Fantasy Injuries w/Stephania Bell
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Stephania Bell (3:07 PM)
Happy All-Star Day everyone. I'm in L.A. getting excited about the festivities tonight. I'm sure it will be stirring with the passing of George Steinbrenner happening on the same day.It's nice that our injured fantasy players are getting a breather...now what can we expect in the second half?
Cin (San Diego)
Do you think Choo will be back sooner than expected?
Stephania Bell (3:09 PM)
Cin: I think it might be sooner than the original projections (6-8 weeks) but once we found out that he did not need surgery, it gave a clue that it might be sooner. Mgr Manny Acta has suggested he could return by the end of the month. Still too soon to tell if he will have healed enough for that to happen.
Hi Stephania,My wife is about to give birth at the start of your chat can you help a new dad out with a deep league question? Is david freese on track to return after the all star break, I have him stashed and Im thinking of trading one of your SF Giants, "The Kung Fu Panda". As always your insight is greatly appreciated.
Stephania Bell (3:11 PM)
Fred: Wow! Congratulations. I'm impressed that you're able to multitask today! Freese is recovering a little slower than hoped from the deep ankle bruise and is not expected back until the end of July now. This is one you want to keep an eye on as he's been out since June and it's going slowly.
Good afternoon Stephania! Troy Tulowitzki estimates that he will be back in anywhere from 2 to 5 weeks. Since he is going to be taking batting practice after the All Star break, do you think he will be back closer to the lower end of that estimate? Thanks!
Stephania Bell (3:14 PM)
Barney: the fact that the range is so wide tells you the uncertainty of the situation. We've heard that Tulo's wrist is healing well - so since the bone is showing good healing, that's why they'll let him take BP so soon. But we don't know how he'll respond to it - both in terms of how the wrist feels and how well he's able to hit the ball - so that will give us a better idea. Unfortunately it's hard to make a strong projection without him going through that test first.
Any and All Information of Yo Gallardo would be awesome Steph. I need to make a decision on moving him in my league. Thanks. RIP George
Stephania Bell (3:18 PM)
Dan: Well, the team says he played catch the other day and felt "pretty good" afterward. It looks as if he escaped a serious oblique injury and the DL move may allow him to be ready to go by the 20th. You never know until these guys try to throw full speed - so catch doesn't really tell the whole story - BUT the fact that he's able to throw so soon after the initial injury confirms that it was less severe. So right now there's reason to be optimistic.
Heard Brian Roberts went 3 for 3 in a rehab game yesterday. Is he actually coming back? If he does, what are the changes he is able to stay healthy and productive?
Stephania Bell (3:21 PM)
Dan: he did indeed go 3 for 3 in a rookie league game. That is clearly progress when you see what he was doing (or not doing) for the last couple months. But he still has a number of hurdles to cross, including seeing how he responds to playing in multiple games, back to back. I think that his condition (herniated disc) is always one with the potential for recurrence, so his health will be risky even if/when he returns this season.
Are you prepared to live in an alternate reality where you no longer have to answer weekly questions about Carlos Beltran? I'm not sure if I'm mentally ready for it. Can we expect everyday production out of him (or at least playing every day)?
Stephania Bell (3:24 PM)
Andrew: I think I will go through withdrawals! Even though the Mets have indicated that they want to be confident that he can play in back-to-back games, I think that it's likely they will rest him proactively, esp in situations where there's a day game following a night game. It just makes sense. If I had Beltran on my fantasy roster, I'd be checking daily lineups.
Jeff Z. (Chicago)
Question for THE Stephania Bell:Is there ANY chance (> 0%) that we will see Kendry for at least 1 AB this year? Or will we not see him until 2011?Thank you!
Stephania Bell (3:24 PM)
Jeff: Not until 2011. The team has said that his season is over.
Norman (Brooklyn, NY)
Hi Stephania - Trying to create a " will be back sooner than expected" theme here. What about Ellsbury?
Stephania Bell (3:27 PM)
Norman: I think with all the attention around Ellsbury's injury and the management of it, esp with his comments, etc, there will be no taking chances on an early return for him. In other words, I think he felt he was pushed back the first time and that didn't work out so well, so the team will want him to be 100% totally pain-free before he returns...who knows, maybe they even go the other way a bit, keep him out a little longer. Can't imagine - even with all of their injury issues - that he returns before August.
Hey Starphania, First, I just wanted to say how impressed I was that you sent me a DM on twitter during FF about a late injury question. Second, what are your thoughts on when Bedard might make his return and if this shoulder tightness is a big concern? THANKS!!
Stephania Bell (3:31 PM)
Chris: Thanks for remembering! I do try to respond to Twitter questions - when I'm online with it, especially if it seems like something lots of folks will be interested in...As far as Bedard, I have to say a setback was not a surprise. I've always been a little skeptical when it comes to his health. the Mariners seem to think that he might not even need a rehab start, but I can't see how that wouldn't be warranted, given that he's had so little rehab game action after major surgery. But...you have to wonder why the Mariners might want to get him out there on the field in July...as far as I'm concerned, I think he remains a health risk.
Thanks for chatting, Stephania. Jose Reyes is battling some oblique issues. Any major cause for concern there?
Stephania Bell (3:33 PM)
DJS: Thanks for coming. Sounds like teammate David Wright is concerned, concerned enough to get Reyes off the field when it looked like he was struggling with pain. I always worry about guys trying to force things through injury. While you admire the desire to be on the field, if it results in a 6 week injury, then you end up asking whether it was worth it. Maybe the fact that he did not pass the on-the-field test will result in a little more down time, but I don't think we're going to hear much more for a couple of days.
Roger (Coachella, CA)
Stephania is, "going, going, back, back to CALI, CALI!" What is the latest on V. Mart? And when he does come back do you expect him to be his usual self? This from a METS fan! R.I.P. George Steinbrenner, changed the game without ever stepping onto the field!
Stephania Bell (3:36 PM)
Roger: That's right...back to Cali...Martinez' thumb injury was a little worse than what the team let on and is slower to recover than expected. Translation: bet he does not return at end of DL time. The hope would be that the extended down time to let it heal will minimize the impact when he does return. As with any thumb/finger/wrist injury, we'll have to see how it impacts swing. If he has trouble getting the thumb around the bat,(and he may be stiff) could be an issue
Hey Stephania! Any word on Beltre's hammy? I heard he plans on playing in the ASG, but I'm a little bit worried about plugging him into my lineup for later this week. I hate hamstring injuries!
Stephania Bell (3:38 PM)
Dan: You, me, and every member of a team medical staff hates the hamstring injury. Very individual in terms of how they behave, very tough to predict, and all that good stuff.I have to believe the Red Sox will be holding their breath through tonight's game. I'm not sure they can handle another injury to their starting lineup. But as long as he doesn't have to leg one out, hopefully he'll be OK. Doubt he'd put himself in there if he was feeling really badly.
Abraham (Scottsdale )
Edison volquez starts this week? Will he be an impact?
Stephania Bell (3:40 PM)
Abraham: If his rehab starts are any indication, Volquez surely should have an impact. He has mostly looked strong, occasionally struggling with command, but that is to be expected from Volquez, especially after this particular procedure. I think the key for fantasy owners is to temper expectations. Hope for the best, but expect some inconsistency.
Do you think Utley's back before September?
Stephania Bell (3:45 PM)
Dan: He sure has every intention of trying to be...but it may be more challenging than he expects. You figure five weeks of immobilization post-surgery, which already takes you through first week of August. Then he says a week to get his range of motion back (could take longer, but this guy will work very hard to meet that goal). He has to demo enough range and strength to then return to baseball activities. He needs to be able to throw to make defensive plays, grip well enough to swing bat with power, etc. Rehab starts. I'm thinking that's another ten days to two weeks in best case scenario...and then even if he does return, how will power at the plate be. I expect he'll work as hard as anyone to beat the timetable, but how effective he'll be able to be remains to be seen...
Scott (San Jose)
How is Dustin Pedroia progressing? Is he another player who may be back earlier than expected?
Stephania Bell (3:48 PM)
Scott: He just might be. Friday will be a big day for Pedroia owners. He is expected to have a CT scan to see how well the bone is healing. If there is adequate healing, he can get out of the boot and off crutches. Then it's a matter of how quickly he is ready to be on field. We know he's been practicing his fielding skills! If he can swing the bat, maybe they bring him back even within the following week.
Hi Stephania. How is Beckett doing? He still worth holding onto? What kind of impact can we expect upon his return?
Stephania Bell (3:51 PM)
Chris: His last outing was a nice one in Pawtucket. He's scheduled for another rehab outing this weekend and then could return to the lineup this week. I actually think the layoff may end up being good for him. His back has not bothered him for a while, and his arm got a chance to rest and as he re-upped his endurance he focused on mechanics. Might be a nice little surprise for the Red Sox.
Thoughts on Bret Anderson for rest of the year?
Stephania Bell (3:54 PM)
Hi Pati: well, I'm glad to see that he's making a few rehab starts this go-round. He has (I believe) two more scheduled and they will see how he responds before he rejoins team (which is looking like late July). Of course when a pitcher has two episodes that involve inflammation of his throwing elbow, that fear of recurrence does not totally disappear. The best proof that he's past it will be if he can come back and stay healthy through the rest of the season. But we just won't know until it happens...or doesn't.
Any chance that Asdrubal is back in the lineup next week?
Stephania Bell (3:57 PM)
Brian: I don't imagine that will happen. Cabrera has to make some rehab appearances and have the team feel comfortable that he can swing the bat, etc so it seems like he'll need more time...but hopefully not much more. If anything, maybe late next week(?) or more likely another week later.
Can we make it 5 Dan's to get their ?s answered? What's the latest on Asdrubal Cabrera and Jordan Zimmerman?
Stephania Bell (3:59 PM)
Dan: why not?? Already addressed Cabrera...but Zimmermann continues to look good on his road back from surgery. The Nationals will not rush him but it looks like he could be in the neighborhood of returning within a month or so.
Thoughts on Eric Young's recovery? He began his rehab stint already...
Stephania Bell (4:03 PM)
Matt: the team is excited about the fact that he has been able to make progress, especially with running which is typically very slow to start again after a stress fracture. This is going to be a wait-and-see injury, really no timetable. All depends on how the leg responds to each daily test. I would say though that it is looking more and more like he will make it back...
Stephania Bell (4:04 PM)
OK everyone - it's that time. Time for me to go. great questions as always. Looking forward to the All-Star Game here in lovely, sunny CA. Hope everyone enjoys it wherever you may be...and we'll see you back here at the chat next week!!