Logan Morrison, 1B TBR – Start
The Rays’ Logan Morrison leads our roundup of MLB Injuries. He has been out since Friday with a bruised heel. The injury was just severe enough that Morrison would miss a few games, but not nearly severe enough to get him placed on the DL. It is a touch-and-go type injury, meaning whenever he feels better, he will be in the lineup, and he will be performing at his peak level without any lingering effects. Plan to start him as soon as you see his name in the starting lineup.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS – Cautious Start
Dustin Pedroia is still recovering from the knee injury he sustained on April 21st when he collided with Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. He has said that the injury is “acting up,” as it has several times this year. The go-to method when this happens seems to be that he gets a game off, and then he feels better. Well, whatever they are doing it seems to be working fine, because Pedroia has played on business-as-usual level all year, and he is still on pace for a 600 plate appearance year. Maybe give him the extra time if you have a good backup, but if not he should more than likely play like standard Pedroia.
Brandon Belt, 1B SFG – Cautious Start
Brandon Belt was a late scratch on Friday after re-aggravating a wrist sprain that initially occurred on July 15th. He will likely be in the lineup sooner rather than later, but that doesn’t mean he is a great pick for fantasy lineups. This injury can have an effect on the field, as his recent numbers show. Belt, who has a 116 wRC+ on the season, had just a 44 mark in the 6 games coming back from the original injury. And that number is inflated by some walks; he had just 2 hits in 28 plate appearances, both singles. So while he may be back on the field very soon, it might be best to give him a few games before he is back up to speed.
Mitch Haniger, OF SEA – Sit
Mitch Haniger was the victim of an incredibly frightening injury on Saturday. In the second inning of the game, Haniger was hit in the face with a Jacob deGrom 94-mph fastball. There are multiple potential worries with an injury like this, including concussions and internal bleeding. But even bigger than that could be the psychological impact of getting hit in the face. For example, before getting hit with a fastball to the jaw in 2013, Jason Heyward had a 119 career wRC+. In an almost identical number of plate appearances since, he has a 100 wRC+. Sure, there are dozens of other possible confounding variables, but it makes sense that getting beaned in the mouth might make one hesitant to get back in the box. He might be out for awhile, so he is an obvious sit.
Download the Inside Injuries app for more injury advice and fantasy analysis on every player in MLB!