Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Tommy Hanson – Atlanta Braves – According to David O’Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (click here for the article), “Tommy Hanson threw a bullpen session Friday without incident, his final test before he’s to be activated from the 15-day disabled list to make Tuesday’s start at Seattle.” Generally I recommend avoiding pitchers coming off the DL for their first start, but there certainly are exceptions. Hanson is one of the better pitchers in the game and certainly has a favorable matchup. I’d still consider him a risk, but he’s probably one worth taking.
Pablo Sandoval – San Francisco Giants – According to Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News (click here for the article) is reporting that, “Pablo Sandoval was replaced in the seventh inning of a 3-1 victory over Cleveland because of a tight left quadriceps muscle but said afterward that he expects to be back for Tuesday’s doubleheader in Chicago.” It’s great news that he expects to play and not miss time, but make sure to monitor the news for now. While Sandoval has been getting hits since returning from the DL (12-48 since coming off the DL), yesterday was his first multi-hit game in June (and first since April 26). Monitor the pregame lineup and hope that he is ready to return on Tuesday.
Jason Kubel – Minnesota Twins – Joe Christensen (via Twitter) is reporting that, “#Twins likely to send Kubel on rehab to AAA Rochster. Gardy said he’d like to see Kubel play seven games and get 28-30 ABs.” That means it looks like he’s going to be out another week. Just keep him stashed at this point, as he should be back soon.
Jose Tabata – Pittsburgh Pirates – According to Rob Biertempfel (via Twitter), “OF Jose Tabata has injured left quadriceps.” The injury caused Tabata to be carted off the field and he certainly appears destined for the DL. In a follow-up tweet Biertempfel reported that, “OF Alex Presley has been pulled from the Triple-A Indy lineup and is en route”. There had already been rumors of a recall coming, but the injury to Tabata certainly made it a necessity. At Triple-A Presley was hitting .336 with 8 HR, 36 RBI, 52 R and 18 SB.
John Danks – Chicago White Sox – Dave can Dyck of the Chicago Tribune (click here for the article) is reporting that, “The Chicago White Sox have placed starter John Danks on the 15-day disabled list and called up left-hander Hector Santiago from AA Birmingham. Danks strained a right oblique muscle in his start Saturday, although it is not considered serious.” Not really surprising news and it will simply cause the White Sox to go back to a traditional five-man rotation. At this point it is not exactly known what the order will be, with Jake Peavy needed out of the bullpen on Saturday, so keep an eye on the matchups.
J.D. Drew – Boston Red Sox – According to Pete Abraham (via Twitter), “Drew has a left eye contusion. It happened before the game in BP when he fouled a ball off his eye”. He left the game in the second inning and was replaced by Darnell McDonald. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Melvin Mora – Arizona Diamondbacks – Nick Piecoro (via Twitter) is reporting that, “3B Melvin Mora was scratched with a sore back. Mora said he’s expecting to see a team doctor tomorrow.” Ryan Roberts replaced him in the lineup. Mora, who should be considered day-to-day, doesn’t hold much fantasy appeal as he doesn’t play every day.
Chris Capuano – New York Mets – According to Adam Rubin (via Twitter), “Terry Collins confirmed Chris Capuano (abdominal) will pitch as scheduled on Wednesday in Detroit after throwing a bullpen session Sunday.” That’s good news, though the matchup certainly isn’t ideal. Capuano has been pitching exceptionally well of late, going 3-1 while allowing just 3 ER over 25.0 IP over his past four starts. Unfortunately, he has to be considered a risky option for this start.
Homer Bailey – Cincinnati Reds – He came off and struggled, allowing 5 ER on 9 H and 2 BB, striking out 5, over 5.0 innings. As I often say, pitchers coming off the DL are an extremely risky proposition. His next start comes against the Indians, and you would expect him to pitch a bit better for that one.
Jason Bay – New York Mets – He missed just one game due to a neck issue, going 0-5 with 1 RBI yesterday. Obviously he has struggled this season, but it doesn’t appear like the injury is a reason to walk away from him now.
Justin Turner – New York Mets – You have to wonder if the thumb issue has become a problem for Turner at this point. He did return to the lineup yesterday, going just 1-5. He’s now just 16-81 in June, with 1 HR and 11 RBI. If you have a better option, you may want to consider it.
Chase Headley – San Diego Padres – He sat out a pair of games, but went 1-3 with 1 RBI yesterday in his return to the lineup. He’s an extremely low-end option but, at a weak position, he is usable.
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