As we get set to head into Week 4 of the baseball season, we here at Fantasy Pros911 will break down the payers who are hurting and which of them can affect your lineup decisions this week.
Every week we’ll dissect who’s ailing at the moment and their prognosis for recovery for the week ahead.
So, let’s examine the medical ward and discuss who’s probably a no-go this week and who may be able to shake off their current malady.
Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies
Gonzalez had to be removed from Sunday’s game due to tendinitis in his knee. As such, he’ll be an extremely risky play this week.
Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland A’s
Cespedes had to leave Sunday’s game with a bruised heel. The extent of the injury has not been divulged of yet. This type of injury might linger, so Cespedes is a prime candidate to sit.
Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies
All signs point to Hamels finally making his season debut on Wednesday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. That’s a tough draw, but you should feel comfortable getting Hamels active.
Adam Eaton, Chicago White Sox
A hamstring injury will at least keep Eaton out of three games this week. As a result, he is someone you should sit this week.
Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee Brewers
An illness kept Ramirez from starting Sunday’s game, but he did appear as a pinch hitter. With that said, he should be good to go this week.
Ivan Nova, New York Yankees
It does not look good at all for Nova, as he has a partially torn UCL. He was placed on the DL and his season is in doubt. He’s likely headed for Tommy John surgery.
David Robertson, New York Yankees
Just as the Yankees were losing a significant arm, they are gaining one back in the form of their closer Robertson. Robertson is set to be activated on Tuesday.
Desmond Jennings, Tampa Bay Rays
Jennings is nursing a groin injury and sat out again on Sunday as a precaution. The Rays do expect him back on Tuesday though. Jennings would still be a risky start, though.
Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
After dealing with a quad issue for a few weeks, Beltre is likely to be activated for the weekend series against Seattle on Friday. If you can manage Beltre playing only in three games, then get him your lineup. Although, he’s better suited to staying on your bench and seeing how he responds during his first game action in roughly two weeks.
Mike Minor, Atlanta Braves
Minor should be good to go for his season debut, a Saturday start against the Reds. Providing there are no setbacks, get Minor back into your lineup.
Matt Harrison, Texas Rangers
Like Hamels and Minor, Harrison is likely to make his season debut this week, although it’s not set in stone. But unlike Minor and Hamels, Harrison should be avoided this week.
Adam Lind, Toronto Blue Jays
A back injury has forced Lind to the DL. Sit across the board.
Will Middlebrooks, Boston Red Sox
Just like another third baseman, Beltre, Middlebrooks is expected to come off the DL and get set to play over the weekend, but considering he is nowhere near the player Beltre is, you should keep Middlebrooks glued to your bench.
Shane Victorino, Boston Red Sox
After Victorino plays three games (he’s already played one at Pawtucket on Sunday), he’ll be reevaluated to see how his hamstring is holding up. If he’s ok, he may get activated later in the week. With the short week and the rust he may have, you should still leave Victorino on the bench.
Michael Cuddyer, Colorado Rockies
A hamstring injury has forced Rockies’ outfielder Cuddyer out of the last three games. There is no telling when he’ll be back, or if he can avoid the DL, so proceed with extreme caution.
Joe Kelly, St. Louis Cardinals
After a brilliant start to his season, Kelly wound up on the DL this past week with a hamstring injury. Stash him on your bench if you can.
Jenrry Mejia, New York Mets
While he did suffer from some blister issues in his last start, Mejia should be ok for his next start. Considering he has two starts on tap, Mejia makes for a solid play this week.
Other DL designations over the last week: Logan Morrison, Kole Calhoun, Juan Lagares, Taijuan Walker and Brett Anderson.
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