Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Zac Gallen, Jose Urquidy, Kyle Schwarber (2021)
Happy July 4th weekend, everybody! There’s not much to discuss this week-only three notable additions to Injury Lists since last week’s column.
Let’s dive in!
Zac Gallen (SP – ARI)
Zac Gallen (hamstring) left Friday’s game with a grade one hamstring strain. There’s no timetable for his return; similar injuries have an average of 24 missed games. Managers should expect him to be out for at least a month. Gallen is one of the best young pitchers in the game, but he hasn’t been able to stay healthy this season. The 25-year-old has three stints on the IL, and with the Diamondbacks being historically bad, he doesn’t seem to be worth stashing unless you have an open spot on your IL. Arizona could recall Corbin Martin to take Gallen’s place in the rotation.
Jose Urquidy (SP – HOU)
Jose Urquidy (shoulder) went to the IL after leaving Tuesday’s start early. He’s been excellent this season with a 3.38 ERA, a 5.08 K/BB ratio, and a 0.96 WHIP in 77 and 1/3 innings. However, his 4.28 xFIP suggests regression is possible. It all depends on Urquidy’s ability to sustain his career .241 BABIP (.232 BABIP this season). There’s no timetable for his return. The Astros’ had been using a six-man rotation, so the injury to Urquidy doesn’t mean Christian Javier will return to the mix, but he’d be next up if the Astros need another starter.
Kyle Schwarber (OF – WAS)
Kyle Schwarber (hamstring) hit 16 home runs in June, slashing .280/.362/.760 in 100 at-bats. He was taking the fantasy baseball world by storm until he hurt himself running the bases on Friday. The Nationals claim he has a significant hamstring strain and will be out at least a month. Gerardo Parra will take over in left for Schwarber.
Yoan Moncada, Yasmani Grandal, Jose Ramirez, Michael Brantley, Kyle Tucker, Nelson Cruz, Josh Donaldson, Buster Posey, and Tyler O’Neill all missed the time last week, including on Sunday with various day-to-day type ailments.
Yoan Moncada (3B – CWS)
Yoan Moncada (hand) hasn’t played since Thursday because of a bruised hand. If he doesn’t get better soon, he might go to the IL. Jake Burger was recalled from Triple-A and is playing third base with Moncada injured.
Yasmani Grandal (C – CWS)
Yasmani Grandal (calf) didn’t play over the weekend. However, he’s reportedly doing much better and should return early this week. Zack Collins played catcher with Grandal out.
Jose Ramirez (3B – CLE)
Jose Ramirez (elbow) last played on Thursday. The All-Star injured his elbow, making a diving attempt in the field. Ernie Clement is playing third with Ramirez out.
Michael Brantley (OF – HOU)
Michael Brantley (oblique) didn’t play over the weekend. There’s not a lot of information on the exact nature of Brantley’s injury, but he’s considered day-to-day. If he can’t play early this week, it’s possible the Astros’ send him to the IL to get him rested and healthy for the second half of the season. Taylor Jones is filling in with Brantley sidelined.
Kyle Tucker (OF – HOU)
Kyle Tucker (back) has missed three straight games with back spasms. He’s supposedly available off the bench. Chas McCormick is starting with Tucker out.
Nelson Cruz (UTIL – MIN)
Nelson Cruz (neck) is doing his usual damage in the heart of the Twins lineup, hitting .306/.381/.571 with 18 homers this season. Cruz was a late scratch on Sunday with a stiff neck, and Miguel Sano played DH.
Josh Donaldson (3B – MIN)
Josh Donaldson (hamstring) left Saturday’s game early after limping into second base on a double. He missed Sunday’s game too. This injury has a chance to turn into an IL stint for Donaldson because of his history. Luis Arraez filled in at the hot corner with Donaldson out.
Buster Posey (C – SF)
Buster Posey (thumb) left Sunday’s game early with a thumb contusion. He’s available off the bench on Monday. Curt Casali will start in his place.
Tyler O’Neill (OF – STL)
Tyler O’Neill (finger) got hit by a pitch on Friday and didn’t play over the weekend. The injury is a developing situation, and the Cardinals may put him on the IL if his recovery plateaus. Matt Carpenter could get more at-bats with O’Neill out.
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