Injury Report: August 11: Matt Holliday, Justin Morneau, Tommy Hanson & More

Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:

Matt Holliday – St. Louis Cardinals – According to Matthew Leach of MLBlogs (click here for the post), “Matt Holliday was a late scratch from Wednesday’s lineup, with Jon Jay moving into the starting nine, but Holliday downplayed the severity of the back discomfort he’s feeling. The Cardinals’ star outfielder ‘tweaked’ a muscle in the area of his left lower back while preparing to lift weights prior to Wednesday’s game against the Brewers.”  It appears to be a minor injury and it is safe to consider him day-to-day for the time being.  Still, any time it is a back injury you have to at least be mildly concerned.  Monitor the pregame lineup and hope that he can return by the weekend.

Tommy Hanson – Atlanta Braves – According to Mark Bowman (via Twitter), “Tests showed no structural damage in Hanson’s shoulder. Still scheduled to return Tuesday.”  Very, very good news and hopefully a little bit of rest is all that he needed to get things back on track.  He had been struggling, allowing 24 ER over 26.2 IP in his previous five starts.  His first start back will be risky, as it will be similar to a first start off the DL, but against the Giants he is not an unusable option.  Once he proves healthy and gets a start under his belt, however, he will definitely return to must start status.

Justin Morneau – Minnesota Twins – MLB.com’s Rhett Bolinger (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Morneau to rejoin #Twins on Friday in Cleveland”.  Morneau has been out of action since June 9 due to a herniated disk in his neck (which he had surgery on).  Remember, his season ended on July 7 in 2010, so he’s had just 213 AB over the past 13 months.  In five games at Triple-A he has hit .409 with 0 HR and 5 RBI in 22 AB, an encouraging sign.  Still, given how little he’s played recently it is hard to imagine him stepping back into the Major Leagues and thriving out of the gate.  We all know the potential he has, but I would proceed with caution initially.

J.J. Putz – Arizona Diamondbacks – Anthony French & Steve Gilbert of mlb.com (click here for the article) have a quote from manager Kirk Gibson saying, “J.J.’s been on the DL for us and [Tuesday] night he exerted a lot and he was just a little … we don’t want to push him right now, so we went with David”.  There doesn’t appear to be any concern, so keep Putz active in all formats.

Hanley Ramirez – Florida Marlins – According to Joe Frisaro & Christina De Nicola of mlb.com (click here for the article), “Ramirez was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 3, with a sprained left shoulder. The earliest the 27-year-old shortstop can be reinstated is Aug. 18, when the team is at San Diego.”  It seemed inevitable at this point, didn’t it?  Fantasy owners have already been operating without him for about a week, so you should already be prepared for life without him.  Hopefully he can return quickly.

Brandon Phillips – Cincinnati Reds – John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer (click here for the post) is reporting that, “Phillips tweeted that he got two diagnosis: Traumatic lateral epicondylitis and a contusion to lateral extensor mechanism.”  That’s better news than possible, though it appears likely that he misses a few days.  Consider him day-to-day for now, but have an alternative in place that you don’t mind using.

Zack Cozart – Cincinnati Reds – In the same article Fay is reporting that, “Zack Cozart said he will have surgery Friday to repair his hyper-extended left elbow.”  He leaves behind a .324 average to go along with 2 HR and 3 RBI in 37 AB.  He will likely have a chance to win the starting job in Spring Training, so keep his name in mind.

Alex Cobb – Tampa Bay Rays – According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times (via Twitter), “Alex Cobb to undergo season-ending surgery to remove ‘blockage’ from area of first rib on right side. Should be ready for 2012”.  It’s a tough break for the rookie who posted a 3.42 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 9 starts (52.2 IP).  He has potential and could be a sleeper on draft day in 2012.

Nate Schierholtz – San Francisco Giants –
According to Steve Kroner of The San Francisco Chronicle (click here for the post), “Nate Schierholtz hurt his right hip scoring from first base on Cody Ross’ bloop single in the eighth inning Tuesday night. When I asked Schierholtz this morning if he figured it’s an injury that will last only a day or two, he said, ‘If it’s a day, I’d be pretty happy.’”  He’s a low-end option to begin with, so if you are utilizing him you should be able to find an alternative fairly easily.

Derrek Lee – Pittsburgh Pirates – Rob Biertempfel (via Twitter) is reporting that, “scratch derrek lee (hand) from lineup”.  He missed a few games earlier in the week due to the issue, but after playing back-to-back days he is once again on the bench.  Hopefully it’s just a one-day rest, but time will tell.

Justin Ruggiano – Tampa Bay Rays – According to Anthony Chiang of mlb.com (click here for the article), “Tampa Bay recalled Brignac on Wednesday as outfielder Justin Ruggiano was put on the 15-day disabled list with left knee bursitis.”  He’s more of a reserve option for the Rays and should be easily replaced.

Chris Narveson – Milwaukee Brewers – Tim Haudricourt (via Twitter) is reporting that, “LHP Chris Narveson sliced thumb with scissors trying to repair glove. Eight stitches. Will miss next start at least.”  Well that’s a new one, isn’t it?  He was ultimately placed on the DL, so adjust accordingly.

Dee Gordon – Los Angeles Dodgers – According to the Los Angeles Times (click here for the article), “Gordon had an MRI exam Wednesday morning that Manager Don Mattingly said showed a bruised right shoulder.”  The article says that he will be placed on the DL, which is a tough blow for the rookie as he was set to play regularly the rest of the way.  It doesn’t appear likely that he misses more than the minimum, though, so keep him stashed in all formats.

Angel Pagan – New York Mets – Michael Baron of Mets Blog (click here for the post) is reporting that, “Angel Pagan left tonight’s game with back spasms.”  And the hits just keep coming for the Mets.  Consider him day-to-day for now.

Asdrubal Cabrera – Cleveland Indians – According to Jordan Bastian of mlb.com (via Twitter), “Acta: Cabrera was pulled for precautionary reasons. No X-rays necessary on sore foot after being hit by pitch.”  Seems minor enough and nothing to worry about.  Consider him day-to-day, but don’t be surprised to see him in the lineup tonight.

Brennan Boesch – Detroit Tigers – According to Jason Beck (via Twitter), “Boesch left after aggravating right thumb sprain. Being sent for precautionary X-rays. “  He would later follow up on the situation saying, “X-rays negative on Boesch. MRI tomorrow, but thinking right now is it’s not serious. Boesch won’t rule out tomorrow, but unlikely.”  Hopefully we get a better read on the situation today, but consider him day-to-day for the time being.

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