Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Gerrit Cole, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Fernando Tatis Jr., Chris Sale
It’s already time for the Week 21 edition of the Fantasy Baseball Injury Report here at FantasyPros. Most of you are approaching the fantasy playoffs, and we’re here to get you ready to survive another week. Here are some of the biggest injury news and updates from around the league.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (3B – TOR) was removed from Saturday’s game with discomfort in his left knee. An MRI revealed inflammation, but it’s not believed to be a serious issue. Although he hopes to avoid the injured list and return as soon as Tuesday, the 52-75 Blue Jays have no reason to rush back the 20-year-old rookie.
Fernando Tatis Jr. (SS – SD) went on the 10-day injured list Friday with a stress reaction in his lower back. The initial response indicated that the injury was not too serious, but fantasy owners were dealt a huge blow when it was revealed that he is likely out for the season.
Chris Sale (SP – BOS) landed on the injured list August 17, retroactive to August 14, with elbow inflammation. He does not currently have a timetable set for his return. This puts the chances for a comeback this season in question, especially since the ace is expected to seek a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on Monday.
Gerrit Cole (SP – HOU) was scratched from August 13’s start with discomfort in his right hamstring. He played catch on Friday, and the Astros hope he will make his next scheduled start Thursday against the Tigers.
Here are a few more injuries to track this week.
Jose Martinez (1B/OF – STL)
Martinez was placed on the 10-day injured list with an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder. He had a cortisone shot August 15 and might be able to return before the end of August.
Robbie Ray (SP – ARI)
Ray left Wednesday’s start with back spasms. His MRI came back clean, but Arizona still placed him on the 10-day injured list to ensure that he returns fully healthy.
Jeff McNeil (2B/OF – NYM)
McNeil went on the injured list August 14 with a mild hamstring strain. The Mets hope he can return when first eligible.
Joey Votto (1B – CIN)
The Reds placed Votto on the injured list with a low back strain after he missed his fourth straight game Sunday. Reds manager David Bell said he expects the veteran first baseman to return close to the 10-day mark.
Sean Doolittle (RP – WAS)
After blowing a save by allowing four runs (three homers) Saturday night, Doolittle was placed on the injured list Sunday with knee tendinitis. It is not yet clear how long he will be on the shelf.
Scott Oberg (RP – COL)
Shortly after inheriting Colorado’s closing role from Wade Davis, Oberg is out for the remainder of the season with a blood cot in his arm. Inserted back into the ninth inning, Davis promptly blew his first save opportunity by allowing three runs without recording an out against Miami.
Ketel Marte (2B/SS/OF – ARI)
Marte sat out both weekend games with lower-back tightness and is considered day-to-day.
Lorenzo Cain (OF – MIL)
Cain missed both games last weekend with an oblique issue and is also expected to sit out Monday. The Brewers hope he won’t need to miss any more time.
Updating Previous Injuries
Nelson Cruz (DH – MIN): Wrist
Out since August 9 with a ruptured tendon in his left wrist, Cruz took batting practice last week and could be activated early this week.
David Price (SP – BOS): Wrist
Price had a cyst in his left wrist that landed him on the injured list August 8. He played catch and may return to the Red Sox as early as this week.
Max Scherzer (SP – WAS): Back
On the 10-day injured list since July 29 with an upper back strain, Scherzer threw simulated games last Tuesday and Saturday. He is expected to be activated for Thursday’s start at Pittsburgh.
Mitch Haniger (OF – SEA): Groin
Haniger has been out since June with a ruptured testicle. A sore lower back delayed his rehab assignment, but it’snot considered a major setback. He still has the chance to play for the Mariners in 2019.
Pablo Lopez (SP – MIA): Shoulder
Lopez, on the injured list since June 19 with a shoulder strain, took his rehab assignment to Triple-A on Friday. He has allowed 13 runs and seven walks in 8.1 innings, but the righty could return after one more minor league outing.
Tyler Mahle (SP – CIN): Hamstring
Mahle has been on the injured list since July 22 with a hamstring strain. He was sent on a Triple-A rehab assignment August 16 and could return to the Reds within the next couple of weeks. However, he’ll have little fantasy value since Cincinnati is likely bringing him back as a reliever.
Craig Kimbrel (RP – CHC): Knee
After missing two weeks because of right knee inflammation, Kimbrel returned to allow a home run in a non-save situation Sunday night. Although he now holds an unseemly 6.08 ERA, the righty should slide back into Chicago’s closer role.
Corey Kluber (SP – CLE): Arm
Seemingly on his way back to Cleveland, Kluber exited Sunday’s rehab start after one inning with abdominal tightness. He’s heading back to Cleveland to undergo testing. It’s still unclear if this is a major setback, but it will likely at least push back his return date.