No Humerus for HamiltonWednesday, April 13, 2011
Most fantasy owners know they're assuming some risk when drafting a player with the injury history of Josh Hamilton
, but the news is decidedly more harsh than any of us would have expected after he left Tuesday's game early: The Rangers' outfielder is expected to miss 6-8 weeks due to a non-displaced fracture of the humerus bone in his right shoulder.
There's obviously no way to fully replace Hamilton's bat in fantasy lineups, but there is some potential value to be found here in David Murphy
, who takes over as the primary starter in left field and warrants a close look in mixed leagues. If Hamilton makes it back on the early side of his timetable, he'll be back in late May. If it ends up being eight weeks, he'll be back in mid-June. Chris Davis
is expected to take Hamilton's spot on the roster, but likely won't get enough at-bats to make an impact. On a more happy injury note, Kendrys Morales (ankle, foot) ran on the field in spikes on Tuesday, with Mike Scioscia describing Morales' running (which was less than 100 percent speed) as "baby steps." Scioscia also told the L.A. Times, "Hopefully, as the week goes on, the intensity will pick up. When he's running full speed and can get on the bases, he'll be ready to go out and play." Morales' timetable should become clearer later in the week.
Rafael Furcal will not require surgery on his broken thumb, but is still expected to be in a splint for three weeks, with his estimated return set at 4-6 weeks. And though Furcal mentioned retirement shortly after the injury, indications are that he was simply speaking out of frustration. With Casey Blake (thigh) hoping to return on Wednesday, Jamey Carroll takes over as the primary fill-in at short while Furcal is out.
A small piece of positive news on the Grady Sizemore front: The Indians' center fielder went 0-for-3 with a walk in his fourth rehab game at Double-A, which marked the first time he has played center on back-to back days. He appears to be on track to return toward the end of this month. Michael Brantley is slated to move over to left when Sizemore returns, sending Austin Kearns and Travis Buck to the bench.
In other positive injury news, Rays manager Joe Maddon said that Evan Longoria (oblique) is "doing good" in his recovery, did some running in the outfield on Monday and is "on pace" to be back when expected. Longoria's original timetable was approximately three weeks, which puts him on track to be back in the lineup before the end of April.
Ozzie Guillen reiterated the nature of his bullpen-by-committee on Tuesday, telling ESPNChicago.com that "I still believe in" Matt Thornton, but saying that "Whoever is going to be out there is the closer." Thornton remains the leading candidate despite three blown saves already, but Chris Sale, Jesse Crain and Sergio Santos all remain in the mix.
NL Quick Hits (pitchers): Zack Greinke (rib) threw 25 simulated pitches and is making a push to return before the end of April … After two shaky outings to open the year, Tommy Hanson returned to peak form (and picked up his first win) with seven scoreless innings against the Marlins … Chris Carpenter was uncharacteristically shaky on Tuesday, giving up eight runs in four innings against Arizona … Sam LeCure deserves a look in NL-Only leagues after holding the Padres to one run on one hit in six innings … Brett Myers picked up his first win of the season by holding the Cubs to one run in seven innings … The Mets and Rockies got rained out on Tuesday, meaning Jon Niese and Esmil Rogers are both pushed back to start on Wednesday … Homer Bailey (shoulder) gave up one run in three innings at extended spring training and is on course for rehab starts on the 17th and 22nd before likely returning toward the end of the month … Brian Wilson struck out the side while picking up his first save since coming off the DL.
NL Quick Hits (position players): Corey Hart (oblique) is hoping to return on April 22 … Jason Bay (rib cage) isn't expected to return until April 26 at the earliest … Bruce Bochy said that Andres Torres (Achilles) will not require a DL stint, and the Giants' center fielder could be back this weekend … The Nationals officially placed Ryan Zimmerman (abdominal strain) on the 15-day DL, retroactive to April 10 … Adam LaRoche (groin) missed Tuesday's game, leaving 43-year-old Matt Stairs at first base … Starlin Castro said on Monday that he hopes to steal between 25 and 30 bases this season … Hanley Ramirez (leg) returned to the Marlins' lineup … The slumping Drew Stubbs returned after a day off and went 2-for-6 with a homer and four RBI … Jason Bartlett (back) is making progress, but sat out again on Tuesday … Kosuke Fukudome (hamstring) is hoping to return Friday.
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AL Quick Hits (pitchers): Mariners closer David Aardsma (hip) impressed Eric Wedge with a simulated game Tuesday, and should be ready for a rehab assignment after another simulated game on Friday … Andrew Bailey (forearm) played catch on Tuesday and appears to be close to beginning a rehab assignment … Joel Zumaya (elbow) is headed for another visit to Dr. James Andrews next week … Frank Francisco (shoulder) has allowed six earned runs in 2 2/3 minor league innings and is expected to make at least a couple more rehab outings … Brandon Morrow (forearm) allowed two runs in three innings at Single-A on Tuesday and will likely need at least one more rehab start … Red Sox GM Theo Epstein described the performance of Daisuke Matsuzaka (12.86 ERA, 2.71 WHIP) as "horrific", suggesting that either Felix Doubront or Tim Wakefield may not be far from joining the Boston rotation … Michael Pineda (7 1/3 innings, one earned run, seven K's) out-pitched Ricky Romero to pick up a win in his second big league start … Dan Haren pitched a one-hit gem against the Indians, but did throw 125 pitches, one short of his most extensive single-game workload.
AL Quick Hits (position players): Cliff Pennington has been out of the starting lineup due to an infected sweat gland and should be considered day-to-day … Eric Wedge is hoping to have Chone Figgins (thumb) back on Wednesday … Alexei Ramirez'second homer of the evening was a game-winner … Magglio Ordonez was out of Tuesday's lineup due to an inflamed bursa sac in his right ankle … Adam Dunn (appendectomy) returned to action, going 1-for-4 … Vernon Wells got a day off after a 4-for-44 start to the season … Coco Crisp is being called "50-50" for Wednesday after leaving Tuesday's game with lower back trouble … Alex Rodriguez (flu) was set to rejoin the lineup before the Yankees got rained out ... Michael Cuddyer raised his average from .107 to .219 with a four-hit night … Carlos Delgado is expected to announce his retirement on Wednesday … Michael Young (3-for-3 on Tuesday) is two games away from five-game eligibility at second base.