Consider Benching Mariners Jean Segura | Time to Unleash Dodgers Clayton Kershaw
Early week lineup recommendations from insideinjuries.com
Jean Segura SS, Seattle Mariners – Sit
Segura has missed four games with a forearm infection, and he remains day to day. Inside Injuries has Segura listed as being at High Risk of injury, so keep him on the bench until he’s fully recovered. Segura admitted that the infection had been building for over a week and started to affect his swing. That's when he decided to shut things down for a few days. It shouldn't take much longer for him to get back to normal, but for now he shouldn't be plugged back into lineups unless you're desperate.
Josh Donaldson 3B, Toronto Blue Jays – Sit
Donaldson continues to have trouble with his left calf muscle, so his return to the field will be delayed at least another week. He must pass a series of running drills before the Blue Jays will send him out for a brief rehab assignment. Donaldson has not played since late May, and we predicted before the season that at some point his calf would act up again due to his many problems last year. His Injury Risk is incredibly High and will be for the foreseeable future.
Austin Hedges C, San Diego Padres – Start
Hedges was finally activated Sunday after more than two months on the disabled list with an elbow injury. During a five-game rehab assignment at Triple-A El Paso he went 10 for 19 with two doubles and two home runs. Hedges was dropped in many leagues since his original injury was so early in the season, so he may be on your waiver wire. Hedges hits well enough that he is worthy of a roster spot in all formats. We are showing an Above Average HPF (Health Performance Factor), a sign that he is now healthy enough to be a solid contributor for the Padres.
Clayton Kershaw SP, Los Angeles Dodgers – Start
Kershaw’s first game back didn’t look great on paper as he allowed two runs on five hits over three innings. He needed 55 pitches to get just nine outs before he was pulled from the start. However, Kershaw said he felt fine after the game and he expects to pitch deeper into the game in his next start. This was only Kershaw’s second start since May 1, so some rust was to be expected. Don’t let this odd game keep you from starting one of the game’s best pitchers.
Ryan Braun OF, Milwaukee Brewers – Sit
Braun received a cryotherapy treatment on his thumb this past week. It’s the fifth time he’s had this treatment to relieve nerve pain in his thumb but the first time he’s done so this season. Braun is slashing just .235/.250/.471 in June and he continues to be a disappointment to his fantasy owners. Inside Injuries lists him as being at High Risk of injury with a Poor Health Performance Factor. He belongs on your bench until he starts to be more productive.
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