Fantasy Injuries w/Stephania Bell
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Stephania Bell (3:02 PM)
Hello everyone - welcome to the Wednesday afternoon chat - where we discuss all your injury-related concerns. I have been getting good ideas from folks on Twitter and via the mailbag so let's see what you've got...
Hey Stephania, would you roll the dice and deal Latos for Josh Johnson?
Stephania Bell (3:05 PM)
Anthony: You do know that Johnson is consulting with Dr. Andrews today, right? While I don't expect any devastating news out of it, the fact that he is still having some issues - and we'll have to wait and see if they slow down his throwing program at all -- makes me concerned enough that I don't do a deal where I'm getting Johnson now.
Do you think Marcum will be fine to use next week in H2H points league? He's a two start.
Stephania Bell (3:06 PM)
Ryan: All depends to me how he comes out of today's outing. he does not have a great track record against the Yankees so I'm not looking at his stats. i just want to see that he gets through a regular outing without any hip issues and that he can essentially go the distance. If so, then yes I'd be OK for next week.
Mark (San Jose)
Hey Steph, with Madsen going down, is there any talk of Lidge returning in the near future? I could use his services. Also, how long is Madsen out?
Stephania Bell (3:10 PM)
Mark: The short-term closer is Bastardo - or maybe not so short-term depending how everyone does. Lidge is expected to come back sometime after the All-Star Break, although whether it's right after or a little longer is unclear. He's doing OK right now, but remember he has a small cuff tear and he's already had a setback, so until we see him make it all the way back (and even then I'll probably be a little concerned), there's no guarantee. Madson is perhaps going to be out a little longer than when eligible depending on this inflammation in his hand. It's not totally clear exactly all that's going on but apparently he still has some numbness in a finger, so that needs to resolve...
Bill (Helena )
Justin Morneau, neck surgery and bum wrist, any chance he really makes any impact this year or next for that matter?
Stephania Bell (3:12 PM)
Bill: The wrist should improve as he gets the rest for the neck - and frankly, I think the wrist had to be impacted by the issue in his neck and arm, even if indirectly. That said, it's no bounce-back from neck surgery, he'll have to work to get his strength back and it's highly variable in terms of how long that takes. So while they hope to have him back and contributing late in the season, it may take longer for him to get in great baseball shape than the rest of the season allows. Next year is a fresh start and I wouldn't anticipate any problems, at least not yet.
Last week we heard good news for David Wright and his injured back, but not much since then. I assume he's "resumed baseball activities" but that is vague. Do you know any more about his recovery and if he'll be going on a rehab assignment in the near future?
Stephania Bell (3:15 PM)
Nate: Today could be a big step. Heard he was possibly going to hit from a tee. Swinging the bat is one of the things they've held him from the longest b/c of the rotational stress on the spine, one of the hardest things to control. If that goes well - not only during but after, then he goes through the hitting progression. I expect a rehab assignment to come not long after that and they will want to see that he can do everything without hesitation, or discomfort.
Jeff S. (Vermont)
How is Marlon Byrd doing? Getting hit in the face cannot be something easy to come back from? Can he return to being a young Jayson Werth-like player, or is this something that'll weigh on his mental approach heavily?
Stephania Bell (3:17 PM)
Jeff: I love this question because this is one of the things I think would be the hardest to come back from - broken bones in your face after getting hit. Byrd said he overcame a big hurdle when he got hit during his first at-bat in a rehab situation, it even sounded like he turned into it. Said he needed that to essentially experience it and move on. Sounds like he's very focused on confronting the issue directly which should help him.
Vince (Salt Lake City, UT)
Stephania, what's the latest on Jose Tabata? When can fantasy owners expect him back and will he still be a threat on the basepaths?
Stephania Bell (3:21 PM)
Vince: It's so early after the injury that it's hard to know. I think their quickness to put him on the DL reflects both that the injury was serious enough to warrant it - and they're still dealing with Alvarez who has had several setbacks in his recovery from a quad injury. Speed is so critical for him so they need to ensure he really is healthy before putting him back in the mix.
When do you think we will be seeing "Hot" Carl Crawford out in Boston?
Stephania Bell (3:22 PM)
Ben: July 4, if all goes well, when Boston plays at home. Outside chance for Sunday, 7/3 but right now looks more like Monday.
Steph...what are your thoughts on T. O.? any chance he is ready for the season or any part of it?
Stephania Bell (3:24 PM)
David: There are so many vague bits of info floating around. Sounds like T.O. was hurt in April (although specific surgery date still unclear to me). I certainly would not count on him back in a 4 month window - even 6 mos is ambitious but not impossible, but then, history shows us that guys take a year of being back on the field, playing again and gaining confidence in the knee before they really return to form.
Erik Bedard was just put on the DL with a knee sprain? any news on how bad it is and why he isn't on espn fantatsy DL yet?
Stephania Bell (3:25 PM)
Oh boy - I hadn't seen this yet. Will try to check it out. Although I have never had confidence in Bedard's ability to stay healthy.
What are your opinion's on Broxton's continued injury problems. Do you see him pitching again at any time this season?
Stephania Bell (3:28 PM)
Matt: Very hard to answer, especially now all we know is he's been shut down for 3 weeks. Sometimes that pain within the elbow joint is relentless and even when you do all the right things, the only thing it responds do is a really extended layoff. Broxton appeared ready to come off the DL before it became problematic again...so there's no telling whether this cycle will repeat itself or not. Cretainly disappointing.
Jeff S. (Vermont)
Shin-Soo Choo seems to like to get hurt this time of year, when he came back last year he went nuts, I realize its a different injury, but can we expect a comeback from him?
Stephania Bell (3:31 PM)
Jeff: Not only get hurt, but in almost identical fashion - although we can't blame him getting hit by a pitch on him. The issue that we can't predict with any certainty is just how stiff his thumb will be post-immobilization and then how long it will take to get full use of it back in order for him to be effective. The timetable has been given as 2-3 months, but there's no lock he returns in September at all. Put it this way...I would not be planning on him delivering with any degree of certainty this season.
Larry (Moraga, CA)
What did you think of Tommy Hanson's outing last night? Not his best work, but was it good enough to get him back in my lineup next week?
Stephania Bell (3:33 PM)
Larry: (I love Moraga btw, beautiful there...) The best part of Hanson's outing was that he went six innings and apparently felt fine. Remember he had no rehab starts, just rested, got treatment and threw some, so for me it was what I needed to see to feel pretty good about his shoulder. No guarantees of course, but a good sign. And I'd put him in my lineup.
Chris (Lexington, KY)
Why do pitchers have so many arm injuries nowadays compared to back in the day? Is it true or we just don't know/didn't hear about them in the past? Innings pitched back then just seems so much higher.
Stephania Bell (3:37 PM)
Chris: Another great question with no answer that anyone can definitively prove, just a lot of theories. They do throw harder - more often - now. this max effort thing is more demanded around the league. The pitchers who seem to be successful long-term have a variety of pitches they can use, not just the really hard, crazy breaking pitches. Also - we didn't hear about some of them in the past. Guys just slowly faded if their elbows didn't hold up, b/c there was no TJ surgery. And a lot of pitchers now have been more focused on pitching from a young age, and are throwing too much when they're young. THAT is a huge issue that is correctible and needs to be addressed.
Will Colon pick right back up where he left off?
Stephania Bell (3:41 PM)
Sean: Honestly, I have no idea...but I am super curious to see. He has had this amazing comeback start to the season - and call it an instinct, but I feel like he got in a great rhythm with great momentum, all of which contributed to his success. But he was never in shape. At his age, without the rest of your body supporting you, it's bound to take a toll on your arm. he was hurt in an acute situation and removed immediately but my concern would be if that hamstring gives him even a tiny bit of trouble, that it could prove to be a huge problem for his arm. And getting out of his rhythm, somehow just feel that will make it tougher for him.
Bob (Chino Hills, CA)
I was a pitcher decades ago. There weren't as many 100mph fast balls, but conditioning very different. Most of us had jobs in the off season, and during the season threw batting practice in between starts. Stretching was part of daily workout.
Stephania Bell (3:43 PM)
Thanks Bob. Very true - lots of guys who did different things in the offseason. The level and type of conditioning so variable between pitchers nowadays. Not sure there's a one size fits all approach, but even just the matter of finding something that works before injuries are part of the picture is important.
Phil Hughes had a decent outing in rehab and showed a little better velocity. Any idea of a time frame for him? worth a stash?
Stephania Bell (3:46 PM)
George: Definitely worth a stash. Sounds as if this outing was better than the last, including 8 K's, but the time frame remains unclear. I assume they want him to move on up through Triple-A and they want to see a maintenance of this velocity over multiple outings. All in all though, this remains encouraging - and he certainly cold be contributing for the Yankees in the second half.
45 minutes... still waiting to hear a Martin Prado update... please?
Stephania Bell (3:50 PM)
Matt: yes - and you have been patient and polite... the last update I saw was that he was hitting off a tee late last week. The main issue is that the wounds (left open following surgery to clean out the infection so that they heal from the inside out) fully close before he is allowed to do anything that would risk damage to those wounds. But the Braves have hinted at him returning before the All-Star Break. Still a day-to-day assessment, but the great news is that he's healing so well.
What are your thoughts having watched Mauer since his return? It seems that Gardenhire is being cautious enough with him (DHing him, giving him off days). Having watched quite a few of their games, I see no signs of leg fatigue. What should I be looking for?
Stephania Bell (3:54 PM)
Great observations Tony - but I don't think there's necessarily something we'll see. After all, we really didn't see much of any significance before he went on the lengthy DL stint in the first place. He obviously hasn't been delivering huge returns at the plate, we dson't know if he;s going to end up with some time at first, it's hard to know what to expect. I'm not sure the team knows what to expect - or that Mauer does. The entire thing has been very puzzling - and just have to assume (given that they're not telling us any differently) that they're trying to ensure he doesn;t go backwards and monitor his playing time.
John (Los Angeles)
Thoughts on Rich Harden's return?
Stephania Bell (3:55 PM)
John: Cautiously optimistic. He's expected to start Friday. When he's on,he's on but clearly not a lock to stay healthy.
when will brett anderson return?
Stephania Bell (3:55 PM)
John: No timetable. Recommended 6 weeks rehab but remains to be seen if he'll be able to get through it all and return.
Looking for ANY information on Jed Lowrie. Are we talking a few weeks? Months? Is the rest of the year in jeopardy?
Stephania Bell (3:59 PM)
Steve: It's hard to say because this news of a "bruised nerve" is new - and it depends which nerve we're talking about (b/c different nerves supply different muscles, etc). So generally speaking, nerve does heal slowly and if the nerve is not firing properly b/c of inflammation around it, then restoring normal function can take anywhere from weeks to months. It all depends on the degree of injury - which again is unknown. So for the time being we need to wait on updates as to his activity to see how he's progressing - until hopefully we can get a little more information.
any word on span?
Stephania Bell (4:01 PM)
Dan: Only that he's still experienceing post-workout fatigue. even though he was cleared to do some additional activity, this signals that he's not anywhere near ready for games. As always with concussions, no way to predict the timeframe. Just have to wait, watch, see how he responds through each stage.
Vince (Salt Lake City, UT)
My team is falling to the Curse of Stephania. I need a roster spot to add a replacement and have to drop one of the following: Tabata, Choo, Bedard, or Madson. Who can I safely drop without regretting later?
Stephania Bell (4:03 PM)
Vince: After all, if I am the curse, how are you to trust my prediction? But here's the thing. I've never trusted Bedard to stay healthy, but he has had an amazing season and I don't know enough about the knee injury yet to decide how serious. Think I'd have to go with Choo, because I think it really is a toss-up whether he comes back.
Stephania Bell (4:04 PM)
Thanks everyone for the great questions - much appreciated. We will be here again next Wednesday at the same time! Tomorrow is the 06010 podcast, Fantasy Focus video and Baseball Tonight. Have a great rest of your week - and stay healthy!