Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Hanley Ramirez – Florida Marlins – Joe Frisaro (via Twitter) is reporting that, “latest from Marlins TV crew is Hanley has discomfort in his shoulder, returning to Miami for evaluation”. Not good. Originally it was expected that Ramirez would return to the Marlins lineup by the end of the week, but that now appears to be highly unlikely. Hopefully we’ll get a little bit more information today, but at this point plan on going without him for at least a few more days, if not longer.
Tommy Hanson – Atlanta Braves – According to Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution (click here for the post), “A dye-contrasted MRI taken on Friday showed that Hanson has a small ‘undersurface’ rotator cuff tear, which typically doesn’t require surgery. Hanson said Andrews just called it normal wear and tear for a pitcher when Hanson visited him in his Pensacola, Fla. office on Monday.” Time will tell if he can actually return to the mound prior to the end of the regular season, though this is encouraging news.
Alex Rodriguez – New York Yankees – Mark Hale of the New York Post (via Twitter) is reporting that, “A-Rod admits Friday is probably the first time he can play. Got a cortisone shot.” Make your plans accordingly at this point. Obviously, all we can do is keep him stashed on the bench and hope that he can return for the weekend. Those in weekly formats, at least for now, should anticipate having him active next week.
Jose Tabata – Pittsburgh Pirates – Karen Price (via Twitter) is reporting that Jose Tabata missed last night’s game with “tenderness in his left wrist.” It would seem like this is a day-to-day situation, so owners should simply monitor the pregame lineup. He should be back quickly.
Kevin Youkilis – Boston Red Sox – According to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston (click here for the article), “Third baseman Kevin Youkilis also is scheduled to play for Pawtucket on Tuesday and Wednesday, Francona said, and will be re-activated Friday, the first day he is eligible to come off the 15-day DL, which he was placed on Aug. 18 with a lower back strain.” At a weak position, fantasy owners have definitely been anxiously awaiting his return to the lineup. He’s obviously a must use option when healthy, so get ready to activate him in all formats.
Justin Morneau – Minnesota Twins – Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune (click here for the article), “Twins first baseman Justin Morneau has been diagnosed with mild concussion symptoms. The symptoms (headache, fogginess) developed Monday, while he was also dealing with a sore left shoulder.” This is clearly not good news, considering Morneau missed a significant amount of time in 2010 due to a concussion. We’ll have to wait and see how things go, but shift him to your bench and prepare to be without him for an extended time. There is no reason for the Twins to be anything but cautious with him at this point.
Jayson Werth – Washington Nationals – According to Adam Kilgore (via Twitter), “No Jayson Werth, who’s dealing with a sore left foot and right hand, in the lineup today.” Consider him day-to-day and monitor the pregame lineup. It doesn’t sound like anything to be too concerned about at this point, however.
Russell Martin – New York Yankees – According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York (click here for the post), “Russell Martin didn’t play in part because he banged up his toe and thumb in Baltimore. Joe Girardi said he would have only played Tuesday in an emergency.” For now consider him day-to-day, but it doesn’t appear like he should be out for an extended period at all.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia – Boston Red Sox - Paul Flannery of WEEI (click here for the post) is reporting that, “Jarrod Saltalamacchia said he was sore, but X-rays revealed no further damage on his left forearm after he was hit by a Mariano Rivera pitch in the ninth inning of the Sox’ 5-2 loss to the Yankees.” He’s likely day-to-day, though he was not going to be playing today anyways (Jason Varitek was to catch Josh Beckett). Monitor the pregame lineups for now.
Cameron Maybin – San Diego Padres - According to Corey Brock of mlb.com (click here for the article), “The Padres and Cameron Maybin got the news they wanted to hear about the MRI the center fielder underwent on his right wrist. San Diego manager Bud Black said the test, conducted in San Diego, showed no structural damage.” Brock does note that there is inflammation, and Maybin remains out of the lineup for the time being.
Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins – Playing for the first time since August 23, Mauer didn’t miss a beat going 2-4 with 2 RBI and 2 R while hitting third. He may not hit for much power, but his ability to hit for a good average and drive in runs will keep him among the better catching options in the league. As long as he remains healthy he should be active in all formats.
Derek Jeter – New York Yankees – He missed a couple of days, but he was back in there last night going 0-5. If you had moved him to your bench it’s safe to get him active again.
Raul Ibanez – Philadelphia Phillies – He had one AB on August 26, but hadn’t really played since August 21. He was in there last night, though, going 3-5 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R. With John Mayberry playing well Ibanez is going to need to hit to continue to find his name in the lineup. He definitely got off to a good start and can be considered a low-end option in five-outfielder formats while he is playing.