Much to the dismay of fantasy owners everywhere, Monday may have been one of the busiest baseball injury days on record. Here's the spillover into Tuesday.
Adam Lind, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays: So much for hoping Lind could avoid the DL because of back issues. The team opted to place him there but it's retroactive to May 8, meaning he could return next week. He was making improvements as of the weekend so the hope is he will be ready to return when eligible.
John Lackey, P, Boston Red Sox: Lackey was placed on the DL Monday with a right elbow strain. He has been inconsistent on the mound this season, with things getting worse lately. After giving up nine runs in his last outing, an exasperated Lackey summed up his feelings by telling the Boston Herald, "It's got to turn some time. Everything in my life sucks right now, to be honest with you." Manager Terry Francona confirmed Lackey's physical ailment was responsible for the DL move, telling reporters, "He's been having some tugging in his elbow." Just how long the elbow has been bothering him this season is unclear, but he has a history of minor trouble with it. His 2009 season started late because of elbow pain, and in 2008, he missed time with a strained triceps in his throwing arm. Maybe the years are throwing are taking a toll on the 32-year-old pitcher. While there is no report of anything serious with Lackey, the caution flags are certainly flying.
Josh Johnson, P, Florida Marlins: Johnson looks to have escaped serious injury after absorbing the brunt of a Carlos Beltran line drive on his right (throwing) forearm Monday. Johnson stayed in to finish the inning but did not return to the game as the forearm got tight. The team referred to the injury as a bruised right forearm. X-rays taken Monday night were negative. According to the team's website, manager Edwin Rodriguez is optimistic Johnson will be able to make his next start against the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.
Derrek Lee, 1B, Baltimore Orioles: Lee exited Monday's game after just two innings with what the Baltimore Sun reported to be a left oblique strain. The team has called Lee's status day-to-day and he was expected to be evaluated further Tuesday. The severity of the injury will dictate whether Lee is likely to be absent for days or weeks. Lee has a history of low back problems (disc-related) and cannot afford to play with any compromised core strength.
Good news! The Philadelphia Phillies have to be relieved to be getting a player back from the DL instead of adding another to the list, as pitcher Roy Oswalt has been activated for his Tuesday start. He had been on the DL with inflammation in his lower back, but fortunately turned the corner fairly quickly. Still, he is likely to be limited in the number of pitches he throws as he works his way back to form. His last start was April 26 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Since then he left the team to be with his family in the aftermath of the severe storms in the south, then returned only to be forced onto the DL because of his back.