Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays – After being leaving last night’s game after being hit with a pitch in the helmet, Mike Wilner (via Twitter) is reporting that the Blue Jays, “announce that Bautista was taken out for precautionary measures and is day to day. But then, who isn’t?” Later in the evening Richard Griffen tweeted, “Bautista no signs or symptoms of concussion is expected to start on Wednesday.” That’s certainly great news and it appears that Bautista has dodged a major bullet. Monitor the pregame lineup today, just in case, but it appears that Bautista is going to be fine.
Brian McCann – Atlanta Braves – David O’Brien (via Twitter) is reporting that, “McCann strained left oblique, going on 15-day DL tomorrow”. A very tough break for the Braves, who have seen their Wild Card lead over the Diamondbacks shrink to just 3.5 games and now are in desperate need of a bat in the middle of their lineup. Could they decide to overpay to acquire Carlos Beltran now? It is certainly something to keep an eye on over the next day or two, as they are not going to want to wait around and watch things get even tighter. David Ross will likely see regular AB in McCann’s absence, though he should be viewed just as an option in two-catcher formats.
Josh Johnson – Florida Marlins – According to John Heyman (via Twitter), “josh johnson isnt expected to pitch for #marlins again in ’11. no serious damage and no expectation of surgery, tho.” At this point this news shouldn’t shock you in the least. At least we can take solace in the fact that does not appear to be a serious injury, meaning he should not have a problem being ready for 2012. If you are in a yearly league you may want to wait a week or two, just in case something changes, but it doesn’t appear like he is going to make any type of an impact this season.
Gaby Sanchez – Florida Marlins – According to Steven Miller of mlb.com (click here for the article), “Marlins manager Jack McKeon initially penciled Gaby Sanchez into the No. 3 hole in the lineup and at first base on Tuesday, but that changed about three hours before the game. Sanchez went out for early work Tuesday at Nationals Park and felt tightness in his hamstring, prompting McKeon to give him a day off in favor of Greg Dobbs.” It is not expected to be a serious injury and he could even return to the lineup today (according to a quote from Jack McKeon in the article). Consider him day-to-day and monitor the pre-game lineup. While he was hitless on Sunday, he had gone 4-8 with 3 HR, 5 RBI and 3 R in the previous two games and is a good play in all formats when healthy.
Tim Lincecum – San Francisco Giants – Don’t be concerned that he was scratched from last night’s start. According to Chris Haft of mlb.com (click here for the article), “Stricken by an apparent stomach virus, Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum was scratched from his scheduled start and replaced by Barry Zito for Tuesday night’s series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies.” The article goes on to say that, if ready, Lincecum could start today. Keep checking the news and hope that he can beat this quickly.
Jordan Schafer – Atlanta Braves – According to David O’Brien (via Twitter), “Schafer’s finger is still bothering him, #Braves CF is going to be scrached from lineup and might have to go on DL”. If he’s viable in your format all you can do is shift him to your bench and stay tuned for the latest. Be prepared for him to be out for 15 days, however.
Joe Blanton – Philadelphia Phillies – David Hale (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Blanton has nerve damage, more tests needed. Contreras had PRP injection. Both are a ways off. Blanton unlikely to start again in 2011.” If you were holding out hope that he could return this season, it appears safe to move on at this point.
Lance Berkman – St. Louis Cardinals – Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch (click here for the post) is reporting that, “After further review, Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday will miss tonight’s game against Houston with a stomach illness and outfielder Lance Berkman will return to the lineup. That’s according to the second lineup unveiled this afternoon by Cardinals manager Tony La Russa. Initially, Holliday was in the lineup and Berkman was scheduled to miss his second straight game because of a sore shoulder/rotator cuff.” Unfortunately it appears that he may have returned a little too soon. According to Matthew Leach of mlblogs.com (click here for the post), “Lance Berkman was removed from Tuesday night’s game against the Astros when his sore right shoulder acted up again. The Cardinals outfielder will visit with a doctor on Wednesday to have the joint examined, and could receive a shot of anti-inflammatory medicine at that time.” Even if the injury is a minor one, Berkman will likely sit for a few days to make sure it does not turn into a major issue. Monitor the pregame lineup, but if you are in a daily format you will want to have an alternative in place.
Vladimir Guerrero – Baltimore Orioles – He came off the DL to hit cleanup, going 1-5 with 1 R. While he doesn’t appear to be the same player that he was in 2010, the potential is still there to get hot. Keep him stashed if you are in need of a power surge, just in case.
J.J. Putz – Arizona Diamondbacks – According to Nick Piecoro (via Twitter), “J.J. Putz is back from the DL and Gibson says he’ll close tonight. Putz’s fastball was 93-94 mph in most recent game for Reno, Gibson says.” This clears up the debate on if Putz would immediately return to the role or be eased back into it. David Hernandez, who was outstanding in Putz’ absence, returns to a setup role.
Kevin Youkilis – Boston Red Sox – Unsurprisingly, he was out of the lineup last night. Hopefully he can return today, but monitor the pregame lineup for now.
Chipper Jones – Atlanta Braves – He didn’t start, though he was used as a pinch hitter in last night’s 19-inning affair. For now, continue to view him as day-to-day.