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Cardinals | Jaime Garcia likely out until 2014
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia (shoulder) has received a recommendation from Dr. James Andrews to have season-ending shoulder surgery, according to sources close to the situation. Andrews confirmed a diagnosis of a "30 to 40" percent tear of the labrum in his left shoulder. The team doctor will perform the operation. According to those sources, Andrews told Garcia of his amazement that the pitcher was able to perform as well as he did considering the condition of the shoulder.
FANTASY TIP: The left-hander will almost certainly finish the 2013 season with a 5-2 record, a 3.58 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP and a 6.99 K/9 in 55 1/3 innings. It's disappointing, but this is the reason that Garcia came at such a seeming bargain in fantasy drafts. He can be dropped from redraft rosters, of course, and his keeper value is tenuous.
Phillies | Chase Utley to have MRI
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (rib cage) will have an MRI following his absence from the club's game on Tuesday, May 21. He was scratched after he felt pain and a burning sensation in the area following a swing during batting practice. Utley won't play on Wednesday, May 22. It sounds as if the test will take place on Thursday, May 23. If he lands on the disabled list, then Freddy Galvis would fill in at second base, and the club would probably recall INF Cesar Hernandez or 1B/OF Darin Ruf.
FANTASY TIP: This doesn't sound like a major injury, but a DL stint, one that could require more than the minimum stay, seems more than likely. Generally, teams don't like to mess around with these kinds of upper-body injuries because of how easily they're aggravated. It's a temporary setback to what has been a nice rebound for Utley, but it's something folks can deal with. Galvis would have value in deep mixed leagues in the interim.
Cardinals | Chris Carpenter, club hopeful for mid-season return
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) is encouraged by the results of his "rigorous bullpens," and the club is hoping that he'll be ready to join its rotation in late June or early July. GM John Mozeliak indicated that, when Carpenter decided to come back, the organization determined it would put him through rugged tests in order to avoid a scenario in which Carpenter would need to be shut down shortly after the team was to activate him. Carpenter has reached approximately 80 pitches in bullpen work at a simulated game pace. He may face hitters for the first time next week, if a session on Thursday goes well. St. Louis isn't promoting his return with a target date because of the uncertainty surrounding the situation, but Mozeliak called Carpenter's progress "very encouraging."
FANTASY TIP: This is a dramatic turnaround for a player who seemed to have been forced to consider early retirement just three months ago, so fantasy owners should approach this with some skepticism, as is natural. He'd likely hit that hopeful timeframe only if he experienced no setbacks, and this is an unpredictable situation. However, Carp's return seems like a realistic possibility, and fantasy owners should monitor him. NL-only managers would be wise to consider tucking him away. This would be a real boost, considering the uncertain status of Jaime Garcia (shoulder).
Cardinals | Jaime Garcia going under knife
FANTASY TIP: The talented but injury-prone southpaw doesn't disappoint on the negative side of his reputation. Stash him wherever possible, but this looks like it'll be a long absence, possibly the rest of the season, knowing his history of slow recovery. This might mean Chris Carpenter (shoulder) will come back sooner than expected this summer. He's worth a tuckaway.
Dodgers | Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson getting consideration
FANTASY TIP: Puig, 22, had an incredible spring but wasn't realistically an option prior to the season because of his lack of experience about advanced Class A ball. Pederson, 21, didn't have much of a chance to showcase his abilities in ST for the same reason. Puig (.314/.385/.579, 10 stolen bases) and Pederson (.327/.400/.554, 13 stolen bases) have dominated in the Double-A Southern League in the early going. This is indicative of how desperate the Dodgers may be, but the promotion of either might be rash and thus seems unlikely. Still, both players are clearly on a fast track and would deserve immediate fantasy consideration because of their upside.
Brewers | Kyle Lohse to miss start
FANTASY TIP: Hopefully, one missed start, and perhaps a cortisone injection will do the trick for Lohse. Lohse is 1-5 with a 3.76 ERA and has a string of bad luck, stemming back to his struggles with free agency. Fiers had a good stretch of starts last season and showed promise. He's worth a pickup in NL-only leagues.
Rockies | Rafael Betancourt to have MRI
Colorado Rockies CL Rafael Betancourt (hamstring) will undergo an MRI on his right groin Wednesday, May 22, after leaving the previous day's game with tightness in the area. The team hopes the off day Thursday, May 23, will help him avoid the disabled list.
FANTASY TIP: If Rex Brothers' 0.44 ERA and 21 K's in 20 1/3 innings wasn't enough to convince you to pick him up, do so now. They have a day game today, and Brothers will probably be used if a save situation arises. Betancourt's ailment doesn't sound serious, but it could keep him out through the weekend.
Twins | Trevor Plouffe to 7-day DL
Twins | Head injury sidelines Trevor Plouffe
Minnesota Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe (head) left the game Tuesday, May 21, against the Atlanta Braves in the 10th inning after being kicked in the head by Braves 2B Dan Uggla while trying to break up a double play. Plouffe was sent to test for concussion symptoms, but results of the exam were not known.
Mets | Ike Davis continues to scuffle
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Reds | Mike Leake on a roll
Giants | Marco Scutaro has longest hit streak of season
Nationals | Bryce Harper pulls up before meeting wall Tuesday
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper pulled up Tuesday, May 21, before charging into the scoreboard wall like he did the week before. As a result, a ball hit by San Francisco Giants OF Gregor Blanco fell harmlessly for a triple and sparked a rally that saw San Francisco win 4-2 in 10 innings.
Cubs | Matt Garza solid in return
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza returned to the active rotation Tuesday, May 21, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He allowed only one hit over his five innings, striking out five and walking three while throwing 82 pitches; however, after he left, the Cubs blew the lead and Pittsburgh walked away with a 5-4 victory.
Royals | Salvador Perez injury update
Updating previous items, Kansas City Royals C Salvador Perez (hip) was out of the lineup Tuesday, May 21, a night after bruising his right hip crashing into a railing chasing a foul ball. An MRI revealed no damage and he hopes to play on Wednesday, May 22.
Royals | Mike Moustakas snaps hitless slump
Marlins | Giancarlo Stanton to take live BP
Marlins | Jose Fernandez has rough start, but bullpen blows Tuesday game
Miami Marlins SP Jose Fernandez lasted five innings in his latest start Tuesday, May 21, against the Philadelphia Phillies. It marked his shortest outing since being pulled after giving up two runs in four innings against the New York Mets on April 29. After he left, however, Marlins relievers were tagged for six runs in a 7-3 loss.
Rangers | Alexi Ogando playing catch
Rangers | Three candidates to start Monday
The Texas Rangers have a doubleheader scheduled for Monday, May 27. The team could use SP Ross Wolf, who is expected to start Wednesday, May 22, too. SPs Josh Lindblom and Martin Perez are also candidates. SP Yu Darvish will start the other game of the twin bill.
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