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May 18, 11:00 AM ET
Fantasy Injuries with Stephania Bell

Stephania Bell
  (11:05 AM)

Good morning everyone and Happy Friday! Hope you're all looking forward to a fabulous weekend...and hopefully no new injuries...

JT (Chicago)

Hi Steph, can you give me some insight into Allen Craig's lack of participation in last nights game? Does this have anything to do with compensating for the knee or is this just some minor tightness? He's been a monster since returning from the DL

Stephania Bell
  (11:11 AM)

JT: I am just hearing that the Cardinals plan to place Craig on the DL today. It is being reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. This comes as quite a surprise since we originally heard just some tightness in his left hamstring. As to whether it's some compensatory thing for the right knee he had surgery on last November, hard to say. But he was brought along carefully through rehab and then a rehab assignment, so it's not easy to point the finger at that. He had been amazing in his brief return but it makes you wonder what happens with the outfield being a little thin.

Matt (Springfield, MA)

Hey Stephania... Partially torn UCL for Leubke. What are the chances he avoids TJ? Assuming he avoids the surgery, what's a realistic timeline for a return?

Stephania Bell
  (11:14 AM)

Matt: It sounds as if he is in that space of trying to decide whether to attempt a rehab effort (usually shut down 4-6 weeks then gradually resume throwing) or whether to opt for the procedure. THis is a really tough call. Sometimes guys can play with a partial tear for some time. And surgeons really prefer for guys to head into surgery knowing this is what they want to do, no question in their mind, because they face such a lengthy and intense recovery process. So, if he does not have surgery, the hope I would think would be a couple of months, if all goes well. But there's a chance that when he starts to throw, the injury worsens or he simply can't function and then opts for the surgery at that time.

Kirk (Arizona)

Does the fact that Chris B Young has hit for power and stolen bases on his rehab assignment make you comfortable that he will be without limitation once activated today or tomorrow?

Stephania Bell
  (11:15 AM)

Kirk: Yes. I take his hitting as a great sign that he comes back in stride. Granted, it's always a little different in the majors but at least it looks as if the shoulder is giving him no trouble with swinging or contact with the bat. I like it.

Jared (Waco)

The Allen Craig Q&A disappeared before it could be read. Any chance you can repost?

Stephania Bell
  (11:18 AM)

Strange. OK: Here's the q: (10) JT (Chicago): Hi Steph, can you give me some insight into Allen Craig's lack of participation in last nights game? Does this have anything to do with compensating for the knee or is this just some minor tightness? He's been a monster since returning from the DL

Stephania Bell
  (11:18 AM)

Here's my answer: (3863638) Stephania Bell: JT: I am just hearing that the Cardinals plan to place Craig on the DL today. It is being reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. This comes as quite a surprise since we originally heard just some tightness in his left hamstring. As to whether it's some compensatory thing for the right knee he had surgery on last November, hard to say. But he was brought along carefully through rehab and then a rehab assignment, so it's not easy to point the finger at that. He had been amazing in his brief return but it makes you wonder what happens with the outfield being a little thin.

Don (Great Lakes)

How long can we expect Kemp to be out?

Stephania Bell
  (11:19 AM)

Don: The Dodgers seem to hope that he will just be gone for the minimum amount of time. While it's never easy to be sure with these muscle strains whether a guy is truly ready, it seems as if the DL placement for Kemp was as much about keeping this from getting worse as anything.

Billy (San Diego)

Will the A's activate Cespedes for next week or will he stay on the DL longer?

Stephania Bell
  (11:22 AM)

Billy: Still unclear. Sounds like he's not swinging the bat yet. However, supposing they allow him to start doing that this weekend or very early in the week and it goes well, then he could return quickly.

Andrew (SF)

Any chance Beltran is DLed as well, or is he improving?

Stephania Bell
  (11:23 AM)

Andrew: I think there's always a chance but right now it doesn't appear as if St. Louis is as concerned about his status as Craig's, esp since he pinch hit last night. THe issue for Beltran is two-fold - the plantar fasciitis in his foot and soreness in his knee (which may have been brought about by the foot). Reportedly they fit him with orthotics and the concerns are mostly about overusing him in the field. If they can work with that and he can still improve, then perhaps he stays off the DL, at least for now.

Vinny (NYC)

Assuming Youkilis returns next week, should we expect lingering issues throughout the season with him?

Stephania Bell
  (11:27 AM)

Vinny: I think you have to be concerned somewhat that this could crop up at any time. Even before the season started we talked about the possibility that the wear and tear of his career would manifest itself in a way that required several days off at a time or DL time (which now we've already seen happen). Don't think this is the last of it.

Jack (Long Island)

Hi Stephania!! Thanks for all you do for us throughout the Year! Question about Stephen Drew...he's coming back and starting rehab on a serious injury. When they say he'll start rehab, given his injury, how long a rehab should that be? My SS situation is poor and I need help!

Stephania Bell
  (11:30 AM)

Jack: Thank you!! One thing about the way the D-Backs have handled Stephen Drew is that they've been very careful not to overdo it. And they're continuing in that manner. Right now no back-to-back games. That means he will be increasing the workload on that ankle steadily and they will need to see how he responds to that. I'd say it looks like you can plan on at least 2-3 weeks.

Stuart (Brooklyn, NY)

Any news on Vance Worley's return? Thanks Stephania.

Stephania Bell
  (11:31 AM)

Stuart: It's still too early to say definitively BUT the team said no structural injury when he went out, just inflammation. No throwing for a week, then he pcks it back up. If all goes uneventfully, then perhaps late May?

Austin (Chicago)

Stephania, You are NOT a Cone!! Who's back first, second, third out of the following? Chase Utley, Carl Crawford, Michael Morse

Stephania Bell
  (11:36 AM)

Austin: You are correct. I am not. Out of the 3, the clearest timetable seems to be with Morse. The target was June 8 although he thinks he can return by the first of the month. With Utley and Crawford it's a wait-and-see how they feel. Crawford hopes to start swinging a bat next week but won't throw yet (remember he's dealing with the elbow more so than the wrist). Utley just started doing infield work, the alst big "drill" hurdle before he gets ready to attempt rehab games. Sounds as if there's progress but he's only done this for a day. So there's a need to see how he responds to doing it several days. Kind of a tossup between those 2.

Jordan (Peoria)

What is your view on Desmond Jennings?

Stephania Bell
  (11:38 AM)

Jordan: A little tough to interpret since his injury was just called a sprain, no specific ligaments named. Originally did not appear headed to DL but then knee was not improving much. So you hope that the rest will be sufficient and he'll be back when eligible on the 27th or even the series after that. But it's a bit of a mystery.

Don (Great Lakes)

Any news on how Grady Sizemore is progessing after surgery?

Stephania Bell
  (11:40 AM)

Don: The latest update is that he's been allowed to start swinging the bat. Still the team will not put a timetable on him (perhaps at this point they just presume that's not a good idea) and will just keep tabs on him to see how his progress goes. He'll have a ways to get into baseball shape after being down for so long so hard to imagine he returns in early June when eligible.

Bruce (DFW)

Coco Crisp and his inner-ear? What's the prognosis and is there any reason his game might be affected negatively by this illness?

Stephania Bell
  (11:42 AM)

Bruce: I think the prognosis is good now that the condition has been addressed. He is supposed to take swings today but it's not clear whether he'll go on a rehab assignment or not.

dan (south carolina)

is Austin Jackson going to the DL? Thanks!

Stephania Bell
  (11:44 AM)

Dan: No one has said that yet but the fact that he feels "the same" and these things often take longer than guys initially expect makes me think it's a possibility.

Will (Florida)

Reports have H.Street ready to start throwing! In your opinion how long before he's ready for rehab starts and back to the SD closer role?

Stephania Bell
  (11:46 AM)

Will: I have heard that too...to start throwing "soon." But that doesn't give us a clear timetable. And given his history I would expect a very careful progression. So, sorry until he's at least involved in a throwing program, there is no timetable.

jose (mexico)

Any word on Ryan Doumit?

Stephania Bell
  (11:49 AM)

Jose: Just that the Twins are not putting him on the DL immediately. Might be available as a DH early next week (according to him) and sounds like they'll keep an eye on how he's doing but use his bat when they can. Of course if he has to run hard that could become a problem.

Andrew (SF)

What's the latest on Chris Sale? Had a strong start yesterday, any negative reports on the elbow?

Stephania Bell
  (11:51 AM)

Andrew: Well, certainly looks like he stays in the starting role. For now. And doesn't apepar the elbow is bothering him. Strange run of events there but perhaps most importantly it looks like Sale is feeling good. Again, for now.

Dave (NH)

Any update on David Robertson? Sounded like you expect him out for about a month

Stephania Bell
  (11:52 AM)

Dave: Still standing by that time estimate. It's been consistent for the better part of a decade - of course remember that it's an average; some guys will beat that timetable, some will take longer. But it ends up being for most right around 35 days.

Stephania Bell
  (11:53 AM)

OK folks...have to check out now. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Good luck with your fantasy teams and everybody stay healthy!!!