We're in the fantasy baseball home stretch, which means injured players largely fall into two categories: those who won't be healthy in time to help with a playoff push and those who will return just in time to make the difference. With that in mind, here is this week's injury news:
• OF Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies: Gonzalez aggravated his troublesome right middle finger Wednesday night, forcing him to sit out the next three games. He returned to the lineup Sunday, but after not doing much of anything, it looks like he may go on the DL. However, Colorado, currently eight games behind the surging Dodgers, claims Gonzalez will not make the injury worse by playing through it, so it's all about managing the pain at this point. The Rockies and CarGo's owners alike desperately need his .302 batting average in the lineup.
• SS Derek Jeter, New York Yankees: Seriously, is anyone surprised to see Jeter on this list again? After returning from a quadriceps injury, a calf strain has landed the 39-year-old shortstop on the 15-day DL. MLB.com reported that Joe Girardi said it was best to put Jeter on the DL instead of testing his leg out every few days and risking a seback. We all know that Jeter can't bounce back like he once could; now his fantasy owners (any of you still out there?) are beginning to wonder if he can ever bounce back again, period.
• 2B Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Howie Kendrick was helped off of the field Monday night after colliding with Chris Cowgill; the two ran to catch Elvis Andrus' fly ball, but Cowgill's elbow hit Kendrick's knee, causing it to hyperextend. Until there's more information, fantasy owners should consider him day-to-day.
• OF Desmond Jennings, Tampa Bay Rays: After Jennings slid hard into second base on Saturday, initial reports pointed to a sprain in his left middle finger. Unfortunately, further exams revealed a small fracture, which is enough to warrant a DL stint. The Rays called up Jason Bourgouis, and he and Sam Fuld will fill the hole in center field for the time being. There's no firm timetable for Jennings' return.
• 3B/SS Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers: Ramirez jammed his shoulder while chasing a fly ball into the stands at Wrigley Field on Sunday and was forced out of the game early. An MRI revealed no separation in the shoulder, but he remains in a sling and will undergo further testing. The Dodgers hope he will avoid the DL for the third time this season. Ramirez has played like dynamite since returning from early season DL stints, powering the surging Dodgers by hitting .361 with 11 homers and 37 RBI in his last 54 games. The organization called up Dee Gordon in the meantime, so fantasy owners should jump on him if help is needed while Ramirez heals.
• OF Melky Cabrera, Toronto Blue Jays: Cabrera avoided a Biogenesis suspension, with MLB deeming his 50-game ban from last season sufficient. However, Cabrera still won't be playing this week as he works out issues in his knee. An MRI revealed problems with his left meniscus, and he will undergo further testing. Cabrera had just returned from missing 18 games with a sore knee, so owners now have to wonder if this will be a recurring problem.
• 3B David Wright, New York Mets: Wright suffered a Grade 3 strain to his right hamstring Friday night, forcing him onto the 15-day DL. In the meantime, Justin Turner will fill in at third base, and Mike Baxter was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill Wright's roster spot. Even though the Mets are 17 games out of first place in the NL East, they'll miss their captain. Fantasy owners will miss Wright, too, as he was hitting .309 with 16 home runs through 105 games.
• OF Domonic Brown, Philadelphia Phillies: Brown, who leads the Phillies with 24 homers and 69 RBI, should be returning to the Phillies' lineup as early as Wednesday after suffering a concussion July 25. He successfully played in a rehab game over the weekend, and the organization will continue to monitor him closely before putting him back in.