Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Jose Contreras – Philadelphia Phillies – On mlb.com (click here for the article) Todd Zolecki is reporting that, “Contreras has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right flexor pronator tendon, which is located on the inside part of the elbow. He will fly tomorrow from Phoenix to Philadelphia, where Phillies physician Michael Ciccotti will examine him tomorrow evening or Tuesday morning. A MRI exam is not scheduled, but is a possibility.” You had to know something was up after the Phillies had save opportunities for three consecutive days and Contreras didn’t get into the action. At this point there is no word as to how long he may be out. Ryan Madson will get the save opportunities while Contreras is out and certainly has the potential to supplant him as the closer full-time if he can finally thrive in the role. He’s had these opportunities before and never succeeded, so it’s hard to expect much at this point. Still, he’s a must own in all formats.
Albert Pujols – St. Louis Cardinals - According to Matthew Leach of mlb.com (click here for the article), “Albert Pujols was removed from the Cardinals’ 3-0 win over the Reds on Sunday night due to what the club called ‘mild tightness in his left hamstring.’ Pujols said he was unsure whether he would be able to play in the Cards’ next game, on Tuesday at Houston.” If you are in a weekly format you have to hope that we get a bit more information before lineups are due, but unless you play in a shallow format he is still worth gambling on. Even if you were to only get a few games of Pujols, his potential is far greater than most people you would plug in to replace him.
Evan Longoria – Tampa Bay Rays – According to Marc Topkin (via Twitter), “Longoria with “huge step forward” today, takes BP in cage. Plans to hit on field in Minnesota, then short rehab assignment.” He appears to be getting closer by the day from his oblique injury. While he cannot be used for Week 4, it appears that he may be a candidate to be used for fantasy Week 5.
Chris Iannetta – Colorado Rockies – According to Jim Armstrong of The Denver Post (click here for the article), “Morales started behind the plate Saturday in place of Chris Iannetta, who has a back strain that has contributed to a 3-for-31 slide at the plate. Morales is expected to start today too.” The Rockies have never shown much patience with Iannetta, so this injury has certainly come at an inopportune time. Hopefully he can get healthy quickly and get back to hitting. However, Wilin Rosario has gotten off to a good start at Double-A (.310, 4 HR, 9 RBI and 10 R in 42 AB) and could get a look if Iannetta can’t turn it around. He certainly belongs on all radars if you play in a two-catcher format.
Edwin Encarnacion – Toronto Blue Jays – Mike Wilner (via Twitter) is reporting, “Farrell: Encarnacion should be able to go tomorrow. Not thinking about him as a candidate to go on disabled list.” That certainly is good news. Check the pregame lineup tomorrow, but it appears that he’s safe to play for the upcoming week if need be.
Aaron Hill – Toronto Blue Jays – It felt like the inevitable, but Hill is heading to the DL. According to Wilner (via Twitter), “Farrell: Hill will go on DL after game; after early work today. Litsch will be recalled after the game to start Tues.” Hopefully you had already found a suitable replacement off the waiver wire, but it appears that John McDonald will get the bulk of the playing time at 2B (assuming Edwin Encarnacion returns to 3B until Hill is healthy).
Scott Rolen – Cincinnati Reds – Mark Sheldon of mlb.com (click here for the article), “The Reds on Sunday placed third baseman Scott Rolen on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder.” After missing the past few games this certainly appeared to be the likely result, didn’t it? Rolen has had problems with the same shoulder previously and at this point we don’t know exactly how long he could be out. Miguel Cairo will likely get the bulk of the looks until Rolen or Juan Francisco return from the DL.
Maicer Izturis – Los Angeles Angels – Victor Rojas (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Lineup change…Izturis scratched w/ tightness in hamstring. Kendrick back to 2nd & Trumbo at 1B. Aybar leading off now.” Hopefully he’s not out for long, but at this point he should be on all fantasy benches for the upcoming week.
Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians – According to mlb.com (click here for the article), Carrasco “left Sunday’s start against the Twins after just three innings with right elbow tightness.” Considering his 4.97 ERA and 1.45 WHIP, coupled with his lack of performance previously in his career, he’s not really worth waiting for outside of AL-only formats. He does have potential, but if you want to get him back I don’t think it’ll be too hard to do on the waiver wire (outside of the deepest of formats).
Rickie Weeks – Milwaukee Brewers – He returned to the lineup, going 2-4 with 1 RBI, 1 R and 1 SB. Clearly, he is safe to return to your lineup in all formats.