Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Jacoby Ellsbury – Boston Red Sox – According to Scott Lauber (via Twitter), “Jacoby Ellsbury banged inside of left knee on play at the plate in 7th inning. Won’t know until tomorrow if he’ll need a day off”. It certainly doesn’t sound serious, so simply monitor the pregame lineup if you are in a daily format. It seems safe to consider him day-to-day.
Phil Hughes – New York Yankees – Mark Feinsand (via Twitter) is reporting, “Phil Hughes’ tests came back negative for all circulatory and vascular issues. Back to the drawing board.” It’s good news, though the Yankees are still searching for answers. We will have to wait for some sort of explanation for his problems, but at this point there is no word as to when he may return.
David Freese – St. Louis Cardinals – According to B.J. Rains (via Twitter), “Cards GM John Mozeliak says Freese will be out 9-12 weeks. Not expected back until late July.” Bad news, as the injuries to 3B (especially NL 3B) continue to grow. You are going to have to search to find production at this point.
Franklin Gutierrez – Seattle Mariners – Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune (click here for the article), “Gutierrez is in Tacoma and in the starting lineup for tonight’s game at Cheney Stadium against the Tucson Padres”. He’s not going to play the full game, but it is certainly an important step in the right direction.
Mark Rogers – Milwaukee Brewers – Tom Haudricourt (via Twitter) is reporting, “Brewers pitching prospect Mark Rogers goes on DL at AAA Nashville with bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome, causing loss of feeling in fingers.” It’s another setback for one of the Brewers top prospects. Keep him stashed in dynasty leagues, but who knows when he is going to return at this point and if he will be able to reach the Majors when he does.
Robinson Cano – New York Yankees – He was out of the Yankees lineup last night, but he shouldn’t be out of action very long. Just monitor the pregame lineup if you are in daily formats.
Homer Bailey – Cincinnati Reds – John Fay (via Twitter) is reporting, “LeCure goes to bullpen. Leake tomorrow, followed by wood, Bailey, Volquez, Arroyo.” It will be Bailey’s season debut, so leave him on your bench for now and give him a chance to work off the rust. He has the potential to be usable moving forward thanks to his upside in strikeouts. He’s better than his career marks, but don’t look for him to be your savior.
Jenrry Mejia – New York Mets – According to David Lennon (via Twitter), “Jenrry Mejia has a complete MCL tear of his right elbow and surgery has been recommded.” Awful news, though note the word “recommended”. Michael Baron of metsblog.com noted that he will be looking for a second opinion, but it is hard to imagine a drastically different result coming out of this. If he does indeed undergo surgery he is looking at a setback of a year. His only potential value rests in dynasty leagues at this point.
Kevin Youkilis – Boston Red Sox – He returned to the lineup, going 2-4 with 2 RBI and 1 R. Get him back active in all formats.
Coco Crisp – Oakland Athletics – He played Sunday, but was out of the lineup again yesterday afternoon. We’ll just have to continue monitoring the pregame lineup until he is able to string a few consecutive games.
Nick Markakis – Baltimore Orioles – Brittany Ghiroli is reporting (via Twitter), “Markakis more of a pinch, showalter said no xray planned on his r hand. More concern about his knee diving on a sprinklerhead in rf”. Consider him day-to-day and monitor the pregame lineup, but doesn’t sound like anything too concerning at this point.
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