05 Jul MLB Infirmary Report: Week 14
By: Shane Thompson
There are a few New York Yankees hitters along with a few young talented players playing on the East Coast that highlight this week’s players on the Infirmary Report. Be sure to tune into the MLB Diamond Dash podcast where these players, as well as fantasy baseball waiver wire moves and weekend series to watch will all be discussed. You can listen to the podcast live at 3pm EST today or at anytime afterwards right here.
Michael Conforto, OF, NYM
Conforto was placed on the DL on July 1st, retroactive to June 28th, with a bruised left hand. Curtis Granderson will continue to get the majority of playing time in his absence and there is no timetable for Conforto’s return at this point. He did miss five games prior to landing on the DL to see if the swelling went down which hasn’t happened. Hand injuries are very difficult to assess because they directly affect your swing, which is troublesome for the Mets considering Conforto has been one of the few bright spots for them this season. His slash line is at.285BA/.953OPS to go with 14 home runs, 14 doubles and 47 runs scored.
Starlin Castro, 2B, NYY
Starlin hit the disabled list with a right hamstring strain on June 27th. The combination of Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade have been the main beneficiaries for playing time in Castro’s absence. Castro will be fielding ground balls and hitting in the cage on Tuesday which will give us a better indication on whether or not they activate him when he’s eligible for return. He was named to the All-Star team but it’s now looking like he will miss the game and be kept out until the All-Star break. He has arguably been one of the top five offensive second baseman’s this year. He’s hitting an impressive .313 with 26 extra base hits and 52 runs scored.
Ian Desmond, 1B/OF, COL
Desmond landed on the shelf on July 3rd with a right calf strain. He had an MRI which revealed that the injury is more than just a calf cramp. When the Rockies removed him from the game on Sunday, they were hoping to avoid the DL stint; but they do have good news with Carlos Gonzalez set to come off the DL on Monday. Gerardo Parra is expected to be activated on Friday as well and both he and Gonzalez will see immediate playing time when they return. Desmond has only had 100 at-bats with only 4 extra base hits this season after signing a lucrative free agent contract. The only positive here is that he’s batting .298 on the season, however, there is no timetable for his return.
Jerad Eickhoff, P, PHI
This once highly touted prospect hit the DL on June 20th with an upper back strain and Mark Leiter Jr. has been making starts in his absence. He is throwing a rehab start on Tuesday and if all goes well, he will be activated from the DL and is expected to start on July 9th against the San Diego Padres. The numbers aren’t anything to write home about, but the stuff is there. He has 65 punch outs in 76 frames with an ERA a run higher than it was last year. Expect him to hit the trade market once late July comes around, as the Phillies will be looking to move any assets that can bring back young prospects.
Matt Holliday, DH/1B, NYY
Holliday landed on the DL with a viral infection on June 28, retroactive to June 25th. The Yankees have deployed a platoon of players at the DH spot in Holliday’s absence. All reports suggest that Holliday will most likely be out until after the All-Star break, and possibly much longer. This is bad news for the Yankees who have seen Holliday enjoy a rejuvenated season; his return to the American League has allowed him to DH most of the time which until recently has kept him healthy. He has 15 home runs, 47 RBI’s and an .877 OPS on the season and the Yankees are obviously a much better team with him in the middle of their lineup.