Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Bet on a Two-Week Absence for Betts

Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Bet on a Two-Week Absence for Betts

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

Mookie Betts

The Dodgers outfielder finally hit the injured list after missing six straight games and seven of the last eight. The injury is being called right hip inflammation, but the terms hip pointer and strain have been used. At the end of the day, something is causing the inflammation in Betts' hip, and the team's decision to use a cortisone injection suggests it's muscular in nature. Cortisone is a strong anti-inflammatory steroid that should provide Betts some pain relief as the symptoms subside. However, he will still need to rehab the root of the problem and allow the muscle or other affected tissue time to heal. Los Angeles had hoped this would occur with a bit of extended rest but opted for the IL after he failed to improve. Now he will be inactive until at least August 1. I suspect that date is fluid, and I won't be surprised if he misses more than the minimum amount of time. Hopefully, he will start to show signs of improvement in the next week, but make plans for this to be at least a two-week absence. 

Max Scherzer

Scherzer is a question mark entering Thursday's start. The right-hander was scratched from his recent start after experiencing discomfort in his right triceps. While the injury appears mild, the triceps is an extremely important part of throwing. The three-headed muscle originates in the shoulder, attaching to the humerus and the shoulder blade. It extends down the backside of the arm and anchors

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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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