Injury Report: April 26: Albert Pujols, Ryan Zimmerman & More

Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:

Albert Pujols – St. Louis Cardinals – According to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (click here for the article), “general manager John Mozeliak said he wasn’t ‘overly concerned’ about the left hamstring discomfort star first baseman Albert Pujols encountered while running out a ground ball on Sunday night.”  The injury is being reported as day-to-day and it appears that there is a chance that Pujols doesn’t miss a single game.  Even if he were to miss a day or two, it’s much better than the alternative.  If you are in a daily format monitor the pregame lineup, but he’s not likely to be out long.

Ryan Zimmerman – Washington Nationals – Mark Zuckerman (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Ryan Zimmerman, on DL with ab strain, will resume some baseball activities tomorrow. Will need to go on minor-league rehab before activated.”  You have to figure he’s still a week or two away, but know that he’s moving in the right direction. 

Willie Bloomquist – Arizona Diamondbacks – According to the Arizona Republic (click here for the article), “The Arizona Diamondbacks have placed infielder Willie Bloomquist on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring (retroactive to April 22).”  Bloomquist started off extremely hot, though he had just 1 SB, 2 RBI and 3 R since April 11.  He was never going to stay as hot as he was, but he is potentially usable if he is seeing regular AB.  If you have space on your roster he can be stashed until he returns, though don’t consider him a lock for every day AB.

Juan Uribe – Los Angeles Dodgers – He missed his third straight game due to tightness in his thigh.  He appears to still be day-to-day, so continue monitoring the pregame lineups.

Logan Morrison – Florida Marlins – Clark Spencer (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Logan Morrison optimistic he can come off DL when 15 days are up on May 5. Foot checked out pain-free when cast came off today.”  It’s certainly good news, but don’t write it in stone that he’s going to be returning so quickly.  Still, you have to like the optimism.

Phil Hughes – New York Yankees – Jack Curry of YES (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Girardi said Hughes’s bullpen didn’t go well. Not good news for the Yankees. Waiting 4 him to meet with team doc”.  Concerns are beginning to mount, as pitchers don’t normally see a dead arm period last for this long.  At this point you have to be concerned that something is physically wrong with Hughes as word is he will undergo an MRI today.  Until we know more, just leave him stashed on your bench.

Brandon Webb – Texas Rangers – According to Jason Grey (via Twitter), “Webb done – two clean innings, 16 pitches – high stays at 84 – more tomorrow”.  It’s good news, but he’s still a long ways off from returning.  This certainly is a nice step in the right direction, however.

Rajai Davis – Toronto Blue Jays – He was closing in on a return but, according to Mike Wilner (via Twitter), “Rajai Davis hit in the left wrist on a check swing in the 1st and removed from the game.”  Word is that he will be fine, but his return could be delayed a day or two, but this shouldn’t be considered a significant setback at this point.  He should be back in the next few days, meaning Corey Patterson’s regular playing time should be coming to an end.

Jose Contreras – Philadelphia Phillies – Matt Gelb (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Contreras was examined in Philly and showed less severe symptoms. But he will still have an MRI done tomorrow.”  We’ll just have to continue to wait and see what happens, but he certainly isn’t out of the woods yet.  As we’ve already said, Ryan Madson should be owned in all formats.

Kendry Morales – Los Angeles Angels – According to Mike DiGiovanna (via Twitter), “MGR Mike Scioscia on 1B Kendrys Morales: ‘His progress has been slow. … He’s having problems getting full explosion when he runs.’”  There continues to be no timetable for his return, so all we can do is sit, wait and hope for the best.

Josh Willingham – Oakland Athletics – Joe Stiglich (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Willingham left with tightness in left upper back muscle. That’s area where he got hit by pitch Sunday.”  At this point it appears that it is a day-to-day type of injury, so just monitor the pregame lineup if you are in a five-outfielder format.

Casey McGehee – Milwaukee Brewers – According to Adam McCalvy of (click here for the article), “Casey McGehee couldn’t dodge Reds first baseman Joey Votto on the final play of the Brewers’ 9-5 loss to the Reds on Monday, but the initial indication was that he dodged a serious injury.  McGehee was diagnosed with a sprained left thumb after undergoing X-rays minutes after the game. He collided with Votto while trying to leg out a game-ending groundout to third base.”  He’ll be reevaluated today, but for now consider him day-to-day.

Corey Hart – Milwaukee Brewers – In the same article, McCalvy is reporting that, “Hart will be back at Miller Park before Game 2 of a three-game series against the Reds, but manager Ron Roenicke said the team might not immediately activate him from the disabled list.”  At least we know he’s close.  Monitor the pregame lineup, but at this point he will be a must use option for fantasy Week 5.

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