Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:
Albert Pujols – St. Louis Cardinals – Joe Strauss (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Pujols didn’t believe 9th inning HBP intentional by Cordero. Initial diagnosis, bruise. Depending on how he feels, could be X-rayed Monday.” All we can do right now is monitor the news and hope that nothing serious comes from this. If you are a Pujols owner, you are going to want to check early and often this afternoon before setting your lineup.
Carlos Gonzalez – Colorado Rockies – According to Nick Kosmider and Thomas Harding of mlb.com (click here for the article), “Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez came out of Sunday’s 8-2 loss to the Padres in the ninth inning after being hit in the right foot by a pitch from Padres reliever Luke Gregerson in the eighth.” However, he anticipates playing today, so there doesn’t seem to be anything to be concerned about. Consider him day-to-day, but there doesn’t appear to be a reason to keep him out of your lineup.
Adam Lind – Toronto Blue Jays – Mike Rutsey of The Toronto Sun (click here for the article) is reporting that, “Adam Lind, who has missed the past seven games because of pain in his lower back, had been told he will not play in Monday night’s opening game in Detroit also. The news came as a surprise to Lind who went through a series of drills and test during Sunday’s game, passed them all and felt no additional pain.” It appears that he’s close and maybe the Blue Jays are simply being cautious, but it’s still tough news for fantasy owners. I would think that you can keep him active for the coming week, but be prepared with an alternative just in case news breaks today. In otherwords, this is a fluid situation that you will have to monitor up until game time.
Colby Rasmus – St. Louis Cardinals – Joe Strauss of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (click here for the article) is reporting that, “Rasmus, who will be examined by team doctors in St. Louis Monday, said he is available to play, though acting manager Joe Pettini sounded as if such an appearance is unlikely. Pettini said he didn’t believe Rasmus’ condition muscle-related. However, Rasmus described his pain as below his right rib cage.” He’s been battling the problem for a week and it clearly hasn’t affected him, though it has to be considered a concern at this point. Monitor today’s news and hope to get some clarification before rosters are due.
Jason Heyward – Atlanta Braves – According to Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (click here for the article), “Braves right fielder Jason Heyward took his first swings Sunday since receiving cortisone injections in his right shoulder and came away thinking he’d be ready to return to the lineup by Tuesday, the last game of a two-game series against the Astros.” This is certainly good news. It appears safe to keep him active for the coming week, though those in weekly formats may want to monitor the news today just in case.
Ian Desmond – Washington Nationals – William Ladson (via Twitter) is reporting that manager Jim Riggelman said, “Ian Desmond’s left quad is much better. Desi is available to play and will likely start against the Bucs on Monday.” Keep that in mind when setting your lineup for the coming week.
Shane Victorino – Philadelphia Phillies – According to the Philadelphia Inquirer (click here for the article), “Shane Victorino (hamstring) is still sore, but Amaro does not believe he is a candidate for the disabled list. That could change in the coming days. Victorino says he expects to be ready for the homestand Wednesday, so he will miss at least the next three games.” If you are in a weekly format, you may want to consider an alternative if you have one. At this point, it’s not known if he will miss any more than just two games.
Chris Capuano – New York Mets – According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York (click here for the article), “Terry Collins pulled Chris Capuano after five innings, albeit with a pitch count at 94. But the primary motivation, especially with the Mets holding a five-run lead, might have been avoiding Capuano developing a blister.” It doesn’t seem to be a serious concern, though he was always just an option in the deepest of formats, anyways. With his next start scheduled to come against the Yankees, he’s really not a viable option for the coming week regardless.
Chipper Jones – Atlanta Braves – According to Mark Bowman (via Twitter), “Chipper had an MRI exam this afternoon. Showed a small meniscus tear in right knee. Had cortisone shot. Hope is this will provide relief.” You know he’s going to miss at least a few days, with a DL stint possibly in the cards. It was Brooks Conrad who played 3B yesterday, though if Jones is going to be out long-term the Braves could bring Martin Prado in from the outfield to man the hot corner. Either way, Jones owners are going to want to find an alternative for the coming week.
Chase Headley – San Diego Padres – According to the Follow the Padres Twitter feed, “manager Bud Black said Headley (ankle) is doing better. Could pinch-hit today if needed. Will likely be in there tomorrow.” If he has value in your format, keep this news in mind.