Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Grady Sizemore – Cleveland Indians – Paul Hoynes (via Twitter) is reporting the the Indians “will start Grady Sizemore in CF and leadoff spot. A. Cabrera hitting 2nd. Michael Brantley not starting. Travis Buck in LF.” I’d leave him on your bench for the time being, as you have no clue what you are going to get from him. Still, this is great news.
Alex Rios – Chicago White Sox – According to Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago (via Twitter), “Single by Rios, who’s had a sore toe since spring training, so says Oz. Rios to rest at least one game next week on turf at Tampa.” That hopefully helps to explain his slow start, but the one game off shouldn’t do anything to change your approach with him. Unless we learn that he’s going to miss significant time, he’s a must start in all formats.
Carlos Gonzalez – Colorado Rockies – Troy Renck (via Twitter) is reporting, “Cargo has stiff back told me that tightened up from dh and plane ride Needs a day”. Don’t read too much into this. He should be considered day-to-day.
Alex Rodriguez – New York Yankees – Anthony McCarron (via Twitter) is reporting, “A-Rod said he felt the tightness before the game and it got worse during the game. He’s hopeful about tomorrow night’s game, but who knows?” Rodriguez is suffering from stiffness in his lower back and oblique, so it would not be surprising to see the Yankees take it slow with him. Monitor the pregame lineups, but be ready to move him to the bench. Hopefully we know more before Week 3 lineups are due Monday morning.
Casey Coleman – Chicago Cubs – According to Carrie Muskat (via Twitter), “Coleman out after taking a line drive off his leg by #Rockies Ianetta in 6th”. There’s no word on the severity of the injury, but another injured starter is the last thing the Cubs need (Andrew Cashner & Randy Wells are already out). James Russell & Jeff Samardzija were being considered for a Tuesday start and, if Coleman is forced to miss action, both will get their opportunity. Neither have much fantasy appeal, however.
Barry Zito – San Francisco Giants – According to Andrew Baggarly of The San Francisco Chronicle (click here for the post), “Zito was on crutches and his right foot looked rather plump and swollen after he sprained his arch area in the second inning tonight. He’ll have an MRI exam tomorrow.” Zito was pulled after just 1.2 innings, giving up 2 ER on 3 H and 1 BB, striking out 0. Considering the injury and his poor performance to date (6.23 ERA, 1.54 WHIP), Zito should be on no where near active rosters for Week 3.
Jair Jurrjens – Atlanta Braves – He came off the 15-day DL and made his first start against the Mets in the second game of yesterday’s double header. He pitched great, tossing 7.0 shutout innings allowing 2 H and 1 BB, striking out 4. Then again, it did come against the Mets, so how do we take it? His next start comes in San Francisco and he should be considered a good start in all formats.
J.R. Towles – Houston Astros – Zachary Levine (via Twitter) is reporting, “J.R. Towles, who had been dealing with ankle soreness is a late scratch from the Astros lineup. Humberto Quintero replaces him.” Neither Towles nor Quintero hold much value for fantasy leaguers, outside of NL-only or deep two-catcher formats.
Franklin Gutierrez – Seattle Mariners – According to Shannon Drayer of 710 AM ESPN Seattle (via Twitter), “Gutierrez will be sent out for further evaluation. Possibly to the Mayo Clinic .” All we can do is sit and wait, as Gutierrez continues to be unable to shake the stomach problems that have kept him out all year long.