Injury report: Potential of Heyward has Braves treating him carefully
Two of my favorite network TV shows of all-time,
The one thing that these shows do have in common is that when they started, fans had high expectations and the programs almost immediately delivered. Jack Bauer instantly became a pop-culture icon and the first season of
The beginning of
It's hard to imagine that a few short months ago, when
No need to worry. Heyward hasn't been captured by the Russian mafia or the Dharma Initiative; he has a minor groin pull. However, the Braves will not rush their prized rookie back. His story has a long way to go before its ultimate chapter and Atlanta won't risk anything.
Fantasy managers shouldn't overreact either, and they definitely shouldn't look to the Braves for a short term replacement. Outside of Heyward, the Braves offense has been nearly invisible, especially the outfield.
Heyward will be back and healthy by the next episode of
Before Heyward became baseball's up-and-coming action star, Mauer held that title. Like Heyward, Mauer isn't expected to land on the Disabled List with his bruised heel, but he will miss a couple more games and will probably DH for a few more when he is ready to return. That means
Anytime the words "starting pitcher," "elbow," and "MRI" are used in a sentence, the odds are that a sentence containing the letters "D" and "L" will shortly follow. Especially in the case of a 37-year-old starter who is off to his best start in years. Pettitte is 4-0 with a 2.08 earned run average in six starts. The MRI revealed only minor inflammation in his elbow and the Yankees are saying that he may make his next scheduled start next Tuesday. I'm doubtful he makes it back by then, and his fantasy owners should prepare for a retroactive DL move before his next outing. It's uncertain who will start in Pettitte's place if he does land on the DL.
Fortunately for the Yankees, as Pettitte's elbow flares up, closer Mariano Rivera is almost fully recovered from stiffness in his left side. He should be ready for the weekend series against the Red Sox.
Granderson's groin strain forced him to the DL effective May 2. It's a four-to-six week injury, but given the circumstances, he'll probably be out for at least the full six weeks. Granderson's game at the plate and as a center fielder relies heavily on quickness and explosiveness. Strains, groin strains maybe more than others, require time to heal and then strengthen. Until it's 100 percent, the injury will slow Granderson down.
Ellsbury is eligible to come off the 15-day DL whenever he is ready, and the good news for Red Sox fans and his fantasy owners alike is that he's getting close to being ready. Ellsbury took batting practice this week and did so without any pain from his fractured ribs. We may see him this weekend against the Yankees considering the importance of the series and the fact that
Even though there was plenty of finger crossing going on in LA, it's no surprise that the Dodgers decided to place Furcal on the DL with a strained left hamstring. It's also pretty apparent that he'll be ready to hit the field as soon as he's eligible (stint is retroactive to April 28). Furcal has already seen some improvement with the injury after undergoing a platelet-rich plasma injection late last week.
While Furcal rests, the light-hitting
Obviously, Carroll isn't much of an option in shallow mixed leagues. With
The Philadelphia Phillies have sent Rollins to Clearwater, Fla. so the All-Star shortstop can take part in extended spring training. This is the most encouraging news on Rollins' recovery from a calf strain to date. What Rollins will do during his time in Florida is unknown, but according to
Escobar ended up on the DL Tuesday with a strained left thigh. The move is retroactive to April 30. While the injury isn't considered serious, Escobar has been struggling to start the season and some time off may be a good thing.
While Escobar is out,
There are more injured players than there are storylines in