Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Stanton's Return Hinges on Unknowns
Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Stanton's Return Hinges on Unknowns

This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.

Giancarlo Stanton

The Yankees slugger hit the IL early Monday morning after straining his left biceps. The timing of the injury remains unclear, but this could the reason behind Stanton's slow start to the season. Unfortunately, also unclear are the severity and location of the strain, which will determine how long Stanton is out.

While a biceps strain may sound minor, the injury can be complicated as the muscle influences two joints. The biceps brachii is a two-headed muscle, the longer of which runs within a groove of the ball-and-socket joint of the shoulder and helps stabilize the head of the humerus while throwing and swinging a bat. The positioning of the two muscles allows the biceps to assist in motion at the shoulder and elbow. The biceps is responsible for flexing the elbow and shoulder as well as rotating the forearm in a motion known as supination.

Any limitation in the area would be detrimental to a baseball player as both throwing and swinging a bat would be negatively impacted. A low-grade strain of the muscle belly should heal relatively quickly, allowing for a return in 10 to 14 days. However, should the injury be isolated to the tendon, especially near the shoulder, Stanton could be staring at a prolonged absence. Hopefully, the Yankees provide more details, allowing fantasy owners to get a better idea of what to expect. Clint Frazier will take New York's open roster spot.

Hunter Strickland

The Mariners placed Strickland on the injured list with

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Jeff Stotts
Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
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