Fantasy Baseball Injury Update: April 9th

Rays SP Matt Moore has been placed on the 15-day DL, but if it's a UCL injury, he may miss a lot more time than that. AP Photo/Orlin Wagner

Rays SP Matt Moore has been placed on the 15-day DL, but if it’s a UCL injury, he may miss a lot more time than that.
AP Photo/Orlin Wagner

The MLB season is officially in full-swing. The further along we go into the season, injuries are bound to pile up. We here at Fakepigskin are dedicated to providing you with comprehensive fantasy baseball coverage. Fellow writer Seth Klein (@SethDaSportsman) has been providing you with daily baseball start/sits. Starting today, I will be adding an additional component to our baseball coverage: daily fantasy basebaseball injury updates. Here’s the latest from around the league:

Matt Moore, SP Tampa Bay Rays: Last season, Matt Moore missed 31 games due to an elbow injury and Monday night, the Rays and fantasy owners held their breath as Moore went in to get an MRI on that same elbow. He had left in the 5th inning in Kansas City, grimacing in pain aftera pitch to Norichika Aoki. On Tuesday, Moore was officially placed on the 15-day DL, and his MRI results came back inconclusive. What’s worrying however is that the Rays said that he will get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews. and then later Yahoo! Sports Jeff Passan said that Moore has a UCL injury.

A UCL, or ulnar collateral ligament, is the main stabilizer of the elbow. There are usually two mechanisms of injury: an acute rupture, which is less common, or slow deterioration, which is more common, and likely what happened to Matt Moore. Unsurprisingly, while MRI’s can be useful in diagnosis, the elbow’s complex anatomy. If it is found that the UCL is unstable, the only option to treat it is the dreaded Tommy John’s sugery, which would cost him the 2014 season.

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If Matt Moore does wind up getting surgery, the Rays organizational depth will keep his loss from hurting too much. Cesar Ramos and veteran Erik Bedard are two candidates to take Moore’s spot in the rotation. Depending on the depth of your league, check to see if guys like Tim Hudson or Yordano Ventura are still available. Coming into the season, pitching was a deep position, so hopefully the loss of Moore isn’t a game-changer.

Casey Janssen, RP Toronto Blue Jays: Janssen is scheduled to come off the DL on 4/13 (Sunday), but he’s not scheduled to throw any side sessions until the very latest today. If you add in the fact that he needs a few rehab outings before he’s ready to rock, it’s likely that Janssen is not going to be ready to pitch even after getting off the DL. If for some reason Sergio Santos is still available in your league, make sure to pick him up; he’ll have the job for at least another week.

Josh Hamilton, OF Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Hamilton hurt his left thumb Tuesday night, jamming it as he tried to slide into first base. The X-rays came out clean, but he’s still scheduled to go in for an MRI today. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that Hamilton’s thumb was pretty swollen, and that he’ll be considered day-to-day for now.

Coco Crisp, OF Oakland Athletics: Crisp missed Monday’s game due to wrist inflammation, and even yesterday’s day off didn’t seem to help. He already received a cortisone shot, which is an anti-inflammatory drug, to help reduce the swelling and pain, but apparently he’s still feeling it. Reports have him missing today’s game.




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