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In-depth injury updates and recommended waiver wire adds from insideinjuries.com

Injury Insights

Brian McCann C, Astros: right knee surgery

For the second time this season McCann has landed on the DL due to problems with his right knee, but this time he needed surgery. He underwent an arthroscopic procedure on Thursday and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Our Optimal Recovery Time is on the longer end of that projection with an August 12 Healthy to Return Date. It’s a tough loss for the Astros, but having him healthy throughout the postseason should be the goal. With a recurring issue like this, it’s best to go ahead and take care of the problem, likely just a clean-up procedure or addressing cartilage damage. Knee problems can be especially problematic for an aging catcher like McCann, but he should be able to return in mid-August and perform well throughout the final months of the season.

Christian Yelich OF, Brewers: lower back tightness

Just about every year Yelich misses time due to lower back problems. He missed five games this week but returned to the Brewers lineup on Wednesday. According to our analytics, his HPF (Health Performance Factor) remains Below Average, so his back could continue to affect him. This is going to be a recurring problem for him, whether it’s next week or later in the season that it pops up again. Unfortunately it’s something players never fully get over.

Gleyber Torres 2B, Yankees: right hip strain

Torres wasn’t in the Yankees starting lineup on Tuesday due to a right hip strain, and he lasted just four innings on Wednesday before being lifted and quickly landing on the DL. If it’s a mild strain, this comes with a two-week Optimal Recovery Time. That means he shouldn’t return before the All Star break. The Yankees are one of the hottest teams in baseball, and Torres is a big reason why. The rookie has been great through his first 63 major league games, hitting .294 with 15 homers and 42 RBI. But hip injuries can quickly get re-aggravated and made worse, so it’s best to shut him down now and allow things to calm down.

Tyler Skaggs SP, Angels: right adductor strain

Skaggs was just placed on the DL with a right adductor strain, the same injury that forced him to miss a start earlier in the year. While he believes he will miss just one start, this can be a slow injury to recover from, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he ends up sitting out through the All-Star break. This comes with a 2 week Optimal Recovery Time. Right now his Injury Risk is Elevated and HPF is Below Average.

Shane Greene RP, Tigers: right shoulder strain

Greene is undergoing an MRI on his right shoulder Thursday. There is some concern that this is a serious injury, which could be anything from a labrum tear to rotator cuff damage. Check back for more updates as we learn more about the severity of his injury and projected recovery time.

Rich Hill SP, Dodgers: neck tightness

Once again Rich Hill is dealing with an injury, but this time it isn’t a blister issue. He left his start early on Wednesday due to neck tightness. Hill was injured on a head-first dive into home plate while attempting to score a run. While he is being called day-to-day, it could take him closer to 7-10 days for the stiffness to subside. Any mild injury can greatly affect a pitcher, so it’s best to push his next start back so he can get back to 100% before taking the mound. A short stint on the DL remains a possibility. His Injury Risk also remains High due to his many injury concerns.

Marco Estrada SP, Blue Jays: glute strain

Estrada was sent for an MRI to determine the severity of his glute injury and has been diagnosed with a mild strain. He threw just three pitches on Tuesday before exiting with the injury. We are showing a two-week Optimal Recovery Time, so it makes sense to place him on the DL. The good news is his HPF remains Above Average, so he should be able to pitch well once he is cleared to return.

Waiver Wire Tips

Max Stassi C, HOU

Owned in 24% of CBS Sports Leagues

Stassi took a pitch off the hand Tuesday, but X-Rays came back negative and he is expected to return at some point this weekend. Stassi is an elevated injury risk according to Inside Injuries, but expect him to return quickly and continue to fill in for Brian McCann. McCann is 4-6 weeks away from returning after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday night. Given the surgery, McCann’s age and his high injury risk designation from Inside Injuries, it could be quite awhile until he returns, meaning plenty of at-bats for Stassi (seven homers, .822 OPS), who is more than capable of putting up Top 12 catcher numbers given how weak the position is.

Neil Walker 1B/2B, NYY

Owned in 7% of CBS Sports Leagues

Rookie phenom Gleyber Torres just hit the disabled list with a hip strain, and we likely won’t see him again until after the All-Star break. With Torres out, the veteran Walker will start most games at second base. He’s been far from impressive this season, but given the lineup around him, expect Walker to produce solid numbers when given consistent at-bats, something he really hasn’t had at all this season. He’s not an overly exciting option, but Walker can help you in a deeper league for the short term.

Steven Souza OF, ARI

Owned in 36% of CBS Sports Leagues

Souza has played in just 14 games this season due to a lingering pectoral injury, but he is nearing a return. He’s currently on a rehab assignment, getting his first start in the outfield earlier this week, which is a big sign of progress. He’s hit the ball well so far in his rehab stint, and his power should always remain consistent. He does remain a high injury risk according to Inside Injuries, which should give you pause, but if you need help in the outfield and a jolt in power, Souza’s upside makes his return worth gambling on.

Tyler Clippard RP, TOR

Owned in 25% of CBS Sports Leagues

With Roberto Osuna still suspended and Ryan Tepera on the disabled list with inflammation in his pitching elbow, Clippard will get another chance to close in the major leagues, even with all of his struggles in recent years. He’s pitched much better of late, picking up two saves this week, and should remain the Jays short term closer so long as that continues. Tepera is a low injury risk according to Inside Injuries, but he isn’t expected to return until after the All-Star break. In the meantime, Clippard can be a good short-term source of saves.

Joe Jimenez RP, DET

Owned in 26% of CBS Sports Leagues

Shane Green just went down with a shoulder injury, allowing Jimenez to get some save opportunities. Green (elevated injury risk) underwent an MRI Thursday, and it sounds like the Tigers are worried that he could be dealing with something serious. This could open the door for Jimenez to seize the Tigers closer role for the rest of the season. He’s been brilliant for most of this season, even if he has scuffled a bit of late, including a blown save Monday. His 45/12 K/BB ratio is indicative of a dominant reliever. Jimenez is a high upside closer add, something that can be hard to find at this point of the season.

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