This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.
The Cubs lefty is nearing a return from an oblique strain that has sidelined him for nearly a month. He has smoothly progressed in his recovery and is eyeing a rehab assignment in the week ahead. Hamels was in the middle of bounce-back season before the injury, sporting a 2.98 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 17 starts. A look into Hamels' past provides a bit of insight into just how effective he could be upon his return. In the 2017 season, Hamels missed two months with an oblique strain. He struggled in his first game back, giving up seven earned runs in four and one third innings pitched. However, he quickly returned to an elite level of play, dazzling in Texas' next three games. He surrendered just two earned runs over the next 22.0 innings with 17 strikeouts to two walks. There's no guarantee Hamels will be able to replicate those numbers, but fantasy owners may want to wait a start or two before completely placing their faith back in Hamels.
The Nationals ace is nearing a return from an injury initially believed to be a back injury. However, the injury was eventually diagnosed as shoulder bursitis. Bursa are fluid-filled sacs located throughout the body that serve to reduce friction in joints, particularly between bone and muscle. The shoulder is lined with multiple bursa and if inflamed can result in impingement of the rotator cuff tendons. However, Scherzer's issue was diagnosed as scapulothoracic bursitis, meaning his