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2016 Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Repeat Offenders

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Injuries are becoming quite the nuisance this season. We have players that are landing on the DL and no returning when expected.

Jung-Ho Kang is a prime example. He was supposed to be back by now, but is being brought along very slowly.

We have also recently had some repeat offenders pop back up on the injury report, Huston Street, Devin Mesoraco, etc. It backs up the reasoning behind not drafting certain players due to injury risk. That doesn’t always work, but I’m a very risk adverse player so I definitely use this strategy often.

Injury Updates

Jason Heyward, OF, Chicago Cubs

Heyward is the first of our repeat offenders for the injury list.

This year he gets on this list by being day-to-day with a wrist injury. He has missed three straight games so far with it, so while he hasn’t landed on the DL it is something to keep an eye on.

It isn’t helping his fantasy owners feel any better about drafting him after he has gotten off to the start he has.

Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati Reds

Here we go again. Mesoraco is looking at a partially torn labrum, which could knock him out for the season if he gets surgery, which he will eventually need.

However he is thinking about playing through it, but I think that is worrisome too. I can’t imagine playing though a torn labrum is going to be easy and Mesoraco’s production will suffer because of it.

Raisel Iglesias, SP, Cincinnati Reds

Not a repeat offender, but yet another Red that is injured.

Iglesias, unlike Mesoraco, is on the DL and it sounds like he will be for a good amount of time after feeling a pinch in his shoulder while throwing a bullpen session last Friday.

J.J. Hardy, SS, Baltimore Orioles

Not very fantasy relevant anymore, but he is yet another repeat offender on the injury list.

Hardy is out 6-8 weeks after fouling a ball off his foot and fracturing it.

Joe Panik, OF, San Francisco Giants

Panik is dealing with a groin injury right now and has missed the last five games.

He is not expected back until Saturday at the earliest and if he is not able to return by then the Giants will have to strongly consider a stint on the DL.

Pablo Sandoval, 3B, Boston Red Sox

Not surprising at this point, but Sandoval is out for the remainder of the year after under going surgery to repair a torn labrum.

Sandoval at this point is going to be very hard to trust next year, given his injury history and poor play.

 

Returning Players

Ben Revere, OF, Washington Nationals

Should return to the Nationals Thursday. He will take back over the full time center field job and be a force on the base paths as usual.

Trevor Plouffe, 3B, Minnesota Twins

Was activated from the DL on the 3rd. He’ll return to take the third base job back and hopefully get back to his relatively hot start.

Henderson Alvarez, SP, Oakland Athletics

He has been rehabbing and it has been going very well. He is supposed to make another rehab start Thursday and could be in the A’s rotation in a couple of weeks.

Remember this is the guy who just two seasons ago had a 2.65 ERA in 30 starts. If he is still out there on your waiver wire, now is the time to stash him.

Fantasy Baseball Injury Report

PlayerPositionTeamNotes
A.J. PollockOFArizona DiamondbacksFractured his elbow and is out possibly for the entire season. Was already transferred to the 60-day DL.
Ender InciarteOFAtlanta BravesOn 15-Day DL with a hamstring injury. Started a rehab assignment Wednesday, could be back with team by the weekend.
Yovani GallardoSPBaltimore OriolesOn DL with shoulder tendinitis.
J.J. HardySSBaltimore OriolesPlaced on 15-day DL with a fractured foot after fouling a ball off it. He is out 6-8 weeks.
Eduardo RodriguezSPBoston Red SoxOn 15-day DL with a knee injury. Will probably need just a couple more rehab starts before he returns.
Carson SmithRPBoston Red SoxOn 15-day DL with a flexor strain. Could join team next week.
Joe KellySPBoston Red SoxLanded on DL due to his shoulder. Expected to start a rehab game on Friday.
Pablo Sandoval3BBoston Red SoxOut of the season now after getting season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum
Jason HeywardOFChicago CubsIs day-to-day with a sore wrist, but missed his third straight game because of it.
Miguel MonteroCChicago CubsHas been placed on the DL with a stiff back. Got an MRI, still awaiting results.
Kyle SchwarberC/OFChicago CubsOut for the season due to a tear of his ACL and LCL
Devin MesoracoCCincinnati RedsDay-to-day with a torn labrum
Raisel IglesiasSPCincinnati RedsOn the 15-day DL retroactive to April 25th with a right shoulder injury.
Homer BaileySPCincinnati RedsWorking his way back from Tommy John surgery.Got a bit roughed up in his first rehab start and will be shut down for 5-7 days.
Anthony DeSclafaniSPCincinnati RedsOn 15-day DL with an oblique strain. He felt a twinge in the oblique last week and will be revaluated.
Carlos CarrascoSPCleveland IndiansStrained hamstring over the weekend landed him on the DL. It is pretty major as he will miss 4-6 weeks.
Michael BrantleyOFCleveland IndiansActivated on Monday April 25
Lonnie Chisenhall3BCleveland Indiansday-to-day with a strained neck.
Jorge De La RosaSPColorado RockiesLeft his last start Tuesday early and was placed on the DL with a groin strain.
Shane GreeneSPDetroit TigersOn DL due to a blister on finger. He is progressing well in his recovery and could be activated as soon as eligible.
Cameron MaybinOFDetroit TigersOn DL. Originally due to a wrist injury. But it has been prolonged due to a shoulder injury.
Lance McCullersSPHouston AstrosOn 15-day DL due to shoulder inflammation. Mid May is the earliest you can expect to see him.
Mike MinorSPKansas City RoyalsMaking his way back from shoulder surgery. A late May return is best case scenario.
Hyun-Jin RyuSPLos Angeles DodgersLeft shoulder injury has landed him on the DL. Threw a 45 pitch rehab session last weekend. No timetable for return now.
Andre EthierOFLos Angeles DodgersFractured right tibia will sideline Ethier until June.
Huston StreetRPLos Angeles AngelsPlaced on DL retroactive to April 24 with a oblique strain. Will miss at least a month.
Andrew HeaneySPLos Angeles AngelsOn DL. The Angels GM thinks he could be out another six up to 12 weeks.
C.J. WilsonSPLos Angeles AngelsIs now looking to return to the Angels rotation in mid-June
Carter CappsRPMiami MarlinsOut of the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Trevor Plouffe3BMinnesota TwinsReturned last week.
Glen PerkinsRPMinnesota TwinsPlaced on 15-day DL with a left shoulder strain. No timetable for his return.
Kyle GibsonSPMinnesota TwinsOn DL with right shoulder strain. Has begun throwing and a mid-May return is possible.
Ervin SantanaSPMinnesota TwinsLower back strain had landed Santana on the DL. Is expected to return this weekend against the White Sox
Domingo SantanaOFMilwaukee BrewersDay-to-day with shoulder soreness.
Matt GarzaSPMilwaukee BrewersPlaced on 15-day DL with a lat strain. Resumed a throwing program last week, but was moved to the 60-day DL which means he won't be able to return until June.
Will SmithRPMilwaukee BrewersLanded on the DL with a torn LCL in his right knee. Hoping to avoid surgery, but how he heals will determine that.
Travis d'ArnaudCNew York MetsHe is on the DL with a strained right rotator cuff. There is no timetable for his return.
Zach WheelerSPNew York MetsStill recovering from Tommy John surgery. Will be out until midseason at best.
Alex RodriguezDHNew York YankeesPlaced on the DL after he was pulled from the game after injuring his hamstring. Will likely need more than the 15 days.
Henderson AlvarezSPOakland AthleticsBeen progressing well through rehab. A mid-May return is looking more and more likely now.
Danny Valencia3BOakland AthleticsOn DL with a hamstring strain. Very likely to come off DL Friday.
Chris BassittSPOakland AthleticsDiagnosed with a partially torn-UCL. Season ending surgery is likely.
Aaron AltherrOFPhiladelphia PhilliesTorn tendon in his wrist will leave him sidelined until August if not the entire season.
Jung-Ho KangSS/3BPittsburgh PiratesPlaying in rehab games and is on track to return early May.
Tyson RossSPSan Diego PadresPlaced on 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation. MRI showed no damage, but he will still be shut down for multiple weeks.
Cory Spangenberg2BSan Diego PadresLeft quad strain has landed him on the DL. Begun running again, but is at least a couple of weeks away.
Joe Panik2BSan Francisco GiantsHas been sidelined since April 30 with a groin injury. He is doubtful until Saturday and if he misses time more time could land on DL.
Sergio RomoRPSan Francisco GiantsPlaced on 15-day DL with right flexor strain. Starting to throw off flat ground, but a return is not expected until late-May
Tommy PhamOFSt. Louis CardinalsStrained left oblique will keep Pham on the DL until early May. Started a rehab assignment on Wednesday.
Jhonny PeraltaSSSt. Louis CardinalsTorn left thumb ligament will have Peralta sidelined until around the all-star break.
Brad BoxbergerRPTampa Bay RaysThrowing bullpen sessions and still on track to return mid-May.
Alex CobbSPTampa Bay RaysStill recovering from Tommy John surgery and won't rejoin the team until midseason.
Shin-Soo ChooOFTexas RangersOn DL with a calf strain. Has been running and mid-May activation is still possible.
Robinson ChirinosCTexas RangersFractured his forearm on April 11 and will be on DL for 10-12 weeks.
Josh HamiltonOFTexas RangersOn the 15-day DL due to left knee infammation. Felt soreness in knee during rehab and now its anybody's guess when he will return.
Yu DarvishSPTexas RangersOn the DL as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. Next rehab start is scheduled for Friday. On track to join the rotation by late May.
Devon Travis2BToronto Blue JaysTaking at-bats during extended spring training this Friday. Late-May return is hopeful.
Ben RevereOFWashington NationalsShould rejoin Nats today (Thursday)

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