MLB Injury Report - 7/12
We have a lot of news today with the All-Star break coming up. Not as many guys going on the DL right now, mostly because many of them will be off of it by the time games restart next week. We do have a lot of guys coming off or getting close to being ready who are likely to make their MLB reappearance after the break, so that’s where most of the action is in this week’s report.
GUYS COMING OFF THE DL
Tyler Skaggs (Angels) - Missed just one start and is likely to make one before the All-Star break. Either way, he’s back and should be available for you to slot back in post All-Star break. Skaggs has been good and the Angels need him with Richards going down. (See Below)
Trevor Cahill (Athletics) - A’s get back a guy who is underrated when healthy. The problem is every year we see Cahill go down at some point. If he's available, pick him up. You might not get a bunch of starts out of him for the rest of the year, but he’s well above average with a low hard-contact rate when he does start. He’s rehabbing in the minors and slated back after the All-Star break.
Daniel Mengden (Athletics) - He was pitching really well before the injury hit him. He is also in the minors right now rehabbing. No timetable for him, but also expected back soon and likely after the break.
Max Fried (Braves) - Fried has one of those annoying blisters. He probably would not have needed a DL stint or maybe just missed a game, but since the break was coming, they decided to put him on. All indications are that blister needs a few days to heal and he should be good to go in his next rotation turn.
Matt Albers (Brewers) - Was pitching well out of the pen before the injury. He’s expected back after the break and is rehabbing in the minors right now.
Brent Suter (Brewers) - Down in the minors rehabbing with Albers. Both expected back after the break.
Luke Gregerson (Cardinals) - Gregerson is in the minors and ready to roll after the break. With Bud Norris being banged up and Greg Holland never coming around, Gregerson could find himself pitching meaningful innings at the back of the bullpen. Does he close again? Not likely, but you never know with injuries coming in the second half.
Jarrod Dyson (Diamondbacks) - Expected back after the break. With the addition of Jon Jay and now Steven Souza Jr. coming back, he likely sees less playing time even when he is off the DL. Not much to like about him here.
Walker Buehler (Dodgers) - Buehler may make a start before the break or may be held off until after. He is ready to go either way though. The kid is a legit MLB pitcher and a high end one at that. The Dodgers rotation is getting healthy and they have plenty of arms now, so some of these guys may even end up pitching out of the bullpen. Rich Hill, Alex Wood and Clayton Kershaw are all back already, and they have Kenta Maeda and Ross Stripling both pitching well too. It’s a good problem to have for the Dodgers, but a dicey one for guys who own these pitchers in fantasy. Hyun Jin Ryu is also on his way back.
Andrew Miller (Indians) - I rarely write up relief pitchers here unless they close, because the fantasy value is usually minimal to none. That is not the case with Miller though. He’s a high strikeout guy with great ratios when he is right, and when he is right, he is a usable fantasy option. He has thrown bullpen sessions all week and is slated for a simulated game this weekend. If all goes well, we should see him after the break.
Yoenis Cespedes (Mets) - Rehab was shut down during his activity and he’s been on the shelf since. He’s slated to start a rehab assignment after the break so still a week or two away, at best. An interesting side note is they are giving him a look at first base to limit the running and keep him healthy. If that’s the case, he could gain additional position eligibility. This should also help keep Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo in the lineup, even after Jay Bruce comes back too.
Noah Syndergaard (Mets) - This is a big one for the Mets. They still need hitting and the lack of wins is going to frustrate the hell out of his owners, but if you have him, you want those ratios back. Jacob deGrom can’t seem to buy a win with lack of run support, so expect the same for Thor moving forward here.
Stephen Strasburg (Nationals) - Stras is a top pitcher and one the Nats would love to have back. He has his haters, but last year he was dominant, and the haters can’t even argue the guy doesn’t have upside anytime he toes the rubber. He was one of the best in the league last year.
Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals) - Zimmerman is another big bat to add back to the lineup. They got the left side of the platoon back last week with Matt Adams coming off the DL and now the right-handed side of it is about ready to go.
Sean Rodriguez (Pirates) - Utility man, who hits lefties well, is doing just that in the minors right now. He has no spot at the MLB level, but is a consistent bat for them against lefties and plays spot start duties.
Jake Faria (Rays) - He’s been out over a month and a half already. He’s slated to return sometime during the week following the All-Star break when he comes off the 60-day DL.
Drew Pomeranz (Red Sox) - He’s in AAA now and probably could pitch if needed. The plan was one more minor league start and back after the All-Star break, so that’s where we are.
Cheslor Cuthbert (Royals) - He is not a big-time player but a bench guy in 15 teamers if you need one. He has some pop, but really, this is only a big deal if Mike Moustakas gets traded so he has everyday at-bats near the middle of the order, which may happen in the next few weeks.
Leonys Martin (Tigers) - Word is he’s ready to start a rehab assignment, either now or during the break. He might not be back Day 1 of the second half, but it’ll be within the week, barring any setbacks.
Nicky Delmonico (White Sox) - Currently in the minors working on his rehab. If he’s not back before the break, he should be right after it.
Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres (Yankees) - Both young right-handed sluggers are on the DL, but slated to come off the week after the break. Neither seems to be in dire need of more time, so we should see both back in the Bronx by the last week of July, at the latest.
GUYS GOING ON THE DL
Sean Doolittle (Nationals) - Nats closer find himself on the DL but is eligible to come off after the break. It would be nice for him to not miss more time than is needed. He’s been pretty solid this year and on a winning team has a lot of chances to rack up saves.
Jake Junis (Royals) - Scratched literal hours before his last start with a back issue. No word on when he’ll be back, but he’s eligible to come off right after the break.
Ian Kennedy (Royals) - When it rains, it pours, and that was the case for the Royals with two starters in their rotation going down the week before the break. Kennedy, at the earliest, is eligible to come off on the 21st, so he’ll miss some post-break time and likely one start or more.
Felix Hernandez (Mariners) - King Felix also hit the DL after his last start. He’s on the shelf past the break and is going to be reevaluated then.
Garrett Richards (Angels) - UCL tear is the initial report, which likely means Tommy John. He may or may not require surgery, but he’s going to be out for awhile if not the year either way. He’s droppable, unfortunately.
Joe Panik (Giants) - Panik hit the DL on the seventh, so is eligible to come off soon after the break. No word yet on if he will or not though.
Rafael Devers (Red Sox) - The Red Sox young slugger was heating up, which makes this a tough one to swallow. It was just announced and retroactive to the 11th so he’ll miss the first few days after the break, at a minimum.