All season, fantasy owners have been anxiously anticipating the returns of Yankees' stars Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter. "Around the All-Star break," preached those in charge up in the Bronx. Well, it's past the All-Star break, and Rodriguez and Jeter are both still on the DL. At this point, there's not much use in keeping them around on fantasy rosters, as their impact will likely be minimal.
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Here's the rest of the injury report:
• 3B Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers -- When Miguel Cabrera hardly moved as Adam Dunn hit a single past him in the fifth inning of Monday night's game, something was clearly wrong. He came off the field shortly after, citing a sore left hip flexor. The Tigers organization said he'd been fighting some back pain on his left side, which may explain the reason behind the soreness. He's listed as day-to-day now, but this is something for his fantasy owners to watch closely.
• OF Josh Hamilton, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim -- At the last minute Monday night, the Angels pulled Hamilton out of the lineup when they learned the outfielder was dealing with some ankle stiffness. Hamilton will handle the injury on a day-to-day basis at this point, and thanks to Hamilton's low production this season, the Angels don't seem to be in a rush to get him back into the lineup.
• RP Jason Grilli, Pittsburgh Pirates -- We mentioned this in our pitching report, but Jason Grilli left the field Monday in what looked to be serious pain, forcing the Pirates to put him on the 15-day DL. Even though the Pirates' bullpen is loaded, they're going to feel the impact from missing Grilli, who's in the middle of a career season.
• SS Derek Jeter, New York Yankees -- Derek Jeter quietly returned to the Yankees' lineup on July 11, just before the All-Star break, but he decided that he didn't actually want to return, yet (or maybe, he was angry that the PA system at Yankee Stadium didn't play his traditional introduction by the legendary Bob Sheppard). But either way, Jeter injured his quadriceps while running to first base, and an MRI confirmed that it was, in fact, a Grade 1 strain. Jeter is eligible to return this Saturday, but it's unlikely that he'll return after the minimum time; the Yankees don't want to rush their prized shortstop back to the lineup too quickly, again. Fantasy owners, now's better than ever to drop him.
• 3B Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees -- After much anticipation that he would join the Yankees for the start of their series against the Rangers, Alex Rodriguez took a cue from Derek Jeter and decided that he, also, wasn't ready to return to the lineup quite yet. Ironically, he suffered the same injury, and will now need another 7-10 days to rehab that injury. However, on a larger scale than injuries, Rodriguez is one of the players named in the Biogenesis scandal. With Ryan Braun accepting a 65-game suspension Monday, A-Rod is likely to be suspended for as long, if not longer.
• OF Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers -- Matt Kemp sure knows how to break his fantasy owners' hearts. In his first game back off the DL, he promptly hit a home run and a double, lifting spirits and planting thoughts into his owners' heads that he might actually be productive for a stretch of games. Then he severely rolled his ankle sliding into home plate, knocking him out of the remainder of the game. The Dodgers held him out of the lineup for Monday night's game, and moved Yasiel Puig to center field in his place. At this point, the Dodgers hope to keep him off the DL, but keep an eye on it.
• OF B.J. Upton, Atlanta Braves -- The Braves suffered a slew of injuries right before the All-Star break, with Freddie Freeman (thumb), Justin (calf) and B.J. Upton (adductor) and Jason Heyward (hamstring), all going down during a span of about 26 hours over July 11 and 12. However, these injuries were well-timed with the All-Star break, and B.J. was the only who still hasn't returned, as the Braves put him on the DL with an adductor strain. This injury properly tops off BJ's worst first half ever. He's eligible to return this weekend, but he won't be ready in time, since he needs a rehab assignment. Hopefully, this extended break will give him the mental and physical reset that he needs; based on his advanced stats, his numbers are bound to come up some, so his fantasy owners should know that he's worth hanging onto for now -- .177 average and all.
• SP Clay Buchholz, Boston Red Sox -- Clay Buchholz paid a visit to Dr. James Andrews, who confirmed that he does not have any structural damage -- just inflammation. He was given the go-ahead to resume throwing whenever the pain subsided, which is a good sign for the Red Sox's starter. But the bad news? His current pain is likely caused by the fact that he hasn't pitched through his current soreness, causing him to be even more stiff. How's that for maintaining fitness? Unfortunately for his fantasy owners, he'll still likely be out until August.
• RP Andrew Bailey, Boston Red Sox -- The Red Sox placed Andrew Bailey on the DL for the second time this season, then broke the news Sunday that his season is over. Bailey has damage to his labrum and his capsule in the right shoulder, and will undergo surgery on Wednesday. Right now, he's looking at about a year's recovery, and Koji Uehara will take the closer's position for now.