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June 25, 3:00 PM ET
Fantasy Injuries with Stephania Bell

Stephania Bell
  (3:02 PM)

Happy Tuesday everyone! I'm still lamenting my beloved Giants loss at the hands of Yasiel Puig. Other than that, the injuries are keeping me busy. So...let's get to 'em.

Nafis (SF)

Hi Stephania, is Kemp close to 100% healthy?

Stephania Bell
  (3:06 PM)

Nafis: I picked this because of the way you asked it. I don't know if we'll really know (or if HE will know) whether he's approaching 100% but at some point he needs to get out on the playing field and see. He's approaching that now that he's on a rehab assignment and he's done some running (ex: scoring from second on a single) which should boost his hamstring confidence. But the shoulder, while not "injured" may limit him the rest of the season.

Alvaro (Guatemala)

Hi Stephania ! I asked on twitter yesterday about Brett Lawrie and you took the time to send a DM with an answer. Just wanted to say thank you for doing that. You are the best !

Stephania Bell
  (3:08 PM)

Alvaro: Thank you! But that information has since been updated. The Blue Jays now saying Lawrie will go on rehab assignment this week so his return could come relatively soon. We'll need to see how his ankle responds but if all goes well, maybe within a week.

Mitch (AZ)

How long till everth cabrera is back?

Stephania Bell
  (3:09 PM)

Mitch: No real timetable on him yet. I think the Padres moved from it might be a couple days to DL pretty quickly, although Cabrera's reaction immediately after he got hurt suggested it was more than minor. In the absence of any clear info, I would plan on these types of injuries running approx 3 weeks, sometimes longer.

Alex (Tacoma)

Hi Stephania, what can we expect from David Price? Would you predict an easy return and good results when he comes back or do you see setbacks/poor stats in the future?

Stephania Bell
  (3:12 PM)

Alex: I think Price is one of my most challenging players to analyze this entire season. I hear triceps but it seems like it's taking a looooooong time for that type of injury. And it's unclear where his initial symptoms really were (although I think it's higher up the arm as opposed to the elbow). It has been so slow and they are really not even giving a timetable. On the one hand, you hope the careful approach means no setbacks second half. On the other, I worry there is more to the story and it's hard to have confidence in what to expect.

Sam (Seattle)

Hi StephaniaI read that Corey Hart suffered a few setbacks, Is there any chance he makes a fantasy impact this year?

Stephania Bell
  (3:14 PM)

Sam: No. Not based on the latest report in Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Finally we're hearing more from Hart about what has been happening and what he's still lacking. Sounds like he and the team have not been on the same page about expectations for his recovery timeline. There is now an openly talked about chance that he may not play this year. Still lacking strength, clearly not ready for big league play, timelines are now out the window.

Tony (Rochester)

What should we expect from Reyes in his return to the majors?

Stephania Bell
  (3:16 PM)

Tony: I expect him to be good but not great right away. No way to have put him through every possible situation (and certainly not at the same speed) that he'll encounter when he returns to major league play. He had a really bad sprain and I'll be nervous for him for the first few weeks. I expect he'll steal - but pick his spots carefully. And until he gets comfortable with playing and no longer thinking about his ankle, think it will be a little hit and miss.

Max (NJ)

Hi Stephania,Any news on Carl Crawford?? My steals category is taking a hit with him and Everth Cabrera on the DL

Stephania Bell
  (3:17 PM)

Max: There has been ZERO in the way of info about him as far as what he's doing. What we have heard is that he's not close to a rehab assignment, which tells me there are still weeks to go.

jay (st louis)

braun? will he ever get better and return to form? timetable?

Stephania Bell
  (3:19 PM)

Jay: Sounds like the Brewers will give Braun a couple extra weeks off and then expect him back. The concern is that he will continue to feel something throughout the remainder of the season. The follow-up question is how much will it limit him going forward. No telling.

Sal (Bronx)

I'd heard Betancourt at the end of this month but whispers have gone silent. Can you give us a much needed update?

Stephania Bell
  (3:21 PM)

Sal: He's hoping to avoid a rehab assignment and thus rejoin the team this week. Not definite that will happen but that is what he's hoping for. So far the throwing activity has gone well. But this is a long-standing issue. Not convinced that it is totally gone once he returns.

Joe (Phila., PA)

Reports have Aaron Hill back tonight in AZ. A nice AVG, but pretty empty -- Not many XBH during the rehab assignment. Is this what I should expect for the rest of the season?

Stephania Bell
  (3:24 PM)

Joe: Hard to know what to expect. Don't think you can count on the pre-injury production given that he still has a non-union fracture in his hand. Then again as he adapts to the "feel" of his hand as it is, he could potentially improve as he gets more ABs. I wouldn't be looking for much more than the average and anything else is bonus.

Nathan (MO)

Stephania, HanRam might not be injured currently, but it seems like he might as well be a mainstay on your injury report... Would you be trading for him or staying as far away as possible?

Stephania Bell
  (3:26 PM)

Nathan: He's been hitting well since coming off the DL but I was actually watching that game last night (sadly) and I saw something that made me nervous. He stretched hard to beat the throw at 1B and grimaced afterward, was limping a bit. He stayed in the game but I noticed his next AB he didn't run with nearly the same effort (granted he was clearly going to be thrown out but still. Nothing major reported but it tells me there's something still lurking there. Trading for him would depend on what I had to give up; think there's risk.

Zach (Ok)

What's your best guess on timetables for AJ Burnett and Alex Cobb?

Stephania Bell
  (3:29 PM)

Zach: Burnett still not throwing off a mound last I heard so he has a ways to go before being activated. Injury (calf) wasn't that serious but they don't want it to turn into serious. Probably still another 7-10 days away. As for Cobb, no timeline. He says he thinks he'll pitch again this season but there's quite a ways he has to go before that happens, including getting over the fear of getting back out there.

John (Austin)

Wondering what's going on with Brandon Beachy...was under the impression he was good to go and then he had a "setback" that wasn't specified. Is he going to be back before the All Star Break?

Stephania Bell
  (3:32 PM)

John: He had discomfort in his throwing elbow, MRI showed fluid in the area, so the program was shut down for a bit to let it settle. He's back to catch. Needs to move back to bullpens, then live hitters, rehab. The hope is that he'll be back after ASB but the Braves know not to put a timetable on it after the last episode. And, keep in mind when he comes back that it will likely be short outings at first.

Lars (Seattle)

Stephania, First off, I heard a cool story by you on Nerlens Noel on the radio the other day, good work there.Can you talk about Carlos Gomez, his injury really scares me because shoulder injuries seem to linger and crush seasons. Do you expect this to be minor, or could it be a major issue for him?

Stephania Bell
  (3:35 PM)

Lars: First, very cool that you heard that on radio. Noel will find out where he lands on Thursday. He's worked hard but still has a ways to go. As for Gomez, sounds like he had a subluxation episode of his shoulder after getting awkwardly positioned against the wall while making a play. Much depends on how swollen/painful the shoulder is, how limited his range of motion is early on. They haven't said DL but it wouldn't surprise me if he ends up requiring a couple weeks.

justin (ny)

when does tulo come back?

Stephania Bell
  (3:37 PM)

Justin: Projected 4-6 weeks at time of injury (6/13) but he's feeling better than expected this early. The plan apparently is to repeat films at the end of this week, increase his activity if bone healing permits. Still think when he tries the vigorous activity that will be the big test, but it's possible he is closer to the early time frame of 4 weeks (I'm still not convinced).

Dan (Concord, NH)

Jason Vargas. blood clot. scary! I haven't heard of that sort of thing happening very much. Is it common with baseball players? Thanks for chatting!

Stephania Bell
  (3:39 PM)

Dan: They are scary...but do happen more than you think. Dillon Gee dealt with something similar last year. Pitchers are at risk for these from the repetitive overhead activity. And then once they're discovered they need to be dealt with promptly. Luckily, there are vascular surgeons who specialize in this type of thing now and the recovery can be very good with a return to full activity.

Brad (Utah)

Please give me some good news about A-Rod.

Stephania Bell
  (3:41 PM)

Brad: Well, it sounds like he's approaching rehab games. Not imminent, but close. And I imagine they'll want him to slowly increase his time played per game. But a return not long after All-Star Break looks to be in order.

Andy (Lawrence, MA)

When do you think Peavy comes back? And what concerns would you have upon his return?

Stephania Bell
  (3:44 PM)

Andy: His issues are the same as Tulo's in that there needs to be bone healing. And he's not doing any throwing yet because you don't want to pull at the area of the still-healing bone. But, it sounds as if he could begin light throwing soon. No timetable in place but if you go by the 4-6 week bone healing PLUS he has to build arm strength again as a pitcher, I'd say you're looking at a total of roughly 10 weeks or so.

LittleRon (WV)

Whats up with Werth & Victorino?

Stephania Bell
  (3:45 PM)

LittleRon: Werth may end up on DL, not really clear yet. Think they're giving him a few days to assess how the groin responds. As for Victorino, the back flareup was a scare but he's back, so it looks like he avoided a return to DL...for now. Don't think we've seen the last of it.

Jackie (Detroit Rock City)

Werth is in the Nats lineup tonight, fyi.

Stephania Bell
  (3:47 PM)

Thank you. Had not seen that yet. Guess we'll find out how he does. Remember with the hammie he went back in the lineup, it did not go well, he sat out 8 days and then they shifted him to DL.

James (IL)

Deep league, Ogando is out there in the FA pool. Worth a stash? Any concerns about his production upon return?

Stephania Bell
  (3:48 PM)

James: I'd just be concerned about his overall health of his shoulder. Back-to-back stints on DL (first with biceps tendinitis, then shoulder inflammation but these are really the same). Have to wonder if he's really going to get past this.

Bill (Pittsburgh)

Thoughts on Anibal Sanchez??

Stephania Bell
  (3:50 PM)

Bill: Concerned. Given his extensive shoulder history, there's reason to be worried. Granted, he's had a few strong years after labrum surgery a while back. But now he's older, with additional mileage on his arm, etc. This may just be a bump in the road for him this season but it may turn out to be the beginning of an overall decline. Q then is whether it's a gradual decline or rapid.

Joel (Pittsburgh)

Hearing earliest return to majors for Gyorko is Friday...can you confirm this? And what is your confidence level on him making an impact the rest of the year? Thanks!!

Stephania Bell
  (3:53 PM)

Joel: True. He was eligible today I believe but the plan is for him to play in two rehab games. Think the Padres want to see that the groin does not give him trouble in game situations and with back to back outings. So yes, Friday is the soonest. If no setbacks, think he bounces right back. He had a mild strain (and was doing baseball activities within days of the initial injury) so those are good signs.

David (New Rochelle, NY)

Need guidance on Mark Teixeira and J-Up. Please help and thanks for explaining everything that a non- medical person can understand...

Stephania Bell
  (3:55 PM)

David: Thank you. Teixeira does not look good. Continued soreness in that wrist, despite cortisone shot. Bottom line is there is torn tissue, not resolved, will continue to be a problem (and could get worse). May end up with season-ending surgery. At best, likely ends up platooning to avoid hitting left-handed (which is his dominant side but which bothers the right wrist). I envisioned this as likely scenario when the injury happened in spring, just the nature of what it is. Appears to be playing out that way. Disappointing given his effort to rehab and play through but not surprising.

Stephania Bell
  (3:57 PM)

Forgot J-up. Sore hand. Not sure what that means. But it was enough to give him a few days and perhaps explains some of his challenges at the plate recently. Sounds like they expected him back pretty quickly, now we have to see whether a couple days off had an effect.

Brian (NY)

Do you think Cueto's fine or will the lat continue to be a concern?

Stephania Bell
  (4:01 PM)

Brian: Hard to read. They're saying he's not hurting but he's sore. Sometimes difficult to tell what that really means, especially when you're talking about 2 DL stints in a season already for a problem area. I think it is still a concern now especially given that he is not out of the woods...and appears to be contributing in some way to his lackluster performance.

Stephania Bell
  (4:03 PM)

Thanks for joining today everyone! I have to exit the chat now but always am grateful for the terrific questions. See you next week! And I'll provide updates via Twitter. Send me your questions - will answer the ones I can. @Stephania_ESPN