Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Miguel Andujar, Giancarlo Stanton, Trea Turner
Week 1 of the fantasy baseball season is already over, and it’s time to get prepared for Week 2. There are plenty of injuries to discuss including some of the headliners.
Some devastating news came out of New York this week as Miguel Andujar (3B – NYY) learned that he has a small labrum tear in his right shoulder. He was placed on the 10-day injured list, and he could miss several months. Andujar is putting off surgery for the next few weeks and is trying physical therapy. A reevaluation should occur in the next couple of weeks to determine if he will have season-ending surgery.
The Yankees had some more tough injury notes this week as Giancarlo Stanton (OF – NYY) has a Grade 1 biceps strain in his left arm. He was placed on the 10-day injured list and was shut down from baseball activities for 10 days. It is possible he could be back in late April even though there is no official timetable for his return.
Trea Turner (SS – WAS) attempted a bunt Monday and was hit with a fastball. He later had X-rays that revealed a fractured right index finger. He was placed on the 10-day injured list April 3 and does not have an official return date.
Here are a few more injuries we are tracking this week.
Justin Smoak (1B – TOR)
Smoak was out of the lineup Friday with neck tightness and was listed as day-to-day with the injury. He returned to the lineup Saturday but was not in the lineup again Sunday with the same condition. Smoak is once again listed as day-to-day.
Jake Lamb (3B – ARI)
Lamb was barely able to make it to second base on a double Thursday and was later diagnosed with a Grade 2 left quad strain. He is expected to miss at least six weeks which would have his return sometime in mid-May. The obvious beneficiary here is Christian Walker as he should get full-time at-bats without Lamb in the lineup.
Corey Dickerson (OF – PIT)
Dickerson was placed on the 10-day IL April 4 with a posterior strain in his right shoulder. He has been shut down from throwing but can hit without restrictions. He could possibly return in April.
Joey Wendle (2B – TB)
Wendle landed on the 10-day injured list April 1 with a hamstring strain. He is expected to return sometime in mid-April.
Updating Previous Injuries
Mike Foltynewicz (SP – ATL) Elbow
Foltynewicz has been dealing with elbow soreness throughout spring training and has been on the injured list since March 28. He pitched five scoreless innings in his first rehab start April 4 at Triple A-Gwinnett. He is scheduled to pitch another rehab start Tuesday before being reevaluated. It is possible he could return to the Braves April 14.
Clayton Kershaw (SP – LAD) Shoulder
Kershaw has been on the 10-day injured list with shoulder inflammation. He completed his first rehab assignment Thursday and is expected to have another before his return to the Dodgers.
Jeremy Jeffress (RP – MIL) Shoulder
Jeffress has been on the injured list since March 19 with shoulder soreness. He was sent on a rehab assignment this week and could return to the Brewers in mid-April. There is a possibility that Josh Hader could return to his high-leverage position rather than the definite closer when Jeffress is activated.