As we get set to head into Week 2 of the baseball season, we here at FantasyPros911 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.
Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds
You may want to sit Hamilton this week, as he is dealing with a finger injury. It’s not serious, but considering he is 0-12 without a stolen base (caught in his only attempt), Hamilton is a prime candidate for the bench.
Will Middlebrooks, Boston Red Sox
Sit Middlebrooks this week, as he’s headed to the DL with a calf strain.
Mat Latos, Cincinnati Reds
Latos is probably a week away from returning after off-season knee and elbow problems. There’s always a chance he may get a start late in the week, but you should play it cautious and leave him on your bench.
Corey Hart, Seattle Mariners
Although he has a sore forearm and was given the past two days off, Hart should be back in the lineup this week. Manager Lloyd McClendon is saying he will be back shortly. In deep leagues, Hart makes for a decent start.
J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles
Back spasms caused Hardy to miss both Friday and Sunday’s games. He is a risky play this week, but there has been no word that this will sidetrack Hardy for the long term. Play him at your own risk.
Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
The good news for Zimmerman was that there was no structural damage in his shoulder after his MRI came back clean. He’ll be reevaluated once again on Tuesday. If you can stomach it, you may want to play it safe and bench Zimmerman this week just in case.
Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers
While he is making more news for his tardiness and coachability, Puig is also suffering from a thumb injury. Given that he was available to pinch hit on Sunday, you should leave him in your lineup. Hopefully, Don Mattingly does too.
Evan Gattis, Atlanta Braves
Over the weekend, Gattis was suffering from flu-like symptoms and had to sit out Saturday and Sunday. Given these illnesses don’t last that long, Gattis should be in your lineup at catcher.
Dexter Fowler, Houston Astros
A case of gastroenteritis has now sidelined Fowler for three straight games. His status for the upcoming week is up in the air, and you may want to plan to have a backup option ready.
Josh Beckett, Los Angeles Dodgers
After being reevaluated on Sunday, there is no guarantee that Beckett will return from the DL (he injured his ankle in a rehab start) and make his scheduled start on Wednesday. Considering where you drafted him, you probably have better options to roll with it in his stead.
Oswaldo Arcia, Minnesota Twins
A wrist injury could land Arcia on the DL. Since he was probably a fringe-level start in deep leagues to begin with, leave Arcia on the bench—even if he somehow avoids the DL.
Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees
This is an easy call. Just in case you didn’t know, Teixeira went on the DL with a hamstring injury. Sit across the board.
Jonathan Broxton, Cincinnati Reds
If all goes well, Broxton will come off the DL on Tuesday and assume the closer’s spot until Aroldis Chapman is able to come back. It’s not a moment too soon, as replacement closer J.J. Hoover imploded on Saturday.
Michael Bourn, Cleveland Indians
Bourn is close to coming off the DL, but he is slated to play in at least a few more rehab games this week. Hold off on getting him back in your lineup.
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