Fantasy Injuries w/Stephania Bell
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Stephania Bell (3:08 PM)
Hi everyone! Sorry for the delay - technical difficulty...Greetings from the Memorial Tournament in Ohio. I'm here to see how Tiger's swing looks given his recent neck issues...but let's get to your injury questions!!
Bob (Bob City)
On the Fantasy Focus podcast, are you "a" Stephania Bell or "the" Stephania Bell?
Stephania Bell (3:10 PM)
Hi Bob: We're starting with the critical questions first. I'm Stephania Bell. There is also a real bell, sent in by a listener, which has been dubbed "the" Stephania Bell - and which we use when we want to highlight some clever or witty remark...which means it doesn't get used all that often.
Francisco (Los Angeles)
Steph are we save to drop Kendry Morales? what is the timeframe?
Stephania Bell (3:13 PM)
Francisco: Don't really know timeframe yet b/c they haven't told us the exact location - and nature - of the break. I assume he broke his fibula (bone on the outer ankle) but whether it wa sa clean break, how much other damage there is (and there must be quite a bit of soft tissue injury at least given all the swelling), that will all influence his ability to return. My inclination would be that his season is in jepoardy - but it's possible that he makes it back for a portion - but I would expect it to be late
Jake (In the Taurus)
If Sizemore needs microfracture surgery will it be as difficult for him to resume the same (or hopefully better) level of play as it was for many NBA stars that underwent the same procedure?
Stephania Bell (3:16 PM)
Jake: Hard to compare. We see many NBA players with cartilage injuries that need microfracture, probably b/c of combination of their size and the constant loading of running and jumping. Baseball has different demands, not quite as much impact, but lots of twisting/shearing with swinging a bat. And much depends on where the injury is - as in what part of the surface of the knee. Harder if it's somewhere where there is continual contact of the bones vs a place where it's only in certain extreme ranges.
Stephania Bell (3:24 PM)
One minute I'm typing - the next my screen locks up...AARRGH!!!OK - let's move along...
Is there anything to Lincecum's recent wildness? Blisters or something more serious? Thanks!
Stephania Bell (3:25 PM)
Brad: I think Lincecum said something along the lines of "nothing is going right" - not sure how much is injury and how much is just a slump. He did have a blister on his index finger I believe - but he also talked about feeling out of ryhthm...I think the problems are not hugely injuryy-related...but I sure hope he figures it out soon.
Didn't see Nelson Cruz in your Injury Blog - what's his status? What's with his hamstrings? Are certain players just predisposed to these type of injuries?
Stephania Bell (3:30 PM)
Derrick: First of all, thanks for reading! And you're right, didn;t make the cut for today - we had to save some for the chat, right? I think the good thing is that he strained the other hamstring. I think the bad thing is, well, he strained the other hamstring. So while he didn't suffer a RE-injury, it is a bit worrisome that he so easily went down so quickly after coming back with the same injury on the other side. Great discussion point - we do think there are all kinds of things that could predispose an athlete to hamstring strains, including the type of tissue he has, but also variables like hydration, flexibility and training. It would make me "aware" that this could be the type of thing he'll deal with on a semi-regular basis.
Brian (Dublin, OH)
Hi Stephania! I drafted Beltran and have had him stashed on my DL since. Is it time to let go?
Stephania Bell (3:32 PM)
Brian: Are you really in Dublin? Because that's where I am - here for the Memorial - my first visit. Beautiful...And as far as Beltran, this is one of those situations where you have to evaluate your needs. If you're otherwise healthy in your roster, why not keep him on a DL spot and see what happens...but if you're blocking yourself from getting someone who could contribute RBIs or power, you really should try to fill the need, b/c he is such a BIG unknown.
When do you expect Street back in the majors?
Stephania Bell (3:34 PM)
Eric: If only that pesky groin injury had not cropped up. He threw Monday (batting practice) and next is a rehab assignment. Two weeks hopefully?
Stephania Bell (3:34 PM)
OK - about to lose internet in the media room here at the tourney. Plan to switch over to another line. Hold please!
Have Chris Young stashed on my DL, but Bedard is out there. Make the switch? I haven't heard anything about Young.
Stephania Bell (3:39 PM)
Aaron: Yikes...I guess at this point Bedard is back moving in a positive direction, although I've always been skeptical about his tendency to soft tissue injury. But Young was transferred to the 60-day DL a while back with no set date for throwing again, with the team saying he had significant inflammation. So right now there is no timetable for him, making him a riskier prospect TODAY.
Brad (Jackson, MS)
Stephania, answer my question and make me a happy man! Is eric young, jr.'s injury something that could take months to heal, or is the fact that he is pain free an indication that his return is not too far off. He was supposed to have an x-ray last week, any news on the results? Thanks!
Stephania Bell (3:41 PM)
Brad - Hope you're happy!! But I can't say I've heard about any new X-ray results. I will tell you that this is largely symptom-based, meaning as he feels better, it's generally a good sign that healing is progressing and that he can do more. Now they won't let him go too fast, but it does make it seem as if it could be weeks, not months.
Will (St Louis)
Stephania, though ALbert Pujols has gotten some RBIs the past few games, he's still been struggling. It said in the St Louis Post Dispatch they said that his legs were seriously injured and his speed is down. What's your take on Albert's issues?
Stephania Bell (3:45 PM)
Will: One thing Pujols has been able to do is avoid major injury and miss a bunch of time. However we have seen him dip a little in performance when some of these nagging things - which he will play through - start to add up. He's had bumps and bruises to his lower half (heels, knees) and don't forget that his low back was a problem early in the year. So it brought him to human. And then there was that game Sunday where he got his groove back. I don't think anything alarming, just a function of a long season and aplayer who doesn't rest much.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Will New York Yankees 1B/DH Nick Johnson be Out For The Season Due To Wrist Surgery?
Stephania Bell (3:47 PM)
Chris: no one is saying that - but it is Johnson who has shown that he heals a little slower than most. The time frame was expected to be 4-6 weeks - I'd say 6, then add in the fact that it's a wrist, he needs to get power back and that might take longer. For planning, think 8, hope for fewer.
Mason D (Jaxton)
Steph, Love your chats! Re: Ellsbury injury...Is he starting from scratch with this injury? In other words, does he need ANOTHER 6-8 weeks? or is the time frame shorter? Thanks SB!
Stephania Bell (3:49 PM)
Mason: Thanks for coming! Ellsbury isn't starting from scratch, he's had some healing time. But they believe that he returned too soon and they won't make that mistake twice. So while I don't think this absence will necessarily be longer, I think it will be AS long - and they won't try to hustle it up just because it's the second time. He no doubt injured soft tissue around the rib, maybe cracked some cartilage along with the ribs themselves - and that can not only be excruciating, that tissue just doesn't heal well at all. The worst part? Timetable unknown...
Stephania any news on Beckett?
Stephania Bell (3:52 PM)
Ed: Well, the latest is that they backed him off his rehab program b/c of "inconsistencies" in his throwing. In other words, his back is up and down, which is, in fact, typical of back problems. Not that that makes it any easier for Beckett or fantasy owners when trying to figure out what to do with him. I warned about this when it first came up noting that he has had problems with his back before and they do tend to recur. Right now his focus is cardio and away from throwing. Until he gets back on a throwing program it's anyone's guess.
Dave (Wolcott, CT)
Stephania, whats the latest with Miguel Montero? When should we expect him back? Thanks
Stephania Bell (3:55 PM)
Dave: He's doing the extended spring training thing and has DH'ed. That's all good - but the thing that will really stress him - is catching. You might see his rehab duties go longer because of the need to gradually work him back in behind the plate. I think we're looking at a couple more weeks - always have to put the caveat in that that assumes no setback as he progresses.
What is the deal with Mark Reynolds injury? ESPN seems to be playing it down as if it is relatively minor.... Thanks!
Stephania Bell (3:58 PM)
Bryan: Well, it's hard to tell from a distance - it appears minor in the sense that he has been plugging through it to some degree and it hasn't forced him onto the DL. But it's also lingering now - which you don't like to see - and which could mean that he does end up going on the DL. Remember he first did something to the quad in April. Now he hurt it while batting - and he says it bothers him when he swings and runs, unfortunately something he kind of needs to do when playing baseball. The challenge for the team is how far do you let it go without worrying about a BIG injury around the corner.
Brian (Richmond, Ky.)
Odds Kyle Lohse ever throws a major league inning again?
Stephania Bell (4:00 PM)
Brian: Ever?? Pretty good. This year? Maybe not so good. It sounds as if they did a release on his forearm b/c of compartment syndrome (where pressure builds up in the "compartments" as blood flow engorges the muscle(s) while working, causing nerve compression and pain, etc) and there is healing time, followed by a very gradual buildup of activity to ensure that it doesn't recur...
What is the deal with Joey Votto and his stiff neck?
Stephania Bell (4:02 PM)
Nick: Not much has been said but he did take BP Monday and it sounds as if they're considering using him tonight. If that doesn't happen and it sticks around, maybe DL - and maybe we'll get more info, but right now it's sparse.
Will Jimmy Rollins be playing by next weekend?
Stephania Bell (4:06 PM)
Charles: This is one of those crystal ball questions. They hope to have him back, he's been doing some running - but as he ramps up toward the weekend if they see ANYTHING that looks like a problem, they'll hold off - and that decision could come before the game. Especially coming off an aggravation of a muscle strain, they are going to be really, really cautious.
Votto's in the lineup for tonight batting third
Stephania Bell (4:06 PM)
Thank you Adam!
I know he's not exactly an exciting player but he's injured so shouldnt we discuss him here??? rather than bells that go off on the podcast??? Would you drop any of these guys for JA HAPP...Gavin Floyd or Javy Vasquez???
Stephania Bell (4:10 PM)
Jay: Everyone has a chance to be heard - be nice...I might drop Floyd especially given the ERA, if I'm trying to lower my stats in that category. But Happ is still a couple weeks from returning and there's always some concern when coming back after that lengthy of a layoff, so I wouldn't be rushing to do it this week...
Jeter's injury anything to worry about?
Stephania Bell (4:16 PM)
Mickey: Doesn't seem to be a big deal. But as I was checking into it, I was reminded that Jeter turns 36 this month - a little easier for small things to become big things. But he does keep himself in great shape which helps.
Stephania Bell (4:17 PM)
OK everyone - it's only fitting that my network dropped out right as I was answering the last question...I sure appreciate you all coming and your patience. I'll be tweeting updates from the Memorial Golf Tournament the next few days and this week's blog is up on the ESPN.com site. Stay healthy!