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.
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Kershaw owners can rejoice. Kershaw will finally make it back to the mound this week, as he set to take on the Nationals on Tuesday.
Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
Try as he might, Braun could not avoid the DL with an oblique strain. It’s a big blow to his owners, given his fine start.
Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
Back/muscle spasms forced Mauer out of Sunday’s game. After the game, Mauer said he was hopeful to return on Monday. It doesn’t seem like a serious injury, so he’s worth the roll of the dice this week.
Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds
While he is on pace to return Friday, you should leave Chapman on the bench given the few games he’ll play in and the fact he may be slowly worked back into the closer’s role.
Michael Pineda, New York Yankees
With his suspension over, Pineda has more issues to deal with as he now will be out three-to-four weeks with a back strain.
Eric Young Jr., New York Mets
The speedy Young will be a risky play this week after he was hit in the cheek in a freakish accident on Sunday in Colorado. CT scans came back negative. Considering he was going to the bench with the emergence of Juan Lagares, he’s the perfect candidate to bench.
Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds
It was learned on Sunday that Bruce will unfortunately need to miss 3-4 weeks after he has surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus in his left knee.
Wilin Rosario, Colorado Rockies
After overcoming a hand injury, Rosario is now suffering from a viral infection and has been placed on the 15-day DL.
Mike Napoli, Boston Red Sox
Napoli, who has been fighting a finger injury, was given Sunday off to get some rest. Couple that with an off day Monday and Napoli should be back in the lineup on Tuesday.
Ervin Santana, Atlanta Braves
Santana will not be making his scheduled start on Tuesday with a thumb injury. However, he should be in line to pitch over the weekend. So if you rely on him on a weekly basis, he should be good for at least one start this week.
Tony Cingrani, Cincinnati Reds
Cingrani was another DL casualty this week, as he is dealing with shoulder problems. The Reds are hopeful he can come back soon.
Michael Bourn, Cleveland Indians
Bourn will be a questionable play this week with a hamstring injury. He was forced out of Saturday’s game and missed Sunday’s game. Be judicious in relying on Bourn.
Brandon Morrow, Toronto Blue Jays
A torn tendon in his finger will sideline Morrow for a significant amount of time. In most leagues, he’s worthy of dropping.
Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds
Considering he has missed the last three games with a hand injury, Hamilton will be a very dicey call. If you can afford to, he’s a recommended sit even though the Reds are hopeful he can return this week.
Chase Headley, San Diego Padres
The good news is Headley will start his rehab assignment this week. The bad news, he will likely be activated on Saturday. So stash him on your bench one more week.
Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants
The Giants are playing it safe by putting Cain on the DL with a cut on his finger. However, Cain may come back in time for a start over the weekend against the Dodgers.
Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies
Hamels’ start has been pushed back to Tuesday because of an illness. There should be no problems with him making his start this week.
Adam Eaton, Chicago White Sox
A hamstring injury has landed Eaton on the DL, so he’s an obvious sit.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers
Shoulder issues has also put Ryu on the DL. So, you know what you got to do.
Matt Garza, Milwaukee Brewers
A right thumb contusion forced Garza out of his last start, but he appeared just fine after a bullpen session on Friday. So all systems appear to be go for his start on Monday.
Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians
One of the finer second basemen in the league will unfortunately be out close to a month with an abdomen injury. Although he wasn’t off to a great start, he’ll still be hard to replace.
Doug Fister, Washington Nationals
It appears Fister will make his long awaited debut with the Nationals this week. After overcoming a lat injury, Fister is projected to make his debut start on Friday at Oakland.
Will Middlebrooks, Boston Red Sox
A shoulder injury knocked Middlebrooks out of Sunday’s game late. Boston will have an off day on Monday and Middlebrooks status will likely be fluid, although the injury doesn’t appear to be serious.
Josh Reddick, Oakland A’s
Reddick has been diagnosed with an ankle sprain and he is being treated as day to day. In mixed leagues, he’s just a fringe player to begin with, so he should be sit in those leagues.
Other DL designations over the past week: Tyler Chatwood, Bruce Chen, Mike Pelfrey and David Freese.
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