Adrian Beltre, 3B Texas Rangers: Adrian Beltre has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 quad strain, the mildest form of strains. The Rangers will wait a few days before making a decision of whether or not to place the 35-year old third basemen on the DL. Fantasy baseball owners should feel relieved, as this was probably the best-case scenario for Beltre, who may even be able to play through the injury. For the next few days, the Rangers will take it easy with Beltre, and have Kevin Kouzmanoff and Josh Wilson split duties at the hot corner. Beltre has always had a history of hamstring issues, but this is the first year where his quad is giving him problems. His left quad was the same quad that he had discomfort with during Spring Training, but he was able to return for the last 10 days of camp and play a week into the new season.
Avisail Garcia, OF Chicago White Sox: Avisail Garcia has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder after diving for a catch against the Rockies Wednesday night. After the game, Garcia said that he thought he had heard a “crack,” but initial X-rays came back negative. Thursday’s MRI however revealed the tear. While Garcia had gotten off to a slow start, the injury came after he hit his first two HRs against Colorado. The initial expectation is for him to be back without restrictions in time for next year’s Spring Training. Feel free to cut Garcia in non-keeper leagues, while Dayan Viciedo will see the most time in RF. Jordan Danks was recalled from AAA Charlotte as the fourth outfielder.
Michael Bourn, OF Cleveland Indians: Michael Bourn is looking to rejoin the ball club on Sunday, though Cleveland manager Terry Francona has indicated that a more realistic return date is April 15th. Bourn has been sidelined up to this point with a left hamstring strain, but has been rehabbing between the AA and AAA Cleveland affiliates. He’s only been able to play in two rehab games up to this point due to poor weather, but the fact that he was trying to give it a go is an encouraging sign. On Tuesday, he went 0-4, but he said that his hamstrings felt pretty good. Bourn has been “trying to be patient…letting my leg tell me what to do best.” When Bourn returns, he’ll take the lead-off role back from Nyjer Morgan.
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Doug Fister, SP Washington Nationals: Doug Fister threw off of flat-ground on Thursday, and reportedly had a successful session. He will begin throwing off of a mound on either Friday or Saturday as he continues to try and recover from a strained lat. It was a step in the right direction, but the former Detroit Tiger is still approximately one month away from returning to action. Fantasy baseball owners who drafted him as a sleeper will have to wait a little longer.
Notes: Andrelton Simmons was scratched from Thursday’s game due to a jammed right wrist; he will miss Friday’s game…RP Mike Adams, who is working back from hernia and shoulder operations, looks to be activated from the DL Monday…SP Cole Hamels may need just two more rehab starts before getting called up. His target return date is April 22nd…