Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Joakim Soria – Kansas City Royals – According to Dick Kaegel of mlb.com (click here for the article), “Closer Joakim Soria wasn’t warming up in the Royals’ bullpen during a ninth-inning crisis on Wednesday, and there was good reason. Soria has a strained right hamstring, manager Ned Yost revealed after the Royals’ 7-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins. The injury was characterized as ‘nothing serious’ by Yost, and Soria agreed.” It now makes sense why Greg Holland was in the game in the ninth inning with the game on the line. He picked up the save, allowing 0 ER on 0 H and 1 BB, striking out 1, over 0.2 innings. Consider Soria day-to-day, but it sounds like he’ll be back in the closers role before long.
Johnny Cueto – Cincinnati Reds – Mark Sheldon (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Strained right lat muscle for Cueto.” He was forced from his start yesterday after just 3.2 innings, having allowed 0 ER on 3 H and 1 BB, striking out 2. While there’s no official word, it would appear unlikely that he takes the mound again in 2011. Hope for the best, but plan accordingly.
Adrian Gonzalez – Boston Red Sox – Ian Browne of mlb.com (click here for the article) is reporting that, “The one thing the Red Sox don’t need at this critical point in their season is another injury to a key player. Fortunately, the one that took Adrian Gonzalez out of Wednesday’s game does not appear serious. Gonzalez, who left the Red Sox’s 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays with left calf tightness, could return as early as Thursday night, when Boston opens a four-game series against the Rays.” Monitor the pregame lineup, but consider him day-to-day for now.
Colby Rasmus – Toronto Blue Jays – According to Jason Mastrodonato of mlb.com (click here for the article), “outfielder Colby Rasmus, who has been rehabbing his injured right wrist with Double-A New Hampshire, is slated to return to the Blue Jays on Friday for a weekend series with the Yankees.” He had been struggling prior to the injury, so see how he performs over the weekend. He certainly has the potential to be a difference maker over the final 10 days of the season, so hopefully he can get off to a quick start.
Jed Lowrie – Boston Red Sox – Scott Lauber of The Boston Herald (click here for the article) is reporting that, “Jed Lowrie received a cortisone shot late Tuesday night to curb the recurrence of a weakening nerve in his left shoulder.” Consider him day-to-day, though he likely will be behind Marco Scutaro on the depth chart down the stretch.
Matt Holliday – St. Louis Cardinals – According to Fox Sports Midwest (via Twitter), “Matt holliday has inflammation of the tendon… Will be shut down for 4-5 days and then re-evaluated.” That’s going to make him an extremely risky play for those in weekly formats, though hopefully we’ll get some type of update over the weekend. If you are an owner, keep a close eye to the news.
Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles – According to Brittany Ghiroli (via Twitter), “Jones hoping to play friday. Said his thumb feels much better today.” Don’t consider it a lock. Monitor the pregame lineup and hope that he truly does return.
Rafael Furcal – St. Louis Cardinals – Matthew Leach of MLBlogs.com (click here for the post) is reporting that, “Less than a day after Matt Holliday suffered a right hand injury, Rafael Furcal was removed from Wednesday’s game against the Pirates due to a left knee injury. Furcal slid awkwardly into second base on a stolen base attempt in the fifth inning. The Pirates had a pitchout called on the play, helping catcher Michael McKenry to throw out the speedy Furcal. The Cardinals announced later in the game that Furcal suffered a ‘mild strain of his left knee’ and that removing him from the game was precautionary.” I’d consider him day-to-day for now but, given his history, don’t be surprised if he needs a few days off.
Justin Smoak – Seattle Mariners – Greg Johns (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Smoak left game with mild right groin strain, according to Mariners.” Consider him day-to-day for the time being, though it’s not like he had been producing awfully well at this point (.232, 14 HR, 50 RBI). If he has value in your format, look for an alternative.
Alex Rodriguez – New York Yankees – According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger (click here for the article), “manager Joe Girardi intends to pencil third baseman Alex Rodriguez into the starting lineup Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays. But whether Rodriguez actually plays will depend on what he shows during pregame batting practice, where he will take his first swings in a week.” Monitor the pregame lineup for now, but it clearly is not a lock that he’s back. Once he returns he should play regularly, as the Yankees try to get him back on track for the playoffs, so those in weekly formats should be paying awfully close attention.