28 Jun MLB Infirmary Report: Week 13
By: Shane Thompson – @ShanerTSC13
Welcome to another edition of the MLB Injury Report. This week features updates on 5 impactful players from around MLB. You can tune into the MLB Diamond Dash Podcast right here to get detailed analysis from myself, Lou Landers and Andrea Lamont.
Madison Bumgarner- SP – SFG
This ace was placed on the DL on April 21st with a sprained AC joint in his left throwing shoulder. He was supposed to be out for three months but has recovered rapidly. Ty Blach has filled in and has been one of the few bright spots for the San Francisco Giants this season. Bumgarner has had two rehab starts and has reported no issues. He is expected to be activated before the All-Star break. The Giants are out of playoff contention at the halfway point, so rushing back their top pitcher isn’t a great idea, they would be better off waiting to make sure he come back healthy. He’s only pitched 27 innings all year with a 3.00 ERA.
Ben Zobrist- 2B – CHC
He was placed on the DL with a sore left wrist on Friday, June 16th. He finally swung a bat on Monday but there is no timetable for a return. Almora Jr. and Jon Jay have been getting the bulk of playing time while Baez has been playing every day in the infield. This is a big loss for Chicago because of Zobrist’s versatility and the fact that he is also a switch hitter. Zobrist has had a mediocre at best season, but has value regardless of the porous numbers he has posted this year. He currently has a .223 batting average with only 14 extra base hits in 188 at bats.
Aaron Hicks-CF- NYY
Hicks landed on the shelf on Monday, June 26th with a right oblique injury and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks. This move happened moments before Jacoby Ellsbury was activated off the DL which is a silver lining for New York. Gardner will continue to man left and Judge will stay in right field. The bad news for Hicks is that although he’s played very well this season (hitting .290 with 10 home runs, 37 runs batted in and 7 stolen bases), when he returns he likely won’t have anywhere to play. Fantasy Baseball wise, if you have a DL spot open, use it. Otherwise, you might have to look elsewhere.
Dexter Fowler-CF- STL
The Cardinals CF was diagnosed with a right heel spur on Sunday, June 25th which put him on the disabled list. He visited a heel specialist the following day and the results are still unclear. They’re saying that the injury doesn’t appear to be serious, however there’s no timetable for a return. Grichuk has done the majority of the center field duties since the injury and Jose Martinez has been playing left field. Clearly the St. Louis Cardinals are a much better team with Fowler in their lineup, both offensively and defensively. The Cardinals gave Fowler mention a pretty hefty contract this offseason so he isn’t at risk of losing his job when is he activated from the DL. This season, Fowler is slashing .245BA/.817OBP to go with 27 extra base hits and 41 runs scored.
Adrian Gonzalez- 1B – LAD
Gonzalez is dealing with a nagging back injury and was once again placed on the DL earlier this month. He just received an epidural on his herniated disk two days ago though and the Dodgers are eyeing a return right before the All-Star break. Cody Bellinger and Chase Utley have been filling in at first base and have both been on fire offensively. To say that it’s been a nightmarish season for Gonzalez would be an understatement at this point, seeing that he has shown no signs of power production. He has just 1 home run in 165 plate appearances. This once model of consistency could be starting to see the end of the tunnel.