OF, Torii Hunter/L.A. Angels: On Friday, July 1st, during the first inning of the game, Torii Hunter was hit by a pitch on his left hand from Hiroki Kuroda and was removed from the game after playing two innings after the incident. X-rays came back negative, but he was still held out of the lineup for both Saturday and Sunday and is listed as day-to-day. The injury is being called a bruised left hand. Manager Mike Scioscia did however say that Hunter would be available for defense and pinch-running, so it doesn’t sound like the injury is too serious. For managers in weekly lineup leagues, if you have another solid option on the bench, I would use it until he proves he can still hit with that wrist. Daily leagues, keep him sidelined until further notice.
SS, Jose Reyes/New York Mets: Jose Reyes is currently dealing with a bum left hamstring. He left this past Saturday’s game against the Yankees after only two innings when feeling tightness on the left side. It sounds like more of a precautionary move given his past history of leg problems, but Sunday morning’s MRI information will reveal more. Weekly leagues, keep him sidelined if you have a worthy replacement, but if not, I would roll with Reyes in hopes that he can at least give me a few good games this week, but the Mets may not want to rush him back so this is a bit of a tricky situation.
SS, Derek Jeter/New York Yankees: Derek Jeter is practically back from his calf injury as he played two rehab starts for Double-A Trenton this past Saturday and Sunday. He is expected to make his return to the Yankees on Monday night in Cleveland. Jeter has been on the DL since June 14th, so he will be excited to get back to his big league ball club.
OF, Carlos Gonzalez/Colorado Rockies: Cargo was carted off the field from Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Royals after smashing hard into the center-field wall while making a catch. He was down on the warning track for a few minutes before being carted off and the extent of his injury to this point is unknown. Weekly leaguers are taking a chance playing him this week, but daily leaguers can keep him sidelined until further information becomes available.
SS, Yunel Escobar/Toronto Blue Jays: Yunel Escobar was also hit on the hand by a pitch during this past Friday’s game and missed the weekend games as a result. He left in the first inning against Philadelphia on Friday and is considered day-to-day. It doesn’t look good however as he was seen shaking his head on his way out of the game. Usually, players can tell the severity of these kinds of things so we’ll see what happens. Look for a solid shortstop option in the meantime in preparation for Yunel having to miss some time.
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