Clayton Kershaw Fully Ready to Return To Dodgers | Uncertain Outlook For Mariners Jean Segura
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Clayton Kershaw SP, LAD - Start
After a four-plus week absence, Clayton Kershaw is finally ready to return to the Dodgers rotation. Kershaw has not pitched since May 1 due to tendinitis in his left biceps. Most of Kershaw's past injury problems have involved his back, but this was the first to his pitching arm. While our analytics show that he isn't in the clear just yet (his Injury Risk remains Elevated), his HPF (Health Performance Factor) has improved to Above Average, an indication that he is healthy enough to pitch well and plug back into fantasy lineups this week.
Justin Upton OF, LAA - Cautious Start
Justin Upton missed a game this week with forearm pain after getting hit by a pitch on Saturday. There is no serious structural damage, and he should be good to return in a couple days. As soon as the soreness goes down, he should be able to play at his ceiling and continue his solid start to the 2018 season.
Francisco Cervelli C, PIT - Cautious Start
Fantasy owners have been pleasantly surprised with Cervelli this season, as he has been a Top 5 catcher so far. Unfortunately, he has come down with a case of the flu. This is tough for a catcher, as the flu really drains your energy, and catchers already have the biggest defensive workload to begin with. He will obviously be fine at some point, but it might not be until the middle or end of this week.
Jean Segura SS, SEA - Risky Start
Jean Segura was removed from Saturday's game after concussion concerns. He seems to have passed initial concussion tests, but he needs to take more tests before he is cleared to play. Concussions can linger and be hard to get over. While Segura could play as soon as Monday, he could also be out for two weeks. It’s too early to tell as of now.
Buster Posey C, SFG - Risky Start
Posey was a scratch for Saturday's game with a sore hip, and this injury could be a lingering one. Catchers have crazy wear and tear on their knees and their hips, and while Posey has remained remarkably durable in his career (six straight 140+ game seasons), that doesn't mean he is superhuman. He will likely miss a few games, and his Injury Risk is also now High.
Ronald Acuna Jr. OF, ATL - Sit
Rookie phenom Ronald Acuna Jr. injured his knee running down the first base line during Sunday's matchup with the Red Sox. It appears that he hyperextended his knee, and the official press release said that he was removed due to "knee and lower back pain." It didn't look good, and it's possibly a season-ender. We won't know details until he undergoes an MRI. When the knee hyperextends, it can cause anything from a bone bruise (missng a few weeks) to a multi-ligament tear such as the ACL and LCL (unlikely he would be ready at the start of 2019). Unfortunately this one looked pretty significant.
Mookie Betts OF, BOS - Sit
Mookie Betts missed Sunday's game versus the Braves with an oblique injury. While it is not serious in the scope of the entire season, he is likely to miss more games. While he should be able to avoid a trip to the DL, our Recovery Timeline projects seven days before he will be near 100% again. He may be ready to be in your Fantasy lineup for the Sox' weekend series with the Astros, but his Injury Risk will remain High throughout the week.
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