Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Chase Utley – Philadelphia Phillies – According to Matt Gelb (via Twitter), “Utley is cleared to begin activities. ImPACT test shows he is near baseline. Unlikely he comes to Houston.” It’s great news, but don’t assume that he’s going to return any sooner than initially expected. The Phillies have no reason to rush him back, so still anticipate a mid-week return for him.
Logan Morrison – Florida Marlins – Clark Spencer (via Twitter) is reporting that, “outfielders morrison, stanton and cameron not in lineup due to hamstring/knee injuries”. We knew about the injuries to Stanton and Cameron, but Morrison’s comes as a bit of a surprise. Consider him day-to-day for now and monitor the pregame lineup. However, if he doesn’t play on Sunday those in weekly formats are going to be in for a real tough decision. Hopefully the answer is made for us, but time will tell.
Michael Cuddyer – Minnesota Twins – According to John Shipley (via Twitter), “Update on Cuddyer’s wrist. Tendon inflammation, not tendon damage. Straight from source.” He has been out of the lineup since September 5 and at this point there is no word as to when he may return. We’ll continue to monitor his status, but fantasy owners should be proceeding with extreme caution.
Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles – Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun (click here for the post) is reporting that, “Center fielder Adam Jones was originally in Saturday’s lineup but has been scratched with swelling in his left ankle. He fouled a ball off the ankle in Friday night’s game, dropped to the field, got on his feet and dropped again before getting up, walking around and, ultimately staying in the game.” This is not seen as a serious issue and there’s a chance he is back in today’s lineup. Consider him day-to-day, but don’t expect him to be out for long.
Jimmy Rollins – Philadelphia Phillies – According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer (click here for the article), “Rollins fielded grounders Friday and showed a great range of motion as he tested his strained groin. Manuel did not want to put a timetable on his shortstop’s return, but said it could be in four or five days.” However, things may have changed yesterday. He returned to shortstop yesterday and could be forced into action sooner than expected. According to Matt Gelb (via Twitter), “Valdez could be out for a while, Charlie says. Hamstring.” Monitor the pregame lineup, but if playing Rollins is obviously a must use option in all formats.
Alex Rodriguez – New York Yankees – Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York (click here for the article) is reporting that, “With his nagging left thumb injury not going away, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will be out at least the next three to four games.” This isn’t good news, especially with the Yankees solely focused on October. It’s a week position, so even a partial week from Rodriguez could be a viable option, though those in weekly formats are going to want to see if they can find themselves an alternative (especially considering he’s hitting .211 with 1 HR in six September games).
Nick Swisher – New York Yankees – In the same article Marchand is reporting that, “The Yankees received better news on right fielder Nick Swisher. Swisher is day-to-day after an MRI on his left elbow showed no structural damage, just inflammation.” Reports have been that Swisher doesn’t have a problem at the plate, only in the field. With Russell Martin (which we’ll get to momentarily) and Francisco Cervelli hurting, you have to wonder if the Yankees will plug Swisher into the DH role for a few days to keep him bat in the lineup. It’s worth monitoring, but regardless, this doesn’t appear to be as serious of a situation as it could’ve been. Monitor the pregame lineup.
Kyle Farnsworth – Tampa Bay Rays – Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Farnsworth has elbow tenderness, hopes it will get better with a couple days rest”. This news comes after he blew a save last night on back-to-back home runs to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jacoby Ellsbury. Joel Peralta could be the one in line to pick up the saves while Farnsworth is out of action, so if you are desperate for saves he’s worth the flier.
Russell Martin – New York Yankees – According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York (via Twitter), “Martin is going to have X-rays to see how serious his bruised right thumb is.” With Francisco Cervelli also out of action, the Yankees actually put Jorge Posada back behind the plate. We’ll have to wait and see how severe Martin’s injury is. We should have a better idea at some point today, though it seems like Martin is going to miss a few days. In a separate tweet Marchand said, “Montero will probably catch. Romine on his way.”
Jimmy Rollins – Philadelphia Phillies –
Yunel Escobar – Toronto Blue Jays – According to James Hall of mlb.com (click here for the article), “Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar left Saturday’s game against the Orioles in the second inning after being struck by a pitch on the left elbow. With two outs and a 1-0 count, Orioles starter Rick VandenHurk plunked Escobar with a four-seam fastball. Escobar immediately walked toward the home dugout before taking a knee and being examined by the team’s training staff. X-rays of the elbow proved negative, and Escobar is listed as day to day.” All you can do right now is monitor the pregame lineup and hope for the best.
Troy Tulowitzki – Colorado Rockies – He returned to the starting lineup going 1-3 with 2 RBI and 2 R. Clearly, get him active immediately.