Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Matt Holliday – St. Louis Cardinals – According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Dispatch (click here for the article), “News is less encouraging about left fielder Matt Holliday, who suffered a tendon injury at the base of his right middle finger during Tuesday’s game. Initially hopeful that Holliday might become available during the team’s final six-game home stand, the club now believes it possible, perhaps probable, that he will miss the rest of the season.” Clearly, this isn’t very good news. Owners in weekly formats need to adjust accordingly and find an alternative.
Kevin Youkilis – Boston Red Sox – Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe (click here for the article) is reporting that, “Francona had no update on the condition of Kevin Youkilis, who missed his second straight game because of assorted injuries. The Sox are hoping time off will enable Youkilis to play again this season.” There is no word as to when he may return to the Red Sox lineup. They clearly need him, as their wild card lead is slowly slipping away, but it doesn’t appear to be a given that he plays again any time soon. While 3B is a shallow position, fantasy owners will need to find an alternative for the remainder of the season. He’s just too big of a risk at this point.
Rickie Weeks – Milwaukee Brewers – According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (click here for the article), “Roenicke opted not to start Rickie Weeks at second base after Weeks experienced some additional soreness in his left ankle after playing Friday night. It was the fourth time Weeks was in the starting lineup since missing six weeks with a severely sprained ankle.” There doesn’t appear to be concern, at least not yet, though the Brewers are going to continue to proceed cautiously with him. Those in weekly formats are going to need to make a decision, and it depends on your other options. Will you be better off using Rickie Weeks, who isn’t going to play every day, or will you be better off with an alternative? It really depends on who you can dig up, but a hot Ryan Raburn is a viable replacement right now.
Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles – Dan Connolly (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Jones said results of mri is a sprained right thuimb. He expects to fight thru pain and play. ‘It hurts not to play too’”. He may want to play, but the team clearly has had a different thought process. Jones has been out of the starting lineup since September 9 and, if he doesn’t play today, will be tough to trust over the final 10 days for those in weekly formats. When healthy he’s a must start, but he’s clearly not going to be healthy. Hopefully we have a better idea of the team’s plans tomorrow.
Jose Molina – Toronto Blue Jays – According to Shi Davidi (via Twitter), “Jose Molina took a foul tip off the forearm and left game in 7th. X-rays negative. Day to day.” He’s not a viable fantasy option, as he is the understudy to J.P. Arencibia. If Molina is forced to miss any time Arencibia good see an extra start or two, but this news does little to change anyone’s value.
Phil Hughes – New York Yankees – Alden Gonzalez (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Phil Hughes’ back flared up in recent bullpen session, so he’ll be moved back a day or two. AJ Burnett now going Monday”. Hughes is sporting a 6.00 ERA and 1.49 WHIP on the year, though he has pitched better of late (3 ER over 12.0 innings), though it did come against the Mariners and Orioles. Depending on when Hughes is able to return to the mound, he’ll take on either the Rays or Red Sox. Does anyone actually trust him for that outing? He can be forgotten for the remainder of the season.
Alex Rodriguez – New York Yankees – He returned to the lineup, finally, going 2-4 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 1 R. Obviously, get him back active in all formats.
Ryan Howard – Philadelphia Phillies – Howard returned to the starting lineup, going 0-3 while hitting cleanup. With talk of a cortisone shot still out there, don’t consider this an indication that he is in the clear. Continue to monitor the pregame lineup for the time being.
Nelson Cruz – Texas Rangers – He went 1-5 in his return to the starting lineup, though just as the DH. Will he start every day now? Time will tell, but I would expect the Rangers to give him an occasional day off the rest of the way in an effort to keep him healthy. You will have to monitor the pregame lineup.
Jeanmar Gomez – Cleveland Indians – According to Jordan Bastian of mlb.com (click here for the article), “Their combined effort was more than sufficient for Gomez (4-2), who picked up the win to improve to 4-0 with a 1.88 ERA over his last four turns for Cleveland. The Indians’ starter allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings, but exited after tweaking his right knee while running off the mound in an effort to field a grounder in the seventh. Acta indicated that Gomez’s injury was not serious and he is slated to make his next start.” He’d face the White Sox and, with the way he’s pitched of late, could be worth the gamble depending on your situation. He doesn’t offer much in the way of strikeouts, so he’s a low-end option, at best.
Brendan Ryan – Seattle Mariners – According to the team’s Twitter feed, “Brendan Ryan left the game with a neck spasm. He is day-to-day.” Monitor the pregame lineups, but he shouldn’t be considered a very good option anyways. He’s hitting .248 with 3 HR and 13 SB in 436 AB in ’11.