There have been a few unexpected side effects from me writing a weekly injury article for Razzball. First, due to Spring Training I’ve had to pay attention and care about every irrelevant player’s bump, bruise and sniffle (why did you all let me include Tyler Collins in my article last week?!) Going forward I’m going to try to focus on the injuries that may actually have a fantasy impact. No one cares that Joe Mauer  missed one hour of practice because he had what the Twins medical staff is referring to as a “minor boo-boo.”

Another unexpected side effect is the schadenfreude I feel whenever I read about a major player getting injured. “Oh YES! David Price might miss the whole year?! More content!” What type of monster have I become?

Anyway, here’s whose pain I have gotten enjoyment out of this week:

Michael Brantley, CLE, Shoulder Surgery.

Believeland has their fingers crossed that Brantley taking some swings against his teammates is a sign that he might be ready to go for Opening Day. They’re also hoping he lasts longer than the 58 seconds that Andrew Bogut gave the Cavaliers on Monday night.

Matt Carpenter, STL, Lower Back Stiffness.

Carpenter just wanted to get out of playing in the World Baseball Classic without being labeled ‘Un-American’ by Trump supporters. Carpenter has been taking swings off a tee so if they let him do that in game he should be fine. On March 7th it was reported that he was a week away from rejoining games–he’s a gamer so he should be fine and you can draft him as your starting 1B/2B/3B/RB/SG.

David Dahl, COL, Stress Reaction, Sixth Rib.

That is a very specific stress reaction. Dahl, or as I like to call him “Baby Blackmon” seems likely to miss Opening Day. On March 6th he was told he will be reevaluated in 2 weeks. Dahl is only going to turn 23 on April 1st so the youngling will probably still spring back and have a productive season. I could see him realistically going 20/20/.280 with power upside due to hitting in Colorado. Draft him as your OF3-4 and you (and he) will be fine.

Anthony DeSclafani, CIN, Throwing Elbow Tenderness.

DeSclafani was scratched from his February 28th with tenderness in his throwing elbow. This could be the second year in a row that the Italian Stallion from New Jersey starts his season on the DL. Last season, after his return from a strained oblique in early June, DeSclafani made 20 starts and had a 3.28 ERA. There is obviously more concern with this injury since it involves his throwing arm, but if this just turns out to just be normal spring rust he could be drafted at a slight discount and provide some solid value to his drafters.

Josh Donaldson, TOR, Strained Calf.

Donaldson has been swinging, jumping and hopping so apparently he’s having a school-girl good time in camp. However, he has yet to run during capture the flag or around the bases so we’re still in a holding pattern. I think by the middle of next week Donaldson will be good to play in games so I’m not going to write about him again. Draft with confidence at the end of round 1.

Matt Duffy, TB, Achilles Heel Surgery.

As of February 13 we were hearing reports that Duffy was good to go for Spring Training. Now it’s looking like Duffy is going to be a no-go for Opening Day. Duffy was shaping up to be part of the Rays starting infield after the departure of Logan Forsythe. For fantasy purposes Duffy was going to be your late-round value middle infielder who could push for 15 HR/15 SB with a solid average, but now he’s best left undrafted in standard leagues.

David Price, BOS, Maybe Tommy John Surgery, Maybe Nothing.

David Price was supposed to be the crown jewel of my article this week. For 24 hours on March 2nd all of Boston was wearing black in remembrance of David Price’s left elbow. Then, on the morning of March 3rd Price’s prognosis went from “see you in 1.5 years…” to “see you in a week!” Price’s price in expert auction drafts has been falling due to the updates but you should let someone else pay for him. How does someone go from done for the year to needing only a week of rest? It is hard to trust any type of throwing arm injuries with pitchers so I wouldn’t draft him, but if you’re feeling froggy then leap.

Corey Seager, LAD, Upper Back Strain.

Every Dodger fan’s favorite pre-pubescent shortstop has been dealing with injuries since fouling a ball off his shin at the end of February. Upon his return he tweaked his back swinging in a game on March 3rd. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has been holding Seager out of games since, but he should be back in the lineup this weekend. The precocious slugger has become just another part of the next great shirtless young shortstop invasion and can be safely drafted in the 2nd to 3rd round.

Justin Turner, LAD, Sore Knee.

The Red Rocket got some lube injected into him on March 8th, his sloppy second knee injection of the spring. The fact that his situation required an injection of lubrication to function means that you should use caution in drafting him at his position for your lineup construction.  My conclusion is his projection will need some correction, but that’s just my assumption. Conclusion.

David Wright, NYM, Bunch of Stuff: Neck, Shoulder et al.

Good game, good career David. Time to go the route of Alex Rodriguez and become an overpaid special hitting assistant to the regional manager. Wright has played a total of 75 games over the past 2 seasons and this is just another in a long list of injuries for the face that runs the Mets’ place.


  1. JB says:

    let me throw out some additional injury-plagued names your way for your opinion on what happens:
    Brett Anderson?
    Patrick Corbin?

  2. Mike says:

    Dynasty league trade 5×5 H2H league rounds attached

    My Harper (8) for his Trea Turner (15) Dahl (25)… who wins?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @Mike: Man…the craziest thing to think about this trade is that Harper is only 257 days older than Trea Turner.
      I would honestly want Harper in the 8th. That is fantastic value even after last year’s “down” 24/21/.243 year. I think he rebounds to being a top-5 player again this year. I could see him going 35/10. I think he’s on a mission this year to prove last year was a fluke.
      I think Turner this year is going to be Correa last year. He’s being drafted in the mid-1st round, but he might struggle as pitchers adjust to him a bit more. I think his career power cap is 15-17 HR but with 40+ SB.

      • Mike says:

        @Kerry Klug: thanks man! I

      • Hot Rod

        Hot Rod says:

        @Kerry Klug: interesting comp on viewing turner as 2016 correa

  3. Hot Rod

    Hot Rod says:

    “special hitting assistant to the regional manager” good Office reference there lol

  4. For an Armenianless Vacation come to Akron says:

    this here is one damn fine up and coming writer.

    “The fact that his situation required an injection of lubrication to function means that you should use caution in drafting him at his position for your lineup construction. My conclusion is his projection will need some correction, but that’s just my assumption. Conclusion.”

    funny as shit and most sion/tion ‘s i’ve seen ever in that few words.

  5. Lance

    Lance says:

    Good stuff Kerry,

    Which non-Price injury are you most worried about?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @Lance: After recent updates I’d say Desclafani. He’s going to miss 4 weeks and will start on the DL. But that’s for Wednesdays article…

  6. Jose says:

    Kerry if I need pitching would yeonis cespedes for Johnny cueto is a fair trade?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @Jose: Yea if you’re desperate for pitching that is a pretty fair trade. But by rule I always value hitters over pitchers.

  7. Moonlight Graham says:

    How can you be so sure that Matt Carpenter is going to be fine this season? He had another core-related issue last year with his oblique, and is now experiencing back issues. It seems like he should be attending more classes at Pontius Pilates.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @Moonlight Graham: you’re right. A lot of this stuff is feeling and trust based in numbers. The Cards could rest him until Opening Day and he would be good to go. Hopefully he’s working in his trunk rotations.

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