Another week, another set of injury updates. Take a look at some of the big names that are coming or going, on the DL that is.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF/Colorado Rockies: An X-ray revealed a deep bone bruise for Carlos Gonzalez. He returned to the lineup this past Friday as a defensive replacement, but still missed 4 games prior to that. Hopefully after the All-Star break he’ll be recovered and ready to go, but bone bruises can be tricky and take a long time to heal. Daily leaguers wait for updates, and weekly leaguers will want to tread carefully and proceed with caution. After his return, I wouldn’t start him until he’s got a week under his belt and at least shows he can still play with that wrist.
Josh Beckett, SP/Boston Red Sox: Beckett was pulled from his last start this past Friday night after only five innings of work because of a hyper extension in his left knee. He was also scratched from his scheduled 2011 All-Star game appearance and did not play. We don’t know the severity of the injury yet and we hope it’s nothing serious as he has just been hot all year long. But very soon, we shall see.
Jose Reyes, SS/New York Mets: Reyes has been on the DL with a sore left hamstring since July 3rd and is aiming for a July 22nd return. This injury doesn’t seem all that serious and was probably more precautionary than anything. Look for Reyes to pick up right where he left off once he returns.
Martin Prado, Util/Atlanta Braves: Martin Prado looks like a good bet to be activated from the disabled list this Friday for the Braves game against the Nationals. He’s been on the DL since June 8th with a staph infection on his right knee. Prado will play third base exclusively now that Chipper Jones has just hit the DL himself with having to undergo right knee surgery. Once Chipper returns in about 3 to 4 weeks, Prado will move back to his usual outfield position. Weekly leaguers, it should be safe to roll Prado this week and hopefully he can gain some 3rd base eligibility too.
Roy Oswalt, SP/Philadelphia Phillies: As of June 24th, Roy Oswalt has been on the DL with lower back inflammation and has no timetable set for his return. Hopefully the DL stint can just clear up all that inflammation and it won’t turn into anything too serious. If rest is all he needs, then he should be good to go once he returns. Oswalt is 4-6 and has seen his ERA slowly rise in his last 6 starts to a 3.79. Maybe this DL stint is just what he needed to rest up and come back strong again.
Wade Davis, SP/Tampa Bay Rays: Davis has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 7th with a strained right forearm and is hoping that it’s not a sign of a more serious injury. He is confident that the injury is not serious and is expecting to return to the club when eligible on July 22nd. Wade Davis is 7-6 with a 4.25 ERA and 1.46 WHIP, so it’s not like he’s killing it anyway out there, but I guess it’s at least good to know he’s coming back, especially for fantasy managers that are hoping he can put together a solid second half of the year.