Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Hanley Ramirez – Florida Marlins – According to the Miami Herald (click here for the post), “The Marlins have placed Hanley Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 30, with a lower back strain and replaced him on the roster with minor-league left-hander Brad Hand, who will make his major league debut on Tuesday as the starting pitcher.” At this point this really shouldn’t be very surprising news. Since it was backdated Ramirez will be eligible to be activated on June 14, so just keep him stashed on the bench and hope that he can get his season turned around when he returns.
Brett Anderson – Oakland Athletics – Joe Stiglich of The Contra Costa Times (click here for the post), “I’ve confirmed with multiple team sources that A’s pitcher Brett Anderson is heading back to the Bay Area to get his left elbow checked. It makes sense, given Anderson’s dip in velocity with both his fastball and slider recently.” Over his last two starts (against the Yankees & Red Sox) Anderson has allowed 14 ER on 20 H and 5 BB over 10.1 IP. He averaged 92.1 mph on his fastball in 2010 and is at just 90.9 mph this season. Stay tuned for now, but would it surprise anyone if he found his way onto the DL?
Dexter Fowler – Colorado Rockies – According to Troy Renck (via Twitter), “Just landed. Source says Fowler will go on DL. Not sure of corresponding move yet but as wrote yesterday Blackmon a strong candidate”. Blackmon is hitting .337 with 10 HR, 49 RBI, 49 R and 12 SB at Triple-A (Pacific Coast League) this season. If he does get the call he could easily have value in all five-outfielder formats, assuming he’s going to play (which only makes sense). Keep a close eye, but if you have room on your bench he certainly is worth stashing.
Pablo Sandoval – San Francisco Giants – According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle (click here for the article), “The Giants placed a small speed bump in front of what had been an express-paced rehabilitation assignment for Pablo Sandoval. He did not play in Fresno as hoped Sunday. Though manager Bruce Bochy cited the rain, Sandoval has soreness in his wrist and forearm from his rehab work that will keep him out until tonight or Tuesday.” Time will tell, but at this point it does not appear to be a significant issue. Hopefully he gets right back on track and return to action shortly. Just keep monitoring things for now and keep him stashed on your bench.
Jimmy Rollins – Philadelphia Phillies – Todd Zolecki (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Rollins had MRI and x-ray today on right knee. X-rays negative. No results on MRI. Still has swelling. Don’t think it’s a DL situation yet.” The word “yet” is key, because it obviously should not yet be ruled out. We’ll just have to wait and see, but with what we’ve heard thus far it really wouldn’t be a surprise.
Jake Peavy – Chicago White Sox – According to Scott Merkin (via Twitter), “Peavy has a mild strain of his right groin, according to the MRI. He will be evaluated on a daily basis.” It seems like he’ll avoid the DL, at least for now, though it is still very possible that he is forced to miss a start. If that does happen Phil Humber will be a two-start pitcher (Seattle and Oakland). If you are in a daily format, just make sure to continue monitoring the news.
Mark Ellis – Oakland Athletics – According to Susan Slusser (via Twitter), “Ellis said he hurt hamstring catching foul pop in the third. He won’t know how bad it is until tomorrow morning.” While there is no word as to how bad the injury is, Mychael Urban (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Just confirmed Jemile Weeks is headed to #Athletics.” That would certainly make you think that Ellis is likely headed to the DL, but we shouldn’t jump to any conclusions. Ellis was hitting just .211 with 1 HR, 15 RBI and 21 R over 209 AB, so he didn’t have much value at this point anyways. Weeks wouldn’t likely be coming up to sit on the bench, so take a look at him in AL-only formats immediately.
Evan Longoria – Tampa Bay Rays – According to Marc Topkin (via Twitter), “scratch Longoria with stomach flu also”. At least it wasn’t his side, but the extra day or two may do him good. Sit tight, but he should return shortly.
Juan Uribe – Los Angeles Dodgers – He came off the DL to start at 3B and go 2-4. However, with Dee Gordon now up it will be interesting to see where he plays when Casey Blake is in the lineup. He’ll probably slide over to 2B (assuming Gordon is going to play regularly), but he could see more time off if he doesn’t start hitting (.228 average thus far).
Matt Garza – Chicago Cubs – He lasted just 4.0 innings in his first start off the DL, allowing 4 R on 6 H and 3 BB, striking out 3, against the Reds. Don’t panic, as this is the type of performance that is fairly common in a pitcher’s first start off the DL.