Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Carlos Gonzalez – Colorado Rockies – According to Jim Armstrong (via Twitter), “just chatted up cargo. hes wearing removable cast n wont play thurs. hopin to play fri”. Well, that puts owners in weekly formats into a bit of a bind, doesn’t it? While he is hoping to play on Friday, we have to take it as far from a guarantee at this point. He attempted to come back last Friday, but still had an issue and didn’t start on Saturday or Sunday heading into the break (though he was used as a defensive replacement). Now, with an additional three days he’s still not ready? All we can do is sit, wait and hope the wrist injury doesn’t have a major impact on his power moving forward. Regardless, for the coming week consider him high risk, high reward.
Josh Johnson – Florida Marlins – Joe Capozzi (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Beinfest on Josh Johnson — “We hope he will pitch this year. We are not going to rush him back.” Well, that certainly is not what anyone wanted to hear, is it? We had heard that he was shooting to return in August, but that idea can clearly be wiped away at this point. Dealing with a shoulder injury, you can’t blame the Marlins for not gambling on the franchise, since they aren’t going to be competitive in 2011. You obviously can’t drop him yet, just in case the prognosis changes, but you may not get more than a handful of starts from him at this point and that’s a best case scenario.
Mitch Talbot – Cleveland Indians – According to Jordan Bastian of mlb.com (click here for the article), “On Wednesday, one day before Cleveland opens the season’s second half with a four-game set in Baltimore, the Tribe placed Talbot on the 15-day disabled list with the back issue.” In 11 starts Talbot was sporting a 6.33 ERA and 1.80 WHIP. If you owned him for some reason, it’s time to move on.
Denard Span – Minnesota Twins – Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Denard Span said (via text) that he’s been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab. When and where TBA, but should be soon.” You have to think that he’s going to need at least a week’s worth of AB before he’s ready to return. The Twins could try to find a way to get him and Ben Revere in the lineup at the same time (likely at the expensive of Delmon Young or possibly Jim Thome), though that remains to be seen. Revere owners need to just wait and see how things play out, though there are only so many AB to go around.
Lonnie Chisenhall – Cleveland Indians – According to Nick Camino (via Twitter), “3B Lonnie Chisenhall said he’s good to go for tomorrow. He has a scab on his cheek and his eye is red.” Great news. If you are in deeper formats and in need of 3B help, he appears to be a safe play for the coming week.
Jake Peavy – Chicago White Sox – Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune (click here for the article) is reporting that, “Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy indicated Wednesday night that he might not make his next start Sunday at Detroit.” Peavy didn’t have the same velocity in his last start and, with a 6-man rotation, it makes sense for the team to give him extra time to rest. At this point he would be expected to take the ball on Tuesday instead, so if you are in a weekly format it is safer to slide him to your bench.