Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Andre Ethier – Los Angeles Dodgers – According to Dylan Hernandez (via Twitter), “Whoa. Andre Ethier has been scratched from the #Dodgers’ lineup with left elbow inflammation.” Tough, tough break. You have to hope that this is nothing more than a day-to-day, especially given the incredible start he’s had to his season. You also have to wonder how the day off will impact him. Monitor the pregame lineup for now.
Zack Greinke – Milwaukee Brewers – He was activated from the DL and started the second game of the double header. He certainly wasn’t impressive (4.0 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 6 K), but don’t read too much into it. He should be activated in all formats.
Ricky Romero – Toronto Blue Jays – According to Richard Griffin (via Twitter), “Romero with slight left oblique strain will now go Saturday with Drabek Thursday and Litsch Friday.” It sounds minor, but it’s a situation that needs to be monitored. At this point I wouldn’t count on him making the start, though you never know.
Derek Jeter – New York Yankees – According to Alden Gonzalez of mlb.com (click here for the article), “Yankees manager Joe Girardi took Derek Jeter out of Wednesday’s 4-0 loss to the Tigers in the eighth inning because he saw that the shortstop’s right hip was “grabbing at him.” But Jeter downplayed the pain postgame, saying it’s “just stiff” and “really not an issue.”” Consider him day-to-day, but considering how unimpressive he’s been, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Yankees used this as an excuse to rest him for a few days. Monitor the pregame lineups in daily leagues, but he seems like he’ll be a safe play for next week.
Stephen Drew – Arizona Diamondbacks – Steven Gilbert (via Twitter) is reporting, “Drew was scratched with right groin tightness.” There’s no word as to how long he’ll be out, so for now just consider him day-to-day. He’ll likely be out for a few games, at least, so find an alternative if you are in a daily format.
Mike Morse – Washington Nationals – Adam Kilgore (via Twitter) is reporting, “Right knee soreness for Morse. He could pinch-hit.” That certainly sounds like it’s a day-to-day type thing, so just monitor the pregame lineup.
Juan Uribe – Los Angeles Dodgers – After being forced from the game due to being hit on the hand, Ken Gurnick (via Twitter) is reporting, “X-rays were negative on Juan Uribe’s hand.” He’s likely day-to-day.
Aaron Hill – Toronto Blue Jays – According to John Lott (via Twitter), “Plan now is for Hill to be back in Jays lineup Sunday. Skedded to play in Dunedin Wed-Th-Fri nights.” Good news. Make sure he plays on Sunday, but he should be a good play in weekly formats for Week 6. John McDonald will likely fall back into a utility role, though he could also see time at 3B.
Andres Torres – San Francisco Giants – According to the team’s Twitter feed, “Andres Torres is expected to come off the DL this Friday and Mark DeRosa is scheduled to come off the DL next Tuesday.” Good news for Torres owners, as he should reclaim the starting centerfield job from Aaron Rowand. Rowand will still see time, including in left field, though he’s not really a viable fantasy option as a bench player. Torres is viable in the majority of formats, depending on your team needs.
Pedro Beato – New York Mets – While he only held value in NL-only formats, he hit the DL with elbow tendinitis. Hopefully it’s minor, but for now move on to the next middle reliever.
Orlando Hudson – San Diego Padres – He hit the DL with a strained hamstring, with Logan Forsythe taking his spot on the roster. I’ll be taking a closer look at Forsythe later this morning.
Jason Repko – Minnesota Twins – The fact that he hit the DL isn’t the biggest news, it’s more that Ben Revere was recalled to take his spot. Revere is a top prospect, though we’ll have to wait and see exactly how much he is going to play. If he gets regular AB, he could be viable in all five-outfielder formats.
Victor Martinez – Detroit Tigers – He returned from the DL hitting fifth and going 1-3 with 1 R. Clearly, he should be activated in all formats.
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