Here are a few quick updates on some injured players that have an impact on fantasy rosters in the second half of the season.
Alex Rodriguez, NYY
ARod was scheduled to come off the DL today, but suffered a grade 1 quad strain and will remain on the DL for the time being. He may not have been ready anyway, as he was 0-4 with 3 strikeouts in his last AAA rehab appearance. There is no timetable for his return, but he will more than likely need another rehab assignment when he returns to full health.
Clay Buchholz, BOS
Buchholz still has not been able to get back on the mound in any way while on the DL, and now is scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews, the three words you do not want to hear regarding a pitcher on your fantasy roster. There currently is no timetable for his return to the mound, which has prompted the Red Sox to jump into the Jake Peavy sweepstakes, yet Peavy recently returned from his own DL visit, so one would hope they don't have to give up too much for him based on his injury history.
Matt Holliday, STL
The Cardinals placed Holliday on the DL with a hamstring strain before their game on Friday retroactive to July 12th, so he should be back by the end of the month. Holliday's absence allows the Cardinals to give more at bats to first base prospect Matt Adams.
Chris Carpenter, STL
The Cardinals may not need to go out and trade for a starting pitcher at the July 31st trade deadline as Chris Carpenter is set to possibly return in early August. Carpenter is on the DL with something called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, but is currently rehabbing in AAA. In his most recent rehab start on Saturday night, he gave up 4 runs on 9 hits, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts in 3.1 innings, so he may need a few more starts before he is ready to return.
Jason Heyward, ATL
The Braves expect Heyward to return to the lineup on Monday after missing the last three games before the break and the three game weekend series vs the White Sox. I am hoping Heyward can turn his season around in the second half.
Yoenis Cespedes, OAK
Cespedes missed the weekend series vs the Angels with a wrist injury and is considered day to day. I assume the injury occured during the All Star break, possibly during the home run derby. He has been cleared to take live batting practice today, so he could return within a few days if all goes well.
Derek Jeter, NYY
Jeter is back on the DL with a grade 1 quad strain, and GM Brian Cashman stated that he won't return from the DL when he is eligible. Jeter was placed on the DL on Friday and is eligible to return on July 27th, but by the sounds of it, Jeter won't be ready till early August.
Brandon Beachy, ATL
Beach looked good in his rehab outing on Friday night at AAA Gwinnett, giving up a run on 5 hits, a walk and 3 strikeouts in 5 innings. He should make one more rehab start before returning to the Braves rotation. The question for fantasy owners is which Braves starter will Beachy replace in the rotation? I think Paul Maholm will be placed on the DL if his wrist is still bothering him. He is scheduled to return to Atlanta to get his wrist checked out by a specialist.
Aramis Ramirez, MIL
Ramirez is on the DL with a knee injury and will need a few more weeks of rest before returning as his knee is still not healthy enough to start running yet.