Did Rays' Pitcher Joel Peralta Contract A Mosquito-Borne Tropical Illness?

Joel Peralta may be quite sick for awhile. Photo Credit: Keith Allison


Injury News

Manny Machado was a late scratch before Tuesday night’s game with lower back spasms. No word on the extent of the injury and Machado is described as day to day for now. Watch this one folks. Machado was just heating up too. Over his last 20 games he’s slashing .373/.420/.667 with six homers in 81 PA.

Ryan Zimmerman was helped off the field in the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s game with a right hamstring injury. He came up lame after running to first base on a groundout and crumpled to the ground. He is scheduled to have a MRI Wednesday morning. Zimmerman will likely go on the DL for what could be an extended stay. The Nationals will probably slide Anthony Rendon back over to third base and put Danny Espinosa in at second base.

Geovany Soto was placed on the 15-day DL with strained groin.

George Springer missed his second straight game with a knee/quad injury. Consider him day to day for now but the Astros haven’t ruled out a DL stint.

Zack Cozart left Tuesday’s game after being hit on the hand/fingers with a pitch. X-rays came back negative but Cozart is day to day.

Cody Ross is back on the DL with a strained calf this time. David Peralta might pick up a few more at bats whenever Manny Parra doesn’t start.

Troy Tulowitski was place on the 15-day DL with a hip flexor injury. Well, you knew it had to happen sometime this year.

Other prominent Fantasy starters missing games Tuesday night include Jose Abreu (stiff back), Asdrubal Cabrera (back spasms), Eric Hosmer (bruised hand), Alex Rios (sprained ankle), Curtis Granderson (illness), Chris Young (calf), Starling Marte (head), Hanley Ramirez (shoulder, wrist) and Yasiel Puig (hand).


David Peralta was a surprise call up for the Diamondbacks on June 1, but the team had little choice due to all the injuries to their outfielders. The Diamondbacks plucked Peralta out of the Independent leagues prior to the 2013 season, and he had only played 53 games in Double-A before coming to the Show. Since his arrival, he’s been a steady producer even though his playing time has been anything but steady. With Cody Ross back on the DL, though, Peralta’s status as the fourth outfielder may change. He hit a pair of triples Tuesday night and scored three of Arizona’s five runs in the team’s win over Detroit. More significant, though, Peralta has slashed .361/.410/.583 over his past 20 games, with hits in 15 of those games and multiple hits in 10 of them. Peralta has solid power hitting skills and he also hits for average. Peralta is worth adding in all formats if available, as the Diamondbacks have had him in the lineup for 17 of their last 21 games. The loss of Cody Ross opens the door for continued regular starts.

Jose Reyes is heating up and helping the Blue Jays to continue winning despite major injuries to players like Edwin Encarnacion, Brett Lawrie and Adam Lind. Over his first 58 games, Reyes slashed just .255/.316/.391, but he also stole 15 stolen bases and had 37 runs scored, which the main source of his Fantasy value. In his last 25 games he is slashing .321/.350/.482 with 16 runs scored but only four stolen bases. However, two of the steals have come in his last three games. The improvements to Reyes’ batting average and OBP will help with those stolen base totals and the hope is that he will start running again on a regular basis as he did during his first 58 games. Try to pry Reyes loose from his owner in your Fantasy league because the best is yet to come from Reyes, who finally looks healthy and is playing like he did during his best years with the Mets.

The first two months of the season were unkind to Chris Carter, to put it nicely. During that time he batted just .192 with a .277 OBP and eight home runs. Even worse, the Astros brought up prospect Jon Singleton and handed him Carter’s first base job. Since June 1, however, Carter’s situation has improved greatly. First of all, Singleton has pretty much bombed out, though he still has a grip on the first base job. Carter, though, has settled nicely into the outfield, and since June 1, he is slashing .240/.301/.544 with 11 home runs and 22 RBIs in 36 games (32 starts). A .240 batting average is digestible to most Fantasy owners as long as it comes with plenty of home runs. So if you’re in need of power, Carter has certainly turned things around and is worth acquiring in mixed league play.

The annual Troy Tulowitski trip to the disabled list will give Josh Rutledge an opportunity to play just about every day at shortstop for at least the next two weeks. Rutledge has slashed .298/.356/.471 in limited playing time totaling just 133 plate appearances. Unfortunately for Rutledge, there hasn’t been a regular position for him this season with Tulowitski’s remarkable health (until now) and the surging play of D.J. LeMahieu. Rutledge is still just 25 years old, so there remains time to prove he’s worthy of regular playing time. He could very well seize this opportunity to provide that proof, which could also be an opportunity for Fantasy owners to benefit. Consider adding Rutledge for the short term boost at a very thin MI this season.

He’s only played nine games but Arismendy Alcantara is already creating a sensation in the Fantasy community. The Cubs finally designated Darwin Barney for assignment, which leaves second base as Alcantara’s job to lose. Considering his .282/.326/.590 start and the fact that he has nothing left to prove in the minors (.307/.353/.537 in 89 Triple-A games) and it’s clear he is up to the task. Alcantera has some pop, as evident in his .230 ISO in Triple-A this year and .180 mark in Double-A last year. He can also run (21 Triple-A steals), so his power/speed combination should make him quite Fantasy relevant. If he’s still available in your league, it’s time to jump before it’s too late.

Peralta May Have Tropical Disease

Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Joel Peralta may have a tropical disease called chikungunya. Over the All-Star break, Peralta traveled to his home in the Dominican Republic, where he may have picked up the disease, which is usually transmitted by mosquitos. Peralta says he may have been bitten “once or two times,” and he complained of flu-like symptoms over the weekend. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “most patients feel better within a week” but some patients experience “joint pain that can persist for months.” The 38-year-old reliever has never been on the DL in his 10-year major league career. Apparently, chikungunya can make you feel oldIt can also be painful and could be spreading across the southern U.S. states.