Waiting on GardnerFriday, May 11, 2012
After Brett Gardner made it through his second minor league rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, the expectation was that he would be activated from the disabled list in time for Thursday's game against the Rays. Unfortunately for the Yankees and fantasy owners, that didn't happen.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced Thursday afternoon that Gardner was being sent for an MRI after suffering "a little setback" with his right elbow during his rehab assignment. It turns out that he aggravated the muscle in the elbow and will need to be shut down for 10 days before picking up a bat again.
Girardi estimated that Gardner will miss 15-25 days because of the setback, so we're likely looking at a return in late May or early June. It's a tough break for fantasy owners, as there aren't many better sources for speed out there. Tony Campana (Yahoo: 10 percent owned, ESPN: 14.4 percent), Jose Tabata (Yahoo: 27 percent owned, ESPN: 8.7 percent), Denard Span (Yahoo: 20 percent owned, ESPN: 39.3 percent), Jarrod Dyson (Yahoo: 3 percent owned, ESPN: 4.6 percent), Nyjer Morgan (Yahoo: 4 percent owned, ESPN: 2 percent) and Andres Torres (Yahoo: 5 percent owned, ESPN: 2.8 percent) are just a few widely available speedy outfielders if you're currently hurting in the stolen base department.
Vlad Latches on with Jays
Vladimir Guerrero is headed north of the border again. Well, maybe. The Blue Jays announced Thursday that they signed Vlad to a minor league contract. He's scheduled to report to extended spring training in Dunedin, Florida before joining a minor league affiliate.
Guerrero, 37, failed to attract much interest this offseason after batting just .290/.317/.416 with 13 homers, 63 RBI and a career-low .733 OPS over 590 plate appearances with the Orioles last season. He recently worked out for the Diamondbacks, but GM Kevin Towers ultimately decided that he wasn't a good fit. Can't argue with him there.
Guerrero isn't being promised anything with the Jays, but he could be used as a part-time DH against left-handers if he eventually makes his way to the major league level. That would put him on the weak side of a platoon situation, which gives him limited value in AL-only leagues. Edwin Encarnacion has been one of the most productive hitters in the American League dating back to the second half last year, so it's likely that he would slide over to first base whenever Guerrero is in the lineup. The struggling Adam Lind better watch his back.
Iannetta Needs Wrist Surgery
If the Angels are going to make a move in the American League West, they're going to have to do it without their starting catcher. At least for a little while.
Chris Iannetta will undergo surgery on his right wrist on Friday and is expected to be sidelined for 6-8 weeks. The 29-year-old backstop suffered the injury when he was hit in the wrist by a pitch from Twins' right-hander Liam Hendriks back on May 2, the very same night he caught Jered Weaver's no-hitter.
Iannetta has really struggled recently and is only hitting .197 so far this season, but he still had four homers, a decent .312 on-base percentage and a .706 OPS. His replacement, Bobby Wilson, owns a .208/.271/.331 batting line and a .602 OPS over 276 plate appearances in the majors. I don't have to set the bar very high here, but it's safe to say Iannetta will be missed by the Halos.
Hank Conger is currently on the disabled list with Triple-A Salt Lake due to an elbow injury, so John Hester is expected to replace Iannetta on the active roster. Still, given that Iannetta will be out for such a long time, it's not a bad idea to stash Conger in AL-only leagues in case he makes quick progress. Those in mixed leagues can ignore this situation for the next month or two.
NL Quick Hits: Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 while allowing just two runs (one earned) over six innings in a win over the Pirates on Thursday night … Diamondbacks' center fielder Chris Young (shoulder) went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks and a stolen base Thursday in his first extended spring training game. He could return from the disabled list at some point next week … Joel Hanrahan was placed on the bereavement list Thursday and is expected to miss a minimum of three days. Jason Grilli or Juan Cruz will likely handle save chances for now … Ryan Vogelsong traveled to Arizona early in order to get an injection in his back, but he's still expected to make his next start Monday … Jeremy Guthrie tossed four scoreless innings in a minor league rehab start Thursday and is expected to be activated from the disabled list to start Tuesday against the Giants … Stephen Drew (ankle) played in another extended spring training game Thursday, but it's not clear when he'll go out on a minor league rehab assignment. He should be stashed in a DL spot in most mixed leagues … Mets' right-hander Chris Young (shoulder) spun five shutout innings Thursday in his first start with High-A St. Lucie, but he's still multiple weeks away from being a legitimate consideration for the major league rotation …
AL Quick Hits: In his first start since coming down with lat soreness and dealing with the fallout of golf-gate, Josh Beckett was blasted for seven runs over 2 1/3 innings in a loss to the Indians on Thursday night … Josh Hamilton slugged his 15th home run of the season Thursday in the second game of a doubleheader against the Orioles … Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Angels and Nationals have discussed a trade that would send Peter Bourjos to Washington … Yoenis Cespedes (hand) missed his third straight game Thursday and is considered more likely to return Saturday than Friday … Rafael Soriano, not David Robertson, notched the save in a win over the Rays on Thursday night … Jason Hammel (knee) is expected to return to the O's starting rotation Monday against the Yankees … Brandon McCarthy (shoulder) declared himself ready to start Saturday against the Tigers after making it through a bullpen session Thursday with no issues … Colby Lewis had a career-high 12 strikeouts in a loss to the Orioles on Thursday and became the first pitcher since 1918 to give up five homers and strike out at least 10 batters in one game … Nolan Reimold is scheduled to receive an epidural injection in his sore neck Friday morning, but he's unlikely to return from the disabled list until late this month … Brandon Inge exacted revenge against his former team on Thursday by launching his second grand slam in the past three games, but we still wouldn't pick him up outside of deeper AL-only leagues ...