Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays – According to the Star Ledger (via Twitter), “Twisted right ankle for Bautista. He’s day to day.” Later in the night John Lott gave us a little bit more information tweeting, “JF: Bautista x-rays negative. Probably have MRI in a.m. Ankle swollen.” Well, that certainly isn’t as bad as it could be, though he is almost certainly going to miss a little bit of time and we are not completely out of the woods yet. He clearly limped off the field last night, and given who it is an MRI is an all but certainty. John McDonald replaced him at 3B last night, though Edwin Encarnacion (who was in at DH) could also fill the spot. For now monitor the pregame lineups, keeper your fingers crossed and keep a close eye for any further updates. He will almost certainly be out for a few games, but if last night’s news sticks it is not as bad as it could have been.
Ike Davis – New York Mets – Steve Popper (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Ike Davis saw doc in NC. Got cortisone shot – if not dramatically better in 3 weeks he said surgery’s on. Mets, as expected optimistic.” Basically, despite a small dose of good news around the All-Star Break, we ware right back where we started. Season ending microfracture surgery remains a very real possibility. If you have room on your roster to keep him stashed, do so, but right now it’s a huge question if he makes an impact again in 2011.
David Price – Tampa Bay Rays – Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times (via Twitter) is reporting that, “#Rays set rotation for #Red Sox: Price (recovered from turf toe), Shields, Niemann. Vs. Miller, Lackey, Beckett”. Clearly the turf toe that held Price out of the All-Star game is of little concern. It’s a tough match-up, to say the least, but Price remains a must use option in all formats.
John Jaso – Tampa Bay Rays – In a post on his blog (click here to view) Topkin is reporting that, “The Rays have called up C Jose Lobaton and LHP Jake McGee and put C John Jaso on the 15-day DL with a right oblique strain.” Kelly Shoppach figures to get the bulk of the playing time while Jaso is out of action. In two-catcher formats he could be viable (he has struggled thus far in 2010 hitting .168 with 5 HR in 125 AB, though he has shown promise in the past), so if you are in need of some help he is worth grabbing.
Brett Anderson – Oakland Athletics – According to Susan Slusser (via Twitter), “Tommy John surgery for Brett Anderson. Out at least a year.” Just terrible news for a pitcher who many thought could fully breakout in 2011. He leaves behind a 4.00 ERA and 1.33 WHIP on the season. At this point he’ll be out of action until late in 2012, at the earliest, and could ultimately not return until 2013. As it is, he is not likely going to be a usable option until ’13, so feel free to drop him and move on.
Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers – He hadn’t played since July 2, but he returned to the lineup last night and went 2-4 with 1 R. That extended his hitting streak to 23 games. He appears to be healthy and obviously is a must use option in all formats.
Vladimir Guerrero – Baltimore Orioles – According to Roch Kubatko (via Twitter), “Vladimir Guerrero not in #orioles lineup because of sore wrist.” Remember, Guerrero left the final game before the All-Star Break after being hit by a pitch in the wrist. Subsequent tests were negative, so he should continue to be considered day-to-day at this point. Hopefully he’ll be back in the lineup in the next day or two.
Jake Peavy – Chicago White Sox – There had been reports that he could be moved back in the rotation, but Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune (click here for the article) confirmed it yesterday. He reported that, “The Chicago White Sox will give Jake Peavy more time to build strength in his right shoulder by pushing his next start from Sunday at Detroit to Tuesday night at Kansas City.” Phil Humber will move up to take Peavy’s spot.
Jim Thome – Minnesota Twins – Joe Christensen (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Thome scratched because he needs another day for his sprained toe.” Consider him day-to-day for now.
Luke Scott – Baltimore Orioles – According to Jeff Zrebiec (via Twitter), “Luke scott will have a cortisone shot tomorrow. He’s elgible to come off dl on tues but that’s probably not going to happen.” If you are in a format where he is a viable option just keep in stashed on your bench for now.