Fantasy Injuries with Stephania Bell
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Stephania Bell (4:01 PM)
Hi everyone - Thanks for coming to the chat. Forgive me for my weakened state (experiencing "flu-like" symptoms as they say on the injury reports) but I will do my best to keep up...
Good news on R.Halladay so you see him returning in a month and should a fantasy player add him in hopes he pitches well for playoffs? Thanks alot
Stephania Bell (4:05 PM)
EJ: He certainly has been having a good rehab. I still think it could be September before we see him on the mound but he has always targeted late August. He's pitching a sim game this week I believe, then formal rehab starts, then a return. Not sure what I'd expect from him out of the gate but he seems pretty confident, fwiw.
Thoughts on Arian Foster for upcoming season, and any injury conerens?
Stephania Bell (4:07 PM)
Manny: I still really like him as a RB, especially given his nose for the end zone. But he does have some soft tissue injuries in his history (hamstring, calf). Nothing significant enough to make me drop him dramatically; still clearly a top 5 choice to me.
How bad is this new "sudden" injury to McCutchen? I can't afford to lose him down the stretch!
Stephania Bell (4:10 PM)
Scott: My guess is the team can't either! So far, all they've said is he's out due to "discomfort" and that he's day-to-day. Presumably they're going to see how he responds to a day (or a couple) off and go from there. No reason to panic just yet.
Hi Stephania,Any chance Johnny Cueto makes it out of the Witness Protection Program anytime soon?
Stephania Bell (4:13 PM)
Brian: Don't think so. As of last week he hadn't started throwing (not sure if that's changed) but given that, there's no way I can see him ramping up to preparedness to start before the end of the month. Even then, not sure what you're getting. Reds had already acknowledged it would likely be a problem through the rest of the year.
BTW McCutchen pinch-hit in todays game (and singled!) so wouldn't be too worried
Stephania Bell (4:13 PM)
Thanks to Paul for the update!
Hi Stephania, I'm thinking about trading for Kemp in a dynasty league. Do you have any concerns about him longterm? Thanks!
Stephania Bell (4:16 PM)
Jon: I don't. I just think that he has had one of those down years. Too good of an athlete to not come back (and none of the injuries/surgeries he's had are career threatening) and return to his prior form. Part of the issue this year - I believe - was that he could never get in a groove without something else cropping up. Hasn't really found his swing this year (although there was a glimpse of it with the HR before his latest ankle injury). Still like him a lot in dynasty.
Will Aramis Ramirez be a factor when he returns from the DL? Or is it time to move on?
Stephania Bell (4:20 PM)
Austin: Time to move on. Don't expect his knee to be 100% after this latest DL move. He's had the rest before and yet it returns. My sense is that there's some instability there and when it is aggravated (awkward step, slide) then the symptoms crop up again. It hasn't been right all year and it probably won't be until he has an offseason.
How does demarco murray look?
Stephania Bell (4:22 PM)
A: He looks great! Of course, he has started off great before but has not been able to finish. The Cowboys obviously think he can handle an increased workload seeing his involvement in practice and he's the clear number one, providing them a pass receiving option as well. He is well aware of the perception he can't stay healthy and is determined to change it. We will see if he can.
Hello Stephania! what is the latest on Hanley Ramirez? Any chance he plays this weekend?
Stephania Bell (4:25 PM)
Alan: Matitngly suggesting he could possily pinch hit this weekend. He's made good progress early, if he can take swings over the next couple of days without aggravating it, expect he makes an appearance but likely won't start.
Are you aware that DeMarco Murray is under the "Hate" section in TMR's Love/Hate and the only analysis offered is that you shook his hands? lol
Stephania Bell (4:25 PM)
Bali: According to TMR, that's all he needs to know...so sad...
Charlie (St Louis)
Hope you feel better SB... wondering how long will Molina be out for?
Stephania Bell (4:28 PM)
Charlie: Thank you for your well wishes. Don't know that we have a timetable for him but expect it to be longer than the 15 days. He still has not resumed full baseball activities. Although his knee is improving, I think the team is being mindful of not pushing him too fast so that it threatens his availability at the end. Would expect late August.
Brian (Des Moines)
What types of concerns do you have regarding Maurice Jones-Drew's foot this season?
Stephania Bell (4:30 PM)
Brian: I really don't have any. If he continues on the path he's currently on, I think he can effectively put it behind him. No reaction to running full speed and cutting (no pain, no swelling - he says his foot feels normal). So I really like him sneaking into a strong season. Last time people doubted him (after the knee issue) he turned out a supremely productive season. Could happen again.
SB! Sorry to hear you are sick... Is RG3 one bad hit away from being for the season again?
Stephania Bell (4:32 PM)
Carl: Thank you. I think any player is one bad hit away. Seriously, those single bad hits are the type that do in offensive players for a year. Those and the non-contact ACL injuries. I guess what I'm saying is that I don't think RG3 is at significantly increased risk this year.
With the moderate strain David Wright suffered, what's his ROS outlook in the SB dept.? Do injuries like this tend to flare up once it happens after the first time?
Stephania Bell (4:34 PM)
Scott: The key is trying to time his return just right. If he comes back too soon then no question, the risk of a setback is significant. Problem is, ther's no magic "test" to tell us when a guy is ready for competition. I'd be a little concerned about SB production as guys tend to reintegrate the steals gradually as they're gaining confidence about being back out on the field. The team has already given a lengthy timetable suggesting they will indeed take their time.
How is Grilli's recovery looking, when do you see him back, and what are his odds of getting the closer job back in September? Thanks!
Stephania Bell (4:37 PM)
JB: Not sure we have a firm timetable but the good news is that Grilli is expected to start throwing this weekend. It will begin light (catch) and ramp up based on tolerance, so if the symptoms come back, it could shut him down again. If he does well, no problems, figure three to four weeks to get back, roughly. So...late August/early September? And I would imagine he gets the job back if he shows he can pitch effectively.
Buffalo RBs: Do you think Spiller is more exposed to injury now that he is the clear starter and will get lots of touches? And if he gets hurt, is Fred Jackson healthy enough to matter when he takes over for Spiller or is he too far past his prime? Thanks
Stephania Bell (4:39 PM)
Jared: I think automatically if more plays are called your way, your injury risk goes up. Especially as a running back. You are now the target of more hits, you absorb more physical contact, you're potentially on the field for more plays. so yes, risk goes up. And I'm not as confident as my podcast co-hosts that he emerges so high at the end of the year. After all, he was hurt last year too. As for Jackson, I think he is a bit past his prime but still think he can be an effective number two. Wouldn't want him to have to take over for Spiller.
Is Jamaal Charles past his ACL injury? Last year there were weeks where people were concerned about him running on turf. Will he be cautiously all about it this year?
Stephania Bell (4:41 PM)
Jacob: No reason to be cautious in year number two. In fact, most guys spike in performance their second year out. Charles had a strong year out of the gate and could have an even better one this year as he'll start with the confidence of a healthy leg.
Do you think Cargo's DL stint will help with the finger or will he still feel lingering effects after the 2 weeks?
Stephania Bell (4:45 PM)
Brint: I think it will certainly help because he's removing the source of aggravation (swinging a bat) for an extended time. The problem is that it doesn't translate to full "healing" and the potential for aggravating it again exists. So it's hard to predict what to expect when he returns. He's shown he can be productive in the presence of it when it's not really flared up, but one awkward swing...
Brian (Charlotte, NC)
Follow up on the David Wright question: With the Mets out of it, is there a chance that they just shut Wright down? I need him for the fantasy playoffs!
Stephania Bell (4:46 PM)
Brian: I don't think so. They'll want to see how he responds to treatment/rehab with the goal of returning to play. Unless he takes a turn for the worse, I don't see that happening.
When will Miguel Montero return? Is he entering a rehab assignment soon?
Stephania Bell (4:49 PM)
Matthew: Not soon. right now there is no timetable for his return. Back problems can be tricky and as a catcher, the physical demands are high. Impossible to gauge his return at this point.
Would you advise trading for Kemp in a redraft league this year before he comes off the DL to get him on the cheap or isn't he worth it this year?
Stephania Bell (4:50 PM)
Gene: I would do it. Just think with the Dodgers playing as well as they are, Kemp would love to come in and contribute when it counts, especially after how the season has gone for him so far. I'd take the chance.
Joel (Niagara Falls) [via mobile]
Hello Miss Bell, I'm a big-time Peyton fan, and I was anxiety-ridden over his return following the multiple neck surgeries. From what I understand, the fusion procedures will actually strengthen the vertebre, despite long-term cartilage depreciation. So, aside from that which could cripple anyone, is Peyton any more vulnerable to "that one certain hit" ? Thank you for your time.
Stephania Bell (4:53 PM)
Joel: Well, the fusion once healed is certainly strong (between the plate and the fact that it's bone involved - vs muscle or ligament). I think Peyton showed us last year (and I was on record preseason as expecting him to be fine) that he could absorb the impact that comes with the job. He is older and perhaps more susceptible to the wear and tear type things but he's smart enough to get rid of the ball and minimize contact which helps him.
Mike P (Lenexa, Ks)
Stephania, How long can we expect Tony Stewart to be out of the 14 car for? He broke both bones in his right leg and has had three surgerys since the breaks happened monday night.
Stephania Bell (4:55 PM)
Mike: Great to have a NASCAR question! I am curious to see how long he'll be out myself. It's his right leg which he needs to put pressure through to the accelerator and so he needs to have no restrictions on the load-bearing. Can't imagine he's cleared before a month or so.
Wil Brett Anderson be back in time to help the A's (or at least fantasy owners!) during the stretch run?
Stephania Bell (4:56 PM)
Todd: It looks like late August could be approximately the time for his return if rehab starts go well.
Phil (Ann Arbor)
ETA on Rafael Betancourt??
Stephania Bell (4:59 PM)
Phil: If his throwing from a mound this weekend goes well, then he may not be too far off. It's unclear how they would want to structure his return from there - bullpens, rehab outings - but presuming no setback, imagine two to three weeks.
Hey Stephania! think Shelby Miller will be OK for his next start? thx
Stephania Bell (5:00 PM)
JW: he says he will be...which is all we have to go on right now. Depends on pain, swelling.
Latest on Archer, please. Thanks.
Stephania Bell (5:01 PM)
Bob: Sounds like the plan is for him to start next Tuesday. Presuming that holds up.
Stephania Bell (5:01 PM)
OK everyone - thanks so much for coming. It's back to the recovery room for me. Have a great weekend and we'll chat again next week.