Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
David Wright – New York Mets – According to David Lennon (via Twitter), “Wright admitted he did get “banged up” on play at third base tagging Carlos Lee and has been getting regular treatment for it.” Interesting. There is no word as to the type of injury, though speculation from Terry Collins believes that it could be upper back pain (click here for the post from Metsblog). Since April 26 Wright has just 1 multi-hit game. His last home run came on April 24. His last RBI came on April 28. Clearly, the injury could be having an impact and is something worth watching.
Roy Oswalt – Philadelphia Phillies – David Hale (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Oswalt will throw a rehab game thursday. Hope is he’ll pitch tues in St Louis.” Originally the Phillies had thought he would pitch on Saturday, but clearly that’s not in the plans. Thanks to a Thursday off day everyone else will just be moved up a day.
Jonathan Broxton – Los Angeles Dodgers – Dylan Hernandez of The Los Angeles times (click here for the article) is reporting that, “Mattingly said Broxton could be out for another six weeks.” Just to complicate things even more, Hernandez also has a quote from Hernandez saying, “Obviously, if Vicente comes in and is pitching well out of there, it’s hard to just hand something over to somebody else. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.” Obviously Broxton is worth stashing, but don’t consider it a lock that he returns to the closer’s role when healthy.
Luke Scott – Baltimore Orioles – Jeff Zrebiec (via Twitter) is reporting that, “An MRI on Luke Scott’s right shoulder reveals a torn labrum. Scott will continue to play through it, but may need surgery in offseason.” Not great news, but certainly not the worst either. He’s going to stay in the lineup, meaning he is going to continue to have value for those in deeper formats. Depending on your other options he certainly is worth using.
Jake Peavy – Chicago White Sox – According to Mark Gonzales (via Twitter), “Oz confirms Peavy to start Wednesday”. While he shouldn’t be used for that first start against the Angels, he has the potential to quickly become a must use option once again. Your patience may soon be rewarded.
Vernon Wells – Los Angeles Angels – According to Mike DiGiovanna (via Twitter), “LF Vernon Wells, who left game after four innings: He has a right groin strain. Day to day but possible DL stint.” The DL isn’t just possible, as it has already happened. Reggie Willits takes his spot on the roster.
Chris Young – New York Mets – SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt is reporting (via Twitter) that, “Young has re-tear of the anterior capsule in his shoulder. Same inj. as last year. Not sure if rehab or surgery. Either way, not good.” Remember, last year Young was limited to just 4 starts and 20.0 innings. Young has looked very good this season, but this is pretty much the story of his career. He’s likely going to be out for quite a while, so he is no longer worth stashing outside of the deepest of formats.
Jenrry Mejia – New York Mets – Michael Baron of Metsblog.com (click here for the post) is reporting that, “Jenrry Mejia visited Dr. James Andrews about his elbow, and he will undergo Tommy John Surgery.” Very tough break, but he should be back in mid-2012. Outside of dynasty leagues, he has little value now.
J.J. Hardy – Baltimore Orioles – According to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun (click here for the post), “Shortstop J.J. Hardy, who has been on the disabled list since April 10 because of a strained left oblique, will rejoin the club in time for tomorrow’s series opener against the Seattle Mariners.” Hardy struggled prior to the injury, hitting .200 with 0 HR, 2 RBI and 4 R over 15 AB. He hasn’t been a good option since 2008, but he’s still worth stashing in deeper formats if you have a need for some pop in your middle infield.
Trevor Plouffe – Minnesota Twins – After leaving yesterday’s game with a hamstring injury, he was out of the Twins’ starting lineup yesterday. Consider him day-to-day.
Tommy Hunter – Texas Rangers – Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (click here for the post), “A solid rehab start by the Rangers Tommy Hunter for Triple A Round Rock didn’t end so well. Hunter tweaked his right groin on the last pitch he threw.” Hunter had been closing in on a return to the Rangers rotation, but clearly this is a setback. We’ll hopefully have an idea soon as to how big of one, but just sit tight for now.
Adam Lind – Toronto Blue Jays – He remained out of the starting lineup, with David Cooper manning first base and J.P. Arencibia DHing. For now, he should continue to be considered day-to-day.
Joe Blanton – Philadelphia Phillies – He was lifted after just 5.0 innings and 66 pitches as the Phillies played it cautiously. He finished allowing 3 ER on 8 H and 2 BB, striking out 2. Unfortunately, all of the news was not good. According to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly (click here for the article), pitching coach Rich Dubee was quoted as saying “I don’t think he’s 100 percent”. He went on to say, “He’s definitely not 100 percent. He says it’s pitchable. There are certain pitches he feels it on and certain ones he doesn’t. We’ll see what he feels like tomorrow.” Time will tell, but we will continue to monitor the situation.
Pedro Alvarez – Pittsburgh Pirates – He returned to the lineup, hitting seventh, going 0-3 with a walk. At a shallow position, he does have value.