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Sunday 28th Aug 2016

I see a lot of players being drafted in early leagues without much regard for their injury status. We know several players won’t be ready for Opening Day – Phillies 1B Ryan Howard for example who is expected to all of April and perhaps part of May as he recovers from Achilles surgery. So I thought I would update the status of many who would be fantasy starters.

There are a couple of players who will not play at all in 2012

  • John Lackey, Boston – Tommy John surgery
  • Victor Martinez, Detroit – micro fracture surgery on his left knee and still facing ACL surgery

And few more who have undergone surgery that won’t play until later this year, if then

  • Brett Anderson, Oakland – scheduled to throw off a mound for the first time on Monday, Anderson might appear in August of this year at the earliest
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka, Boston – threw his first bullpen last week coming back from TJS and currently viewed as possible for July this year
  • Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland – another pitcher who underwent TJS and is likely out for most if not all of 2012
  • Rubby De La Rosa, LA Dodgers – had TJS last August and while already doing long toss is not expected until late 2012 at the earliest
  • Jorge De La Rosa, Colorado – while considered “ahead of schedule” in recovering from  elbow surgery is still not expected until June of this season
  • Ryan Kalish, Boston – recovering from Labrum surgery in November might be ready in May or June
  • Allen Craig, St. Louis – had surgery on his knee in November and is likely to miss at least the first month of the season

Then there are still several players who are questionable for Opening Day, so make sure you have contingency plans if you are counting on any of them to be in your lineup:

Reports on the last group are all over the map, so watch news from spring training if they are on your keeper league teams or you intend to draft them before the season starts.

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