Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Jake Peavy – Chicago White Sox – According to ESPN Chicago (click here for the article), “White Sox starter Jake Peavy will not pitch again this season and the team hopes that rest will help the 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner return to full strength next year. Peavy had shoulder surgery on July 14, 2010, and struggled with fatigue at times this season.” There’s no new injury, but Peavy is still just trying to fully recover from the surgery last year. With the White Sox out of the playoff hunt, it makes sense to shut him down and begin preparing him for 2012. If you were using him, find yourself a new option ASAP.
Carlos Gonzalez – Colorado Rockies – According to Troy Renck (via Twitter), “CarGo a late scratch with lower back stiffness…” You’ll want to monitor the news all day before making any roster decisions. In deeper formats he is likely worth rolling the dice on, regardless, barring the news that this is a much worse injury then it currently appears.
Troy Tulowitzki – Colorado Rockies – In a separate tweet Renck is reporting that, “Tulo unlikely to play today. Left hip sore again. Started bothering him late in game yesterday. Will have it look at again today”. In a separate tweet Renck answers someone’s question saying, “I would be surprised if he plays Tuesday”. Well that’s not good news. Hopefully we get a better idea today on the severity of the injury. If you are in a weekly format you will want to have an alternative, just in case.
Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles – Dan Connolly of the Denver Post (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Adam Jones has been scratched from the lineup for the 2nd consecutive day due to a left ankle injury. Reimold starts in left”. It still doesn’t seem like this is a serious issue and there’s a good chance he’s back in the lineup today. Luckily, with the Orioles playing at 7 PM tonight we should know if he’s playing or not before lineups are do. If he’s playing he should be considered a safe play.
Nelson Cruz – Texas Rangers – According to Drew Davison of the Star-Telegram (click here for the article), “Outfielder Nelson Cruz ran sprints outside Saturday, and believes he will be able to play when he is eligible to come off the disabled list (hamstring) on Tuesday. Washington echoed Cruz and added that he would get time at designated hitter when he returns.” It sounds good, though depending on your situation you may want to be cautious this week. While he could be back, it is not a guarantee. Obviously, if your league is coming down to the wire and you are in need of him, then he’s worth the gamble. At this point in the year, team and alternatives will help decide your decisions.
Ryan Doumit – Pittsburgh Pirates – Rob Biertempfel (via Twitter) is reporting that, “C Ryan Doumit left game after being hit on chest by fastball on passed ball in fourth inning.” There is no other word as to the extent of his injury, but for now I’d consider him day-to-day. He has been playing well of late, though he does not play every day. Monitor his status, but those in one-catcher formats will want to find another option (pending his status).
Danny Valencia – Minnesota Twins – Joe Christensen (via Twitter) is reporting that, “3B Danny Valencia scratched with shoulder soreness. Luke Hughes replaces him at third base, batting cleanup.” Valencia had picked up 5 RBI in his past three games, though he continues to struggle in the average department (.247 for the season and .212 in September).
Logan Morrison/Mike Cameron/Mike Stanton/Jose Lopez – Florida Marlins – Clark Spencer of The Miami Herald (click here for the article) has a quote from Jack McKeon saying “he hoped ‘most of the wounded would be ready by Monday.’” Of course, that’s not a very definitive statement in the least. Stanton seems like the least likely to be back and should probably be on the bench in all formats considering the way he looked on Friday.
Rickie Weeks – Milwaukee Brewers – Making his first start since coming off the DL, Weeks opened the game hitting fifth and went 0-0 with 1 BB and 1 HBP. He was then lifted from the game and, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (click here for the post), “Weeks leaves the game after two ABs. The Brewers are trying to ease him back in.” In other words, there’s nothing to worry about. He’s worth using in all formats.
Coco Crisp – Oakland Athletics – According to the San Francisco Chronicle (click here for the article), “Outfielder Coco Crisp missed Saturday’s game and has been ruled out for today because of injuries to his ankle and foot.” Just another injury in what has become a long list for Crisp this season. Consider him day-to-day.
Travis Hafner – Cleveland Indians – He came off the DL and went 1-4 while hitting cleanup. If he has value in your format it’s safe to get him active.