Jon Lester SP, Cubs: left lat strain and shoulder fatigue
We lead off our roundup of the latest Fantasy Baseball injuries with Lester. The Cubs were forced to place Jon Lester on the DL when he experienced fatigue in his throwing shoulder and a left lat strain. While they hope he only misses 1-2 starts, our Optimal Recovery Time indicates he needs to be out closer to three weeks to fully heal and regain his strength. An MRI on both the shoulder and lat showed that they were structurally sound, but these are two problems that on their own can each have a significant impact on his ability to pitch effectively. It’s important to the Cubs to take care of it now so he can be healthy for a playoff run.
Joey Gallo 3B, Rangers: non-displaced nasal fracture
An outfield collision with Matt Bush left Gallo with a non-displaced nasal fracture Sunday afternoon. He’s going to miss at least a few games and could still land on the DL. Whenever he does play, though, his performance shouldn’t be impacted by the injury. His Fantasy owners can play him with confidence that his nasal fracture won’t hurt his ability to perform.
Miguel Sano 3B, Twins: stress reaction in his left shin
Sano left Saturday’s game with left shin soreness, and further tests revealed a stress reaction, and he landed on the DL. While this injury isn’t as serious as a stress fracture, it does need time to heal and will get worse if he tries to play through it. Losing Sano is a huge blow to the Twins lineup as they fight for a spot in the playoffs. Unfortunately, Sano could need around four weeks to get healthy.
Dexter Fowler CF, Cardinals: back discomfort
Dexter Fowler can’t seem to stay in the lineup. Fowler, who has been a High Injury Risk for much of the season, has been sidelined with back discomfort. He missed Saturday’s game but was back in the lineup on Sunday. While this doesn’t seem like a major concern, his long list of injuries this season is. Fowler may be back for now, but our analytics show that this could be a recurring problem the rest of the the season.
Cody Bellinger 1B, Dodgers: ankle sprain
Bellinger tweaked his right ankle on Saturday and could be out for a few days. He did not undergo an X-ray and downplayed the injury after the game. He is still a Low Injury Risk. His Fantasy owners can play him with confidence whenever he is back in the lineup.
Adam Wainwright SP, Cardinals: right elbow impingement
After seeing a dip in his velocity during his last start, Wainwright was sent to have his elbow evaluated. He has been diagnosed with elbow impingement and received a PRP injection. Wainwright will be shut down for the next 10-14 days. While he has a shot to return later in the season, there is no reason for his Fantasy owners to hold onto him. Our algorithm shows a 3-5 week Optimal Recovery Time, even if there is no additional damage to his elbow.
David Price SP, Red Sox: elbow stiffness
It’s time to cut David Price loose. Price missed all of Spring Training and started the year on the DL due to elbow troubles and found himself back on the DL last month with renewed soreness. The team has not identified an exact diagnosis to explain all of his problems. Price started to make progress and worked his way to throwing at 60 feet, but once again he was shut down after three straight days of throwing. That was last Wednesday, and now reports indicate that he may not throw again this season. We may not see Price back on the mound until 2018, and that’s if his medical team can identify the cause of the soreness and stiffness in his pitching elbow. Our analytics have Price in the “decreased 4-10 mph” category for Fastball Velocity, just one sign that he can’t pitch effectively through this injury.
Trevor Rosenthal RP, Cardinals: right elbow injury
Rosenthal was sent for further evaluation after experiencing renewed tightness in his right arm. This can be a sign of damage to the UCL, the most important ligament in the elbow. He has landed on the DL and may not pitch again this season. If Rosenthal did tear his UCL (even if it is a partial tear), he may need to undergo Tommy John surgery, which would likely keep him out the entire 2018 season as well. He will get a second opinion before determining the best next steps. Even if he avoided significant ligament damage, his Fantasy owners should look for other pitching options- Rosenthal won’t be a valuable player the rest of the Fantasy season.
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