Jose Fernandez is back! He will face the Giants this week, so a tough matchup to welcome him back. Matt Moore is also due back this week against the Indians. Some day-to-day guys still working through minor injuries, Hanley Ramirez, Jaime Garcia, and Yunel Escobar. Giancarlo Stanton and Dustin Pedroia were the big fantasy players going down this week. Both are covered down below. Josh Hamilton is also expected to be activated this week.H
If you missed last week’s news, Devin Mesoraco decided to opt for hip surgery and will now officially be on the shelf for 2015. The date is still unclear for John Jason, but he did start his first rehab stint. He will likely be back sometime in June. After what was just a day-to-day issue, Travis d’Arnaud is on the 15 day DL, with a left elbow strain. He has no timetable for return, but likely after the all-star break.
The biggest news at first base is Freddie Freeman hitting the DL, and he was red hot beforehand, hitting .328, with five homers in June. He received a plasma injection to speed the healing process, and hopes to return for the all-star break. It could be likely the Braves give him some extra rest. Ryan Zimmerman and Justin Morneau still remain without timetables, although both are starting to get some exercising in. Zimmerman is dealing with plantar fasciitis, and Morneau has the cervical strain issue. Matt Adams will remain out until September.
Jose Altuve is back from a few games absence, and he looks 100%. Devon Travis is back after his lengthy DL trip, but expect him to need to get into the swing of things before we see him swing the bat like earlier in the season. Brandon Phillips is day-to-day with sore hands, he is out of the lineup Monday, and will miss a few games. He is hitting .287 this season, and proving some solid fantasy numbers. Dustin Pedroia is the biggest story for second base, he has a strained hamstring, this is not related to the knee issue he dealt with last week. He is looking to be out until the all-star break, so hit the waiver wire for Joe Panik, Justin Turner, and possibly Neil Walker as a short term fill-in. While Chase Utley has been useless for fantasy baseball, he will remained sidelined until at least the all-star break.
Adrian Beltre has returned to the Rangers lineup, but has yet to do much this season, only hitting .248 with six homers. He is still not 100%, and I am riding him on the pine until he shows some offensive game. Anthony Rendon is back on the DL, with a quad strain. He was hitting .290 with only five doubles, and no homers in 20 games this season. It sounds like he will rot some more on the DL, so plan on backup for some time. I will be repetitive with David Wright, he has yet to begin baseball activities, and remains without a timetable. Martin Prado is undergoing a strengthening program, but nothing more. The Marlins have been battered with injuries, and Prado still has no timetable.
Jed Lowrie started to rehab with the team, mainly taking dry swings. He will return to a bench role when all cleared, or possibly be shipped out of Houston.
Starting with Giancarlo Stanton, he had successful surgery on his broken bone in his had, and will be out 4-6 weeks. Some good news in the outfield, if Jacoby Ellsbury has a few successful rehab games, he will be back with the Yankees at the end of the week. Corey Dickerson is still without a timetable, and Ben Paulsen will have duties in left field for the meantime. Hanley Ramirez is still not in the lineup on Monday, but Hanley says he will likely return by Thursday. Wil Myers is recovering from wrist surgery, and is not expected to resume baseball injuries for four weeks. Hunter Pence is still in the shutdown phase of healing his wrist tendinitis, while Nori Aoki just hit the DL with a broken fibula. He will be in a cast for two weeks, and then a timetable will be more clear. Gregor Blanco will see more playing time. Ender Inciarte, the Diamondbacks’ leadoff man, will be activated from the DL next week. He was dealing with a leg strain, but was only minor. Khris Davis and Jorge Soler are both heading out on rehab assignments, and due back to their teams in about a week. Matt Holliday took batting practice, and is expected to start running later this week. This is a good sign for Holliday with that strain.
Andrew Miller is still down with the arm injury, Dellin Betances will continue to have the closer role. Lance Lynn, Jake Peavy, Jose Fernandez, Matt Moore, and Justin Verlander are back and expected to start this week. Jaime Garcia had some cramps, but it is likely a minor groin strain, because he has yet to throw a bullpen session. He was scratched from Tuesday’s start, but is expected to make his weekend start as of now. That could change in the coming days. Patrick Corbin had a successful rehab start, striking out six over five innings. He threw 87 pitches. He will need one more start before returning to the Diamondbacks rotation. Hisashi Iwakuma will take another rehab start in Triple-A before being reevaluated. He is on track to return just before the all-star break. Jake Odorizzi is going to head out on a rehab start this week before returning to the Rays. He has a 2.47 ERA on the season, and has been a nice punch with Chris Archer. Yordano Ventura will make another rehab start this week before returning to the Royals staff, they are close to full health with Danny Duffy back this past week.