Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Troy Tulowitzki – Colorado Rockies – He returned to the lineup, but couldn’t make it through the entire game. According to Troy Renck (via Twitter), “Tulo left game with left hip issue again”. That’s what had been keeping him out of the lineup and you have to wonder if he simply tried to come back too soon. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him on the sidelines for a few days, as the Rockies need to get one of their franchise players completely healthy at this point.
Matt Holliday – St. Louis Cardinals – Matthew Leach of MLBlogs.com (click here for the post) is reporting that, “Matt Holliday was removed from the Cardinals’ game against the Pirates in the ninth inning on Tuesday night due to a still somewhat undetermined right hand injury. Holliday was taking practice swings before what would have been his final at-bat when he felt pain in his hand and couldn’t continue swinging. Corey Patterson batted for him.” We will hopefully get a better idea of the injury today, but for now all fantasy owners can do is slide him to the bench (it’s hard to see him playing in a day game today) and hope to get good news.
Jose Reyes – New York Mets – Adam Rubin of ESPN New York (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Jose Reyes says his hamstring still feels tightness from time to time and he’s concerned about going full throttle and blowing out muscle.” In other words, don’t expect him to run much over the final two weeks of the season. Considering that’s where his value comes from, it’s a definite blow to fantasy owners.
Nelson Cruz – Texas Rangers – Cruz was activated from the DL yesterday but, according to T.R. Sullivan of mlb.com (click here for the article), “The Rangers activated Nelson Cruz off the disabled list on Tuesday, but he is not ready to return to the lineup. Instead, Cruz is limited to pinch-hitting duty, and he will likely need a pinch-runner for now if he gets on base. When Cruz is ready to return to the lineup, it will likely be as a designated hitter.” In other words, he remains a questionable play in all format for the time being. Even once he gets a start at DH, there is no guarantee that they’ll risk using him in back-to-back games. For now, keep him stashed on the bench and see how things go for the rest of the week before making any decisions.
Josh Beckett – Boston Red Sox – According to Brian MacPherson (via Twitter), “Josh Beckett will start Thursday or Friday, depending on how he feels this week and whether he wants the extra day.” Beckett has not started since September 5, so consider him an extremely risky option against the Rays in his first start back. However, once he gets one under his belt he has the potential to be a difference maker over the final 10 days of the season.
Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles – Brittany Ghiroli (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Jones said the Xray on his right thumb was negative. Just swollen and causing him pain still.” At this point I would continue to consider him day-to-day, though there is no word as to when he’ll be able to return to the lineup. Hopefully it’s sooner rather than later, but owners need to leave him on their benches for the time being. He did appear as a pinch runner yesterday, but don’t take that as a sign that he’s on the verge of returning.
Jason Bay – New York Mets – According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York (via Twitter), “Jason Bay’s right shoulder, which he irritates whenever he dives for catches, is barking so he has game off.” Consider him day-to-day. The injury comes at a poor time for Bay, who was finally consistently hitting the ball with authority. Hopefully the time off and the minor injury doesn’t send him back into a funk.
Logan Morrison – Florida Marlins – Joe Frisaro of mlb.com (click here for the article) is reporting that, “Maybe Logan Morrison will be back in action sooner than originally anticipated. The Marlins left fielder rejoined the team on Tuesday, a day after an MRI exam revealed a bruised right patella and chronic patella tendinitis.” Word is that there’s a chance he’s back in the lineup as soon as tomorrow, though time will tell. Consider him day-to-day for now and monitor the pregame lineup.
Jayson Michaels – Houston Astros – According to Alyson Footer (via Twitter), “injured left ring finger. Going for xrays.” Later in the evening Steve Campbell (via Twitter) updated Michaels’ condition saying, “Jason Michaels: fracture in metacarpal bone in left hand. Will undergo surgery later this week, out for season.” If he has value in your format, simply move on.
David Ortiz – Boston Red Sox – Brian MacPherson (via Twitter) is reporting that that, “Ortiz update: Back spasms.” He was forced from yesterday’s game early. Consider him day-to-day, but you had better believe, with the playoff race heating up, the Red Sox will get him back in the lineup as soon as possible.
Shin-Soo Choo – Cleveland Indians – According to Louie Horvath of mlb.com (click here for the article), “Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo had been targeting the current series to return to the lineup, and manager Manny Acta confirmed that barring a setback, he will return on Thursday against the Rangers.” Monitor the pregame lineup, but in deeper formats he’ll be worth rolling the dice on if he’s in the lineup. In deeper formats you can take a more cautious approach, however, given how poorly he’s performed this season.
Carlos Gonzalez – Colorado Rockies – Gonzalez was back in the starting lineup, going 1-5 while hitting third. Get him back in your starting lineup in all formats.
Kevin Youkilis – Boston Red Sox – Youkilis went 0-3 in his first game back to the lineup, and eventually was pulled in what turned into a blowout game. He’s a risky play at this point, but at a shallow position he’s well worth it.
Russell Martin – New York Yankees – You knew the Yankees wanted him back behind the plate, and he was back there yesterday going 0-3. With Francisco Cervelli out of action, Martin should be right back to playing almost every day.
Edwin Encarnacion – Toronto Blue Jays – The shoulder strain appeared to be minor, as Encarnacion was back in the cleanup spot yesterday. He went 1-3 and should be considered a safe play at this point. He’s been a real find since the All-Star Break and is worth using in all formats.