Benny's MLB Injury Report - 8/9
Players coming off the DL
Tyler Skaggs (Angels) - Skaggs is scheduled to come off of the DL on August 11th. All indications are he will be ready to go. He hit the DL on the 4th, but it was retroactive to the 1st, hence why he’s eligible to pitch on Saturday and should be good for next week.
Carlos Correa (Astros) - The one piece of good news for the Astros is that Correa is in the minors rehabbing and nearing his return. If he’s not back by the weekend, he should be back for the next game week starting Monday the 13th.
Carlos Martinez (Cardinals) - I am not sure whether or not he will, but he is eligible to come off the DL this weekend. The Cardinals need him if they are going to make a push here as he is the best pitcher on this staff and has been for a little while
Nomar Mazara (Rangers) - Mazara is in AAA rehabbing as I type this. It may take a few days, but he should be available by next week and back in the lineup for the Red hot Rangers
Chris Sale (Red Sox) - Been on the DL since the end of July and expected to pitch on the 12th. That means he gets a start in for this game week and should be fine to fire up next week as well.
JA Happ (Yankees)- Strangely the second NY pitcher on different teams to get hand, foot, and mouth disease in the last month. It’s a virus that comes and goes quickly and Happ has already thrown a bullpen, so he should be back for next week’s game sets.
Players going onto the DL
Nick Tropeano (Angels) - It’s nice that they have Skaggs ready to go, because they lost Tropeano after his start this week. He was given a cortisone injection and is shut down through the weekend. Hopefully, it will not be a long DL stint for him. The Angels have had a ton of pitching injuries and need live arms.
George Springer (Astros) - Springer ends up right back on the DL. Altuve is still on the DL and not ready yet. Correa is not back, but he will be very shortly. These guys are the meat of that Astros order and they really need them to get healthy to make a push here towards the end of the season. The outfield and the lineup as a whole is much weaker as currently constructed.
Alex Wood (Dodgers) - Wood hit the DL on 8/4 after his last appearance. He’s eligible to come off on Tuesday and they also have Ross Stripling eligible next wee as well. Hyun Jin-Ryu is now rehabbing in the minors as well, so the Dodgers have a couple potential pitching options heading back to the majors soon. It’s tough to figure how this works out with Buehler, Kershaw, Maeda, and Hill already in the rotation currently.
Brandon Drury (Blue Jays) - This one stings a bit as they needed him to fill in with some injuries to their infield. Lourdes Gurriel is still working his way back, but is not ready yet. Drury was supposed to help them fill that void. Hopefully, Gurriel is not far off from his return, because now they really need him
John Hicks (Tigers) - The Tigers offense has struggled all year. Hicks was one of the few bright spots, especially against LHP. He went on the DL on August 8th, so he misses most if not all of next week at a minimum.
Robbie Grossman (Twins) - The Twins offense is another one that has struggled. Grossman is a platoon bat they used against LHP. He is not a guy that has much if any value, even in deeper leagues.
Tommy Pham (Rays) - Rough season for him and toughbreak for the Rays. He was just traded over right before the deadline and now finds himself on the DL for a 2-4 week period with a fracture in his foot. The Rays are not a good offense anyway, but Pham was hitting cleanup and had value before going down. He’s expected back before the end of the year, so I guess holding him for now is best if you can
Daniel Robertson (Rays) - As if Pham wasn’t bad enough, the Rays also lost Daniel Robertson for the season this week. He’s not a stud, but was a top of the order guy for them much of the year too. He should be dropped if you have not done so already.
Ian Kinsler (Red Sox) - Newly acquired and already on the DL for Kinsler.HE went on the 4th and is slated to come off on the 14th when first eligible.
Steven Matz (Mets) - Matz hit the DL on the 3rd, retroactive to the first, BUT all indications are he will not be ready to come off the DL. Matz is not expected back before the end of the month at te earliest.
Wil Myers (Padres) - Padres slugger has been on and off the DL all season. He hit the disabled list on the 4th retroactive to the 3rd and all indications are he will be ready to come off on the 13th when eligible. He’s hit when healthy, but the bigger problem is he has not been healthy much this year.
Max Fried (Braves) - The young BRaves pitcher was given a chance to start and has been solid, but he finds himself hitting the DL. The Braves are playing wel and would make the playoffs if it started today. Fried has been making some spot starts for them, but with the Gausman trade, he has become less of a neccisity and more of a luxury anyway. HE can pitch and would be in the rotation if anyone goes down. For now, though, this is not a huge loss.
Dexter Fowler (Cardinals) - Not that he was having a great year anyway, but the trade of Pham probably meant he was in line for more regular at-bats, until the injury hit. He is on the 10-day DL and available to come off on the 14th. From the looks of it, he will not be ready and probably needs a month. Harrison BAder is in line to get regular at-bats now and is a guy you can grab in deep leagues if you need someone