Top 20 Dynasty Prospects – AL East Edition

We are back with the third installment of the six-part series looking through each division from a dynasty perspective. The American League East is next up. There are plenty of prospects that could play a role in shaping the future of the division. Historically, the division has been controlled by the Yankees and Red Sox. The emergence of the Rays and the Blue Jays talented youth should make the division intriguing in the years to come. The Orioles are beginning to show signs of competitiveness in the system. They currently have some of the very best prospects in baseball at the top of their organization.

With the trade deadline creeping closer, some of the players listed here could be on the move within the next week. Such a scenario could open the door for an opportunity that isn’t available with their current team. Each organization has a different level of talent at various stages of development and positions. A player ranked relatively low in the Rays organization could be placed inside the top 10 on a different team. As player movement shakes out, I will be updating each list regularly.

If you want to check out the first two parts of the series, you can find the AL West and AL Central lists here. I have revisited both divisions on various occasions since their original release to make adjustments. The more time I have with each organization, the more in-focus the overall picture becomes.

This puts me at the halfway point of the project. Once it’s fully operating, I see these lists having several benefits, particularly for deep league players who may be looking for that new name that emerges. In some cases, I will be quicker than the crowd to move a player up or down, opening the door to some potential trade opportunities. I will also continue to add more columns and features once the foundation is set. I continue to be excited about possibilities once it’s functioning how I imagine. Thanks for reading!

 

BALTIMORE ORIOLES

PlayerRankPositionLevelAge
Adley Rutschman1CAA23
Grayson Rodriguez2RHPAA21
Gunnar Henderson3SSA+20
DL Hall4LHPAA22
Jordan Westburg5SSA+21
Heston Kjerstad6OFA22
Coby Mayo73BR19
Maikol Hernandez8SSR17
Hudson Haskin9OFA+22
Jahmai Jones102BAAA23
Kyle Stowers11OFAA23
Drew Rom12LHPA+21
Kyle Bradish13RHPAAA24
Terrin Vavra142BAA24
Kyle Brnovich15RHPAA23
Luis Gonzalez16OFR18
Kevin Smith17LHPAAA24
Garrett Stallings18RHPA+23
Mike Baumann19RHPAA25
Anthony Servideo202BA22

BOSTON RED SOX

PlayerRankPositionLevelAge
Jarren Duran1OFMLB24
Triston Casas21BAA21
Jeter Downs32BAAA22
Tanner Houck4RHPMLB24
Gilberto Jimenez5OFA+21
Brayan Bello6RHPAA22
Blaze Jordan73BR18
Nick Yorke82BA19
Bryan Mata9RHPAA22
Jay Groome10LHPA+23
Connor Seabold11RHPAAA25
Noah Song12RHPA24
Brainer Bonanci13SSR19
Aldo Ramirez14RHPA20
Jeisson Rosario15OFAA21
Miguel Bleis16OFR17
Luis Ravelo17SSR17
Tyreque Reed181BAA24
Tyler Dearden19OFA+23
Brandon Howlett203BA+21

NEW YORK YANKEES

PlayerRankPositionLevelAge
Jasson Dominguez1OFA18
Oswald Peraza2SSAA22
Anthony Volpe3SSA+20
Austin Wells4CA22
Luis Gil5RHPAAA22
Estevan Florial6OFMLB23
Luis Medina7RHPAA22
Clarke Schmidt8RHPAAA25
Ezequiel Duran92BA+22
Deivi Garcia10RHPAAA22
Kevin Alcantara11OFR19
Everson Pereira12OFA20
Alexander Vargas13SSR19
Yoendrys Gomez14RHPA21
Josh Smith15SSA+23
Ken Waldichuk16LHPAA23
Trevor Hauver172BA22
Fidel Montero18OFR17
Antonio Gomez19CR19
Glenn Otto20RHPAAA25

TAMPA BAY RAYS

PlayerRankPositionLevelAge
Wander Franco1SSMLB20
Vidal Brujan22BAAA23
Shane Baz3RHPAAA22
Josh Lowe4OFAAA23
Greg Jones5SSA+23
Carlos Colmenarez6SSR17
Heriberto Hernandez7OFA21
Xavier Edwards82BAA21
Taj Bradley9RHPA20
Curtis Mead103BA+20
Peyton Battenfield11RHPAA23
Cole Wilcox12RHPA22
Nick Bitsko13RHPR19
Seth Johnson14RHPA22
John Doxakis15LHPA+22
Alejandro Pie16SSR19
Osleivis Basabe17SSA20
JJ Goss18RHPR20
Jonathan Aranda193BAA23
Ruben Cardenas20OFAA23

TORONTO BLUE JAYS

PlayerRankPositionLevelAge
Austin Martin1SSAA22
Alek Manoah2RHPMLB23
Jordan Groshans3SSAA21
Orelvis Martinez4SSA19
Simeon Woods Richardson5RHPAA20
Nate Pearson6RHPAAA24
Gabriel Moreno7CAA21
Samad Taylor82BAA22
Otto Lopez9OFAA22
Manuel Beltre10SSR17
Leo Jimenez11SSA20
Miguel Hiraldo123BA20
Sem Robberse13RHPA19
Adam Kloffenstein14RHPA20
CJ Van Eyk15RHPA+22
Estiven Machado162BR18
Cristian Feliz171BR18
Yhoangel Aponte18OFR17
Rikelvin De Castro19SSR18
Josh Palacios20OFAAA25

Closing Remarks 7/25: Trade Deadline Looms

It’s another week in the topsy turvy world of bullpens.  I would expect some movement this week with several contending teams looking for bullpen help at the trade deadline.  How does this impact current situations?  Might there be some buy-low opportunities this week on your waiver wire? Let’s get into it.

 

Mailbag Questions


 

Thoughts on Staumont, Romano, and Soria rest of season? Barrett @84BRS

Barrett, these are three tough ones for a variety of reasons.  Let’s take a look and think about this for a few minutes.

Josh Staumont: Staumont looked to be the closer in May, earning his fifth save on May 19th.  He hasn’t earned one since. He’s 1-2 with a 3.58 ERA and 1.30 WHIP and has 42 strikeouts in 37.1 innings. He struggles to get lefties out with a 5.40 ERA. Maybe you would think Staumont might get you holds, but four relievers in Kansas City have more than his four. Even while this situation appears to be a committee in Kansas City, Staumont does not appear to be part of it. Greg Holland and Scott Barlow seem to be getting the opportunities, with curmudgeonly Wade Davis earning a save last week in a game Holland blew up on Saturday. The short of it: Staumont has limited value in a setup role here, and Barlow looks like the best bet to get the save chances the rest of the day.  Who knows?  Maybe a trade this week opens this situation up or provides some clarity for us.

Jordan Romano:  Is there a team in baseball that could use a bona fide closer more than Toronto? Yet Romano is 4-1, 2.41 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and seven saves with a 29.1 K%. So it’s not like Romano has not done the job. But recall context matters, and last winter, management added the veteran Kirby Yates, who subsequently needed Tommy John Surgery. Past performance is no guarantee of results, as we all know, but even though Romano has shined in the role, a veteran presence such as Craig Kimbrel to close games would make the league take notice.  This would also bump Romano back into a setup role on a team that is hoping to contend in the dog days of August.  If no move is made, I do not see anyone seriously threatening Romano’s role as closer. One thing to be wary of is his injury history and the potential need for rest; make sure to have a backup plan just in case.

Joakim Soria:  Not that he cares, but I owe Joakim Soria an apology. I have been brutal in my assessment of him all year. He’s 1-4 with a 4.45 ERA and 1.34 WHIP for a moribund Arizona squad, and if you just leave it at that, you see a guy with no value for your fake team. However, a closer look shows us something we can use: six saves since July 1st. Every fantasy player is looking for those elusive saves, and he has been getting them for the Diamondbacks. Of course, this week is the trade deadline, and there is a strong possibility Soria is moved,  and if that happens, he likely loses value since he will not be closing. So that said, an add this week may net you 1-2 saves before he gets flipped this week.  If he somehow does not get traded, I am confident he will close games the rest of the way in Arizona.

Great question, Barrett, and I hoped this meandering paragraph helps you out this week.

 

How The RotoFantatic Data Monster Works


 

Paul Mammino (@pmamminofantasy) has created the Data Monster, a tool that I firmly believe can help you win your leagues.  A quick summary of how it works is here, but for a full glossary of the terms, how they are used and what they tell us, go to RotoFanatic and check it out.  It’s all there for you to play with to your heart’s content; we are all looking for that winning edge, and Paul’s work can help you to that end.

In_Whiff (0 is average) – This shows how much better a pitcher is at generating swinging strikes than their location would suggest. So essentially a pitcher gets more credit for a swing and miss on a fastball down the middle versus one up in the zone. It’s pretty much a measure of the “nastiness” of a given pitcher.
rfCommand (0 is average) – This is a combination of four metrics: XWhiff, XSwing In Zone, xSwing Out of Zone, xWoba. It’s a bit hard to explain but it’s an overall combination of those four metrics that shows how good a given pitcher locates with respect to expected results.  Thus a good rfCommand means a pitcher:
  1. Throws pitches with high expect whiffs rates.
  2. Throws pitches in zone with low expected swing rates; called strikes are a good thing.
  3. Throws pitches out of the zone that are likely to generate swings.
  4. Throws pitches that are hard to hit well (low location-based xWOBA)
Stuff ERA – This is an ERA estimator that combines In_Whiff, rfCommand, and a few of the other DM metrics. When compared to actual season results it performed better than FIP from 2015-2020.

 

Closer Workbook
All Data According To Data Monster
Player Name In_Whiff Command Stuff ERA
Josh Hader 7.4 1.21 1.82
Liam Hendriks 5.4 0.18 3.01
Aroldis Chapman 4.5 -2.18 3.50
Chad Green 2.2 -1.26 3.15
Craig Kimbrel 4.6 3.55 1.48
Andrew Chafin 1.4 -1.59 2.81
Matt Barnes 2.5 2.31 2.86
Adam Ottavino -0.7 -0.55 3.36
Edwin Diaz 3.6 -0.11 3.18
Mark Melancon -1.5 2.21 3.68
Alex Reyes 2.3 0.56 2.41
Kenley Jansen 3.5 -3.44 2.68
Ian Kennedy 1.7 -3.84 4.09
Emmanuel Clase 5.1 1.19 2.49
James Karinchak 2.2 -2.22 3.39
Ryan Pressly 0.0 4.89 3.12
Raisel Iglesias 6.4 5.33 2.48
Diego Castillo 3.3 4.00 3.00
Richard Rodriguez -0.3 -1.90 3.31
Will Smith 1.4 2.01 3.23
Jordan Romano 1.3 -2.10 3.53
Brad Hand -2.1 -3.44 3.81
Lou Trivino 0.5 -1.76 3.28
Daniel Bard 2.9 -0.51 4.36
Paul Fry -1.0 -1.31 3.39
Cole Sulser 1.0 1.39 3.67
Taylor Rogers 1.5 -0.79 3.94
Hansel Robles -1.5 -1.61 4.40
Michael Fulmer 1.1 3.83 3.59
Gregory Soto 2.1 -2.31 3.19
Greg Holland -0.5 2.07 4.46
Scott Barlow 0.6 5.02 3.17
Yimi Garcia 0.9 -1.55 3.80
Tyler Rogers -1.3 -5.99 4.00
Jake McGee 0.5 -6.19 4.15
Kendall Graveman 0.3 -0.43 2.89
Hector Neris 3.2 3.05 3.47
Ranger Suarez -0.2 0.82 2.77
Jose Alvarado 2.9 -6.76 3.32
Heath Hembree 1.3 0.53 3.91
Amir Garrett 2.3 0.74 3.82
Lucas Sims 2.5 0.68 3.56
Joakim Soria 1.5 1.26 4.16

Closer Rankings


 

Tier One

  • Josh Hader:  A 7.4 In_Whiff and 1.82 Stuff ERA?  All-day and twice on Sunday.
  • Liam Hendriks:  Can we disregard his relatively low .18 rfCommand score?  You can when he’s got 23 saves and 67 punchouts in 41.1 innings. His Stuff ERA is a half run higher than his current ERA, which is something that bears watching here.
  • Craig Kimbrel

 

Tier Two

  • Mark Melancon: For all the hand-wringing over what Melancon lacks in velocity and strikeout number, the guy has 30 saves.  The next closest closer?  Hendriks with 23. Give the man his due.  Even if he is a tier under the guys listed above, he gets the job done and earns those crucial saves for you down the stretch.
  • Matt Barnes
  • Edwin Diaz: You’re not going to find a closer in the game who throws with more velocity than Diaz. Literally in the 100th percentile for velocity, in the 92nd percentile for K%, 98th for HardHit%. So what is the problem?  Essentially two bad outings raised his ERA from 2.86 to 4.30, and he did earn his 20th save on Friday night. I don’t see much cause for concern that he’s going to be demoted, but based on his last ten days, we demote him here in our rankings.
  • Alex Reyes: Watching a potential innings limit here. See notes below on other relievers to target at the end of this piece.

 

Tier Three

  • Kenley Jansen: Jansen has struggled over the past few days.  You look at his Statcast data and see red all over the place, so what is the problem? Let’s start with the 16.3 BB%, almost doubling last year’s career-worst 8.8 BB%.  Two horrific outings this week where he gave up three and then four runs.  Yet manager Dave Roberts gave him the ninth in a 1-0 game last night, and he converted it for his 22nd  I do think he is and will be the closer, but I would not be surprised if he got occasional rest days in August, leading to some vulture chances for Blake Treinen, who leads MLB with 22 holds. One to watch but I have held on to Jansen as my second closer in many leagues, and I think you should hold on to him as well if you were thinking of dumping him.
  • Will Smith
  • Ian Kennedy: Enjoy the last few days of Kennedy’s tenure as the closer in Texas, and be sure to add Joely Rodriguez if you have not already.
  • Ryan Pressly
  • Raisel Iglesias
  • Emmanuel Clase/James Karinchak

 

Tier Four

  • Aroldis Chapman: Don’t look now but Chapman looks to be back in the driver’s seat in the Bronx.  He pitched the ninth to earn his 18th save on Saturday against the Red Sox. This is another situation where context matters; sure manager Aaron Boone removed him from the role a short time ago, but Chad Green wasn’t going to be the answer for long.  No, this was a reset for Chapman, who, like him or not, is one of the five best closers in the game when he is on.  He gave up a hit and a walk Saturday but worked around it.  In honesty, I benched him for a week but will be using him the rest of the way.  You should, too. Aroldis has a -2.18 rfCommand, so it’s easy to see his issue here has been command.
  • Diego Castillo: Nick Anderson’s return is looming.  What will that mean for Castillo?  Kevin Cash is going to Kevin Cash, and he’s mostly brilliant at manipulating his late-inning weapons like Castillo, Pete Fairbanks, and Swiss army knife Andrew Kittredge. My best guess is that he plays matchups but that Castillo remains the top option for saves in Tampa Bay.
  • Gregory Soto: Soto has taken the job and run with it. I am not sure what will happen with the pending return of Michael Fulmer. Soto has gotten and converted the last four save chances in the Motor City.  If available in your league, a good depth piece for on your roster.
  • Richard Rodriguez
  • Jordan Romano
  • Brad Hand
  • Lou Trivino

 

Tier Five

  • Daniel Bard: Bard quietly, unassumingly, chugs along in Denver, with two wins and four saves this month. Could he be on the move this week via trade? Mychal Givens or Carlos Estevez could be in line for the job if Bard gets moved this week…but come to think of it, they could be traded too.
  • Kendall Graveman
  • Taylor Rogers/Hansel Robles
  • Greg Holland/Scott Barlow:  Look at the Data Monster table above and compare the two.  Barlow is clearly the better pitcher but context matters and Holland remains part of this committee.  Could he be moved this week?
  • Yimi Garcia
  • Jake McGee/Tyler Rogers
  • Dillon Tate: in this week’s version of closer roulette, Dillon Tate jumps into the committee in Baltimore. Granted it’s a terribly small sample, but the last two leads Baltimore has had, they used Tanner Scott in the eighth and Tate in the ninth.  One to stash if he is on your waiver wire and you are desperate for saves.
  • Joakim Soria
  • Hector Neris/Jose Alvarado
  • Heath Hembree

Other Relievers to Target


 

We take a look at several relief arms here who could provide benefit to you depending on your league context.  Looking for the next guy up for saves, especially this week when the looming Trade Deadline could reshape some bullpens?  Looking for holds or strikeouts, maybe a vulture save or two in a really close league?  Take a look below.

 

  • Blake Treinen: has 22 holds, handcuff to questionably effective Kenley Jansen.
  • Andrew Chafin: with Craig Kimbrel on the move, Chafin could be first in line, despite his recent shellacking by the might Diamondbacks yesterday. Stash him; you can use his ability to earn holds too, as he has 17 on the year.
  • Joely Rodriguez: feels like a foregone conclusion that Ian Kenendy gets moved this week, and as far as I can tell, Rodriguez should be next in line for chances.
  • Adam Ottavino: Ottavino has 16 holds on the year, but he also, very quietly, has seven saves. He’s also got 47 strikeouts in 40.1 innings and has value if you are looking for depth, vulture saves, or strikeout help. Interesting the Data Monster isn’t as bullish on him: -.7 In-Whiff, -.55 rfCommand, and 3.36 Stuff ERA.  Yet he’s next in line, it would appear, and he is outperforming expectations.  Will it last?
  • David Bednar: continuing the trend here, I think Bednar is the guy who gets the save chances in Pittsburgh after they trade Richard Rodriguez this week.
  • Pete Fairbanks: Fairbanks flies under the radar a bit because of the “security” that Diego Castillo enjoys in Tampa Bay, but Fairbanks has chipped in five saves and 10 holds, with 37 strikeouts in 31 innings as well.  Look for him to continue a steady diet of high-leverage innings, even with the pending return of Nick Anderson.
  • Collin McHugh: staying in the Tampa bullpen, McHugh is not thought of in the same breath as their other high leverage guys.  But check this out: 3-1, 1.51 ERA, .91 WHIP, and a staggering 59 punchouts in 41.2 innings.  The best part is that in most leagues, he has dual eligibility in the SP and RP slots, providing much value to savvy owners who know he will give you multiple good innings whether he is an opener, a bulk reliever, or coming in as a stopper.  He should be far more owned than he is.
  • Lucas Sims: I can feel your eye rolls.  But I fully think Sims will be inserted into the closer role when he comes off the IL next week.  Stash him if you have room. All he has to do is beat out Heath Hembree.  Come on now. Look at the Data Monster chart above, and you see Sims has pitched far better than his stat line: 2.5 In_Whiff, .68 rfCommand, and 3.56 Stuff ERA make me think better results are coming for Sims down the stretch.
  • Paul Sewald: If you were paying attention this week, you know the Mariners designated Rafael Montero for assignment. While Kendall Graveman is the closer right now, there is a chance he could be on the move at the trade deadline this week, despite the Mariners having a better showing than expected this year.  Should that materialize, Sewald could get a chance.  He’s got six wins and three saves, with a whopping 53 strikeouts in 30.1 innings. The movement on his slider is totally insane. Worth a grab if floating on your waiver wire.
  • Giovanny Gallegos: I have had him in several leagues this year and he has been spectacular.  Why do I include him here when Alex Reyes has a grip on the job in St. Louis?  Here’s the thing: the top management brass has quietly said they will be limiting Reyes’s innings to less than 100 this year.  Is that number 70?  80?  We don’t know exactly. But he’s just south of 50 innings now and has pitched back-to-back days only twice in the last month.  They are slowly limiting his exposure, and the next guy up is Gallegos.

Infirmary Report – Week Seventeen

Welcome to the Infirmary Report, a place where all Injury List designations will be listed by team, in an effort to help you organize all of the fantasy relevant injuries that are happening in the world of baseball in 2021. Each week, I’ll be updating the list with the status of players who can help you with your fantasy baseball teams, as well as listing those long term injuries. Here’s hoping that the list of players here doesn’t get too extensive at times, but if it does, here at RotoFanatic we have got you covered. It goes without saying that all players listed here are wished the best in their recoveries.

New: After each player, there will be a Level of Concern ranking from one star to five stars, which will help not only identify one’s estimated time of arrival back to baseball, but also the severity of the injury itself. The rankings are a combination of injury designation, rehab process, injury history with the specific player in question, the team’s need for a replacement and more. It may be subject to change with each and every update for a player, because, the closer that they are to a full recover, the less concern there should be.

Zero stars – a return date has been set

One star – not concerned at all, should be back within the minimum time frame

Two stars – somewhat concerned, could be a week to week sort of injury

Three stars – concerning injury that is likely month to month or more with the possibility of long term ramifications

Four stars – very concerning injury that could impact the player if and when he does return, albeit with a long range ETA

Five stars – beyond concerning, likely on the IL for an extended period, redraft and dynasty ranking ramifications

*Note – most players listed on a team’s Injured List are for injuries sustained in games, in training and in the offseason. However, some players may be listed on a team’s Injured List for Covid-19 reasons and for legal situations that require the authorities. These legal matters constitute a high level of concern for the victims, the players and everyone involved for a multitude of reasons. As such, until these legal matters are resolved, all players will be labelled with N/A.

 

Arizona Diamondbacks

Josh Rojas – Dislocated pinkie finger: 10 day-IL (July 22, 2021)

Original: Rojas injured his left pinkie finger while diving into second base earlier this week and he hasn’t played since then. His move to the IL corresponds with the Diamondbacks reinstating Asdrubal Cabrera from the same list, so the timing works out for the club, just not for Rojas, who was trying to make a name for himself with the club. Both Cabrera and Josh VanMeter should see a bump in playing time, though it’s hard to believe either will emerge.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Luke Weaver – Shoulder discomfort: 60 day-IL (May 18, 2021)

Original: Weaver suffered the injury after pitching on Sunday, and despite optimism that we would return for his next start, the Diamondbacks are playing it safe and giving him ten full days with which to recover. The Arizona rotation is a mess with their current rash of injuries and should likely be avoided.

Update: Weaver was transferred to the 60 day-IL earlier in the week after being diagnosed with a subscapularis strain in the rotator cuff of his right shoulder. The plan for him is to be shut down for one month, then re-evaluate the situation. He’ll then need at least another month of rehabbing in order to be ready for game action. What this means is he won’t be pitching for the Diamondbacks for quite some time and his 2021 season may be a lost cause. Merrill Kelly has done a nice job filling in at the rotation.

Update: Weaver threw a rehab assignment this past weekend. No word on the length or how he felt afterward, but it is obviously a step in the right direction.

Update: Weaver completed a bullpen session of only 16 pitches, which is fine, but nowhere near close to what will be needed for him to return.

Level of Concern: Three stars

Carson Kelly – Broken Wrist: 10 day-IL (June 19, 2021)

Original: Kelly as of this morning has not yet been placed on the IL, but multiple reports confirmed his broken wrist. This could be good news for Daulton Varsho who hit 2 home runs including a GS Saturday night with the Reno Aces. Stay tuned to the latest on this situation.

Update: Kelly was placed on the IL earlier in the week and will miss some time. Daulton Varsho struggled this past week, even in Colorado, but he is getting the bulk of the playing time and did steal a base. He’s still worth a spot on your bench, if you can afford it, to see if the output can catch up to the potential.

Update: Kelly successfully went through a full game batting session this past week, which is great news and promising.

Update: Kelly will begin a High-A rehab assignment this weekend in the hopes of returning soon enough.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Ketel Marte – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (June 28, 2021)

Original: Marte was placed on the IL after experiencing tightness in his hamstring a few days prior. This is the same hamstring that gave him problems earlier in the season, so the Diamondbacks may keep him away from the team even longer to prevent their superstar from suffering a long-term injury. They’re also far away from contending and have no incentive to push forward and start someone only to see him get hurt.

Update: Marte took live at-bats from inside the batter’s box recently, but did not run. He will need to test out his hamstring and successfully produce speed before rehabbing or returning to the Diamondbacks.

Update: Marte underwent an MRI, from which it has been determined that he is almost fully recovered. He has looked powerful and is almost ready to make turns on the base paths. All great news.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

 

Atlanta Braves

Travis d’Arnaud – Thumb: 60 day-IL (May 2, 2021)

Original: d’Arnaud collided with Randall Grichuck at home plate and hurt his thumb as a result. It remains to be seen how long of an absence this will be, but for now, William Contreras will be the new Braves catcher.

Update: Despite having no definitive timetable for a return, the Braves are anticipating an early August return by their catcher. William Contreras has certainly held his own at the position in his absence.

Update: d’Arnaud is now swinging off a tee and right on track with regards to his recovery timeframe. An August return still seems likely, though it remains to be seen how well he adjusts when he returns since thumb injuries can be finicky. On top of that, William Contreras has done well, so some playing time may be lost in the shuffle.

Update: d’Arnaud has progressed to swinging a bat with both hands, which is promising for his recovery.

Update: d’Arnaud has joined the team and is traveling with them while participating in baseball activities. Great news. It remains to be seen if a rehab assignment is necessary, but one would think it is.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Mike Soroka – Achilles tendon, right foot: 60 day-IL (April 7, 2021)

Original: Still recovering from his injury sustained in 2020, Soroka has thrown simulated games and has been able to move to and from first base a lot more quickly than before. He threw a Spring Training game and struck out two batters in two innings. However, after throwing one inning in an intra-squad game, he felt shoulder inflammation and will be shut down for at least two weeks for re-evaluation.

Update: It was announced late in the week that Soroka’s 2021 season would be over as his recovery from Achilles tendon surgery didn’t go as planned. Later, however, manager Brian Snitker back-tracked on his words and said that he would be re-evaluated in two weeks, thus negating his previous statement. Still, the likelihood of him returning is minimal, and all expectations need to be diminished for him going forward until next season. He will be re-evaluated around the middle of June.

Update: The team announced that they are speculatively considering Soroka to be ready to return from the Injured List in late August. While that is optimistic at best, it is at least better than earlier this year when he was believed to be gone for the remainder of the season.

Update: Soroka is wearing a protective boot around the tendon which is injured, however, that tendon is now fully healed and he has been able to begin throwing as a result.

Update: Soroka suffered a complete re-tearing off his Achilles tendon while walking, as he heard a pop, and miss the remainder of the season as he will require surgery. It is unclear at this time the timeline for a possibility to return next year or if the healing process will lend itself to a productive and promising comeback to baseball. He is likely droppable in all formats.

Update: Soroka had successful surgery for his Achilles tendon, and will now take an extensive amount of time to recover. It remains to be seen if he can or will be able to pitch again.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Touki Toussaint – Right shoulder strain: 60-day IL (March 27, 2021)

Original: The promising pitcher suffered another setback and was moved to the 60 day-IL with a right shoulder strain. He may have to wait yet another year before showing anything near the potential he’s thought to have had all these years.

Update: Toussant threw 3.2 innings in a Double-A rehab assignment, which is promising for someone suffering from a shoulder strain. In the long term, Toussant might be better served to be stretched out for long relief, though with the injury woes that the Braves have had in 2020, he may be needed for a spot start here and there. Still, after a long injury, be wary of him returning any value in 2021 as he’s a better dynasty asset for next year and beyond.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Huauscar Ynoa – Broken hand: 60 day-IL (May 17, 2021)

Original: Ynoa hurt his hand while punching a bench in the team’s dugout this past week, and it’s been reported that he will miss extended time, possibly up to two months. The Braves rotation takes a major step back as they need all the help they can get.

Update: It is expected that Ynoa will not be back until at least the middle of August, though even that may be optimistic.

Update: Ynoa has resumed playing catch and has also started long-toss throwing, which is a good sign going forward. That said, he still has a long way to go before returning and shouldn’t be counted on for much going forward until the tail end of the season.

Update: Ynoa will attempt to throw off a mound in the upcoming days.

Update: Ynoa threw 30 pitches in a live batting session earlier in the week, which is good news. The even better news is that he is set to begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday of this upcoming week.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Marcell Ozuna – Fractured Fingers: 10 day-IL (May 26, 2021)

Original: Ozuna hurt his hand while sliding into third base this week, and will miss extended time as a result. While surgery isn’t necessary, it will be a long road back to recovery for him, and the Braves will undoubtedly miss his bat in the lineup. Guillermo Heredia takes over for now, but keep an eye on prospect Drew Waters to see is he gets called up as an extra bat as well.

Update: Ozuna was arrested on domestic violence charges against his family, and will be away from the team indefinitely.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

Ronald Acuna Jr. – Torn ACL: 60 day-IL (July 11, 2021)

Original: After a horrifying injury in which he was unable to track a fly ball in the outfield, Acuna landed awkwardly on his knee, which buckled as he laid there in pain on the field. He tried to walk off on his own accord, but instead, he needed to be carted off of the field. He will miss between 9-10 months of action as he rehabilitates from his torn ACL. Owners are now scrambling for a replacement of one of the league’s best players.

Update: Acuna underwent successful surgery to repair his torn ACL.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Ian Anderson – Shoulder: 10 day-IL (July 11, 2021)

Original: Anderson suffered some soreness on his shoulder during an outing last weekend, was placed on the IL and will be shut down from throwing for seven to ten days as a result. There is no structural damage to the shoulder in question, and this is done to help the inflammation heal on its own. The already depleted Braves rotation faces yet another hurdle as Atlanta tries to claim the title for the most injured team of 2021.

Update: Anderson played catch before a game earlier this week, and his shoulder apparently felt really good before, during, and after. Still, he has a long way to go before returning.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

Chris Davis – Lower back strain: 60 day-IL (March 26, 2021)

Original: Davis continues to be the owner of the worst contract in all of baseball, and is still signed until the end of 2022. He won’t be back until at least the end of May.

Update: Davis underwent arthroscopic left hip labrum surgery and projects to be out for the remainder of the season.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Freddy Galvis – Quad: 10 day-IL (June 27, 2021)

Original: Galvis was carted off of the field in Saturday’s game with the Blue Jays. The severity is not yet known, and no roster move had been made official, but Pat Valaika took over for Galvis for the remainder of the game. The Orioles are not that deep offensively and thus, this substantially weakens their lineup as Galvis was one of their best hitters on the year. They may opt to call up a prospect instead.

Update: Galvis is expected to be out of action for one to two months, meaning that his 2021 value could be quite minimal going forward.

Update: Galvis plans on rehabbing very soon, with the anticipation being that he is ready to return to Baltimore by the end of July.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Hunter Harvey – Lat: 10 day-IL (July 2, 2021)

Original: Harvey looks to be on the shelf for at least a month after experiencing tightness last week. For someone who was slated to compete for saves in the offseason, this is the second major injury for the young pitcher, as he may not see high leverage situations even when he does return from the injury. He remains a better dynasty, not redraft, option.

Update: Harvey has begun a rehab assignment, with no word yet on progress. Despite not knowing how well he has progressed within said rehab, it’s encouraging nonetheless to know that he’s evolved towards that state.

Update: Harvey is continuing to do his rehab work following a minor setback, but he won’t begin another rehab assignment until later in the week or early August.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Anthony Santander – Covid-19: IL (July 21, 2021)

Original: Santander is on the Covid-19 IL for health and safety protocols.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

Keegan Akin – Covid-19: IL (July 21, 2021)

Original: Akin is on the Covid-19 IL for health and safety protocols.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

 

Boston Red Sox

Ryan Brasier – Left calf strain: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)

Original: Brasier would be an option for the shaky Red Sox bullpen, and maybe down the road, but even when returns, it’s up to Matt Barnes and Adam Ottavino to battle it out for saves. Brasier is a deep deep add for potential opportunities should the inconsistent Red Sox closing options falter, albeit well down the road, however. He could be a speculative candidate for holds as well.

Update: Brasier was evaluated at a local medical facility after being hit in the head by a baseball during a simulated game. He is currently recovering from a concussion.

Update: Brasier may be able to begin baseball activities soon enough, as he was getting himself checked out to do so. Still, there are long hurdles that remain before we see him back on the mound, regardless of the doctor’s analysis.

Update: One month later, and Brasier has still not cleared concussion protocols, making him unlikely to return anytime soon, as he will need to ramp up his arm once he feels better.

Update: Brasier has finally been cleared to continue his rehab as the after-effects of his concussion seem to be all but gone.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Chris Sale – Tommy John surgery: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)

Original: As of now, Chris Sale has advanced to throwing from the mound, showing some progression. Pitching coach Dave Bush said that the goal is for Sale to pitch at some point this year, which is a very vague outlook. He has thrown from 120 feet, thus showing some progress, but he is a long way away from contributing on the field. He could very well pitch one inning on the last day of the season, given that quote, or he could be back after the All-Star Break. He is behind schedule, and thus, your expectations of him need to be lowered.

Update: Sale threw a bullpen session this week that impressed manager Alex Cora. Sale also went on record earlier this week claiming that he fully expects to pitch this season, though it remains unclear as to exactly when that will happen. While it’s anyone’s guess as to the timeline, a late August/early September timeline for a return seems the most reasonable.

Update: Sale will throw more bullpen sessions in the upcoming week, with ones scheduled to take place on Tuesday and Friday.

Update: Sale threw his third bullpen session earlier in the week and is scheduled to face live hitters over the weekend. Slowly but surely, he’s getting himself ready to pitch in 2021.

Update: Sale threw 15 pitches to live batters this weekend, using fastballs, sliders, and changeups.

Update: Sale himself said that he physically felt great before and after his love batting practice earlier in the week. He felt normal and regular soreness after having moved his arm in all directions, which is a big step forward for him or any pitcher recovering to get back to normal.

Update: It was announced earlier in the week that Sale will not be activated from the 60 day-IL until he is able to throw five to six innings in a row. It’s also unknown if he will be required to do that more than once. He still has quite a ways to go but is on the right trajectory to provide much-needed pitching stability to the Red Sox as they push towards a playoff spot and a possible division title.

Update: Sale attempted to throw two simulated innings over the weekend, which is a good step towards the end game of five innings.

Update: Sale looked and felt good in his recent rehab outing and is optimistically scheduled to make his next rehab start early in the week. So far so good.

Update: After hitting the mid 90’s at his last rehab start and dominating the competition, Sale looks to get at it again late in the weekend. It’s important to remember that the original plan for him, as stated above, is for him to throw five to six innings in a row, something to which he has not yet done. That said, he is trending in the right direction to do so.

Update: The plan, going into it, is to have Chris Sale pitch four to five innings worth of ball for the Red Sox and their Double-A affiliate. He will most certainly be on a pitch count.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Marwin Gonzalez – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (July 16, 2021)

Original: Gonzalez will head to the IL to help heal a hamstring that wouldn’t get better. This opens up some playing time for the surprisingly consistent Like Hernandez as well as the recently called up Jarren Duran.

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

 

 

Chicago Cubs

Rowan Wick – Oblique: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)

Original: Wick has begun ramping up activity as he tries to come back from the injury to his ribs. He’s trying to ramp up his arm for the season, and manager David Ross said that he looked pretty good. When healthy, expect him to be the top setup man, and possibly the next in line for saves should Kimbrel falter. He looks to follow up on last year’s career-best 27% strikeout rate.

Update: Wick has been progressing through a throwing program for the past two weeks, but nothing is yet in place to signify a return to action.

Update: Wick has begun a rehab assignment with the Cubs’ High-A affiliate.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Austin Romine – Wrist: 60 day-IL (May 4, 2021)

Original: Due to a significant sprain to his wrist, Romine was transferred to the 60 day-IL and will be gone for quite a while. Tony Wolters will be the backup to Contreras in the meantime.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

David Bote – Shoulder: 10 day-IL (May 30, 2021)

Original: Bote hurt himself last week sliding into second base, but an MRI showed no fractures, leading the Cubs to believe it will be short term. The Cubs are mixing and matching to see what works in their lineup, with Patrick Wisdom emerging as someone to earn extra playing time due to his recent output. Keep an eye on him and ride the wave until he ultimately comes back down to earth.

Update: The plan is to start Both at a rehab assignment in the upcoming week, though those plans are by no means set in stone.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

 

Chicago White Sox

Eloy Jimenez – Ruptured left pectoral tendon: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)

Original: Jimenez suffered the injury while leaping in an attempt to catch a home run ball in a Spring Training game. The timetable for a full recovery is estimated at costing him much, if not all, of the 2021 season. A crushing blow for the White Sox and those who invested an early-round pick in the slugger. He is expected to be fully healthy come 2022. Options for a replacement for the White Sox include Andrew Vaughn, Leury Garcia or Adam Engel. They could go the free agency route too. Until anything is solidified, expect some sort of a platoon with inconsistent playing time.

Update: Jimenez was cleared this past week to resume baseball activities, which puts him ahead of the originally scheduled time off. It is a promising development for one of the team’s best players. Keep your eyes open for any developments there, as a late summer return could be in the works here.

Update: Jimenez was cleared this week to begin a rehab assignment in High-A with the White Sox affiliate, signaling a return in late July could be the latest in which he returns. He has said on record that he feels healthier than he did in Spring Training, bringing about immense optimism for a Chicago team that has suffered so many injuries this season.

Update: Jimenez swatted a home run in his first rehab game and looked great.

Update: Jimenez has moved all the way up to Triple-A and is hitting about as one would expect. No word on how he is feeling physically or endurance-wise yet, but just be prepared as he could get the call at any time.

Update: Manager Tony LaRussa stressed the importance of being physically ready and able to play and produce on a daily basis upon returning. There is no indication that Jimenez is anywhere near that state right now, and patience is key in that regard. He is coming back from a major injury, so sustaining the muscle regained is a big part of the rehab process. With no return date specified, it’s all about him being right physically and able to contribute right away as the White Sox are in the thick of it.

Level of Concern: One star

 

Nick Madrigal: Hamstring: 60 day-IL (June 10, 2021)

Original: Madrigal tore his hamstring while trying to beat out a ground ball in a game earlier this week. He stayed on the field for a brief moment before being helped off while placing no pressure on his injured leg. He will remain inactive for at least six weeks, and season-ending surgery has been discussed as a possibility. It is very unfortunate news for him and the White Sox as the rookie was playing well for them and was a key piece to their success. Leury Garcia will see added reps at second base for the White Sox, who have been decimated by long-term injuries all season.

Update: Madrigal had successful surgery this past week and will more than likely miss the remainder of the season. Remember him at the end of the season if you can add him for next season.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Luis Robert – Hip Flexor: 60 day-IL (May 4, 2021)

Original: The budding superstar hurt himself while running to first base and suffered the worst-case scenario. He seems likely to miss three to four months and could even require surgery to fix his leg if the tear if in fact there was a de-attachment of the bone. Definitely not what the White Sox would have wanted and it almost ends his season, making him a nice buy-low in 2022. Still, with the two top White Sox outfielders gone for (possibly) the season, the White Sox have remained competitive. It wouldn’t surprise me if they made a trade to acquire someone else to help replace what they have lost.

Update: Robert was officially transferred over to the 60 day-IL this week. He has opted against surgery, and an update on his recovery process will be provided in eight weeks.

Update: Robert was officially cleared to ramp up baseball activities this past week, significantly decreasing the amount of time potentially missed due to injury this year, and giving owners a high sigh of (potential) relief.

Update: Robert took in some live batting practice while also doing some light outfield work while with the White Sox training staff at their Arizona facility this past weekend. He’s slowly getting back to where we all want him, but with hip injuries, it places extra pressure on mobility with every facet of the game (swinging, throwing, planting, power, etc.), making this not only a tricky injury from which to come back from with regards to game strength but also towards elite ability. Be patient.

Update: Robert will begin a rehab assignment at the High-A affiliate for the White Sox this upcoming week. If one would have to guess how long until he returns, a mid-August timeline would be the case.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Yasmani Grandal – Torn knee tendon: 10 day-IL (July 7, 2021)

Original: Grandal suffered the injury while checking his swing in a game, and will be out four to six weeks following successful surgery on his knee. Due to his age and output this season, he should not be counted on for much offensive output the rest of the way, even when healthy, as it seems possible that the White Sox trade for a replacement behind the plate. While that is pure speculation, it wouldn’t be surprising if it did happen.

Update: While Grandal looks swings and threw some balls this past week, given his age it could be a while before we see him back at 100% health.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

 

Cincinnati Reds

Mike Moustakas – Heel contusion: 60 day-IL (May 20, 2021)

Original: Moustakas left a game last Friday and hadn’t played since then before the move to the Injured List. While reports say that he was feeling better each day, ultimately the decision was made to give him extra time in which to recover. Tyler Stephenson has played 1B a few times since this injury while batting third in the lineup.

Update: Moustakas was running the bases ahead and taking ground balls again, prior to a game earlier this week, but he still hasn’t been cleared. That said, get ready to activate him, as it is speculated that he will return over the Reds’ upcoming road trip.

Update: Moustakas will be relegated to wearing a walking boot for at least a week before the decision will be made about where he will go from there. Until then, remember to roster Jonathan India.

Update: Moustakas was transferred over to the 60 day-IL over the weekend, thus delaying any imminent return.

Update: Moustakas is still dealing with pain in his heal, as the injury doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

Update: Moustakas was on the field taking ground balls ahead of a game this past week

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Nick Senzel – Knee: 60 day-IL (May 21, 2021)

Original: Senzel was expected to be back in the lineup by the weekend, but the Reds opted for the Injured List instead. Tyler Naquin should see more consistent at-bats in the meantime and could be a nice little addition if he’s available.

Update: It is optimistic that Senzel will be able to return in mid-July, though for now that is speculation.

Update: Senzel was transferred to the 60 day-IL last weekend and his return will be substantially delayed.

Update: The latest estimated return date for Senzel is slated for the end of July, and even that is somewhat optimistic. Until he returns, Kyle Farmer looks to receive everyday at bats, but he’s anything but reliable.

Update: Senzel is slowly making his way back, as he has been fielding ground balls, taking fly balls, and doing more and more to his overall repertoire of activities that he is capable of doing. What’s interesting to note is that when Manager David Bell was asked about Senzel, he referenced all of his injured players, noting that with only a couple of weeks left in July, he expects “all of those guys” back in August.

Update: Senzel will begin a rehab assignment next week and will likely play in the outfield and at shortstop. Be prepared for a return soon enough and for his versatility to remain his strength.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Lucas Sims – Elbow: 10 day-IL (June 24, 2021)

Original: Sims will miss about a month after having his elbow examined this past week and it revealed a minor strain. Manager David Bell was relieved, saying that this could have been a lot worse (aka Tommy John Surgery, though he didn’t refer to that by name). As such, the messy Reds’ bullpen gets even messier now with everyone struggling when given the chance to close.

Update: Sims is expected to return to the Reds in late July.

Update: The timeline for a Sims’ return has now been extended with the expectation that it will be in August.

Update: Sims will begin a rehab assignment for the Reds’ Triple-A affiliate later next week. Good news.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Tejay Antone – Right forearm strain: 10 day-IL (June 26, 2021)

Original: Antone heads back to the IL, this time to help with an actual strain, whereas his last stint was for inflammation. It is conquering in that it is the same forearm, and thus, he could miss more than the two weeks he missed previously. This was hinted by manager David Bell, who it appears will now turn to Amir Garrett to close out games, but he’s been inconsistent in that role at best.

Update: An MRI revealed no structural damage to Antone’s forearm, which is a relief.

Update: Antone recently received a platelet-rich plasma injection into his forearm, with the anticipation that it will help him return by late July. The Reds need some stability in their bullpen and Antone can offer it if healthy.

Update: Antone isn’t expected back until August.

Update: Antone will start to throw bullpen sessions in the upcoming week.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Michael Lorenzen – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (July 17, 2021)

Original: After returning from an extended absence due to a shoulder strain, it was Lorenzen’s bottom half that gave way this time as he suffered the injury. Unfortunately for him and his owners, it was during an at-bat when he was running the bases after being transferred to the outfield. It’s unclear as to how severe the injury really is, but it is expected that he will be able to throw a bullpen session before the end of July.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Nick Castellanos – Wrist: 10 day-IL (July 23, 2021)

Original: After being hit by a pitch a week earlier, it was discovered late in the week that Castellanos had a microfracture in that wrist and that he will miss extended time as a result. It is speculated that he will miss multiple weeks with the injury, and while the Reds have some depth in their outfield, it’s not quite enough to fill the void of arguably their best player. He will be missed as wrist injuries are tricky from which to fully recover.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

 

Cleveland

Shane Bieber – Right shoulder subscapularis muscle strain: 10 day-IL (June 15, 2021)

Original: Bieber will be shut down for two weeks before being re-evaluated. While the severity of the injury is a work in process, one thing for certain is that owners will be looking elsewhere for pitching production in a season where not many can be relied on for consistency. Be prepared for a longer absence, but for now, playing the streaming game may be the best before doing anything drastic.

Update: Bieber still is not scheduled to throw for at least another week in order to give his body a rest.

Update: Bieber has progressed to doing work with heavy balls, but has not yet resumed throwing normally. While a testicular examination is probably in order at some point, he will be focussing on improving his shoulder strength first and foremost.

Update: Bieber progressed to playing catch earlier this week, but there is a long way to go before he’s able to return. One could speculate a timeline closer to September.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Aaron Civale – Finger sprain: 10 day-IL (June 24, 2021)

Original: Civale is expected to miss multiple weeks with an injury to his right middle finger. He will be shut down for up to two weeks before resuming any baseball activities or rehabilitation process. Cal Quantrill emerges as the ace of this team’s rotation, as the Indians desperately need help at a position they once considered their strength. Feel free to stream hitters against this team.

Update: Civale has now begun throwing from 105 feet, which is a good development and the next step forward. He will look to grow his finger grip in an attempt to pitch again soon.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Josh Naylor – Right ankle fracture and dislocation: 60 day-IL (June 28, 2021)

Original: Naylor collided with teammate Ernie Clement and had to be carted off the field due to his injured ankle. He has since undergone surgery, but a returning timetable is still unknown, though it will be a long time until he plays again. Until that time, look for Harold Ramirez to take over, as he is worth rostering for now and should receive everyday at bats.

Update: Naylor was transferred over to the 60 day-IL, as it will be an extended absence for him. It wouldn’t be surprising if we don’t see him back playing baseball until 2022.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Eddie Rosario – Right abdominal strain: 10 day-IL (July 8, 2021)

Original: Rosario injured himself while running out a grand ball this week and will take some time to let it heal. With such an injury depleted outfield, Cleveland has opportunities for players to win themselves some extra work, or even Franmil Reyes if they so desire.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

 

Colorado Rockies

Scott Oberg – Blood clots: 60 day-IL (March 27, 2021)

Original: Oberg underwent surgery to repair blood clotting within his body. He will not be returning anytime soon and his career is in jeopardy.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Ian Desmond – Covid-19 Opt-Out

Original: Desmond opted out for the season due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

Yonathan Daza – Covid-19: IL (July 16, 2021)

Original: Daza is away from the team due to Covid-19 health and safety protocols. He will return when he is healthy and cleared to do so.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

Antonio Senzatela – Covid-19: IL (July 11, 2021)

Original: Senzatela is away from the team due to Covid-19 health and safety protocols. He will return when he is healthy and cleared to do so.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

 

Detroit Tigers

Julio Teheran – Shoulder strain: 60 day-IL (April 11, 2021)

Original: Teheran’s time missed rose quickly, as we went from a possible two-week absence to now at least two months.

Update: Teheran has not yet resumed throwing and has a long way to go to being anywhere close to healthy.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Spencer Turnbull – Forearm tightness: 60 day-IL (June 5, 2021)

Original: Turnbull was pulled from Friday’s start after experiencing a pop during the fourth inning. While it’s being classified as muscular in nature and not ligament related, it’s still something to monitor as he will be evaluated by his team doctors this week. The Tigers now find themselves down two starters, so look for either a promotional call up or bullpen related games this week.

Update: Turnbull is dealing with muscular inflammation, which could take longer than expected. Still, manager A.J. Hinch was pleased with the diagnosis that he received regarding the young pitcher, so perhaps it’s a good sign.

Update: The plan is for Turnbull to return to the Tigers after the All-Star Break, though how much later than that is unknown. That being said, don’t plan on him being back for awhile.

Update: Turnbull has been cleared to resume throwing.

Update: Turnbull was transferred over to the 60 day-IL, delaying his return even more.

Update: Turnbull underwent Tommy John Surgery and will miss the remainder of this season and most of, if not all, of the 2022 season.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Matthew Boyd – Left arm discomfort: 10 day-IL (June 15, 2021)

Original: Boyd left early from a start with discomfort in his arm, and has been undergoing some tests for clarity. For now, consider him gone for at least the ten days, but stay tuned for updates.

Update: Boyd has been diagnosed with muscular tendinitis, and will not return before the All-Star Break.

Update: Boyd continues to throw off of flat ground at varying distances, but he is not yet cleared for mound work.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Michael Fulmer – Right cervical spine strain: 10 day-IL (June 27, 2021)

Original: Fulmer landed on the IL with neck pains, and has since met with an orthopedic specialist this past week to discuss his future. Nothing imminent or decisive was concluded, but it’s still not a promising way to go about rehabbing.

Update: As a result of his visit to the specialist, it was determined that the neck area is the only part that is injured, and that his shoulder is fine. That is good news in that it is contained in a specific area and not spread out among various parts of the body. That said, for Fulmer to have to go see a specialist about something like this, he must be in a lot of pain and probably unable to pitch for awhile.

Update: Fulmer will throw a bullpen this weekend before seeing live batters.

Update: Fulmer is nearing a rehab assignment with the Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate. Great news.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Daz Cameron – Right toe: 10 day-IL (July 7, 2021)

Original: Cameron will take some time to heal a lingering toe issue. It’s probably better for the speedy Cameron to get this right in order to help him better utilize his best asset, speed, once the Tigers return from the All-Star Break. Akil Baddoo will continue to be the beneficiary of additional and consistent at bats as long as he is playing the way he is.

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

 

Niko Goodrum – Calf: 10 day-IL (July 17, 2021)

Original: Goodrum has been dealing with this calf for awhile, missing parts of last weekend’s series with a lingering injury. Now, with it not going away, he will miss some time to let it heal on its own. No word on the severity of the injury, but it doesn’t seem like it’s a major one just yet. Victor Reyes has been recalled and should receive some at bats.

Update: A rehab assignment with the Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate is in the works for Goodrum next week.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

 

Houston Astros

Pedro Baez – Shoulder: 60 day-IL (April 27, 2021)

Original: Baez had a setback this past week while awaiting a return to action. He felts some tenderness in his shoulder and was subsequently transferred to the 60 day-IL. Ryne Stanek is an add-only in holds leagues as he will take over with semi-high leverage situations.

Update: While Baez has now evolved to throwing from 90 feet away, he has not yet begun to throw from a mound, so his return isn’t anything close.

Update: Baez threw 20 pitches off of a mound earlier this week. While it’s positive progression, it’s turtle-like in its speed. Still, it’s positive nonetheless.

Update: Baez has now thrown up to 31pitches in bullpen sessions, which is a gradual yet steady climb.

Update: Baez threw two batting practice sessions this past week, which is a great sign, since he’s been out for so long and took a while to get this far.

Update: Baez is up to 25 pitches, as he threw that many in a live batting practice session this past week.

Update: Baez is with the Astros’ Low-A affiliate and rehabbing with one inning appearances.

Update: Baez will begin a rehab assignment with the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate soon. He is trending in the right direction.

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

 

Forest Whitley – Tommy John surgery: 60 day-IL  (March 17, 2021)

Original: The promising prospect suffered yet another setback in his young career, this time requiring surgery to fix his UCL, and costing him his entire 2021 season. He’ll look to get back on track for next year, but he may never live up to the hype that followed him to the Astros.

Update: Whitley was officially transferred over to the 60 day-IL this past week.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Josh James – Hip: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)

Original: The ever-so-promising yet often-injured pitcher will miss some time due to a hip injury and a physical setback he suffered recently. Upon returning, look for him to gain the role of a multi-inning reliever to start his season.

Update: Josh James suffered a setback this past week and was subsequently transferred over to the 60 day-IL as a result, thus delaying any return to the Astros this year.

Update: James recently began a rehab assignment with the Astros’ Low-A affiliate.

Update: James will not be activated from the Injured List until after the All-Star Break.

Update: Now with the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate, James is almost ready for a return to Houston. One would guess that it would be for low leverage situations as the Astros’ rotation looks solid and the back end of their bullpen has been reliable.

Update: James got hit by a pitch that was hit by a batter and is being looked at for possible injury. Stay tuned.

Update: After being tested for injury from being hit by a ball, James threw live batting practice, likely to prepare himself to go back to complete his rehab assignment. Knowing how unlucky and prone to injury Josh James has been in the past, it would seem likely that his rehab will be somewhat extended.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Justin Verlander – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 17, 2021)

Original: In an attempted comeback, Verlander has started throwing, but is still nowhere near pitching again. He will likely pitch again in 2022 and thus needs to be dropped in all redraft formats for this year.

Update: Verlander has thrown from 90 feet and feels good. Progression…..but still a long way to go.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Alex Bregman – Quad: 10 day-IL (June 16, 2021)

Original: Bregman exited a game early this past week with left quad tightness, and will miss time. There is some speculation that he will be gone for a while, but the severity of the injury is unknown. While the Astros will look towards Abraham Toro, fantasy owners should look to the waiver wire.

Update: Bregman is at least two to three weeks away from returning to the Astors. In the meantime, Abraham Toro has been holding his own and is worth rostering until he cools off.

Update: Bregman admitted that he is well ahead of schedule after a successful ultrasound on his injured quad. He still remains out with no clear timetable for a return.

Update: Bregman was on the field hitting before an Astros’ game this past week, which is a good sign for a quick return. Look for him to be back just after the All-Star Break.

Update: Bregman anticipates a rehab assignment to begin for him in the middle of July. While the length of it is unknown, it’s good news that there is at least a time frame.

Update: Bregman will continue to run the bases at a high intensity and then attempt a rehab assignment soon afterward. Very good news.

Update: It was speculated that Bregman is unlikely to return during the Astros’ upcoming road trip, which will conclude in the first week of August. As such, owners can look for additional or maintaining his replacement level, though this could change.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Jose Urquidy – Right shoulder tightness and inflammation: 10 day-IL (July 1, 2021)

Original: Urquidy left his start against the Orioles after diminished velocity and discomfort in his shoulder. He isn’t expected to miss a significant amount of time, which is a relief for the promising young arm. It is speculated that Cristian Javier will replace him in the rotation, as the Astros want to maintain the idea of having six starters pitch for them.

Update: Urquidy will remain shut down from throwing for approximately two weeks, which is somewhat concerning due to the fact that he has been out for a while.

Update: Urquidy threw a 35-pitch flat ground session this past week, but he has yet to do so from the mound.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

 

Kansas City Royals

Adalberto Mondesi – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (June 21, 2021)

Original: Mondesi will go back to the IL with yet another injury to his left oblique. This is the third time he will be on the Injured List this year, and it could be a lengthy one as it’s a recurring injury for him. Since he is a major part of their future, the Royals will want him to be fully healthy with no setbacks, so they could be extra cautious with him. Nicky Lopez continues to be their go-to in 2021, while Mondesi owners continue to be frustrated.

Update: Mondesi took part in some light fielding drills before a Royals’ game this past week, but anticipation and hope for a return anytime soon should be squashed until it actually happens given the injury history of the stud shortstop. Don’t hold your breath for a return, or exhale in too relaxed a state when he does return, since he could be back on the IL at any point.

Update: Mondesi is apparently progressing well and is swinging the bat in his efforts to return. With how fragile he has been in 2021, it’s unclear as to when he will make it back into the Royals’ lineup.

Update: Mondesi is swinging the bat right now, but given how little we hear about him, it is unclear if that means that he is any closer to a return.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Brady Singer – Shoulder fatigue: 10 day-IL (July 20, 2021)

Original: Singer got lit up in his latest outing, and was placed on the IL to rest his tired shoulder. He has not fared as well as some would have hoped, so perhaps the time off will give him the rest and confidence he needs going forward.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Danny Duffy – Flexor strain: 10 day-IL (July 20, 2021)

Original: For the second time this season, Duffy is sidelined with a flexor strain, which could mean a shutdown until 2022, or something more serious. Proceed with absolute caution.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

 

Los Angeles Angels

Mike Trout – Calf: 10 day-IL (May 18, 2021)

Original: Trout hurt himself while running the bases on a popup to end an inning. He immediately had to go to the dugout and knew it was the worst. This injury could cost him six to eight weeks of action, leaving the Angels with a massive hole to fill. Their makeshift outfield right now consists of Justin Upton, Taylor Ward, and Josh Rojas. While all three are players that should be added, that reason is purely based on the number of games projected to be played rather than the quality of their performances. Speculation has risen about prospects Brandon Marsh and Jo Adell getting the call to take over in the outfield, but both have problematic holes in their games that must be fixed before arrival. It’s not an ideal situation, but we could see Ohtani gain OF eligibility soon too, due to their impending road trip to the National League and their lack of bodies with a bat.

Update: Trout is now working out with more intensity and will begin jogging soon. That said, he has quite a few more hurdles to overcome before considering a date for a return.

Update: The Angels feel that Trout is about a month away from returning, leading one to believe that a return in the middle of July right after the All-Star Break is in order. If you can somehow buy low on him from owners who need healthy bodies, the window is closing.

Update: Another week passes by and Trout has still not resumed baseball activities.

Update: Trout threw from 90 feet and took swings from a tee. He is getting closer to a return, which has always been anticipated to be right after the All-Star Break.

Update: It has not yet been determined if Trout will require a rehab outing before returning to the Angels, but if he does, don’t expect it to last long. Whether or not it does happen, it will be after the All-Star Break.

Update: Trout’s calf is just about fully healed, but there is not a rehab outing scheduled. It is unclear if this means that he will need one, or if he will pass over it before returning. One would guess that we will see him playing with one of the Angels’ minor league affiliates at some point before returning to the Angels.

Update: Trout ran the bases and swung the bat on Thursday, which is fantastic news. He may still need a rehab assignment. Be prepared.

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

 

Franklin Barreto – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 31, 2021)

Original: Barreto was looking to make camp and play a utility role, but instead likely gives way to Luis Rengifo to take over that role.

Update: Barreto will miss ten to twelve months of action after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Luke Bard – Hip: 60 day-IL (April 8, 2021)

Original: Bard got season-ending surgery for his hip and will not pitch in 2021.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Dexter Fowler – Knee: 60 day-IL (April 13, 2021)

Original: Fowler was transferred to the 60 day-IL and will remain out for a while. Even when he does come back, the Angels’ outfield could already be set with their promising youth.

 

Anthony Rendon – Left hamstring strain: 10 day-IL (July 7, 2021)

Original: Rendon will go to the Injured List for a third time, this time for a hamstring injury. His lower half body has been in pain all over the place this season, prompting one to believe that this either won’t be the last trip to the Injured List or that this will be a long trip. Either way, he has struggled to get going in 2021 but is too good with too long of a track record to be this bad for this long.

Update: Rendon apparently suffered a setback during his recovery, and his return is being delayed for weeks.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

 

Los Angeles Dodgers

Corey Seager – Fractured hand: 10 day-IL (May 15, 2021)

Original: Seager got hit on the hand by a pitch and MRI results revealed a fracture. He will be out of commission for quite some time. It looks like Gavin Lux will take over at shortstop, Max Muncy will slide over to second base and Yoshi Tsutsugo will be their first baseman for now.

Update: Manager Dave Roberts said earlier this week that Seager is about two weeks away from beginning a rehab assignment. Encouraging news and something with which owners can target on their calendar, as the talented Seager has certainly been missed. In his absence, Chris Taylor and Gavin Lux have excelled.

Update: Seager will begin his rehab assignment late next week in Arizona, giving the Dodgers optimism that he will be back in the lineup before the All-Star Break. With nothing set in stone, this timeline is fluid at best.

Update: Seager successfully took batting practice on Friday, which is obviously good news, especially when dealing with a hand injury.

Update: Seager is progressing as planned, and looks to be back just after the All-Star Break in mid-July.

Update: Seager continued to rehab by taking batting practice and fielding ground balls from the shortstop position over the weekend.

Update: The plan is for Seager to return just after the All-Star Break.

Update: Seager’s return post All-Star Break will be delayed somewhat due to an impending rehab assignment. While he will be on the Dodgers soon enough, testing out the fractured hand is important.

Update: Seager will be taking live at bats during simulated games this upcoming weekend. He still hasn’t been given a rehab designation, so that needs to come before a return is anticipated.

Update: There was some hope that Seager would return this upcoming Monday, but that has now dissipated as he is scheduled to participate in a simulated game for that day.

Update: Seager apparently feels good, but is without a return date lined up. Be prepared.

Update: The good news is that Seager is able to swing a bat and move around quite freely. The bad news is that no return date has been given, nor is there any indication of him needing a rehab assignment. As such, we play the waiting game.

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

 

Jimmy Nelson – Left lumbar strain: 10 day-IL (July 9, 2021)

Original: Nelson has been one of the best non-closing relievers in baseball this year, but will miss time due to the injury. It is unknown as to whether or not he will miss more than the minimum time, but it is known that he will be missed by the Dodgers’ depleted pitching staff.

Update: It is hoped that a return on July 19 is in the cards for Nelson.

Update: Look for Nelson to be activated this weekend or early next week. Be prepared.

Level of Concern: One star

 

Clayton Kershaw – Left forearm inflammation: 10 day-IL (July 7, 2021)

Original: Following an MRI, forearm inflammation was determined, which could be a long term issue, given the wear and tear on his arm and his age. Should the Dodgers need help, they have plenty in their farm system with which to trade, as well as a deep enough bullpen to help add up innings within a game.

Update: There is no timetable for a ramping up of Kershaw, leading one to believe his time off will be extended. Highly touted prospect Josiah Gray, among others, has been discussed as a possibility to pitch in his place for either a spot start or even more.

Update: Kershaw expects to play catch at some point this week. However, with seven days in a week, this could mean a plethora of things.

Update: That game of catch took place last Monday, but there has been nothing reported since.

Update: Kershaw threw a bullpen session over this past weekend and will subsequently throw a simulated game in the upcoming days as well.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Tommy Kahnle – Elbow, 60 day-IL (March 25, 2021)

Original: The former Yankee was signed this past off-season and required Tommy John surgery for his elbow. He is unlikely to pitch in 2021 as a result and cleared the way for the Dodgers to sign Jimmy Nelson.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Caleb Ferguson – Elbow, 60 day-IL (March 18, 2021)

Original: He is recovering from his second Tommy John surgery and is unlikely to pitch in 2021 as a result.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Corey Knebel – Lat: 60 day-IL (April 24, 2021)

Original: Knebel was placed on the IL with a lat injury that is quite significant. He felt discomfort while pitching on Friday, and manager Dave Roberts has gone on record saying that this injury could keep him sidelined for months. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him transferred over to the 60 day-IL at some point.

Update: Knebel was transferred over to the 60 day-IL this week as his injury will take a while to heal.

Update: Knebel is able to play catch from 90 feet, but is still not close to returning as he will need to pass other tests first. Still, it’s encouraging for the reliever in his bid to come back.

Update: There is speculation that Knebel could return to the Dodgers by the end of August, but nothing is set in stone. Still, he would be a valuable bullpen asset should the Dodgers need him come the postseason.

Update: Knebel will throw 18 pitches in a simulated game on Monday of this upcoming week. This is the first real step back on the road to recovery.

Update: Knebel will begin a rehab assignment as soon as this upcoming week. Great news.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Dustin May – Arm: 60 day-IL (May 2, 2021)

Original: May felt a shooting sensation in his arm following a pitch, and was taken out of the game as he couldn’t continue. He was immediately placed on the IL and will undergo an MRI on Monday. It remains to be seen how the Dodgers address this situation going forward within their rotation, as now all of Gonsolin, Price, and May are on the IL.

Update: May will undergo Tommy John Surgery on May 11, thus ending his 2021 season and putting a major dent in his 2022 value. He was officially transferred over to the 60 day-IL as a result.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Edwin Rios – Right shoulder: 10 day-IL (May 7, 2021)

Original: Rios was placed on the IL to deal with the pain in his shoulder. This being completely healed may give Rios the spark he needs, as he was thought to have been a major threat to Justin Turner at third base, but has instead hit .078 to start the year.

Update: Rios has undergone his surgery and is recovering from home.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Gavin Lux – Strained left hamstring: 10 day-IL (July 20, 2021)

Original: Lux is expected to miss extended time with a strained left hamstring, giving Zach McKinstry a longer look at second base in the meanwhile. Keep updated with any progress, but it will be longer than ten days.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

 

Miami Marlins

Elieser Hernandez – Right quad strain: 60 day-IL (June 4, 2021)

Original: After making his return from a bicep injury, Hernandez subsequently hurt his right quad while running the bases and will go back on the 60 day-IL for a different ailment from his first. While it’s encouraging that his previous injury wasn’t the result of this IL time, it’s discouraging because he has yet to stay healthy and prove how talented he can truly be.

Update: Hernandez was cleared to begin some light tossing while also being able to use a limited range of motions workouts this week. It’s the first of many steps in the recovery process for the often injured starter.

Update: Hernandez threw a 20 pitch bullpen session this past week, but is still a ways away from returning.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

Jesus Sanchez – Undisclosed: 10 day-IL (July 16, 2021)

Original: With no designation, Covid-19 is suspected, but nothing verified. Stay tuned.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

Pablo Lopez – Rotator Cuff: 10 day-IL (July 17, 2021)

Original: Lopez will miss some time due to an injury from which he has suffered before. In the past, he missed multiple weeks, and that is probably what is to be expected here as well. No word yet on the severity, but it would be surprising if he returns before September.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

Jazz Chisholm – Shoulder: 10 day-IL (July 18, 2021)

Original: What once looked much worse than it currently is, Chisholm injured himself while making a diving stop on a ground ball. He has since undergone an MRI to reveal the bone bruise and has fielded ground balls. There is an outside shot of him returning before the calendar hits August.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Jon Berti – Concussion: 7 day-IL (July 22, 2021)

Original: Berti got nailed in the head off an errant pitch and needed stitches to close the wound. He also suffered a concussion as a result, and will miss at least seven days while recovering.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Garrett Cooper – Sprained elbow: 10 day-IL (July 19, 2021)

Original: Cooper was hit by a pitch and will miss time for an ailing elbow. He just returned from another injury and is now setback even moreso It has been an unfortunate summer for the streaky hitter.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Trevor Rogers – Lower back spasms: 10 day-IL (July 24, 2021)

Original: Rogers struggled in his latest outing, and one has to wonder if it was his lower back that triggered this. As such, one also has to wonder if fatigue might be setting in, as he is approaching his career in-season total for innings pitched (136.1 IP in 2019 over two levels), and will most certainly exceed this number soon (he is at 106.1 as of now). Either way, he has emerged as a star this year, and the Marlins will want to protect him as their long-term investment.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

Lorenzo Cain – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (June 1, 2021)

Original: Cain will require some time to heal with a hamstring strain. One would think a year off from playing compounded with age has something to do with this.

Update: Cain will return at the very earliest at the start of July, though that is merely an optimistic timeline.

Update: Cain ran the bases earlier this week and progressed to taking swings in the batting cage.

Update: Cain will be starting a rehab assignment this weekend, in the hopes of being able to return after the All-Star Break.

Update: It is expected that Cain continues his rehab assignment through this weekend.

Update: Cain is all but cleared to return. It’s just a matter of when. Be prepared.

Level of Concern: One star

 

Travis Shaw – Shoulder: 60 day-IL (June 9, 2021)

Original: Shaw hurt himself after diving for a ball at third base, and was immediately left in pain. Over the following few days, he was slated to attempt to heal without having surgery and transferred over to the 60 day-IL. It wouldn’t be surprising if he is out until for the year. Recently acquired Hunter Strickland took his place on the 40-man roster, while Daniel Robertson, Pablo Reyes and Jace Peterson will get a shot to emerge as the leader at third until Kolten Wong returns, which would lead to Luis Urias playing third base.

Update: Shaw fielded ground balls and played catch for the first time in a long time, and is taking the next step towards a return, though the nature of that return is a long ways away.

Update: Shaw will take on-field batting practice, beginning this week, in an attempt to return soon enough. Good news here.

Update: Shaw will begin a rehab assignment this upcoming week.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Daniel Vogelbach – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (June 25, 2021)

Original: Described as significant, Vogelbach will be out approximately six weeks recovering from this injury, as he was seen limping home earlier this week. It wouldn’t be surprising if his designation was changed to a 60 day-IL stint within a few weeks. Keston Hiura was recalled to replace him on the roster and should see time at first base. Buyers need to be reminded of his strikeout rate, which was still prevalent in the minors each and every time he was demoted.

Update: Vogelbach took some at bats prior to a game this week, but he isn’t close to a return.

Update: Vogelbach will begin a rehab assignment this upcoming week.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Devin Williams – Elbow: 10 day-IL (July 17, 2021)

Original: No word on the severity or extent of the injury, but an MRI revealed no structural damage, so it doesn’t appear to be too serious. Still, owners shouldn’t be expecting him back after a minimal stay either with so much unknown right now.

Update: Williams will throw a bullpen session this upcoming weekend and it will then be determined how close he is to a comeback.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

 

Minnesota Twins

Edward Colina – Inflammation, right elbow: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)

Original: The hard-throwing bullpen piece for the Twins felt inflammation and hasn’t yet pitched in 2021. Thought to be a setup man, he will need additional time before making that a reality. The Twins have plenty of other bullpen options and can afford to wait.

Update: Colina underwent arthroscopic debridement of his posterior elbow, but remains out indefinitely.

Level of Concern: Four and a half stars

 

Randy Dobnak – Right middle finger strain: 60 day-IL (June 21, 2021)

Original: The severity of the injury is unknown at this time, but he is eligible to return early in July. Bailey Ober has been serviceable in his absence.

Update: Dobnak is traveling with the team, which is encouraging. He has yet to start throwing though, which is discouraging.

Update: Dobnak felt discomfort while throwing and will be halted for the time being.

Update: Dobnak’s injury status was moved to the 60 day-IL over the weekend, signaling a delay in his return.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Byron Buxton – Fractured hand: 10 day-IL (June 22, 2021)

Original: Buxton took a pitch off the hand went to the IL as a result. He suffered what’s called a “boxer’s fracture”, which is a fracture of the base of the fifth metacarpal of his left hand. No surgery is required for him, but he will miss well more than the ten-day minimum, giving guys like Alex Kirilloff and Trevor Larnach more playing time.

Update: Every part of his body but his hand is ready to go, as he has yet to be able to fully do things like gripping a bat and play catch. This isn’t unexpected, but owners should realize that he still will need some time

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Alex Kirilloff – Wrist: 10 day-IL (July 20, 2021)

Original: After returning from the IL earlier this year for his wrist, Kirilloff was undoubtedly never the same, as his swing and power dissipated. As such, he went for surgery in order to prepare for next year, as he will likely miss the remainder of the 2021 season. The injury does a few things. One, it will give Trevor Larnach more consistent time to develop himself at the plate and gain confidence and patience. Two, it will give players more defined roles the rest of the way. And three, it will make Kirilloff a great buy low for 2022 given his expected stats and skills at the plate, with a healthy wrist.

Level of Concern: Four stars (redraft), One star (dynasty)

 

Luis Arraez – Knee: 10 day-IL (July 24, 2021)

Original: This is the third time that Arraez will miss time due to an injury, which is frustrating given the fact that when he is healthy, he can flat out hit. While he recovers, look for Jorge Polanco and Max Kepler to get consistent at bats, but nothing is stable with the Twins right now.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

 

New York Mets

Carlos Carrasco – Hamstring: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)

Hurt during some conditioning drills, Carrasco was set to miss 6-8 weeks, which translates to 4-6 weeks of the actual season when it’s all said and done. He threw two innings in a simulated game, which showed some progress. David Peterson and Joey Lucchesi will have a chance to take over in the rotation and attempt to solidify themselves as a long-term solution in the meantime. Here’s hoping the best for Carrasco, who has overcome so much in order to be back in baseball.

Update: Carrasco’s throwing program was paused in order to allow him to receive a patent-rich plasma injection in his injured hamstring. It is both worrisome and encouraging for Carrasco that he is able to receive all of this treatment, but at the same time, having so many setbacks leads one to believe that a better comeback story would be for him to debut with the Mets in 2022.

Update: Carrasco has been cleared to restart his throwing program, though there is no indication of when a return to the Mets would be happening.

Update: Carrasco threw a light bullpen session over the weekend as he continues to fight and claw his way back into health in his bid to pitch in 2021.

Update: Carrasco has upgraded himself to now throwing full bullpen sessions. His return is coming, slowly but surely, but given the previous setbacks he sustained, nothing is for sure.

Update: Carrasco threw a full bullpen session for the Mets, and his fastball velocity was in midseason form. While he is poised to start for the Mets later this month or early next month, a collective step back in anticipation is warranted since he was on track earlier this season and suffered a setback.

Update: Carrasco will ramp up his bullpen sessions in an attempt to return posy All-Star Break.

Update: Carrasco could actually rejoin the Mets before being fully stretched out. Owners should tread lightly here, as it’s a bit troubling that they may be rushing him back into action before he’s ready.

Update: Carrasco threw 27 pitches ins a High-A rehab outing this past week. Slowly but surely…..as it should be with Carrasco.

Update: Carrasco will ultimately have another rehab assignment this weekend.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Noah Syndergaard – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL

Original: Syndergaard recently threw off a mound to a live batter, with no swings, in his latest step forward to a full recovery. In that bullpen session, he hit 97mph on the radar gun. While a June return seems optimal, a post-All-Star Break seems likely, though it remains to be seen how he continues to progress.

Update: Syndergaard went from a possible four-inning rehab outing to having to pause after just one inning, after experiencing discomfort. He will stop throwing altogether for the next four to six weeks and will be reassessed then, though MRI results indicate that there was no structural damage to the UCL. Still, he seemed to be rushing a return as many Tommy John injuries require closer to the 18-month timeline to maintain status as “back to normal” and Syndergaard was along with the 14-month schedule. If anything, this sets him back at least to not contributing at all in 2021, and possibly some of 2022.

Update: Syndergaard has been lightly throwing for about a week, at about a maximum of 75 feet, and will expand towards throwing off of a slope within the next two weeks. This is one week ahead of schedule for Syndergaard.

Weekly Update: Syndergaard has been throwing and playing catch off of flat ground lately, but still has a long way to go before even considering a return.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Jose Martinez – Torn meniscus, left knee: 60 day-IL

Original: Martinez tore his meniscus at first base and is expected to miss up to four months as he recovers. Without a DH in the National League, Martinez seems destined to remain on the waiver wire while playing for a deeply talented Mets team.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Dellin Betances – Shoulder: 60 day-IL

Weekly Update: Betances was placed on the IL after experiencing soreness following a rough start to the season. He has yet to begin throwing, as an extended absence seems likely here. While Trevor Hildenberger took his spot on the roster, it’s Trevor May that’s the one to keep an eye on for occasional saves and holds.

Update: Betances was transferred to the 60 day-IL, as his injury will require extended time to heal. He recently threw a side session but is still a long way away from returning.

Update: Betances threw a 21 pitch scoreless outing in Low-A earlier in the week but will need more seasoning than that before returning.

Update: Betances has gone from Double-A to Triple-A over the Past week and is getting close to being a force in the Mets’ rotation.

Update: Betances suffered a setback and has undergone surgery on his shoulder, which will cost him the rest of the 2021 season. His days as a reliable source for high leverage gameplay are long gone and he may not be the same for quite awhile.

Level of Concern: Four and a half stars

 

Joey Lucchesi – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (June 19, 2021)

Original: Lucchesi felt some inflammation in his elbow following a recent start. During the game it began to bother him, though that was the first time it had started. Robert Gsellman takes over for him in the rotation, though it’s anyone’s guess how well that will turn out. Owners are encouraged to look elsewhere for replacement value, such as streaming daily.

Update: Lucchesi had successful Tommy John Surgery and was placed on the 60 day-IL. As a result, he will miss all of 2021 and probably won’t be someone worth rostering until 2023.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

David Peterson – Grade one or Grade two oblique strain, toe: 60 day-IL (July 3, 2021)

Original: After experiencing side soreness and being placed on the IL, Peterson was then diagnosed with a more serious oblique strain, which could cost him months of the season. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him transferred over to the 60 day-IL at some point, as these injuries take time to heal.

Update: Peterson has upgraded to playing catch, but that is near the top of the list of things to do before pitching for the Mets again.

Update: He may or may not throw off a mound in the upcoming days, but either way is weeks away from returning.

Update: Peterson was not only transferred over to the 60 day-IL but will also have surgery on a broken toe, possibly ending his season.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Francisco Lindor – Grade 2 oblique strain: 10 day-IL (July 17, 2021)

Original: Lindor originally pulled the muscle while swinging a bat earlier this week, at which time he couldn’t even run to first base. What was once considered day-to-day is now a week-to-week thing, with no real timetable for a return. One would anticipate at least a month before Lindor is back in the Mets’ lineup.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

Jacob deGrom – Foreram strain: 10 day-IL (July 17, 2021)

Original: deGrom has been on the IL with an injury that has seemingly been lingering all year long. Finally, it gave out and the Mets gave him ten+ days to recover. It’s unclear as to if this will be enough, though he has been playing catch for a few days. Still, he hasn’t progressed into throwing hard, so it’s cautionary as it stands. Then again, will he need to have a rehab assignment before returning? So much in the air, but one would speculate that both of those things need to happen first, and thus, at least another week on the IL is warranted.

Update: deGrom has not yet thrown bullpen sessions and it’s unclear if and when that will start, putting a cloud over any return date owners had in mind.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

 

New York Yankees

Aaron Hicks – Wrist: 60 day-IL (May 15, 2021)

Original: Hicks heads to the IL after tearing the tendon sheath in his wrist. He has been taking anti-inflammatory medication to stop the pain, and is doing better, but will still require some time off in order to let it heal. Clint Frazier is likely to see an uptick in at-bats here with more of an opportunity to prove his worth. He’s worth an end-of-the-bench stash.

Update: Hicks was officially placed on the 60 day-IL earlier this week, and is expected to miss the remainder of the season. Look for Clint Frazier to be given the opportunity to prove to the team that he’s got what it takes.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

Luis Severino – Tommy John Surgery; Groin: 60 day-IL (March 16, 2021)

Original: Severino has been throwing off a mound, and has started to throw sliders, which is the next step in his progression. Still, while he’s looking to return at some point this year, but really shouldn’t be counted on for too much.

Update: Severino suffered a groin injury during his rehab outing over the weekend, and will undergo an MRI to see the severity of the situation. Keep posted throughout the week as this could have 2021 ramifications.

Update: Due to his Grade 2 groin strain, Severino’s anticipated return at the end of June has now been delayed about a month.

Update: Severino played light catch prior to a Yankees game over the weekend.

Update: The plan is for Severino to begin mound work within the next week or two. Starting from scratch again. See if you can buy low for 2022.

Update: The Yankees are targeting July 4 as the return date for Severino to throwing off of a mound.

Update: Severino threw off the mound this past weekend, and apparently felt great. While this is encouraging news, he does face the tough battle of not only rehabbing his surgically repaired elbow but also slowly rehabbing his groin area as well. He will need to learn how to step off the mound through his windup and release and effectively use all of his body in order to effectively pitch. This can be a tricky and time-consuming endeavor.

Update: Severino has already thrown one bullpen session and will throw another one next week.

Update: Severino will attempt to face live hitters in the upcoming days and/or weeks.

Update: Severino will throw live batting practice this weekend and is aiming to attempt a rehab assignment next week. Fingers crossed.

Update: Severino had a successful two-inning, 38 pitch simulated outing this weekend. There is no word on what’s next for him, but either a ramped-up outing similar to this or a rehab assignment is probably on tap.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

Clarke Schmidt – Elbow: 60 day-IL (April 3, 2021)

Original: He’s likely to begin throwing again soon, but he won’t be rushed.

Update: Schmidt has been throwing nothing but fastballs in his bullpen sessions. When he starts to feel comfortable mixing his pitches is when you, the owners, should start getting your interest up.

Update: Schmidt used all of his pitches in a recent bullpen session and may move onto either a simulated game, live at-bat, or a rehab session soon.

Update: The plan is for Schmidt to throw two innings off of a mound over the weekend.

Update: Schmidt is scheduled to throw a simulated game this upcoming Wednesday.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Corey Kluber – Right shoulder strain: 60 day-IL (May 27, 2021)

Original: Kluber is expected to miss at least two months after an MRI revealed a strain of the subscapular muscle of his right shoulder. He will be shut down from throwing for at least four weeks before being ramped back up. This is assuming that he suffers no setbacks at all. Deivi Garcia will start inches place in the meantime but will need to prove that he is better than what he;’s shown thus far in order to be counted on.

Update: Kluber will begin a throwing program shortly, though the original timeline for his eventual return hasn’t yet changed. He was officially placed upon the 60 day-IL over the weekend.

Update: Kluber began a throwing program earlier in the week, and is also throwing from 60 feet. Still, he has a long way to go before returning.

Update: Kluber can now throw from 75 feet, but will still require a lot of time and patience before returning. The same applies to anyone who owns him, as he is not expected back in the rotation until August or September.

Update: Kluber has been throwing from 90 feet for the last week, which is a next step forward to a return, which shouldn’t be anticipated for quite awhile, despite the progression.

Update: Kluber isn’t expected to return to the Yankees until at least September.

Update: Kluber threw 20 pitches off the mound this past week.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

Clint Frazier – Vertigo: 10 day-IL (July 1, 2021)

Original: Frazier has suffered from vertigo and has been placed on the IL. It is unknown who long he will be gone, as the condition differentiates between different people. That said, the recently acquired Tim Locastro has a good chance to succeed here.

Update: After undergoing tests, nothing abnormal was revealed regarding Frazier and his vertigo, but another round of tests is on tap to further evaluate the young hitter. Even when he does return, there’s no guarantee that he receives many at-bats until he produces with consistency.

Update: While vertigo has been ruled out as a cause for Frazier’s dizziness, not much else is known why so further tests will be administered to get to the root of the problem. This is concerning.

Update: Frazier has yet to resume baseball activities.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Miguel Andujar – Wrist strain: 10 day-IL (July 11, 2021)

Original: Andujar has been nursing a sore wrist for the better part of a week, and will not hit the Injured List to let it heal. The All-Star Break will be a perfect time for him to get some rest and hopefully come back stronger than ever next weekend when he can be activated.

Update: Andujar had a setback recently and will require yet another injection. It may be time to shut him down for awhile as this is a lingering issue.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Jonathan Loaisiga – Covid-19: IL (July 11, 2021)

Original: Loaisiga is away from the team due to Covid-19 health and safety protocols. He will return when he is healthy and cleared to do so.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

Luke Voit – Knee: 10 day-IL (July 16, 2021)

Original: Voit heads back to the IL, for a third time in 2021, this time for inflammation in his left knee. It’s quite conquering in that he had a torn meniscus in the same knee earlier this season, and continues to have problems here. Reports are indicating that it could be a bone bruise too. The Yankees have a current Covid-19 situation too, so any healthy players will receive at-bats for the time being.

Update: Voit apparently feels significantly better and may join the Yankees during the first week of August.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Kyle Higashioka – Covid-19: IL (July 16, 2021)

Original: Higashioka has tested positive for Covid-19 and will be out for the time being. He is one of many on the team suffering from this and healthy bodies will receive playing time.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

Gio Urshela – Covid-19: IL (July 16, 2021)

Original: Urshela has tested positive for Covid-19 and will be out for the time being. He is one of many on the team suffering from this and healthy bodies will receive playing time.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

Aaron Judge – Covid-19: IL (July 16, 2021)

Original: Judge has tested positive for Covid-19 and will be out for the time being. He is one of many on the team suffering from this and healthy bodies will receive playing time.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

Wandy Pearlta – Covid-19: IL (July 16, 2021)

Original: Peralta has tested positive for Covid-19 and will be out for the time being. He is one of many on the team suffering from this and healthy bodies will receive playing time.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

 

Oakland Athletics

Trevor Rosenthal – Shoulder: 60 day-IL (April 8, 2021)

Original: A devastating blow to the Athletics, Rosenthal contracted the rare baseball injury and will need an extended time in order to recover from it. He will now wait an additional eight weeks for a follow-up to see if there has been any progress in his recovery. In the meantime, the A’s will be mixing and matching while employing some sort of a closer-by-committee. Look for one of Trivino, Diekman, or Romo to emerge as the safest option of all, but it’s hard to tell who will.

Update: Rosenthal is taking part in a strengthening program, but has yet to begin throwing.

Update: Rosenthal is able to take part in all baseball activities and will soon enough begin a throwing program. It is unclear as to whether or not he will take back the closing position he once owned, so be careful if trying to acquire him. Essentially, don’t pay pre-injury full price.

Update: Rosenthal will undergo season-ending surgery this upcoming week.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Seranthony Dominguez – Elbow: 60 day-IL (February 17, 2021)

Original: Dominguez may pitch again in 2021, but it’s not set in stone. He may have been an option for some saves had Neris faltered, but now getting healthy is his number one priority.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates

Steven Brault – Lat strain: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)

Original: Brault will be shut down from throwing and baseball activities for about a month after suffering the injury in a Spring game. Likely non-surgical, it is a procedure that will take about 10 weeks to heal before a return. He may go into the Pirates’ rotation when he starts up again.

Update: Brault is now throwing side sessions.

Update: Brault recently threw a 30 pitch side session and looks to be getting closer to a rehab outing.

Update: Brault threw his first live batting practice earlier in the week.

Update: Brault threw a one-inning simulation this past week. Why are there so many updates for Steven Brault?

Update: Brault will begin a rehab outing for the Low-A affiliate of the Pirates this week.

Update: Brault threw 1.2 innings of scoreless baseball in a rehab outing this past week, recording three strikeouts.

Update: Brault has now moved over to the Pirates’ Triple-A affiliate to continue his rehab there.

Update: Brault felt great after his latest start and is looking to build upon that as he is close to a return.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Blake Cederlind – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 24, 2021)

Original: After suffering a UCL strain, Cederlind had Tommy John Surgery and will miss the 2021 season.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Colin Moran – Fractured left wrist 10 day-IL (July 1, 2021)

Original: It’s a significant enough injury than what the Pirates initially thought, and thus, Moran will miss more than the ten-day minimum. Look for Philip Evans to get more playing time.

Update: Moran’s wrist is decreasing in soreness, but he still needs time off to let it heal.

Update: Moran has resumed taking swings, but isn’t ready for a rehab assignment.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

 

San Diego Padres

Adrian Morejon – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (April 22, 2021)

Original: Morejon injured his arm while pitching in a game, and went to the IL. Keep an eye on him, as it could lead to Tommy John Surgery, but that’s just speculation.

Update: Morejon had Tommy John Surgery and was transferred to the 60 day-IL, ending his 2021 season.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Mike Clevinger – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (February 18, 2021)

Original: Clevinger will miss the entire 2021 season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery in the offseason.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Dinelson Lamet – Forearm inflammation: 10 day-IL (June 27, 2021)

Original: Originally believed to be fatigue, it was revealed later to be forearm inflammation, and the decision was made to shut Lamet down for awhile. He came into the season as a prospectively injury-prone player but has defied the odds. He may eventually return to long inning status, but for now, he is considered to be a long reliever type pitcher who is unlikely to pitch long enough for a win if he is starting. That said, he has been effective in 2021. Look for Ryan Weathers to take over for him in the rotation.

Update: Lamet will not return until after the All-Star Break, but how much longer after that is anyone’s guess.

Update: Lamet will attempt to throw bullpen sessions and live batting practice, and the results of these will determine the next steps for him going forward. Stay tuned for updates.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

 

San Francisco Giants

Aaron Sanchez – Right bicep tightness: 10 day-IL (May 8, 2021)

Original: Sanchez will once again be placed on the IL, this time due to right bicep tightness. As in the past, Logan Webb will be inserted back into the rotation and given the chance to shine.

Update: Sanchez has joined the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate for rehab.

Update: Sanchez left his rehab assignment with a blister, thus delaying his return. When it rains, it pours.

Update: Sanchez will return to the mound for the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate this weekend.

Update: Sanchez’s anticipated return to the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate was paused for almost a week due to a blister, but he did in fact return with said blister.

Update: Sanchez has been sent to Low-A for a rehab start and will continue to do that until he progresses.

Update: Sanchez stretched himself out to 5.1 innings of work in his latest rehab assignment, which is great news. He did struggle in this start, but the better news is how long he was able to sustain and push through.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Reyes Moronta – Right elbow flexor strain, 60 day-IL (April 12, 2021)

Original: More significant than soreness, Moronta looks destined to miss extended time as he now finds himself sidelined with another injury after missing all of 2020. Tyler Rogers is now the setup man to Jake McGee in a bullpen with more questions than answers.

Update: Moronta is receiving treatment, but has yet to throw a baseball.

Update: Moronta is going to begin a throwing program shortly, but shouldn’t be considered as anything viable yet in fantasy for 2021. Just keep him in the back of your mind because he does have solid closer material.

Update: Moronta started live batting practice this past week, which is a nice little boost to his return.

Update: Moronta looks to start a rehab assignment this upcoming week, but due to his injury history (specifically in 2021), any timeframe for a return is possible.

Update: Moronta began his rehab assignment this past week.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

Tommy La Stella – Hamstring Strain: 60 day-IL (May 3, 2021)

Original: La Stella hurt himself while diving for a ball, and will one out for quite some time, with a four to six-week timeframe being suggested. The Giants have plenty of resources on their roster as they are known for having a ton of flexibility throughout their team. Look for any one of them to emerge with the hot bat and pounce on it.

Update: La Stella had a busy yet productive week of hitting in the batting cage, fielding ground balls, and running sprints with the team. While he’s still a ways away from a return, these are all encouraging steps forward.

Update: La Stella ran the bases before a game on Friday, signaling yet another step closer to a return.

Update: La Stella’s rehab assignment was paused due to a jammed thumb, which is said to be a fracture. When it rains it pours.

Update: La Stella’s jammed thumb has now turned into a fracture.

Update: La Stella is aiming to participate in a rehab start during the All-Star Break.

Update: La Stella is continuing his rehab with the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate, but isn’t anywhere closer to returning.

Update: La Stella is pausing his rehab outings due to pain in his thumb. This lingering issue continues.

Update: He has since resumed his rehab assignment. He could be back soon and should be on some deep roster radars.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Evan Longoria – Sprained left shoulder: 60 day-IL (June 6, 2021)

Original: Longoria is expected to miss four to six weeks with a sprained left shoulder despite the negative x-rays that he received from his MRI.

Update: The veteran is resuming baseball activities, which is good news for Evan “McFly” Longoria, who went back to the future in 2021.

Update: Longoria is taking dry swings and also playing catch as he is aiming to return around the third week of July.

Update: Longoria is ramping up his baseball activities in order to return by the proposed time of mid-July.

Update: Longoria was transferred to the 60 day-IL this past week, extending his absence further.

Update: Longoria is working on some baseball activities and progressing his hitting. He’s not ready but is inching closer.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Brandon Belt – Knee: 10 day-IL (June 23, 2021)

Original: Belt injured his knee while running the bases, and the Giants are anticipating a lengthy absence that will be longer than the ten day minimum. It is conquering in that Belt is now looking for a second opinion on his knee, meaning that the first diagnosis may have been quite grim in nature. LaMonte Wade Jr. was recalled to replace him on the roster, but the Giants are resourceful and adaptable enough to mix and match their way to an effective lineup every night.

Update: Belt will rehab instead of going for surgery to fix his knee. While this helps his 2021 value due to the potential of a return, it could impact his long term value and owners need to be ready to move on.

Update: Belt has started light baseball activities, but isn’t close to a return.

Update: Belt will start running the bases this upcoming weekend, but will need more time before returning.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Sammy Long – Back strain: 10 day-IL (July 13, 2021)

Original: Long was placed on the IL for a nagging back that might have led to some difficulties on the mound in his last outing. While he threw a recent bullpen session, it’s unclear as to whether this signals a return is near.

Update: long threw a 30-pitch bullpen session, which is very good news. He’ll need to be stretched out even further before attempting a rehab assignment.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Brandon Crawford – Oblique: 10 day-IL (July 19, 2021)

Original: Crawford was sent to the IL to heal an oblique strain that should mean ten to fourteen days. This puts a mini damper on his successful 2021 season.

Update: Crawford has resumed baseball activities. Great news.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

 

Seattle Mariners

Andres Munoz – Elbow, 60 day-IL (March 18, 2021)

Original: Following his Tommy John Surgery in March 2020, Munoz was set to make his return at some point this season. He will have to wait a while to attempt to do so following his setback in early March.

Update: Munoz has yet to start throwing at all, halting any plans for a comeback in 2021. He remains a likely 2022 rebound candidate in fantasy.

Update: Munoz threw off a mound over the weekend, which is a nice first step on the road to recovery.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Ken Giles – Elbow, 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)

Original: Giles seems unlikely to pitch in 2021.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

James Paxton – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (April 8, 2021)

Original: Paxton got the bad news and was told that he will need to will have Tommy John Surgery, thus ending his 2021 season. Though he is looking for a second opinion, an extended absence from the team is likely.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Evan White – Strained right hip flexor: 60 day-IL (May 14, 2021)

Original: White hurt himself while trying to catch a foul ball, and will rehire time to heal up. Jose Marmolejos will take over for now at first base but isn’t worth rostering.

Update: Despite being scratched from the lineup Thursday in his Triple-A affiliate rehab game, White made his way back into the lineup over the weekend.

Update: White was removed from his rehab assignment earlier in the week, and it is unknown when he will get back on track. With Jake Bauers now in Seattle, there is no rush for a return.

Update: White suffered a setback in his rehab and was subsequently transferred to the 60 day-IL, significantly delaying his return to the Mariners. He is seeking a second opinion on his injury and the team is awaiting more clarity on where they go from here with White.

Update: White isn’t close to resuming any or all baseball activities. He remains on the shelf with no clear timetable.

Update: In a depressing turn of events, the Mariners’ GM has stated that White’s injury is more ominous than previously believed and there’s a chance that he will not return at all this season.

Update: White will have surgery very soon that will end his 2021 season. There is no word yet on any 2022 ramifications.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Kyle Lewis – Right meniscus tear: 60 day-IL (June 1, 2021)

Original: Lewis hurt himself earlier this week and will now look for a second opinion on his knee. It is feared that he will miss significant time with this injury, with season-ending surgery a possibility. Still, as a second opinion is in the wings, be prepared to be without him for quite awhile. Taylor Trammell looks to get back on track after being recently called up to the big league team.

Update: Lewis had successful surgery on his right meniscus, but there is no timetable for a return.

Update: Lewis was officially transferred to the 60 day-IL this past week.

Update: Lewis just had the stitches removed from his recent surgery, but is far from ready to run the base paths.

Update: Lewis has resumed throwing a ball, but hasn’t yet resumed swinging.

Update: Lewis will start swinging and hitting off a tee over the upcoming days.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Justin Dunn – Right shoulder inflammation: 10 day-IL (June 19, 2021)

Original: After having returned from the same injury, Dunn will go back to the IL to rest his shoulder for this recurring injury. Manager Scott Servais believes this to be a longer IL stint as well, meaning owners should be prepared to look elsewhere while they wait.

Update: Dunn will not throw for the next two weeks and will be evaluated at that time.

Update: Dunn has begun a throwing program.

Update: Dunn paused throwing for a few days before resuming, but there was no word yet on how he felt.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Justus Sheffield – Forearm: 10 day-IL (July 9, 2021)

Original: After going on the IL, it was revealed that Sheffield won’t be pitching anytime soon, which is concerning given that it could imply a long-term injury. He will likely remain inactive for the time being and subsequently need time to ramp up his arm when he is healthy as well. He could be out of action for months.

Update: Sheffield began throwing on Friday, but there is no word on if and when he will be able to return.

Update: Sheffield will throw off the mound this weekend in an attempt to take the next step in his recovery.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Jake Fraley – Covid-19: IL (July 21, 2021)

Original: Fraley is on the Covid-19 IL for health and safety protocols after testing positive.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals

Dakota Hudson – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 28, 2021)

Original: Hudson is unlikely to pitch in 2021, though he himself is determined to pitch at some point.

Update: Hudson is now facing live hitters, which is a huge step forward.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

Jordan Hicks – Elbow Inflammation: 60 day-IL (May 14, 2021)

Original: His latest injury will keep him out of action for multiple weeks tampering with any chance he had of being the team’s closer this season. Alex Reyes has done an admirable job instead.

Update: Hicks was transferred over to the 60 day-IL, delaying his return even more, which could now lead into August. He received an injection in said elbow and will need a month of rest before anything else. Alex Reyes has been succeeding as the Cardinals’ closer in 2021.

Update: The good news is that Hicks is now playing catch. The bad news is that he is nowhere close to resuming baseball activities and thus, shouldn’t really be considered much of an option for 2021 production.

Update: Hicks hasn’t started any mound work in his conditioning, and there is speculation that he may not pitch again for the Cardinals in 2021.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

Miles Mikolas – Forearm: 60 day-IL (May 28, 2021)

Original: Despite graduating from this list, Mikolas is back on it with a more serious injury. This week he received a stem cell injection to help treat a small calcification in his right flexor tendon. As a result, he will be reassessed in four to six weeks. One has to wonder if he was rushed back, or if his body just wasn’t ready after missing so much time, as he was recently transferred over to the 60 day-IL. He is droppable in any and all redraft formats.

Update: Mikolas has yet to begin a throwing program, indicating how serious the injury is. he may be a lost cause for 2021.

Update: Mikolas is anticipating an advancement towards bullpen sessions by the All-Star Break, which is somewhat encouraging, given the bleak nature of his injury.

Update: Mikolas threw live batting practice this past week, signaling a step forward in his return. That said, this is the second time that his forearm has been injured, and thus, all steps forward need to be treated lightly.

Update: Mikolas will attempt to throw one more bullpen assignment before heading out for a rehab assignment.

Update: Mikolas will begin a rehab assignment with the Cardinals’ Triple-A affiliate this upcoming weekend.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Jack Flaherty – Oblique: 60 day-IL (June 2, 2021)

Original: Flaherty was removed from his latest outing, after experiencing pain late in the game. He will miss some time with an oblique injury, that manager Mike Shildt called a real strain and a tear. The Cardinals’ rotation is a mess without their ace.

Update: It is expected that Flaherty will remain out of the lineup until at last the All-Star Break, but that could be optimistic.

Update: Flaherty has resumed baseball activities buy playing very light catch, leaving one to believe that he may be gone for even longer than the All-Star Break.

Update: Flaherty was officially transferred over to the 60 day-IL, procedurally to clear up a roster spot.

Update: Flaherty threw a bullpen session on Friday.

Update: Flaherty will begin a rehab assignment with the Cardinals’ Triple-A affiliate this upcoming Tuesday. Great news for someone who has been gone for quite awhile.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Carlos Martinez – Torn thumb ligament: 60 day-IL (July 7, 2021)

Original: Martinez went on the IL midweek, was diagnosed with a torn thumb ligament, and was subsequently transferred to the 60 day-IL, all within 72 hours. This is serious, stay tuned.

Update: Martinez had successful surgery for his thumb. He looks to return in 2022.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

 

Tampa Bay Ray

Nick Anderson – UCL torn ligament: 60 day-IL (March 26, 2021)

Original: Anderson, who is shut down for eight weeks, will be re-evaluated past the All-Star Break, though right now, surgery doesn’t seem necessary. Peter Fairbanks and Diego Castillo look to get the load of save opportunities for Tampa in the meantime.

Update: Anderson has begun throwing, but is nowhere near a return. Still, it is promising that he is throwing a baseball.

Update: Anderson threw off the bullpen mound this past weekend, and is inching closer to a return. He seems to be on track for his original diagnosis of months off.

Update: Anderson threw a live batting practice and apparently felt great.

Update: Anderson will start a rehab assignment with the Rays’ Rookie Level affiliate soon. Keep him on your radar, especially in 2022.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Yonny Chirinos – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (February 22, 2021)

Original: Chirinos will miss the entire 2021 season after having Tommy John Surgery last August.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Chris Archer – Forearm tightness: 60 day-IL (April 10, 2021)

Original: Archer experienced the tightness in the middle of his performance on the mound versus the Yankees and was immediately sent to the injured list. While it doesn’t seem too serious an issue, the Rays are playing it safe. Brent Honeywell has been called up as a corresponding move.

Update: Archer is apparently feeling much better and is eyeing a return to the Rays at the beginning of July. He recently threw ten pitches off a mound.

Update: Archer is anticipating a chance to face live batters this upcoming week.

Update: Archer threw a one inning simulation, but still has a long way to go.

Update: Archer will throw more live sessions before starting a rehab assignment later in the week.

Update: Archer has already appeared in rehab for the Rays’ Triple-A affiliate, and will do so again this weekend. There isn’t much time left before he starts again.

Update: Archer pitched three innings and pitched well in a rehab assignment. It’s unclear how close he is to returning, but one would expect sooner rather than later.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Manuel Margot – Left hamstring strain: 10 day-IL (July 7, 2021)

Original: Removed late in a game last week, he will head to the IL and let his hamstring heal. Due to their depth, the Rays will be fine.

Update: Margot is hitting off of a tee, which is great news. The Rays will continue to mix and match, which could include prospect Vidal Brujan, in the outfield.

Update: Margot played seven innings of rehab ball and is probably ready to return soon.

Level of Concern: One star

 

Tyler Glasnow – Partial UCL tear and flexor strain: 60 day-IL (June 17, 2021)

Original: Glasnow will be gone for awhile after injuring his arm this past week in a game versus the White Sox. He was sent to the 60 day-IL, though he will be resting instead of opting for surgery, which would be Tommy John, costing him months if not years of his career. Glasnow has stated that the lack of substance use was what resulted in the injury as he was overcompensating to get a better grip and overused his arm. Seeing as how dominant he was all season, this is a devastating blow to his fantasy owners who will be scrambling to find a replacement on the waiver wire or through trade. As for the Rays themselves, they now have four left-handed pitchers in their rotation.

Weekly Update: Glasnow will be shut down for four weeks while he receives treatment. Keep in mind, the Rays did something similar for Nick Anderson as they opted to not have surgery, but instead natural healing. While these two injuries aren’t exactly the same, they do both represent tears in the UCL and can be used as somewhat of a guideline of what to expect going forward. That said, Anderson is far from ready to pitch in 2021, and Glasnow can all but be considered finished for 2021 as well.

Update: Glasnow himself seems optimistic that he will be able to return sooner than expected. Whether that translates into medical approval is another story.

Update: Glasnow is playing light catch, which is a good sign. That said, it’s the equivalent of pulling out of your driveway at the beginning of a long road trip.

Update: After more light catch sessions, Glasnow continues to feel great.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

 

Texas Rangers

Jose Leclerc – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 31, 2021)

Original: Leclerc is unable to pitch in 2021.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Jonathan Hernandez – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 30, 2021)

Original: Hernandez was shut down at the beginning of March for four weeks due to a low-grade UCL sprain in his elbow. He was shut down and will be out until June. Projected to be the closer earlier this offseason, Matt Bush and Ian Kennedy will be battling it out to see who gets the most saves. It is by no means a group of players worth rostering since there are so many unknowns.

Update: He underwent successful Tommy John Surgery.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Matt Bush – Elbow Inflammation: 60 day-IL (April 9, 2021)

Original: This is yet another roadblock for the Rangers and their attempt to save games this year. Look for Ian Kennedy to get the bulk of the opportunities.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Ronald Guzman – Right knee meniscus cartilage tear: 60 day-IL (April 13, 2021)

Original: Guzman hurt himself while trying to get out of the way on a pop fly. After being carted off, he was diagnosed with a meniscus tear and will be out for a while.

Update: Guzman was transferred over to the 60 day-IL this past week and will miss the rest of the 2021 season. Adolis Garcia has taken over and should be added due to his production so far.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Willie Calhoun – Left fractured forearm: 10 day-IL (June 27, 2021)

Original: Calhoun suffered the injury after being hit by a pitch, and will now require surgery to repair the damage. He is in line for an extended absence, though no specifics with regards to a timetable have been set.

Update: A timeline for a return in September is possible. Keep posted, though seeing is believing.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

Kirby Yates – Tommy John Surgery: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)

Original: Yates will not pitch this season after receiving Tommy John Surgery for his ailing elbow. Look for Jordan Romano, Julian Mayweather, and Rafael Dolis to get save opportunities, as we see who can emerge as the best closing option.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Julian Merryweather – Left oblique strain: 60 day-IL (April 14, 2021)

Original: It’s a disappointing development for someone who looked incredible while saving games for the Blue Jays. He should slot back as their closer when he returns, though the injury is predicted to be a long-term issue. Until then, Rafael Dolis seems like the next man up.

Update: Merryweather was transferred over to the 60 day-IL, and will be shut down as a result. He is nowhere near a return to the Jays, and may have been an afterthought in the bullpen with regards to saves in 2021.

Update: Merryweather isn’t expected to return until late June, but even that might be optimistic.

Update: Merryweather threw off a mound earlier in the week, but he isn’t guaranteed to reclaim the closer’s role he once had ion and when he returns in 2021.

Update: Merryweather’s side sessions have been described as nice and easy, as there was little intensity involved.

Update: Merryweather had a setback in his recovery and has yet to resume his rehab.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Alek Manoah – Back contusion, 10 day-IL (July 18, 2021)

Original: Manoah was placed on the IL last weekend due to a lower back contusion, but the hope is that he returns this Monday. Be prepared.

Update: It was announced that Manoah will not return from the IL when first eligible early this week.

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

 

Danny Jansen – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (July 23, 2021)

Original: Jansen injured his hamstring this past week versus the Red Sox and is expected to miss significant time. Alejandro Kirk and Reese McGuire will handle the catching duties. If either, or both succeed for larger increments, it wouldn’t be surprising if Jansen, who is arbitration-eligible, may not even make the roster next season, given the team’s depth in the majors and minors at the position.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

 

Washington Nationals

Stephen Strasburg – Neck: 10 day-IL (June 2, 2021)

Original: Strasburg pitched earlier this week and his velocity was down. He was seen rubbing his arm too, and it was revealed that his neck would keep him off the mound for awhile. While it’s unknown how long he will need to return, it’s looking more and more like a lost year for the constantly injured star. Look for Eric Fedde to take his spot in the rotation.

Update: Strasburg has yet to resume throwing, and shouldn’t be back anytime soon.

Update: Strasburg played catch in the outfield this past week,  ut isn’t ready to return just yet. He has a lot of work to do.

Update: Strasburg has a long ways to go despite extending his long tossing distance to 150 feet.

Update: Strasburg threw a 51-pitch bullpen session, as he slowly ramps himself back up to gamely shape.

Update: One day following a 60-pitch outing, Strasburg took part in a heavy duty workout and is now close to a rehab outing.

Update: Strasburg apparently didn’t feel right after last weekend’s simulated game, so he will back off from mound work for the time being. Consider any progress made to be gone for the time being.

Update: Strasburg felt discomfort in his neck and was held back as a result. He shouldn’t be considered for much on the field until 2022.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

Joe Ross – Right forearm inflammation: 10 day-IL (July 8, 2021)

Original: Ross heads to the IL for shoulder inflammation, though it doesn’t seem to be too serious. Health has always been a concern for Ross, so a quick recovery is what’s best for everyone.

Update: Ross continues to feel discomfort in his elbow.

Update: Joe Ross has thrown two bullpen sessions this week, which is promising for the often injured pitcher. Still, tread lightly.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Kyle Schwarber – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (July 3, 2021)

Original: Schwarber was in obvious pain after rounding first base on Friday, and limped off the field in disgust. He underwent an MRI and will miss significant time with the injury. Instead of surgically repairing the issue, he will undergo compression treatment, as well as utilizing rest and strengthening techniques in order ti let the hamstring return to its normal self. This is a massive blow to the Nationals and Schwarber owners everywhere, as he had himself a June and was in the midst of a breakout season.

Update: Schwarber took batting practice this past week, but there is no word on if he is ahead of schedule, meaning that his injury is still a long term one.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Yan Gomes – Oblique: 10 day-IL (July 10, 2021)

Original: Gomes hurt himself on Friday throwing a pitch back, and thus exited the game. It’s unclear how serious the injury is, but the Nationals will miss the production that Gomes was giving them from behind the plate with a respectable batting average and decent power. Tres Barrera and Jackson Reetz will fight for playing time, but neither are restorable unless it’s the deepest of leagues.

Update: There is no timetable for a return by Gomes. In the meantime, the Nationals signed Rene Rivera to hold the fort for the time being.

Update: Gomes took swings inside of a batting cage this past week and could return soon enough. Keep him on your radar in deep two catcher leagues.

Level of Concern: Two stars

Infirmary Report – Week Sixteen

Welcome to the Infirmary Report, a place where all Injury List designations will be listed by team, in an effort to help you organize all of the fantasy relevant injuries that are happening in the world of baseball in 2021. Each week, I’ll be updating the list with the status of players who can help you with your fantasy baseball teams, as well as listing those long term injuries. Here’s hoping that the list of players here doesn’t get too extensive at times, but if it does, here at RotoFanatic we have got you covered. It goes without saying that all players listed here are wished the best in their recoveries.

New: After each player, there will be a Level of Concern ranking from one star to five stars, which will help not only identify one’s estimated time of arrival back to baseball, but also the severity of the injury itself. The rankings are a combination of injury designation, rehab process, injury history with the specific player in question, the team’s need for a replacement and more. It may be subject to change with each and every update for a player, because, the closer that they are to a full recover, the less concern there should be.

Zero stars – a return date has been set

One star – not concerned at all, should be back within the minimum time frame

Two stars – somewhat concerned, could be a week to week sort of injury

Three stars – concerning injury that is likely month to month or more with the possibility of long term ramifications

Four stars – very concerning injury that could impact the player if and when he does return, albeit with a long range ETA

Five stars – beyond concerning, likely on the IL for an extended period, redraft and dynasty ranking ramifications

*Note – most players listed on a team’s Injured List are for injuries sustained in games, in training and in the offseason. However, some players may be listed on a team’s Injured List for Covid-19 reasons and for legal situations that require the authorities. These legal matters constitute a high level of concern for the victims, the players and everyone involved for a multitude of reasons. As such, until these legal matters are resolved, all players will be labelled with N/A.

 

Arizona Diamondbacks

Asdrubal Cabrera – Right hamstring strain: 10 day-IL (July 10, 2021)

Original: No word yet on the severity of the injury, but he will get the ten days off to let it heal. He was sent to the IL in the corresponding move that brought Kole Calhoun back to the big league club.

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

 

Tyler Clippard – Capsule sprain in his right shoulder: 60 day-IL (March 29, 2021)

Original: Clippard said his arm felt weak in his final Spring outing where he didn’t return a batter. His velocity was low and he said that he felt weird. He has since been shut down for six weeks, with a re-evaluation forthcoming. Clippard was going to be a late inning option for holds and some saves, but now his value will have to be waited upon.

Update: Clippard underwent a small procedure in his knee earlier in the month, and has since continued his throwing program.

Update: Clippard has thrown bullpen sessions and is getting closer to the a return.

Update: Clippard made his first relief appearance at the Arizona Complex League this weekend, striking out one batter and surrendering three runs.

Update: Clippard has now been upgraded to the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate for a rehab assignment there.

Level of Concern: Two and a half  stars

 

Luke Weaver – Shoulder discomfort: 60 day-IL (May 18, 2021)

Original: Weaver suffered the injury after pitching on Sunday, and despite optimism that we would return for his next start, the Diamondbacks are playing it safe and giving him ten full days with which to recover. The Arizona rotation is a mess with their current rash of injuries and should likely be avoided.

Update: Weaver was transferred to the 60 day-IL earlier in the week after being diagnosed with a subscapularis strain in the rotator cuff of his right shoulder. The plan for him is to be shut down for one month, then re-evaluate the situation. He’ll then need at least another month of rehabbing in order to be ready for game action. What this means is he won’t be pitching for the Diamondbacks for quite some time and his 2021 season may be a lost cause. Merrill Kelly has done a nice job filling in at the rotation.

Update: Weaver threw a rehab assignment this past weekend. No word on the length or how he felt afterwards, but it is obviously a step in the right direction.

Level of Concern: Three stars

Carson Kelly – Broken Wrist: 10 day-IL (June 19, 2021)

Original: Kelly as of this morning has not yet been placed on the IL, but multiple reports confirmed his broken wrist. This could be good news for Daulton Varsho who hit 2 home runs including a GS Saturday night with the Reno Aces. Stay tuned to the latest on this situation.

Update: Kelly was placed on the IL earlier in the week and will miss some time. Daulton Varsho struggled this past week, even in Colorado, but he is getting the bulk of the playing time and did steal a base. He’s still worth a spot on your bench, if you can afford it, to see if the output can catch up to the potential.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Ketel Marte – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (June 28, 2021)

Original: Marte was placed on the IL after experiencing tightness in his hamstring a few days prior. This is the same hamstring that gave him problems earlier in the season, so the Diamondbacks may keep him away from the team even longer to prevent their superstar from suffering a long term injury. They’re also far away from contending and have no incentive to push forward and start someone only to see him get hurt.

Update: Marte took live at bats from inside the batter’s box recently, but did not run. He will need to test out his hamstring and successfully produce speed before rehabbing or returning to the Diamondbacks.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

 

Atlanta Braves

Travis d’Arnaud – Thumb: 60 day-IL (May 2, 2021)

Original: d’Arnaud collided with Randall Grichuck at home plate and hurt his thumb as a result. It remains to be seen how long of an absence this will be, but for now, William Contreras will be the new Braves catcher.

Update: Despite having no definitive timetable for a return, the Braves are anticipating an early August return by their catcher. William Contreras has certainly held his own at the position in his absence.

Update: d’Arnaud is now swinging off a tee and right on track with regards to his recovery timeframe. An August return still seems likely, though it remains to be seen how well he adjusts when he returns since thumb injuries can be finicky. On top of that, William Contreras has done well, so some playing time may be lost in the shuffle.

Update: d’Arnaud has progressed to swinging a bat with both hands, which is promising for his recovery.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Mike Soroka – Achilles tendon, right foot: 60 day-IL (April 7, 2021)

Original: Still recovering from his injury sustained in 2020, Soroka has thrown simulated games and has been able to move to and from first base a lot more quickly than before. He threw a Spring Training game and struck out two batters in two innings. However, after throwing one inning in an intra-squad game, he felt shoulder inflammation and will be shut down for at least two weeks for re-evaluation.

Update: It was announced late in the week that Soroka’s 2021 season would be over as his recovery from Achilles tendon surgery didn’t go as planned. Later, however, manager Brian Snitker back-tracked on his words and said that he would be re-evaluated in two weeks, thus negating his previous statement. Still, the likelihood of him returning is minimal, and all expectations need to be diminished for him going forward until next season. He will be re-evaluated around the middle of June.

Update: The team announced that they are speculatively considering Soroka to be ready to return from the Injured List in late August. While that is optimistic at best, it is at least better than earlier this year then he was believed to be gone for the remainder of the season.

Update: Soroka is wearing a protective boot around the tendon which is injured, however, that tendon is now fully healed and he has been able to begin throwing as a result.

Update: Soroka suffered a complete re-tearing off his achilles tendon while walking, as he heard a pop, and miss the remainder of the season as he will require surgery. It is unclear at this time the timeline for a possibility to return next year or if the healing process will lend itself to a productive and promising comeback to baseball. He is likely droppable in all formats.

Update: Soroka had successful surgery for his Achilles tendon, and will now take an extensive amount of time to recover. It remains to be seen if he can or will be able to pitch again.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Touki Toussaint – Right shoulder strain: 60-day IL (March 27, 2021)

Original: The promising pitcher suffered another setback and was moved to the 60 day-IL with a right shoulder strain. He may have to wait yet another year before showing anything near the potential he’s thought to have had all these years.

Update: Toussant threw 3.2 innings in a Double-A rehab assignment, which is promising for someone suffering from a shoulder strain. In the long term, Toussant might be better served to be stretched out for long relief, though with the injury woes that the Braves have had in 2020, he may be needed for a spot start here and there. Still, after a long injury, be wary of him returning any value in 2021 as he’s a better dynasty asset for next year and beyond.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Huauscar Ynoa – Broken hand: 60 day-IL (May 17, 2021)

Original: Ynoa hurt his hand while punching a bench in the team’s dugout this past week, and it’s been reported that he will miss extended time, possibly up to two months. The Braves rotation takes a major step back as they need all the help they can get.

Update: It is expected that Ynoa will not be back until at least the middle of August, though even that may be optimistic.

Update: Ynoa has resumed playing catch and has also started long-toss throwing, which is a good sign going forward. That said, he still has a long way to go before returning and shouldn’t be counted on for much going forward until the tail end of the season.

Update: Ynoa will attempt to throw off a mound in the upcoming days.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Marcell Ozuna – Fractured Fingers: 10 day-IL (May 26, 2021)

Original: Ozuna hurt his hand while sliding into third base this week, and will miss extended time as a result. While surgery isn’t necessary, it will be a long road back to recovery for him, and the Braves will undoubtedly miss his bat in the lineup. Guillermo Heredia takes over for now, but keep an eye on prospect Drew Waters to see is he gets called up as an extra bat as well.

Update: Ozuna was arrested on domestic violence charges against his family, and will be away from the team indefinitely.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

Ronald Acuna Jr. – Torn ACL: 60 day-IL (July 11, 2021)

Original: After a horrifying injury in which he was unable to track a fly ball in the outfield, Acuna landed awkwardly on his knee, which buckled as he laid there in pain on the field. He tried to walk off on his own accord, but instead he needed to be carted off of the field. He will miss in between 9-10 months of action as he rehabilitates from his torn ACL. Owners are now scrambling for a replacement of one of the league’s best players.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Ian Anderson – Shoulder: 10 day-IL (July 11, 2021)

Original: Anderson suffered some soreness on his shoulder during outing last weekend, was placed on the IL and will be shut down from throwing for seven to ten days as a result. There is no structural damage to the shoulder in question, and this is done to help the inflammation heal on its own. The already depleted Braves rotation faces yet another hurdle as Atlanta tries to claim the title for most injured team of 2021.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

Chris Davis – Lower back strain: 60 day-IL (March 26, 2021)

Original: Davis continues to be the owner of the worst contract in all of baseball, and is still signed until the end of 2022. He won’t be back until at least the end of May.

Update: Davis underwent arthroscopic left hip labrum surgery and projects to be out for the remainder of the season.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

John Means – Shoulder: 10 day-IL (June 5, 2021)

Original: Means left his start early last weekend, and went to the IL almost immediately. Later in the week, he went for an MRI, but no structural damage was noticed and he avoided the worst case scenario. He still remains on the IL, and has been shut down ever since the injury happened. He will remain so for at least ten days as a precaution.

Update: Means has begun a throwing progression program at their workout facility in Florida, which is a positive next step, but he has not yet done so from a mound. He has already passed the minimum ten days, and will likely need another week as the Orioles don’t want to take any chances with their best pitcher.

Update: It’s looking more and more like Means will not be activated until after the All-Star Break. As such, feel free to stream against the Orioles each and every night and sleep like a baby.

Update: Means will begin a rehab assignment over the weekend, which is promising for the mini breakout of 2021.

Update: Means will be stretching himself out towards three or four innings of work through rehab over the weekend.

Update: Means threw 74 pitches in a recent rehab outing and is ramping up his workload to be MLB ready.

Update: Means is looking like a candidate to be activated this upcoming Tuesday. Be prepared.

Level of Concern: One star

 

Maikel Franco – Ankle: 10 day-IL (July 7, 2021)

Original: Franco has an ailing ankle and will miss a few days before the All-Star Break in order to let it properly heal. He should be back after a minimum stay and ready to play in no time.

Level of Concern: One star

 

Freddy Galvis – Quad: 10 day-IL (June 27, 2021)

Original: Galvis was carted off of the field in Saturday’s game with the Blue Jays. The severity is not yet known, and no roster move had been made official, but Pat Valaika took over for Galvis for the remainder of the game. The Orioles are not that deep offensively and thus, this substantially weakness their lineup as Galvis was one of their best hitters on the year. They may opt to call up a prospect instead.

Update: Galvis is expected to be out of action for one to two months, meaning that his 2021 value could be quite minimal going forward.

Update: Galvis plans on rehabbing very soon, with the anticipation being that he is ready to return to Baltimore by the end of July.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Hunter Harvey – Lat: 10 day-IL (July 2, 2021)

Original: Harvey looks to be on the shelf for at least month after experiencing tightness last week. For someone who was slated to compete for saves in the offseason, this is the second major injury for the young pitcher, as he may not see high leverage situations even when he does return from the injury. He remains a better dynasty, not redraft, option.

Update: Harvey has begun a rehab assignment, with no word yet on progress. Despite not knowing how well he has progressed within said rehab, it’s encouraging nonetheless to know that he’s evolved towards that state.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

 

Boston Red Sox

Ryan Brasier – Left calf strain: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)

Original: Brasier would be an option for the shaky Red Sox bullpen, and may be down the road, but even when returns, it’s up to Matt Barnes and Adam Ottavino to battle it out for saves. Brasier is a deep deep add for potential opportunities should the inconsistent Red Sox closing options falter, albeit well down the road, however. He could be a speculative candidate for holds as well.

Update: Brasier was evaluated at a local medical facility after being hit in the head by a baseball during a simulated game. He is currently recovering from a concussion.

Update: Brasier may be able to begin baseball activities soon enough, as he was getting himself checked out to do so. Still, there are long hurdles that remain before we see him back on the mound, regardless of the doctor’s analysis.

Update: One month later, and Brasier has still not cleared concussion protocols, making him unlikely to return anytime soon, as he will need to ramp up his arm once he feels better.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Chris Sale – Tommy John surgery: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)

Original: As of now, Chris Sale has advanced to throwing from the mound, showing some progression. Pitching coach Dave Bush said that the goal is for Sale to pitch at some point this year, which is a very vague outlook. He has thrown from 120 feet, thus showing some progress, but he is a long way away from contributing on the field. He could very well pitch one inning on the last day of the season, given that quote, or he could be back after the All-Star Break. He is behind schedule, and thus, your expectations of him need to be lowered.

Update: Sale threw a bullpen session this week that impressed manager Alex Cora. Sale also went on record earlier this week claiming that he fully expects to pitch this season, though it remains unclear as to exactly when that will happen. While it’s anyone’s guess as to the timeline, a late August/early September timeline for a return seems the most reasonable.

Update: Sale will throw more bullpen sessions in the upcoming week, with ones scheduled to take place on Tuesday and Friday.

Update: Sale threw his third bullpen session earlier in the week and is scheduled to face live hitters over the weekend. Slowly but surely, he’s getting himself ready to pitch in 2021.

Update: Sale threw 15 pitches to live batters this weekend, using fastballs, sliders and changeups.

Update: Sale himself said that he physically felt great before and after his love batting practise earlier in the week. He felt normal and regular soreness after having moved his arm in all directions, which is a big step forward for him or any pitcher recovering to get back to normal.

Update: It was announced earlier in the week that Sale will not be activated from the 60 day-IL until he is able to throw five to six innings in a row. It’s also unknown if he will be required to do that more than once. He still has quite a ways to go, but is on the right trajectory to provide much needed pitching stability to the Red Sox as they push towards a playoff spot and a possible division title.

Update: Sale attempted to throw two simulated innings over the weekend, which is a good step towards the end game of five innings.

Update: Sale looked and felt good in his recent rehab outing and is optimistically scheduled to make his next rehab start early in the week. So far so good.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Marvin Gonzalez – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (July 16, 2021)

Original: Gonzalez will head to the IL to help heal a hamstring that wouldn’t get better. This opens up some playing time for the surprisingly consistent Like Hernandez as well as the recently called up Jarren Duran.

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

 

 

Chicago Cubs

Rowan Wick – Oblique: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)

Original: Wick has begun ramping up activity as he tries to come back from the injury to his ribs. He’s trying to ramp up his arm for the season, and manager David Ross said that he looked pretty good. When healthy, expect him to be the top setup man, and possibly the next in line for saves should Kimbrel falter. He looks to follow up on last year’s career-best 27% strikeout rate.

Update: Wick has been progressing through a throwing program for the past two weeks, but nothing is yet in place to signify a return to action.

Update: Wick has begun a rehab assignment with the Cubs’ High-A affiliate.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Austin Romine – Wrist: 60 day-IL (May 4, 2021)

Original: Due to a significant sprain to his wrist, Romine was transferred to the 60 day-IL and will be gone for quite a while. Tony Wolters will be the backup to Contreras in the meantime.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

David Bote – Shoulder: 10 day-IL (May 30, 2021)

Original: Bote hurt himself last week sliding into second base, but an MRI showed no fractures, leading the Cubs to believe it will be short term. The Cubs are mixing and matching to see what works in their lineup, with Patrick Wisdom emerging as someone to earn extra playing time due to his recent output. Keep an eye on him and ride the wave until he ultimately comes back down to earth.

Update: The plan is to start Both at a rehab assignment in the upcoming week, though those plans are by no means set in stone.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

 

Chicago White Sox

Eloy Jimenez – Ruptured left pectoral tendon: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)

Original: Jimenez suffered the injury while leaping in an attempt to catch a home run ball in a Spring Training game. The timetable for a full recovery is estimated at costing him much, if not all, of the 2021 season. A crushing blow for the White Sox and those who invested an early-round pick in the slugger. He is expected to be fully healthy come 2022. Options for a replacement for the White Sox include Andrew Vaughn, Leury Garcia or Adam Engel. They could go the free agency route too. Until anything is solidified, expect some sort of a platoon with inconsistent playing time.

Update: Jimenez was cleared this past week to resume baseball activities, which pits him ahead of the original scheduled time off. It is a promising development for one of the team’s best players. Keep your eyes open for any developments there, as a late summer return could be in the works here.

Update: Jimenez was cleared this week to begin a rehab assignment in High-A with the White Sox affiliate, signalling a return in late July could be the latest in which he returns. He has said on record that he feels healthier than he did in Spring Training, bringing about immense optimism for a Chicago team that has suffered so many injuries this season.

Update: Jimenez swatted a home run in his first rehab game and looked great.

Update: Jimenez has moved all the way up to Triple-A and is hitting about as one would expect. No word on how he is feeling physically or endurance-wise yet, but just be prepared as he could get the call at anytime.

Level of Concern: One star

 

Nick Madrigal: Hamstring: 60 day-IL (June 10, 2021)

Original: Madrigal tore his hamstring while trying to beat out a ground ball in a game earlier this week. He stayed on the field for a brief moment before being helped off while placing no pressure on his injured leg. He will remain inactive for at least six weeks, and season-ending surgery has been discussed as a possibility. It is very unfortunate news for him and the White Sox as the rookie was playing well for them and was a key piece to their success. Leury Garcia will see added reps at second base for the White Sox, who have been decimated by long term injuries all season.

Update: Madrigal had successful surgery this past week and will more than likely miss the remainder of the season. Remember him at the end of the season if you can add him for next season.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Luis Robert – Hip Flexor: 60 day-IL (May 4, 2021)

Original: The budding superstar hurt himself while running to first base and suffered the worst-case scenario. He seems likely to miss three to four months and could even require surgery to fix his leg if the tear if in fact there was a de-attachment of the bone. Definitely not what the White Sox would have wanted and it almost ends his season, making him a nice buy-low in 2022. Still, with the two top White Sox outfielders gone for (possibly) the season, the White Sox have remained competitive. It wouldn’t surprise me if they made a trade to acquire someone else to help replace what they have lost.

Update: Robert was officially transferred over to the 60 day-IL this week. He has opted against surgery, and an update on his recovery process will be provided in eight weeks.

Update: Robert was officially cleared to ramp up baseball activities this past week, significantly decreasing the amount of time potentially missed due to injury this year, and giving owners a high sigh of (potential) relief.

Update: Robert took in some live batting practice while also doing some light outfield work while with the White Sox training staff at their Arizona facility this past weekend. He’s slowly getting back to where we all want him, but with hip injuries, it places extra pressure on mobility with every facet of the game (swinging, throwing, planting, power, etc.), making this not only a tricky injury from which to come back from with regards to game strength, but also towards elite ability. Be patient.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Yasmani Grandal – Torn knee tendon: 10 day-IL (July 7, 2021)

Original: Grandal suffered the injury while checking his swing in a game, and will be out four to six weeks following successful surgery on his knee. Due to his age and output this season, he should not be counted on for much offensive output the rest of the way, even when healthy, as it seems possible that the White Sox trade for a replacement behind the plate. While that is pure speculation, it wouldn’t be surprising if it did happen.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

 

Cincinnati Reds

Mike Moustakas – Heel contusion: 60 day-IL (May 20, 2021)

Original: Moustakas left a game last Friday and hadn’t played since then before the move to the Injured List. While reports say that he was feeling better each day, ultimately the decision was made to give him extra time in which to recover. Tyler Stephenson has played 1B a few times since this injury while batting third in the lineup.

Update: Moustakas was running the bases ahead and taking ground balls again, prior to a game earlier this week, but he still hasn’t been cleared. That said, get ready to activate him, as it is speculated that he will return over the Reds’ upcoming road trip.

Update: Moustakas will be relegated to wearing a walking boot for at least a week before the decision will be made about where he will go from there. Until then, remember to roster Jonathan India.

Update: Moustakas was transferred over to the 60 day-IL over the weekend, thus delaying any imminent return.

Update: Moustakas is still dealing with pain in his heal, as the injury doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Nick Senzel – Knee: 60 day-IL (May 21, 2021)

Original: Senzel was expected to be back in the lineup by the weekend, but the Reds opted for the Injured List instead. Tyler Naquin should see more consistent at-bats in the meantime and could be a nice little addition if he’s available.

Update: It is optimistic that Senzel will be able to return in mid-July, though for now that is speculation.

Update: Senzel was transferred to the 60 day-IL last weekend and his return will be substantially delayed.

Update: The latest estimated return date for Senzel is slated for the end of July, and even that is somewhat optimistic. Until he returns, Kyle Farmer looks to receive everyday at bats, but he’s anything but reliable.

Update: Senzel is slowly making his way back, as he has been fielding ground balls, taking fly balls and doing more and more to his overall repertoire of activities that he is capable of doing. What’s interesting to note is that when Manager David Bell was asked about Senzel, he referenced all of his injured players, noting that with only a couple of weeks left in July, he expects “all of those guys” back in August.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Lucas Sims – Elbow: 10 day-IL (June 24, 2021)

Original: Sims will miss about a month after having his elbow examined this past week and it revealed a minor strain. Manager David Bell was relieved, saying that this could have been a lot worse (aka Tommy John Surgery, though he didn’t refer to that by name). As such, the messy Reds’ bullpen gets even messier now with everyone struggling when given the chance to close.

Update: Sims is expected to return to the Reds in late July.

Update: The timeline for a Sims’ return has now been extended with the expectation that it will be in August.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Tejay Antone – Right forearm strain: 10 day-IL (June 26, 2021)

Original: Antone heads back to the IL, this time to help with an actual strain, whereas his last stint was for inflammation. It is conquering in that it is the same forearm, and thus, he could miss more than the two weeks he missed previously. This was hinted by manager David Bell, who it appears will now turn to Amir Garrett to close out games, but he’s been inconsistent in that role at best.

Update: An MRI revealed no structural damage to Antone’s forearm, which is a relief.

Update: Antone recently received a platelet-rich plasma injection injection into his forearm, with the anticipation that it will help him return by late July. The Reds need some stability in their bullpen and Antone can offer it if healthy.

Update: Antone isn’t expected back until August.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Sonny Gray – Rib cage strain: 10 day-IL (July 7, 2021)

Original: Gray heads to the IL just before the All-Star Break to help heal some discomfort in his ribs. Gray himself seemed unconcerned with the severity of the injury, as this could be a loophole sort of way to get an extra body on the main roster, since Gray wasn’t going to pitch before the All-Star Break.

Update: The plan is for Gray to start this weekend for the Reds, but if he does not, expect an early week return.

Level of Concern: Half a star

 

 

Cleveland

Shane Bieber – Right shoulder subscapularis muscle strain: 10 day-IL (June 15, 2021)

Original: Bieber will be shut down for two weeks before being re-evaluated. While the severity of the injury is a work in process, one thing for certain is that owners will be looking elsewhere for pitching production in a season where not many can be relied on for consistency. Be prepared for a longer absence, but for now, playing the streaming game may be the best before doing anything drastic.

Update: Bieber still is not scheduled to throw for at least another week in order to give his body a rest.

Update: Bieber has progressed to doing work with heavy balls, but has not yet resumed throwing normally. While a testicular examination is probably in order at some point, he will be focussing on improving his shoulder strength first and foremost.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Aaron Civale – Finger sprain: 10 day-IL (June 24, 2021)

Original: Civale is expected to miss multiple weeks with an injury to his right middle finger. He will be shut down for up to two weeks before resuming any baseball activities or rehabilitation process. Cal Quantrill emerges as the ace of this team’s rotation, as the Indians desperately need help at a position they once considered their strength. Feel free to stream hitters against this team.

Update: Civale has now begun throwing from 105 feet, which is a good development and the next step forward. He will look to grow his finger grip in an attempt to pitch again soon.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Josh Naylor – Right ankle fracture and dislocation: 60 day-IL (June 28, 2021)

Original: Naylor collided with teammate Ernie Clement and had to be carted off the field due to his injured ankle. He has since undergone surgery, but a returning timetable is still unknown, though it will be a long time until he plays again. Until that time, look for Harold Ramirez to take over, as he is worth rostering for now and should receive everyday at bats.

Update: Naylor was transferred over to the 60 day-IL, as it will be an extended absence for him. It wouldn’t be surprising if we don’t see him back playing baseball until 2022.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Eddie Rosario – Right abdominal strain: 10 day-IL (July 8, 2021)

Original: Rosario injured himself while running out a grand ball this week and will take some time to let it heal. With such an injury depleted outfield, Cleveland has opportunities for players to win themselves some extra work, or even Franmil Reyes if they so desire.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

 

Colorado Rockies

Scott Oberg – Blood clots: 60 day-IL (March 27, 2021)

Original: Oberg underwent surgery to repair blood clotting within his body. He will not be returning anytime soon and his career is in jeopardy.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Ian Desmond – Covid-19 Opt-Out

Original: Desmond opted out for the season due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

Austin Gomber – Forearm tightness: 10 day-IL (June 19, 2021)

Original: Gomber left his last start over a week ago with tightness and went to the IL as a result. He has since played catch as he is trying to make his way back, but manager Bud Black has already indicated that he won’t be returning when he is eligible to do so. That said, he avoided a more serious and long term injury, and Gomber owners can breathe a sigh of relief.

Update: Gomber threw a bullpen session recently and is looking to return, it would seem, just after the All-Star Break.

Update: Gomber threw two simulated innings late in the week, plans on doing so again on Wednesday, and will hopefully make a rehab appearance on Friday, as part of the long range plans set out for Gomber and his return. Things are looking better.

Update: Gomber has begun a rehab assignment with the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate.

Update: Gomber, when asked about how he feels, said that he himself feels ready to come back even if he hasn’t been stretched out in his first start back. Whether or not the Rockies’ training staff agrees is another story.

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

 

Yonathan Daza – Covid-19: IL (July 16, 2021)

Original: Daza is away from the team due to Covid-19 health and safety protocols. He will return when he is healthy and cleared to do so.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

Antonio Senzatela – Covid-19: IL (July 11, 2021)

Original: Senzatela is away from the team due to Covid-19 health and safety protocols. He will return when he is healthy and cleared to do so.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

 

Detroit Tigers

Julio Teheran – Shoulder strain: 60 day-IL (April 11, 2021)

Original: Teheran’s time missed rose quickly, as we went from a possible two-week absence to now at least two months.

Update: Teheran has not yet resumed throwing and has a long way to go to being anywhere close to healthy.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Spencer Turnbull – Forearm tightness: 60 day-IL (June 5, 2021)

Original: Turnbull was pulled from Friday’s start after experiencing a pop during the fourth inning. While it’s being classified as muscular in nature and not ligament related, it’s still something to monitor as he will be evaluated by his team doctors this week. The Tigers now find themselves down two starters, so look for either a promotional call up or bullpen related games this week.

Update: Turnbull is dealing with muscular inflammation, which could take longer than expected. Still, manager A.J. Hinch was pleased with the diagnosis that he received regarding the young pitcher, so perhaps it’s a good sign.

Update: The plan is for Turnbull to return to the Tigers after the All-Star Break, though how much later than that is unknown. That being said, don’t plan on him being back for awhile.

Update: Turnbull has been cleared to resume throwing.

Update: Turnbull was transferred over to the 60 day-IL, delaying his return even more.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Matthew Boyd – Left arm discomfort: 10 day-IL (June 15, 2021)

Original: Boyd left early from a start with discomfort in his arm, and has been undergoing some tests for clarity. For now, consider him gone for at least the ten days, but stay tuned for updates.

Update: Boyd has been diagnosed with muscular tendinitis, and will not return before the All-Star Break.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Michael Fulmer – Right cervical spine strain: 10 day-IL (June 27, 2021)

Original: Fulmer landed on the IL with neck pains, and has since met with an orthopaedic specialist this past week to discuss his future. Nothing imminent or decisive was concluded, but it’s still not a promising way to go about rehabbing.

Update: As a result of his visit to the specialist, it was determined that the neck area is the only part that is injured, and that his shoulder is fine. That is good news in that it is contained in a specific area and not spread out among various parts of the body. That said, for Fulmer to have to go see a specialist about something like this, he must be in a lot of pain and probably unable to pitch for awhile.

Update: Fulmer will throw a bullpen this weekend before seeing live batters.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Daz Cameron – Right toe: 10 day-IL (July 7, 2021)

Original: Cameron will take some time to heal a lingering toe issue. It’s probably better for the speedy Cameron to get this right in order to help him better utilize his best asset, speed, once the Tigers return from the All-Star Break. Akil Baddoo will continue to be the beneficiary of additional and consistent at bats as long as he is playing the way he is.

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

 

Niko Goodrum – Calf: 10 day-IL (July 17, 2021)

Original: Goodrum has been dealing with this calf for awhile, missing parts of last weekend’s series with a lingering injury. Now, with it not going away, he will miss some time to let it heal on it’s own. No word on the severity of the injury, but it doesn’t seem like it’s a major one just yet. Victor Reyes has been recalled and should receive some at bats.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

 

Houston Astros

Pedro Baez – Shoulder: 60 day-IL (April 27, 2021)

Original: Baez had a setback this past week while awaiting a return to action. He felts some tenderness in his shoulder and was subsequently transferred to the 60 day-IL. Ryne Stanek is an add-only in holds leagues as he will take over with semi-high leverage situations.

Update: While Baez has now evolved to throwing from 90 feet away, he has not yet begun to throw from a mound, so his return isn’t anything close.

Update: Baez threw 20 pitches off of a mound earlier this week. While it’s positive progression, it’s turtle-like in its speed. Still, it’s positive nonetheless.

Update: Baez has now thrown up to 31pitches in bullpen sessions, which is a gradual yet steady climb.

Update: Baez threw two batting practise sessions this past week, which is a great sign, since he’s been out for so long and took awhile to get this far.

Update: Baez is up to 25 pitches, as he threw that many in a live batting practice session this past week.

Update: Baez is with the Astros’ Low-A affiliate and rehabbing with one inning appearances.

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

 

Forest Whitley – Tommy John surgery: 60 day-IL  (March 17, 2021)

Original: The promising prospect suffered yet another setback in his young career, this time requiring surgery to fix his UCL, and costing him his entire 2021 season. He’ll look to get back on track for next year, but he may never live up to the hype that followed him to the Astros.

Update: Whitley was officially transferred over to the 60 day-IL this past week.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Josh James – Hip: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)

Original: The ever-so-promising yet often-injured pitcher will miss some time due to a hip injury and a physical setback he suffered recently. Upon returning, look for him to gain the role of a multi-inning reliever to start his season.

Update: Josh James suffered a setback this past week and was subsequently transferred over to the 60 day-IL as a result, thus delaying any return to the Astros this year.

Update: James recently began a rehab assignment with the Astros’ Low-A affiliate.

Update: James will not be activated from the Injured List until after the All-Star Break.

Update: Now with the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate, James is almost ready for a return to Houston. One would guess that it would be for low leverage situations as the Astros’ rotation looks solid and the back end of their bullpen has been reliable.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Justin Verlander – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 17, 2021)

Original: In an attempted comeback, Verlander has started throwing, but is still nowhere near pitching again. He will likely pitch again in 2022 and thus needs to be dropped in all redraft formats for this year.

Update: Verlander has thrown from 90 feet and feels good. Progression…..but still a long way to go.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Alex Bregman – Quad: 10 day-IL (June 16, 2021)

Original: Bregman exited a game early this past week with left quad tightness, and will miss time. There is some speculation that he will be gone for awhile, but the severity of the injury is unknown. While the Astros will look towards Abraham Toro, fantasy owners should look to the waiver wire.

Update: Bregman is at least two to three weeks away from returning to the Astors. In the meantime, Abraham Toro has been holding his own and is worth rostering until he cools off.

Update: Bregman admitted that he is well ahead of schedule after a successful ultrasound on his injured quad. He still remains out with no clear timetable for a return.

Update: Bregman was on the field hitting before an Astros’ game this past week, which is a good sign for a quick return. Look for him to be back just after the All-Star Break.

Update: Bregman anticipates a rehab assignment to begin for him in the middle of July. While the length of it is unknown, it’s good news that there is at least a time frame.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Jose Urquidy – Right shoulder tightness and inflammation: 10 day-IL (July 1, 2021)

Original: Urquidy left his start against the Orioles after diminished velocity and discomfort in his shoulder. He isn’t expected to miss a significant amount of time, which is a relief for the promising young arm. It is speculated that Cristian Javier will replace him in the rotation, as the Astros want to maintain the idea of having six starters pitch for them.

Update: Urquidy will remain shut down from throwing for approximately two weeks, which is somewhat concerning due to the fact that he has been out for awhile.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

 

Kansas City Royals

Adalberto Mondesi – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (June 21, 2021)

Original: Mondesi will go back to the IL with yet another injury to his left oblique. This is the third time he will be on the Injured List this year, and it could be a lengthy one as it’s a recurring injury for him. Since he is a major part of their future, the Royals will want him to be fully healthy with no setbacks, so they could be extra cautious with him. Nicky Lopez continues to be their go-to in 2021, while Mondesi owners continue to be frustrated.

Update: Mondesi took part in some light fielding drills before a Royals’ game this past week, but anticipation and hope for a return anytime soon should be squashed until it actually happens given the injury history of the stud shortstop. Don’t hold your breath for a return, or exhale in too relaxed a state when he does return, since he could be back on the IL at any point.

Update: Mondesi is apparently progressing well and is swinging the bat in his efforts to return. With how fragile he has been in 2021, it’s unclear as to when he will make it back into the Royals’ lineup.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

 

Los Angeles Angels

Mike Trout – Calf: 10 day-IL (May 18, 2021)

Original: Trout hurt himself while running the bases on a popup to end an inning. He immediately had to go to the dugout and knew it was the worst. This injury could cost him six to eight weeks of action, leaving the Angels with a massive hole to fill. Their makeshift outfield right now consists of Justin Upton, Taylor Ward, and Josh Rojas. While all three are players that should be added, that reason is purely based on the quantity of games projected to be played rather than the quality of their performances. Speculation has risen about prospects Brandon Marsh and Jo Adell getting the call to take over in the outfield, but both have problematic holes in their games that must be fixed before arrival. It’s not an ideal situation, but we could see Ohtani gain OF eligibility soon too, due to their impending road trip to the National League and their lack of bodies with a bat.

Update: Trout is now working out with more intensity and will begin jogging soon. That said, he has quite a few more hurdles to overcome before considering a date for a return.

Update: The Angels feel that Trout is about a month away from returning, leading one to believe that a return in the middle of July right after the All-Star Break is in order. If you can somehow buy low on him from owners who need healthy bodies, the window is closing.

Update: Another week passes by and Trout has still not resumed baseball activities.

Update: Trout threw from 90 feet and took swings from a tee. He is getting closer to a return, which has always been anticipated to be right after the All-Star Break.

Update: It has not yet been determined if Trout will require a rehab outing before returning to the Angels, but if he does, don’t expect it to last long. Whether or not it does happen, it will be after the All-Star Break.

Update: Trout’s calf is just about fully healed, but there is not a rehab outing scheduled. It is unclear if this means that he will need one, or if he will pass over it before returning. One would guess that we will see him playing with one of the Angels’ minor league affiliates at some point before returning to the Angels.

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

 

Franklin Barreto – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 31, 2021)

Original: Barreto was looking to make camp and play a utility role, but instead likely gives way to Luis Rengifo to take over that role.

Update: Barreto will miss ten to twelve months of action after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Luke Bard – Hip: 60 day-IL (April 8, 2021)

Original: Bard got season-ending surgery for his hip and will not pitch in 2021.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Dexter Fowler – Knee: 60 day-IL (April 13, 2021)

Original: Fowler was transferred to the 60 day-IL and will remain out for a while. Even when he does come back, the Angels’ outfield could already be set with their promising youth.

 

Justin Upton – Right lower-back strain: 10 day-IL (June 25, 2021)

Original: Upton will head to the IL to fully heal his bad back. It doesn’t look likely that he will miss more than the minimum time as he was slated to return before the roster move became official. That said, the Angels’ outfield becomes even more uninspiring and they have two potentially game-changing prospects almost ready for a promotion. Keep your eyes and ears open.

Update: Upton is slated to return this weekend. If he does not, look for it to be close to the beginning of the upcoming week.

Update: Upton won’t be activated until after the All-Star Break.

Level of Concern: One star

 

Anthony Rendon – Left hamstring strain: 10 day-IL (July 7, 2021)

Original: Rendon will go to the Injured List for a third time, this time for a hamstring injury. His lower half body has been in pain all over the place this season, prompting one to believe that this either won’t be the last trip to the Injured List or that this will be a long trip. Either way, he has struggled to get going in 2021 but is too good with too long of a track record to be this bad for this long.

Update: Rendon apparently suffered a setback during his recovery, and his return is being delayed for weeks.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

 

Los Angeles Dodgers

Corey Seager – Fractured hand: 10 day-IL (May 15, 2021)

Original: Seager got hit on the hand by a pitch and MRI results revealed a fracture. He will be out of commission for quite some time. It looks like Gavin Lux will take over at shortstop, Max Muncy will slide over to second base and Yoshi Tsutsugo will be their first baseman for now.

Update: Manager Dave Roberts said earlier this week that Seager is about two weeks away from beginning a rehab assignment. Encouraging news and something with which owners can target on their calendar, as the talented Seager has certainly been missed. In his absence, Chris Taylor and Gavin Lux have excelled.

Update: Seager will begin his rehab assignment late next week in Arizona, giving the Dodgers optimism that he will be back in the lineup before the All-Star Break. With nothing set in stone, this timeline is fluid at best.

Update: Seager successfully took batting practice on Friday, which is obviously good news, especially when dealing with a hand injury.

Update: Seager is progressing as planned, and looks to be back just after the All-Star Break in mid-July.

Update: Seager continued to rehab by taking batting practise and fielding ground balls from the shortstop position over the weekend.

Update: The plan is for Seager to return just after the All-Star Break.

Update: Seager’s return post All-Star Break will be delayed somewhat due to an impending rehab assignment. While he will be on the Dodgers soon enough, testing out the fractured hand is important.

Update: Seager will be taking live at bats during simulated games this upcoming weekend. He still hasn’t been given a rehab designation, so that needs to come before an return is anticipated.

Update: There was some hope that Seager would return this upcoming Monday, but that has now dissipated as he is scheduled to partipcate in a simulated game for that day.

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

 

Jimmy Nelson – Left lumbar strain: 10 day-IL (July 9, 2021)

Original: Nelson has been one of the best non-closing relievers in baseball this year, but will miss time due to the injury. It is unknown as to whether or not he will miss more than the minimum time, but it is known that he will be missed by the Dodgers’ depleted pitching staff.

Update: It is hoped that a return on July 19 is in the cards for Nelson.

Level of Concern: One star

 

Clayton Kershaw – Left forearm inflammation: 10 day-IL (July 7, 2021)

Original: Following an MRI, forearm inflammation was determined, which could be a long term issue, given the wear and tear on his arm and his age. Should the Dodgers need help, they have plenty in their farm system with which to trade, as well as a deep enough bullpen to help add up innings within a game.

Update: There is no timetable for a ramping up of Kershaw, leading one to believe his time off will be extended. Highly touted prospect Josiah Gray, among others, have been discussed as a possibility to pitch in his place for either a spot start or even more.

Update: Kershaw expects to play catch at some point this week. However, with seven days in a week, this could mean a plethora of things.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Tommy Kahnle – Elbow, 60 day-IL (March 25, 2021)

Original: The former Yankee was signed this past off-season and required Tommy John surgery for his elbow. He is unlikely to pitch in 2021 as a result and cleared the way for the Dodgers to sign Jimmy Nelson.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Victor Gonzalez – Plantar fasciitis, 10 day-IL (July 6, 2021)

Original: The Dodgers’ bullpen takes a hit here as Gonzalez was heavily (and possibly over) used as of late, and could use a break to help heal not only his ailing foot, but his arm as well.

Update: Gonzalez threw a live bullpen session on Friday. It’s looking like a minimum stay on the Injured List.

Update: A Low-A rehab assignment is in the works for Gonzalez. He should be back shortly.

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

 

Caleb Ferguson – Elbow, 60 day-IL (March 18, 2021)

Original: He is recovering from his second Tommy John surgery and is unlikely to pitch in 2021 as a result.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Corey Knebel – Lat: 60 day-IL (April 24, 2021)

Original: Knebel was placed on the IL with a lat injury that is quite significant. He felt discomfort while pitching on Friday, and manager Dave Roberts has gone on record saying that this injury could keep him sidelined for months. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him transferred over to the 60 day-IL at some point.

Update: Knebel was transferred over to the 60 day-IL this week as his injury will take a while to heal.

Update: Knebel is able to play catch from 90 feet, but is still not close to returning as he will need to pass other tests first. Still, it’s encouraging for the reliever in his bid to come back.

Update: There is speculation that Knebel could return to the Dodgers by the end of August, but nothing is set in stone. Still, he would be a valuable bullpen asset should the Dodgers need him come the postseason.

Update: Knebel will throw 18 pitches in a simulated game on Monday of this upcoming week. This is the first real step back on the road to recovery.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Dustin May – Arm: 60 day-IL (May 2, 2021)

Original: May felt a shooting sensation in his arm following a pitch, and was taken out of the game as he couldn’t continue. He was immediately placed on the IL and will undergo an MRI on Monday. It remains to be seen how the Dodgers address this situation going forward within their rotation, as now all of Gonsolin, Price, and May are on the IL.

Update: May will undergo Tommy John Surgery on May 11, thus ending his 2021 season and putting a major dent in his 2022 value. He was officially transferred over to the 60 day-IL as a result.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Edwin Rios – Right shoulder: 10 day-IL (May 7, 2021)

Original: Rios was placed on the IL to deal with the pain in his shoulder. This being completely healed may give Rios the spark he needs, as he was thought to have been a major threat to Justin Turner at third base, but has instead hit .078 to start the year.

Update: Rios has undergone his surgery and is recovering from home.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

 

Miami Marlins

Elieser Hernandez – Right quad strain: 60 day-IL (June 4, 2021)

Original: After making his return from a bicep injury, Hernandez subsequently hurt his right quad while running the bases and will go back on the 60 day-IL for a different ailment from his first. While it’s encouraging that his previous injury wasn’t the result of this IL time, it’s discouraging because he has yet to stay healthy and prove how talented he can truly be.

Update: Hernandez was cleared to begin some light tossing while also being able to use a limited range of motions workouts this week. It’s the first of many steps in the recovery process for the often injured starter.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

Brian Anderson – Right shoulder subluxation: 60 day-IL (May 25, 2021)

Original: Anderson will miss multiple weeks after the MRI on his shoulder showed significant damage. He may be out until at least June, but it wouldn’t be surprising if he’s gone into the All-San Break as well. Look for Jon Berti to get some additional at-bats and play at third base for a while. His speed could come in handy if owners are looking for steals.

Weekly Update: Anderson is recovering nicely and will start a hitting progression program, upping the intensity and frequency of swings until he is game ready. Slowly, but surely, Anderson is getting there.

Weekly Update: Anderson was transferred over to the 60 day-IL earlier this way, thus delaying any return to the Marlins.

Update: Anderson has participated in some light tossing and fielding drills.

Update: Anderson began a rehab assignment with the Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate this weekend. No word on how long the Marlins feel he will need. Only time will tell, but his return should be soon enough,

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Jesus Sanchez – Undisclosed: 10 day-IL (July 16, 2021)

Original: With no designation, Covid-19 is suspected, but nothing verified. Stay tuned.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

Pablo Lopez – Rotator Cuff: 10 day-IL (July 17, 2021)

Original: Lopez will miss some time due to an injury from which he has suffered before. In the past, he missed multiple weeks, and that is probably what is to be expected here as well. No word yet on the severity, but it would be surprising if he returns before September.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

Lorenzo Cain – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (June 1, 2021)

Original: Cain will require some time to heal with a hamstring strain. One would think a year off from playing compounded with age has something to do with this.

Update: Cain will return at the very earliest at the start of July, though that is merely an optimistic timeline.

Update: Cain ran the bases earlier this week and progressed to taking swings in the batting cage.

Update: Cain will be starting a rehab assignment this weekend, in the hopes of being able to return after the All-Star Break.

Update: It is expected that Cain continue his rehab assignment through this weekend.

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

 

Travis Shaw – Shoulder: 60 day-IL (June 9, 2021)

Original: Shaw hurt himself after diving for a ball at third base, and was immediately left in pain. Over the following few days, he was slated to attempt to heal without having surgery and transferred over to the 60 day-IL. It wouldn’t be surprising if he is out until for the year. Recently acquired Hunter Strickland took his place on the 40-man roster, while Daniel Robertson, Pablo Reyes and Jace Peterson will get a shot to emerge as the leader at third until Kolten Wong returns, which would lead to Luis Urias playing third base.

Update: Shaw fielded ground balls and played catch for the first time in a long time, and is taking the next step towards a return, though the nature of that return is a long ways away.

Update: Shaw will take on-field batting practice, beginning this week, in an attempt to return soon enough. Good news here.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Daniel Vogelbach – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (June 25, 2021)

Original: Described as significant, Vogelbach will be out approximately six weeks recovering from this injury, as he was seen limping home earlier this week. It wouldn’t be surprising if his designation was changed to a 60 day-IL stint within a few weeks. Keston Hiura was recalled to replace him on the roster and should see time at first base. Buyers need to be reminded of his strikeout rate, which was still prevalent in the minors each and every time he was demoted.

Update: Vogelbach took some at bats prior to a game this week, but he isn’t close to a return.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Devin Williams – Elbow: 10 day-IL (July 17, 2021)

Original: No word on the severity or extent of the injury, but an MRI revealed no structural damage, so it doesn’t appear to be too serious. Still, owners shouldn’t be expecting him back after a minimal stay either with so much unknown right now.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

 

Minnesota Twins

Edward Colina – Inflammation, right elbow: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)

Original: The hard-throwing bullpen piece for the Twins felt inflammation and hasn’t yet pitched in 2021. Thought to be a setup man, he will need additional time before making that a reality. The Twins have plenty of other bullpen options and can afford to wait.

Update: Colina underwent arthroscopic debridement of his posterior elbow, but remains out indefinitely.

Level of Concern: Four and a half stars

 

Jake Cave – Back: 60 day-IL (May 15, 2021)

Original: Cave was placed on the 60 day-IL, almost immediately, due to a fracture in his back. As such, this accelerates the impact both Alex Kirilloff and Trevor Larnach will have on the Twins’ roster going forward, as there will be more opportunities to play and shine.

Update: Despite playing catch before a minor league game earlier this week, he still has a long way to go before returning.

Update: Cave will begin a rehab assignment with the Twins’ Triple-A affiliate during the All-Star Break.

Update: Cave began a rehab assignment this past week, and has displayed power and patience at the plate. He looks almost ready to return.

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

 

Mitch Garver – Groin: 10 day-IL (June 2, 2021)

Original: Garver hurt his groin in a game late last week and subsequently received surgery for it almost immediately afterwards. While a 60 day-IL stint hasn’t officially been ruled out, it seems unlikely at this time. That said, it’s serious enough to say that he will be out for weeks. Look for Ryan Jeffers to get himself back on track with this bump in playing time.

Update: Garver won’t ramp up any activity over the next few weeks, leaving one to believe that he will be shut down for awhile. Ryan Jeffers has done well in his spot.

Update: Garver is nowhere near returning. He has not had the stitches removed form the surgery at his groin, nor has he resumed any baseball activities. Consider him week to week if not month to month. Ryan Jeffers is hot right now and should be rostered in all two catcher leagues, at the very least.

Update: Garver has resumed baseball activities.

Update: Garver is not expected to be back until past the All-Star Break, but even then, it may not be immediate, as this is a significant injury. Even when he does return, it remains to be seen how he will be physically able to maintain himself behind the plate.

Update: Garver is anticipating a rehab assignment next week, but nothing has yet been set in stone.

Update: Garver has done well during his rehab assignment and is looking almost ready to return. While one would assume it’s any day now, it’s a tricky situation for a catcher who uses his groin on every pitch.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Randy Dobnak – Right middle finger strain: 60 day-IL (June 21, 2021)

Original: The severity of the injury is unknown at this time, but he is eligible to return early in July. Bailey Ober has been serviceable in his absence.

Update: Dobnak is travelling with the team, which is encouraging. He has yet to start throwing though, which is discouraging.

Update: Dobnak felt discomfort while throwing and will be halted for the time being.

Update: Dobnak’s injury status was moved to the 60 day-IL over the weekend, signalling a delay in his return.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Byron Buxton – Fractured hand: 10 day-IL (June 22, 2021)

Original: Buxton took a pitch off the hand went to the IL as a result. He suffered what’s called a “boxer’s fracture”, which is a fracture of the base of the fifth metacarpal of his left hand. No surgery is required for him, but he will miss well more than the ten day minimum, giving guys like Alex Kirilloff and Trevor Larnach more playing time.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

 

New York Mets

Carlos Carrasco – Hamstring: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)

Hurt during some conditioning drills, Carrasco was set to miss 6-8 weeks, which translates to 4-6 weeks of the actual season when it’s all said and done. He threw two innings in a simulated game, which showed some progress. David Peterson and Joey Lucchesi will have a chance to take over in the rotation and attempt to solidify themselves as a long-term solution in the meantime. Here’s hoping the best for Carrasco, who has overcome so much in order to be back in baseball.

Update: Carrasco’s throwing program was paused in order to allow him to receive a patent-rich plasma injection in his injured hamstring. It is both worrisome and encouraging for Carrasco that he is able to receive all of this treatment, but at the same time, having so many setbacks leads one to believe that a better comeback story would be for him to debut with the Mets in 2022.

Update: Carrasco has been cleared to restart his throwing program, though there is no indication of when a return to the Mets would be happening.

Update: Carrasco threw a light bullpen session over the weekend as he continues to fight and claw his way back into health in his bid to pitch in 2021.

Update: Carrasco has upgraded himself to now throwing full bullpen sessions. His return is coming, slowly but surely, but given the previous setbacks he sustained, nothing is for sure.

Update: Carrasco threw a full bullpen session for the Mets, and his fastball velocity was in midseason form. While he is poised to start for the Mets later this month or early next month, a collective step back in anticipation is warranted since he was on track earlier this season and suffered a setback.

Update: Carrasco will ramp up his bullpen sessions in an attempt to return posy All-Star Break.

Update: Carrasco could actually rejoin the Mets before being fully stretched out. Owners should tread lightly here, as it’s a bit troubling that they may be rushing him back into action before he’s ready.

Update: Carrasco threw 27 pitches ins a High-A rehab outing this past week. Slowly but surely…..as it should be with Carrasco.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Noah Syndergaard – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL

Original: Syndergaard recently threw off a mound to a live batter, with no swings, in his latest step forward to a full recovery. In that bullpen session, he hit 97mph on the radar gun. While a June return seems optimal, a post-All-Star Break seems likely, though it remains to be seen how he continues to progress.

Update: Syndergaard went from a possible four-inning rehab outing to having to pause after just one inning, after experiencing discomfort. He will stop throwing altogether for the next four to six weeks and will be reassessed then, though MRI results indicate that there was no structural damage to the UCL. Still, he seemed to be rushing a return as many Tommy John injuries require closer to the 18-month timeline to maintain status as “back to normal” and Syndergaard was along with the 14-month schedule. If anything, this sets him back at least to not contributing at all in 2021, and possibly some of 2022.

Update: Syndergaard has been lightly throwing for about a week, at about a maximum of 75 feet, and will expand towards throwing off of a slope within the next two weeks. This is one week ahead of schedule for Syndergaard.

Weekly Update: Syndergaard has been throwing and playing catch off of flat ground lately, but still has a long way to go before even considering a return.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Jose Martinez – Torn meniscus, left knee: 60 day-IL

Original: Martinez tore his meniscus at first base and is expected to miss up to four months as he recovers. Without a DH in the National League, Martinez seems destined to remain on the waiver wire while playing for a deeply talented Mets team.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Dellin Betances – Shoulder: 60 day-IL

Weekly Update: Betances was placed on the IL after experiencing soreness following a rough start to the season. He has yet to begin throwing, as an extended absence seems likely here. While Trevor Hildenberger took his spot on the roster, it’s Trevor May that’s the one to keep an eye on for occasional saves and holds.

Update: Betances was transferred to the 60 day-IL, as his injury will require extended time to heal. He recently threw a side session but is still a long way away from returning.

Update: Betances threw a 21 pitch scoreless outing in Low-A earlier in the week but will need more seasoning than that before returning.

Update: Betances has gone from Double-A to Triple-A over the Past week and is getting close to being a force in the Mets’ rotation.

Update: Betances suffered a setback and has undergone surgery on his shoulder, which will cost him the rest of the 2021 season. His days as a reliable source for high leverage gameplay are long gone and he may not be the same for quite awhile.

Level of Concern: Four and a half stars

 

Joey Lucchesi – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (June 19, 2021)

Original: Lucchesi felt some inflammation in his elbow following a recent start. During the game it began to bother him, though that was the first time it had started. Robert Gsellman takes over for him in the rotation, though it’s anyone’s guess how well that will turn out. Owners are encouraged to look elsewhere for replacement value, such as streaming daily.

Update: Lucchesi had successful Tommy John Surgery and was placed on the 60 day-IL. As a result, he will miss all of 2021 and probably won’t be someone worth rostering until 2023.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

David Peterson – Grade one or Grade two oblique strain: 10 day-IL (July 3, 2021)

Original: After experiencing side soreness and placed on the IL, Peterson was then diagnosed with a more serious oblique strain, which could cost him months of the season. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him transferred over to the 60 day-IL at some point, as these injuries take time to heal.

Update: Peterson has upgraded to playing catch, but that is near the top of the list of things to do before pitching for the Mets again.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Francisco Lindor – Grade 2 oblique strain: 10 day-IL (July 17, 2021)

Original: Lindor originally pulled the muscle while swinging a bat earlier this week, at which time he couldn’t even run to first base. What was once considered day-to-day is now a week-to-week thing, with no real timetable for a return. One would anticipate at least a month before Lindor is back in the Mets’ lineup.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

 

New York Yankees

Aaron Hicks – Wrist: 60 day-IL (May 15, 2021)

Original: Hicks heads to the IL after tearing the tendon sheath in his wrist. He has been taking anti-inflammatory medication to stop the pain, and is doing better, but will still require some time off in order to let it heal. Clint Frazier is likely to see an uptick in at-bats here with more of an opportunity to prove his worth. He’s worth an end-of-the-bench stash.

Update: Hicks was officially placed on the 60 day-IL earlier this week, and is expected to miss the remainder of the season. Look for Clint Frazier to be given the opportunity to prove to the team that he’s got what it takes.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

Luis Severino – Tommy John Surgery; Groin: 60 day-IL (March 16, 2021)

Original: Severino has been throwing off a mound, and has started to throw sliders, which is the next step in his progression. Still, while he’s looking to return at some point this year, but really shouldn’t be counted on for too much.

Update: Severino suffered a groin injury during his rehab outing over the weekend, and will undergo an MRI to see the severity of the situation. Keep posted throughout the week as this could have 2021 ramifications.

Update: Due to his Grade 2 groin strain, Severino’s anticipated return at the end of June has now been delayed about a month.

Update: Severino played light catch prior to a Yankees game over the weekend.

Update: The plan is for Severino to begin mound work within the next week or two. Starting from scratch again. See if you can buy low for 2022.

Update: The Yankees are targeting July 4 as the return date for Severino to throwing off of a mound.

Update: Severino threw off the mound this past weekend, and apparently felt great. While this is encouraging news, he does face the tough battle of not only rehabbing his surgically repaired elbow but also slowly rehabbing his groin area as well. He will need to learn how to step off the mound through his wind up and release and effectively use all of his body in order to effectively pitch. This can be a tricky and time consuming endeavour.

Update: Severino has already thrown one bullpen session and will throw another one next week.

Update: Severino will attempt to face live hitters in the upcoming days and/or weeks.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Clarke Schmidt – Elbow: 60 day-IL (April 3, 2021)

Original: He’s likely to begin throwing again soon, but he won’t be rushed.

Update: Schmidt has been throwing nothing but fastballs in his bullpen sessions. When he starts to feel comfortable mixing his pitches is when you, the owners, should start getting your interest up.

Update: Schmidt used all of his pitches in a recent bullpen session and may move onto either a simulated game, live at bat or a rehab session soon.

Update: The plan is for Schmidt to throw two innings off of a mound over the weekend.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Corey Kluber – Right shoulder strain: 60 day-IL (May 27, 2021)

Original: Kluber is expected to miss at least two months after an MRI revealed a strain of the subscapular muscle of his right shoulder. He will be shut down from throwing for at least four weeks before being ramped back up. This is assuming that he suffers no setbacks at all. Deivi Garcia will start inches place in the meantime but will need to prove that he is better than what he;’s shown thus far in order to be counted on.

Update: Kluber will begin a throwing program shortly, though the original timeline for his eventual return hasn’t yet changed. He was officially placed upon the 60 day-IL over the weekend.

Update: Kluber began a throwing program earlier in the week, and is also throwing from 60 feet. Still, he has a long way to go before returning.

Update: Kluber can now throw from 75 feet, but will still require a lot of time and patience before returning. The same applies to anyone who owns him, as he is not expected back in the rotation until August or September.

Update: Kluber has been throwing from 90 feet for the last week, which is a next step forward to a return, which shouldn’t be anticipated for quite awhile, despite the progression.

Update: Kluber isn’t expected to return to the Yankees until at least September.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

Clint Frazier – Vertigo: 10 day-IL (July 1, 2021)

Original: Frazier has suffered from vertigo and has been placed on the IL. It is unknown who long he will be gone, as the condition differentiates between different people. That said, the recently acquired Tim Locastro has a good chance to succeed here.

Update: After undergoing tests, nothing abnormal was revealed regarding Frazier and his vertigo, but another round of tests is on tap to further evaluate the young hitter. Even when he does return, there’s no guarantee that he receives many at bats until he produces with consistency.

Update: While vertigo has been ruled out as a cause for Frazier’s dizziness, not much else is known why, so further tests will be administered to get to the root of the problem,. This is concerning.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Miguel Andujar – Wrist strain: 10 day-IL (July 11, 2021)

Original: Andujar has been nursing a sore wrist for the better part of a week, and will not hit the Injured List to let it heal. The All-Star Break will be a perfect time for him to get some rest and hopefully come back stronger than ever next weekend when he can be activated.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Jonathan Loaisiga – Covid-19: IL (July 11, 2021)

Original: Loaisiga is away from the team due to Covid-19 health and safety protocols. He will return when he is healthy and cleared to do so.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

Luke Voit – Knee: 10 day-IL (July 16, 2021)

Original: Voit heads back to the IL, for a third time in 2021, this time for inflammation in his left knee. It’s quite conquering in that he had a torn meniscus in the same knee earlier this season, and continues to have problems here. Reports are indicating that it could be a bone bruise too. The Yankees have a current Covid-19 situation too, so any healthy players will receive at bats for the time being.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Kyle Higashioka – Covid-19: IL (July 16, 2021)

Original: Higashioka has tested positive for Covid-19 and will be out for the time being. He is one of many on the team suffering from this and healthy bodies will receive playing time.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

Gio Urshela – Covid-19: IL (July 16, 2021)

Original: Urshela has tested positive for Covid-19 and will be out for the time being. He is one of many on the team suffering from this and healthy bodies will receive playing time.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

Aaron Judge – Covid-19: IL (July 16, 2021)

Original: Judge has tested positive for Covid-19 and will be out for the time being. He is one of many on the team suffering from this and healthy bodies will receive playing time.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

Jonathan Loaisiga – Covid-19: IL (July 16, 2021)

Original: Loaisiga has tested positive for Covid-19 and will be out for the time being. He is one of many on the team suffering from this and healthy bodies will receive playing time.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

Wandy Pearlta – Covid-19: IL (July 16, 2021)

Original: Peralta has tested positive for Covid-19 and will be out for the time being. He is one of many on the team suffering from this and healthy bodies will receive playing time.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

Nestor Cortes – Covid-19: IL (July 16, 2021)

Original: Cortes has tested positive for Covid-19 and will be out for the time being. He is one of many on the team suffering from this and healthy bodies will receive playing time.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

 

Oakland Athletics

Trevor Rosenthal – Shoulder: 60 day-IL (April 8, 2021)

Original: A devastating blow to the Athletics, Rosenthal contracted the rare baseball injury and will need an extended time in order to recover from it. He will now wait an additional eight weeks for a follow-up to see if there has been any progress in his recovery. In the meantime, the A’s will be mixing and matching while employing some sort of a closer-by-committee. Look for one of Trivino, Diekman, or Romo to emerge as the safest option of all, but it’s hard to tell who will.

Update: Rosenthal is taking part in a strengthening program, but has yet to begin throwing.

Update: Rosenthal is able to take part in all baseball activities and will soon enough begin a throwing program. It is unclear as to whether or not he will take back the closing position he one owned, so be careful if trying to acquire him. Essentially, don’t pay pre-injury full price.

Update: Rosenthal will undergo season-ending surgery this upcoming week.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Seranthony Dominguez – Elbow: 60 day-IL (February 17, 2021)

Original: Dominguez may pitch again in 2021, but it’s not set in stone. He may have been an option for some saves had Neris faltered, but now getting healthy is his number one priority.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Alec Bohm – Covid-19: IL (July 11, 2021)

Original: Bohm is away from the team due to Covid-19 health and safety protocols. He will return when he is healthy and cleared to do so.

Update: Bohm tested positive for Covid-19, meaning that he will be away for ten days.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

Aaron Nola – Covid-19: IL (July 11, 2021)

Original: Nola was placed on the Covid-19 IL for health and safety protocols and will miss time until he is healthy and cleared.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates

Steven Brault – Lat strain: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)

Original: Brault will be shut down from throwing and baseball activities for about a month after suffering the injury in a Spring game. Likely non-surgical, it is a procedure that will take about 10 weeks to heal before a return. He may go into the Pirates’ rotation when he starts up again.

Update: Brault is now throwing side sessions.

Update: Brault recently threw a 30 pitch side session and looks to be getting closer to a rehab outing.

Update: Brault threw his first live batting practice earlier in the week.

Update: Brault threw a one inning simulation this past week. Why are there so many updates for Steven Brault?

Update: Brault will begin a rehab outing for the Low-A affiliate of the Pirates this week.

Update: Brault threw 1.2 innings of scoreless baseball in a rehab outing this past week, recording three strikeouts.

Update: Brault has now moved over to the Pirates’ Triple-A affiliate to continue his rehabbing there.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Blake Cederlind – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 24, 2021)

Original: After suffering a UCL strain, Cederlind had Tommy John Surgery and will miss the 2021 season.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Colin Moran – Fractured left wrist 10 day-IL (July 1, 2021)

Original: It’s a significant enough injury than what the Pirates initially thought, and thus, Moran will miss more than the ten day minimum. Look for Philip Evans to get more playing time.

Update: Moran’s wrist is decreasing in soreness, but he still needs time off to let it heal.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

 

San Diego Padres

Adrian Morejon – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (April 22, 2021)

Original: Morejon injured his arm while pitching in a game, and went to the IL. Keep an eye on him, as it could lead to Tommy John Surgery, but that’s just speculation.

Update: Morejon had Tommy John Surgery and was transferred to the 60 day-IL, ending his 2021 season.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Mike Clevinger – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (February 18, 2021)

Original: Clevinger will miss the entire 2021 season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery in the offseason.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Austin Nola – Knee: 10 day-IL (May 28, 2021)

Original: Nola will lose some time while nursing his injured knee. It is only a mild knee strain, so it remains to be seen if he will be gone for more than ten days. Look for Victor Caratini to take over the bulk of the catching duties in the meantime.

Update: A timelines of late June or early July has been the basis for how Nola will be evaluated.

Update: Nola has about two weeks to go before starting a rehab session. Victor Caratini remains the primary catcher for the Padres, but shouldn’t be a primary fantasy option.

Update: Nola did some catching work and took part in batting practice earlier in the week.

Update: Nola has now caught a bullpen session and participated in a long toss session as well. Be prepared as he could be ready anytime.

Update: Nola is in the midst of a rehab assignment with the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate, and is aiming for a return shortly after the All-Star Break.

Update: Nola played seven innings in a rehab game last week, as he is getting ready to return.

Update: Nola was a designated hitter in his rehab assignment.

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

 

Dinelson Lamet – Forearm inflammation: 10 day-IL (June 27, 2021)

Original: Originally believed to be fatigue, it was revealed later to be forearm inflammation, and the decision was made to shut Lamet down for awhile. He came into the season as a prospectively injury-prone player, but has defied the odds. He may eventually return to long inning status, but for now he is considered to be a long reliever type pitcher who is unlikely to pitch long enough for a win if he is starting. That said, he has been effective in 2021. Look for Ryan Weathers to take over for him in the rotation.

Update: Lamet will not return until after the All-Star Break, but how much longer after that is anyone’s guess.

Update: Lamet will attempt to throw bullpen sessions and live batting practice, and the results of these will determine the next steps for him going forward. Stay tuned for updates.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Yu Darvish – Left hip inflammation: 10 day-IL (July 11, 2021)

Original: Darvish heads to the IL for inflation in his left hip. The injury is considered minor and possibly a way to have him not pitch in the All-Star Game due to a minor injury.

Update: Darvish seems primed and ready to be activated on Monday.

Level of Concern: One star

 

Ryan Weathers – Bone fracture in the back of his ankle: 10 day-IL (July 13, 2021)

Original: Better than what was originally thought, Weathers will miss time until at least late July with a broken bone in his ankle. It is a varying timeframe for a return, which could be anywhere from late July to late August. The Padres have some returning arms back in their rotation very soon and a loaded farm system that can help alleviate the pain.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

 

San Francisco Giants

Aaron Sanchez – Right bicep tightness: 10 day-IL (May 8, 2021)

Original: Sanchez will once again be placed on the IL, this time due to right bicep tightness. As in the past, Logan Webb will be inserted back into the rotation and given the chance to shine.

Update: Sanchez has joined the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate for rehab.

Update: Sanchez left his rehab assignment with a blister, thus delaying his return. When it rains, it pours.

Update: Sanchez will return to the mound for the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate this weekend.

Update: Sanchez’s anticipated return to the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate was paused for almost a week due to a blister, but he did in fact return with said blister.

Update: Sanchez has been sent to Low-A for a rehab start and will continue to do that until he progresses.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Reyes Moronta – Right elbow flexor strain, 60 day-IL (April 12, 2021)

Original: More significant than soreness, Moronta looks destined to miss extended time as he now finds himself sidelined with another injury after missing all of 2020. Tyler Rogers is now the setup man to Jake McGee in a bullpen with more questions than answers.

Update: Moronta is receiving treatment, but has yet to throw a baseball.

Update: Moronta is going to begin a throwing program shortly, but shouldn’t be considered as anything viable yet in fantasy for 2021. Just keep him in the back of your mind because he does have solid closer material.

Update: Moronta started live batting practice this past week, which is a nice little boost to his return.

Update: Moronta looks to start a rehab assignment this upcoming week, but due to his injury history (specifically in 2021), any timeframe for a return is possible.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Tommy La Stella – Hamstring Strain: 60 day-IL (May 3, 2021)

Original: La Stella hurt himself while diving for a ball, and will one out for quite some time, with a four to six-week timeframe being suggested. The Giants have plenty of resources on their roster as they are known for having a ton of flexibility throughout their team. Look for any one of them to emerge with the hot bat and pounce on it.

Update: La Stella had a busy yet productive week of hitting in the batting cage, fielding ground balls and running sprints with the team. While he’s still a ways away from a return, these are all encouraging steps forward.

Update: La Stella ran the bases before a game on Friday, signalling yet another step closer to a return.

Update: La Stella’s rehab assignment was paused due to a jammed thumb, which is said to be a fracture. When it rains it pours.

Update: La Stella’s jammed thumb has now turned into a fracture.

Update: La Stella is aiming to participate in a rehab start during the All-Star Break.

Update: La Stella is continuing his rehab with the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate, but isn’t anywhere closer to returning.

Update: La Stella is pausing his rehab outings due to pain in his thumb. This lingering issue continues.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Evan Longoria – Sprained left shoulder: 60 day-IL (June 6, 2021)

Original: Longoria is expected to miss four to six weeks with a sprained left shoulder despite the negative x-rays that he received from his MRI.

Update: The veteran is resuming baseball activities, which is good news for Evan “McFly” Longoria, who went back to the future in 2021.

Update: Longoria is taking dry swings and also playing catch as he is aiming to return around the third week of July.

Update: Longoria is ramping up his baseball activities in order to return by the proposed time of mid July.

Update: Longoria was transferred to the 60 day-IL this past week, extending his absence further.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Brandon Belt – Knee: 10 day-IL (June 23, 2021)

Original: Belt injured his knee while running the bases, and the Giants are anticipating a lengthy absence that will be longer than the ten day minimum. It is conquering in that Belt is now looking for a second opinion on his knee, meaning that the first diagnosis may have been quite grim in nature. LaMonte Wade Jr. was recalled to replace him on the roster, but the Giants are resourceful and adaptable enough to mix and match their way to an effective lineup every night.

Update: Belt will rehab instead of going for surgery to fix his knee. While this helps his 2021 value due to the potential of a return, it could impact his long term value and owners need to be ready to move on.

Update: Belt has started light baseball activities, but isn’t close to a return.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Buster Posey – Thumb: 10 day-IL (July 9, 2021)

Original: Posey jammed his thumb and will miss time, after being diagnosed with a contusion and a bone bruise. Curt Casali will remain the team’s primary catcher and prospect Joey Bart will get some time in as well.

Update: Posey is eligible to return at anytime, but is day-to-day with the final part of his injury.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Sammy Long – Back strain: 10 day-IL (July 13, 2021)

Original: Long was placed on the IL for a nagging back that might have led to some difficulties on the mound in his last outing. While he threw a recent bullpen session, it’s unclear as to whether this signals a return is near.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Kevin Gausman – Bereavement: IL (July 16, 2021)

Original: Gausman will be unable to pitch until at least Monday, as he went on the Bereavement IL for an ongoing situation. He and his family are wished all the best during these tough times.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

 

Seattle Mariners

Andres Munoz – Elbow, 60 day-IL (March 18, 2021)

Original: Following his Tommy John Surgery in March 2020, Munoz was set to make his return at some point this season. He will have to wait a while to attempt to do so following his setback in early March.

Update: Munoz has yet to start throwing at all, halting any plans for a comeback in 2021. He remains a likely 2022 rebound candidate in fantasy.

Update: Munoz threw off a mound over the weekend, which is a nice first step on the road to recovery.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Ken Giles – Elbow, 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)

Original: Giles seems unlikely to pitch in 2021.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

James Paxton – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (April 8, 2021)

Original: Paxton got the bad news and was told that he will need to will have Tommy John Surgery, thus ending his 2021 season. Though he is looking for a second opinion, an extended absence from the team is likely.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Evan White – Strained right hip flexor: 60 day-IL (May 14, 2021)

Original: White hurt himself while trying to catch a foul ball, and will rehire time to heal up. Jose Marmolejos will take over for now at first base but isn’t worth rostering.

Update: Despite being scratched from the lineup Thursday in his Triple-A affiliate rehab game, White made his way back into the lineup over the weekend.

Update: White was removed from his rehab assignment earlier in the week, and it is unknown when he will get back on track. With Jake Bauers now in Seattle, there is no rush for a return.

Update: White suffered a setback in his rehab and was subsequently transferred to the 60 day-IL, significantly delaying his return to the Mariners. He is seeking a second opinion on his injury and the team is awaiting more clarity on where they go from here with White.

Update: White isn’t close to resuming any or all baseball activities. He remains on the shelf with no clear timetable.

Update: In a depressing turn of events, the Mariners’ GM has stated that White’s injury is more ominous than previously believed and there’s a chance that he will not return at all this season.

Update: White will have surgery very soon that will end his 2021 season. There is no word yet on any 2022 ramifications.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Kyle Lewis – Right meniscus tear: 60 day-IL (June 1, 2021)

Original: Lewis hurt himself earlier this week and will now look for a second opinion on his knee. It is feared that he will miss significant time with this injury, with season-ending surgery a possibility. Still, as a second opinion is in the wings, be prepared to be without him for quite awhile. Taylor Trammell looks to get back on track after being recently called up to the big league team.

Update: Lewis had successful surgery son his right meniscus, but there is no timetable for a return.

Update: Lewis was officially transferred to the 60 day-IL this past week.

Update: Lewis just had the stitches removed from his recent surgery, but is far from ready to run the base paths.

Update: Lewis has resumed throwing a ball, but hasn’t yet resumed swinging.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Justin Dunn – Right shoulder inflammation: 10 day-IL (June 19, 2021)

Original: After having returned from the same injury, Dunn will go back on the IL to rest his shoulder for this recurring injury. Manager Scott Servais believes this to be a longer IL stint as well, meaning owners should be prepared to look elsewhere while they wait.

Update: Dunn will not throw for the next two weeks and will be evaluated at that time.

Update: Dunn has begun a throwing program.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Justus Sheffield – Forearm: 10 day-IL (July 9, 2021)

Original: After going on the IL, it was revealed that Sheffield won’t be pitching anytime soon, which is concerning given that it could imply a long term injury. He will likely remain inactive for the time being and subsequently need time to ramp up his arm when he is healthy as well. He could be out of action for months.

Update: Sheffield began throwing on Friday, but there is no word on if and when he will be able to return.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals

Dakota Hudson – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 28, 2021)

Original: Hudson is unlikely to pitch in 2021, though he himself is determined to pitch at some point.

Update: Hudson is now facing live hitters, which is a huge step forward.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

Jordan Hicks – Elbow Inflammation: 60 day-IL (May 14, 2021)

Original: His latest injury will keep him out of action for multiple weeks tampering with any chance he had of being the team’s closer this season. Alex Reyes has done an admirable job instead.

Update: Hicks was transferred over to the 60 day-IL, delaying his return even more, which could now lead into August. He received an injection in said elbow and will need a month of rest before anything else. Alex Reyes has been succeeding as the Cardinals’ closer in 2021.

Update: The good news is that Hicks is now playing catch. The bad news is that he is nowhere close to resuming baseball activities and thus, shouldn’t really be considered much of an option for 2021 production.

Update: Hicks hasn’t started any mound work in his conditioning, and there is speculation that he may not pitch again for the Cardinals in 2021.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

Miles Mikolas – Forearm: 60 day-IL (May 28, 2021)

Original: Despite graduating from this list, Mikolas is back on it with a more serious injury. This week he received a stem cell injection to help treat a small calcification in his right flexor tendon. As a result, he will be reassessed in four to six weeks. One has to wonder if he was rushed back, or if his body just wasn’t ready after missing so much time, as he was recently transferred over to the 60 day-IL. He is droppable in any and all redraft formats.

Update: Mikolas has yet to begin a throwing program, indicating how serious the injury is. he may be a lost cause for 2021.

Update: Mikolas is anticipating an advancement towards bullpen sessions by the All-Star Break, which is somewhat encouraging, given the bleak nature of his injury.

Update: Mikolas threw live batting practice this past week, signalling a step forward in his return. That said, this is the second time that his forearm has been injured, and thus, all steps forward need to be treaded lightly.

Update: Mikolas will attempt to throw one more bullpen assignment before heading out for a rehab assignment.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Jack Flaherty – Oblique: 60 day-IL (June 2, 2021)

Original: Flaherty was removed from his latest outing, after experiencing pain late in the game. He will miss some time with an oblique injury, that manager Mike Shildt called a real strain and a tear. The Cardinals’ rotation is a mess without their ace.

Update: It is expected that Flaherty will remain out of the lineup until at last the All-Star Break, but that could be optimistic.

Update: Flaherty has resumed baseball activities buy playing very light catch, leaving one to believe that he may be gone for even longer than the All-Star Break.

Update: Flaherty was officially transferred over to the 60 day-IL, procedurally to clear up a roster spot.

Update: Flaherty threw a bullpen session on Friday.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

Carlos Martinez – Torn thumb ligament: 60 day-IL (July 7, 2021)

Original: Martinez went on the IL midweek, was diagnosed with a torn thumb ligament, and was subsequently transferred to the 60 day-IL, all within 72 hours. This is serious, stay tuned.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

 

Tampa Bay Ray

Nick Anderson – UCL torn ligament: 60 day-IL (March 26, 2021)

Original: Anderson, who is shut down for eight weeks, will be re-evaluated past the All-Star Break, though right now, surgery doesn’t seem necessary. Peter Fairbanks and Diego Castillo look to get the load of save opportunities for Tampa in the meantime.

Update: Anderson has begun throwing, but is nowhere near a return. Still, it is promising that he is throwing a baseball.

Update: Anderson threw off the bullpen mound this past weekend, and is inching closer to a return. He seems to be on track for his original diagnosis of months off.

Update: Anderson threw a live batting practice and apparently felt great.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Yonny Chirinos – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (February 22, 2021)

Original: Chirinos will miss the entire 2021 season after having Tommy John Surgery last August.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Chris Archer – Forearm tightness: 60 day-IL (April 10, 2021)

Original: Archer experienced the tightness in the middle of his performance on the mound versus the Yankees and was immediately sent to the injured list. While it doesn’t seem too serious an issue, the Rays are playing it safe. Brent Honeywell has been called up as a corresponding move.

Update: Archer is apparently feeling much better and is eyeing a return to the Rays at the beginning of July. He recently threw ten pitches off a mound.

Update: Archer is anticipating a chance to face live batters this upcoming week.

Update: Archer threw a one inning simulation, but still has a long way to go.

Update: Archer will throw more live sessions before starting a rehab assignment later in the week.

Update: Archer has already appeared in rehab for the Rays’ Triple-A affiliate, and will do so again this weekend. There isn’t much time left before he starts again.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Manuel Margot – Left hamstring strain: 10 day-IL (July 7, 2021)

Original: Removed late in a game last week, he will head to the IL and let his hamstring heal. Due to their depth, the Rays will be fine.

Update: Margot is hitting off of a tee, which is great news. The Rays will continue to mix and match, which could include prospect Vidal Brujan, in the outfield.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Tyler Glasnow – Partial UCL tear and flexor strain: 60 day-IL (June 17, 2021)

Original: Glasnow will be gone for awhile after injuring his arm this past week in a game versus the White Sox. He was sent to the 60 day-IL, though he will be resting instead of opting for surgery, which would be Tommy John, costing him months if not years of his career. Glasnow has stated that the lack of substance use was what resulted in the injury as he was over compensating to get a better grip and overused his arm. Seeing as how dominant he was all season, this is a devastating blow to his fantasy owners who will be scrambling to find a replacement on the waiver wire or through trade. As for the Rays themselves, they now have four left handed pitchers in their rotation.

Weekly Update: Glasnow will be shut down for four weeks while he receives treatment. Keep in mind, the Rays did something similar for Nick Anderson as they opted to not have surgery, but instead natural healing. While these two injuries aren’t exactly the same, they do both represent tears in the UCL and can be used as somewhat of a guideline of what to expect going forward. That said, Anderson is far from ready to pitch in 2021, and Glasnow can all but be considered finished for 2021 as well.

Update: Glasnow himself seems optimistic that he will be able to return sooner than expected. Whether that translates into medical approval is another story.

Update: Glasnow is playing light catch, which is a good sign. That said, it’s the equivalent of pulling out of your driveway at the beginning of a long road trip.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

 

Texas Rangers

Jose Leclerc – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 31, 2021)

Original: Leclerc is unable to pitch in 2021.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Jonathan Hernandez – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 30, 2021)

Original: Hernandez was shut down at the beginning of March for four weeks due to a low-grade UCL sprain in his elbow. He was shut down and will be out until June. Projected to be the closer earlier this offseason, Matt Bush and Ian Kennedy will be battling it out to see who gets the most saves. It is by no means a group of players worth rostering since there are so many unknowns.

Update: He underwent successful Tommy John Surgery.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Matt Bush – Elbow Inflammation: 60 day-IL (April 9, 2021)

Original: This is yet another roadblock for the Rangers and their attempt to save games this year. Look for Ian Kennedy to get the bulk of the opportunities.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Ronald Guzman – Right knee meniscus cartilage tear: 60 day-IL (April 13, 2021)

Original: Guzman hurt himself while trying to get out of the way on a pop fly. After being carted off, he was diagnosed with a meniscus tear and will be out for a while.

Update: Guzman was transferred over to the 60 day-IL this past week and will miss the rest of the 2021 season. Adolis Garcia has taken over and should be added due to his production so far.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Willie Calhoun – Left fractured forearm: 10 day-IL (June 27, 2021)

Original: Calhoun suffered the injury after being hit by a pitch, and will now require surgery to repair the damage. He is in line for an extended absence, though no specifics with regards to a timetable have been set.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

Kirby Yates – Tommy John Surgery: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)

Original: Yates will not pitch this season after receiving Tommy John Surgery for his ailing elbow. Look for Jordan Romano, Julian Mayweather, and Rafael Dolis to get save opportunities, as we see who can emerge as the best closing option.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Thomas Hatch – Elbow: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)

Original: Hatch will miss some time with non-UCL-related elbow inflammation. The MRI showed no real signs of this injury being as serious as it could have been. Once healthy, he may either be a long reliever out of the bullpen or fighting for a spot at the end of the Jays’ rotation. He has resumed throwing on his way back to the club.

Update: Hatch has looked good in rehab and could be back soon. For a team that could need starters, Hatch might be a sneaky add.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Julian Merryweather – Left oblique strain: 60 day-IL (April 14, 2021)

Original: It’s a disappointing development for someone who looked incredible while saving games for the Blue Jays. He should slot back as their closer when he returns, though the injury is predicted to be a long-term issue. Until then, Rafael Dolis seems like the next man up.

Update: Merryweather was transferred over to the 60 day-IL, and will be shut down as a result. He is nowhere near a return to the Jays, and may have been an afterthought in the bullpen with regards to saves in 2021.

Update: Merryweather isn’t expected to return until late June, but even that might be optimistic.

Update: Merryweather threw off a mound earlier in the week, but he isn’t guaranteed to reclaim the closer’s role he once had ion and when he returns in 2021.

Update: Merryweather’s side sessions have been described as nice and easy, as there was little intensity involved.

Update: Merryweather had a setback in his recovery and has yet to resume his rehab.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Alejandro Kirk – Hip: 10 day-IL (May 4, 2021)

Original: Kirk remains out with a hip injury that is likely to last at least four weeks. Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire will split time for the Jays, but both are the ugliest of fantasy options.

Update: Kirk was the designated hitter in an extended Spring training game this past week. The Jays’ catcher situation is mirky.

Update: Kirk will begin a rehab assignment with the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate. Your time to buy low on him is closing fast.

Update: Kirk has been rehabbing with the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate, where he has already hit a home run. With the Jays in no need of a catcher, there is no rush to bring Kirk back at all.

Update: Kirk is 100% healthy, but will remain in Triple-A for the time being. Stash him if you can, since Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire aren’t set in stone as stable contributours.

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

 

 

Washington Nationals

Stephen Strasburg – Neck: 10 day-IL (June 2, 2021)

Original: Strasburg pitched earlier this week and his velocity was down. He was seen rubbing his arm too, and it was revealed that his neck would keep him off the mound for awhile. While it’s unknown how long he will need to return, it’s looking more and more like a lost year for the constantly injured star. Look for Eric Fedde to take his spot in the rotation.

Update: Strasburg has yet to resume throwing, and shouldn’t be back anytime soon.

Update: Strasburg played catch in the outfield this past week,  ut isn’t ready to return just yet. He has a lot of work to do.

Update: Strasburg has a long ways to go despite extending his long tossing distance to 150 feet.

Update: Strasburg threw a 51-pitch bullpen session, as he slowly ramps himself back up to gamely shape.

Update: One day following a 60-pitch outing, Strasburg took part in a heavy duty workout and is now close to a rehab outing.

Update: Strasburg apparently didn’t feel right after last weekend simulated game, so he will back off from mound work for the time being. Consider any progress made to be gone for the time being.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

Joe Ross – Right forearm inflammation: 10 day-IL (July 8, 2021)

Original: Ross heads to the IL for shoulder inflammation, though it doesn’t seem to be too serious. Health has always been a concern for Ross, so a quick recovery his what’s best for everyone.

Update: Ross continues to feel discomfort in his elbow.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Kyle Schwarber – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (July 3, 2021)

Original: Schwarber was in obvious pain after rounding first base on Friday, and limped off the field in disgust. He underwent an MRI and will miss significant time with the injury. Instead of surgically repairing the issue, he will undergo compression treatment, as well as utilizing rest and strengthening techniques in order ti let the hamstring return to its normal self. This is a massive blow to the Nationals and Schwarber owners everywhere, as he had himself a June and was in the midst of a breakout season.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Yan Gomes – Oblique: 10 day-IL (July 10, 2021)

Original: Gomes hurt himself on Friday throwing a pitch back, and thus exited the game. It’s unclear how serious the injury is, but the Nationals will miss the production that Gomes was giving them from behind the plate with a resectable batting average and decent power. Tres Barrera and Jackson Reetz will fight for playing time, but neither are restorable unless it’s the deepest of leagues.

Update: There is no timetable for a return by Gomes. In the meantime, the Nationals signed Rene Rivera to hold the fort for the time being.

Level of Concern: Two stars

Closing Remarks: The Conundrum Continues

Mailbag Questions

We have quite a few mailbag questions this weekend, which always makes me happy. Thanks to those of you who reached out with them, and I will attempt to answer all of them each week. My coffee is ready, so here we go.

Is Anthony Bender viable for saves going forward? Closers are hard to find in 2021. David Crews @crewser128

David, first off, thanks for always reading and commenting here. I appreciate that! And yes, Bender is viable. There is a decent chance Yimi Garcia gets traded in the coming weeks, and even if he does not , he’s 31 and not the ideal closer for a young Marlins team. Bender is 26, fresh off independent baseball and he’s done well: 1-0, 1.78 ERA, .79 WHIP, and 40 strikeouts in 30.1 innings. I think he gets the opportunity especially if Garcia is moved at the deadline. Get those saves where and when you can!

Your pick for saves in Wrigley if Kimbrel is dealt? Jay Dub @JayDubTheGamer

Well I immediately jumped to Andrew Chafin. But last week I had the chance to chat with Nate Marcum and Greg Jewett, the astute bullpen gurus, and they suggested it could be a time share with Ryan Tepera.  That very well could happen! Looking at splits, Chafin is equally adept at getting both righties and lefties out, so my lean would be him. Neither are young guys (Chafin 31, Tepera 33)  and both would likely be stopgaps for this season. Now keep in mind both Chafin and Tepera have trade value as well, and could easily be moved if the expected Chicago Cubs purge comes to fruition. My gut says it would be Chafin if he stays in Chicago, but if both he and Tepera get moved, maybe Dan Winkler or Rex Brothers get chances. Egads! We will need to watch this one.

Best AL closers with chance to be traded to a team where they will no longer close? Bob Bonner @CoachBonner15

Hey Coach, Ian Kennedy leaps to mind as one for sure. He would slot in nicely to a high-leverage role on a winning team and not be the closer. Kendall Graveman, if Seattle decides to sell, would be another. Minnesota is awful, and I could see any and all of their triumvirate of badness get moved: Hansel Robles, Taylor Rogers and Alex Colome. I would add that Kansas City could move their closer….but who is it this week? Greg Holland? Josh Staumont? Scott Barlow? Kyle Zimmer? Jack Carter? We just don’t know, and I don’t believe Holland really slots in well anywhere else other than closer, and he’s not been good at that job this year. Those would be my best bets at the deadline.

When does Kimbrel get traded to Toronto? adambl5 @adambl555

Hey Adam, well I agree with your sentiment that Toronto needs to do something to shore up that bullpen. I do like Jordan Romano, at 4-1 with a 1.93 ERA and seven saves. The 40 punchouts in 32.2 innings help you too. In my mind Romano profiles better in the eighth inning. If we’re facing facts, the Blue Jays are 46-42, and if they want to get over that hump and into the playoffs, they are going to need to paint with some brazen strokes and add to their impressive core. They could really use a starter too, but Kimbrel to Toronto makes sense if they think they are in it to win it.  And he won’t be cheap with another year on his contract at $16 million (American dollars) and the trade capital needed to get him will be steep. He’s maybe the best chip on the market. If they go for him, they best do it soon before they get too far away from the Wild Card frontrunners.

Is Lorenzen on a late inning fast track and what’s the likelihood he’s the closer sooner rather than later? Barrett @84BRS

Barrett, this is a an interesting question. The Cincinnati bullpen has been impossible to predict all year due to a combination of ineffectiveness and injury. First we thought it would be a time share between Lucas Sims and Amir Garrett, then Sean Doolittle was a thought, then Tejay Antone, and now Heath Hembree. Hembree has done an admirable job but is miscast as a closer. Lorenzen has the type of stuff that could allow him to dominate in the role. One thing we need to consider though is that he has not pitched at all this year and ramping up to the closer role quickly may not be in the cards for him. Lorenzen has four nasty pitches and I would be intrigued to see him in the role. Sims is out indefinitely, Garrett continues to struggle with command and control, and Antone is out until at least August, and the opportunity for Lorenzen seems to be there. But keep in mind that Hembree has something to say about that too, with five saves in July. This could get really interesting. At 48-44, could the Reds make a play for bullpen reinforcements before the deadline?

Is Ranger Suarez a top 10 closer in next year’s drafts? Tim @whatevsnv

Tim, this is an intriguing situation. Suarez has four wins and three saves in a moribund Phillies’ bullpen, and nobody there has done enough to claim the job, whether it be Hector Neris or Jose Alvarado. In late June, they blew six saves in a row while continuing their second year of horrific relief work. Suarez has even blown two saves. Who knows what will happen next year? My concern here is that there will not be belief in anyone left here, and Philadelphia will again look outside of the organization for reinforcements. Kenley Jansen, Brad Hand, Raisel Iglesias and Kirby Yates are all free agents-to-be in 2022. If they don’t go that route, maybe Suarez gets that chance. Top 10? I am not sure I would put him there based on the pending situation; I am not sure h keeps he job next year. But he’s been really good for the Phils.

Diego Castillo usage is so baffling. Not only doesn’t he get the first save opportunity out of the break but he doesn’t even pitch in what turned out to be essentially a bullpen game. What’s your take on that? Rocco D @roccodepaqual1

Rocco, as I always say to no one in particular as no one listens to me rant in my house about bullpens, Tampa Bay is gonna Tampa Bay. Good grief. Pete Fairbanks earned his fourth save in an extra innings affair this weekend. Frustrating as it may be, I still think Castillo is the best and most consistent source of saves in Tampa Bay. That being said, I totally understand if you seek a higher level of consistency than what is provided here. To your point Castillo has only thrown three times in July.

Antone’s last year as a reliever? Jesse Winker Stan @WinkerStan

That is a great question. The guy is a weapon but can he stay healthy enough to pitch maximum effort every fifth day? He’s had two forearm strains this year already that have shelved him for weeks at a time. Is he best suited to the multi-inning role that manage David Bell has envisioned for him, a la vintage Josh Hader? I do think that a pitching-depleted team like the Reds has several options for him, and he is really intriguing in any role, but I would love to see him start. The biggest question to me is which role allows him to remain upright and not spend more time on the IL.

Data Monster as Bullpen Metrics

Closer Workbook
All Data According To Data Monster
Player Name In_Whiff Command Stuff ERA
Josh Hader 7.4 1.21 1.78
Liam Hendriks 5.1 -0.12 3.13
Aroldis Chapman 4.2 -2.52 3.56
Craig Kimbrel 4.4 3.27 1.51
Matt Barnes 2.2 2.11 3.04
Edwin Diaz 3.3 -0.26 3.28
Mark Melancon -1.2 2.09 3.61
Alex Reyes 2.0 0.30 2.44
Kenley Jansen 3.2 -4.01 2.20
Ian Kennedy 2.1 -4.01 3.96
Emmanuel Clase 4.9 1.11 2.63
James Karinchak 2.4 -2.10 3.32
Ryan Pressly -0.4 4.51 3.09
Raisel Iglesias 7.0 4.79 2.44
Diego Castillo 3.1 4.24 3.23
Richard Rodriguez -0.4 -1.78 3.06
Will Smith 1.4 2.11 3.21
Jordan Romano 1.1 -2.26 3.31
Brad Hand -2.1 -3.64 3.84
Lou Trivino 0.3 -1.95 3.30
Daniel Bard 2.7 -0.98 4.59
Paul Fry -1.2 -1.72 3.52
Cole Sulser 1.6 1.14 3.42
Taylor Rogers 1.5 -0.95 4.00
Hansel Robles -1.5 -1.60 4.16
Michael Fulmer 1.1 3.83 3.59
Gregory Soto 1.6 -2.26 3.32
Greg Holland -0.4 2.00 4.34
Yimi Garcia 0.9 -1.78 3.81
Tyler Rogers -1.2 -6.14 3.87
Jake McGee 0.3 -6.68 4.24
Kendall Graveman 0.3 -0.73 2.92
Hector Neris 3.1 2.70 3.50
Jose Alvarado 3.0 -6.74 3.38
Brad Brach -0.2 6.12 3.56
Amir Garrett 1.8 0.83 4.10
Sean Doolittle 0.8 -4.71 5.08
Joakim Soria 1.0 1.59 4.25

Here is a quick guide on how to use the Data Monster at RotoFanatic. This is from the mind of Paul Mammino, who has been kind enough to explain this to my smaller mind and allow me to use it in our weekly Closing Remarks pieces.

In_Whiff (0 is average)- This shows how much better a pitcher is at generating swinging strikes than their location would suggest. Essentially a pitcher gets more credit for a swing and miss on a fastball down the middle versus one up in the zone. It’s a measure of how “nasty” a given pitcher’s stuff is.
rfCommand (0 is average) – This is a combination of four metrics. XWhiff, XSwing In Zone, xSwing Out of Zone, xWoba (Location based). It’s a bit hard to explain, but it’s an overall combination of those four metrics that shows how good a given pitcher locates with respect to expected results. A a good rfCommand means the pitchers:
  1. Throw pitches with high expect whiffs rates
  2. Throw pitches in zone with low expected swing rates (Called strikes good)
  3. Throw pitches out of the zone that are likely to swung at
  4. Throw pitches that are hard to hit well (low location based xWOBA)
Stuff ERA – This is an ERA estimator that combines In_Whiff, rfCommand, and a few of the other DM metrics. When compared to actual season results this stat performed better than FIP from 2015-2020.

Closer Ranks

  1. Josh Hader: Highest in_Whiff in the game at 7.4 and Stuff ERA 1.78. That will play.
  2. Liam Hendriks
  3. Craig Kimbrel
  4. Matt Barnes
  5. Edwin Diaz
  6. Mark Melancon: Melancon leads the free world with 27 saves and gets the job done without sexy peripherals. Should he falter, Drew Pomeranz is back from the IL.
  7. Alex Reyes:  A couple of rough outings in July, but the numbers are still really good. Now might be a good time to stash Giovanny Gallegos if you have bench space. Keep in mind Reyes will be on an innings limit and may be tiring some. Watch this one.
  8. Kenley Jansen
  9. Will Smith
  10. Ian Kennedy: Could be Ian Kennedy’s last week as closer if he gets traded as expected in coming days.  Would Joely Rodriguez get the call in the Lone Star State? Methinks so, but he’s not been great.
  11. Ryan Pressly
  12. Raisel Iglesias
  13. Emmanuel Clase/James Karinchak: I won’t rate one over the other anymore. Both are terrific but have their warts too. This weekend Clase blew a save on Friday, then Saturday, Karinchak was shaky in getting the save. Who knows? Terry Francona had been playing matchups, with Karinchak being murder on lefties early on. This looks like a time share right now.
  14. Aroldis Chapman: so what do we make of Aroldis Chapman down the stretch here? He pitched Friday night, walking one and striking out one in an inning of work. Yes, it was a mop-up role in a 4-0 losing effort. It was his second consecutive scoreless appearance in a row after a disastrous two weeks. My advice:  don’t give up on him. Chad Green is not a viable long-term option, and Zack Britton just returned from the IL. Chapman was said to have worked on some mechanical flaws over the last week. Let’s see what happens. Look at what the rfCommand metric says about Chapman: -2.62. And even I know that negative number is not good!. He needs to work this out. His inWhiff is still a robust 4.2.
  15. Diego Castillo
  16. Ranger Suarez
  17. Richard Rodriguez
  18. Jordan Romano
  19. Brad Hand: Could Hand get moved if Washington decides to become sellers? Could happen. Daniel Hudson and Austin Voth could be in line for save opps if this happens. Look at Paul’s chart above and see the metrics on Hand: all in the red, and not very promising.
  20. Jake McGee: Looks like he has worked out the kinks as evidenced by his 0.00 ERA in July and seven consecutive saves.
  21. Yimi Garcia/Anthony Bender
  22. Lou Trivino
  23. Daniel Bard: worst Stuff ERA of the closer group at 4.59. Egads. Pass.
  24. Kendall Graveman
  25. Taylor Rogers/Hansel Robles
  26. Gregory Soto: Soto has moved to the top of the food chain in Detroit and has eight saves. Jose Cisnero has been used in the middle innings again, and Michael Fulmer remains on the IL.
  27. Greg Holland
  28. Tanner Scott: Is Baltimore going to let Tanner Scott close games? Many of us have been waiting for a long time. Maybe? Paul Fry has been pitching in the middle innings and Cole Sulser has their most recent save opportunity. There could be trades here as well, with many teams looking for viable bullpen arms. The Data Monster will take a deeper dive on him next week.
  29. Heath Hembree
  30. Joakim Soria

 

Top 20 Dynasty Prospects – AL Central Edition

In part two of the six-part series, I look at the American League Central and the prospects you need to know for dynasty leagues. We are already two months into the season, so there have been plenty of graduations from the lists. Andrew Vaughn, Alex Kirilloff, Trevor Larnach, Casey Mize, and Michael Kopech have all surpassed prospect eligibility. While plenty of high-level talent has moved on, it gives other players a chance to move up. There are a handful of relatively unknown players who have made noise and find themselves on these lists.

Each farm system possesses a different combination of talent at various levels of development. While I struggled to find suitable players to fill out the White Sox list, I had an equally difficult time narrowing down the Indians to 20 players. Some of the prospects who didn’t make the cut would be firmly on the list in other organizations. As usual, there is a wide range of ages, skill sets, levels, upside, and floor for all your dynasty needs. You can filter each team by their primary position, age, and level to look for the type of player your team is missing.

With the 2021 MLB draft currently unfolding, I have decided to wait before including the newly drafted players in these lists. A significant number of players will be added in the coming weeks and months. I have a general understanding of where players could fall on the lists, but I want to do the proper research before dulling out rankings. There is in-depth coverage of the event, and I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the players early and often. I plan to cover the class from a FYPD perspective in a future article.

In case you missed it, here is part one of the series covering the AL West. Once all six divisions are released, I plan to have it running like a well-oiled machine. As I mentioned previously, no list will be identical. The world of prospects is not too different from the stock market. I hope some of the rankings I’ve made here will open your eyes to a new player. Or potentially, seeing someone higher than you expected will give you that extra boost to make that trade offer or deep-league stash.

 

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

PlayerRankPositionLevelAge
Yoelqui Cespedes1OFAA23
Jose Rodriguez22BA20
Benyamin Bailey3OFR19
Jared Kelley4RHPA19
Bryan Ramos53BA19
Jake Burger63BMLB24
Gavin Sheets71BMLB25
Micker Adolfo8OFAAA24
Jason Bilous9RHPAA23
Norge Vera10RHPR21
Andrew Dalquist11RHPA20
Matthew Thompson12RHPA20
Jonathan Stiever13RHPAAA24
Blake Rutherford14OFAAA24
James Beard15OFA20
Chase Krogman16OFA20
Yolbert Sanchez172BAA24
Bailey Horn18LHPA+23
Dario Borrero19OFR17
Victor Quezada20SSR17

CLEVELAND INDIANS

PlayerRankPositionLevelAge
Tyler Freeman1SSAA22
George Valera2OFA+20
Angel Martinez32BA19
Daniel Espino4RHPA+20
Logan Allen5LHPAA22
Brayan Rocchio6SSA+20
Nolan Jones73BAAA23
Jhonkensy Noel83BA20
Isaiah Greene9OFR19
Aaron Bracho102BA+20
Gabriel Arias11SSAAA21
Xzavion Curry12RHPA+22
Petey Halpin13OFA19
Carson Tucker14SSR19
Tanner Burns15RHPA+22
Ethan Hankins16RHPA20
Bo Naylor17CAA21
Owen Miller182BAAA24
Jose Tena19SSA+20
Oscar Gonzalez20OFAAA23

DETROIT TIGERS

PlayerRankPositionLevelAge
Spencer Torkelson13BAA21
Riley Greene2OFAA20
Matt Manning3RHPAAA23
Dillon Dingler4CAA22
Gage Workman5SSA+21
Daniel Cabrera6OFA+22
Roberto Campos7OFR18
Cristian Santana8SSR17
Daz Cameron9OFMLB24
Jose De La Cruz10OFR18
Colt Keith112BA19
Derek Hill12OFMLB25
Parker Meadows13OFA+23
Bryant Packard14OFA+23
Adinso Reyes15SSR19
Wenceel Perez162BA+21
Abel Bastidas17SSR17
Joey Wentz18LHPAA23
Elvin Rodriguez19RHPAA23
Trei Cruz20SSA23

KANSAS CITY ROYALS

PlayerRankPositionLevelAge
Bobby Witt Jr.1SSAAA21
Nick Pratto21BAAA22
Asa Lacy3LHPA+21
Daniel Lynch4LHPMLB24
Erick Pena5OFR18
Jackson Kowar6RHPAAA24
MJ Melendez7CAA22
Kyle Isbel8OFAAA24
Angel Zerpa9LHPAA21
Jonathan Bowlan10RHPAAA24
Daniel Vasquez11SSR17
Darryl Collins12OFA19
Nick Loftin13SSA22
Drew Parrish14LHPAA23
Alec Marsh15LHPAA23
Tyler Gentry16OFA+22
Ben Hernandez17RHPA20
Lucius Fox18SSAAA24
Austin Cox19LHPAA24
Luis Echenique20OFR18

MINNESOTA TWINS

PlayerRankPositionLevelAge
Royce Lewis1SSAA21
Jose Miranda23BAAA23
Jordan Balazovic3RHPAA22
Jhoan Duran4RHPAAA23
Matt Canterino5RHPAA23
Josh Winder6RHPAAA24
Keoni Cavaco7SSA20
Misael Urbina8OFA19
Aaron Sabato91BA22
Matt Wallner10OFA+23
Gilberto Celestino11OFMLB22
Joe Ryan12RHPAAA25
Cole Sands13RHPAA23
Edouard Julien142BA+22
Spencer Steer153BAA23
Drew Strotman16RHPAAA24
Alerick Soularie17OFA22
Emmanuel Rodriguez18OFR18
Kala'i Rosario19OFR19
Danny De Andrade20SSR17