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Fantasy Baseball 2013: Injury Update 8/20

Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Kemp, Quentin and More

August 20, 2013

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Tuesday morning is usually a pretty slow time when it comes to fantasy baseball news, as some of the MLB teams took yesterday off after their big weekend series. That makes it a good time to examine some of the noteworthy injuries around the league, as there are plenty of fantasy stars out there with all manner of ailments. Let’s take a closer look at the newsmakers and see what their prognoses mean for your roster.

Edward Mujica, RP, St. Louis Cardinals: It looks like things are going to be okay with Mujica. He took a total of four days off due to fatigue in his arm. The symptoms developed after he pitched a pair of innings three days straight. That said, Mujica was back out there yesterday against the Brewers and was able to pick up his 32nd save of the year. Owners should keep an eye on him for the next few days, but we don’t foresee any other issues with his arm.

Fantasy Baseball 2013: Injury Update 8/20

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Starling Marte, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: Marte was out of action for yesterday’s game against the Padres, and now we know it was due to a hand contusion. The injury came in Sunday’s game against the Diamondbacks. Marte is considered day-to-day at this point, so the issue doesn’t sound too serious. The Pirates could definitely use his bat ASAP, however. He’s hit in five straight games, posting three RBI and four runs during that span.

Carlos Quentin, OF, San Diego Padres: How well do you like coin-flip odds? Well, that’s exactly what we’re dealing with when it comes to Quentin, who is reportedly 50-50 to come back to the field this year. He hasn’t seen game action since July 30; he’s dealing with a nagging knee injury. Quentin is currently in the middle of a rest period, then he’ll attempt to begin a rehab schedule. He’s hitting .275 with 13 homers on the year.

Matt Kemp, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers: It seems like we can’t do an injury report and not mention Kemp--the poor guy has just had an exceptionally unlucky year. His current malady is his sprained ankle, which has kept him out of action since July 21. The Dodgers realistically don’t expect him back until September, even though they’ve recently expressed some degree of optimism concerning his return. Kemp is reportedly running at 75 percent and jumping rope, which is a good sign, but don’t get your hopes up just yet.

Matt Moore, SP, Tampa Bay Rays: We’ve got another update on Moore this morning. He played catch yesterday, a day after making 55 tosses from a distance of 75 feet. Things seem to be progressing well; if they continue, Moore may throw a bullpen session tomorrow, then a possible simulated game on Saturday. Best-case-scenario, he makes a start next week against the Angels. He hasn’t pitched since July 28 due to an elbow injury. We’ll keep you posted on his progress.

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