Fantasy injury report: Lidge can't escape troubling injury history
When the Phillies sent closer
What I do know is that doctors are checking out Lidge's elbow after he complained of some soreness. Supposedly, this examination is pretty standard and the Phillies aren't expecting any major news. However, the Minnesota Twins expressed those exact same sentiments when
I am not suggesting that Lidge is headed for season-ending surgery, but I am suggesting that Lidge's fantasy owners should prepare for the worst. The first step is adding
By no means should anyone drop Lidge. MRI results on Lidge's elbow should be available by Friday, and his status moving forward should become clearer over the weekend. Remember this quote from another famous wordsmith:
There have been Lidge doubters since Day 1, and to be frank, I wasn't optimistic about him either. He had an awful season in 2009, followed by multiple surgeries. Yet his recovery went pretty much according to plan, and after giving up a run in his first appearance with the Phils (a non-save situation), he allowed one hit and zero runs in his next three outings. He converted the only save opportunity he had on Sunday. There is really no reason to believe that Lidge can't be a
Besides, if a former President of the United States and a legendary MLB icon took the time to chime in on the Lidge situation, he has to be a valuable asset. Right?
Lidge's status might be up in the air, but Philly fans can expect to see their star shortstop back on the field soon. Rollins is in Clearwater, Fla. rehabbing his calf and should be back in the lineup next week. Philadelphia starts a seven-game homestand on Monday, May 17, and it looks like Rollins will be ready by Wednesday at the latest.
Rollins' return is excellent news in the fantasy baseball world, where it seems like every week another shortstop is hitting the injured list. Next week, I might just start listing the shortstops who are healthy, it'll probably be easier.
Furcal, who has been out since April 27 with a strained hamstring, is eligible to come off the 15-day DL on Friday. He should be ready to jump right back into the lineup after two rehab games in Class A. Through 19 games, Furcal had scored 16 runs and recorded eight steals while batting leadoff. His return will shuffle the Dodgers batting order. Catcher
Like Furcal, Escobar's (groin strain) stint on the DL is coming to a close. The Braves shortstop is eligible to play Saturday, and will compete in a Class AAA game on Friday. Escobar's return will temporarily put an end to
Unfortunately, not all shortstop news is good news. On Monday, the Twins placed Hardy on the 15-day DL retroactive to May 5 due to a left wrist contusion. Hardy missed five games after bruising his wrist sliding into third on May 4. Unless the injury turns out to be worse than a bruise, Hardy should be back as soon as he's eligible to come off the DL.
Braun's fantasy owners dodged a major bullet when
With an off day on Thursday, reports say Braun will be able to return for Milwaukee's Friday game against the Phillies. At the worst, he'll be back by the weekend.
Beckett has already been ruled out of his Friday start, and while Red Sox manager
Because of the off day Thursday, the Sox can keep their regular rotation intact throughout the weekend and, if necessary, plug
Even though some experts thought Ellsbury would tough it out for last weekend's series, the speedy outfielder's fractured ribs aren't quite ready for the everyday grind. As of right now, there isn't an official timetable for his return, although his stint on the DL is over. He has been able to run, and will soon be able to take on more baseball related activities. Expect him to head to a rehab assignment next week and possibly return by the weekend.
Meanwhile, Ellsbury's outfield partner
DeRosa is inching closer to a DL trip after undergoing an MRI and nerve tests on his left wrist and missing the last three games. The Giants have admitted that another surgery on his wrist may be necessary this season and fantasy owners should be aware of these red flags. Even when he was healthy, DeRosa was having a disappointing fantasy season with a .194 average and only one home run.
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