THE BIG HURT: Hurt file, August 21-26

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 26, 2019

Stephen Piscotty (OF, OAK) – R ankle sprain (8/18/19)
He tried to play through it, but it’s just not healing. Being a minor sprain, the recovery is 1-3 weeks, so there’s a good chance he can return in the minimum.
2019 Impact: Likely minimal
Est. Return: Early/mid-September

Giancarlo Stanton (OF, NYY) – R knee, PCL tear (6/25/19) UPDATE
He’s close to taking live BP, so he could be back in a week or two. If his knee is still sore at all, it could affect his power, and his timing could be off regardless. We’d love to see vintage Stanton down the stretch, but temper your expectations.
2019 Impact: Possible reduced power
Est. Return: Early/mid-September

Jose Ramirez (3B, CLE) – R wrist fracture (8/23/19)
This is the dreaded hamate, and it will require surgery. He’s looking at 5-6 weeks at a minimum and even by some miracle he returns early, his power will likely be affected. He’s safe to drop on redraft leagues.
2019 Impact: Out for the rest of the regular season; he could return for the playoffs
2020 Impact: Elevated risk, but not much

Aaron Sanchez (RHP, HOU) – Pectoral strain (8/20/19)
This usually requires 2-3 weeks at a minimum. Plus, the team is considering moving him to a relief role.
2019 Impact: Elevated risk; risk of recurrence
Est. Return: Early/mid-September


August 24, 2019

Jesse Winker (OF, CIN) – Neck, cervical strain (8/15/19)
It’s been difficult tracking the genesis of his injury. He was in and out for a few days with a back injury, and now it’s a cervical strain. The recovery time is, as it often is, dependent on the extent of his injury. With most neck strains, the pain resolves in about a week or so, though it may be 2-3 weeks before full healing. We’re going to project a short IL stay unless there’s new information that contradicts this.
2019 Impact: Elevated risk; risk of recurrence
Est. Return: Early September

Ryan Pressly (RHP, HOU) – R knee surgery (8/22/19)
The official recovery time is 4-6 weeks, which essentially takes him out until the playoffs. He could return for the last week or so, but that’s a long shot.
2019 Impact: Out (or at least, mostly out)
Est. Return: 2020, most likely, unless you’re in an MLB playoff fantasy league

Chris Archer (RHP, PIT) – R shoulder inflammation (8/20/19)
There’s a wide range of outcomes here, from a brief stay to several months. The median is about five weeks, so it doesn’t look great for him in 2019.
2019 Impact: High risk
Est. Return: Mid-/late September (best estimate)


August 21, 2019

Domingo Santana (OF, SEA) – R elbow inflammation (a while now)
Reports are that this has been bothering him since July. The team tried to limit him to DH so he wouldn't have to throw, but the pain is bad enough that it's affecting his hitting. The source of the inflammation is what matters, and that hasn't been revealed yet. While a quick return is possible, especially to a DH role, it could be a while longer.
2019 Impact: Variable recovery time
Est. Return: Early/mid-September (best estimate)

Nomar Mazara (OF, TEX) – L oblique strain (8/19/19)
This began as "tightness," which can be cramping or just lack of proper stretching, though it often indicates an injury. While back or leg tightness can be minor, oblique tightness is more of a concern. As expected, he landed on the IL. There are reports that his injury may be more than a mild strain, so his season is in danger of being over.
2019 Impact: Elevated risk; unknown extent
Est. Return: Mid-/late September (best estimate), if at all

Carlos Correa (SS, HOU) – Back tightness (8/19/19)
Instead of an oblique issue, Correa has back tightness. The fact that he couldn't get loose prior to the game suggest spasms, which is not a good sign. However, we think this is less likely to require an IL trip. For now, we'll project a few days off, but that could change.
2019 Impact: Elevated risk; unknown extent
Est. Return: August 22-24 (best estimate)

Corey Kluber (RHP, CLE) – R forearm fracture, abdominal strain (5/1/19, 8/18/19) UPDATE
His rehab has dragged on, and now he has another injury to deal with. The strain will keep him off the mound for 2-3 weeks, and he'll then need a rehab outing or two to get back. That leaves precious little time for him to contribute, fantasy-wise.
2019 Impact: High risk
Est. Return: Mid-/late September

Chris Sale (LHP, BOS) – L elbow inflammation (8/15/19) UPDATE
His UCL is intact, so no Tommy John is needed. He had a PRP injection, which may or may not help, but he's shut down for the season regardless. Given his issues in 2018 (shoulder) and 2019 (elbow), he's a very high risk going forward.
2019 Impact: Out for the season
2020 Impact: Very high risk

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