Miguel Cabrera, 1B DET – Start
Cabrera exited the Tigers’ game against the Twins on Friday after taking a bad hop to the chest. X-rays came back negative, and he has been diagnosed with a bruised clavicle. The injury is not considered serious, and he should not miss any more time due to the injury. Play him with confidence.
Justin Turner, 3B LOS – Start
Justin Turner sat on Saturday due to an illness but was available off the bench, so he is essentially ready to go. He should be 100 percent within the next few days.
Brandon Phillips, 2B ATL – Risky Start
Hamstring issues claim yet another player as Brandon Phillips was pulled early on Thursday after experiencing hamstring tightness. And as we all know, hamstrings can take a long time to get back to 100 percent and can be re-injured at any moment, especially for someone of Phillips age. The good news here is they probably won’t push him with Johan Camargo playing so well, so he should get rested up. There is a good chance they will simply bench him until he is 100 percent, mitigating that re-injury risk.
Brandon McCarthy, SP LOS – Risky Start
Brandon McCarthy exited his last start against the Atlanta Braves after developing a blister on his finger. He has said that he will test the blister in a bullpen session before his next start and go from there. But even if he starts, blisters can pop up in a matter of pitches, and once a blister has formed, it is almost impossible to get rid of them. Ask his fellow Dodger Rich Hill. He may start, but there is a good chance he doesn’t make it very far. With his recent struggles, it might be best to bench him anyway.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS TOR – Risky Start
Tulowitzki is dealing with groin soreness stemming from his final at-bat in Friday’s game, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet reports. He has gotten two days off already this weekend, and he will probably get more in the following days. And depending on how he progresses, he may end up on the DL. Groin injuries can not only zap power (his Health Performance Factor is at 61.1 percent, below average), but there is also a great risk of re-injury (31.5 percent). If he is your only option, he might be better than a random waiver pickup, but if you have a competent backup, let him play instead.
J.D. Martinez, OF ARI – Sit
Martinez took a pitch to the wrist in his first game with the Diamondbacks. Luckily, the X-Rays were negative and he should return fairly soon, but wrist contusions are notorious for giving hitters fits at the plate. It may take a few additional weeks for Martinez to be himself, and it is worth picking up or trading for another guy if you don’t have one, even if just for a couple weeks.
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