Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Josh Hamilton – Texas Rangers – Hoping that Hamilton is going to be back soon? Unfortunately that doesn’t appear in the cards. According to T.R. Sullivan of MLBlogs.com (click here for the article), “Gary Pettis is hitting him grounders and Hamilton is throwing to second base. Wasn’t an extremely strenuous workout but Hamilton is out there doing something. Still more than a month way from returning.” Obviously, all we can do is sit tight and wait this out.
Evan Longoria – Tampa Bay Rays – He’s getting close to a return. According to Marc Topkin (via Twitter), “Slight revise to Longoria schedule: He’ll start rehab Thursday at Montgomery, rejoin #Rays Tuesday.” Barring a setback, Longoria will obviously be a must use option next week. We’ll keep close tabs on him, but be ready to play him.
Jose Contreras – Philadelphia Phillies – According to Jim Salisbury (via Twitter), “Grade 1 strain on Contreras. Shut down 10 days. Could be back 3 or 4 weeks. So says Amaro.” That’s not bad news, but it could be enough to end any reasonable chance of him getting saves. Ryan Madson will certainly have more than enough time to put his claim on the role and Brad Lidge will be closer to a return. It’s worth holding onto him if you have room, since if Madson struggles he could return to the role, but it is far from a lock.
Corey Hart – Milwaukee Brewers – Despite not starting last night, he was activated from the DL and appeared as a pinch hitter. He should be inserted into the starting lineup any day now.
Ryan Theriot – St. Louis Cardinals – According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (click here for the article), “The Cardinals have scratched shortstop Ryan Theriot from the starting lineup with right ribcage soreness. Theriot participated in batting practice and there were no pre-game indications of an injury.” This is certainly the in vogue injury this season, isn’t it? We’ll have to wait and see the severity, but he could ultimately be out a few weeks.
Albert Pujols – St. Louis Cardinals – In the same article Goold reports, “First baseman Albert Pujols is available to pinch hit or play defense if needed this evening, but the club has decided to side with caution and not start the three-time MVP. Pujols said his left hamstring felt better Tuesday than it did Monday and much better Monday than it did when he left the Sunday’s game abruptly.” This is certainly great news. It sounds like he could be back on Wednesday as he did appear yesterday as a pinch hitter. Still, monitor the pregame lineup.
Victor Martinez – Detroit Tigers – According to Jason Beck of MLBlogs.com (click here for the article), “With a gorgeous afternoon in Detroit, Victor Martinez hit the field to get in his first real workout since he went on the 15-day disabled list. The results were very encouraging for him to return from his groin strain once he’s eligible to come off the DL next week.” This is certainly great news, though don’t consider it a certainty quite yet.
Domonick Brown – Philadelphia Phillies – Matt Gelb (via Twitter) is reporting, “Domonic Brown will begin his rehab assignment tomorrow with single-A Clearwater.” We’ll have to wait and see how much rehab time he needs, but Ben Francisco’s time as a usable fantasy option may be coming to an end.
Josh Willingham – Oakland Athletics – After leaving Monday’s game with a back injury, Willingham was out of the lineup yesterday. He still should be considered day-to-day.
Casey McGehee – Milwaukee Brewers – After injuring his thumb on the final play of Monday, McGehee remained out of the lineup on Tuesday. Consider him day-to-day.
Coco Crisp – Oakland A’s – According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle (click here for the article), “Coco Crisp left in the third inning with tightness in his left quadriceps”. She goes on to say that he’s considered day-to-day, but is unlikely to play today. Check the pregame lineup, but you may want to find an alternative.