Week 17 MLB Injury Report: Cabrera, Cespedes, Grilli

Atlanta Braves center fielder B.J. Upton
Atlanta Braves center fielder B.J. Upton
Jul 12 2013 Atlanta GA USA Atlanta Braves center fielder BJ Upton 2 is checked on by right fielder Reed Johnson 7 after an injury in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Turner Field Daniel Shirey USA TODAY Sports

B.J. Upton (hip): Upton will be eligible to come off the DL over the weekend but has not progressed to the point where the Braves will activate him. He will likely have to play a rehab stint before returning which will leave a spot for Evan Gattis to continue playing left field.

Paul Maholm (wrist): Maholm has been placed on the DL with a wrist contusion but is not expected to miss more than two weeks with the injury. Alex Wood will take his place in the rotation until Brandon Beachy returns.

Brandon Beachy (elbow): Beachy will make at least one more rehab start before returning to the Braves but a season debut next week seems very likely.

Clay Buchholz (shoulder): Buchholz checked out with just shoulder inflammation after being examined by Dr. James Andrews. While that’s a sigh of relief for fantasy owners, he isn’t expected back until mid-August.

Andrew Bailey (shoulder): Bailey will undergo season ending surgery to fix his torn labrum.

Jon Lester (soreness): The Sox scratched Lester on Sunday to give him a few more days of rest after the All-Star break but will likely start him on Tuesday against the Rays.

Corey Kluber (hip): Kluber left his Saturday start after excellent innings after experiencing tightness in his hip but is expected to make his start on Friday against the Rangers.

Zack McAllister (finger): McAllister hasn’t started since July 2 but is expected to start against the Mariners on Tuesday.

Rafael Betancourt (appendix): Betancourt was placed on the DL on Friday after undergoing an appendectomy and is expected to miss two-to-three weeks. Rex Brothers will handle closer duties until he returns.

Miguel Cabrera (hip): Cabrera has been dealing with a hip problem for a while but aggravated it on Monday and had to leave the game in the fifth. He’ll be reevaluated on Tuesday but this doesn’t appear too serious.

Josh Hamilton (ankle): Hamilton was scratched on Monday with a stiff ankle and is expected to miss at least another game or two, leaving Mark Trumbo to man right field.

Tommy Hanson (forearm): Hanson hasn’t pitched since June 20 but is expected to start on Tuesday against the Twins.

Matt Kemp (ankle): X-rays on Kemp’s ankle came back negative after he suffered an ugly ankle injury at home plate on Sunday. He’s definitely going to miss the entire series against Toronto and the team might make a decision about a possible DL stint by the weekend.

Carlos Gomez (elbow, shoulder, thumb): Playing as well as Gomez takes its toll and the All-Star outfielder is now dealing with soreness in his elbow, shoulder, and thumb. He’s listed as day-to-day and isn’t expected to miss time.

Aramis Ramirez (knee): Ramirez, out since July 6, is expected to miss another 10-to-14 days as he records from a knee injury.

Alex Rodriguez (quad): Rodriguez was supposed to rejoin the Yanks on Monday but suffered a strained quad and is now at least 15 days away from returning. With Ryan Braun being handed a 65-game suspension last night, it’s not unlikely that Rodriguez would be the next one sent packing so the injury may be moot.

Yoenis Cespedes (wrist): Cespedes hurt his wrist in batting practice on Friday and hasn’t played since. It’s unclear when he will return and is currently listed as day-to-day.

Jason Grilli (forearm): Grilli injured his forearm in Monday’s game and at this point it’s unclear how long he’ll be out but a DL stint seems inevitable. Fellow All-Star Mark Melancon will likely be first in line to take over some save opportunities.

Neil Walker (oblique): Walker is expected to be activated on Tuesday and start against the Nats.

Jason Marquis (elbow): Marquis has been placed on the DL with serious ligament damage in his elbow and may need to undergo Tommy John Surgery. At this point it doesn’t look like we’ll see Marquis again this season either way.

Matt Holliday (hamstring): The Cards place Holliday on the DL on Friday but the move is retroactive to July 12 so Holliday could return as soon as this weekend if he’s up for it. Meanwhile, Allen Craig will slide into the outfield and Matt Adams will take over first base.

Wil Myers (wrist): Myers has missed the last two days with a sore wrist though he was available to pinch hit on Monday. He’s listed as day-to-day.

Alexi Ogando (shoulder): Ogando, out since June 5, will start on Tuesday against the Yankees.

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Igor Derysh
Igor Derysh is Editor-at-Large at XN Sports and has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sun-Sentinel, and FantasyPros. He has previously covered sports for COED Magazine, Fantasy Alarm, and Manwall.com.