It seems we lose someone for the season every week, but this time we saw it coming. Mike Minor will be done for the year, and Drew Smyly is close behind him, all but confirmed. There are some day-to-day guys to start the week, who could possibly miss some games. Devon Travis, Kris Bryant, Jarred Cosart, Mat Latos, Jayson Werth, and Corey Dickerson. Jaime Garcia is back this week, and is a decent grab in mixed leagues.
Injured: Sean Doolittle, Ben Zobrist
The A’s are going to ease Sean Doolittle back into the closer’s role, which should be late-May, early-June at the latest. He is throwing rehab assignments, and has not had a reported setback or soreness. May 25th looks to be the set return date for Ben Zobrist, he was running the bases, and schedule for a few rehab games.
Injured: Dioner Navarro, Jose Reyes
Not much to report on for Dioner Navarro, still dealing with the hamstring tear. It will be a continuous waiting game for him. Jose Reyes on the other hand is likely to make some rehab assignments within the next week, and should be returning to the Blue Jays at the end of May.
Injured: Jonathan Lucroy, Jean Segura
Great news for Lucroy owners, he has been cleared to catch bullpen sessions, and will likely be back by the end of the month. As another Brewer comes available, another goes down. Jean Segura has a fractured pinky on his throwing hand, which will cause him to be out indefinitely.
Injured: Yasiel Puig, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Carl Crawford
Yasiel Puig is out another couple of weeks, according to Don Mattingley. We will not know anything until Puig is re-examined. Don’t expect a return date for Ryu, he has slowed his throwing program, which is almost at a complete stop. He is not worth a DL spot, and any owners should probably call it a season for Ryu. No status change for Carl Crawford, just a bad tear, so he will sit until he is 100%.
Injured: Jake Peavy, Matt Cain
Jake Peavy threw a 50-pitch bullpen session, and is likely to head for live batters this week. Late-May, early-June looks likely for a Peavy return. Matt Cain had a 30-pitch bullpen session, had discomfort, but not much was given. Keep an eye out on news for Cain over the next few days.
Injured: Yan Gomes
Yan Gomes is scheduled to catch seven innings on Wednesday in a rehab start, which will lead to one or two more before he returns. Look for Homes to be back in the end of May.
Injured: Hisashi Iwakuma, Austin Jackson
Not good news out of Seattle, Hisashi Iwakuma will be shut down for two weeks, and now his estimated time of return is not for six weeks. His 2015 fantasy value is in question for the second half of the season. Austin Jackson will need another game or two down in the minors, expect him back later on this week.
Injured: Jose Fernandez
Jose Fernandez threw against live hitters this week, and was feeling great. His command looked great, according to the team, which is good news for fantasy owners stashing him away. He is on track for a late June return, and likely will be full-go after the All-Star break.
Injured: David Wright, Travis D’Arnaud
Travis D’Arnaud is still a week away from a possible return, he has been cleared for everything and will catch rehab games within the next week or two. He has been cleared for baseball activities again, and will likely be back early June.
Injured: Anthony Rendon, Doug Fister
Some movement from Anthony Rendon, he is fielding light ground balls, but not much more. He is still without a timetable for return. Doug Fister should be out for a while, but he escaped major injury with no tear, just a flexor strain.
Injured: Matt Wieters
Matt Wieters is heading for rehab, and will likely rejoin the team on June 4th. His role has been shifted to the bench even when he returns, so playing time will be interesting.
Injured: Josh Hamilton
A season debut has been set for Josh Hamilton, and he will likely return May 25th. He is hitting .333 with two doubles in seven rehab contests. He is worth a waiver wire pick-up if he is out there, I like the risk.
Injured: Desmond Jennings, John Jaso
Desmond Jennings ran on Sunday for the first time, and will likely be back in a week or so. The swelling is down tremendously, but he has yet to ramp up any baseball activity.
Injured: Justin Morneau, Corey Dickerson
Justin Morneau is on the 7-day DL, but could be out longer. He has had a history with concussions, so there will be no need in rushing him back. Dickerson is listed as day-to-day, but could require some time on the DL. It is a sit and wait type of deal for Dickerson.
Injured: Jason Vargas, Alex Rios
Jason Vargas is dealing with a left flexor strain, and Tommy John was mentioned in the injury report, but he is likely to just miss a few starts. Alex Rios is getting closer to a return, he is schedule to starting taking batting practice this week. He is due back in the end of May.
Injured: Justin Verlander
There was a 45-pitch bullpen session for Justin Verlander, and he mixed in all his pitches, and felt great. He hit this point last time out, and then had a setback, so this is the turning point.
Injured: Masahiro Tanaka
Masahiro Tanaka is likely headed for a rehab start, which is great progress from where he should be this week. He still has the partially torn ligament, so he is always going to be approached cautiously.