Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Elvis Andrus, Xander Bogaerts, Josh Donaldson

by Shane McDonald
Apr 16, 2018

This has been another devastating injury week for fantasy owners as Elvis Andrus is potentially missing six to eight weeks with a broken right elbow. Andrus was hit by a pitch Wednesday night and will not require surgery. This is especially devastating because part of the appeal of Andrus is his ability to stay on the field. This is actually his first career DL stint. Former top prospect Jurickson Profar should continue to get playing time with Andrus and Rougned Odor now on the DL. Profar is worth speculating on if you play in a deep league.

Xander Bogaerts hit the disabled list this week after sliding into a dugout attempting to keep a ball in play. Bogaerts has a small fracture in his left ankle and could return by the end of April. Bill Koch of the Providence Journal reported that Bogaerts was still in a walking boot on Thursday. Don’t be surprised if the Red Sox are patient with Bogaerts, but he should still return in the next couple of weeks.

After a couple of weeks of fans concerned about Josh Donaldson’s ability to throw, he was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. An MRI on Thursday revealed there was no structural damage, and the Blue Jays seem to be optimistic about the injury not keeping him out for an extended time frame. Donaldson does not have a set timetable to return at this point.

Here are a few more injuries that we are tracking from the previous week of action.

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Taijuan Walker (SP – ARI)
Walker was removed from his start on Saturday after experiencing forearm tightness. Walker was then placed on the disabled list on Sunday with forearm inflammation. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday.

Ryan Braun (OF – MIL)
Ryan Braun left Saturday’s game with back tightness. Braun is currently listed as day-to-day and more news should be coming soon.

David Price (SP/RP – BOS)
David Price left his start on Wednesday with numbness in his left hand, but he believes he does not have a serious injury. He has no pain and is scheduled to start Tuesday.

Charlie Blackmon (OF – COL)
Charlie Blackmon missed four games this week with quad and back tightness. He returned to the lineup on over the weekend and hit a two-run home run off of Max Scherzer. He should be safe to start this week.

Brandon Finnegan (SP – CIN)
Finnegan made his first start of the season on Saturday after being on the DL with a strained left bicep. He gave up five runs on six hits and four walks in only 4.1 innings. Finnegan needs to show more before he is worth rostering in standard formats.

Rougned Odor (2B – TEX)
Odor strained his hamstring this week and is expected to miss at least three weeks.

Andrew Heaney (SP – LAA)
Andrew Heaney has been limited over the last two seasons after having Tommy John surgery in 2016. Heaney gave up three earned runs with seven strikeouts and one walk on Saturday. He’s not likely to log many innings, but he is still worth a speculative waiver wire pick up in 15-team leagues.

Manuel Margot (OF – SD)
Manuel Margot was hit by a pitch on April 10, and he was placed on the DL with bruised ribs. Margot is making strides in his recovery and could return on April 20.

Adam Eaton (OF – WSH)
Adam Eaton is on the DL with a bone bruise in his left ankle. It is possible he could return on April 19.

Johnny Cueto (SP – SF)
Cueto sprained his ankle working out on April 7 and went on the DL April 10. Cueto pitched a simulated game on Saturday, and he could start on Tuesday.

Anthony Rizzo (1B/2B – CHC)
Rizzo was placed on the DL April 9 with lower back tightness that he has blamed on sleeping in a hotel bed. He is eligible to return on April 16 and is currently scheduled to only need a minimum stay on the DL.

Brandon McCarthy (SP – ATL)
McCarthy partially dislocated his non-throwing shoulder on April 11. McCarthy is currently expected to make his next start on April 17.

Kendrys Morales (1B/DH – TOR)
Morales suffered a Grade 1 hamstring strain on April 9. The Blue Jays expect him to return after a minimum DL stay on April 20.

CC Sabathia (SP – NYY)
Sabathia has been on the DL with a hip strain. Sabathia threw a 57-pitch bullpen session on April 12 is expected to return to the rotation on Tuesday.

JC Ramirez (SP – LAA)
JC Ramirez was diagnosed with a UCL tear in his right elbow and will undergo Tommy John surgery on April 17. Unfortunately, this ends Ramirez’s season, and he will need extensive rehab before he possibly returns in the 2019 season.

Updating Previous Injuries

Wil Myers (1B – SD) Arm
Wil Myers has been on the DL with right arm nerve irritation since April 4. He has completed throwing sessions and is scheduled for a minor league rehab assignment on Tuesday and Wednesday. Myers is close to returning and could be back in the next couple of weeks.

Salvador Perez (C – KC) Knee
Perez started a rehab assignment on Sunday. The Royals are going to be patient with him, allowing him to catch three to five innings at a time and not catching back to back days to begin the rehab assignment. He could be back before the end of April.

J.T. Realmuto (C/1B – MIA) Back
Realmuto started a rehab assignment on Saturday and could return to the lineup this week.

Nelson Cruz (OF/DH – SEA) Ankle
Nelson Cruz returned from the DL on Saturday. Cruz should be safe to start this week in all formats.

Daniel Murphy (2B – WSH) Knee
Daniel Murphy could be sent to extended spring training this week. There is a chance he could return before the end of April.

Jeff Samardzija (SP – SF) Pectoral
Samardzija pitched in a minor league game on Saturday as part of a rehab assignment. Samardzija gave up six runs on five hits in only 2.2 innings. He was expected to need only one rehab start before he returns, but this outing has changed that outlook. He’s not expected back this week.

Mark Melancon (RP – SF) Forearm
Melancon received a stem cell injection in his pronator on Thursday and will not throw for the next two weeks. At that point, he will begin a throwing program. He would need a rehab assignment as well. There is no official timetable, but it looks like Melancon will still have an extended absence.

Christian Yelich (OF – MIL) Oblique
Yelich hit in the cage this week with no discomfort but was not activated when first eligible on Sunday. The Brewers want Yelich to be 100% before activating him. Yelich should be back sometime this week.Import your team to My Playbook for instant Waiver Wire advice >>

Shane McDonald is a correspondent at FantasyPros. For more from Shane, check out his archive or follow him @coachshanemac.

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