This week, “Beef” Welington Castillo took a foul ball right to his “beef.” Which made me question — do major league baseball players ever wear cups? Especially catchers? I know they’re awkward, bulky and uncomfortable, but the alternative is genital mutilation. (This has to be the first genital mutilation reference on Razzball, right? Wait…Grey must have written it at least once.) When I was a kid playing baseball it felt like I was always taught that a cup was the most important piece of equipment I had to wear. The older kids would tell horror stories about coaches who would do cup checks by letting a bat pendulum swing into your crotch. While wearing a cup and jock strap as a kid was an uncomfortable experience, the fear of a sadistic sociopath of a coach crushing my manhood was much worse.

Matt Andriese , SP, Groin Strain.

This injury is seeming to be a minor one so Andriese could return on Saturday. He is in the midst of a pretty nice, cheap season. He’s allowed three earned runs or less in eight of his 10 starts so far this year, however, he has struggled to pitch late into games which limits his overall production. Hopefully this groin strain doesn’t continue to inhibit him. Stash or Trash: Stash. Fill In: Since you’re only going to need someone for one start [Player]Mike Foltynewicz[/player] (14.5% | 57.2 IP, 3 wins, 51 K, 3.90 ERA, 1.34 WHIP) could be a good option. On June 7th, Folty will face off with the Phillies who rank 26th in runs scored.

Justin Bour, 1B, Bone Bruise in Ankle

This injury does seem like it is going to keep Bour out for more than the 10 day minimum. He is currently tied with Ryan Zimmerman[/player\ and [player]Scott Schebler for the NL-lead in HR with 16. On May 8th, after an 0 for 4 day, Bour found himself with a season low batting average of .219, only 4 HR and a real existential crisis. Since that day, Bour has been the hottest hitter in baseball hitting 12 HR, 17 runs, 23 RBI with a .388 average in 24 games. Stash or Trash: Easy stash. Fill In: Lucas Duda (22% | 15 runs, 10 HR, 21 RBI, 0 SB, .269 AVG) Duda that dude who could end up with 40+ HR if he has a healthy season, but he doesn’t know how to have a healthy season. After only have 4 HR over his first 21 games of the season, Duda has hit 6 over his last 14 games. With Cespedes nearing a return, it is safe to imagine Duda’s numbers getting even better.

Welington Castillo , C/OF, Ball to Ball

Hello! A Didi Gregorius foul ball bounced up into Castillo’s undercarriage on Tuesday, May 30th. A really unfortunate circumstance for a guy nicknamed “Beef.” As of June 3rd, the reports are that Castillo is going to be appearing in rehab games next week. Hopefully he’ll be sporting two cups to protect his swollen plums. Stash or Trash: Despite his .317 average you can trash him in one catcher leagues. Fill In: [Player]Tyler Flowers[/player] (12.6% | 16 runs, 3 HR, 16 RBI, 0 SB, .356 AVG.) Over Flowers’s last 17 games he has a .350 average with 12 runs and three HR. Flowers has split the Braves catching gig with Kurt Suzuki, but has been getting the lion share of starts.

Joe Musgrove, SP, Throwing Shoulder Discomfort

After pitching seven shutout innings in the best start of his year and getting his owner’s hopes up, Musgrove was placed on the 10-day DL with throwing shoulder discomfort. He’s struggled a bit with pitch counts, only completing six full innings four times out of his 10 starts this year. While Musgrove posted some impressive numbers in the upper minors (2.56 ERA in 130.1 IP) he has been inconsistent so far in the majors. His 2.87 BB/9 is a bit high when you’re rarely getting out of the 5th inning and his 1.5 HR/9 doesn’t help his overall numbers either. Stash or Trash: Trash. He’s only owned in 6.1% of innings so you can safely trash him in standard leagues due to his inconsistency. Fill In: In deep, AL-only leagues where you’ve lost Musgrove you can add [Player]Buck Farmer[/player] (1.7% | 6.1 IP, 1 win, 11 K, 0.00 ERA, 0/79 WHIP) for his June 8th home start against the Trout-less Angels. In his only start of the year he struck out 11 batters 6.1 IP with only five baserunners. Maybe it’s just me, but I will always trust beefy (6’4”, 225 lbs), starting pitchers from Georgia named Buck.

Eduardo Rodriguez, SP, Right Knee Dislocation

You ever have one of those trades you’re glad you didn’t make? Last week there was a bidding war in my league for a pre-injury [Player]Danny Duffy [/player]that I luckily lost, this week I was eyeing Eduardo Rodriguez as a trade target. Sometimes, the best trade is the one you don’t make. Back to Eduardo: right now there is a lot up in the air with him. He’s either going to miss a few weeks…or a few months if he needs surgery. Stash or Trash: Stash until we know more. In a string of six starts from April 23rd to May 21st, Eduardo was six for six in quality starts with 40 K’s to only 11 BBs in 38 IP. Fill In: [Player]Chase Anderson[/player] (49.6% | 62.2 IP, 4 wins, 59 K, 3.30 ERA, 1.26 WHIP.) I’m pretty hesitant to recommend Anderson, but when you suffer an injury your pickings might slim so grabbing a guy that others in your league might be unsure of as well can bring you solid results. Chase’s career 4.14 ERA isn’t completely hideous so maybe this is just a case of him taking another step forward in his career. His H/9 and HR/9 are down, his K/9 and fastball velocity are up and his BABIP for the season is a .302 and his FIP is only 3.55 so it isn’t like he’s due for some huge correction. Grab him while you can.

Danny Salazar, SP, Sore Throwing Shoulder

After putting up a 5.50 ERA over his first 10 starts of 2017, Indians manager Terry Francona sent Salazar to the bullpen to minimize the damage he could do to the Indians winning percentage. After only two bullpen appearances, Salazar now finds himself on the disabled list. According to reports, Salazar will be spending his DL time with Indians minor league pitching coaches trying to sort out his suckiness. Stash or Trash: Stash. Salazar was an All-Star in 2016 and has  a 3.63 ERA over his previous two seasons, so you know the talent is all there — but something is definitely off. Fill In: (63.9% | 54.1 IP, five Wins, 61 K, 3.81 ERA, 1.05 WHIP): Manaea had an April to forget: 5 starts, 24.1 IP, 5.18 ERA. Over his three most recent starts, he’s been much better with 20 IP, only three ERs allowed and 24 K’s.

[player]Jean Segura, SS/2B, High Ankle Sprain

Segura injured his ankle on a slide into second base. Mariners manager Jerry DiPoto is worried Segura might miss two months while Segura himself is thinking he’ll be before the end of June. Segura is currently leading the NL in batting average…and being caught attempting a stolen base. With a high ankle injury you hope he comes back healthy or he’ll continue to lead in being caught stealing. Stash or Trash: Stash. He’s still performing pretty well for the Mariners and unless he’s going to miss three or four months he is worth holding on to. Fill In: [Player]Andrelton Simmons[/player] (35.9% | 22 runs, 6 HR, 23RBI, 6SB, .267 AVG.) Simmons started May going 3-for-35, but finished the month going 27 for 77 and earning the lead off spot in the Angels lineup. Simmons so far has six HR and six SB on the season but given that his career high for HR is 17 (in 2013) and career high for SB is 10 — don’t expect him to continue being an overwhelming power/speed threat.

Devon Travis, 2B, Bone Bruise in Knee

Another cursed player — I’ve been recommending Devon as a second base fill in option for weeks now because he has been hitting like a mad man. It was only a matter of time until he found himself on this dubious list. Blue Jays don’t have a specific time frame for Travis’s return because this injury seems to be more than just a bone bruise — they are thinking there might be some cartilage damage which is much more concerning than just a bone bruise. Stash or Trash: Stash until more medical results roll in. Travis has been one of the hottest players in baseball over the past month. Fill In: I’ve been trying to avoid recommending [Player]Chris Taylor [/player\(40.5% | (26 runs, 7 HR, 24 RBI, 3 SB, .316 AVG) as a fill in option because I’m truly not a believer of him in the slightest, but he’s been raking lately so egg on my face.  Taylor’s previous high in HR is only nine in 695 plate appearances as a 22-year old in 2013 so don’t expect the power to continue. But, also in 2013, Taylor stole 43 bases so there could be some additional speed upside here. Taylor also has recently been hitting out of the Dodger’s 3-spot so hopefully he can keep up his hot hitting around the Dodgers other run producers.

Jayson Werth, OF, Left Foot Contusion

Werth fouled a ball off his foot and is now missing time for what seems like his 15th season in a row. He was actually having himself a bit of a resurgent season so far. No, he’s nowhere close to his amazing power/speed Philly years, but much better than .235 cumulative average he put up from 2015 to 2016. Werth has been hitting in what might be the best lineup spot in all of baseball: behind [Player]Trea Turner [/player]and in front of [Player]Bryce Harper [/player]and [Player]Ryan Zimmerman[/player]. Stash or Trash: He’s going to be back June 14th so you can stash him. Fill In: [Player]Leury Garcia[/player] (7.8% | 24 runs, 6HR, 26 RBI, 5 SB, .296 AVG.) Garcia hasn’t hit over 10 HR for any team during a season at any level, but he definitely could continue to steal bases. He stole 30 as recently as 2015 in 90 AAA games. And while he only has a .226 career average over 470 major league at-bats, his .295 career average in 882 AAA at-bats shows that maybe he is just a late bloomer.

 

 

As always, if you have a league-specific injury question leave a comment at the bottom of the article and I’ll get back to you!

  1. Steve says:
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    Hey Kerry,

    Would you rank DL stashes according to talent when healthy, or a mix of talent and ETA?

    Duffy
    Rodriguez
    Sanchez
    Salazar

    …Would Aaron Sanchez be a higher priority than Duffy because he’s probably returning sooner, even though the talent may be less?

    How would you rank those 4 in terms of stashing?

    Thanks!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Steve:
      Based on Talent I’d rank them:
      Duffy, Sanchez, E-Rod, Salazar
      Based on ETA I’d rank them:
      Sanchez, Salazar, E-Rod, Duffy

      So yea, I’d prefer Sanchez due to his earlier ETA and his talent isn’t too much of a drop from Duffy.
      I’m hoping Salazar’s gets his mind right and comes back strong.
      E-Rod is a bit of a wait-and-see. He’s definitely missing this month–hopefully not more but we’ll see.

  2. Racehorse says:
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    “When I was a kid playing baseball it felt like I was always taught that a cup was the most important piece of equipment I had to wear”

    Word effing up!

    As I hurtle well into middle age, I can say hands down that I’m still flashbacks of cup checks, swollen plums, and the sadistic sociopaths who sneakily administered the blast to the package in the name of safety.

  3. Kerry Klug

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    Mike Napoli, 1B, Back Spasms
    Napoli has the 6th worst average in baseball and the 5th worst OBP. How much is 11 HR worth to you? Consider his .239/.335 numbers from last season as his fluke high-point.
    Stash or Trash: Trash, you can find better.
    Fill In: Alright Matt Adams (11.1%) you have my attention. He has been raking since coming over to the Braves and getting full time at-bats. He has a line of: 9 runs, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 0 SB and a .270 AVG in only 15 games since joining the Braves and is going to get full time at bats for at least another month until Freddie Freeman returns.

  4. Kerry Klug

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    Brad Miller, 2B/1B/SS, Groin Strain again
    Miller found himself in the week 8 of Ambulance Chasers with the same injury. He’s only gone 0 for 7 since his first return bringing his season injury to .194.
    Stash or Trash: Last time he was a stash due to his flexibility, but if this injury is going to linger and he isn’t going to get hits in more than 1/5th of his at-bats.
    Fill In: Howie Kendrick (8.5%.) Kendrick is pretty much just an empty batting average at this point in his career and in the 7 days since his first DL return he’s been hitting for a high average and then some: he’s got a .370 average with 2 HR and 2 SB.

  5. Kerry Klug

    Kerry Klug says:
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    Gerardo Parra, OF, Quad Strain
    Parra was placed on the DL after this article was already submitted so we’ll have to wait for more updates. This injury comes at a bad time for Parra as David Dahl is coming back soon to complicate a crowded Colorado OF situation: Blackmon, Desmond, Dahl, Parra and Carlos Gonzalez are competing for at-bats.
    Stash or Trash: I’d say trash — despite Parra’s numbers he’s going to be losing at-bats soon.
    Fill In: Scooter Gennett! NL MVP! No. Everybody chill. Taylor Motter (6.1%) is eligible at four positions and has 6 HR and 7 SB so far this season. Motter actually did go for 22 HR/22 SB in the minor leagues a few years ago so the power/speed threat could be for real.

  6. Kerry Klug

    Kerry Klug says:
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    ^These 3 guys just got injured so I didn’t want you all to wait until next week.

  7. E says:
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    I’ve got the DL blues in my 12 team h2h, somehow in 1st place still. Should I just drop Dahl? We have 2 DL spots and have large benches but with Boar now I’m one hitter shy of a full lineup and only have 5 active SP

    Current DLed players

    Yoenis Cespedes
    Freddie Freeman
    Justin Turner
    Justin Boar
    David Dahl
    Zach Britton
    Noah Syndergaard
    Cam Bedrosian
    Alex Wood
    Taijuan Walker

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @E: you have all those players on your team and STILL are in first?! Owner of the year!

      Yes it is safe to drop Dahl. Things are looking pretty grim. This, from Rotoworld: David Dahl’s rehabilitation from a stress reaction in his rib has “completely stalled,” per beat writer Nick Groke of the Denver Post.
      Groke notes that Dahl is now “long from returning” to the Rockies’ active roster.

      • E says:
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        @Kerry Klug: Thanks for the info on Dahl.

        Yeah I got lucky that these guys played well when healthy and almost all my other draft picks worked out. Also picked up some hot bats like Starlin Castro and Conforto. But I cant expect to keep getting lucky.

  8. Grey

    Grey says:
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    first genital mutilation reference — this month *maybe*

  9. Brett says:
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    Can you rank these injured pitcher’s? Trying to figure which one to stash:

    Danny Duffy, Jon Gray and Carlos Rodon

    Thanks

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