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Week 15 MLB Injury Report: Howard, Aramis, CarGo

Ryan Howard
Ryan Howard

June 30, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard (6) during the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a pretty quiet week as far as injuries go, among fantasy relevant players anyway. This week we feature mostly returns from injuries and minor bumps with the only serious injuries coming to Yasmani Grandal and Ryan Howard – both of whom may need season-ending knee surgery. Let’s take a look at who’s coming back and who’s sitting out in this week’s injury rundown.

Adam Eaton (elbow): Eaton has begun a rehab stint at Single-A and will move up to Triple-A before being called up shortly after the All-Star break. A.J. Pollock would probably return to the bench when Eaton returns.

Brandon Beachy (elbow): Like Eaton, Beachy suffered a setback in his rehab earlier this season but is expected to make a rehab start on Tuesday and should make one more before rejoining the Braves shortly after the All-Star break.

Clay Buchholz (shoulder): Buchholz is expected to make a rehab start on Sunday if his bullpen sessions this week go without incident.

Shane Victorino (hamstring): Victorino left Saturday’s game with tightness in his nagging hamstring and was out of Sunday’s game. There’s a good chance he lands back on the DL.

Stephen Drew (hamstring): Drew hasn’t played since June 28 and the Sox finally placed him on the DL with a hammy injury. He will be out until after the All-Star break, possibly longer. Jose Iglesias will man short in the meantime.

Roy Oswalt (hamstring): Oswalt has been placed on the DL with a hamstring injury which is fine since he was terrible in his first three starts anyway.

Dexter Fowler (wrist): Fowler started his rehab stint on Monday and could return to the Rockies lineup as soon as Thursday.

Troy Tulowitzki (ribs): Tulo has begun a rehab stint and could rejoin the Rockies as soon as Thursday.

Carlos Gonzalez (finger): CarGo seems to get nicked up in every game and sprained his middle finger in Sunday’s game against the DBacks. He’s listed as day-to-day.

Tommy Hanson (forearm): The Angels are targeting July 23 as the return date for Hanson when they square off against the Twins.

Matt Kemp (shoulder): Kemp continues to work through shoulder difficulties and hasn’t played since Thursday but could return to the lineup as soon as Monday.

Ryan Braun (thumb): Braun has been out since June 14 with an inflamed nerve in his hand but is likely to return as soon as Thursday when the Brewers face the Diamondbacks.

Aramis Ramirez (knee): Ramirez was out of Sunday’s game against the Mets and is expected to miss a few more to give his knee time to heal.

Shaun Marcum (hand): Marcum has felt numbness and tingling in his hand and will be examined by a doctor on Monday. He’s hardly fantasy relevant anyway, owning a 1-10 record and 5.29 ERA on the season.

Alex Rodriguez (hip): There’s been an ARod sighting in the minors as he’s embarked on his rehab assignment. He’s targeting a return in late July.

Derek Jeter (ankle): Jeter has also begun a rehab assignment and is expected back until at least July 19.

Ryan Howard (knee): Howard has been placed on the DL and will undergo an MRI to see if he will need surgery on his knee.

Neil Walker (oblique): Walker missed Sunday’s game against the Cubs and will undergo an MRI on Monday to see if he needs a DL stint.

Yasmani Grandal (knee): Grandal has been placed on the 60-day DL after injuring his ACL and MCL and may need season-ending surgery. Nick Hundley will return to the lineup with Grandal out.

Yadier Molina (knee): Molina hasn’t played since Friday with knee inflammation but could return as early as Tuesday after his MRI came back clean.

Lance Berkman (hip): Berkman has been placed on the DL with hip inflammation after struggling through a plethora of bumps and bruises all season.

Nick Tepesch (elbow): Tepesch has been placed on the DL with right elbow inflammation after surrendering seven runs over his last nine innings of work.

Alexi Ogando (shoulder): Ogando has begun a rehab stint in Triple-A and is expected back shortly after the All-Star break.

Ross Detwiler (back): Detwiler has been placed on the DL with a lower back strain but is unlikely to miss much more than the 15 days.

Dan Haren (shoulder): The good news for the Nats is that they have an immediate replacement for Detwiler. The bad news is that it’s Dan Haren taking the mound on Monday after missing a few starts with shoulder soreness. Haren owns a 6.15 ERA and 1.44 WHIP on the season and put up a 9.82 ERA, .354 BAA, and surrendered seven home runs in his last four games before the injury.

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