Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Alex Rios – Chicago White Sox – According to Dave van Dyck (via Twitter), “White Sox interim manager Joey Cora will have Lillibridge in cf for Rios (sore toe).” The toe injury has been bothering Rios all year long, so it shouldn’t be surprising to see him get a few random days off. However, is it the reason for his struggles? Who knows, but we all know he is better than he’s shown thus far.
Brian Roberts – Baltimore Orioles – According to Brittany Ghiroli of MLBlogs.com (click here for the article) has a quote from Roberts saying, “I actually had a hamstring [injury] for about three weeks and nobody knew about it”. His lack of stolen bases certainly makes a lot more sense now. Monitor the situation at this point, but it appears he’s not going to come out of the lineup.
Daisuke Matsuzaka – Boston Red Sox – Alex Speier (via Twitter) is reporting, “Matsuzaka leaves with right elbow tightness.” At this point it is unknown if he will be forced to miss his next start or not. This certainly doesn’t come at an opportune time, as Matsuzaka was starting to turn things around (despite the 4 walks last night). In his last 19.0 innings he had allowed 1 ER and struck out 16. We should learn more in the next few days.
Brett Wallace – Houston Astros – According to Brian McTaggart (via Twitter), “Astros 1B Brett Wallace left Friday’s game with a right hip contusion and is considered day-to-day.” If you are in a league where he has value make sure you check the pregame lineup.
Kevin Youkilis – Boston Red Sox – After being forced out of the game early on Thursday, Youkilis was able to return to the lineup yesterday going 1-3 with 1 RBI. There appears to be nothing to worry about.
Josh Willingham/Coco Crisp – Oakland A’s – Willingham was in the starting lineup for Oakland (2-4, 1 RBI), while Crisp remained out of action. Keep monitoring the pregame lineup for Crisp, but it appears to be safe to get Willingham back in there.
Mark Teixeira – New York Yankees – Teixeira returned to the Yankees starting lineup, going 1-4. It certainly appears like the injury was minor, so there is little to worry about. With the calendar getting ready to turn to May hopefully Teixeira can get his bat going again. He hasn’t homered since April 19.
Juan Uribe – Los Angeles Dodgers – He returned to the Dodgers starting lineup, going 2-4 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 1 R. He has actually homered in the past three games he’s started (though he did have two pinch hit appearances in between). Get him back active in all formats.
Casey Blake – Los Angeles Dodgers – According to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com (click here for the article), “The Dodgers placed third baseman Casey Blake on the 15-day disabled list Friday with an infected bursa sac in his left elbow.” Jon Morosi (via Twitter), is reporting that he’s expected to be out “at least four weeks”. A tough break for the Dodgers who were already short-handed on the infield due to the injury to Rafael Furcal. Russell Mitchell, who was hitting .214 at Triple-A, was recalled to take his spot on the roster. Aaron Miles and Ivan DeJesus figure to get the bulk of the playing time in Blake’s absence.
Scott Rolen – Cincinnati Reds – John Fay (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Rolen is still dealing with a knot in the trapezoid area. Won’t begin hitting until that’s gone. He’s just played catch so far.” It appears like he is going to be out longer than originally expected. Just sit tight for now.
Chris Coghlan – Florida Marlins – Joe Capozzi (via Twitter) is reporting, “Coghlan hopes 2 play Sat; had MRI that showed no structural damage”. That certainly is great news, but don’t consider it a lock that he plays today. Check the pregame lineup, but it certainly appears like he has avoided a serious injury.
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