Have you been waiting for that injured star to return to the majors in an effort to help your starting rotation or provide some pop at DH? With the latest updates over the past week we now have a better handle on who owners can rely on for 2012 relevance and who should be kicked to the curb until 2013.
Victor Martinez (C/DH - Detroit Tigers)
After weeks of being told he is ahead of schedule, the bad news broke on Martinez - despite progress, he will likely not return until at least mid-September from his ACL injury. It is disappointing news given estimates of his return ranged from mid-August to September 1. Unless he occupies an available DL spot, he should be dropped in all formats.
Reviews of Howard are mixed. He went two for four yesterday in a minor league rehab game which is great. The fact he proclaimed himself at either 80 or 85 percent isn't. The real test will come when he has to play back to back games in the field. Nonetheless, the goal is to get him back in Philadelphia mid-July.
Boston Red Sox)
Prognosis: Very Good
Exactly what he will produce on the major league level remains a mystery but everything points to a return to the majors within the next two weeks for Crawford. Throwing without pain was his last hurdle.
Jacoby Ellsbury (OF - Boston Red Sox)
He will DH over the weekend but still isn't playing the field. The best case scenario has him returning approximately July 19 after his 20-game rehab stint but Ellsbury must show that his shoulder is showing no ill effects of the dislocation he suffered in April.
Chris Carpenter(SP - St. Louis Cardinals)
He is off to see another nerve specialist. Carpenter was scheduled to throw live batting practice Monday but the session was cancelled. He long tossed instead, reporting no issues. The fact he is seeing another doctor does not sound encouraging. August 1 sounds like the most reasonable expectation to have at this point.
Just what the Rockies needed - word broke this week that De La Rosa will either return in September or miss the remainder of the year with complications from last season's Tommy John surgery.
Robert Watkins is former investment professional and partner. A native New Yorker until 9/11, he considers Pa. his adoptive home. A passionate Yankees fan and Pennsylvania sports enthusiast, Robert is a frequent contributor to Yahoo! Sports and News.
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