Week 26 MLB Injury Report: Machado, Ellsbury, Miggy

Manny Machado Knee Injury
Manny Machado Knee Injury
Sep 23 2013 St Petersburg FL USA Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado 13 gets taken off the field on a cart after suffering an injury against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field Kim Klement USA TODAY Sports

It’s the final week so if a player figures to miss even a few days you’re better off dropping them and replacing them with a hot bat or arm, perhaps one you caught in this week’s waiver wire. Let’s take a look at who’s safe to drop in every league in the final days of the season.

Manny Machado (knee): Machado was carted off the field on Monday with a bad looking injury. He definitely won’t be returning this week and could end up missing some time next season based on how bad it looked.

Jacoby Ellsbury (foot): Ellsbury, who hasn’t played since September 5 with a foot injury, has a chance to return on Wednesday but it’s hard to see him being productive in the final games since his speed is the biggest part of his game.

Welington Castillo (knee): Castillo has a meniscus tear in his knee and while it’s not big long-term injury it’ll obviously knock him out for the final week, leaving Dioner Navarro to start at backstop.

Tony Cingrani (back): Cingrani continues to sit out with a sore back and doesn’t figure to make any starts this week so you can freely replace him on your roster.

Shin-Soo Choo (thumb): Choo missed most of the weekend series with a jammed thumb but is expected to return to the lineup as soon as Monday.

Justin Masterson (oblique): Masterson is not expected to make any starts this week so you can safely replace him on your roster.

Jorge De La Rosa (thumb): De La Rosa missed another start on Saturday and may or may not start this season. He’s too risky a start with his injury so I’d drop him for one of this week’s streaming options.

Dexter Fowler (knee): Fowler has been relegated to pinch-hitting duty all month and I wouldn’t expect him to make any starts, at least not effective ones, this week.

Wilin Rosario (calf): Rosario has been out with a sore calf since last Tuesday and could miss most or all of the final week.

Carlos Gonzalez (finger): CarGo, whether he manages an at-bat this week or not, is done and should be dropped in all leagues.

Jose Iglesias (hand): Iglesias is out of the lineup for the fourth-straight game on Monday and is listed as day-to-day.

Miguel Cabrera (groin): Cabrera missed Sunday’s game against the ChiSox but is back in the lineup on Monday to take on the Twins.

Jered Weaver (forearm): Weaver hasn’t started a game since September 14 but is expected to start against the A’s on Wednesday.

Andre Ethier (ankle): Ethier had his first at-bat since September 13 on Sunday as a pinch hitter but has a chance to return to the lineup on Tuesday to face the Giants.

Jean Segura (hamstring): Segura will miss his fifth straight game on Monday and with one of his wheels dinged up he doesn’t figure to be much of a factor in the final week.

Josh Willingham (foot): Willingham missed the entire weekend with a foot injury and is listed as day-to-day.

Joe Mauer (concussion): Mauer is not expected to return to the lineup this week so you can safely drop him from your roster.

CC Sabathia (hamstring): CC strained his hammy on Friday and won’t make another start this season.

Brett Gardner (oblique): Gardner is not expected to return to the Yankees this week.

Kyle Kendrick (shoulder): Kendrick is out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.

Starling Marte (hand): Marte continues to get sporadic at-bats but doesn’t figure to have any impact on your fantasy week and can be freely dropped in all leagues.

Russell Martin (knee): Martin left Sunday’s game against the Reds and is listed as day-to-day.

Yonder Alonso (hand): Alonso will not play in any of the Padres’ final games.

Marco Scutaro (finger/back): Scutaro hasn’t played since September 15 and isn’t expected back this season so he can be safely dropped in all leagues.

Matt Holliday (back): Holliday missed Sunday’s game with a back injury but will start on Monday against the Nats.

Allen Craig (foot): Craig isn’t expected to play in the final week and his status is questionable for the playoffs.

Desmond Jennings (hamstring): Jennings suffered a hamstring strain on Monday and is expected to miss some days.

Colby Rasmus (eye): Rasmus is out for the season with an eye injury.

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Igor Derysh
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