The Doctor’s Room will, for the duration of the season, examine the game’s most notable injuries and the expected recovery times for the stars in question.
Gerrit Cole, SP, New York Yankees
The Yankees’ worst nightmare came true: Gerrit Cole getting injured. He had to leave Tuesday’s start in the fourth inning, and his last fastball of the night was clocked at 95.1 mph, when it’s usually touching 97 or 98 on average.
At least the injury is not in his arm: the Yankees announced he left the game with left hamstring tightness. Cole, the leading candidate to win the AL C Young award with a 2.78 ERA and 217 strikeouts, will probably skip a start, although that hasn’t been confirmed. There is no MRI scheduled, which is a good sign, but he could rest for a few days just in case.
The Yankees, and fantasy owners in roto leagues and dynasty formats, dodged a bullet here.
Jesus Aguilar, 1B, Miami Marlins
Aguilar, who has been slumping as of late (.205/.300/.250 line with no home runs in his last 15 games) will be out of action for a while, as the Marlins placed him on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday with left knee inflammation.
The hulky slugger was scratched from the Marlins’ lineup on Tuesday due to left knee soreness, and will now be out until at least late next week. It’s a tough break for owners who were depending on his power production in the semifinals week in head-to-head settings.
Aguilar has been a surprisingly reliable source of power, with a .788 OPS, 22 home runs and 93 RBI in 131 games played with the Marlins.
Jesse Winker, OF, Cincinnati Reds
Reds’ outfielder Jesse Winker has been out since August 15 with an intercostal strain. The initial belief was that he could be ready to begin a rehab assignment this weekend. That’s what manager David Bell said last week.
However, it was reported on Tuesday that he suffered a “minor setback”, which means his rehab assignment will have to wait. Fantasy owners hoping to have him back for the championship week will have to find a plan B, because his return date is now up in the air.
Winker has been gold for fantasy managers this season, a true four category contributor with a .307 batting average, 77 runs, 24 home runs, and 71 RBI.
Kyle Lewis, OF, Seattle Mariners
If you were hoping to have outfielder Kyle Lewis, the reigning AL Rookie of the Year, you can put those thoughts to rest. The Seattle Mariners are shutting him down after he reported renewed knee discomfort last week.
On Tuesday, they revealed the outfielder is nursing a bone bruise in his right knee, an injury that will effectively end his season. He only played 36 games this year, and he leaves a .246 average, five home runs, and a .725 OPS.
Carlos Rodon, SP, Chicago White Sox
Rodon’s left shoulder has been barking for a while now. He missed two starts last month with it, returned for a couple of outings, and is now nursing fatigue and soreness again in the area.
As a result, the talented left-hander won’t pitch for the White Sox at least until this weekend. One would think that, with the AL Central division almost wrapped up, Chicago will take a very cautious approach with their ace with an eye on the playoffs.
“Right now, we’re hoping he can pitch against the Red Sox over the weekend but there are no guarantees there,” manager Tony LaRussa said.
Rodon is pitching like a Cy Young candidate, but his left shoulder may cost him the award. In 119.2 innings, he has a 2.41 ERA and 168 punchouts.
Jonathan Loaisiga, RP, New York Yankees
Loaisiga has been pure gold in saves+holds leagues this season, with a minuscule 2.25 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. He has even added nine wins for good measure, so losing him is an obvious blow for the Yankees and fantasy owners.
Unfortunately, Loaisiga hit the 10-day injured list on Sunday with a rotator cuff injury. Ugh. He will miss more than that, additionally, as it was revealed that day that he wouldn’t throw for 10 days.
You may be able to find a reliable setup man on your wire at this point, depending on your league size, but none as good as Loaisiga.
Last Week’s Doctor Room:
Kenta Maeda (Tommy John surgery): Out until at least late 2022
Gio Urshela (hamstring injury): Already back in action
Aaron Civale (sprained middle finger): Already back in action
Xander Bogaerts (COVID-19): Could return as early as Friday
Tim Anderson (left hamstring tightness): There is no timetable for his return, but should come back relatively soon
Zack Britton (elbow surgery): His season is over after having surgery to remove a bone chip from his left elbow