Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Nelson Cruz – Texas Rangers – According to Anthony Andro (via Twitter), “Washington said Cruz passed all tests on his quad but might not play on turf in rest of the series.” Cruz left last night’s game with the injury, though it appears to be an extremely minor one. Monitor the pregame lineup over the next two days, but if the Rangers chose to play it safe (which they likely will), Cruz may not play again until Tuesday in Detroit.
Adrian Gonzalez – Boston Red Sox – According to Nick Cafardo (via Twitter), “Adrian gonzalez late scratch with stiff neck. Youk to first and drew sutton to third.” He should be considered day-to-day at this point. Gonzalez has lived up to the hype in his first year in Boston, hitting .352 with 17 HR, 87 RBI and 74 R in 420 AB. Monitor the pregame lineup, but he’ll likely be back over the weekend.
Denard Span – Minnesota Twins – Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune (click here for the article) is reporting that, “Twins center fielder Denard Span said he’s looking forward to playing his final rehab game for Class AAA Rochester on Friday night and expects to rejoin the big league club this weekend in Oakland.” Christensen later added via Twitter that, “Gardy said he wants Span to play 5-6 games in a row for AAA Rochester. Goal is to activate him Tuesday in Anaheim.” Span has been out since June 6 due to a concussion. His name has been surfacing in trade rumors of late, so it will be interesting to see if his return to health spurs a deal. At this point he’ll join a crowded outfield, with Ben Revere, Jason Kubel and Delmon Young also in the mix for playing time. Revere figures to be the one to lose time (though Young has been unimpressive with 2 HR in 2bb AB), but time will tell. At this point, if you are an owner of any of these guys you will need to tread carefully and see how the time plays out.
Nate McLouth – Atlanta Braves – According to Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution (click here for the post), “Outfielder Jose Constanza arrived at Turner Field about 5:15 p.m. Friday afternoon, just in time from a flight from Durham to get in uniform and meet the Braves on the field where they were already taking batting practice. He had just over two hours to prepare for his first ever major league start, in center field and the leadoff spot in place of the injured Nate McLouth.” McLouth joins Jordan Schafer on the DL, leaving the team to turn to the 27-year old Constanza who was hitting .312 with 1 HR, 25 RBI, 47 R and 23 SB at Triple-A. He has stolen as many as 49 bases in the minor leagues, though it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Braves import another option prior to the trading deadline. If you need speed you can take a flier, but be prepared to move on quickly.
Erik Bedard – Seattle Mariners – His first start off the DL did little to impress teams considering a trade for him as he was rocked by the Rays for 5 ER on 3 H and 4 BB, striking out 2, over 1.1 innings of work. Don’t read too much into the outing, as I always say a pitchers first start back is always a risky one, but the outing could cement his place in Seattle the rest of the way. That may hurt his wins potential, but he should get back on track in his next outing against the A’s.
Chien-Ming Wang – Washington Nationals – Making his first start in two years Wang was shaky, as expected. He allowed 6 runs (4 earned) on 8 H and 1 BB, striking out 2, over 6.0 innings of work. He should improve, but you need to give him time. At this point the only owners who may want to consider him are those in NL-only formats.
Gaby Sanchez – Florida Marlins – In his first game since July 24 Sanchez was back in the #3 hole, going 1-4. It appears safe to get him back active in all formats.
Kenley Jansen – Los Angeles Dodgers – According to A.J. Cassavell of mlb.com (click here for the article), “The Dodgers placed right-handed reliever Kenley Jansen on the disabled list Friday with a cardiac arrhythmia. It came three days after he was taken to the hospital with an irregular heartbeat.” The move is a precautionary one. If he has value as a setup man in your format keep him stashed for now.