It’s hard enough following one’s own fantasy team without having to keep track of an entire sport’s daily transactions. To assist you, here’s a column dedicated to recapping the most notable trades, signings, promotions, demotions and role changes across the majors over the past week as they relate to fantasy. We’ll do this on a weekly basis. If you feel I’ve missed anything important, please don’t hesitate to keep the conversation going in the comments below.
• The good news: the injury that’s forced Clayton Kershaw to sit out two of his last three starts isn’t arm related. The bad news: a hip ailment might be enough to force the Dodgers to shut down their prized left-hander, who’s headed to New York to visit with a specialist.
Don Mattingly insists the team will be cautious with the 24-year-old, but he’ll obviously be a goner if he has to undergo surgery. Stephen Fife took the ball on Sunday against the Cardinals, but it’s unclear who would replace Kershaw if he has to miss some starts.
• What an awful year for Lorenzo Cain; after missing the first three months of the season with a groin injury, he now has a partial tear in his right hamstring, severe enough to nuke the rest of his season. It’s a tough break for a guy who entered 2012 as one of the American League’s most attractive sleepers, but here’s hoping he spends enough time on the field next year to make good on that promise.
• Aroldis Chapman hasn’t pitched since Sept. 10 due to a shoulder injury, and although he insists he’s feeling better, he’s probably a risky start in week 25. Jonathan Broxton last picked up a save on Tuesday, but he’d probably be the guy to grab if Chapman has to miss more time.
• Say goodbye to Cole De Vries, who was placed on the disabled list with a cracked rib and is done for the season.
• For anyone who cares, Ryan Raburn suffered a right quad strain last week and was placed on the disabled list.
Other bumps and bruises
• Hamstring tendinitis forced Brian McCann to leave Saturday’s game early and miss Sunday altogether, making him a risky start this week.
• A bone bruise caused by a torn sheath in his left wrist more or less nuked Michael Morse’s productivity in week 24. It’s unclear if he’ll be active for Tuesday’s game against the Dodgers.
• Edwin Encarnacion was scratched from Sunday’s game with a sore toe.
• Zack Cozart hasn’t appeared in a game in nearly two weeks as he’s dealt with a left oblique strain.
• A running drill for Corey Hart, who was testing a foot injury, reportedly didn’t go well on Sunday, making his status for week 25 extremely tenuous and raising doubts about his ability to return this season.
Road to recovery
• Mike Napoli is back, crushing a three-run homer in his return on Saturday.