Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Roy Oswalt – Philadelphia Phillies – He was supposed to return to start on Tuesday, but right now you have to be concerned. Forget about the results in his rehab start yesterday, according to Jim Salisbury (via Twitter), “Ruiz confirms Oswalts FB lacked zip. Oswalt zipped out without talking to reporters.” Matt Gelb (via Twitter) adds, “One scout confirms what Ruiz said. Had Oswalt clocked mostly at 88-90 mph. Topped out at 92. He typically averages 93.” At this point we have no clue what that means, but you have to think that his return is now in jeopardy. Hopefully we’ll have an update shortly.
Ike Davis – New York Mets – According to Adam Rubin (via Twitter), “Assistant GM John Ricco said sprain and bone bruise independently wouldn’t be that bad, but combined it forced DL. Maybe only 2-week absence”. At this point hope that he does miss the minimum amount of time necessary. The Mets have recalled Fernando Martinez to take Davis’ spot on the roster, though he is not a replacement for Davis. Daniel Murphy will shift to 1B, with Justin Turner and possibly Willie Harris filling in at second. Murphy should not be viewed as a potential fantasy replacement for Davis, unfortunately.
Chris Young – New York Mets – In a separate tweet, Rubin is reporting that “Chris Young has opted for surgery. It will be performed May 16.” In other words, his 2011 campaign has come to an end. He can safely be released in most formats.
Jason Heyward – Atlanta Braves – According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (click here for the post), “An MRI taken Thursday revealed no significant damage in Jason Heyward’s right shoulder, just some inflammation in his rotator cuff. Heyward received a cortisone shot Thursday afternoon and is expected to miss another couple of days as the medicine takes effect.” At this point we should monitor the pregame lineup, but he should be a usable option next week.
Grady Sizemore – Cleveland Indians – It shouldn’t be shocking that he sat out yesterday’s game after undergoing an MRI on his knee. Consider him day-to-day as reports were that the injury was not serious.
Domonick Brown – Philadelphia Phillies – According to Matt Gelb (via Twitter), “Domonic Brown was removed from last night’s AAA game after jamming his thumb. He’s also out tonight. Team says it’s precautionary.” Keep an eye on this situation as Brown could soon get another opportunity in the Majors due to the struggles of Raul Ibanez and Ben Francisco. Hopefully he can return to action shortly.
Rafael Furcal – Los Angeles Dodgers – According to the team’s Twitter feed, “Mattingly on Furcal: We’re talking about him going to Triple-A on Saturday (in Tucson). He’s going to hit only left-handed at first”. He’s getting close, but he’s going to need a few games as he hasn’t played since April 11. Stay patient, but you should hopefully be getting some dividends soon.
Robinson Cano – New York Yankees – After taking a pitch to the helmet on Wednesday, Robinson Cano was back in the lineup last night. He went 1-4 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 1 R.
Dexter Fowler – Colorado Rockies – According to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post (click here for the article), Dexter Fowler, “who left Tuesday’s game when he fouled a pitch off his left knee, has a bruised tendon that will keep him out of the lineup today. He’s listed as day to day, so the injury isn’t considered serious.” Monitor the pregame lineup for the next few days, but he should be back soon. He did appear as a pinch hitter yesterday, but simply to sacrifice.
Jason Hammel – Colorado Rockies – In the same article Armstrong reports, “Hammel, who was drilled by a Ronny Paulino line drive Tuesday night, has a bruised left calf. He’s sore, but he remains on schedule to start against the Padres on Sunday.” In that matchup he is usable in all formats for this weekend.
Esmil Rogers – Colorado Rockies – Armstrong also updates the status of Rogers saying, “He’s on the disabled list with a right lat strain and has been shut down for three or four days, at which point he’ll be re-evaluated.” Time will tell, but just stay patient if you are in a format that values him.
Brian Schneider – Philadelphia Phillies – Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer (click here for the article), is reporting that “Schneider said he expected to miss some time with the injury. How much, he is not yet sure.” Todd Zolecki (via Twitter) adds, “Brian Schneider has been placed on the DL. Ruiz likely to be activated before tomorrow’s game.” Well, that will at least help to solve the catching issue for the Phillies.
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