To all my fantasy baseball owners out there, you know the rules, “another week of baseball, another week of injury updates.” You can’t live with them and you can’t live without them, so take a quick look at some key names either coming or going in week 17 of fantasy baseball action.
OF, Vladimir Guerrero/Baltimore Orioles: Could be activated from the DL by Tuesday’s series opener at Toronto. Guerrero has been out of action since the All-Star break after being hit by a pitch on his right hand. Guerrero has already played a rehab game for Class-AA Bowie on Sunday, so he looks like a full-go here in week 17 of fantasy baseball.
OF, Carlos Gonzalez/Colorado Rockies: Was placed on the 15-day DL Friday after he fouled off a pitch in a game this past Thursday. He was holding his wrist in obvious pain and was forced to leave the game. They’re calling his injury “strained and inflamed ligaments,” which just requires rest for the most part. Hopefully this two week rest period for Cargo will be all his owners need for him to make a healthy comeback with fantasy baseball playoffs looming.
3B, Adrian Beltre/Texas Rangers: Has a grade 1 strain of the hamstring and will miss the next two to three weeks. This is the first time Adrian Beltre has been ruled out for that much time, so he has turned in a relatively healthy year for his owners. This rest period for Beltre could even be a good thing as he will come back on fresh legs, rested and ready to have a strong finish to the year.
3B, Chipper Jones/Atlanta Braves: Jones was expected to be activated from the DL for Monday’s game against Pittsburgh. He has already completed a pair of rehab assignments in the minors but experienced soreness in his right knee after extensive work. His return could be pushed back a few days because of the soreness, but look for him to return at least some point during this week.
3B, David Wright/New York Mets: Wright has returned from the DL and has already homered for the first time since being back. He drove a two-run blast off Anibal Sanchez during Sunday’s game. Wright is hitting .244 on the season and will look to finish the year off strong for the Mets. Maybe the time off he’s had from the injury will heat his bat up for the remainder of the year.
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