Start and Sit Fantasy Baseball Tips from insideinjuries.com
Alex Wood SP, LAD – Start
Alex Wood was pulled early from his start on Sunday. The reason was not obviously apparent at the time, but Dave Roberts later confirmed that he was pulled due to cramps. Wood was most likely just dehydrated, as the temperature was touching the upper 80s and into the low 90s, and it may have been hotter on the field. This was probably a fluke thing, and he should be good to go for his next start.
Nelson Cruz DH, SEA – Risky Start
Nelson Cruz was hit in the elbow by a pitch during Saturday’s win over the Tigers. It was confirmed that there was no structural damage, just some pain and maybe a little swelling. But that still doesn’t mean that he should be played. Elbow injuries are especially worrisome for players who rely on power to be successful, and even more so when the player is already in their late 30s. Cruz will have a day off on Monday as the Mariners don’t have a game, but even if he plays on Tuesday, he will not be 100%.
Andrew McCutchen OF, SFG – Risky Start
Andrew McCutchen missed Sunday’s game with a knee contusion. He was pulled early from Saturday’s game, which would leave one to believe that there is at least some seriousness to the injury. Right now, it is just considered a soft tissue injury (i.e. no structural damage) which means he will likely heal over the next seven days, but he is still shaky. Best to let him sit on the fantasy bench for the week, and look to start him in this weekend’s matchup against the Cubs.
Cole Hamels SP, TEX – Sit
Cole Hamels has been dealing with some neck stiffness over the last week. While it is not overly serious, it isn’t anything to mess with. It has been diagnosed as a Grade 1 Paraspinal Muscle Strain, and it should take about two weeks to fully recover from. He already missed his Saturday start, and while he is hopeful to make his next start, we think it is unlikely he will be healthy enough to do well. Depending on your roster and the rules of your league, “sitting” Cole Hamels might not actually mean changing anything in your lineup, but if it comes to a choice between Hamels and just about anyone else over the next 10 days, choose the other guy.
Greg Bird 1B, Yankees – Sit
Bird has a chance to rejoin the Yankees this week following March ankle surgery, but he is still way too risky to start even if he is activated. His Injury Risk remains very High (46%), and he hasn’t put up strong numbers at the plate while on his rehab assignment. He’s worth picking up in deeper leagues as he could add value down the stretch, but he can’t be trusted yet.