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May 26, 2014 posted by Dan Stack

2014 Fantasy Baseball We’re all day to day: Week 9 Injury Update

2014 Fantasy Baseball We’re all day to day: Week 9 Injury Update
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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.

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

Cabrera had to leave Sunday’s game against Texas with a hamstring cramp. The injury is initially being diagnosed as day-to-day. If there was ever a player you start with the day-to-day status, it’s Cabrera.

Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants

Start Cain at your own risk this week. He’s already been ruled out for his Monday start with hamstring problems, but he could potentially make a start this coming weekend.

Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers

All reports are suggesting that Ramirez’ calf injury will put him on the disabled list. He’s headed for an MRI, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be on the field any time soon.

Mike Napoli, Boston Red Sox

Although his finger sprain is not all that serious, the Red Sox needed some bullpen arms and put Napoli on the DL as a precaution.

Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians

For three straight games, Cabrera has been absent with an ankle injury. His return to the diamond is imminent, though, as the injury is not considered serious.

Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers

Fielder’s season-ending injury neck injury was quite the blow. Clearly he wasn’t himself this year.

Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies

Although he doesn’t have significant damage in his elbow, Lee does have a mild strain and he’ll have to spend a few weeks on the DL as a result.

Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

The Reds finally put Votto on the DL this week with his quad injury. Votto is hopeful he’ll only need the minimum time on the DL and be back on the field sometime next week.

Carlos Quentin, San Diego Padres

The perpetually injured Quentin is targeting a Monday return to the starting lineup after sitting out most of the week with a groin injury-he did hit a pinch-hit home run on Saturday and drove in a run on Sunday in the same capacity. But you’re playing with fire if you have to rely on Quentin.

Angel Pagan, San Francisco Giants

Although he sat out Sunday, Pagan should be fine for this week, as he sat out to give his sore knee some rest. The Giants do this time to time to keep him fresh.

Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays

Zobrist, who is recovering from a dislocated thumb, is starting a rehab assignment on Tuesday and if all goes well he may return to the lineup on Friday.

Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians

Jason Kipnis, 2B, Cleveland Indians

Jason Kipnis, 2B, Cleveland Indians

It’s seems apparent that Kipnis will return to the field this week, after spending some time on the DL with an oblique injury.

Shane Victorino, Boston Red Sox

Victorino is set to hit the DL for the second time this year with a hamstring strain.

Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

Arenado, one of the breakout stars of this season, will unfortunately have to head to the DL with a broken finger, which could require surgery.

Travis d’Arnaud, New York Mets

There is a decent chance that d’Arnaud will come off the 7-day concussion DL  after he competes in two rehab games early in the week. However, given that he is a fringe start in most leagues, perhaps you should leave him on the bench at least one more week.

Josh Hamilton, Los Angeles Angels

Hamilton is set to return from the DL this week from a thumb injury. He has sat out his last two rehab games with soreness in his thumb, but it shouldn’t hold him back from coming back this week.

Josh Willingham, Minnesota Twins

For those in deep and AL-only leagues, you may want to consider putting Willingham back in your lineup, as he’s set to be activated Monday after spending time on the DL with a wrist injury,

Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee Brewers

Seeing as though he missed his Sunday start with an ankle injury, Gallardo will be a risky play this week. His next start has not been determined, although the Brewers don’t believe he’ll need to go on the DL.

Bronson Arroyo, Arizona Diamondbacks

Although pulled (tender elbow) from his Sunday start against the Mets after pitching six innings, the Diamondbacks are confident Arroyo will be ok for his next start.

Michael Wacha, P, St. Louis Cardinals

Michael Wacha, P, St. Louis Cardinals

Michael Wacha, St. Louis Cardinals

Although he got dinged on the elbow by a foul ball while sitting on the bench in a game this week, it doesn’t look like that should prevent Wacha from making his next start. As a two-start pitcher this week, you have to roll with Wacha.

Omar Infante, Kansas City Royals

The Royals are expected to to activate Infante on Monday for their series against the Astros. So, if you’re looking for a solid middle infielder to shore up your lineup, perhaps you should give Infante the benefit of the doubt this week.

Norichika Aoki, Kansas City Royals

Aoki sat out Sunday’s game with a sore elbow after being hit by a pitch in Friday night’s game, although he did participate in all 13 innings in Saturday’s game. So, this doesn’t look like this should sideline him long,

Other DL designations over past week: Cody Asche (hamstring), Robbie Erlin (elbow), Tommy Hunter (groin), Zach McAlister (back), Matt Lindstrom (foot), Juan Uribe (hamstring), Felix Doubront (shoulder) and Corey Hart (hamstring).

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My name is Dan Stack and I live in Nyack, New York, which is about 20 miles north of New York City. I am a writer/blogger who is passionate about many things, namely sports. I am also very passionate when it comes to fantasy sports, whether it be baseball, football or basketball. You can find me writing/blogging here at FantasyPros911.com, BleacherReport.com, Mets360.com, GiantsFootballBlog.com and WeAreDePaul.com. I have also been the Managing Editor of my county's weekly newspaper (Rockland County Times). I hold a BA degree in Journalism/Broadcasting from C.W. Post University in Brookville, New York. I have other passion besides sports as I am big in to music, pop culture, dogs and and other fun stuff. I love New York and all that it has to offer. You can often find me writing/blogging, watching TV, attending movies or at a ballgame. E-Mail if you have any questions or comments.
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