Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Extreme Heat’s Effect on Players
Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Extreme Heat’s Effect on Players

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

MLB players are in a constant battle with Mother Nature. Rain and lightning can delay or postpone games, while wind can influence the trajectory of a baseball in flight. Extreme heat is a current issue, as a recent heat wave sent scorching temperatures across the league. Exposure to high temperatures can make an athlete vulnerable to a variety of disorders classified as heat illness. The range of heat-related illnesses includes more mild problems like cramping and more dangerous conditions like heat exhaustion or heat stroke. 

Twins outfielder Max Kepler was removed from Sunday's game in Arlington, Texas due to what the team deemed "heat illness." The temperature at the start of the game was 95 degrees and eventually hit triple digits. Even worse, the humidity in the area likely increased the temperature on the field. Kepler's heat illness was likely on the low-end of the spectrum, and Minnesota has said he is recuperating nicely. Fortunately, the Twins return to the more comfortable climate of Minneapolis and Target Field for Monday's game where temperatures are projected to be in the low 80s. It wouldn't be surprising to see Kepler get an extra day off to completely recover, but he should be fine moving forward.

Bryce Harper is another player feeling the heat as he was removed after the fifth inning of Sunday's loss to the Padres. Harper reported blurry vision and was later treated for dehydration. The Phillies outfielder was feeling better after receiving fluids via an IV treatment and should

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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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