Fantasy Baseball 2014: Injury Update 4/22
Fantasy Baseball Injury Update: Ellis, Beltre, Kershaw and more
April 22, 2014
It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time once again for our weekly check-up on some of the relevant injury situations in fantasy baseball. There’s a host of notable MLB players who are currently ailing, so let’s take a closer look at the latest information and see if we can determine when to expect them back in our fantasy lineups.
A.J. Ellis, C, Los Angeles Dodgers: Early this week, we got some promising news on Ellis. He’s reportedly very much ahead of schedule in his return from surgery on his medial meniscus in his left knee. The original timetable said 4-6 weeks--which would put him on track for a return toward the middle of next month, but he should be improving on that target.
Ellis has been working out with a full set of catcher’s gear on, so a return doesn’t seem that far off. We’re still looking at another couple of weeks, but it’s good to know he’s on his way.
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Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers: Let’s stick with the Dodgers for a moment and check in on Kershaw. Things seem to be progressing smoothly after his simulated game on Sunday, and he'll be tossing a bullpen session today. The general consensus seems to be that he’ll be doing rehab starts next--as long as everything goes smoothly here.
Kershaw was hitting 90 MPH in his simulated game and throwing at full intensity, so he seems to be over his injury and just needs to get back to speed following his back inflammation. You can expect to have him in your lineup again around mid-May.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, Oakland Athletics: Early Sunday afternoon, Cespedes was forced out of the A’s game against the Astros due to a bruised right heel. He subsequently missed out on yesterday’s start in the series opener against the Rangers, but he was able to take the field for two innings off the bench.
As far as we can tell, this seems to be a pretty minor issue. Cespedes has been out there for every game so far and it’s looking like he’ll return to full action soon. He was hitting a yawn-inducing .254 heading into yesterday's game, so he’s got his work cut out for him when he’s back at the plate as normal.
J.J. Hardy, SS, Baltimore Orioles: Likewise, Hardy didn’t make it into yesterday’s starting lineup either. He’s currently dealing with a strained right hamstring, suffered during Sunday’s game against Boston.
Hopefully this condition won’t linger, as Hardy had just begun to show some signs of life before getting hit by the injury bug. In his last five games, he’s produced a .316 average with four RBI and a pair of doubles.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas Rangers: Early this week, we got a bit of an update on Beltre’s status, and it’s good news for fantasy owners who invested an early pick in him. He’s on track to make his return from a quad strain after the minimum 15 days on the DL, which would mean he’s apt to hit the field on April 25.
That’s the start of the Rangers’ weekend series against the Mariners, so there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for Beltre owners who have suffered through this early-season injury. So far, he’s hitting .286 in 28 plate appearances with four RBI and seven runs.
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