Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers – According to Tom Haudricourt (via Twitter), “LF Ryan Braun isn’t playing in the All-Star Game but he is taking his acts during NL batting practice today.” At least it is a step in the right direction for Braun, who hasn’t played since July 2. There is hope that he will be able to return to the Brewers lineup when they return to action on July 14, but don’t consider that a given quite yet. Monitor the news over the next few days before locking him into your lineup.
Alex Rodriguez – New York Yankees – Danny Knobler (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Yankees say A-Rod surgery went as expected”. Good news. Rodriguez is expected to be on the sidelines for 4-6 weeks, so stash him away and wait for him to return. Eduardo Nunez should see the bulk of the playing time at 3B in his absence. He’s hitting .279 with 3 HR and 14 RBI in 122 AB and is a viable option for those desperate for help at 3B in deeper formats.
Jon Garland – Los Angeles Dodgers – According to Dylan Hernandez (via Twitter), “Jon Garland underwent surgery today. Procedure included clean up of the labrum and bursa, clean up and reinforcement of the rotator cuff.” This officially ends his 2011 campaign, leaving behind a 4.33 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. Rubby De La Rosa will continue to fill in for him in the Dodgers rotation for now.
Charles Blackmon – Colorado Rockies – Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post (click here for the article) is reporting that, “Rookie outfielder Charlie Blackmon will have surgery on his broken left foot today. He’s expected to miss upward of two months.” It’s a tough break for the youngster and, by the time he returns, he easily could have lost his starting spot for 2011 (especially considering he had been struggling prior to the injury, hitting .255 and failing to steal a base since June 15). In yearly formats, you certainly could move on at this point.
Mark Reynolds/Vladimir Guerrero – Baltimore Orioles – Dan Connolly (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Also, no DL stint expected for Reynolds or Guerrero after HBPs. And no announcement on suspensions after ejections. Will prolly come Wed”. Consider them day-to-day, but it sounds like they may be able to return to action immediately following the All-Star Break.