This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.
In last week's column, I discussed the unique injury of White Sox outfielder Luis Robert. The emerging star is slated to miss a majority of the season with a Grade III tear of his hip flexor. Now, less than a week later, I'm revisiting the issue, as the Twins lost their All-Star outfielder to a comparable injury that occurred in an eerily similar fashion.
Buxton also suffered a hip flexor strain running down the baseline, though his ailment has received a Grade II classification. As mentioned with Robert, a Grade II strain is often referred to as a partial tear. In these injuries, individual fibers that make up the muscle and tendon tissue fail, though the muscle remains intact at some level. Grade II injuries don't often require a trip to the operating room but do need a substantial amount of time to adequately heal. Minnesota is anticipating Buxton to miss "weeks" recovering, and a cautious approach to recovery will be critical in preventing a recurrence or aggravation of the injury. Don't be surprised if Buxton's absence extends into June. Look for Max Kepler to see more time in centerfield.
The Mets ace was putting together yet another Cy Young-caliber season before injury derailed those plans. DeGrom's initial complaint was tightness and inflammation in his right latissimus dorsi (lat). He was scratched from one start but avoided the injured list. Unfortunately, he was unable to finish his first start back after developing tightness in his