Fantasy Injuries with Stephania Bell
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Stephania Bell (3:02 PM)
Happy Tuesday everyone. It actually FEELS like spring in CT today (70+ degrees!)...so now baseball feels like it's in the right season. I'm sure there are plenty of questions, so here we go...
Hi Stephania, thanks for the chat! What's the update on Weaver's broken arm? Are we looking at a pretty clean recovery or is there cause for concern?
Stephania Bell (3:06 PM)
The news on Weaver is just in. According to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com, it's a non-displaced radial head fracture. Strange injury but also goes to show that those early X-rays don't always catch everything (they were reported as negative). It's his non-pitching arm and it is non-displaced, so should heal without issue, but clearly he can't risk contact, falling, even putting it through some of the natural motion it goes through when pitching until it shows some evidence of healing. I think the 4-6 week timetable is reasonable.
HanRam & Headley. They are both being shopped in my league. Which is the safer bet health-wise? Or should I pass on both? Thanks, Stephiana.
Stephania Bell (3:11 PM)
Hi Terry: Lots of questions about these two specifically. Headley will probably be back sooner. His end of April timeline remains a possibility. Sounds like he is close to baseball activities. He has a splint and this is his non-throwing thumb. If he can use/test the thumb in baseball-related drills and perhaps hit a rehab asisgnment soon, he could return within 2-3 weeks. Ramriez won't be back until May. Expect him to perhaps have a challenge at the plate when he initially returns. It should resolve quickly but you're talking potential lack of production until late May.
Buy Low Joe (Jersey)
I'm looking to buy low on Halladay. Is Matt Carpenter too much to give up? I really don't want to obtain a pitcher who might be headed for the DL.
Stephania Bell (3:14 PM)
Joe: I think so. It certainly doesn't look good for Halladay. Everyone asking if there is a specific injury and Halladay emphatically denies it. I actually think we're seeing some of the decline I thought we might see (although admittedly didn't think it would be this dramatic) but the worry is that if he tries to compensate performance-wise, starts changing how he's doing things to try to get different results, will he set himself up at greater risk for serious injury? Think it's possible. There's not a lot positive to take away from his outings thus far.
Teixeira said he's hoping to be back by May 1. Is that realistic??? Based on his recovery so far, what are your thoughts about how he'll perform when he does return?
Stephania Bell (3:16 PM)
Gary: Still think it's optimistic, but not out of the question. Unfortunately we don't have a lot to go on to determine performance. The only test worth taking seriously is how he looks - and feels - when swinging the bat. Especially from the left side. The team will test him multiple times before clearing him to swing all-out, but there is still going to be a risk that he aggravates that tendon sheath. I think mid-May is perhaps a more reasonable target, but understand it remains fluid. And then, no guarantees, even after he's back in the lineup. I'll be nervous for him for the remainder of the season.
Hi,Any word on McCann's progress?
Stephania Bell (3:18 PM)
Jeff: Still not cleared for full throws. Only hitting in games so far. The goal for him is to get cleared mid-April to resume playing in games. Then he would get rehab games where he could integrate catching. Obviously they will want to see how his shoulder responds and gradually increase his time. If all goes well, probaably looking at late April, early May return.
Al (Wausau, WI (does NOT feel like spring here!))
Stephania, enjoy your beautiful weather! I have Cody Ross on my fantasy baseball roster (on the DL). Do you know the severiry of his injury, and how long it might be before he may be back? Thanks!
Stephania Bell (3:21 PM)
Sorry, Al: Hope I'm not getting my spring hopes up too soon. Cody has a calf strain he's recovering from and could be activated Friday. Only concern is that this is not the first time he's dealt with this, imagine it won't be the last.
Latest on Carlos Santana?
Stephania Bell (3:21 PM)
Brandon: Escaped a fracture. Calling him day-to-day so the hope is it's not more than 2-3.
Hello from the city across the bay. What are your thoughts on Hart? He was moved to the 60 day DL. Does that change anything in terms of how he is recovering? Is his injury the kind that will affect his performance when he comes back?
Stephania Bell (3:25 PM)
Matt: Hello back to my hometown neighbor. I think Hart was always overly optimistic about his return date. Think I wrote about it in the draft kit. He had a chondral (cartilage) procedure done and there is no rushing that if you want to preserve what they actually attempted to fix during surgery. So, I don't see this as a setback; perhaps it's a forced slowdown by the team to show him they are not going to rush whatsoever. You also want him to be really strong when he returns to minimize the likelihood of a setback with his knee once he gets into a daily grind. Bringing him back without rushing I think allows him to come back in better shape, less likelihood performance suffers.
Big Papi, I'm guessing the heels will be an all-season issue?
Stephania Bell (3:29 PM)
Jared: Yes. I've been on the record as saying I think it's likely to be an ongoing management issue. In other words, I think there will be very good days sprinkled in with perhaps some painful ones - or perhaps better to phrase as "soreness." These chronic conditions don't usually completely go away but they get to a point where they are manageable. However, a misstep, especially circling the bases - which is how the problem happened last time - could easily occur again and then flare him up...question is for how long?
whats the latest on Aramis' injury? heard " sprained knee". how long we looking at?
Stephania Bell (3:31 PM)
Jeff: No clue. We need to know what is sprained and I have yet to see that. Just from knowing this is the same knee that he injured a month earlier in spring training, you have to expect he will be guarded more closely, but without some more detail hard to make an educated guess.
Scooter McGhee (Houston)
Should I be worried over Yu Darvish's Blister?? He has been solid for me so far??
Stephania Bell (3:32 PM)
Scooter: Team doesn't seem to be. So I don't think I would be. Although in the short term you wonder if it will limit his innings. I imagine they will watch his performance carefully and see if blister seems to be aggravating as games go deeper. Wouldn't make me do anything at this point.
I own Brett Lawrie, any word on his progress? Starting daniel descalso at 3rd is really getting old.
Stephania Bell (3:35 PM)
Shaun: Sounds like a couple more weeks. He's doing all kinds of baseball activities, sounds like only thing left is rehab games. Then becomes a question of how many they want him to play in before return. I think team is a little cautious because of his oblique issue last year, they want to make sure once he's back, they're not losing him again a week later. And there's no holding him back the way he plays.
How's Eaton progressing, and when do you think he will be back? Hopefully sometime in May.
Stephania Bell (3:37 PM)
Tom: Sounds like the money is on mid-May. He would like it to be sooner but he won't throw for at least a couple weeks. The key to whether this date holds is how the elbow holds up when he starts throwing. And I'm not talking about catch. I mean when he has to start making throws with some zip on them. Not all UCL sprains are alike but other position players with this injury recently have struggled when they tried to resume the hard throws. Soooo....
Arod claims he will be back after the AS break. How realistic is his claim? Thanks!
Stephania Bell (3:38 PM)
Jeff: Think it's reasonable, at least as of now. If he's been rehabbing as diligently as he says, don't see why a July return couldn't happen (based on the procedure, etc).
Rob (Lima, OH)
Beauty - thy name is Stephania!Can you give me an update on Freddie Freeman - is he expected to be back to full strength right after being activated from the DL? Also - is it stll reasonable to expect a half season of productivity from Brandon Beachy?
Stephania Bell (3:42 PM)
Rob: Extreme flattery...hmmm. If we are to believe Freeman (who didn't even want to go on the DL), then it's hard to imagine that he'd be out much longer than the minimum. It had all the sounds of the team being concerned that he risked a more serious injury if he tried to fight through it. That said, we often hear these things are minor and then guys creep back more slowly than expected. Right now, I would say that there's no indication it will be a protracted absence and that he can't jump right back. And as far as Beachy, yes expected for second half. But always hard to count on performance immediately out of the gate post-TJ surgery.
Should we be worried about Segura's leg contusion? Guy was catching fire! love the chats Stephania.
Stephania Bell (3:45 PM)
Jeff: Really good question because sometimes these thigh bruises can really set a guy back. If there is significant bleeding in the area, quad gets stiff, tight and it can be multiple weeks for him to recover. But, the accounts of Segura's injury so far suggest that it was relatively minor and that he is truly DTD. Hopefully that is the case but will be nice to hear when he's jogging, so we can see quad is allowing him to move normally.
Any word on the severity of Reddick's wrist sprain? What are the chances he ends up on the DL? Best Guess as to how long before he returns?
Stephania Bell (3:47 PM)
Owen: No word. Everyone was concerned it was broken based on how hard he hit and the way he was holding it afterward. He seemed to think it would be days - and there hasn't been DL talk yet - but the first few days there's still a lot of evaluation happening. Seeing how the pain and swelling are resolving, how his motion is coming along, his grip strength, etc. If those things are NOT going as well as they hope, then they could change their mind and move him.
Is Pablo Sandoval completely over his elbow injury, or is it something that could flare up again?
Stephania Bell (3:52 PM)
Steve: Don't think we can say he's out of the woods. He has a bone spur there (which undoubtedly he has had for some time) but which appeared to be a source of irritation for the ulnar nerve in his forearm and also for some pain in the elbow. Right now it doesn't seem to be bothering him but my experience with these things is that they can crop up at any moment.
I read a quick tidbit about Colby Lewis rehabbing. How is he doing?? Should be back soon?? What surgery did he exactly have??
Stephania Bell (3:55 PM)
Hi John: He had a torn flexor tendon repaired. He's doing pretty well. Throwing some live BP sessions. Has several more to go before moving to a rehab assignment but that's next. Sounds as if his targeted return is late May, early june.
So safe to leave Reddick on our benches tonight, right
Stephania Bell (3:56 PM)
Yes, I have him on my team and he's not in my lineup.
Are you surprised with Kemps slow start? or expected till he gets his timing back following his shoulder surgery?
Stephania Bell (3:57 PM)
Michael: perhaps a little slower than I expected, but given the surgery, not unreasonable. Number of guys will say it takes a while to get in the groove of swinging normally after that type of surgery. Give him a month to start really turning a corner, think it happens by then.
Mike (Sunny NJ)
Hi Stephania,In an AL only league, I have Stephen Drew and he's returning from a concussion. Should I be concerned. Reason I asked is that I've played fantasy football and get eerie on concussions due to the nature of the game. How do you expect Drew performs once activated?
Stephania Bell (3:59 PM)
Mike: they've been very careful with Drew. I don't think he'd be coming back if he wasn't ready. Given that he's been playing in rehab games, I expect he should step in where he left off this spring.
Stephania Bell (4:00 PM)
Thanks to everyone for stopping by the chat today. There will be injury updates throughout the week so keep visiting ESPN.com. Have a healthy week...