Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Matt Kemp – Los Angeles Dodgers – Dylan Hernandez (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Kemp out of the lineup with tightness in his left hamstring.” Not exactly what Kemp owners want to hear as he has been scorching hot this season. He entered the day hitting .329 with 18 HR and 53 RBI on the season and in June he’d gone 14-32 (.438) with 5 HR and 13 RBI. The fact that he entered the game as a pinch hitter, delivering a solo home run in the process, certainly should be taken as a good sign. However, don’t consider it a lock that he plays today. In an on article for the Los Angeles Times (click here to view), Hernandez wrote, “Asked whether he would be ready to play Saturday, Kemp replied, ‘We’ll see. I hope so.’” Monitor the pregame lineup, but don’t be surprised if he gets another day or two off.
Hunter Pence – Houston Astros – According to Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle (click here for the article), “the fans were treated to the sight of one of the few shining objects of their admiration — hot-hitting outfielder Hunter Pence — leaving before the fourth inning with tightness in his back.” There’s currently no word as to the severity of the injury, so for now consider him day-to-day. It wouldn’t be a big surprise if he plays on Saturday, as Brian McTaggart of mlb.com (click here for the article) is reporting that “Astros right fielder Hunter Pence said he expects to be able to play Saturday after leaving Friday’s 11-4 loss against the Braves after three innings with lower back tightness.”
Hanley Ramirez – Florida Marlins – Joe Capozzi of The Palm Beach Post (click here for the post), “Edwin sounded optimistic that Hanley Ramirez could come off the disabled list and return to the starting lineup Tuesday in Philadelphia. When Ramirez does return, there’s a chance he’ll bat in the lead-off spot. He’d been hitting second when he went on the DL with a left back strain.” Obviously fantasy owners wouldn’t be thrilled to have him hitting atop the order, as he does lose a little bit of value, but just getting him back (and hopefully going) should be enough. He’s been a disappointment thus far, but we all know he’s among the best players in the game.
Ryan Zimmerman – Washington Nationals – According to Adam Kilgore (via Twitter), “Ryan Zimmerman won’t play tonight. Tomorrow, he’ll continue his rehab in Syracuse. For now, expect him to return Tuesday at Nats Park.” That is great news for fantasy owners who have gotten just 28 AB from Zimmerman thus far in 2011. He is one of the better 3B options available, when healthy. Hopefully we get a definitive word by the end of the weekend, but at this point those in weekly formats should expect having him active.
Brett Anderson – Oakland Athletics – Susan Slusser (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Anderson to see Dr. Andrews on Monday in Florida.” Never what you want to hear. At this point all we can do is sit and wait, but fantasy owners should be planning with life without him. It’s not a foregone conclusion, but how often does a visit to Dr. Andrews result in the end of a pitcher’s season?
Justin Morneau – Minnesota Twins – According to LaVelle E. Neal III (via Twitter), “Justin Morneau didn’t start and could be a candidate for a cortisone shot in his wrist by end of weekend.” Clearly the wrist is an issue and he has now become a questionable play for the coming week. He has been struggling of late, going 2-27 with 0 RBI and 1 R in June, but we all know the potential that he has. Maybe he just needs to give his body time to heal and recover, but time will tell. Fantasy owners in weekly formats should have a replacement in place in case he’s going to miss significant time next week.
Matt Joyce – Tampa Bay Rays – Joe Smith (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Matt Joyce scratched due to post-injection soreness in left shoulder, which had bothered him for a while. Got shot yesterday”. Clearly the shoulder has become an issue, as Joyce has gone 3-22 over his past six games with just 3 RBI and 2 R. Consider him day-to-day for now and monitor the pregame lineup.
Martin Prado – Atlanta Braves – According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (click here for the post), “Left fielder Martin Prado landed on the 15-day disabled list Friday for a staph infection in his right calf”. He had surgery to “clean out” the infection and he joins Nate McLouth and Jason Heyward on the DL, representing the Braves starting outfield. Move him to your bench for now until he’s ready to return.
Leo Nunez – Florida Marlins – In the same post, Capozzi is reporting that, “Nunez has said he hopes to be ready by Sunday, but Edwin said: ‘I don’t see that happening. He needs to play catch first.’ Edwin said Monday at the earliest was the more likely target for Nunez’s return. “ The team is expected to use a committee approach if a save opportunity presents itself, so your guess is as good as mine as to who is going to get a save on any given day. Yesterday it was Steve Chisek, but Mike Dunn, Ryan Webb or Randy Choate could get the next opportunity.
Adam LaRoche – Washington Nationals – According to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post (click here for the article), “Given the lack of progress with his ailing shoulder over the course of the past two weeks, LaRoche’s chances of returning this season seem grimmer than 50-50.” If he has value in your format there’s not much you can do but sit and wait, but it certainly doesn’t sound too promising.
Chris Snyder – Pittsburgh Pirates – According to Jennifer Langosch (via Twitter), “estimate that Chris Snyder (back surgery) will be out 2-4 months.” In other words, after undergoing surgery yesterday there is a chance that his season has come to an end. There is room for him to return, obviously, though in anything but deep two-catcher formats he is pretty easily let go right now.
Kyle McClellan – St. Louis Cardinals – Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (click here for the article) is reporting that, “Starter Kyle McClellan will rejoin the Cards today as he prepares to return from the disabled list in time to make his next scheduled start.” In his first start back he won’t be an advisable option, but with a 3.86 ERA and 1.26 WHIP on the season he certainly does have value.
Dustin Moseley – San Diego Padres – According to Chris Jenkins of the San Diego Union-Tribune (click here for the article), “Moseley, forced out of Wednesday’s start by the recurrence of an old shoulder issue during a fifth-inning at bat that brought him to his knees, was in a holding pattern after undergoing an MRI that confirmed the subluxation. Moseley reported more soreness Thursday and the team wants to wait a couple days before making a determination about his next start, scheduled for Monday in Denver.” It is hard to imagine him taking the ball on Monday, but you never know. Still, he’s a huge risk for that start even if he does take the mound.
Russell Martin – New York Yankees – “Russell Martin’s back still was barking when he woke up yesterday morning, so the Yankees catcher went for an MRI exam that revealed no structural damage,” according to George A. King III and Brian Costello of the New York Post (click here for the article). While it’s good news, Martin remained out of the lineup last night. Continue considering him day-to-day for now.
Evan Meek – Pittsburgh Pirates – According to Jennifer Langosch (via Twitter), “Evan Meek said he doesn’t believe shoulder issue is more severe than tendinitis but he will be examined by Dr Andrews on Mon to make sure.” He only really has value in NL-only formats at this point (unless your league values holds), but this marks his second stint on the DL this season. Certainly not good news, but hopefully it does turn out to be minor.
Freddy Sanchez – San Francisco Giants – Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle (click here for the article) is reporting that, “Now, just as Sandoval prepares to return after six weeks on the disabled list, Freddy Sanchez is gone. The second baseman dislocated his right shoulder while diving for a Brandon Phillips groundball in the fifth inning”. While there is no word yet as to how long he could be out for, it’s obvious that he’s heading to the DL.
Dustin Pedroia – Boston Red Sox – He returned to the lineup going 3-4 with 1 RBI and 1 R. Hopefully he can put the knee issue behind him and he can start producing like we all know he’s capable.
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