Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: deGrom Dodges Bullet

Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: deGrom Dodges Bullet

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

Several notable names popped up on the injury report this past week, though in most cases it appears the individual appeared to avoid a significant issue. Former Cy Young winners were hit particularly hard with Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer making premature exits from their starts.

Jacob deGrom

The Mets ace put together another dominant performance against the Padres on Friday but was unable to finish out the masterpiece. The problem involved his pitching elbow, with a clean MRI leading to a final diagnosis of flexor tendinitis.

It's a bit odd to imagine but the muscles that move the wrist and fingers are actually located in the forearm. The long tendons of these muscles then run down the length of your arm before attaching at various sites along the wrist and hand. Several of these muscles all originate through a shared flexor bundle at the elbow at a location known as the medial epicondyle. The medial epicondyle is a rounded projection of the humerus and is also an attachment site for the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). Together these structures help stabilize the elbow. However, if one becomes weakened or limited, the other nearby structure assumes the load and becomes increasingly at risk for an injury of its own. It's why you often see flexor bundle injuries and UCL tears, and the subsequent Tommy John surgery, go hand-in-hand.

Fortunately, deGrom does not appear to have any structural issues and, instead, is dealing with inflammation of one or multiple tendons in the

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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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