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Fantasy Baseball Injury Updates: Ortiz, Jeter, Teixeira & more

Friday, April 5, 2013 16:34
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David Ortiz (achilles tendinitis): He will begin his rehab assignment this Monday, which will serve as the first hurdle on his road to recovery. He’s on track to return to the Red Sox lineup at the end of this month, so we’ll know more about his progress once he gets back to playing competitively again.

Mark Teixeira (torn right wrist tendon sheath): Reports surfaced today that Tex is targeting May 1st as a potential return date to the Yankees’ lineup. Word is he’s slightly ahead of the 8-10 week timetable originally given to him, with May 1st being approximately 8 weeks. I’m still a bit skeptical about such a quick return, but if he can make strides during the next month and be back to himself sometime in May, his fantasy value gets a huge boost. Take this news with a grain of salt until you hear he’s swinging the bat against live pitching pain-free before you get too excited.

Hiroki Kuroda (contusion to right middle finger): Good news out of Yankee camp today that X-rays on Kuroda’s finger came back negative and is nothing more than a bone bruise to the middle finger on his throwing finger. I’m sure once inflammation is controlled and the pain is tolerable, Kuroda will throw bullpen and test the finger. According to Yanks’ manager Joe Girardi, Kuroda is scheduled to make his next start. Keep an eye on this situation as it progresses.

Derek Jeter (offseason ankle surgery): May 1st is being bandied about as a possible return date for Jeter, but at this point in time, he’s only throwing long toss and rehabbing down in Tampa. Until Jeter can consistently take grounders and not have any negative responses to it, it’s hard to say if this is just wishful thinking at this point. Barring setbacks of any kind, there is a slight chance Jeter can be back by May 1. However, until he proves he can take grounders, run the bases, and begin a rehab assignment without pain, he will continue to be monitored closely and remain out of the Yanks’ lineup.

Brian Roberts (ruptured posterior knee tendon): Roberts injured his hamstring during Thursday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays while sliding into second base. Roberts said he heard a pop in the back of his knee, and according to the Orioles’s trainer, via Dan Connolly, he suffered a ruptured tendon on the back of his knee:

The tendon is particular appears to be the Semitendinosus, which is one of the three muscles that make up the hamstrings muscle group. This tendon is commonly used to receive a graft for an ACL repair. The 2-4 week timeframe is a bit optimistic in my mind, but totally within the realm of possibility. His big tests will be breaking out of the box after swinging the bat, producing force up the chain to increase bat speed, and forward/backward quick movements in the field. We’ll keep you posted as more information comes out.

Chad Billingsley (torn ulnar collateral ligament in right elbow): He remains on track to make his 2013 debut on April 10th. He was hit hard during his minor league start on Thursday, but with testing pitches and just trying to find his location, the results weren’t as important as the fact that he came out of it unscathed. If you’re looking for some early fantasy help, he may be the guy if he pitches well on Wednesday. Keep an eye on how he responds the day or two after his start.

Phil Hughes (thoracic spine herniated disc): Hughes will be making his season debut on Saturday, deemed healthy and ready to go after battling a herniated (bulging) disc in his upper back. The big concern with a disc bulge in this region is their effect on the surrounding scapular muscles, which are critical for any overhead athlete, let alone a pitcher who relies on shoulder strength/stability to throw 90+ mph every 5 days. The first start or two will say a lot about him, as I expect control and velocity to be an issue early on and then gradually improve barring any setbacks.

Jose Bautista (ankle injury): Bautista will miss Friday’s contest to rest his ankle injury that he suffered during Thursday’s game. He’s listed as day to day and could potentially return to the lineup Saturday as the Blue Jays’ DH, according to Gregor Chisholm, the Blue Jays’ beat writer for MLB.com:

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