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.
Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
After not traveling with the team for their weekend series in Philadelphia because of quad injury, there is a chance that Votto may wind up on the disabled list, or he could be fine. Either way, he is a risky play this week.
Carlos Beltran, New York Yankees
An elbow injury has landed Beltran on the DL. If he doesn’t need surgery he could be back in a few weeks, but if he has to go under the knife, he could be sidelined a few months.
Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays
A dislocated thumb has put Zobrist on the DL. So, he’s an obvious sit.
Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins
Surely you’ve heard the devastating news that Fernandez will need season-ending Tommy John surgery? Grrumph.
Martin Perez, Texas Rangers
Yet another pitcher goes down with a major elbow injury. Like Fernandez, Perez will need Tommy John surgery and will be out for the year.
Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks
Prado had to be removed from Sunday’s game due to blurry vision. There is no telling at the moment how serious this condition is.
Rick Porcello, Detroit Tigers
Although he has tightness in his left side, reports are Porcello should be ok for his next start.
Carlos Quentin, San Diego Padres
What a surprise! The perpetually injured Quentin is hurting. Quentin tweaked his groin over the weekend and will be a questionable play this week.
Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates
Marte had to be pulled from the second game of the doubleheader against the Yankees on Sunday due to tightness in his hamstring. If you know hamstrings, you know they can linger. Hence, start Marte at your own risk.
Jonathan Villar, Houston Astros
A hand contusion knocked Villar out of Sunday’s game. He’ll likely be day to day.
Corey Hart, Seattle Mariners
Hart will have a hard time making it back to the field this week (at least his first set of games) after he went back to Seattle for tests on his left hamstring.
Tim Hudson, San Francisco Giants
While he missed his last start with a strained left hip, Hudson felt fine after his latest bullpen session and is on track to make his Tuesday start in Colorado.
Jed Lowrie, Oakland A’s
Lowrie is another player who will be treated as day to day, as he suffering from a strained neck.
Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals
The good news is that there is no structural damage in Gonzalez’ knee. The bad news is he still has inflammation in the knee and will head to the disabled list.
Angel Pagan, San Francisco Giants
Pagan will be a dicey play this week since he is suffering from a sprained shoulder. He ‘hopes’ to play Tuesday, but this injury could linger, too.
Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
It’s too bad Abreu will have to go on the DL with an injured ankle, as he was off to a brilliant start.
Aaron Hill, Arizona Diamondbacks
A sore shoulder has sidelined Hill for the last two games and as a result, he’ll be a questionable play this week.
Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers
Although he has missed the last two games with a neck injury, Fielder is probably set to return on Tuesday.
Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers
An illness kept Gomez out of Sunday’s game. Gomez, who was also hurting from a back injury, claimed his back was ok and if weren’t for the illness, he would have played on Sunday. It looks like he’ll get back on the field sometime this week.
Ben Revere, Philadelphia Phillies
Revere has now missed three straight games with a stomach problem. Considering he is a fringe player, you may want to play it safe and keep him on our bench until he proves his health.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers
After spending some time on the DL with shoulder inflammation, Ryu is penciled in to start on Wednesday in New York against the Mets.
Michael Cuddyer, Colorado Rockies
The offensively-rich Rockies will get richer with the return of Cuddyer off the DL (hamstring), as he’s set to be activated Tuesday.
Andrew Cashner, San Diego Padres
Unfortunately, Cashner will have to spend some time on the DL with elbow soreness. So, stash him on your bench.
Russell Martin, Pittsburgh Pirates
Martin is expected back Wednesday after overcoming a hamstring injury. Note, though, once Martin comes back he’ll have to sit out one game for his role in a brawl earlier in the season.
Alex Cobb, Tampa Bay Rays
There is a decent chance that Cobb will be activated from the DL (oblique) this week after he looked dominant in his latest rehab start.
Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox
The same goes for Sale, as he looks primed to return from the DL (flexor muscle strain) very soon. He will be reevaluated on the Sox trip to Kansas City, and there is hope he’ll be reinserted back into the rotation in time for their series against the Yankees.
Kole Calhoun, Los Angeles Angels
Calhoun is another player inching his way back to the diamond, and reports are he’ll be back Tuesday.
Travis d’Arnaud, New York Mets
A concussion landed d’Arnaud on the 7-day DL. He may be back later in the week, but with that injury, you should play it cautious and leave him on the bench at least one more week.
Colby Rasmus, Toronto Blue Jays
Disappointingly, Rasmus had to be placed on the DL with a hamstring injury, as he was in the middle of sizzling stretch of hitting.
Dillon Gee, New York Mets
A lat strain necessitated a move to the DL for Gee. He should not be out long, but he’s a obvious sit for at least one more week.
Other DL designations over past week: Will Middlebrooks (finger), Boston Red Sox, Matt Harrison (back), Texas Rangers, Tyler Lyons (shoulder), St. Louis Cardinals, Aramis Ramirez (hamstring), Milwaukee Brewers and Omar Infante (back), Kansas City Royals.
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