Miguel Sano 3B, Twins: left hand injury
Sano was hit by a pitch on his left hand Friday night. He was not available over the weekend and is undergoing an MRI and CT scan on Monday to look for any damage. X-rays were negative but can’t pick up smaller fractures, so these other scans will paint a clearer picture of any injury he is facing that is more significant than a contusion. Sano is reportedly unlikely to need a stint on the DL, but we won’t really know until the results come back. Gripping the bat is painful with a bruised hand, and his Batter Power numbers have dropped already according to the Inside Injuries algorithm. It’s best for his Fantasy owners to keep him on the bench for the rest of the week.
David Price SP, Red Sox: elbow tightness
Price’s left elbow is “barking again.” He missed the start of the season recovering from an elbow injury, and as we predicted would happen from the beginning, he is having more problems. Price underwent an MRI and has been placed on the DL, but still hopes to return later this season. He started throwing again and didn’t feel that his elbow was as bad this time around, but he has already had a slight setback. Renewed soreness forced him to stop throwing, and he’s considered day-to-day. Even if Price is able to return to the mound later this month, his elbow will be an ongoing concern until the offseason.
Addison Russell SS, Cubs: right foot strain
Russell landed on the DL with a right foot strain but is already making great progress. He doesn’t think he will need more than the required 10 days out, but according to our algorithm he is still a High Injury Risk and needs two full weeks to recover. Russell was noticeably bothered by the injury when he tried to play through it the first few days. Tests showed that it is not a very serious injury, but it is still best to allow enough time for his foot to calm down and heal now so he is healthy down the stretch. Hold onto Russell, but don’t plug him back into Fantasy lineups if he is activated at the end of the week. He needs a bit more time.
Evan Gattis C, Astros: concussion
Gattis has landed on the seven-day concussion DL. He was hit in the head by a backswing while behind the plate on Friday night and reported symptoms following the game. Concussions are one injury with an Optimal Recovery Time we can’t really predict. Until he starts to ramp up his physical activity, we won’t know how he is going to respond. The good news is he does not have a history of concussions since joining the majors.
Edinson Volquez SP, Marlins: Tommy John surgery
Left knee tendinitis initially landed Volquez on the DL over a week ago, so it was a huge surprise when the Marlins announced that he would be undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery. The Optimal Recovery Time is 12-plus months, so it’s unlikely we see Volquez back on the mound before the 2019 season.
Matt Holliday DH, Yankees: left lumbar strain
Holliday tweaked his back on Friday night and has been placed on the DL with a left lumbar strain. Inside Injuries already had him at an Elevated Injury Risk before his latest back injury due to other injury concerns. He hasn’t played well since the All Star break, so the time off to get healthy and clear his mind could be good for the slugger. Holliday’s Optimal Recovery Time is two weeks, so he should be healthy enough to return later this month.
Felix Hernandez SP, Mariners: right biceps tendinitis
Following the diagnosis of tendinitis in his right biceps, Hernandez has jumped to a High Injury Risk. Any injury to the pitching arm is concerning, even if it is considered minor. The Inside Injuries algorithm is calculating a grade 2 arm injury, which comes with a four week Optimal Recovery Time. He could return to the mound before then, but he will remain at an increased Injury Risk and will be at risk of suffering a related injury if he tries to overcompensate for his biceps injury or a recurrence of the tendinitis.
Mark Melancon RP, Giants: right pronator strain
Melancon landed on the DL back in June for the second time this season and has remained on the shelf ever since. He was diagnosed with a right pronator strain but also received a PRP injection into his right forearm. Melancon started a rehab assignment last week, although he hasn’t looked like himself yet and could need a few more appearances before re-joining the Giants. The team is out of contention, so they have no reason to rush him back.
Stephen Strasburg SP, Nationals: right elbow nerve impingement
Strasburg left a start two weeks ago with forearm tightness. The Nationals tried to downplay the injury, but he landed on the DL and was diagnosed with nerve impingement. Because of Strasburg’s lengthy injury history, he was already an Elevated Injury Risk, and now he is High Risk. He also admitted that he was having a harder time recovering between starts, not a good sign for a starting pitcher. The Nationals need to bring Strasburg back very slowly if they want him healthy and well rested for the playoffs. He has thrown multiple bullpen sessions at close to 70 percent, but getting back to 100 percent is a big hurdle. Strasburg will likely remain a High Injury Risk even when he does re-join the team. He has had far too many problems to his throwing arm and core over the last few seasons.
Greg Bird 1B, Yankees: ankle surgery
Bird underwent surgery on his troublesome ankle three weeks ago to remove excess bone growth. Bird has already played catch and hit in the batting cage, so he is making steady progress. The Yankees would love to have him back before the playoffs, and it’s looking like a real possibility at this point. He remains an Elevated Injury Risk and his Health Performance Factor is Below Average, but his injury numbers are slowly improving and should see a nice bump in a few weeks as long as he avoids a setback.
Matt Shoemaker SP, Angels: right forearm surgery
Shoemaker, who hasn’t pitched since his forearm started to cause problems back in June, will undergo surgery to release the radial nerve in his right arm. Recovery Time following this surgery is typically around 12-14 weeks. If his recovery goes as planned, Shoemaker should be ready at the start of Spring Training (although he will likely be brought along slowly), but his 2017 season is certainly over. This is a tough loss for a struggling rotation fighting for the final AL Wild Card spot.