a protective boot and be shut down for three weeks, Terry Collins told reporters today at Citi Field, according to SNY producer Matt Dunn.” So much for the initial thought that he would be out for just the minimum 15 days. Davis produced well early, hitting .302 with 7 HR and 25 RBI prior to the injury, but he now appears to be out for at least another month. Just keep him stashed on the bench until he’s ready to return.
Hanley Ramirez – Florida Marlins – Joe Capozzi (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Edwin says Hanley feeling better. Tomorro game possible but more likely Friday, if then.” Certainly better news than we heard yesterday, so things are looking up. Keep monitoring the situation if you are in a daily format, but it appears like he returns in the next few days. Still, don’t consider it a certainty either.
Pablo Sandoval – San Francisco Giants – Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News (click here for the post) is reporting that Sandoval, “remains on track to join Triple-A Fresno on Friday or Saturday for a rehab assignment that could last anywhere from two to five games.” That timeline has him back by next weekend, at the latest, so fantasy owners have to be happy with that. At a shallow position that has been devastated by injuries, he will certainly be a must use option immediately.
Elvis Andrus – Texas Rangers – According to Jeff Wilson (via Twitter), “Andres Blanco starting at shortstop tonight for #Rangers in place of Elvis Andrus (left foot).” Andrus was spiked by teammate Michael Young on Monday. The injury shouldn’t be anything serious and he did get into yesterday’s game, so consider him day-to-day. It certainly wouldn’t be surprising to see him return to the lineup today.
Adam Lind – Toronto Blue Jays – Gregor Chisholm of mlb.com (click here for the article) is reporting that, “If there are no setbacks during the next 24 hours, then Lind likely will continue his rehab with Class-A Dunedin on Wednesday. The Blue Jays would prefer to have Lind start at least a couple of games at first base, while receiving a total of 15-20 at-bats, before making his return to the Major Leagues.” That means he could potentially return to the Majors early next week. Monitor the situation, but he clearly is getting close.
Matt Holliday – St. Louis Cardinals – He was in the original lineup for the Cardinals, Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (click here for the article) is reporting that, “Outfielder Matt Holliday, his left quadriceps still tender, was scratched from tonight’s lineup less than an hour before first pitch.” Considering he recently missed six starts with a quad injury (he just returned to the starting lineup on Monday), this is not good news. Keep an eye out for an update, but if he can’t return to the lineup in the next day or two the DL has become a very real possibility.
Kyle McClellan – St. Louis Cardinals – In the same article, O’Neill is reporting that, “McClellan described his hip as “pretty sore” and “a little sore” and said there was persistent inflammation in the left joint, which he jammed during his start Monday afternoon at Busch Stadium.” McClellan is hoping not to miss a start, but he is far from a certainty at this point. Have an alternative ready.
Edwin Encarnacion – Toronto Blue Jays – According to Arden Zwelling (via Twitter), “Edwin Encarnacion had his toenail removed yesterday. Available to pinch hit today, could rejoin lineup tomorrow”. Consider him day-to-day for now, though at .248 with 1 HR he is far from an ideal fantasy option.
Ryan Doumit – Pittsburgh Pirates – Dejan Kovacevic (via Twitter) is reporting that, “C Ryan Doumit will miss more than a month. He has a non-displaced fracture in his left ankle, but no ligament damage.” Chris Snyder should continue to see the bulk of the duties behind the plate, with Dusty Brown also playing. Snyder only really holds value in two-catcher formats, hitting .289 with 3 HR in 83 AB and is a career .231 hitter.
Cameron Maybin – San Diego Padres – Corey Brock (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Maybin’s MRI showed no structural damage (right knee). Unclear if he’s headed to DL. Team wants to consult with own medical staff.” Well, it turns out he is headed to the DL, as he was placed there last night. Blake Tekotte continues to play in Maybin’s place and entered play yesterday having gone 3-10 with 1 RBI and 1 R. He has plenty of speed and could earn regular playing time, though he is best left for NL-only formats for now.
Jason Kubel – Minnesota Twins – Rhett Bollinger of mlblogs.com (click here for the post) has a quote from Kubel saying, “I woke up this morning and didn’t feel anything until walking on it. But it feels better walking around. So as long as keeps up like that, each day, it shouldn’t be too much longer.” Consider him day-to-day, but continue monitoring the pregame lineup for the next few days.
Alfonso Soriano – Chicago Cubs – Carrie Muskat of mlb.com (click here for the article) is reporting that, “Outfielder Alfonso Soriano was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with a strained left quadriceps, and Tyler Colvin was added to the roster.” Not surprising, given the news yesterday. The article says that he should be ready to return after the minimum 15 days, though you never know (see the report on Ike Davis).
Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles – He was back in the starting lineup, going 2-4 while hitting second. Make sure he doesn’t need an occasional day off, but he appears safe to play in all formats.
Brandon Belt – San Francisco Giants – According to Andrew Baggerly (via Twitter), “Belt xrays negative”. The x-ray was negative after he was hit on the wrist in yesterday’s game. The good news is that it appears to be just a day-to-day situation. Keep him on the bench for now.
Chipper Jones – Atlanta Braves – David O’Brien (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Chipper tweaked his groin. Fredi said might sit tomorrow so he can get back-to-back days off with Thurs off day”. Monitor the situation, but he should certainly be on your bench for today’s game. Hopefully he can return on Friday, but fantasy owners should be used to trying to find a 3B by now.
R.A. Dickey – New York Mets – For the majority of the game Dickey looked fantastic, finishing going 7.2 innings allowing 3 R on 5 H and 2 BB. Most impressively was his 10 K, a career high. From this night it certainly appears like Dickey will be able to pitch through the injury, meaning he should remain usable if he has value in your format.
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