Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Robinson Cano – New York Yankees – According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York (click here for the article), “Robinson Cano left Sunday’s New York Yankees game against the Toronto Blue Jays in the eighth inning with a bruised left hand, according to manager Joe Girardi.” X-rays were negative and he’s considered day-to-day. He should remain active in all weekly formats, but if you are in a daily league you should monitor the pregame lineup.
David Freese – St. Louis Cardinals – According to Matthew Leach of MLBlogs.com (click here for the article), “Freese is all but certain to be placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday after suffering a broken bone in his left hand in Sunday’s loss to the Braves.” Not only that, the article goes on to say that surgery is possible. Danny Descalso figures to get playing time in the short-term.
Kevin Youkilis – Boston Red Sox – Unsurprisingly, Youkilis was out of the lineup yesterday. Consider him day-to-day, but he’s worth gambling on in all weekly formats. There is a ton of 3B injured right now, so chances are, even if he misses a few games, Youkilis’ potential is much greater than anything you can get off the waiver wire.
Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays – According to Shi Davidi (via Twitter), “Farrell says Bautista likely to play Tues. Taken out for precautionary reasons.” He left due to a stiff neck, but it doesn’t sound serious. He should be a fine play, as always, for the upcoming week.
Zach Britton – Baltimore Orioles – According to Brittany Ghiroli of MLBlogs.com (click here for the article), Britton “left an inning early due to a callus that he had removed from the middle finger of his pitching hand”. The fear was that it could become a blister, so hopefully this decision helps Britton avoid missing any time. If you have him in a weekly format, he becomes a tough play for the upcoming week against a streaking Rays’ team who are getting Evan Longoria back. That’s not to say that he’s unusable, but hopefully we can get a little bit more information before a decision is needed.
Coco Crisp – Oakland Athletics – He returned to the lineup going 2-5 with 1 RBI and 1 R. With his speed, he needs to be returned to all fantasy rosters.
Domonic Brown – Philadelphia Phillies – Todd Zolecki (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Domonic Brown optioned to Triple-A.” He’ll continue to try and work his way back to the Majors, but for now it appears that Ben Francisco will maintain regular playing time. At this point, when Brown returns he could actually unseat Raul Ibanez, so Francisco should continue to be owned in all formats.
Chase Utley – Philadelphia Phillies – In a separate Tweet, Zolecki says, “Utley participated in a simulated game today. Too early to know what it means, but it’s a definite step forward.” Clearly he’s getting closer to a return, but hopefully we’ll get a better feel for his timetable in the next few days. Stay tuned.
Carlos Lee – Houston Astros – According to Brian McTaggart of mlb.com (click here for the article), “Left fielder Carlos Lee will spend Sunday night in a Houston hospital after injuring his left ribs when he collided with Angel Sanchez while both were sliding in the outfield in the 5-0 win over the Brewers at Minute Maid Park.” The article also said that both x-rays and a CT Scan showed a contusion and not a break. At this point there is no word on how long he could be out, but fantasy owners will likely want to look for an alternative for the upcoming week.
Make sure to check out these other great articles from Rotoprofessor: