Injury Report: Coming and Going

Many big-time fantasy baseball names have missed time this season and it seems like injuries have compiled of late. Let’s take a look at some of the recent comings and goings from the disabled list.

Troy Tulowitski- Tulow is back, but it might be too much to ask for him to be the same player he was before the injury. Wrist injuries tend to sap the power out of hitters in the short-term. By next season he should be fine, but don’t expect much in the power department the rest of 2010.

 
Carlos Beltran – Beltran is back, finally, but he has yet to pop one out of the park or steal a base. The knee problem that kept him out for most of this season isn’t something that is going to ever be 100 percent again. From what I understand, being able to tolerate and play through the pain will be a big part of Beltran’s future production. If you were expecting the all-star level player of old, you’ll be disappointed not only this year, but perhaps for the rest of his career. Keep that in mind in keeper formats.
 
B.J. Upton – While Upton’s ankle injury may not be severe enough to land him on the DL, it is certainly the type of injury that can be re-aggravated should he come back too soon. If Upton misses significant time in the future, Desmond Jennings would likely get the cal. Jennings is having a very up-and-down season at triple-A, but he has as much stolen base potential as anyone in the big leagues right now.
 
Shane Victorino- An oblique strain has sent Victorino to the DL, but there could be replacement value in his replacement, Dominic Brown. The word is that Brown will play every day while Victorino heals up and he has the power/speed combo that fantasy owners are always looking for.
 
Dan Haren- I saw the injury when it happened. It looked as if Haren’s forearm had gone numb for a few seconds, but he had a full range of motion soon after. He was taken out of the game as a precaution only and should be good to go for his next start.
 
Jimmy Rollins – It’s been one problem after another for Rollins this season. A bruised foot has kept him out of action of late, but it looks like he could return to the lineup this week sometime. Before the injury Rollins had been running well, so once he is back in the lineup he should continue to steal bases. However, he has yet to stick in a groove at the plate all season. There may be a chance to buy low now if your team needs stolen bases.
Houston Street – After taking a line drive to the abdomen during batting practice, Street lost consciousness and was rushed to the hospital. As serious as it sounds the latest reports say he could be back in action as soon as tomorrow.
I’m looking into some info on Strasburg’s injury as he may miss his next start as well, but that will have to wait until Thursday.