Waiting game: Astros' Springer shut down for two more weeks
Did you know that, on a per-game basis, only five players have more home runs than Astros' rookie OF George Springer? Those players are Jose Abreu, Nelson Cruz, Giancarlo Stanton, Chris Carter and Edwin Encarnacion, and that puts Springer in some powerful company. Unfortunately, Springer's return from the DL has been delayed again, as he'll be shut down for two more weeks after re-aggravating his quad injury last week.
Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said Wednesday: "This type of injury he should be able to come back from. Obviously we're going to be very cautious with bringing him back but we still have plenty of time. I suspect he'll play the month of September here." Hopefully, Springer will hit a handful more homers for some of your fantasy squads before the season ends.
Tuesday's studs & duds
Stud: Carter, Josh Donaldson and Oswaldo Arcia all hit two home runs.
News & notes
Orioles 3B Manny Machado has been diagnosed with a sprained knee, and the team will decide today if he needs a DL stint. In other O's news, SS J.J. Hardy has a sprained left thumb, and could be back in the lineup this weekend.
Padres SS Everth Cabrera is back on the DL with another hamstring strain. Cabrera might not make it to 50 steals, since he has 18 now and won't play for awhile. Let's forget that I ranked him sixth among fantasy shortstops before the start of the season, OK?
Here's a Reds' update on 1B Joey Votto (quad) and 2B Brandon Phillips, both of whom seem to be targeting returns around September 1. Homer Bailey has had his next start pushed back to Saturday due to mild elbow stiffness.
The Indians hope to get OF Michael Bourn (hamstring) back from the DL this weekend. Unfortunately, they'll be without OF David Murphy (oblique) for 4-5 weeks, and could lose 1B/DH Nick Swisher to knee surgery.
Collin McHugh's strong outing raised our record to 72-48 for the season. Today's pick is Bartolo Colon (owned in 28.3 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) versus the Nationals, while Thursday's selection is Boston's Rubby De La Rosa (2 percent owned) against the struggling and undermanned Reds.
See you back here tomorrow morning.