Friday, March 25, 2016


Lots of injury issues to talk about with the season just days away.  Let's get to the latest.

-New York Yankees Jacoby Ellsbury was hoping to return to exhibition action on Friday but he still was feeling soreness in his wrist when taking part in some limited activities on Thursday.  Ellsbury was hit in the wrist by a Bartolo Colon pitch almost a week ago now but Ellsbury says the area is still swollen and giving him trouble.  This is nothing new for Ellsbury who is one of the slowest healers in all of fantasy baseball when it comes to injuries and his advancing age and declining stolen base numbers throw his outlook into further chaos. 

-The Cleveland Indians have backed off on having outfielder Michael Brantley taking part in daily activities as his surgically-repaired shoulder has not "bounced back well enough" from the increased work.  Manager Terry Francona says he is still holding out hope Brantley could be ready for the opener but that is looking very unlikely.  The original prognosis was that Brantley could be out until May but now mid-April seems about right which is about as well as you could have hoped for if you are a owner. 

-After a big scare with his back on Thursday, it appears as though Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun will try and get back into a game on Saturday.  On paper this is good news for Braun and his fantasy baseball owners but we all know to take any injury report on the guy with a grain of salt given his history.  It is disturbing that Braun is still dealing with back trouble after having major surgery last October and it calls into questions how effective he will be in 2016.  Once again Braun has some major red flags attached to his name. 

-A blister won't stop Chicago Cubs ace SP Jake Arrieta from throwing a bullpen session on Saturday.  It appears as though the blister is not major deal and that Arrieta won't have any issues going forward.  This is not Josh Beckett we are talking about here. 

-St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina could be ready for Opening Day according to manager Mike Matheney if he doesn't suffer any sort of setback with his surgically-repaired thumb.  While Molina is a Hall of Fame player, his days as even a low-end fantasy baseball catcher look shot due to his old age and slipping offensive numbers. 

-A late report indicated that Indians third baseman/outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall is still dealing with pain in his forearm which first cropped up a few days ago.  Chisenhall will be re-evaluated by the team in order to figure out what is going on in the joint but his fantasy baseball value is very limited regardless. 


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