THE BIG HURT: Hurt file, August 15-20

NOTE: The focus of this column is analysis, so we don't cover the progress of every injured player. We try to highlight the key fantasy contributors, unusual injuries, or situations where the official projected return is variable or not given. Players whose progress is proceeding as expected are very well covered by fantasy news sources; we'll tend to leave those players alone unless we have something we want to add to the news coverage. This column is updated on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Mondays.

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August 20, 2018

Mark Trumbo (OF, BAL) – R knee, arthritis (Ongoing)
He had been diagnosed with arthritis earlier in the season, but he’s aggravated it. An injection (possibly cortisone) hasn’t provided the needed relief, so he’s headed back to Baltimore for an exam and a likely trip to the DL. There are ongoing treatments that can help with arthritis, but none are quick fixes. The likely scenario is that he’s out for a couple of weeks to get the pain and inflammation to calm down.
2018 Impact: Elevated risk; Unknown recovery time
Est. Return: Early September (best estimate)

Didi Gregorius (SS, NYY) – L heel bruise (8/19/18)
He was sent to the hospital for more examination, so it’s possible there’s more than just a simple bruise. The recovery time for a simple bruise is 1-3 weeks, but the it’s likely that they’re concerned he may have bruised the bone as well. If that’s the case, he’s on the shelf until the playoffs.
2018 Impact: Extent of injury unknown
Est. Return: Early/mid-September, if it’s a simple bruise

Yu Darvish (RHP, CHC) – R triceps soreness, R shoulder impingement (5/26/18) UPDATE
He had another setback in rehab and at this point is doubtful for the rest of the regular season. The playoffs are iffy as well.
2018 Impact: Strong possibility that he’s out for the regular season
Est. Return: 2019, fantasy-wise (best estimate)

Chris Sale (LHP, BOS) – L shoulder soreness (8/17/18)
This is likely a minor injury, but there’s a bad combination here that will likely keep him out for a bit. First, he’s a very valuable asset. Second, this is the second time he’s had this issue recently. Third, the Red Sox are running away with the AL East, so there’s little pressure to get him back quickly. He says it feel better this time around, but still expect his DL stay to linger.
2018 Impact: Elevated risk
Est. Return: Mid-September


August 18, 2018

Jeremy Hellickson (RHP, WAS) – R wrist injury (8/14/18)
The X-rays were negative, but the MRI showed a sprained wrist. (Somewhat humorously, they waited to place him on the DL “in case he recovers quickly”—wishful thinking.)
2018 Impact: Elevated risk
Est. Return: Early September

Adrian Beltre (3B, TEX) – L hamstring strain (8/13/18) UPDATE
Here’s a great example of why you can’t trust what players say. According to Beltre, he has a Grade 2 strain, but it feels “much better” than his last hammy injury. If it were indeed a Grade 2 strain, he would be limping noticeably and feeling pain anytime he bent his leg. If it turns out he’s correct, he will hit the DL and miss most of the rest of the season. Stay tuned.
2018 Impact: Elevated risk; Extent of injury uncertain
Est. Return: Mid-/late September, if he requires a DL trip

Jordy Mercer (SS, PIT) – L calf strain (8/14/18)
If this is a routine strain (and so far, that’s what it looks like), the median return is just over two weeks. There’s a high risk of recurrence.
2018 Impact: Risk of recurrence
Est. Return: Late August/Early September

James Paxton (LHP, SEA) – L forearm contusion (8/14/18)
This looks like a minor injury. He could even be back in the minimum. Little risk here.
2018 Impact: Likely minimal
Est. Return: Late August

Blaine Hardy (LHP, DET) –  L elbow tendonitis (8/16/18)
Elbow tendonitis has an interesting distribution—the median recovery time is about three weeks, but the average is about eight. This is because of a handful of outliers who missed an entire season (or close). It appears to be an injury from which you either return quickly or miss a big chunk of time. We expect Hardy will be in the former group.
2018 Impact: Elevated risk
Est. Return: Early September


August 15, 2018

Ryan Madson (RHP, WAS) – Back pain (8/13/18)
He reported that the pain was shooting down the back of his leg, which is a classic symptom of sciatica. There are other possibilities, of course, and even if it is sciatica, there are many potential causes (a herniated disk is a common cause). Where we're at here is that there are a lot of possibilities and a wide range of recovery times.
2018 Impact: Elevated risk; Uncertain cause; Uncertain recovery time
Est. Return: Late August to ???

Trevor Bauer (RHP, CLE) – R ankle, stress fracture (8/11/18)
He was hit in the ankle, but this is being described as a stress fracture and not a result of trauma. Depending on the extent of the fracture, he could be done for rest of the regular season. There is a possibility he returns sooner, and with the Indians in contention, they could press to get him back sooner.
2018 Impact: Elevated risk; Possibility of longer than expected DL stay
Est. Return: Mid-/late September

Adrian Beltre (3B, TEX) – L Hamstring strain (8/13/18)
He hasn't been put on the DL, but he was scheduled for an MRI, so there's a good chance he goes on. He's had a series of muscle strains the past two seasons, and hasn't recovered very quickly, so a DL stint could be extended.
2018 Impact: Elevated risk; Extent of injury uncertain
Est. Return: Mid-September, if he requires a DL trip

Leonys Martin (OF, CLE) – Systemic bacterial infection (8/8/18) UPDATE
We're glad to hear that his condition has improved and he's expected to make a full recovery. However, these types of systemic infections can take a toll, and we wouldn't be suprised if he spent several weeks recovering. As noted earlier, the Indians will be hoping to get him back ASAP, but when is an open question.
2018 Impact: Uncertain recovery time; Possibility of reduced production when he first returns
Est. Return: Possibly mid-September

Brian Dozier (2B, LA) – Irregular heartbeat (8/13/18)
Unlike Kenley Jansen (RHP, LA), Dozier does not have a history of heart issues. His irregular hearbeat could have been due to heat or dehydration, though it could certainly be something more. Until there's a definitive diagnosis, projecting his return is somewhat of a dart toss.
2018 Impact: Extent of illness unknown; Uncertain recovery time
Est. Return: TBD

Yangervis Solarte (3B, TOR) – Oblique strain (8/11/18) UPDATE
He was diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain. We're updating our projection based on that.
2018 Impact: Elevated risk
Est. Return: Mid-September at the earliest, possibly done for the season.

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