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June 8, 3:00 PM ET
Fantasy Injuries w/Stephania Bell

Stephania Bell
  (3:03 PM)

Hi everyone! Welcome to the chat - great to see so many of you already here. Lots of injuries already this year - which everyone playing fantasy baseball is painfully aware of - and they keep on coming. So, we discuss...

Nick (Pittsburgh)

Is Brett Anderson going on the DL?

Stephania Bell
  (3:05 PM)

Nick: You might have posted this question early since you were near the top, but last night Anderson was placed on the DL. Perhaps more telling is that he went for 2nd opinion to Dr. Andrews, so clearly there is enough of something there to warrant a consultation. While it's too soon to know anything definitive, this is a guy who was on the DL twice last year b/c of his elbow. Doesn't usually get better with time - this may be it...

Bob (San Francisco, CA)

What's the latest on Josh Johnson? Just picked him up in a trade and want to make sure it doesn't come back to haunt me...

Stephania Bell
  (3:08 PM)

Bob (and Jim in CT too who asked about JJ): I can't tell you this won't come back to haunt you. After all, I was the one who was concerned about Johnson back in March before anything happened. While the Marlins remain optimistic and he is reportedly feeling "better," he still hasn't thrown from a mound (which is why there was no way he could start yesterday). Mound throwing a much bigger test than flat ground, so until he at least throws a bullpen, I'm reluctant to make any sort of projection. In general, the expectation is he'll be feeling good when he gets back...and then my follow-up question will be, great, but how long will that last?

J.R. (Cincy)

I need my 3B back! What's the latest on Sandoval and Zimmerman? As a retired AT, I really appreciate your insights every week! Thanks for your efforts!

Stephania Bell
  (3:12 PM)

J.R.: Thanks - your comment means more than you know...appreciate your years of contribution to the sports medicine world. As far as Sandoval, the exciting news (including for us Giants fans) is that he hit a HR in Fresno yesterday! Now it's off to San Jose (after working out with the Giants today) and it sounds like he'll be back for the Reds series this weekend. They need him. As far as Zimmerman, continuing to make progress. My guess is he returns next week. They don't want to push him, make sure he can do everything with no issue.

Drew (NY)

Hello Stephania, we missed u last week, hope you got a clear signal today. What am i to do with David Wright, i have heard rumors and none of them sound promising

Stephania Bell
  (3:15 PM)

Drew: I missed everyone too. Btw, did not get my power restored until 8:30 that evening so it was a loooong day. But today, much better! Wright will be out at least 3 more weeks from baseball activities. From the sounds of it, they want to ensure adequate healing (and it sounds as if they believe he suffered the injury on that diving play, that he did not have a long-standing fracture, as is sometimes the case)before they let him do rotational activities (swing the bat, throw cross body). That's why they keep the equipment out of his hands. He's allowed to do cardio and then work on his deep abdominal stabilizing muscles to help protect the area, train those muscles so they kick in regularly, even when he's playing baseball. If indeed the injury was acute and it heals well, I think he could still have a strong second half.

Justin (Detroit)

Chase Utley! What are your thoughts? All the way healthy (or at least on his way? Or is he an injury risk all year?

Stephania Bell
  (3:19 PM)

Justin: Cannot say "all the way" healthy b/c of the nature of his condition. Chondromalacia, thinning of the cartilage, does not reverse itself. He is learning to play in the presence of that by working on flexibility and strengthening around the knee. We see the free-wheeling Chase back as evidenced by the awesome diving play he made the other night. Good proof he's not thinking about his knee all the time. That said, he needs time to rest it. It was reported that he and Manuel would be talking about whether he'd play today - which would be 6 in a row. They have to be really careful not to overdo it. So yes, risk all year.

Aubrey (Philly)

How long can we expect Peavy to be on the DL (again)? How severe is his injury?

Stephania Bell
  (3:21 PM)

Aubrey: Well, the team is indicating that it is a minor groin strain. But ESPN Chicago (has a good report, might want to check it out), quotes Peavy as saying the injury is high up near the attachment at the pelvis so they need to be cautious. And, as I wrote in my blog entry the other day, it's really important for Peavy that he doesn't compensate. he tried that with his ankle and his lat tendon ruptured. They will not overdo it again. So - they hope the minimum time, but I wouldn't be shocked if there was another week or so tacked on.

Eli ((Hodgenville, KY))

I'm about to get married, lost my hair, and now Tex is hurt. What else can go wrong?

Stephania Bell
  (3:23 PM)

Eli: Well, can't help you with the wedding (isn't that supposed to be a good thing?) or the hair falling out, but the good news about Teixeira is that nothing showed up on X-ray. So while I'm sure it hurt like you-know-what when he absorbed the pitch on his kneecap, right now it's being called a bruise and he's day-to-day. Probably out a couple of days at least.

Dave (NY)

Jason Heyward - back soon?

Stephania Bell
  (3:25 PM)

Dave: hate to do this to you - but I'm gonna plug the blog entry here. Within a couple hours after the chat ends, will post a spot dedicated to my thoughts on the Heyward situation. In short, no baseball activities yet although may start swinging the bat in a couple days. We'll have to see how that goes before we can project when he'll actually return.

Stephania Bell
  (3:27 PM)

Update: ESPN New York's Wallace Matthews says Teixeira told him he plans to play tonight against the Red Sox. Must be feeling better.

Josh (NC)

Hey I've heard Joe Mauer may come back Sunday. What is the latest you have heard on how he's doing?

Stephania Bell
  (3:30 PM)

Josh: He's eligible to come off the DL 6/12 but I think it's too soon to say that that sounds likely. He's doing his rehab game work, catching progressively more innings and working his way up the comeptition ladder (i.e.needs to go through AA and AAA) and then they need to see how he responds to all that. After all this time, they certainly don't want a couple of days to be the thing that sends him over the edge. In any event, it looks like it could be within the next week or so, but as has been the case all along with Mauer, we wait and see.

Logan (Florida)

I asked you several weeks ago about Beachy. Any updates on him as I just added him to roster?

Stephania Bell
  (3:32 PM)

Logan: He threw a bullpen Saturday which went fine. Another one planned for today. Then needs to face live hitters, then rehab assignment. To work his way through that probably translates to a couple more weeks but it appears he's on track to return in that time frame.

SW (Lawrence, KS)

Stephania, greetings from Lawrence! Any news on Jed Lowrie?

Stephania Bell
  (3:33 PM)

Hi SW: How is beautiful Lawrence?? Still awaiting the results from Lowrie's MRI on his shoulder. Apparently it's not really feeling any better since his collision, hence the testing. But no word just yet.

Alex (Seattle)

How about Brett Lawrie? Or is this a MLB only chat?

Stephania Bell
  (3:36 PM)

Alex: Oh, lots of folks interested in Lawrie as he is expected to be an MLB player very soon. After he got hit in the hand it held up his call-up. Nothing broken but he was placed on the 7-day DL last Sunday. So it won't be before that expires - and they'll probably want to see how he looks in a game first. But judging from everything we're hearing, it won't be long after that either.

Jake (ATL)

What's up with Vicente Padilla? He was supposed to be activated Friday, and then nothing happened. He'll be put right back in the closer role, correct?

Stephania Bell
  (3:38 PM)

Jake: I think they just decided to hold off a bit b/c they wanted to be sure he wasn't still experiencing any tightness in that forearm before they sent him back. Trying to avoid a repeat DL stint. But the plan is for him to be the closer.

Mike (Tampa)

can we please get an update on brian roberts? i've been trying to get this question answered for weeks now

Stephania Bell
  (3:41 PM)

Mike: Well, the news hasn't changed much. Concussions are totally unpredictable and we really just have to wait and see how the player responds over time. Roberts just had a visit to Pittsburgh and was told no baseball activities for at least 2 more weeks. He can start cardio work - but I'm sure they'll need to see how he responds to that - and then if he does OK they can progress to sport-specific activity. Just a long, slow haul and now that baseball has a formal concussion policy in place, it is very stepwise in terms of progress.

Tim (ABQ, NM)

What's the deal with Span?

Stephania Bell
  (3:45 PM)

Tim: Apparently they're concerned about a return of vestibular problems which he's had before - causes him dizziness. Vestibular issues can either be related to the inner ear, or what we're learning now is that they can also be associated with concussions in some cases. There's very specific type of rehab when there's a vestibular component involved which targets balance and equilibrium. Span is having neck pain and dizziness again and they want him evaluated. Depending where the source is, it may impact how he's treated.

dan (vt)

is furcal's second dl trip of the season related at all to the first? any reason to be concerned?

Stephania Bell
  (3:47 PM)

Dan: No. This time it's an oblique. last time it was a broken thumb. But I'm more concerned about the oblique given Furcal's long-time history of back pain. He really needs to have his core intact to help protect his back. Furcal actually said while he was out for his thumb that his back and his legs felt really good - so obviously this is hugely disappointing. No way he rushes back.

Tom (Staten Island)

I don't have a PT degree, but I can answer all these questions, by repeating what I have already read on the ESPN website.

Stephania Bell
  (3:48 PM)

From now on, please address all your questions to Tom...

Phil (Atlanta)

What's a better sign that there may be something physically wrong with a pitcher? Sudden loss of control or diminished velocity?

Stephania Bell
  (3:51 PM)

Phil: It's a great question - but the truth is that there isn't a single element that cues you to an injury. It's usually a combination of contorl and velocity issues and the other aspect, which we can't ascertain from a distance, is talking to your pitcher, watching him throw bullpens, understanding how he's feeling on a daily basis. Sometimes when an athlete loses confidence they can start exhibiting the same control issues (although typically velocity isn't as much of the issue) and sometimes people speculate there's an injury when really it's a mental issue. The coaches usually have the first and best clues.

Mac (Toronto)

Hi Stephania, great work as always. I was wondering if there is any lingering injury we don't know about with Adam Dunn, Ozzie is giving him and Rios a few days off to "recharge his batteries." I think that was a good move by Ozzie, but did you see something in Dunn you didn't like to start the year?Many thanks.

Stephania Bell
  (3:55 PM)

Mac: Thanks. I don't have an answer here. The only thing I can say is flash back to April and the appendectomy. Do you remember how Dunn at first insisted he'd be back in 5 days? And then I think it was something like 8 or 9, but he came back quickly. Later he said he felt like he came back about 5 days too early. Makes you wonder if he tried somehow to compensate, disrupted the rhythm of his swing and now is in a bad place because of it. There's no word - or even hint - of any injury now and the break to hit the reset button may be all he needs.

Paul (Chicago)

What's up with Longoria? After he left the one game early, he said he was 100%, then missed the next game due to flu, then the next one apparently because of the oblique thing again...Why do I get the feeling he's back to DL?

Stephania Bell
  (3:59 PM)

Paul: I think it's all a bit of coincidence. So he has some stomach virus, which Upton also has, so there's something going around there. And the left-side "stiffness" was a day or two before that. Sometimes you get achy before you get sick. Just saying - maybe he got a little anxious if he was sore in/near the area that caused him to miss a month - in any case, I don't think this is a big deal. Well, at least not until we hear something different.

Tom (NJ)

Any word on Yunel Escobar's injury? Is he playing tonight?

Stephania Bell
  (4:01 PM)

Tom: haven't heard anything as far as an update on his status yet - just that he left b/c of tightness in his quad yesterday

Andrew (PA)

Allen Craig...what's up with his knee?

Stephania Bell
  (4:02 PM)

Andrew: Bruised, stitches (which will make it tight)...sounds like a few days.

Damon (Eli's Wedding)

I don't get to ride any of the rides at the amusement park, I have to be in Eli's wedding (the guy above) and it's 108 degrees outside, I broke my tooth this weekend being belligerent, and I have Hanley and Josh Johnson. What's the latest on them?

Stephania Bell
  (4:05 PM)

Damon: You get the end of chat sympathy vote. Already mentioned JJ - but as far as Hanley, sounds like he and the team hope to have him back when eligible, or close to it. The bigger concern for me is that these things rarely completely resolve within a couple weeks - and there's a high rate of recurrence. Once I heard that his back had been bothering him for over a month, it told me this had been around a lot longer than anyone suspected. Unfortunately, no way to be sure - and he also had to cut a workout short not long ago - so it's hard for me to imagine he's 100% within a week. The big test will be swinging a bat since that's what caused him the most problem before (and obviously it's been a problem if you look at his numbers).

Stephania Bell
  (4:07 PM)

Time for me to exit the chat room - but thanks so much for coming. Entry on Jason Heyward coming later today. Follow along on Twitter at: Stephania_ESPN. Tomorrow: podcast, Fantasy focus video and Baseball Tonight at 10 pm. Busy, busy. Keep the great questions coming - and stay healthy!