This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.
The Reds outfielder aggravated his previously strained abdominal muscle and may be lost for the season. Winker was making his first start since straining an intercostal muscle in early August but irritated the area on a failed swing. The intercostals sit between each individual rib of the rib cage, and raise and drop the area while breathing. While they aren't the primary trunk rotators, the pain associated with a strain of the intercostals can be functionally limiting. Winker has already been placed back on the injured list. A possible return could be influenced by Cincinnati's place in the standings, but fantasy players should assume he is done for the year and make the necessary moves to fill his roster spot.
The White Sox continue to use their 11-game cushion in the AL Central to help ailing players rest and recuperate. Vaughn is the most recent case, as the rookie was placed on the 10-day IL with lower back inflammation. Inflammation isn't a true medical diagnosis but more of a reporting of the symptoms that are causing him problems. Fortunately, Vaughn's quotes detailing the problem seem to indicate the injury is muscular in nature and not something more severe like a disc-related issue. According to manager Tony La Russa, the White Sox medical team has begun treating the symptoms and the underlying cause of the reported injury with "specialized exercises to stay active."
If Vaughn can progress smoothly and his symptoms subside, he has an outside shot