Injury Report: July 16: Jose Bautista, Carlos Gonzalez, Josh Beckett & More

Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:

Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays –John Lott of the National Post (click here for the article) has a quote from Blue Jays’ manager John Farrell saying, “Optimistically, we’re thinking Sunday. If not, it could possibly be Tuesday”.  Certainly good news, but all you can do is monitor the pregame lineup and hope at this point.

Carlos Gonzalez – Colorado Rockies – According to Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post (click here for the article), “As for Gonzalez, he hit off a tee Thursday afternoon, but he’s not making any predictions about when he will return to the lineup.”  Gonzalez was quoted as saying, “I don’t want to make any stupid moves, so I have to wait this out”.  Dexter Fowler was recalled, but don’t be so quick to write Gonzalez off.  Troy Renck (via Twitter) reported that, “Cargo expects to play tomorrow. Good bp”.  Certainly good news, but check the pregame lineup just to be safe.  Plus, we’ve been down this path with him about a week ago, so you may not want to exhale until he comes out of the first game without incident.

Josh Beckett – Boston Red Sox – Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Josh Beckett will start Sunday.”  Great news after he was forced out of his previous start due to a minor knee injury.  He’ll take on the Tampa Bay Rays (he is 1-0 against them this season, throwing a complete game 1-hit shutout) and is a good play in all formats.

Placido Polanco – Philadelphia Phillies – According to mlb.com (click here for the article), “Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco was placed on the 15-day disabled list with lower back inflammation on Friday, retroactive to July 5, and reliever Ryan Madson was activated from the DL, filling the spot on the 25-man roster.”  It’s not a surprise that Polanco was placed on the DL as he hasn’t played since July 4 and still was not ready.

Ryan Madson – Philadelphia Phillies – As was noted in the update on Polanco, Madson has been taken off the DL.  He should step right back into the closers role.  Antonio Bastardo has pitched well, but he’ll return to a setup role for now.  Madson returns to a 2.03 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 34 K in 31.0 innings of work.  He clearly is a must use option in all formats.

Fausto Carmona – Cleveland Indians – Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer (click here for the article) has a quote from manager Manny Acta, saying, “We’re not anticipating any issues. I think he’s ready to start Monday.”  It’s great that he’s returning, but he’s been struggling this year (5.78 ERA, 1.41 WHIP) and is a recommended option at this point.

Carlos Zambrano – Chicago Cubs – According to Chris De Luca of the Chicago Sun-Times (click here for the article), “Veteran pitcher Carlos Zambrano, who is on the disabled list because of back pain, threw on the side before the game Thursday and remains on target to pitch Saturday against the Marlins.”  He’s not a recommended option in his first start off the DL, though he does have the potential for usability.  Just monitor him for now.

Jose Tabata – Pittsburgh Pirates – According to Rob Biertempfel (via Twitter), “OF Jose Tabata (strained quad) had slight setback (tightness in leg) last night, will NOT play tonight for Indy in rehab assignment”.  Consider it minor, at least for now.  Time will tell how big of a setback this is however.  Just keep him stashed for the time being.

Peter Bourjos – Los Angeles Angels – Bill Plunkett (via Twitter) is reporting that, “#Angels put Bourjos on DL. Amarista on his way from Triple A. Retro move. Will be eligible to return next Saturday.”  And Mike Trout gains a little bit more time to make an impression at the Major League level.  He started his career just 1-9 and really needs to start producing if he wants to stick once Bourjos is ready to return.

Austin Jackson – Detroit Tigers – According to Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago (via Twitter), “Tigers’ Austin Jackson is scratched with a sore wrist. Andy Dirks will lead off for Detroit. 1st pitch of 2nd half in less than an hour.”  Apparently the All-Star Break didn’t offer enough time for Jackson to fully recover.  Could a stint on the DL be in his future?  Be prepared, just in case.

Martin Prado – Atlanta Braves – Welcome back from the DL Mr. Prado, who went 2-5 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R while filling in at 3B for the injured Chipper Jones.  He may not be the best source of power, but with eligibility at 2B, 3B and OF, there should be a spot in your lineup for him.  Activate him in all formats.

Pat Burrell – San Francisco Giants – According to Chris Haft of mlb.com (click here for the article), “Hector Sanchez completed his seemingly inevitable rise to the Major Leagues on Friday as the Giants purchased the catcher’s contract from Triple-A Fresno.  Sanchez replaced left fielder Pat Burrell, who went on the 15-day disabled list with a mild right foot strain.”  Cody Ross will see the bulk of the time in the outfield, outside of a deadline deal, but the bigger news is the arrival of Sanchez.  Between Double-A and Triple-A this season he was hitting .302 with 8 HR and 58 RBI in 258 AB.  He has the potential to draw significant playing time, or at least share time with Eli Whiteside, so if you are in a two-catcher format he certainly is worth monitoring.

Eric Thames – Toronto Blue Jays – Arden Zwelling (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Eric Thames has cramping in his left leg.”  He was lifted yesterday but it certainly doesn’t appear to be anything concerning.  We’ll consider him day-to-day for now.

Chase Headley – San Diego Padres – According to Mark Thompson of mlb.com (click here for the article), “Third baseman Chase Headley, who took himself out of Thursday’s game in the seventh inning after hitting a foul ball off his left ankle in the fifth, left Friday’s game in the bottom of the first inning with a strained lower right calf.”  He’s going to miss at least a few days, most likely, and don’t be surprised if a trip to the DL is in his future.  He’s a low-end option as it is, so if you are using him simply move on to the next option for now.

Vladimir Guerrero – Baltimore Orioles – According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun (via Twitter), “Vlad guerrero said that x-rays taken yesterday showed a little bit of a ‘crack’ in a bone in right hand. He’s hoping to play through it.”  Original x-rays had come back clean, but this now gives us a good reason as to why he was forced to sit out the first game back after the All-Star Break.  While he may try to play through it, you have to think that it is going to have a major impact on his performance at the plate.  He’s hitting .279 with 7 HR and 31 RBI on the year and a stint on the DL should remain a very real possibility.  Owners have to be concerned at this point.

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