Josh Hamilton, OF Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: The big news that came out of Anaheim yesterday was that Josh Hamilton was going to miss the next 6-8 weeks to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. Obviously with a thumb injury, grip is going to be affected, and the best option for recovery is surgery, which is what Hamilton has elected to undergo. A typical recovery takes 4-5 weeks to go back to using the thumb, and usually there is no residual pain or damage after a successful operation. After those 4-5 weeks, he’ll likely need to take a few weeks to regain strength in his hand and bat speed. This is unfortunate news, as Hamilton had started off strong in the season’s first 8 weeks. OF J.B. Shuck was recalled from AAA Salt Lake, and he’ll likely be in a platoon with Collin Cowgill in left field.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS Colorado Rockies: Troy Tulowitzki has gotten off to a hot start, batting .407 with 1 HR and 5 RBI’s, but he is now dealing with a minor right quad strain. While he played through it on Tuesday, he was out of the lineup Wednesday, replaced by Charlie Culberson. The Rockies then recalled IF Josh Rutledge from AAA Colorado Springs, which may suggest that Tulo will need more than just a day off. This is obviously something to keep an eye on as Tulowitzki is an incredible fantasy baseball assett when healthy. Culberson has just 1 hit in 13 AB’s this year, while Ruletdge is hitting .389 with 1 HR and 4 RBI’s in the PCL.
Adrian Beltre, 3B Texas Rangers: Adrian Beltre missed Wednesday’s game due to a a left quad strain, and is being flown back to Texas to get re-examined. He had been pulled from Tuesday’s game against the Red Sox late in the game. Obviously Beltre has had a history of leg issues, but he hasn’t missed any significant time since 2011. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for the recently-turned 35 year-old third basemen, who was an early round draft pick for many fantasy baseball owners.
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Shane Victorino, OF Boston Red Sox: Shane Victorino started the season on the 15-day DL due to a right hamstring strain, and is eligible to resume playing on April 15th. The problem is he had a recent bout with the flu, something that is beginning to make its way across the teams: Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley is also dealing with the flu. His recent illness has prevented Victorino from going too hard during his rehab, and according to Shane, it “may set me back a few days.” The Red Sox haven’t missed Victorino too much at this point with Jackie Bradley Jr. swinging a hot bat. Even if he keeps hitting, expect Victorino to resume his role as the starting CF, just don’t expect Boston to push him too hard.
Quick notes: Ryan Zimmerman returned to the National’s lineup yesterday…David Robertson threw on flat ground yesterday and reportedly “felt good”…Chase Utley missed yesterday’s game due to the flu, and is likely still a few days away from returning to the starting lineup…Toronto Blue Jays RP Casey Janssen threw an “impressive” bullpen session yesterday, and is looking to rejoin the team by the end of next week…Hisashi Iwakuma threw a 34-pitch bullpen session yesterday, and is looking to join the Mariners by the end of the month…White Sox OF Avisail Garcia left Wednesday’s game in the 6th inning after trying to make a diving catch. X-rays came back negative but he’s still going to get followed up on in Chicago on Thursday…Twins OF Oswaldo Arcia was placed on the DL due to wrist pain…And yes, I just went back-to-back with Garcia and Arcia just to confuse everyone…Oakland Athletics SS prospect Addison Russell will miss at least a month with a Grade 3 right hamstring strain. 2015 may be a more realistic debut for the former first-round pick…