Yasiel Puig has sent owners for a bit of a roller coaster ride over the past week when referencing his game to game availability. Most recently the Cuban slugger picked up a pair of knocks against the Giants on Tuesday. While it seems he has avoided the disabled list for the time being it is important to keep an eye on the health of one of the games most polarizing figures.
Early on in the season the Brewers are struggling to keep healthy bodies on the field as they have watched three starting position players head to the DL over the last few weeks. Also in the NL Central Devon Mesoraco was used as a pinch hitter Tuesday indicating his return to the Reds regular line up is within reach for owners.
King Felix said he was feeling soreness in his quad during his start versus the Rangers on Saturday; make sure you keep an eye on his status. With all those side notes behind us let’s jump into the injury report for this week around the league.
Below you will find the most up to date injury news for players affecting your Fantasy Baseball team.
Carlos Gomez (OF – MIL)
As if a 2-12 starting mark isn’t already bad enough for the slumping Brewers watching Carlos Gomez head to the DL is just another negative notch in 2015 for the leagues worst team. However good news is on the way as Gomez was able to get some throwing and hitting in on Monday leading to hopes that he will be able to return after the minimum 15 days. The progress is encouraging for owners as the stud outfielder is undoubtedly one of the games most versatile assets.
Jonathan Lucroy (C – MIL)
Another day another Milwaukee keystone headed to the disabled list, just days after losing the services of star center fielder Carlos Gomez as I discussed above, breakout backstop star Jonathan Lucroy has gone down. The Brewers catcher took a foul ball off the foot in a showdown versus the Reds and is headed to the DL for at least 4-6 weeks, the result of a broken toe. Ryan Braun along with Aramis Ramirez & Khris Davis should be set to take on a bigger load offensively while the Brew Crew waits for there core players to return.
Anthony Rendon (3B – WSH)
Jayson Werth & Denard Span have returned to the Nats line up as they chase down the Mets for the division lead…yes I said the Mets, who are winners of nine consecutive contest. Next on the list of star power yet to make an impact in the nations capital this year is third baseman Anthony Rendon, who has yet to take the field in 2015 due to knee issues. He is slated to begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday, once he completes his stint in the lower levels his return to the Washington line up likely eliminates the small amount of value Danny Espinosa & Dan Uggla currently hold.
Hunter Pence (OF – SF)
If you have not had the chance to watch Hunter Pence play before then you are truly missing out on one of the games most entertaining players. The Giants currently sit at an NL West worst 5-10…keep in mind its only April…which means the defending champs are not in trouble just yet but adding an offensive spark like Pence into the fold would certainly help. An early to mid May return date is looking like a real possibility for the San Fran outfielder at this point although Giants manager Bruce Bochy has stated that May 1st is not a realistic option at this point in time for Pence despite no setbacks being reported. Upon his return the entire San Francisco offense should see a bump in production while Gregor Blanco loses most of his value.
Greg Holland (RP – KC)
Besides new Padre closer Craig Kimbrel no other guy is more dominant in the 9th than Kansas City’s Greg Holland, who is now heading to the disabled list with a Grade 1 pectoral strain. Wade Davis becomes a must add in the short term while the Royals closer is shelved with injury as he possesses the stuff to be a major force in the 9th for the defending American League champions.
Alex Cobb (SP – TB)
With fellow starter Drew Smyly also nearing a return to the Rays rotation Tampa could see some wins in there not so distant future behind these arms. Cobb is targeting a mid May return date for his club which will likely result in the loss of a rotation spot for Nathan Karns, if he has been dropped in your league now might be the time to scoop him up with his impending return on the horizon.
Ian Kennedy (SP – SD)
This was tough news for owners after Kennedy made just one start before getting injured to begin the season, however he is extremely close to returning to the Padres rotation possibly as soon as Saturday. If he is activated for the weekend match up against the Dodgers he will likely be on the bump when the two team clash. A guy with 200-strikeout ability who is available in almost 40% of leagues needs to be added, Odrisamer Despaigne will likely lose his spot in the San Diego rotation when Kennedy is activated.
Joe Nathan (RP – DET)
The veteran closer was expected to be back with the club on Friday but appears to have suffered a setback during his rehab assignment Wednesday in which he “tweaked” something. Monitor this situation closely if you are an owner of Nathan or Joakim Soria, who is currently taking the save chances for the Tigers.
Jake McGee (RP –TB)
Another closer whose return to the diamond may be delayed a bit is Tampa’s Jake McGee, as it has been reported that his rehab assignment will be put on hold for the time being. The big lefty seemed to be getting closer to a return but now will be at least a few days behind schedule as Brad Boxberger retains his value in standard leagues as the Tampa closer.