An ugly injury to Jason Heyward; Doc Halladay rehabbing

by KFFL Staff on August 22, 2013 @ 08:34:50 PDT


Second Baseman

2B | Jayson Nix | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Jayson Nix (hand) suffered a fractured left hand in the game Wednesday, Aug. 21, against the Toronto Blue Jays. The injury is likely to take at least six weeks to heal, which likely will end his season.

2B | Maicer Izturis | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 2B Maicer Izturis (ankle) was out of the lineup Wednesday, Aug. 21, and he might be facing a stint on the 15-day disabled list if his sprained left ankle doesn't improve in the very near future. He will be re-evaluated Thursday, Aug. 22.

2B | Elliot Johnson | Atlanta Braves | Transaction
The Atlanta Braves claimed 2B Elliot Johnson on waivers from the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Johnson could be used to help fill in at the keystone with Dan Uggla (eye surgery) out, but Johnson shouldn't be an option unless you're desperate in an NL-only league. To give you an idea of his offensive struggles, he was hitless in his last 31 at-bats with the Royals.

2B | Michael Martinez | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies have optioned INF Michael Martinez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.


SS | Jose Reyes | Toronto Blue Jays | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes was ejected in the second inning Wednesday, Aug. 21, against the New York Yankees for arguing a called third strike. OF Mark DeRosa came on to play second, and SS Munenori Kawasaki moved from second base to shortstop.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (calf) will start his rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Thursday, Aug. 22. Jeter ran the bases Wednesday, Aug. 21, and didn't suffer any setbacks. The plan is for Jeter to play five innings with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and he won't return to the team's lineup Friday, Aug. 23. "We'll just go day by day and see how he responds each day," manager Joe Girardi said.

Third Baseman

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera (undisclosed) is back in the lineup Wednesday, Aug. 21, after he apparently aggravated an injury while swinging in the ninth inning Tuesday, Aug. 20.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval (back) underwent an MRI exam that showed no structural damage in his sore lower back Wednesday, Aug. 21. The team expects him to return to the lineup Thursday, Aug. 22, after he missed his second straight day Wednesday. 1B Brett Pill has been taking ground balls at third base to give the team depth behind INF Joaquin Arias.


C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire hinted that C Joe Mauer (concussion) could eventually move to another position. "That could happen," Gardenhire said. "If this becomes one of those situations where this affects (Mauer) for any length of time, yeah, it could happen. It's going to have a lot to do with how Joe thinks about it."

C | Max Stassi | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros C Max Stassi (face) was hit in the face by a pitch in the game Wednesday, Aug. 21, against the Texas Rangers. He was taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

C | Alex Avila | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila (concussion) took part in pre-game drills Tuesday, Aug. 20. He'll wear a mask with more padding when he returns to action.

C | Mike Napoli | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz returned to the lineup on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at first base.

It's his second start in three games at AT&T Park. It's probably an easier choice for John Farrell since Mike Napoli (foot) has been ailing a bit and struggling, too, but the skipper fits in Big Papi whenever he can. Ortiz stands a decent chance to earn first-base eligibility in leagues that require five games played or fewer at a position to earn it, but otherwise, he'll be a stuck at UTIL.


OF | Yasiel Puig | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig (calf) received intravenous fluids Wednesday, Aug. 21, for dehydration and calf cramps.

OF | Blake Tekotte | Chicago White Sox | Transaction
The Chicago White Sox optioned OF Blake Tekotte to Triple-A Charlotte Wednesday, Aug. 21. A corresponding move is expected Thursday, Aug. 22.

OF | Darin Mastroianni | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire mentioned OFs Darin Mastroianni and Chris Parmelee as candidates to come up from Triple-A Rochester if the team is forced to place OF Oswaldo Arcia (wrist) on the 15-day disabled list.

OF | Aaron Hicks | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Aaron Hicks (heel, wrist) was activated from the 7-day minor-league disabled list Tuesday, Aug. 20, but he injured his wrist diving for a ball, and is likely headed back to the DL for Triple-A Rochester.

OF | Billy Hamilton | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker indicated Wednesday, Aug. 21, that OF Billy Hamilton could get the nod to come up to the big club when rosters expand Sept. 1. Baker even expects Hamilton would do more than serve as a pinch hitter or runner. "I hope he'll be able to do a little more than that," Baker said. "Even though it's no time to experiment when going for the pennant."

Hamilton might be worth stashing away in deeper NL-only fantasy leagues. He is especially useful in rotisserie formats for help in the steals category, as he could help you scoot up the charts in a hurry.

OF | Anthony Gose | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OFs Anthony Gose and Kevin Pillar are expected to see a bulk of the playing time in the outfield alongside OF Rajai Davis while OFs Jose Bautista (hip), Melky Cabrera (knee) and Colby Rasmus (oblique) all sidelined. Moises Sierra will serve as the fourth outfielder. Gose and Pillar are worth adding in AL-only formats if you are desperate for help in the OF.

OF | Justin Upton | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Justin Upton (back) missed his second straight game with a strain in his upper back Wednesday, Aug. 21, but he thinks he will be able to play for the start of the series versus the St. Louis Cardinals.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (jaw) fractured his right jaw when he was hit by a pitch Wednesday, Aug. 21, and he's likely to miss four to six weeks.

This is a rough blow for the Braves as they push toward the postseason. If they can hang onto the NL East division lead and make the postseason, Heyward should be ready to return. Until then, Jordan Schafer will be a regular in the outfield and should be owned in most deep mixed leagues.

OF | Josh Reddick | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick (wrist) is dealing with a right wrist sprain and will undergo an MRI exam.

This is the same wrist that robbed Reddick of time earlier this year and sapped him of much of his power. Should it land him back on the disabled list, we could assume that he'll miss the rest of the season or something close to it. Seth Smith and Chris B. Young would likely platoon in his spot.

OF | Norichika Aoki | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Norichika Aoki (knee) is out of the lineup with a sore knee Wednesday, Aug. 21.

OF | Felix Pie | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled OF Felix Pie from Triple-A Indianapolis Wednesday, Aug. 21, and optioned P Ryan Reid to Indy in a corresponding move. Also, SP Wandy Rodriguez (forearm) has been moved to the 60-day disabled list.

OF | Angel Pagan | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan (hamstring) had a triple and single while playing six innings in the Rookie League Tuesday, Aug. 20, and came out of the game with normal soreness. He'll play again Wednesday, Aug. 21, and move to Triple-A Fresno Friday, Aug. 23. Pagan is expected to be activated from the disabled list when rosters expand Sept. 1. 2B Tony Abreu (groin) strained his groin during his rehab assignment and hopes he can restart his minor league assignment soon.

OF | Roger Bernadina | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction, Free Agents
The Philadelphia Phillies have signed free-agent OF Roger Bernadina (Nationals). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Liam Hendriks | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
The Minnesota Twins need a starter for the game Saturday, Aug. 24, against the Cleveland Indians, and SP Liam Hendriks appears to be the frontrunner. The team will officially make its decision Thursday, Aug. 22.

SP | Francisco Liriano | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Francisco Liriano's option for the 2014 season has vested after he spent 90 days on the active roster this year, according to team president Frank Coonelly. Liriano has also made an extra $3.5 million in incentives this year. His base salary next year will be at $5 million with a chance to increase to $6 million, and he has an opportunity to make $2 million more in bonuses.

SP | Nick Tepesch | Texas Rangers | Injury,
Texas Rangers SP Nick Tepesch (elbow) threw a 60-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, Aug. 21, and will throw live batting practice Saturday, Aug. 24.

SP | Samuel Deduno | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Samuel Deduno (biceps) threw a bullpen session Wednesday, Aug. 21, and said he's fine to make his start Friday, Aug. 23, against the Cleveland Indians.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto (lat) made 40 throws Wednesday, Aug. 21, and felt good. He will throw again Friday, Aug. 23.

SP | Chris Archer | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Chris Archer (forearm) said he will make the start against the New York Yankees Friday, Aug. 23.

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay (shoulder) will make another rehab start for Double-A Reading Sunday, Aug. 25.

SP | Ross Ohlendorf | Washington Nationals | Injury, Transaction,
The Washington Nationals activated SP Ross Ohlendorf (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, Aug. 21, and optioned P Ian Krol to the minors in a corresponding move.

SP | Jeremy Hefner | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets SP Jeremy Hefner (elbow) will visit Dr. James Andrews on Monday, Aug. 26, but he doesn't expect the recommendation to undergo Tommy John surgery to change. The right-hander will also have arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs, likely along with the elbow-ligament reconstruction procedure. He had been pitching through pain for a while, and he believes that he made it worse by doing so.

Hefner will probably miss the entire 2014 season, given that he has a long recovery ahead of him.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Jonathan Broxton | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Reds RP Jonathan Broxton (elbow) was able to appear in the game Wednesday, Aug. 21, but he suffered another injury. He is experiencing pain in a different spot than his previous issue. Manager Dusty Baker indicated that the team might call up a fresh arm for the game Thursday, Aug. 22, so Broxton is likely to be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

RP | Edward Mujica | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals RP Edward Mujica (shoulder) was checked by trainers in the game Wednesday, Aug. 21, against the Milwaukee Brewers, but he remained in the game. He said after the contest that he has been battling an issue behind his right shoulder under his trapezius muscle.

RP | Cody Eppley | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Minnesota Twins recalled INF Chris Colabello from the minors Wednesday, Aug. 21, and released RP Cody Eppley in a corresponding move.

RP | Bobby Parnell | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Bobby Parnell (neck) will visit with doctors next week, and surgery remains an option. If he undergoes a procedure, he'll be out for four or five months.

It's becoming more likely that Parnell doesn't return to pitch this season. Continue to keep him stashed. LaTroy Hawkins remains the best source of saves with Parnell out. He should be owned in all formats.

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