Fantasy Injuries with Stephania Bell
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Stephania Bell (3:02 PM)
Hello everyone. Hope you all had a pleasant long weekend. Many, many injury issues out there in baseball and now football also as OTAs ramping up...What's on your mind?
Do you think Hart and Teixeira will both come off DL at same time? If so who makes the better stash? The numbers say Teixeira has more upside but the wrist issue seems like it would effect those numbers more than a knee would effect Hart, right? Plus, Teixeira is always a slow starter anyway.
Stephania Bell (3:07 PM)
Hi Phil: This is an interesting question. I would say it appears their timetable is pretty similar but both hinge on every outing leading up to a return (with more uncertainty than most in terms of predicting how they'll respond to activity). The concern with Tex that I've always maintained is that until he hits (or attempts to hit) with full force repeatedly from the left-hand side of the plate, we won't know if his wrist will hold up to the strain or if that sheath will sustain further damage. From that perspective, Hart's knee should be improved, if he's had enough time to adequately recover from the surgery and build up the necessary strength - which it would seem the extra DL time has been designed to do. Teixeira = more risk for re-injury (or worsening injury) although with Hart, it may take time for him to work back to prior form. I probably go with Hart because I'm that concerned about a potential Tex setback.
I'm in a points league, and Granderson has been a top-10 offensive player 2 years running. With that in mind, should I keep Granderson through this injury or cut bait (due to a short bench and no DL)?
Stephania Bell (3:09 PM)
Jesse: It really comes down to whether you can tolerate him taking up a spot for five-six weeks. Plan on that amount of time. I think he comes back strong out of the gate but you will have to carry him for a long time.
danny (ronkonkoma, ny)
you were the bus driver on the josh johnson bandwagon in the preseason, are you ready to grab the keys again pretty soon?
Stephania Bell (3:11 PM)
Danny: Admittedly so, yes. And I do think I'm ready. I never felt like this was a terrible injury for him but it was certainly a case of a guy with an extensive history, who the team was not willing to take a chance on worsening, this early in the season. I'm going to take my chances and presume he does well going forward (and should be back within the next week or so).
Jeremy (Westchester, NY)
How long do you think until David Price comes back and do you think he will revert back to the David Price we all come to expect?
Stephania Bell (3:13 PM)
Jeremy: I felt more confident until we found out he hasn't thrown at all yet. Still not sure if this is really (solely) a muscular issue in his triceps. Until I see him on the path of a legitimate throwing program (which has not been determined as to when it will start), I'm reserving judgment. No one who has him should drop him yet but I'd be paying very close attention to the updates over the next week or two.
So we know Greinke had a rod put in his collarbone so he could come back and pitch sooner. Does that rod come out one day? If so, when would that happen?
Stephania Bell (3:15 PM)
Chris: They ended up going with a plate and screws; a decision made at surgery time based on several factors. The hope is that it doesn't need to come out at all. The only reason to take it out is if it starts causing problems (pain) for the athlete.
Thoughts on Morrow?
Stephania Bell (3:16 PM)
Bobby: My first thought was oh, no, it's something else with him. But...they say (at least right now) that they don't expect him to miss his next start. This is one of those let's see if they say the same thing in two days situations.
Brett Lawrie: When does day-to-day become a trip to the DL?
Stephania Bell (3:17 PM)
Ben: It might be soon. Reports are that his ankle is sore and swollen and no doubt the team is considering the options now. Can't imagine it takes more than another day to decide this. They may want to see if swelling subsides rapidly over next 24 hours and go from there.
Hi Stephania, I'm beginning to worry that there's something more serious going on with Austin Jackson. The Tigers billed it as a minor hamstring strain where he was going on the DL for precautionary reasons, but there's no timetable on his return. If he's on your team, are you looking to trade for a replacement or is it not time to panic? I've gone from 1st to 3rd place runs in runs since he's been gone
Stephania Bell (3:20 PM)
Mike: I wouldn't panic. Think this is a classic case of a hamstring behaving like a hamstring, meaning it doesn't seem like that big of a deal out of the gate but then as the player tries to ramp up activity, he still feels a little something and no one wants him to push it, for fear of turning the minor injury into something bigger. Think that causes the team to scale him back, more to provide proactive insurance than anything else.
It seems that guys with minor hamstring strains -- Victorino, Austin Jackson, I. Kinsler -- are going to the DL and staying on the DL much longer than before. Why's that? For fantasy purposes, do you think that when these guys return, that they'll be able to steal bases as they did before?
Stephania Bell (3:21 PM)
Mike: I think we sort of addressed this in the last question (also yours) but wanted to follow up. Simply, I think it's to avoid the Matt Kemp scenario of last year, if possible. And to also hope they do come back and produce in the run game as they did before.
How long will Chris Perez be out for. They SAY 15 day DL. Sounds a little more severe if you ask me
Stephania Bell (3:23 PM)
Gabe: I think given that now we know he doesn't even throw at all for 5-7 days, you can plan on a little longer. Takes a while to increase the throwing program and that's even IF nothing causes a setback. So plan on three-four weeks.
Will Hanley be back Monday?
Stephania Bell (3:24 PM)
Paul: I don't think Monday he'll be ready. Sounds like they're thinking a rehab asisgnment within the week but they will want to make sure he gets enough situational running and defensive work to feel confident about bringing him back up. So maybe middle-late next week?
Any timetable on Stanton?
Stephania Bell (3:26 PM)
Nelson: Not yet. He's taking BP, hitting the ball well but still has a ways to go with the running. It would seem he's on the order of "a few" (think: maybe 3?) weeks away from returning.
I'm looking for some SP help and am thinking of adding Ross Detwiler. What is the current update on him and is he worth adding? Thanks!
Stephania Bell (3:27 PM)
Hi Rachel: It sounds like he has a chance to start Sunday but if he has any tightness this week that will get pushed back again. Probably worth adding because ultimately his return is not far off.
Any reason for concern with Buchholz, will he make his next start this week?
Stephania Bell (3:28 PM)
Todd: I don't think so. He's already feeling better throwing and expect he'll make his next start.
Any new details regarding Bryce Harper? Will he miss any time?
Stephania Bell (3:30 PM)
Fernando: He is literally in the day-to-day category. Sounds like they hope to have him in the DH role potentially later this week but no guarantees.
KC (Kansas City)
Wow, moment of silence for Dr Yocum.
Stephania Bell (3:33 PM)
KC: This is truly very sad news. Dr. Yocum was one of the elite in baseball medicine and there is no telling how many careers he extended, how many patients he touched. Please keep his family in your thoughts.
Any news on Aaron Hill? I just traded for him and need to hear something good.
Stephania Bell (3:34 PM)
Steve: We're still waiting to hear the results of his meeting with a team physician today. The hope was that he could perhaps begin a strengthening program if he got clearance to do so (which I'm taking to mean if there was sufficient bone healing). Projecting the timetable from there is dependent on today's results.
Cynthia (San Fracisco, CA)
What are the chances Doc Halladay pitches effectively this year?
Stephania Bell (3:35 PM)
Cynthis: I wouldn't be counting on him. I think if he has an uneventful rehab he could return in September but there is a long way to go between now and then and that's just to get on the mound, not return to prior form.
Josh G (NJ)
I read Josh Beckett suffered a setback with "tingling" in his fingers. What does that mean? And is he worth dropping in a 20 Team Keeper League because of it?
Stephania Bell (3:39 PM)
Josh: Don't think we know exactly what it means yet. Tingling indicates nerve. The next question is whether it's coming from his neck (i.e. disc causing nerve compromise leading to tingling in fingers) or whether it's local (entrapment of a nerve branch further down the arm). Sounds like Dodgers are looking into it now
So Reyes was able to push himself when he started running (didn't just jog) and he did some fielding yesterday. Can we expect him back closer to late June instead of after the all-star break? That still gives him a month of rehab from right now. I'm feeling optimistic...
Stephania Bell (3:41 PM)
Allison: I like your optimism...and logical train of thought. But unfortunately the progression is not linear. It gets significantly harder when you add the highest level agility and running drills (turning corners, sliding), especially when the injury occurred on an awkward slide. Plus, there's the fear factor to get past. There are no absolutes, so it's possible he could push for late June, but I'm thinking it will be into July.
Jeff (Madison, Wi)
I'm heavily invested in Braun in fantasy leagues. Any chance Brewers shut him down for a while?
Stephania Bell (3:43 PM)
Jeff: Nothing ruled out but it would surprise me. It's generally not the way they've proceeded with any ailment he's ever had. Even Monday he doesn't start but then makes an appearance later. He tends to play through injuries in this manner unless (obviously) it becomes impossible, injury worsens, etc. But I don't see it happening as of yet.
Putz and Madson....any hope of either closing this year?
Stephania Bell (3:46 PM)
Justin: Well, neither one ruled out of returning this year but neither one close enough to be meaningful. Madson has had multiple setbacks to the point where I released him from the DL spot on my roster. Putz is still essentially playing catch and has a long way to go before doing any vigorous throwing (which, of course, will be the signature tests for a sprained UCL). So...like I said, wouldn't rule either one out from a return later in the season but I'm not hanging my hat on either.
Aaron (Spokane, WA)
What's the story with Dylan Bundy? I haven't heard any news on his recovery in a while.
Stephania Bell (3:49 PM)
Aaron: There really wasn't much to report. After he saw Dr. Andrews and got a PRP injection he was essentially placed on rest (and rehab). Now he's approaching the time where he will re-initiate a throwing program. This will be the big test to see how he responds when he actually tries to throw again. Not expecting that to happen for a couple weeks so you'll have to wait a little longer to get much in the way of significant news.
Stephania I'm very concerned with Eaton being shut down again. With this injury what chances are there for him ro return this season? Thanks
Stephania Bell (3:51 PM)
David: I agree. I think the fact the MRI really showed nothing new doesn't tell us much. These injuries not always entirely clear on MRI; much more is dictated by function. Not sure whether he'll go for a round of the PRP injection or what the next step is but I agree that his season may be at risk.
B. Beachy....talk to me.
Stephania Bell (3:53 PM)
Nick: Another rehab start slated for this week. Seems like he's got a few of those in store before they return him to the rotation. Expect that translates to a few more weeks.
Why is PRP not considered performance enhancing but HGH is? Couldn't doctors use HGH to help players recover quicker?
Stephania Bell (3:56 PM)
Steve: The very simple answer is that HGH is synthetically produced, hormone. PRP is the athlete's own blood, centrifuged to get the concentrate of plasma and certain cells that are part of the blood makeup. So, your own blood components are essentially re-injected into the injury site, nothing added, nothing synthetic. Still much debate on whether it's truly effective, proper doses, administration, etc, etc but it does come from athlete's own body with no additive.
Mentioned Eaton so do you think he's a drop for ROS if he's on your DL? Was hoping for better news.
Stephania Bell (3:57 PM)
Gene: My hunch is that he's drop-worthy. But if you can hang on for a week or so, see what happens when he consults with Dr. Andrews first. At least then you'll get an idea of the latest plan.
Hi Stephania! Your personal opinion on whether we'll see C.Carpenter this season at all?
Stephania Bell (3:58 PM)
Shaun: I was feeling pretty encouraged until he had his latest setback. Doesn't sound like he's throwing in the towel but the optimism isn't as high as before.
Andy (West Virginia)
Any new news on Parra and Revere? Thanks
Stephania Bell (4:01 PM)
Andy: Parra sounds like just a cramp, no big deal. Revere x-rays came back negative thankfully bit still with some soreness. Would qualify him as day-to-day.
Stephania Bell (4:03 PM)
Thanks all so much for joining. Great questions, as usual. Never enough time but we will answer more on the Thursday podcast, the Thursday Fantasy Focus video and elsewhere along the way.Have a happy and healthy week...