Mid-Afternoon Roundup for 8/10 (Injuries to Crawford, Hudson, Wakefield and much more)

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There’s plenty of news that’s come up this afternoon that is worth noting:

  • Marc Lancaster of The Tampa Tribune (click here for the post) is reporting that Carl Crawford has been placed on the DL with “a right middle finger tendon subluxation”.  Lancaster says “The injury is at the base of his middle finger, at the joint that connects it to the hand. Basically, the tendon that straightens the finger has come out of its groove. So when Crawford bends his finger downward, it locks in position there until he (or someone else) pushes the tendon back into place, allowing him to straighten his finger again”.  All I can say is ouch.  Initial reports have him out 6-8 weeks, though that is not yet confirmed.  Crawford is the 3rd top OF’er to go down over the weekend, joining Carlos Lee and Ryan Braun, though Braun is considered day-to-day at this point.  Rocco Baldelli was activated from the DL to take Crawford’s spot on the roster and given the number of injuries, instantly becomes an intriguing option in formats that require 5 OF’ers.  I’m not sure what to actually expect from him, however, but he certainly could prove worthwhile and could be worth the gamble.
  • According to Kyle Odegard of The East Valley Tribune (click here for the article) Orlando Hudson’s season has officially come to an end.  He had surgery last night to “put a dislocated bone in his left wrist back in place” and will have a second surgery early this week to “repair ligaments”.  He’s going to be on the shelf for about 3 months.  It is expected that Augie Ojeda is going to get the time at 2B in his absence, along with Chris Burke, so if you need a replacement I’d look at someone like Emilio Bonifacio if he’s still available.  Jeff Salazar, an OF’er, will take his spot on the roster.
  • According to tsn.ca (click here for the article) Tim Wakefield has been placed on the DL with a “stiff right shoulder”.  It is unknown who will take his rotation spot, but they did say that it won’t be Bartolo Colon, as he continues to try and return from his own injury.  Wakefield did have a cortisone shot to try and contend with the problem.  We’ll have to wait and see when he is able to return, so shift him to your bench for the time being.
  • The same article notes that Kevin Youkilis was out of the line-up today with a “sore left shoulder”.  No other news was provided.
  • Kat O’Brien of New York Newsday (click here for the post), the Yankees have sent Ian Kennedy back to Triple A, replacing him with Billy Traber.  With the way Kennedy has pitched, this certainly is no loss to owners.
  • Milton Bradley left the Rangers game today due to a stomach virus, according to Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News (click here for the post), who cites the Rangers assistant GM.  That is a relief for owners, who had to have feared that he “had a quadriceps flare up”.  He could miss a day or two, I would think, but not much more then that at this point.
  • Mark Gonzales of The Chicago Tribune (click here for the post) is reporting that it will be D.J. Carrasco who takes the rotation spot of Jose Contreras, with Lance Broadway instead coming out of the ‘pen as a long man.  Chris Getz, who was also recently promoted, will fill the role of utility infielder.  Highly touted Josh Fields was sent back to Triple A and has to “work on his fielding to regain the coaching staff’s confidence”.
  • Carlos Guillen is expected back into the Tigers line-up on Monday according to Graham Couch of mlive.com (click here for the article).  That’s certainly good news for owners.
  • In a separate article, Couch (click here) is reporting that Marcus Thames is day-to-day after being scratched today with a “sore right shoulder”.  Just monitor the daily line-ups at this point if you are forced to use him, but you’re probably better going with a healthy option until he proves he can return.  Honestly, he’s not a top option to begin with and should be fairly easy to replace, depending on your format.  I know he has provided plenty of power, but was hitting .056 with 1 HR in August.
  • Ryan Divish of The News Tribune (click here for the article) is reporting that Willie Bloomquist has been placed on the DL with “a strained hamstring”, and Jim Riggleman, the team’s manager, believes his season could be over as he was quoted as saying, “It’s a very significant pull and I don’t know if we’ll see him the rest of the year”.  Tug Hulett replaces him on the roster.

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