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
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, 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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