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July 27, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Stephania Bell

Stephania Bell
  (3:06 PM)

HI friends! Thanks for coming by. Really looking forward to your thoughts and questions...getting busy, busy, busy with football now joining the fray...

bill (madison)

do you have any further info on jose bautista?

Stephania Bell
  (3:07 PM)

Bill: Supposedly he feels fine and expects to play tonight despite the scary hit. I would double check before gametime - but apparently no concussion based on all reports I've heard so far.

Emmett (Culpeper, Va)

What is the deal with Lance Berkman as I am about to acquire him in a trade? I am worried about his shoulder......

Stephania Bell
  (3:09 PM)

Emmett: I think there's reason to be concerned, but not alarmed just yet. Unfortunately we're waiting to see the results of today's visit with MD and MRI to see if there are more answers as to what's ailing him. It's affecting him on his swing - he describes it as a muscle, hope it's that and not instability (like with a labral injury). If muscular, should resolve quickly.

Nathan (Missouri)

What is the take on Denard Span? I was at the Rochester/Indianapolis game on Saturday and he looked to be healthy and hitting and running very well.

Stephania Bell
  (3:11 PM)

Nathan: I think they've been really encouraged by his progress of late. Playing in games is the big hurdle but he needs full games and back-to-back games before getting cleared to return to majors. The fact that he's a topic of trade discussion suggests there's confidence about his progress.

Kevin (@work)

When will Youkilis be back? Should fantasy owners be worried?

Stephania Bell
  (3:13 PM)

Kevin at work: Glad you're taking time out for injury questions...Youkilis is not in today's lineup but there's been no indication that they expect him out longer. I'm always a little more nervous when it comes to any hamstring strain, even a minor one, so I wouldn't be surprised if it's not quite that speedy, but this does not sound like the Carl Crawford go-on-the-DL variety.

Kevin McKinney,TX [via mobile]

I want to believe Peyton Manning will be Peyton Manning. But, if he misses all of the preseason that will be hard. How serious is his neck injury?

Stephania Bell
  (3:15 PM)

Kevin: Anytime someone has surgery on his neck it's significant, even in the most minor or least invasive surgeries. I'm no sure that Peyton is truly behind schedule but I do know he has a lot of trust in his rehab staff who he works with in the Colts' organization and wants their nod of approval that he's moving in the right direction. I'll begin to be concerned once he's back in their midst and if we see no progression towards football activities within a couple weeks.

Sean (Los Angeles)

Any good news for my boy CarGo?

Stephania Bell
  (3:17 PM)

Sean: Sorry - but there's really nothing to report here. The key for him was getting rest and so we probably won't hear much until it approaches time for him to resume some activity. Give it another few days.

Joe (New Jersey)

Any word on the severity of McCann's injury. I miss him.

Stephania Bell
  (3:19 PM)

Joe: I think you speak for the masses. The team has not indicated the actual grade of the injury and hopefully we'll get a clue over the next week or so based on what we hear about how he's progressing. Plan on 2-3 weeks (and I think closer to 3 minimum, after all we don't want a setback) without him.

Nick (NY)

I'm hearing Josh Johnson will be shut down for the rest of the season. Is this official, or just speculation at this point?

Stephania Bell
  (3:22 PM)

Nick: I have seen it reported by SI.com and by MLB network, both very solid sources, but according to the Palm Beach Post, the team's official position still is, as of now, that he could pitch again this season. So can't say it's hard and fast, but I will say that his inability to throw from the mound right now is a pretty bad sign, as I've been saying for some time now...

Fitch (LA)

How great was that no-hitter for Ervin Santana?

Stephania Bell
  (3:23 PM)

Fitch: ALWAYS cool when that happens for a pitcher - impressive!

Kevin (Philly, PA)

You totally called Josh Johnson not staying healthy all year...good job!

Stephania Bell
  (3:25 PM)

Kevin: And I do thank you for the props - but really want to emphasize that I never, ever root for anyone to get hurt, especially to this degree where it impacts their season (some people actually think I root for injuries - which is insanity)...but my thoughts are always based on both clinical experience and what we're constantly learning about athletes and the many variables that can impact their health...and occasionally we (I) get 'em wrong too.

Tim (NY)

How do you feel about Johan Santana ROS? Drop Danks for him??

Stephania Bell
  (3:27 PM)

Tim: As exciting and encouraging as it is that he is actually going to start the rehab assignment clock, I would not drop anyone for him yet. Worth keeping in mind that this is a huge surgery and just like we say following TJ procedures that every outing, every step is another hurdle and we have to see how the athlete responds, this is a BIG jump moving to real game situations (he's done the sim game thing so much more controlled).

John (Los Angeles)

NFL conditioning...how soon will teams (or reporters at the training camps) know whether certain players are significantly out of shape? Those of us facing keeper deadlines would like to know, if possible, whether our franchise players partied too much during the summer...

Stephania Bell
  (3:30 PM)

John: Great question - one I am digging into now myself. Have to consider that these teams, coaches and medical staffs have yet to get their eyes/hands on these players and see how they look, do team physicals, all that good stuff. And for the ones coming off injury, usually the teams have been monitoring them all along; now they need to re-acquaint themselves with these guys and assessing their current status may take a few days of observation. So my guess is it's going to shake out throughout the preseason, which no one wants to hear, but is probably the truth...

dave (boston)

Steffie Bad News: Is the news all good with D. Wright going forward rest of this season? Was just offered him for my Holliday... good deal?

Stephania Bell
  (3:32 PM)

Dave: I have been high on Wright for the second half, partially b/c I think the actual rehab he's been doing can only help his power. Naturally no way to guarantee that he stays healthy but based on what he had, how he rehabbed and how good he looked even in the minors (and then right out of the gate in the majors), I like his outlook. Holliday is amazing too, although he's been under the weather for a few days, but I guess you could make the argument that Wright is fresh.

Norman (New York, NY)

Chien Ming Wang is returning this week. Will he be the same pitcher as he was 2 years ago given his type of injury?

Stephania Bell
  (3:34 PM)

Norman: Wow - wouldn't that be something? WOrth noting that he had the same surgery Santana did. THere was excitement about Wang at about a year, then he had a setback (or a couple) and it has taken a long time to get here. Im not sure he gets to the same level but it will be impressive if he can even deliver consistency at his position. No doubt I'd be a little nervous though. Very unproven success after this surgery given so few have had it.

Joe (Richmond)

Bedard. I love him and hate him so much. ROY expectations?

Stephania Bell
  (3:36 PM)

Joe: Seems like every time Bedard goes out, he comes back and struggles. So I'm not holding my breath quite. Although this time it was not his arm and he was having a better season going into this injury than he was the last two, so...fingers crossed I suppose?

victor (Monroe)

Hi stephania who do u think wins the world series this fall?

Stephania Bell
  (3:36 PM)

Victor - anyone who knows me knows I will be biased and non-objective and pick my beloved SF Giants, especially as it looks like they're bout to add the power of Beltran.

Gene (Baltimore)

Will Roberts play again this year? I have the bench space currently, but I don't want to refrain from trading for 2B depth because of my misguided hope that he will return to help me in the playoffs.

Stephania Bell
  (3:38 PM)

Gene: He had a migraine again and is continuing to work through some of the headache issues. Whilte the team hopes to have him in August, there is certainly no way to guarantee it, it is not a sure bet. Might want to increase your depth at the position.

Mike (CA)

Think Choo can be a solid contributor come mid August?

Stephania Bell
  (3:41 PM)

Mike: Possible. He's doing the cardio and conditioning work along with light throwing and light swings. There is a long way to go from that to actual baseball. He's on a progression track but it gets a lot easier to project how he'll contribute offensively once he's actually taking the big swings, facing live pitching.

Samantha (Alabama)

When will Beltre be back! 3B is really shallow and I already miss him.

Stephania Bell
  (3:44 PM)

Samantha: Out of the gate they put him at a 2-3 week timetable and so far there's nothing new to suggest much different. When it approaches the 10-day mark it gets a little easier to see if he's progressing in a way that hints at a near return, but I'm betting that 3 weeks is more likely than 2 (and remember Crawford was held slightly longer, also for a minor hammie). They do NOT want a setback in late August.

Mike (NYC)

Evan Longoria -- seems to be playing through a bunch of injuries. any concern that the rays might shut him down if they fall too far out of the race?

Stephania Bell
  (3:46 PM)

Mike: Hard to imagine that would be the case unless he was at risk of making himself worse. The foot thing (neuroma)seems to have responded to an injection so he's limping less. I would have to say I don't see it - unless something radically changes.

victor (Monroe)

seems like carlos is not going to san fran cisco at all. he might go to the phillies is what i heard.

Stephania Bell
  (3:47 PM)

Victor: Go look at the latest ESPN NewYork posting (3:40)..looks like Giants!!!

dan (vt)

Chipper jones. Just back from the dl, and now dtd again. I didnt activate him when he got back, and now im hesitant to do so. How long do you think his latest injury will keep him out?

Stephania Bell
  (3:48 PM)

dan: THey're hoping it's a few days. But now keeping A-Rod back a little longer doesn't look so silly and conservative, does it? Chipper strained the quad on his surgical side. hmmmm

Ian (Ottawa)

Tabata worth trading for in a keeper league? How much longer is he on the DL for?

Stephania Bell
  (3:49 PM)

Ian: This injury is still a problem. They've taken him out of game playing for a while. No real timetable as far as I can tell since he still has tightness in that thigh.

Martin (PA)

What are your thoughts on Strasburg making a few starts at the end of September? Seems to be progressing very nicely from TJ surgery.

Stephania Bell
  (3:51 PM)

Martin: Still too soon to count on it. Sounds like the Nationals are willing to acknowledge that if - and it remains IF - Strasburg is ready, they would like him to get some innings in the bigs, if for nothing else, to help his confidence and enthusiasm going into next season. But that doesn't necessarily mean starts. And even if you get starts, we don't know how long he'll go.

Nate (Corvallis, OR)

I recently picked up Kelly Johnson, and now he is DTD with a calf problem, and has missed several starts in the past four days. Based on his injury, should i drop him or hold on?

Stephania Bell
  (3:53 PM)

But he's back now - hit great last night...

Jon (NY, NY)

What's your take on Placido Polanco? Given the severity of his pain and the need for an epidural, what's the chance of him staying healthy -- or at least mostly healthy the rest of the season? Would you recommend placing trust in Polanco or trying to swing a deal before the trade deadline (or looking for a hot hand on the ww)?

Stephania Bell
  (3:55 PM)

Jon: I wrote about him yesterday. Definitely worrisome type of back problem that could resurface, just no way to be sure. I want to see how he comes out of these rehab games even before I have confidence about his ability back in the majors. I might look for the ww option. Just not sure you'd get good value in a trade given everyone's concern about the nature of his problem. And he wasn't hitting well b/c of it before he went on the DL. Hard to predict what he looks like when he's back playing daily, if he can play daily.

Matt Rob (Pittsburgh)

Any word on Cameron Maybin's injury? What about Zach Cozart and Alex Presley?Thanks!

Stephania Bell
  (3:58 PM)

Matt: Well, Maybin played last night - but I haven't heard how he felt and I didn't watch. May take a few days to see if he's stealing bags like he was before the injury, but at least so far it appears minor. No word on Cozart - too soon post-injury. And Presley also too soon post-injury to know much. Right after going on DL we rarely hear much since guys are either resting or getting treatment.

bill (hamptons ny)

I have oswalt and buchholtz should I drop both of them or one of them in my next drop/add on july 31 and pick up other pitchers or stick with them. thanks bill

Stephania Bell
  (4:00 PM)

bill: Hmm. tough. Both of these guys could come back and deliver and both could give you problems again. But I will say, Oswalt closer to a return at this point by far than Buchholz. If I had to unload one it would be Buchholz - several ups and downs already in the rehab process and just starting off a mound. Still quite a ways to go.

Bob (Ukiah)

Stephanie, how's the Panda's quad going to effect him going forward? Thanks!

Stephania Bell
  (4:01 PM)

Bob: Have to hope it's behind him! He's back and I'm counting on it!!

Stephania Bell
  (4:02 PM)

OK - time for me to go. Thanks so much everyone for coming! Please check out my blog post from today for more thoughts on Brian McCann. Tomorrow it's the 06010 podcast and YES, we have a football one coming too...