As we get set to head into week five of the baseball season, we here at FantasyPros911.com 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.
Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
Harper, who went on the disabled list over the weekend, has a thumb injury that does not look good. This—suffice to say—will be a tremendous blow to Harper owners.
Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
An unfortunate oblique injury has forced Davis to the DL. Sit across the board.
Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
An intercostal strain kept Braun out of Sunday’s game after being pulled late in Saturday’s game. He’s considered day-to-day and he’ll be tough guy to trust this week.
Jean Segura, Milwaukee Brewers
Speaking of Braun, while in the dugout in Saturday’s game, he struck Jean Segura in the head with his bat pretty hard. As a result, Segura had to get stitches and sit out Sunday’s game. The Brewers don’t think he’ll need to be placed on the DL, but he could be in danger of missing a few games.
Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds
Considering he played in Sunday’s game, Frazier should be fine heading into this week as he overcomes leg tightness.
Yangervis Solarte, New York Yankees
Solarte was benched on Sunday night with a sore shoulder. Seeing as though as he was fringe-starter to begin with, you may want to play it cautious and have him on your bench this week.
Wilin Rosario, Colorado Rockies
A sore hand prevented Rosario from playing in Sunday’s game against the Dodgers. Rockies’ managers Walt Weiss doesn’t believe he’ll have to go on the DL, calling the injury day to day. Still, you have to be a little weary of starting him this week.
Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers
Although he missed most of last week with an ankle injury, the Rangers have still not determined if Choo will go on the DL. Nevertheless, proceed with caution since he has missed the last five games.
Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Although Ramirez has missed the last one and a half games with a right thumb bruise, the Dodgers should have Ramirez back in the lineup on Tuesday. After all, he did pinch hit in Sunday’s game and got a hit, too.
Francisco Liriano, Pittsburgh Pirates
Some nosebleeds and dizziness led to Liriano being pulled from his Saturday start. He will be questionable for his only start this week.
Trevor Plouffe, Minnesota Twins
Plouffe, who was nursing a triceps injury after being hit on Saturday, was hoping to play on Sunday, but the Twins’ game against the Tigers got rained out. He appears headed toward getting back on the field this week.
Anibal Sanchez, Detroit Tigers
A right finger laceration has put Sanchez on the DL. Sanchez, though, will likely only spend the minimum time on the DL.
Russell Martin, Pittsburgh Pirates
Martin is headed to the DL after exiting a game this week with a tight hamstring. Sit him, obviously.
Devin Mesoraco, Cincinnati Reds
A hamstring injury has now also sidelined Mesoraco. It’s too bad as he was off to a great start. Like Martin, Mesoraco is headed to the DL.
Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland A’s
The A’s are saying that Cespedes will not likely go on the DL, but he missed yet another game on Sunday with a hamstring injury. He’ll be a tricky play this week.
Mark Trumbo, Arizona Diamondbacks
Trumbo is yet another slugger who will have to spend some time on the DL. Unfortunately, Trumbo may need six-to-eight weeks on the DL with a broken foot.
Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
There is a decent chance that Machado will make his season debut this week after being previously sidelined with a knee injury. However, since his return may come in the middle of the week, you may want to play it safe and see how he does upon his return before getting him back in your lineup.
Jason Grilli, Pittsburgh Pirates
A strained left oblique injury has landed Grilli on the DL. If you can, pick up Mark Melancon in his stead.
Chase Headley, San Diego Padres
A calf strain has put Headley on the DL and he’ll be out a couple of weeks. You know what you got to do.
Mike Minor, Atlanta Braves
After having his debut delayed this weekend, Minor should make his debut sometime this week. Be forewarned though, Minor may be rusty as he gave up four home runs in his last rehab start.
Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals
While he may be battling some shoulder soreness, Gonzalez says he will be able make his next start. You should feel comfortable starting him, albeit not with 100 percent certainty.
Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners
Iwakuma likely pitched in his last rehab (finger injury) start on Sunday and is on track to return to the mound on Friday. Depending on the depth of your staff, he makes for a good play this week since his start is scheduled to be against Houston,
Other DL designations over the last week: Jose Veras, Conor Gillaspie, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Wandy Rodriguez, Ivan Nova, Josh Johnson, Chris Sale, Scott Feldman and Michael Cuddyer.
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