2019 MLB Injury Report: May 17
Michael A. Stein covers the latest injuries around MLB from who landed on the 10-day IL to who could be returning from injury this week.
It has been quite an active three days since the last injury report. There are several notable injuries to report on as fantasy GMs continue to deal with the daily and weekly chaos of roster volatility and waiver wire bidding. The only positives to come out of some of these injuries is that some top prospects have been called up as replacements so we are starting to see an influx of young talent reach the big leagues which is exciting for GMs. So without further ado, here is the next edition of the fantasy baseball emergency room.
Zack Greinke (SP-ARZ)
Fantasy GMs have had few starting pitchers to depend upon all season, but one of them is former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke . After getting roughed up on Opening Day, he has been his usual dominant self by compiling a 6-1 record with a 2.78 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 62 strikeouts in 64.2 innings over ten starts. Unfortunately, he took himself out of his last game on Wednesday against the Pirates after feeling tightness in his abdomen. He will undergo an MRI on Friday which should provide some clarity on the extent of the injury. GMs are bracing for bad news as Greinke could be out several weeks depending on what is revealed.
Anthony Rizzo (1B-CHC)
Rizzo continues to sit out with stiffness in his back but is expected to return this weekend. His absence was not expected to be this long, but he apparently required additional time to recover now that he is almost 30-years old. Rizzo is batting .252 with ten home runs, 29 RBI, 25 runs scored and one stolen base and GMs should confidently put him back in the lineup either Friday or Saturday when the Cubs play the Nationals.
Trevor Story (SS-COL)
Story was taken out of Wednesday’s game against Boston after he had a collision with teammate Raimel Tapia . He suffered a bruised knee and had the benefit of an off-day on Thursday for some additional time to recover. He is hopeful of being able to return to the field on Friday against Philadelphia, but it is entirely possible he is given another day off. Any days missed for Story is not good for fantasy GMs as he is batting .276 with nine home runs, 28 RBI, 36 runs scored and eight stolen bases.
Michael Conforto (OF-NYM)
Speaking of collisions, Michael Conforto was taken out of Thursday’s game after sustaining a concussion when he collided with Robinson Canó on a fly ball. He will be sent back to New York for further testing and likely end up on the 7-day concussion injured list. He was just heating up at the plate so the timing of this injury is very unfortunate for fantasy GMs who had high expectations for the Mets outfielder. Interestingly, Carlos Gomez was taken out of his Triple-A game in Syracuse so he could be heading back to the big leagues once Conforto is placed on the injured list.
David Peralta (OF-ARZ)
Not only did the Diamondbacks lose Zack Greinke on Wednesday, but they also lost David Peralta who is suffering from tightness in his right trapezius area. He is expected to undergo further testing to determine the severity of the injury. Fantasy GMs will have a big hole to fill in their outfield if he misses any time as Peralta was batting a very solid .318 with six home runs, 28 RBI and 25 runs scored.
Elvis Andrus (SS-TEX)
Andrus has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained left hamstring. He was removed from Tuesday’s game against Kansas City after being visibly inhibited running out a ground ball. Right now it is unclear how long Andrus might be out, but hamstring injuries typically take more than a couple weeks to heal. He was off to a great start to the season batting .325 with six home runs, 26 RBI, 25 runs scored and eight stolen bases. He is worth stashing if you have the roster flexibility.
Miguel Andujar (3B-NYY)
The saga of Miguel Andujar’s right shoulder has reached a conclusion as the Yankees third baseman will undergo surgery to repair his right labrum. This is not surprising because Andujar was placed back on the injured list after returning and clearly the injury had not healed. His final line for the season is not pretty as he hit .128 but he should be ready to go for the start of 2020. He can be dropped in all redraft leagues.
Kenta Maeda (SP-LAD)
The Dodgers placed Maeda on the 10-day injured list with a thigh injury that the team claims he suffered after he fouled a ball off his leg on Wednesday. He was dominant in his outing against the Padres so there is some skepticism surrounding the roster move as it could simply just be the Dodgers wanting to provide him some additional rest. Maeda has been extremely solid all season with a 5-2 record along with a 3.51 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 52 strikeouts in 51.1 innings over nine starts. He won’t miss much time so GMs should keep him stashed.
Trevor Williams (SP-PIT)
It appears that Trevor Williams could be heading to the injured list for an extended period of time depending on what an MRI reveals on his side. He was removed from his start on Thursday in the fourth inning with discomfort in his right side and the immediate thought is that he strained his oblique. If this is the case, then Williams can expect to miss several weeks. He does offer minimal fantasy value as a back-end starter or roster depth with his 2-1 record along with a 3.33 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 42 strikeouts in 54 innings over nine starts.
Jeff McNeil (OF-NYM)
Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil exited Thursday’s game against the Nationals with tightness in his abdomen. He claims that he is not concerned about this because he has had frequent episodes such as this which are attributed to past hernia issues. McNeil has been a valuable fantasy asset with his exceptional .354 batting average and eligibility at multiple positions. He is not expected to miss much time from this so expect him back in the lineup by Saturday or Sunday.
Travis Shaw (3B-MIL)
Shaw has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right wrist strain. This has been an ongoing issue for him since getting hit by a pitch last month and it has clearly affected him given he is batting only .163 with four home runs, eight RBI and 11 runs scored. The good news to come out of this is that top prospect Keston Hiura has been called up to replace Shaw. Hiura was batting .333 with 11 home runs in Triple-A this year and could stick around if he hits enough even when Shaw is able to return.
Miguel Cabrera (1B-DET)
Fantasy GMs were hoping to see a return to glory for Miguel Cabrera who has looked like a shell of his former self the past couple years. The former Triple Crown winner was a bargain draft pick heading into 2019 and was coming off an injury-shortened 2018 season. Thus far, it appears that his days as a power hitter and run producer are over as he is batting .285 with only one home run, 15 RBI and 12 runs scored. That being said, he still does have some fantasy value as a corner infielder and offers a solid batting average. Unfortunately, he was taken out of Tuesday’s game with stiffness in his knee and then sat out again on Wednesday. It does not appear that this will require a stint on the injured list but you can certainly find better options to put in your starting lineup even if he is able to play on Friday.
Mitch Garver (C-MIN)
The Twins placed catcher Mitch Garver on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left ankle. He suffered the injury when Shohei Ohtani collided with him at home plate on Tuesday. This is especially disappointing for fantasy GMs who have been riding Garver’s hot start to the season where is batting .329 with nine home runs, 19 RBI and 20 runs scored. Minnesota has gotten tremendous offensive production from all of their catchers so they have depth with Willians Astudillo and Jason Castro to take his place. High ankle sprains typically take a significant amount of time to heal so we can expect Garver to be out at least into June.
Ender Inciarte (OF-ATL)
Inciarte has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a lower back injury. He was taken out of Tuesday’s game against St. Louis with the injury and the Braves made the roster move as they felt it was a significant enough issue to shut him down. Inciarte has been a big disappointment thus far batting just .218 with two home runs, nine RBI, 13 runs scored and three stolen bases. Atlanta recalled top prospect Austin Riley to replace Inciarte and has been playing him in the outfield. Riley has shown he can hit thus far and could become a permanent fixture in the Braves lineup even when Inciarte is able to return.