Ambulance Chasers: Angels Not In The Outfield

Howdy there, Razzball fam!

I do know that I’m a well-known face in an unfamiliar spot. However I’m honored to fill in for Keelin right here this week. Actually, I’m unsure how she tracks all of those accidents each week – the amount is astounding.

And she or he left me with a doozy of per week to cowl. Let’s simply reduce to the chase and all gawk on the gravesite of the 2023 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as soon as once more.

My telephone held information worse than the upcoming 100-degree day in Chicago on Thursday morning as the primary alert there from early within the day, informing me that Shohei Ohtani’s proper UCL was not effectively as soon as once more. Jeff Fletcher was the person who ruined everybody’s day:

And never solely that! Upon listening to the information of Ohtani’s damage, Mike Trout felt the ache lingering in his wrist post-hamate surgical procedure and declared an emphatic, “Nah, dawg,” marching himself proper again to the IL.

Yeesh, what a option to culminate probably the most fruitless stretch one may think about for a crew having the 2 greatest gamers of this era. I’m not even certain Disney would wish to sink the franchise to an emotional low level this subterranean in the event that they remade Angels within the Outfield. Though I might completely watch it in the event that they introduced again Adrien Brody in a fats go well with to play Phil Nevin. All of Brody’s display time would contain him clad in foam padding sobbing to sleep in his resort room each evening.

Notable Accidents August 19-25

Oneil Cruz (SS, PIT)

Cruz was formally shut down in his return from a broken ankle as there was nonetheless lingering soreness in his leg.

The freak damage seems to be like it’ll find yourself costing the 24-year-old the entire 12 months, which is unlucky as a result of even when he didn’t pull an Elly-like breakout, the season would have been enormous for his improvement to easily see main league pitching day in, time out.

At this level, in case you’ve been piloting your crew with out Cruz since mid-April, you probably have some helpful replacements to maintain round. Liover Peguero ought to proceed to get the vast majority of Pirates shortstop appearances and has slashed .250/.305/.443 with 5 homers and 4 steals over 97 plate appearances this 12 months.

Nevertheless, in case you had been relying on some eye-popping manufacturing from Cruz down the stretch, you may wish to think about stashing Jordan Lawlar (SS, ARI) or Ronny Mauricio (SS/3B, NYM) now as each prime prospects might be up with their large league golf equipment quickly.

J.D. Martinez (OF/DH, LAD)

Martinez landed on the IL this week for a groin difficulty that apparently doesn’t stem instantly from any incident or damage. Each he and the Dodgers aren’t certain what the trigger was, however get this, possibly it’s as a result of he’s 36 years outdated? I’m virtually precisely 5 months older than J.D. and may’t do bodily actions for weeks if I sit on a barstool for 10 minutes. (Critically – barstools are the bottom tier of sitting equipment. I might quite stand, thanks very a lot. Demise to Massive Barstool.)

In response, the Dodgers known as up Michael Busch, who ought to a minimum of get strong-side platoon bats after shredding Triple-A to the tune of .323/.432/.615 (149 wRC+) with 24 bombs this season. Busch promptly responded by jacking his first profession homer in Cleveland on Thursday.

Busch could be a worthy substitute in case you personal Martinez and must be extensively accessible. When you want an outfielder, may I counsel a Rockies participant for his or her upcoming six-game homestand subsequent week towards the Braves and Blue Jays? Nolan Jones (62% CBS Possession), Charlie Blackmon (49% CBS Possession), Jurickson Profar (15% CBS Possession), Brenton Doyle (5% CBS Possession), and Michael Toglia (3% CBS Possession) are all extensively accessible and may fit your wants from shallow leagues all the way in which to NL-Solely.

Henry Davis (C/OF, PIT)

The Pirates rookie was shelved Monday as a consequence of a lingering proper hand pressure. Let’s hope the damage isn’t stopping Davis from channeling Hailee Steinfeld in his alone time. No want so as to add pent-up frustration to an IL stint.

It’s potential that the pressure has been bothering the previous number-one decide as he has choked his option to a .196/.289/.348 line with 4 homers and two steals because the All-Star break. Josh Palacios and his abysmal 57 profession wRC+ have taken over for Davis in proper area, however a minimum of the taking part in time alternative allowed him to share these particular moments together with his little brother, the Cardinals’ Richie Palacios, on Monday:

If you’re in search of a substitute fantasy catcher, one from the 4 horsemen of my weekly waiver wire article, Yainer Diaz (HOU, 55% CBS Possession), Mitch Garver (TEX, 38% CBS Possession), Endy Rodriguez (PIT, 21% CBS Possession), and Ryan Jeffers (MIN, 9% CBS Possession), are probably accessible in your league. And truthfully, I would quite personal any of these 4 for rest-of-season over Davis as hand points can linger and rapidly sap any semblance of energy. If you’re a masochist beginning Davis in an outfield spot, I’ll refer you again to my suggestion of Rockies bats above.

Stone Garrett (OF, WSN)

Garrett was injured in an terrible trying scene whereas leaping on the notorious Yankee Stadium proper area wall to chase a DJ LeMahieu homer.

Fortunately, the prognosis for Garrett’s profession seems to be alright as he suffered a fractured fibula and nothing worse, however the damage will finish his season.

The timing of the damage couldn’t have been worse for Stone as he was on a heater in August, sporting a .320/.379/.560 line (147 wRC+) with two homers and 12 RBI in 16 video games. He performed himself effectively into shallow league consideration. I hate to beat a useless horse, however in case you want a substitute outfielder, these Rockies gamers look may tasty.

Okay, forcing me to provide you with some new outfield ideas? Ugh, positive.

When you had been driving the Garrett scorching streak in a shallow league, someway, Kerry Carpenter (OF, DET) is barely owned in 76% of CBS leagues and could be a direct add if accessible. For a deeper league, Tommy Pham (ARI, 38% CBS Possession) has been batting third commonly for the D-backs and produced a .250/.286/.472 with three homers and 4 steals in 18 video games within the desert to this point.

Jake Alu must be the primary beneficiary of taking part in time in Washington to exchange Garrett and is an intriguing NL-Solely possibility with three steals to this point within the majors after swiping 16 baggage in Triple-A this 12 months.

Ranger Suarez (SP, PHI)

Emerson Hancock (SP, SEA)

Two main accidents hit the backend of the beginning pitcher pool this week as Suarez and Hancock went down with hammy and shoulder accidents, respectively.

Suarez had been slated to start out this previous Sunday however was scratched and positioned on the IL, retroactively to August 16, with a gentle proper hamstring pressure. There hasn’t been any information on Ranger’s eventual return, however the pressure should not be too dangerous if he was near beginning on Sunday. He had been slightly dodgy within the second half as his WHIP ballooned to 1.58 (in comparison with 1.34 within the first half) and his Ok-rate dropped (from 8.56 Ok/9 to 7.64) throughout 58.1 innings. The Phillies had a straightforward time accounting for the loss although as that they had been rocking a six-man rotation and went again to boring outdated five-man (Wheeler, Nola, Walker, Lorenzen, Sanchez) whereas reinstating Jose Alvarado to take Suarez’s roster spot.

Hancock made his begin on Sunday however was pulled after solely two innings as a consequence of a sore shoulder. He was recognized with a pressure, shelved, and can miss the rest of the 12 months. The 24-year-old flashed about what was anticipated from him with a median 4.50 ERA and 6 strikeouts over 12 large league innings. Undoubtedly count on him to be within the combine for the Mariners’ fifth rotation spot subsequent spring. To interchange Hancock within the rotation, Seattle reinstated Bryan Woo from the IL and claimed Luke Weaver (puke emoji) from the Reds.

So in case you had been left relying on Ranger or Emerson to spherical out your rotation subsequent week, you may wish to think about Bryan Woo (51% CBS Possession) if he’s nonetheless accessible. Discounting his shaky two-inning debut towards a Texas lineup that rocked him for six earned, Woo has been a reliable arm with a 3.79 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 9.32 Ok/9 in 57 innings since. Plus he has a superb two-start week forward going through the A’s at residence and Mets on the highway.

When you want an possibility for a deeper league, former Mariners prospect Brandon Williamson has been quietly strong because the All-Star break. He has a 3.13 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 23.8% Ok-rate in 46 second half innings. Plus the Reds lefty additionally has a two-start week, going through the Giants on the highway and Cubs at residence.

Different Accidents

Listed here are another dudes nursing accidents:

  • Matthew Liberatore (SP, STL) – again tightness
  • Jarren Duran (OF, BOS) – sprained toe
  • Billy McKinney (OF, NYY) – dangerous again
  • Yonny Chirinos (SP/RP, ATL) – sore elbow
  • Luis Medina (SP, OAK) – blister
  • Johnny Cueto (SP, MIA) – an infection
  • Sal Frelick (OF, MIL) – dangerous hammy
  • Avisail Garcia (OF, MIA) – worse hammy
  • Kenley Jansen (RP, BOS) – cramped hammy
  • Merrill Kelly (SP, ARI) – one other cramped hammy (critically people, it’s hot out there as the fossil fuel industry turns our planet into a fiery hellscape – keep hydrated!)
  • Nick Lodolo (SP, CIN) – decrease leg stress fracture
  • Jack Flaherty (SP, BAL) – post-playing-for-the-2023-Cardinals syndrome (normal fatigue)
  • Joey Votto (1B, CIN) – discomfort in beforehand surgically repaired shoulder
  • Michael Kopech (SP, CHW) – leg cramping, clearly not a hydro homie
  • Kevin Newman (INF, CIN) – indirect
  • Dylan Carlson (OF, STL) – ankle surgical procedure
  • Keibert Ruiz (C, WSN) – light-headedness post-foul tip

And a few numerous damage updates:

  • Jose Abreu (1B, HOU) – returned Thursday from dangerous again
  • Joe Ryan (SP, MIN) – returning this weekend from groin pressure
  • Kyle Wright (SP, ATL) – rehabbin’ from shoulder damage
  • Ozzie Albies (2B, ATL) – may return this weekend with out rehab task
  • John Means (SP, BAL) – rehab from TJ moved to Triple-A
  • Ben Full of life (SP, CIN) – rehabbin’
  • Tejay Antone (RP, CIN) – rehabbin’ from TJ
  • Jonathan India (2B, CIN) – beginning to run once more
  • Jake Fraley (OF, CIN) – rehabbin’
  • Cal Quantrill (SP, CLE) – rehabbin’
  • Josh Naylor (1B/OF, CLE) – doing baseball actions (what?) on method again from indirect damage
  • Casey Mize (SP, DET) – throwing bullpens post-TJ
  • Michael Brantley (OF, HOU) – rehabbin’
  • Nick Pratto (1B/OF, KCR) – rehabbin’
  • Zach Neto (SS, LAA) – ought to begin baseball actions quickly
  • Julio Teheran (SP, MIL) – rehabbin’
  • Garrett Mitchell (OF, MIL) – rehabbin’
  • Chris Paddack (SP, MIN) – going through stay hitters
  • Alex Kirilloff (1B/OF, MIN) – ready to see if he’s able to rehab, possibly probably the most Alex Kirilloff-thing ever
  • Mason Miller (SP, OAK) – rehabbin’
  • Mike Yastrzemski (OF, SFG) – collaborating in exercises
  • Mitch Haniger (OF, SFG) – rehabbin’
  • AJ Pollock (OF, SFG) – prepared for exercise
  • Jarred Kelenic (OF, SEA) – hanging out with Josh Naylor, doing baseball actions
  • Nolan Gorman (2B, STL) – returning this weekend
  • Nathan Eovaldi (SP, TEX) – throwing from numerous distances
  • Chad Inexperienced (RP, TOR) – rehabbin’
  • Tanner Rainey (RP, WSN) – rehabbin’

Whew, I’m exhausted. Keelin ought to return subsequent week – have an incredible weekend e’rybody!

The stats and possession percentages under are up to date as of midday central time on 8/25.

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