Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Jose Reyes – New York Mets – According to Michael Baron of Mets Blog (click here for the post), “This afternoon on WFAN, Sandy Alderson was a guest of Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts and said it was very likely Jose Reyes could miss two to three weeks after straining his left hamstring yesterday.” He has been placed on the DL. It’s the second time he has been on the DL since July 1 with a hamstring injury and you have to start to wonder how much it will impact what teams offer him in free agency this winter. With Ruben Tejada likely seeing the bulk of the time at shortstop while Reyes is out, fantasy owners should be looking elsewhere for a replacement.
Chase Headley – San Diego Padres – According to Corey Brock of mlb.com (click here for the article), “San Diego third-base prospect James Darnell took a flight to New York late Sunday and is expected to join the team for the start of a four-game series against the Mets on Monday.” He will replace Headley who “will miss an undetermined amount of playing time” according to Brock. Darnell was ranked by Baseball America as the team’s 12th best prospect prior to the season, though he has outperformed that status in 2011. Splitting time between Double and Triple-A, Darnell has hit .317 with 23 HR, 75 RBI and 80 R over 391 AB. He also has struck out 70 times vs. 64 walks (22:12 at Triple-A). He has been struggling recently (.175, 0 HR, 2 RBI in his last 10 games) and doesn’t get to call the best ballpark home. Still, in deeper formats, he’s an intriguing option to take a flier on if you are in need of a 3B.
Logan Morrison – Florida Marlins – Joe Capozzi of The Palm Beach Post (click here for the post), “LoMo said his right knee is swollen and stiff, and he’s worried the five stitches he got yesterday to close a cut might pop.” Consider him day-to-day, though it doesn’t appear likely that he is out of the lineup for long.
Hanley Ramirez – Florida Marlins – In the same post Capozzi is reporting that, “Hanley said he might be out another day or two because his left shoulder still isn’t right.” He has not appeared in a game since August 2 and at this point if he isn’t ready in the next day or two you have to think that a trip to the DL is in his future. All you really could do is sit tight and hope he can return before long.
Brendon Ryan – Seattle Mariners – Larry Larue (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Nothing official yet, but #Mariners SS Brendan Ryan appears headed to the DL with a shoulder strain. INF Luis Rodriguez is the likely move.” Ryan has been hitting recently, going 6-12 with 1 RBI and 3 R over his previous three games. However, hitting .263 with 2 HR and 8 SB in 358 AB this season, if you are in a format where he has value you should be able to find a viable alternative on the waiver wire.
Carlos Beltran – San Francisco Giants – According to Amy Gutierrez (via Twitter), “Bochy says #sfgiants Carlos Beltran is not available today. Currently undergoing an MRI. Hand is still sore.” Not good news. Keep your fingers crossed at this point and wait for more information to become available.
Placido Polanco – Philadelphia Phillies – According to Jim Salisbury (via Twitter), “Amaro says Polanco has sports hernia. Hopes to play thru it but surgery possible. Would not be season ending. Amaro said”. Time will tell, but as I’ve said regarding Polanco before he is not a great option to begin with due to having little power and little speed. He should be benched (or dropped) in all formats, depending on your situation.
Scott Baker – Minnesota Twins – Joe Christensen (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Scott Baker could be heading back to DL. Having trouble getting loose. Still flexor muscle issue in elbow. Meeting with docs Tues.” It could help to explain his less than stellar outing against the Red Sox last night, allowing 5 ER on 9 H and 0 BB, striking out 5, over 6.0 IP. Monitor the news, but owners should be preparing for life without him once again.
Derrek Lee – Pittsburgh Pirates – Lee went 1-4, striking out 3 times, in his return to the Pirates lineup. He hadn’t played since August 3, so give him a little bit of time. Of course, he really has only had one big day since the trade and shouldn’t be considered a must use option.
J.J. Hardy – Baltimore Orioles – You wouldn’t have known Hardy hadn’t played since August 4, going 3-5 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 1 R in his return to the lineup. Is he a lock to continue at this torrid pace? No, but he has definitely reestablished himself as a viable option.
Jed Lowrie – Boston Red Sox – Off the DL, Lowrie went 1-4 and is not a lock to play every day. He should share time at shortstop with Marco Scutaro, so he isn’t the strongest play.