Activate Cardinals Carlos Martinez, Keep Mookie Betts Reserved
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Zack Cozart SS, LA Angels – Cautious Start
Cozart has missed four consecutive games with tightness in his forearm, however, it appears he will avoid a trip to the disabled list. The Angels announced his return to the lineup for Sunday night’s tilt against the Texas Rangers, in which he is scheduled to play shortstop and bat sixth in the lineup. Prior to this recent spate of missed games, Cozart was playing either second or third base, and he’s been used in multiple spots in the batting order. He’s been most effective in the leadoff spot (.243/.331/.423 with three HRs, 10 RBIs, and 19 Runs scored, but Cozart is expected to bat sixth, where he’s slashed .255/.300/.468 with two HRs, three RBIs, and five Runs scored. Unfortunately, Inside Injuries’ Optimal Recovery Time lists June 6 as Cozart’s Healthy Return Date, so he is only about 70% recovered as of today. As a result, his Overall Injury Risk remains High at 31.11% and his Health Performance Factor is still Below Average at 43.65%. Inside Injuries recommends that you bench Cozart unless you absolutely cannot.
Mookie Betts OF, Boston Red Sox – Sit
Betts was placed on the 10-day disabled list retroactively to May 29 with a left abdominal strain, so he will be eligible to return Friday June 5. Betts told reporters that the injury only bothers him when he swings the bat, so there is some concern that he could make it worse. Prior to the injury, Betts was leading MLB in BA (.359), SLG (.750), and OPS (1.187). Betts’ Overall Injury Risk will remain High, and his Health Performance Factor will likely remain Below Average until June 10, the date Inside Injuries’ algorithm calculates as Optimal for his return to health. Core muscle injuries can be tricky and often heal slower than expected, so don’t be surprised if Betts scuffles a bit upon his return. Still, he should be able to contribute relatively soon, so be patient.
Carlos Rodon SP, White Sox - Start
Rodon is scheduled to make his final rehab start for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights. If he remains as effective as he’s been during his other starts, he could return to the White Sox by next weekend. To date, Rodon has made three rehab starts in which he’s compiled a record of 1-0 with an ERA of 0.71, a WHIP of 0.711, 14.2 K/9, with 20 strikeouts and just two walks over his 12.2 IP. Rodon was hit in the head by a line drive and left the game briefly, but he returned and ended up pitching five full innings. Given his terrific performance during the current rehab stint, Rodon is worth adding in all fantasy formats and starting when he returns.
Joe Panik 2B, San Francisco Giants – Start
Panik returned to the Giants June 1st and he’s off to a good start so far. In the two games he’s played, he has four hits in seven at bats with a double, two walks, three Runs scored and one RBI. Panik had surgery on his left thumb to repair a torn ligament, and so far, it appears he has recovered fully. You can add him to your lineups right away, but if you hear reports of soreness in his thumb or wrist, be prepared to bench him until he gets a day or two of rest.
Carlos Martinez SP, St. Louis Cardinals - Start
Despite a brief period during which the Cardinals questioned how quickly and/or how well Martinez’ lat strain was healing, it appears he has recovered fully and will be activated to start Tuesday’s game against the Florida Marlins. Martinez made one rehab start for Double-A Springfield last Thursday and allowed two runs with four strikeouts over four full innings pitched. The Cardinals’ right-hander was mowing hitters down prior to the injury. Over eight starts he’s compiled a record of 3-2 with a 1.62 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 8.46 K/9, and he was holding batters to a .179 batting average. While there are some signs that Martinez will experience some regression to the mean going forward, his 52.3% groundball rate, 31.8% Hard%, and low 0.18 HR/9 rate could offset the process for a while.
Yadier Molina C, St. Louis Cardinals – Cautious Start/Bench if Possible
Barring a setback during his final minor league rehab game Sunday, Yadier Molina is expected to be activated along with battery mate Carlos Martinez. Molina had surgery to relieve a pelvic hematoma suffered when a foul tipped ball hit him in the groin on May 5. Yikes! Prior to the…incident, Molina had been batting .272/.292/.456 with six homers, 17 RBIs, 11 Runs and a pair of stolen bases. Inside Injuries calculated a fully Healthy to Return date of June 23 for this injury, so Molina is returning to the field much sooner than expected. His Overall Injury Risk is High (75.56%) and his Health Performance Factor is an all-time Poor (1.5%). Fantasy owners should try to bench Molina until he is closer to the June 23 HTR date, and at the very least they should try to keep him off the active roster.
Carlos Martinez Featured Image: (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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