Aaron Judge (OF, Yankees) – SIT
Judge returned to the Yankees over the weekend following roughly seven weeks on the disabled list with a chip fracture in his wrist. At first, the Yankees claimed he would only be used as a defensive replacement or pinch runner. Now there are reports that Judge may be back in the lineup as soon as Tuesday’s game against the Red Sox. Judge just hit his September 13 Return to Health date, but he remains at a High Injury Risk with a Poor Health Performance Factor (HPF). Wrist injuries can sap a hitter’s power for a long time after the injury has healed, so he is best left on your bench until he’s shown that he can hit for power again.
Edwin Encarnacion (DH, Indians) – SIT
Encarnacion left Saturday’s game early due to an ankle sprain, and he did not play Sunday. Although we believe this to be a mild injury, Encarnacion would be best served if he stayed sidelined until at least his September 22 Return to Health date. For now, he is at High Risk for injury with a Poor HPF, but that should quickly improve.
Eduardo Nunez (IF, Red Sox) – CAUTIOUS START
Nunez has been sidelined since last Thursday with a relatively minor knee injury. However, he is expected to return to action during the upcoming series with the Yankees. In leagues with weekly moves, you might want to bench him since it’s not clear whether the Red Sox will push him or rest him to try and get him fully healthy for the postseason. In leagues with daily moves you should watch the news closely to see that he is back on the field.
Miguel Sano (3B, Twins) – CAUTIOUS START
Sano has missed a week since an awkward slide caused a bruise to his lower leg. The Twins are not pushing him to get back on the field so those of you in leagues with weekly moves will want to bench him. In leagues with daily moves, he is a cautious start. This could slow him down for awhile longer.
Aroldis Chapman (RP, Yankees) – CAUTIOUS START
Chapman has surpassed his September 13 Return to Health date, and he is listed an Elevated Risk for injury with an Above Average PHF. Chapman has been sidelined with tendonitis in his knee, but the time off should have given him an opportunity to rest and rehabilitate his knee. Fantasy owners will want to activate him right away, a move we agree with.
Brian Dozier (2B, Dodgers) – CAUTIOUS START
Dozier had a bone bruise earlier this season, and he’s blaming his current slump on some bad habits he got into while protecting his knee from further damage back then. Dozier was traded to the Dodgers at the July 31 trade deadline. Since then he’s batting just .189/.301/.346, a far cry from his usual production. Fantasy owners should consider benching him until he breaks out of this slump, especially if they have other options at second base.
Johan Camargo (3B, Braves) – CAUTIOUS START
Camargo has been out since leaving last Tuesday’s game against the Giants with a sore groin injury. Inside Injuries calculated a September 18 Return to Health date so he may indeed be fully healed later in the week, however, he still has a Below Average HPF.
Kyle Schwarber (OF, Cubs) – SIT
Schwarber has been sidelined for the last week with a stiff back, an ailment the Inside Injuries algorithm calculated a September 19 Return to Health date for. It appears that Schwarber is on track to return to the game by the end of the coming week, and he will likely be limited to pinch-hitting duty at first. Keep him benched until he’s getting more than one at bat per game.
*By Tim McCullough