THE BIG HURT: Hurt file, August 7-12

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 12, 2019

Juan Soto (OF, WAS) – R ankle sprain (8/11/19)
He’s classified as day-to-day, so maybe “twisted” is more accurate than “sprain.” He may miss a game or two, but it looks like he won’t miss any significant time.
2019 Impact: Likely minimal
Est. Return: August 13-16

JaCoby Jones (OF, DET) – L wrist fracture (8/7/19)
Originally diagnosed as a bruise, the latest news means that he’s done for the season. Given that he has six months to recover and that it’s his bottom (non-power) hand, there should be no carryover to 2020.
2019 Impact: Out for the season
2020 Impact: Likely minimal

Kenneth Giles (RHP, TOR) – R elbow inflammation (7/29/19) UPDATE
We first covered his balky elbow last week, and it’s not getting better—his velocity is down and the results have been poor recently. His odds of an IL trip keep getting better, and there’s also an increasing chance that there’s a significant issue going on. Unlike last time, we’ll predict an IL trip here.
2019 Impact: High risk; Unknown extent
Est. Return: Late August/early September (best estimate) if he indeed hits the IL


August 10, 2019

Alex Verdugo (OF, LAD) – R oblique strain (8/5/19)
The team expects him to miss about two weeks, which is a bit optimistic, even for a mild strain. Given their 17-game lead, the Dodgers have no reason to rush him back, so bet on the over here.
2019 Impact: Elevated risk; Potential for longer IL stay than projected
Est. Return: Late August

Jay Bruce (OF, PHI) – R forearm, flexor strain (8/8/19)
A flexor strain for a hitter obviously isn’t as big a deal, but it still requires recovery time, as there’s no such thing as a “no-throw” outfielder (Johnny Damon, circa 2004, is the exception). Bruce is shut down for two weeks at a minimum, and he will need to some to ramp back up. There’s also significant risk with this type of injury though again, less so for a hitter.
2019: Risk of more serious injury
Est. Return: Early September

Christian Yelich (OF, MIL) – Back soreness (July 2019)
The course of an injury can provide useful information. Yelich has been fighting a back issue since early July, and the piecemeal approach to dealing with it means he will likely miss a few days here and there until the end of the season. Note that his ct%, FB%, and xPX are all down in the second half, and his balky back is a likely cause. He may not need IL time, but you can expect the rest of the season to be less productive that he was in the first half.
2019 Impact: Reduced production; Elevated risk
Est. Return: August 10-14

Yandy Diaz (3B, TOR) – L foot, fracture (7/22/19)
It’s not clear whether his original injury was an undiagnosed fracture, or if he suffered the injury during his rehab, but he has a hairline fracture in his foot that will effectively keep him out for the rest of the regular season.
2019 Impact: Out for most, if not all, of the season
Est. Return: Late September/Early October

Austin Riley (OF, ATL) – R knee, torn LCL (8/6/19)
The LCL is on the outside of the knee, so it takes an unusual bending of the knee to tear it. Given its location and function, it’s less stressed through regular use than the other ligaments in the knee, so healing is quicker. Based on the reports, it seems he has a Grade 2 tear, though the extent of the tear is key to knowing how much time he’ll miss. There is a discussion about surgery, which indicates that it’s perhaps a more serious tear. A typical Grade 2 sprain needs 3-4 weeks to recover, but surgery would end his season. We’ll be optimistic for now.
2019 Impact: High risk; Possibility of surgery
Est. Return: Late August/early September (best estimate)

David Price (LHP, BOS) – L wrist, cyst (8/7/19)
He has a triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) cyst. The TFCC is a mass of cartilage on the pinkie side of the wrist. Cysts are a fairly common occurrence and are usually benign. However, they can occur as the result of damage to the surrounding tissue, and that could be a more serious issue. The cyst is filled with fluid, which can be removed. That’s a simple procedure that would have him back quickly. However, there’s a high risk of recurrence. A second option is surgery, which fully removed the cyst and its anchor to the joint. That would cost him most of the remaining season. Until more information emerges, we’ll estimate on the short end.
2019 Impact: High risk; Variable outcomes
Est. Return: Late August, best-case

Ryon Healy (1B, SEA) – R hip surgery (8/6/19)
During rehab, they discovered that his back issues were the result of a severe impingement in his hip. The surgery was to shave the bone down to remove the impingement, as well as clean up damage to the labrum. He also had microfracture surgery in a small area to restore the cartilage. If all goes well, he’ll be ready for spring training. The key to a successful return is how damaged his labrum was, but there’s a good chance he’ll be close to 100%, which is better than where he’s been the past couple of years.
2019 Impact: Out
2020 Impact: Elevated risk
Est. Return: 2020


August 7, 2019

Tyler O'Neill (OF, STL) – L wrist strain (8/1/19)
He's making progress, so he may see a fairly quick return. It's his bottom wrist, which affects his hitting less. All in all, good news for O'Neill owners who don't need OBA.
2019 Impact: Elevated risk
Est. Return: Mid-August

Robinson Cano (2B, NYM) – L hamstring tear (8/3/19)
The Mets are the injury gift that keeps on giving. He has a torn hamstring according to the team, though that's not specific enough for our needs. Recall that any muscle strain involves some tearing; however, the terminology the team is using would suggest a severe Grade 2 or even a Grade 3 strain. Even if surgery is indicated, the recovery should be no more than 6 months. However, at his age a return to form is far from a guarantee.
2019 Impact: Out for the season
Est. Return: 2020

Yonny Chirinos (RHP, TAM) – R hand, inflamed middle finger (8/4/19)
There's no cause yet announced, and perhaps they don't have a handle on it yet—it just started hurting during his last start. Tendinitis is a possibility, depending on where the pain is, and a fingernail issue is also possible. Concerning is that they expect him to miss four weeks, which suggests something that's more than garden-variety.
2019 Impact: Elevated risk; unknown extent
Est. Return: Early September

Craig Kimbrel (RHP, CHC) – R knee inflammation (8/4/19)
Everyone expects him to return in the minimum 10 days. Well, okay then. Or maybe not. There is usually some cause behind knee inflammation, and while it could simply be fatigue, there are certainly more sinister possibilities as well (tendinitis and some sort of meniscus damage are both typical knee injuries). Time will tell, and though we'll follow the team's lead for now, be aware of the risks.
2019 Impact: Elevated risk; risk of more serious injury
Est. Return: Mid-August

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