As we get set to head into Week 3 of the baseball season, we here at Fantasy Pros911 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.
Scott Kazmir, Oakland A’s
Scott Kazmir will be a risky start this week due to the fact that he came out of Sunday’s start with left triceps tightness. The thinking here is Kazmir will at the minimum miss his next start and a trip to the disabled list a real probability.
Coco Crisp, Oakland A’s
Coco Crisp is nursing a hamstring injury and is doubtful for Monday’s game. These injuries tend to linger, so you may want to play it safe and bench Crisp this week.
J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles
After sitting out almost the whole week with back spasms, Hardy returned to the lineup on Saturday and has now played in the last two games. With that said, you should feel comfortable about getting Hardy back in your lineup for good.
Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
After shoulder problems limited him in the early going, Zimmerman now has a fractured thumb and will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks. Now that he is on the DL, you can safely plant Zimmerman on your bench.
Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
After injuring himself in Saturday’s game against the Yankees, Dustin Pedroia had to miss Sunday night’s game with a wrist injury. He will be re-evaluated on Monday and his status for the rest of the week is up in the air. Proceed with caution.
Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
In what was seemingly inevitable, Beltre has now landed on the DL with a left quadriceps strain. So, you know what you got to do.
Koji Uehara, Boston Red Sox
Although he is dealing with some shoulder stiffness, Red Sox Manager John Farrell was encouraged by Uehara’s long toss on Sunday and he hopes to have him back pitching this week. Uehara could be a nice roll of the dice.
Carl Crawford, Los Angeles Dodgers
Due to tightness in his right side, Crawford sat out Sunday’s game against the Diamondbacks. It’s most likely a day-to-day situation for Crawford. Depending on the size of your league or depth you have in your outfield, Crawford may be a dicey play.
Ben Revere, Philadelphia Phillies
Revere has now missed his third straight game with a nagging rib injury. However, the Phillies think he is ready to return soon. Play at your own risk.
Mat Latos, Cincinnati Reds
Latos suffered a setback in his recovery from a forearm injury and he now has a flexor mass strain. He is weeks away from returning to the field, therefore he is a no-brainer sit.
Alex Cobb, Tampa Bay Rays
A left oblique strain will now sideline Alex Cobb a few weeks. Coupled with Matt Moore’s elbow injury, this is a tough blow to the Ray’s staff. Sit Cobb across the board.
Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
As a result of tightness in his quadriceps, Derek Jeter has been kept out of the lineup the last two games as a precaution. With another day off on Monday, Yankees Manager Joe Girardi wanted to give the aging Jeter all the rest he can afford. There is probably a good chance he’ll return to the lineup sometime this week.
Colby Rasmus, Toronto Blue Jays
After having a productive day at the plate on Sunday, Rasmus had to leave the game early with a tight hamstring. Manager John Gibbons doesn’t think it is serious, and depending on the league you’re in, you may want to sit him down.
Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays
Reyes, who lasted only one at bat before going on the DL with a hamstring injury in the first week of the season, is aiming to get back on the field for Friday’s game at Cleveland. If you’re ok with him only playing three games max, then get him in your lineup. However, that return date is not exactly set in stone.
Denard Span, Washington Nationals
Span was placed on the 7-day DL with a concussion on Saturday, and seeing as though he’ll at least miss the majority of next week (if not all of it), he should be glued you your bench.
A.J. Burnett, Philadelphia Phillies
After a groin injury forced him to leave Friday’s start, Burnett may be iffy for his Wednesday start. There should be more known about his status on Monday. So, check his status then before making any decisions on him.
Michael Bourn, Cleveland Indians
It seems Bourn is finally ready to make his return to the field this week after completing his rehab assignment for a hamstring injury. So, if you feel like it, get him back in your lineup.
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