Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Jose Reyes – New York Mets – According to Mike Mazzeo of ESPN (via Twitter), “Reyes said he feels ‘normal, no concern’”. With that news it would appear likely that he is going to return from the DL any day now. Even if he misses a few games early in the week (Michael Baron of Mets Blog, click here for the post, is reporting that, “After today’s 8-5 loss to the Phillies, Terry Collins told reporters Jose Reyes will rehab with the Brooklyn Cyclones tomorrow. Collins said he expects Reyes to play just one game for Brooklyn, and could be activated shortly thereafter.”), there is absolutely no reason to leave him on your bench. Four or five games of Reyes is likely better than any other option you could possibly throw out there.
Carl Crawford – Boston Red Sox – Mike Scandura of The Boston Globe (click here for the article) is reporting that, “Carl Crawford completed his two-game rehab assignment last night with the Pawtucket Red Sox without reinjuring his left hamstring. Crawford will meet the big club in Baltimore tomorrow for a three-game series.” Great news for fantasy owners, who have been without Crawford for about a month. While he hasn’t played particularly well this season, hitting .243 with 6 HR, 31 RBI, 33 R and 8 SB, he is a must use option when healthy. Get him back in your lineup in all formats.
Grady Sizemore – Cleveland Indians – Jordan Bastian of mlb.com (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Acta: Sizemore will head back to Cleveland for tests on his right knee. More info Monday.” It’s possible that the team is just being extremely cautious, given his history, but that certainly doesn’t ease concerns for now. If you are in a weekly format, you probably want to go with a safer alternative just in case.
Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers – While he is a big risk, at this point it appears that he’s worth using for the coming week. Considering that he appeared as a pinch hitter yesterday, it certainly doesn’t appear to be a risk that he’s headed to the DL. Since you don’t have a replacement that comes close to matching his potential, he should be active in all formats.
Jon Lester – Boston Red Sox – Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe (click here for the post) is reporting that, “Jon Lester will return to the Red Sox rotation on July 26 against Kansas City. The lefty, who is out with a lat strain, wanted to pitch this Friday against Seattle. But the Red Sox want to make sure he is at full capacity.” Great news for fantasy owners, who will have to go one more week without him. However, he’s getting close, which is tremendous news.
Jimmy Rollins – Philadelphia Phillies – Phil Anastasia of the Philadelphia Inquirer (click here for the article) is reporting that, “Manuel also said Rollins had “tightness” in his right leg early in the game.” It doesn’t appear to be a serious situation, as he was in the lineup yesterday hitting leadoff and playing shortstop. It is certainly a situation that should be monitored, but at this point he is a must use option in all formats.
Austin Jackson – Detroit Tigers – Terry Foster of the Detroit News (click here for the article) is reporting that, “Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson could be headed to the disabled list, but the Tigers are waiting to see if his injured left wrist heals with rest. Jackson said he is suffering from a swollen tendon and that he aggravates it every time he swings a bat.” He hasn’t had an at bat since July 7 and you would think that the Tigers’ hands are going to be forced before long. He is struggling this season (.245 average), though does bring the potential to score runs (43) and steal bases (15), making him a low-end option when healthy. For now, however, fantasy owners should be looking elsewhere.
Matt Joyce – Tampa Bay Rays – According to Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune (click here for the post), “Matt Joyce, who fouled a pitch off the inside of his right knee Saturday, was scratch from the lineup because the knee stiffened up on him before batting practice.” Ben Zobrist moved to the OF, with Sean Rodriguez gaining the start at 2B. For now Joyce should be considered day-to-day, though Joyce’s production has certainly diminished overall of late (though he has homered in two of his past three games). He’s a low-end option in five-outfielder formats.
Shaun Marcum – Milwaukee Brewers – According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (click here for the article), “Shaun Marcum tossed five solid innings before leaving with a strained neck and the Milwaukee Brewers held on to win consecutive road games for the first time in six weeks with a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.” At this point the talk is that it is a minor injury, though you have to think his upcoming start against the Giants is in jeopardy. Unless we get more definitive news prior to the roster deadline today, those in weekly formats will probably want to go with a safer option.
Scott Baker – Minnesota Twins – According to Joe Christensen of the Minnesota Star Tribune (click here for the post), “The Twins placed starting pitcher Scott Baker on the 15-day disabled list with a strained flexor muscle in his right elbow following Sunday’s 4-3 victory over Kansas City.” It’s a bit of a surprise, as the recent news had him coming out of a bullpen session fine and expected to make his start today. Instead, Anthony Swarzak and Scott Diamond will start the double-header today, with Baker potentially returning on Friday against the Tigers (though he’ll be a big risk for that start). He had been pitching exceptionally well, so hopefully this is just a minor setback. For now stash him on your bench and await his return to the mound.
Tom Gorzelanny – Washington Nationals – According to William Ladson (via Twitter), “left-hander Tom Gorzelanny left today’s game because of a twisted right ankle. He is listed as day to day.” He was scheduled to take on the Dodgers in the coming week, but time will tell.
Omar Infante – Florida Marlins – According to Juan C. Rodriguez (via Twitter) Infante was out of yesterday’s lineup due to a “Sore knee. Back tomorrow RT”. It’s certainly safe to consider him day-to-day for the time being, though he should be considered a low-end option. Emilio Bonifacio moved over to 2B yesterday with Greg Dobbs filling in at 3B.
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