Player News

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Josh HamiltonLAA - RF, LF
News: Hamilton (knee) is back in the lineup Sunday against the Tigers. (Jul 27 9:43a)
Impact: Hamilton missed Saturday's game due to the same knee soreness that forced him to leave Friday night's game early. According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Hamilton received a cortisone shot in his knee after his Friday departure, and it looks like the desired results were achieved. He'll bat cleanup and man left field for the Sunday afternoon tilt. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:43a ET)
Overall Rank: 91 Position Rank: 13
% Started: 52.6 % Owned: 89.5
Ryan ZimmermanWas - 3B, LF
News: Zimmerman (hamstring) could be out 6-to-8 weeks, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports. (Jul 26 11:09a)
Impact: This is just a rumor, reported by Rosenthal, as the team has not announced such a timetable, but there's no reason to doubt the validity of the report. Last we heard, the hamstring strain was "pretty substantial," and that certainly seems to be the case. Although he's not in the lineup Saturday, Danny Espinosa (and to a lesser degree, Zach Walters) still seems to be the benefactor in terms of playing time, unless the Nationals decide to address the situation via trade. Owners in single-season leagues will now need to consider dropping Zimmerman, as he probably won't return until mid-September if this timetable is accurate. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:09a ET)
Overall Rank: 54 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 32.6 % Owned: 79.9
Edwin EncarnacionTor - 1B, DH
News: Encarnacion (quadriceps) suffered a "minor" setback Friday and will be shut down for a few days, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports. (Jul 26 8:29a)
Impact: There had been some talk that Encarnacion could return from the disabled list next week, but that may no longer be the case. There's officially no timetable for his return, but this latest setback almost certainly rules out a return in July. Dan Johnson and Juan Francisco will continue to benefit from Encarnacion's absence, but neither player is much of a fantasy option. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:29a ET)
Overall Rank: 14 Position Rank: 5
% Started: 37.8 % Owned: 98.6
Josh HamiltonLAA - RF, LF
News: Hamilton left Friday's game due to soreness in his left knee. (Jul 25 8:24p)
Impact: Beyond the simple diagnosis, the Angels haven't provided any addition information regarding Hamilton's availability for Saturday's game against the Tigers. For now, consider him day-to-day. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:24p ET)
Overall Rank: 91 Position Rank: 13
% Started: 52.6 % Owned: 89.5
Yasiel PuigLAD - RF
News: Puig (hand) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Friday against the Giants. (Jul 25 3:54p)
Impact: A sore left hand, the result of an HBP last weekend, cost Puig four starts but he's slated to return Friday to face Tim Lincecum in the series opener against San Francisco. Puig will make his first start of the year in center field, and manager Don Mattingly has left the door open for Puig to remain there with Matt Kemp now playing right. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:54p ET)
Overall Rank: 25 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 89.3 % Owned: 99.1
Hanley RamirezLAD - SS
News: Ramirez (hand) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Friday against the Giants, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. (Jul 25 3:49p)
Impact: As of Wednesday, Ramirez was still unable to swing a bat due to the injured left hand, and manager Don Mattingly said he was not optimistic the 30-year-old would be able to return following Thursday's off day. However, Ramirez is penciled in to man short and bat fourth Friday against right-hander Tim Lincecum. In 22 career at-bats against Lincecum, Ramirez has seven hits (.318 average), including one homer. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:49p ET)
Overall Rank: 8 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 81.1 % Owned: 98.8
Eric HosmerKC - 1B
News: Hosmer (hand) could return to the lineup Sunday, according to manager Ned Yost, AM 610's Josh Vernier reports. (Jul 25 3:02p)
Impact: Yost said that if Hosmer wasn't 80 percent healthy Sunday, he would likely wait to return until Tuesday, but it definitely sounds like owners should expect to be without him Saturday. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:02p ET)
Overall Rank: 43 Position Rank: 8
% Started: 43.8 % Owned: 69.4
David OrtizBos - DH
News: Ortiz (back) is in the lineup batting third against David Price and the Rays on Friday, the Providence Journal's Brian MacPherson reports. (Jul 25 1:03p)
Impact: He had been dealing with back spasms, but they seem to have subsided to the point that he's able to make his typical 4-to-5 trips to the plate. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:03p ET)
Overall Rank: 64 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 81.3 % Owned: 96.5
Yoenis CespedesOak - LF, DH
News: Cespedes left Wednesday night's game in the sixth inning with an apparent injury to his right thumb. (Jul 23 9:33p)
Impact: Cespedes took an awkward swing where he got jammed on a pitch and fell down. He was seen flexing his right thumb after the at-bat and then in the field the following half inning. Cespedes had homered twice and knocked in five runs before leaving the game. There is no word as of yet as to the severity of the injury. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:33p ET)
Overall Rank: 67 Position Rank: 6
% Started: 85.4 % Owned: 97.2
Ryan ZimmermanWas - 3B, LF
News: Zimmerman (hamstring) has a "pretty substantial" hamstring strain, according to manager Matt Williams, and he will likely miss more than a couple weeks. (Jul 23 4:15p)
Impact: The team doesn't want to put a timetable on how long Zimmerman will be out, but owners should prepare to be without the third baseman until at least mid-August. He was placed on the 15-day DL Wednesday, and Anthony Rendon will manage third base with Danny Espinosa covering second base during Zimmerman's absence. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:15p ET)
Overall Rank: 54 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 32.6 % Owned: 79.9
Starling MartePit - LF
News: Marte (concussion) has been placed on the 7-day DL, the Pittsburgh Tribune's Rob Biertempfel reports. (Jul 23 4:06p)
Impact: There were some differing reports about Marte's DL status earlier Wednesday, but his concussion tests must have come back positive, and he will be out until at least July 28. Brent Morel was called up as a corresponding move. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:06p ET)
Overall Rank: 57 Position Rank: 5
% Started: 34.2 % Owned: 63.7
Yasiel PuigLAD - RF
News: Puig (hand) is out of the lineup again Wednesday, AM 570's David Vassegh reports. (Jul 23 1:54p)
Impact: He was available to pinch hit in Tuesday's game, so he should be nearing a return, especially since the Dodgers have an off day Thursday. Matt Kemp will play right field Wednesday. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:54p ET)
Overall Rank: 25 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 89.3 % Owned: 99.1
Hanley RamirezLAD - SS
News: Ramirez (hand) is out of the lineup again Wednesday, AM 570's David Vassegh reports. (Jul 23 1:52p)
Impact: He was unavailable to pinch hit Tuesday, and predictably will miss his third straight game with the hand injury. He hit in the cage Tuesday, and could be back by the weekend, as X-rays were negative and the Dodgers have an off day Thursday. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:52p ET)
Overall Rank: 8 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 81.1 % Owned: 98.8
Starling MartePit - LF
News: The Pirates are awaiting to see the results of concussion tests before determining if Marte will have to go on the DL, the Pittsburgh Tribune's Rob Biertempfel reports. (Jul 23 1:22p)
Impact: Biertempfel reported earlier in the day that Marte was definitely going on the DL, and it was a matter of whether he would need the 15-day DL or the 7-day DL, which is reserved for players with concussions. However, this latest development suggests there's a chance Marte could avoid the DL if it is determined he doesn't have a concussion. Brent Morel would be recalled if Marte does end up on the DL, so stay tuned. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:22p ET)
Overall Rank: 57 Position Rank: 5
% Started: 34.2 % Owned: 63.7
Ryan ZimmermanWas - 3B, LF
News: Zimmerman (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports. (Jul 23 9:35a)
Impact: Zimmerman was destined to miss at least a few games as a result of the right hamstring strain he sustained in Tuesday's win over the Rockies, prompting the team to just get ahead of the ailment and move him to the DL right away. It remains uncertain at this juncture how long Zimmerman will be sidelined until the results of his MRI become available, and the untimely injury comes just as he was starting to get hot at the plate. While Zimmerman is out, Anthony Rendon will take over primary duties at third base, with Danny Espinosa moving from a bench role to the team's primary second baseman. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:35a ET)
Overall Rank: 54 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 32.6 % Owned: 79.9
Eric HosmerKC - 1B
News: Hosmer (hand) is back in the lineup for Wednesday's series finale vs. the White Sox, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports. (Jul 23 8:18a)
Impact: Manager Ned Yost indicated it was doubtful Hosmer would return from his hand injury before the end of the series, but the first baseman apparently checked out fine during batting practice Wednesday morning to earn the starting nod. He'll slot in to the three-hole for the Royals, nestling in between Omar Infante and Salvador Perez. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:18a ET)
Overall Rank: 43 Position Rank: 8
% Started: 43.8 % Owned: 69.4
Ryan ZimmermanWas - 3B, LF
News: Zimmerman left Tuesday's game with a right hamstring strain, the Washington Post's Adam Kilgore reports. "It's concerning," manager Matt Williams said after the game of Zimmerman's injury. (Jul 22 9:37p)
Impact: He will have an MRI Wednesday, but it sounds like he will miss at least a few games, and could end up needing a stint on the DL. He suffered the injury trying to beat out a grounder to first base in the sixth inning against the Rockies. Anthony Rendon will slide to third base with Danny Espinosa playing second base as long as Zimmerman is out. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:37p ET)
Overall Rank: 54 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 32.6 % Owned: 79.9
Alex RiosTex - RF
News: Rios (ankle) is expected to be available for Wednesday's game, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports. "I know [manager Ron Washington] wanted to give me an extra day, but I'm ready," Rios said Tuesday. "I expect to be as good as ever." (Jul 22 5:39p)
Impact: He missed his third straight game Tuesday due to a sprained ankle, but after testing the ankle before Tuesday's game, he pronounced himself ready to go. Washington opted to give him one extra day, but look for Rios to be back in the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:39p ET)
Overall Rank: 38 Position Rank: 6
% Started: 73.0 % Owned: 92.3
Troy TulowitzkiCol - SS
News: Tulowitzki (thigh) was placed on the 15-day DL by the Rockies on Tuesday, the Denver Post reports. (Jul 22 2:58p)
Impact: This makes sense given how far out of it the Rockies have fallen. Tulowitzki has been out since getting hurt on Saturday night. "I think this is for the best," Tulowitzki said. "I've already missed some time, and with where we are right now, we think this is the best move so I can get healthy." (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:58p ET)
Overall Rank: 13 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 44.1 % Owned: 99.4
Alex RiosTex - RF
News: Rios (ankle) will be out of the lineup until at least Wednesday, maybe longer, the Dallas Morning News reports. (Jul 21 3:41p)
Impact: Rios himself expressed confidence that he could play as early as Tuesday, but manager Ron Washington demurred, saying that he would be out until at least Wednesday. "There is a possibility he will play before we leave here," Washington said. "The issue is can he cut on the ankle. That's what we will have to see." Interestingly enough, Washington was quoted in an article that also mentioned how teammate Shin-Soo Choo returned too soon from his ankle injury earlier this season. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:41p ET)
Overall Rank: 38 Position Rank: 6
% Started: 73.0 % Owned: 92.3
Robinson CanoSea - 2B
News: Cano (hamstring) is back in the lineup Monday versus the Mets, MLB.com reports. (Jul 21 2:02p)
Impact: After being held out of Sunday's game with hamstring tightness, Cano is back in the lineup, playing second base and batting in the usual three spot. While Cano has apparently dealt with the hamstring issue all season, holding him out Sunday was likely a precaution more than anything else. Regardless, continue to monitor his status going forward. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:02p ET)
Overall Rank: 7 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 94.1 % Owned: 99.5
Matt CainSF - SP
News: Cain was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to July 11 due to elbow inflammation. (Jul 21 8:40a)
Impact: Cain will miss his next scheduled start Tuesday against the Phillies as a result. The move comes as a bit of a surprise, as the Giants had been adamant that Cain would make that start. Since he was placed on the DL retroactively to a date prior to the All-Star break, there's a chance he could only miss one turn in the rotation as a result. Yusmeiro Petit will start in Cain's place Tuesday. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:40a ET)
Overall Rank: 75 Position Rank: 18
% Started: 38.2 % Owned: 56.9
Hanley RamirezLAD - SS
News: Ramirez left Sunday night's win over the Cardinals after getting hit by a pitch on the left hand, the second time he was hit in the game. Initial X-rays on the hand were negative, the L.A. Times reports. (Jul 20 9:08p)
Impact: Ramirez was also hit by the Cardinals in the NLCS last year. The second HBP came with a tie game in the ninth on an 0-2 count, making it unlikely that it was intentional - small solace for the Dodgers if they are to go without Ramirez's services for any significant period of time. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:08p ET)
Overall Rank: 8 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 81.1 % Owned: 98.8
Justin UptonAtl - LF, RF
News: Upton left Sunday's game because his triceps tightened after getting hit by a pitch, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien reports. (Jul 20 3:27p)
Impact: Upton was hit by Kyle Kendrick midway through Sunday's game and was replaced by Jordan Schafer. He's day-to-day for now, but don't be surprised if he misses a game or two early in the week. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:27p ET)
Overall Rank: 35 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 87.4 % Owned: 98.1
Robinson CanoSea - 2B
News: Cano is being held out of Sunday's lineup due to hamstring tightness, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. (Jul 20 11:18a)
Impact: The ailment is apparently something that Cano has been battling all season, but aside from an expected drop-off in his power numbers with the move from Yankee Stadium to Safeco Field, the second sacker hasn't seen his hitting tail off significantly in his first season in Seattle. The hamstring issue is only expected to keep him out for one game, but considering the Mariners' hefty investment in Cano, it wouldn't be overly surprising if he missed an additional game or two as well. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:18a ET)
Overall Rank: 7 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 94.1 % Owned: 99.5
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