Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Clay Buchholz – Boston Red Sox – Alex Speier of WEEI.com (click here for the article) is reporting that, “A source familiar with the matter suggested that it is more than obligation that is prompting this consultation. Instead, the source suggested that the Sox are ‘very concerned’ that the issue is not muscular, but instead could involve a structural issue such as a bone.” At this point all we can do is sit, wait and hope to get some good news. Originally thought to be a muscle strain, it is starting to look like it could be significantly more than that. He’ll be reevaluated soon, so hopefully we get some more answers.
Rickie Weeks – Milwaukee Brewers – As expected Weeks hit the DL yesterday, according to Adam McCalvy of mlb.com (click here for the article). The articles states that, “The Brewers expect second baseman Rickie Weeks to miss 2-6 weeks with a severely sprained left ankle, but he will not need surgery, a mixed outcome for a team that must move on without one of its best hitters.” The newly acquired Felipe Lopez will man the position, at least for now, though it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the team import another option.
Chien-Ming Wang – Washington Nationals – According to Adam Kilgore (via Twitter), “Chien-Ming Wang still all set for tomorrow. He’ll throw 80-90 pitches, Davey said.” He’ll make his first Major League start today since July 4, 2009. He has gone 2-1 with a 3.14 ERA, 17 K and 4 BB over six rehab starts (28.2 innings), but is really a complete unknown at this point. He was a low-end option back when he was healthy (due to the lack of strikeouts), and that was two years ago. In deeper formats he may be worth stashing, but he should be no where near stating lineups at the moment.
Carl Crawford – Boston Red Sox – Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Crawford is out with a strained left elbow. Received shot after Tuesday’s game. Said he’s fine and will be back in lineup tomorrow.” He was healthy enough to enter as a pinch hitter yesterday, going 0-1. Monitor the pregame lineup, but it appears that he will likely be active today.
Chipper Jones – Atlanta Braves – According to Carroll Rodgers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (click here for the post), “Chipper Jones was out of the lineup for the third straight game Thursday night – this time missing his “Bobblehead Night” – since straining his right quadriceps muscle on Monday night. He is likely another two or three days away at least.” In other words, we should anticipate him being out through the weekend with the potential of being out longer. Whenever you are a Jones owner, you have to have a replacement at the ready, so you should already have been prepared for this.
B.J. Upton – Tampa Bay Rays – After missing a game due to a minor quad injury he was back in the starting lineup yesterday, going 1-3 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 1 R. It appears safe to keep him active in all formats.
Alexi Casilla – Minnesota Twins – According to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com (click here for the article), “The Twins received a blow to their middle infield on Thursday, as second baseman Alexi Casilla was diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain to his right hamstring and is expected to be out for two to three weeks, according to head trainer Rick McWane.” Luke Hughes took his spot on the roster and could see some time there going forward, sharing time with Matt Tolbert (who started yesterday) and Trevor Plouffe. Unfortunately, with no one likely to get full-time duties, none will be viable options.
Nick Punto – St. Louis Cardinals – According to the team’s Twitter feed, “Punto removed from the game with a strained left oblique. Descalso playing 2nd.” You would have to think the DL is a very realistic possibility at this point.