Fantasy Injuries with Stephania Bell
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Stephania Bell (3:00 PM)
Welcome to the chat! It's been a while since I've visited this space. Now with baseball season officially underway, we're starting back up. I'll be here Tuesdays at 3 pm ET for the rest of the spring/summer.
Do you see Brett Lawrie's injury as one that can/will linger after he returns to the lineup?
Stephania Bell (3:03 PM)
Pat: The key is whether he has fully recovered when he returns. It sounds as if the Jays are bringing him along cautiously for just that reason. Most of these rib/abdominal injuries take approximately a month to fully recover. Hopefully he'll test enough in minor league games to give assurances that he's ready.
What type of year will H. Ramirez have considering his injury?
Stephania Bell (3:05 PM)
Hi Sal, from the town of my alma mater: He's going to miss a couple of months (or close to it). And then there may be some issues with the return of his power initially, at least until he is gripping the bat the same way. Most guys coming back from this injury don't take too long to return to form though - couple weeks at most. The good news is it should not present a re-injury risk.
Steph, is C.C. still dealing with any troubles following his surgery? How long until he looks like C.C. of old?
Stephania Bell (3:07 PM)
Rachel: Welcome back! He insists the arm feels fine despite the fact the velocity is down and he says he should get it back within a couple of starts. We'll see if that happens but no reason to panic yet.
How healthy do you think Sandoval is AND how will it impact his performance?
Stephania Bell (3:10 PM)
LittleRon: I think health is a relative term, meaning, he will play (or so he says), even if the elbow bothers him, which apparently it does when he hits from the left side. If the spur is causing irritation, then it can continue to bother him intermittently. The spur didn't appear overnight and that is why there's not necessarily a rush to remove it (which would obviously cause him to miss extensive time). It will be a balancing act and I wouldn't be surprised if it affects his power hitting from that side, but for now he looks like he will try to play.
Adrian (LA, CA)
Is Teixera's injury the same as Bautista's last year?
Stephania Bell (3:11 PM)
Adrian: Similar. Torn sheath (the tissue protecting the tendon) but Teixeira's tendon was not slipping from the groove; it was considered stable. The hope is that the sheath has healed and he will return but it's possible, especially with his swing from the left side, that he could re-injure it and ultimately require surgery.
Norman (New York, NY)
Hi Stephania,I didn't see Brian Wilson's name in your "Pitchers on the Mend" article this past weekend. Is he not worth stashing for 2013 unlike the other recovering TJS pitchers?
Stephania Bell (3:13 PM)
Norman: Just think with him not having a home, it's hard to predict any expectations for him. You're right, he is recovering from TJ surgery (his second) but sounds like he hasn't gotten any good bites as far as a landing place, at least not yet. Will keep an eye on him though.
Is Chase Headley's power going to be sapped after his injury?
Stephania Bell (3:16 PM)
BBB: Possibly. The key will be whether he's gripping the bat the same way. He has a fracture so until the bone heals they won't have him doing hitting exercises. Won't know until he tests getting a bat back in his hands how he's holding it and whether he's lacking grip strength or control. He's hoping to get back late April - the sooner he's cleared to start doing hitting drills, the less likelihood that there's a big dropoff.
When do you expect John Danks to return to full strength?
Stephania Bell (3:18 PM)
Mike: The team makes it sound as if they're hoping this first month of minor league starts will get him where he needs to be. Not necessarily convinced. There's the issue of not just starting but seeing how deep he can go into games before developing fatigue. Far less predictability coming off shoulder surgery than other things so it's a bit of wait and see, but I wouldn't count on it right away.
Any real concern yet for Dylan Bundy, or are the Orioles just being overly cautious in shutting him down for a few days.
Stephania Bell (3:20 PM)
Pat: Both. Think they're being cautious, but practical. And when you're talking about stiffness or tightness in a thrower's elbow, there's always real concern. Just never know in these early stages, especially from a distance, whether it's a blip on the radar or the beginning of something more serious.
When will David Freese be back?
Stephania Bell (3:21 PM)
Brad: SOunds like the plan is for the start of next week. He's getting some more at-bats in minor league games this week but appears to be feeling well. If that continues, he'll be back next week.
Non-baseball question for you: with Crosby's injury (broken jaw, dental work), can you give Penguins fans a best and worst case scenario and also your opinion of what is the most likely timeline?
Stephania Bell (3:25 PM)
Hi Jenna: Well, I think the expectation is that he'll probably be out until the playoffs but I don't have details about the precise procedure. I imagine he'll have to wear a protective shield too. Worst case would be out remainder of the year of course. Somewhat surprisingly he apparently has not had concussion symptoms which I think would have presented a gloomier outlook, given his history. So there's that to be thankful for...
Is Jeter really going to miss most of April like some reports have suggested? With alternatives being guys like Alcides Escobar Everth Cabrera, is Jeter even worth holding on to at this point?
Stephania Bell (3:28 PM)
Roger: I doubt he'll be out that long, given his competitive nature. But the scenario for his return might include using him as DH some days, maybe even resting him occasionally, as a means of gradually returning him to play and trying to avoid inflaming his ankle. Keep in mind though that it's likely to take multiple weeks for him to feel "normal" again, both running/corners and reacting defensively.
When is D-Hud coming back?
Stephania Bell (3:30 PM)
Jon: He's just now throwing off a mound. He has a ways to go in terms of ramping up his throwing, resotring all of his pitches, getting into minor league games, etc. Targeting the All-Star Break but timetable remains fluid.
David Ortiz update and expectation setting, please.
Stephania Bell (3:32 PM)
Jake: He apparently ran Monday and felt pretty good (no heel pain). Next step is minor league game which looks to be targeted within the week. Still think we're a few weeks away from a big league game, if no setbacks. And honestly, I think this will be a management situation across the season with ups and downs along the way.
Dan (Cambridge, MD)
Is it worth holding on to Scott Baker?
Stephania Bell (3:34 PM)
Dan: Well, he likely won't be serviceable until mid-season so depends what type of DL space you have, what your team needs are. But given the unpredictability and the fact he still has a ways to go, I'd be looking for someone who could help me now.
Do you think teams will stick TJS returnees right back into the rotation or would it be less risky for them to put them in the bullpen?
Stephania Bell (3:36 PM)
Matthew: I think starters need to go back to the rotation. You're trying to get a guy back to his prior level of function so you structure the rehab and return accordingly. If a guy is later in his career and it looks like he just won't be able to get back to starting pitcher level of work, that's a different story. They might be deliberately shifting to pen work. Otherwise, I target getting him back to the rotation.
Sean (Former Tiger Tone!)
Hey Stephania! Is Matt Garza worth a DL stash with the hopes of his return within the month? Any lingering effects of his injury I should worry about?Thanks!
Stephania Bell (3:39 PM)
Hi Sean: And go Tigers...I do have concerns about Garza, more as a result of the cumulative things I've seen of late than specifically his lat strain. He should recover from that but given that he had the stress reaction/fracture in his elbow, then develops this, it makes you concerned about the next thing around the corner. Can't say with any degree of certainty, just more of a feeling. But when you see throwers with consecutive arm injuries, it's often the beginning of a pattern.
What is the timetable for Adam Eaton? Thanks!
Stephania Bell (3:42 PM)
Justin: It's interesting. The team gave an initial 6-8 week timetable. Then with the news that it was a Grade 1 UCL sprain, it seems as if people thought this was minor and he could beat the timetable. The thing is I believe the team will shut him down completely for several weeks because it gives him the best chance of complete recovery. The obvious worry is that this progresses to a complete tear and needs TJ surgery. Even with the long shutdown there's no guarantee, but at least they'll know they gave him every opportunity to recover if things go wrong. If he is down for a month it takes a couple weeks to test the elbow while ramping up activity so it does seem to me like 6 weeks is about right.
Brian (San Diego)
Where is Curtis Granderson at in his recovey? When should we expect him back?
Stephania Bell (3:45 PM)
Brian: He's doing more drills but still can't throw. Won't face live pitching until they know the bone has healed. Return date is targeted around mid-May soonest. So far, as long as bone cooperates, seems reasonable.
When will we see Dodgers pitcher's Billingsley and Lilly back and what can we expect from them in NL-only leagues?
Stephania Bell (3:49 PM)
hmmm Magic: Well, Billingsley may be back within a couple weeks but I'm nervous about what he'll be able to do and how he'll hold up. No surgery, elbow pain, could recur. No way to know. Not extremely confident. Lilly should be back to come out of the bullpen sometime in April but he hasn't looked fantastic coming off shoulder surery and it's hard to have much confidence there, especially without exactly knowing his role.
What does Kevin Ware's timetable look like?
Stephania Bell (3:51 PM)
Depends on bone healing. Assuming no complications - no infection, no compartment syndrome - there should be a smooth progression as long as the bone heals well. Can probably resume some drills on court by 4 months or so, could potentially return next season.
It sure didn't look like it yesterday on the mound (or at the plate!), but is there any concern over Kershaw's injury from last season?
Stephania Bell (3:52 PM)
Daniel: I think the performance said it all. Doesn't mean his hip won't bother him again in the future but it's not an overarching concern at this point.
Just came in that Ryan Ludwick is having surgery to repair torn cartilidge in his shoulder. What do you think the timetable for his return will be now?
Stephania Bell (3:54 PM)
Kevin: Hard to know because it depends on the extent of surgery. But it suggests that there was significant damage done when he dislocated the other day, at least enough to warrant surgical intervention. Would plan on a few months absence minimum - but the Reds are expected to provide an update after surgery Wednesday.
Stephania Bell (3:56 PM)
Thanks for joining the chat today. Have to exit now but appreciate your thoughtful questions. Will be back same time next week!See you then.