Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Ryan Zimmerman – Washington Nationals – According to Adam Kilgore (via Twitter), “Ryan Zimmerman will be activated tomorrow, a Nats source said. No shock. That was plan, and now it’s definite.” Hopefully fantasy owners in weekly formats had him active for the coming week (unless you were able to find a viable replacement). Obviously, it should go without saying that he is a must use option in all formats.
Derek Jeter – New York Yankees – According to Joel Sherman (via Twitter), “Jeter grade 1 strain in right calf. Not announcing if DL tonight”. Not great news, as Jeter continues his drive for 3,000 hits. It would appear like a DL stint may be imminent, but be sure to continue monitoring the news and find a replacement.
Luke Scott – Baltimore Orioles – Brittany Ghiroli of mlb.com (click here for the article) is reporting that, “Orioles outfielder Luke Scott isn’t 100 percent, and doesn’t pretend to be. But he acknowledged on Sunday that the combination of rehab exercises and last week’s cortisone shot have made the pain more manageable in his right shoulder, increasing optimism that he can avoid season-ending surgery on his torn labrum.” He has been showing signs of heating up of late, going 5-11 with 2 HR, 2 RBI and 3 R over his past 4 games (he started 3 of them). Of course, he is still hitting just .156 against southpaws, so he could still platooned a bit. Still, as a streaky hitter, if he keeps producing fantasy owners should be willing to reinsert him into their lineup.
Jason Bourgeois – Houston Astros – Brian McTaggert (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Bourgeois MRI is negative”. Certainly good news, but he still should be considered day-to-day. He was not in yesterday’s starting lineup (he did appear as a pinch runner) and should be considered more of an NL-only option, despite his speed, unless he starts receiving regular playing time.
Brett Anderson – Oakland Athletics – According to Jon Morosi (via Twitter), “Brett Anderson has received Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection into his left elbow and will undergo 6 weeks of rehab.” Certainly better than Tommy John surgery, which had originally been feared. Time will tell how long it takes him to return to the mound, but he brings too much potential to simply cut loose (unless you are pressed for the roster spot). Keep him stashed away and hope that he can return to form.
Justin Morneau – Minnesota Twins – LaVelle E. Neal III (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Justin Morneau’s MRI came back with no red flags. GM Bill Smith said he’s day-to-day.” While the news is positive, Morneau hasn’t played since June 9due to problems with the wrist. Hopefully he feels good enough to play on Tuesday, but those in daily leagues should monitor the pregame line-up for the time being.
Jason Heyward – Atlanta Braves – David O’Brien (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Heyward will play next 2 days for Triple-A Gwinnett, which is off Wed. It’s possible — possible — could rejoin ATL soon as W-Th”. Big news for fantasy owners who have been waiting patiently for his return. Don’t consider it a lock that he returns mid-week, but he clearly is getting closer. Just sit tight a little bit longer.
Russell Martin – New York Yankees – After returning to the lineup on Sunday, “Russell Martin scratched w/lower back stiffness” according to Ben Shpigel (via Twitter). At this point you have to wonder if the Yankees are going to be forced to make a move with him. Find a replacement just in case the DL is in his future.
Vicente Padilla – Los Angeles Dodgers – According to the team’s Twitter feed, “Mattingly: Padilla to have neck surgery on Thursday, out extended period of time”. If you were holding onto him hoping that he could return to the closer’s role at some point, it’s safe to move on at this point.
Scott Rolen – Cincinnati Reds – Mark Sheldon of mlblogs.com (click here for the post) is reporting that, “Scott Rolen is out of the lineup with a sore left foot. Rolen fouled a ball off of that foot in the 2nd inning of Sunday’s game vs. the Giants. Dusty Baker would have played him tonight had Rolen been good to go.” We all know Rolen is injury prone, but for now simply consider him day-to-day.
Dustin Moseley – San Diego Padres – According to Nick Kosmider of mlb.com (click here for the article) is reporting that, “The Padres still hadn’t announced a starter for Tuesday before opening up a three-game set against the Rockies at Coors Field on Monday, but San Diego manager Bud Black said the start won’t go to right-hander Dustin Moseley.” Shouldn’t be shocking news. Wade LeBlanc has been rumored to take the start, though he was sporting a 5.24 ERA in 11 starts at Triple-A. He allowed 2 ER in his last 13.0 innings, giving hope, but for now he can be ignored in all format.
Leo Nunez – Florida Marlins – He returned to the mound, allowing 1 H and 1 BB while striking out 2 in an inning of work. It certainly appears safe to get him back in your lineup immediately.
J.J. Putz – Arizona Diamondbacks – He had been sidelined with back issues, but he was perfect yesterday, striking out 1, in a clean ninth inning to pick up save 18 on the season. He has been a tremendous closer this season and should be activated in all formats.
Hunter Pence – Houston Astros – After missing a game, Pence showed no ill effects of the back injury. He went 3-4 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 1 R extending his hitting streak to 23-games. He is absolutely on fire of late, though, is now the time fantasy owners should be considering trading him? We will be taking a closer look at that later today.
Wandy Rodriguez – Houston Astros – He came off the DL to toss 6.0 shutout innings against the Braves, allowing 2 H and 4 BB, striking out 5. Obviously we don’t love the control, but otherwise there is nothing to complain about. He had been pitching well prior to getting injured and should now be activated in all formats. His next start comes on the road against the Dodgers.
Cameron Maybin – San Diego Padres – He returned from the DL to play CF and hit seventh, going 2-4 with 1 R. We have all heard about the potential for a long time, but maybe he’ll finally fully show it. Consider him a low-end option, for now.
Magglio Ordonez – Detroit Tigers – He came off the DL and started for the Tigers, going 0-2. He’s not guaranteed regular playing time, making him more of an AL-only option for now.
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