Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Adrian Beltre – Texas Rangers – Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas is reporting (via Twitter), “Beltre MRI showed Grade I left hamstring strain, least severe of strains, on 15 DL.” Not very surprising news at all and Michael Young could slide into the 3B job while Beltre is out of action (though he didn’t get that spot last night). In regards to Young’s long-term value, he has played just 4 games at 3B this season and was in position to lose his eligibility there for 2012. If he plays there while Beltre is out it would appear likely that he reaches 20 games by year’s end, so keep that in mind when evaluating him. As for replacing Beltre on the roster, Gerry Farley of the Dallas Morning News (click here for the article) is reporting that, “The club recalled Chris Davis from Triple-A Round Rock to fill the roster spot. Davis was hitting .368 with 24 homers and 66 RBIs in only 193 at-bats in the Pacific Coast League. He has played first base, third base and left field this season.” He could see time at the corner infield positions (he played 3B last night), as well as being utilized as the team’s DH. If you need some power, he certainly has the potential to produce, despite consistently disappointing in the past. In deeper formats, he’s worth the flier.
Scott Baker – Minnesota Twins – The team limited him in his first outing since July 5, when he left with a strained elbow, as he threw just 82 pitches. He showed no signs of an issue, though, tossing 5.0 shutout innings allowing 3 H and 1 BB, striking out 5, in a win over the Tigers. He has now allowed 0 ER in three of his past four starts and 1 ER or less in four of his past five. He’s a viable option in all formats, though with his next start coming in Texas I could understand being cautious. It’s an extremely difficult matchup, so proceed at your own risk.
Alex Presley – Pittsburgh Pirates – According to Rob Biertempfel (via Twitter), “#Pirates scratch LF Alex Presley (bruised thumb)”. In a separate tweet Biertempfel reported that, “LF Presley on sore thumb: ‘I’m not able to handle the bat.’ No X-rays yet, he said. ‘I don’t want to get into what it feels like.’” Presley is currently carrying a .333 average to go along with 1 HR, 9 RBI, 12 R and 4 SB over 81 AB. He is more of an NL-only option, though depending on your team needs he could be viable in deeper five-outfielder formats. For now, however, he should be considered day-to-day.
Will Venable – San Diego Padres – According to Corey Brock of mlb.com (click here for the article), “Right fielder Will Venable was a late scratch from Saturday’s game against the Phillies because of two sore hamstrings.” He was replaced in the field by Chris Denofria, with Cameron Maybin being pushed into the leadoff spot. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Zack Cozart – Cincinnati Reds – Mark Sheldon of mlb.com (click here for the article) is reporting that, “Reds rookie shortstop Zack Cozart came out of Saturday’s 11-2 win over the Braves because of a hyperextended left elbow.” Sheldon went on to say that, “X-rays were negative on Cozart’s elbow. It is not known how much time he might miss.” We’ll have to wait for further update, but for now you shouldn’t plan on using him in any format.
Dan Uggla – Atlanta Braves – One day after delivering a go ahead pinch hit home run Uggla returned to the Braves starting lineup going 1-3 with 1 R. He is now on a 14-game hitting streak, though 11 of the past 12 have been 1-hit games. Still, with his potential, he should be active in all formats.
Luke Scott – Baltimore Orioles – According to mlb.com’s Brittany Ghiroli (click here for the post), “You know by now that Luke Scott is down for the season and will see Dr. James Andrews and get a second opinion on his right shoulder –which has a S.L.A.P tear –before deciding to go the rehab or surgical route.” It’s a tough break for Scott, who can safely be dropped in all formats at this point.
Jason Bay – New York Mets – He returned to the Mets lineup, but does anyone care? He went 0-4 yesterday and remains an unusable option until he shows us something.
Juan Uribe – Los Angeles Dodgers – According to Blair Angulo of ESPN Los Angeles (click here for the article), “Team doctors were expected to examine Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Juan Uribe for a lower abdomen strain after Saturday night’s 7-6 win against the Washington Nationals, manager Don Mattingly said.” Uribe is hitting just .204 with 4 HR and 28 RBI over 270 AB this season and is more of a bench option for now. We all know he has upside, but he needs to start producing in order to be a viable option.
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