Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Eloy's Lengthy Absence

Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Eloy's Lengthy Absence

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

Eloy Jimenez

The White Sox outfielder suffered a significant injury while trying to make a defensive play. Jimenez ruptured the tendon of his left pectoral muscle when he attempted to make a leaping grab along the outfield wall. He was helped off the field and further testing revealed the extent of the injury. 

The pectoral muscles, more commonly known as the "pecs," are located in the upper portion of the chest. Most people associate the pair of muscles with weight-lifting, specifically the bench press. However, the pectoral muscles also influence shoulder motion, as the tendons of the pair attach to the upper arm bone and the shoulder blade. The attachment site of the larger pectoralis major allows the muscle to aid with flexing, extending and rotating the shoulder as well as a motion known as adduction. For baseball players, the pecs are active in nearly every required activity from swinging a bat to throwing a ball.

When the pec tendon ruptures, it becomes detached from its anchor point, rendering it useless. Surgery remains the preferred course of treatment but comes with a recovery timeline measured in months, not weeks. It wouldn't be shocking to see Jimenez miss at least five months, and it seems likely he does not play in the 2021 season. While the injury is a setback in one-year leagues, his dynasty or keeper value shouldn't dip much, as his long-term health should be fine once rehabilitation is complete. 

Juan Soto

Any injury to a player of Soto's

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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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