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 injuries that are happening in the world of baseball in 2021. Here’s hoping that the list of players here doesn’t get too extensive at times, but if it does, we at RotoFanatic have got you covered. Keep coming back as there will be regular updates throughout the season.
Zac Gallen – Hairline fracture in his right forearm: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Gallen injured his forearm while swinging a bat, and because it is a small fracture, he needed to minimize its usage and needed time to heal. Ideally, a mid-May or early June return seemed likely and optimistic, but he recently threw 67 pithiness in a bullpen session and is slated throw 80 in an upcoming simulation game. If all goes well, a return to the lineup could happen this week, so activating him in your weekly lineups is a good idea. The Diamondbacks’ rotation should be avoided at almost all costs, minus Zac Gallen.
Tyler Clippard – Capsule sprain in his right shoulder: 60 day-IL (March 29, 2021)
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. Stefan Crichton takes over as the next in line should Joakim Soria falter.
Ketel Marte – Hamstring strain: 10 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
Marte suffered the strain while running to first base, and the injury looked significant. While there is no timetable for his return, multiple weeks seems probable. Tim Locastro will get some time to fill the void while Marte recovers, though he has struggled to start the season.
Joakim Soria – Strained left calf: 10 day-IL (April 6, 2021)
Soria injured his calf while fielding a ground ball vs the Padres. The closer situation remains murky for the Diamondbacks as they try to find a solution to their problem. Stefan Crichton and Kevin Ginkel seem to be the top two options, but neither should be trusted as a solidified source for saves just yet.
Mike Soroka – Achilles tendon, right foot: 10 day-IL (April 7, 2021)
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. It’s quite the concerning development for someone who is looking to rebound from a non-arm injury and was hopeful to make a resurgent return.
Touki Toussaint – Right shoulder strain: 60-day IL (March 27, 2021)
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.
Chris Martin – Shoulder Inflammation: 10 day-IL (April 10, 2021)
Martin felt numbness in his fingers after pitching and was placed on the injured list as a result. Will Smith seems locked in for saves for awhile as his velocity is up.
Chris Davis – Lower back strain: 60 day-IL (March 26, 2021)
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.
Hunter Harvey – Oblique injury: 60-day IL (March 16, 2021)
On the one hand, it was not an arm injury for the hard throwing right hander, who was being tabbed as a potential closer for the Orioles. On other hand, oblique injuries take a long time from which to recover, so it could be until June. Thus far, Cesar Valdez has looked good in 2021, converting on multiple saves and probably has the closing job for now.
Austin Hays – Hamstring strain: 10 day-IL (April 5, 2021)
Hays hit a double against the Red Sox, but also hurt his hamstring, causing some concern for the outfielder. He will hopefully be out for only the minimum and back at it for the Orioles.
Boston Red Sox
Ryan Brasier – Left calf strain: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
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 well down the road, however.
Chris Sale – Tommy John surgery: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
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 ways 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.
J.D. Martinez – Covid-19 (April 10, 2021)
Martinez had cold and flu like symptoms and is awaiting the results of his coronavirus test. He could be back as soon as a negative result.
Austin Romine – Sprain, right knee: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
The knee is feeling better as he was able to do some light hitting and throwing. He progressed to actually doing some drills at Wrigley Field and looks likely to be back soon. Still, being a catcher, his knees will need be at 100% to be behind the plate as the backup to Willson Contreras. He is looking like someone who will be back sooner than I originally expected.
Rowan Wick – Oblique: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
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.
Chicago White Sox
Eloy Jimenez – Ruptured left pectoral tendon: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
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 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.
Tim Anderson – Left hamstring strain: 10 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
Anderson hurt his hamstring trying to beat out a ground ball, and was placed on the injury list as a result. Manager Tony La Russa believes that Anderson will be back when he’s eligible to return. In the meantime, replacement Leury Garcia has failed to do much of anything, and really shouldn’t be rostered at all. Short stop is deep enough where someone like Jean Segura should be on the waiver wire and give you the speed you need while you wait for Anderson to return.
Adam Engel – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Engel hurt himself while making a play in the outfield, and is expected to miss a couple of weeks, which should include the beginning of the season. Look for him to try and win a shot as an everyday outfielder for the White Sox, but is also someone with minimal upside.
Billy Hamilton – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
Hamilton had already swiped two bases in this short start to the season, but he heads to the injured list, thus giving more opportunities for Yermin Mercedes and Andrew Vaughn to play.
Jace Fry – Back: 60 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
Fry was transferred to the 60 day-IL when he was eligible to return because he needs more time to recover. The White Sox bullpen is deep enough to give Fry more than enough time to get things right.
Sonny Gray – Back: 10 day-IL (March 29, 2021)
Gray had back spasms and had to take some time off to recover. He said he felt fine, but noted that getting into games is key. He continues to ramp up his arm strength before starting his season with the Reds, as he will throw a simulated game this week. He is expected to be back with the Reds in the very near future, possibly this upcoming week, so activating him in your weekly lineups is recommended.
Michael Lorenzen – Shoulder strain: 10 day-IL (March 29, 2021)
This seems like something that he’ll be able to return from soon enough. He looks to be ready to be the Reds’ SP5, and if he can develop the curveball he’s been tinkering with, he may prove some value going forward. Give him a weeks though as he’s only now starting to play catch, following a setback.
Shogo Akiyama – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (March 29, 2021)
After leaving the team with a personal issue, Akiyama returned to the Reds only to suffer an injury to his hamstring, that manager David Bell as already said will cost him a few weeks. He is weeks away from doing anything game related at the Reds’ alternate site. He will be looking to carve himself out a role within the Reds’ lineup, as their lineup looks pretty solidified as is.
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Scott Oberg – Blood clots: 60 day-IL (March 27, 2021)
Oberg underwent surgery to repair blood clotting within his body. He will not be returning anytime soon and his career is in jeopardy. Daniel Bard looks likely to be the Rockies’ closer.
Kyle Freeland – Shoulder strain: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Freeland looks likely to miss about a month of action due to a shoulder strain. The news is positive given how severe it looked when he was on the mound. He should be able to ramp up his recovery just after the season begins, if all goes right. When healthy, he was looking to be a part of the Rockies’ rotation. Austin Gomber looks to be slotted within their rotation, but the situation and location of where they play doesn’t make it ideal at all. He is playing catch, but is still far away from returning.
Brendan Rodgers – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
The promising rookie hurt himself while trying to steal a base. He was pressing for playing time with Garrett Hampson and Ryan McMahon, but now will be fighting even harder to maintain his health going forward. While he is making significant progress, he is still far away from a return. Once back, he warrants some attention for his bat and speed potential. Keep an eye on how Garrett Hampson does to start the season, as his speed potential could play well in Colorado.
Ian Desmond – Covid-19 Opt-Out
Desmond opted out for the season due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Spencer Turnbull – Covid-19 IL
Turnbull will be ramping up while at the Tigers’ alternate site over the weekend and will be rejoining the Tigers once he’s back at full strength. It remains to be seen how quickly he is ready, but he is expected to be inserted back into the rotation immediately.
Julio Teheran – Shoulder strain: 60 day-IL (April 11, 2021)
Teheran’s time missed rose quickly, as we went from a possible two week absence to now at least two months. He makes way for a returning Turnbull.
Miguel Cabrera – Bicep Strain (April 11, 2021)
Cabrera will miss some time with his bicep, after wincing following a foul ball on Saturday. This opens up at bats for Renato Nunez and Harold Castro.
Pedro Baez – Covid-19 April 8, 2021)
Baez missed some time due to testing positive for the Coronavirus, but has returned to camp. He will, unfortunately need some time to ramp himself back to game mode, and may miss time to open the season. He is slowly getting back to form and will be a middle innings option for the Astros upon his return.
Forest Whitley – Tommy John surgery (March 17, 2021)
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.
Framber Valdez – Finger, left hand: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Valdez survived a season-ending scare, as his left ring finger will not require surgery. As such, while he looks to pitch in 2021, the timeline for a return is unknown, but increasingly optimistic, as he has started playing catch and fielding ground balls. He is also playing catch off a flat ground too. The Astros need him as soon as possible, as they have a gaping hole late in their rotation currently filled by Luis Garcia, who struggled to start the season. In all fairness to Garcia, it’s only one start, and he has potential to fill the void. Keep monitoring him to see for any setbacks or progress.
Josh James – Hip: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
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.
Justin Verlander – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 17, 2021)
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.
Kansas City Royals
Adalberto Mondesi – Oblique: 10 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Coming out of nowhere, Mondesi was placed on the IL a day before Opening Day with an oblique injury that will cost the speedy shortstop at least two weeks. Keep an eye going forward, as obliques can be tricky to get rid of and also a recurring problem. Nicky Lopez was called up as a subsequent replacement, and has hit quite well to start the season, but shouldn’t really be trusted long term (yet) going forward. As for Mondesi, patience here is key, as the Royals want to make sure he’s 100% healthy and don’t want to rush anything.
Los Angeles Angels
Felix Pena – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Pena injured himself in a Spring Training game and received the news that it is a Grade 1 strain. It looks as if he is close enough to return, possibly even this week. A talented bullpen arm for the Angels, Pena is likely to be a later inning setup man to the newly signed Raisel Iglesias.
Franklin Barreto – Elbow: 60 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Barreto was looking to make camp and play a utility role, but instead likely gives way to Luis Rengifo to take over that role.
Luke Bard – Hip: 60 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
Bard got season ending surgery for his hip and will not pitch in 2021.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Tommy Kahnle – Elbow, 60 day-IL (March 25, 2021)
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.
Caleb Ferguson – Elbow, 60 day-IL (March 18, 2021)
He is recovering from his second Tommy John surgery and is unlikely to pitch in 2021 as a resul
Joe Kelly – Shoulder: 10 day-IL (April 2, 2021)
Kelly has had a rough Spring Training, battling shoulder stiffness and being under the weather. Upon returning, he will be slotted in the bullpen, presumably for multi-inning usage. There is no timetable for a return to action.
Brusdar Graterol – undisclosed: 60 day-IL (April 2, 2021)
Graterol will miss extended time with the Dodgers, though he did recently throw 15 pitches en route to r return to action later this season.
Cody Bellinger – Calf: 10 day-IL (April 9, 2021)
Bellinger injured himself while trying to squeeze out an infield single, and will need some time on the injured list to recover. It doesn’t sound long term and he could be back within a week, but it’s not yet guaranteed. The Dodgers are deep and talented enough where they can sustain the loss and right the ship. Max Muncy proves his worth as he can play over the first, while Chris Taylor subsequently plays everywhere too. One would think that Edwin Rios gets a bump in playing time too.
Tony Gonsolin – Shoulder Inflammation: 10 day-IL (April 4, 2021)
Gonsolin’s pain had been lingering for awhile, so the Dodgers were cautious with their promising pitcher and put him on the injured list. There has been little mention of any progress thus far, but he will be throwing a bullpen session this weekend.
Elieser Hernandez – Bicep: 10 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
Hernandez hurt his bicep midway through his 2021 season debut, thus halting his comeback from a season-ending injury last year. After progressing to playing catch, it remains to be seen exactly when he will return.
Jacob Nottingham – Thumb, 10 day-IL: (April 1, 2021)
Despite having surgery on it in the offseason, Nottingham still had setbacks upon returning to the lineup late in camp. With Narvaez doing well to begin the season, it’s unlikely Nottingham will be rushed at all, given the depth of Pina behind him.
Kolton Wong – Oblique (April 10, 2021)
Wong was placed on the injured list with an oblique strain. It’s unsure what the Brewers will do here, but putting Hiura back at second could be an option, giving a big bat like Vogelbach some time to play. However, if they keep Hiura at first, Travis Shaw is the benefactor of this injury.
Josh Donaldson – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
Donaldson began limping after rounding first base following a hit in the season opener. With a history of injuries, this is just another in the disappointing career of the third baseman. Donaldson will take some swings in his next step of rehabbing, and could be back as soon as this week, meaning an activation on fantasy rosters is in order. The Twins have been hit with some injuries as of late and could use his bat back in the lineup, though the flexibility of Luis Arraez of Willians Astudillo have aided Minnesota as they look to get healthy.
Brent Rooker – Cervical Strain: 10 day-IL (April 7, 2021)
Rooker, who was seen as somewhat of a fix in left field, was put on the injured list for an injury to his neck. He isn’t necessarily their long term answer, but neither is Jake Cave, who replaces him there and is a fixture for everyday at bats in the time being. Keep an eye for Alex Kirilloff news once the Twins get an extra year of eligibility on his rookie status.
Edwar Colina – Inflammation, right elbow: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
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 pother bullpen options and can afford to wait.
New York Mets
Seth Lugo – Bone spur, right elbow: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Lugo has started throwing from a flat ground, and the Mets are optimistic that he will pitch for them soon enough, as he is on track with no setbacks. He had surgery in February, and seems likely to start the year on the IL, potentially missing all of April.
Carlos Carrasco – Hamstring: 10 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.
Noah Syndergaard – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL
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.
Jose Martinez – Torn meniscus, left knee: 60 day-IL
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.
J.D. Davis – Hand contusion: 10 day-IL (April 10, 2021)
Davis goes on the IL after hurting his hand after being struck by a pitch this week. This gives a team like the Mets and their players an uptick in consistency for at bats going forward.
New York Yankees
Luke Voit – Torn meniscus, left knee: 10 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Voit will miss at least three weeks of the season due to surgery to clean up his meniscus. He will stop all baseball activities for three weeks and then begin to ramp up his workload to hopefully return sometime in May. Jay Bruce has has been lacklustre in his attempt to fill the void at first base, while DJLeMahieu has only enhanced his value by gaining extra eligibility (if he already hadn’t) over at first base. The Yankees desperately need someone to step up for them.
Miguel Andjuar – Right hand and wrist soreness: 10 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Andjuar begin the season on the IL after succumbing to the pain he was feeling all winter while playing in the Dominican League. He was fighting for a roster spot, but looks likely to be facing an uphill battle when he eventually does return. While seeing a hand specialist for the injury, he remains nowhere near being ready for any baseball action or activities. Even when he returns, he is an injury or two away from becoming relevant in 2021.
Zack Britton – Elbow: 60 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Britton had surgery in March to remove a bone chip in his elbow. There is no timetable for a return to action, but he is going to be playing catch sooner rather than later. There is some speculation has him returning at some point in June, upon which he may record the odd save with plenty of holds opportunities. Until then, look for a returning Chapman to record a majority of the saves for the Yankees, while Chad Green gets the odd save.
Luis Severino – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 16, 2021)
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.
Clarke Schmidt – Elbow: 60 day-IL (April 3, 2021)
He’s likely to begin throwing again soon, but he won’t be rushed.
Trevor Rosenthal – Shoulder: 60 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
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 and Romo to emerge as the safest option of all, but it’s hard to tell who will.
Mike Fiers – Hip: 10 day-IL (March 29, 2021)
Fiers has yet to throw against any batters at all this Spring, as he’s gone from having back tightness to hip soreness. He hasn’t experienced any setbacks as he’s ramping up and could be back soon.
Chad Pinder – Knee: 10 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
Pinder hurt his knee while making a defensive play in the field, and hasn’t yet resumed any baseball activities. Jed Lowrie and Mitch Moreland get a bump in playing time, while the unproven offensive depth awaits opportunities to play.
A.J. Puk – Bicep Strain: 10 day-IL (April 7, 2021)
Puk hurt his bicep after a strong outing, thus putting another damper on him getting closer to the potential many think he will one day show. He will be out for longer than the minimum, giving Cole Irvin and Chris Bassitt more time to try and establish themselves.
Seranthony Dominguez – Elbow: 60 day-IL (February 17, 2021)
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.
Steven Brault – Lat strain: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
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, he is procedure that will take about 10 weeks to heal before a return. He may go into the Pirates’ rotation when he starts up again.
Blake Cederlind – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 24, 2021)
After suffering a UCL strain, Cederlind had Tommy John Surgery and will miss the 2021 season.
Ke’Bryan Hayes – Wrist: 10 day-IL (April 7, 2021)
His wrist is improving and he’s inching closer to a return to action, but seeing as he is the foundation for this extremely weak lineup and a big piece of their future, the Pirates will take their time.
San Diego Padres
Austin Nola – Fractured finger: 10 day-IL (March 29, 2021)
After injuring his finger, Nola has progressed taking some live batting to test it out. Victor Caratini has done well to start the season, but is likely to be at the shorter end of a platoon split once Nola returns, while promising rookie Luis Campusano will likely be sent back down to the minors.
Dinelson Lamet – UCL strain: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
After trying to pitch the Spring, Lamet was placed on the IL as he wasn’t fully ramped up and ready to go for the season. He has since thrown 36 pitches at the Padres’ alternate site. A risky pick in fantasy due to long term uncertainty, he gives way to the promising Adrian Morejon until he can prove that he is finally back and ready to contribute with consistency in the rotation.
Mike Clevinger – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (February 18, 2021)
Clevinger will miss the entire 2021 season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery in the offseason.
Fernando Tatis – Shoulder: 10 day-IL (April 6, 2021)
Tatis hurt his shoulder after a violent swing against the Giants. He was taken for an MRI, and while season-ending surgery was feared, the Padres were opting for non-season-ending surgery and will have him attempt to play through it. With every reason to remain cautious, it remains to be seen if this option is what actually happens. It could be a recurring injury if he does play through it and thus cost the Padres their star player even more time. Either way, look for Jake Cronenworth, Jurickson Profar and Ha-Seong Kim to get some additional at bats and possibly emerge as a star. That being said, there are rumours of Tatis returning later this week. Definitely something to monitor.
San Francisco Giants
Alex Wood – Back: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Wood starts the season on the IL due to back spasms. Wood has been progressing well and has thrown in a simulated game on his way back. Aaron Sanchez has done well to start the season, but anything substantial and long term is dicey.
Tyler Beede – Elbow, 60 day-IL (February 26, 2021)
After suffering a setback from his March 2020 Tommy John Surgery recovery, Beede was moved to the 60 day-IL, putting his entire 2021 season in jeopardy. He hopes to return at some point.
Kyle Lewis – Knee, 10 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Lewis has missed almost a week of Spring Training action, and will miss the start of the season. Taylor Trammell has had a great Spring but has struggled to start the season. Lewis looks on track to return within the next week or two, after experiencing zero setbacks following an uptick in intensity in rehab.
Shed Long Jr. – Shin: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
After having season ending surgery for it in September 2020, Shed Long Jr. suffered a setback while fouling a ball off of his toe recently. He was slated to compete for the starting 2B job in Seattle, but last season’s breakout by Dylan Moore makes this less likely to happen for now.
Andres Munoz – Elbow, 60 day-IL (March 18, 2021)
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 awhile to attempt to do so following his setback in early March.
Ken Giles – Elbow, 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Giles seems unlikely to pitch in 2021.
Jake Fraley – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (April 9, 2021)
Fraley hurt his hamstring and was thought to miss extended time. Thought to be worse than it was, the Mariners see him returning sooner than expected, though the exact time isn’t yet known.
James Paxton – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
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.
St. Louis Cardinals
Kwang-Hyun Kim, Back: 10 day-IL (March 29, 2021)
Kim missed the start of the season, but will need to only go through simulated games successfully before joining the team again. He is slated to throw 90 pitches this weekend as a final tune up for a 2021 debut. Jon Gant looks to stay as their fifth starter in the meantime.
Miles Mikolas – Shoulder: 10 day-IL (March 28, 2021)
The team will cautiously take their time getting Mikolas back to speed while he recovers from shoulder tightness. He is optimistic to return sometime in May if all goes right, which means coming to the Cardinals’ alternate site for rehab and ramp ups.
Harrison Bader – Forearm: 10 day-IL (March 28, 2021)
Bader will begin the season on the IL with forearm soreness and will be sidelined for up to six weeks. This opens the door to Dylan Carlsson having everyday playing time, while possibly producing a platoon in right field. This may also be Tyler O’Neill’s last chance to prove that he can be a starter in the majors.
Dakota Hudson – Tommy John Surgery: 10 day-IL (March 28, 2021)
Hudson is unlikely to pitch in 2021.
Tampa Bay Rays
Nick Anderson – UCL torn ligament: 60 day-IL (March 26, 2021)
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.
Yonny Chirinos – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (February 22, 2021)
Chirinos will miss the entire 2021 season after having Tommy John Surgery last August.
Jalen Beeks – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (February 17, 2021)
Beeks will miss the entire 2021 season after having Tommy John Surgery last August.
Pete Fairbanks – Rotator Cuff Strain: 10 day-IL (April 9, 2021)
The injury will keep him out until at least May as he is being shut down for awhile. This gives Diego Castillo a clearer path for saves in the Ray’s bullpen.
Ji-Man Choi – Knee: 10 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
After undergoing arthroscopic surgery in the offseason, Choi will remain sidelined for the next month or so. Yoshi Tsutsugo and Mike Brousseau look to split playing time, but nothing is set in stone with the Rays.
Kevin Keirmaier – Quadriceps: 10 day-IL April 6, 2021)
The speedy outfielder will miss multiple weeks, giving Manuel Margot a chance to finally prove his worth.
Chris Archer – Forearm tightness: (April 10, 2021)
Archer experienced the tightness is the middle of his performance on the mound versus the Yankees, and was immediately sent to the injured list. While it doesn’t seem to serious an issue, the Rays are playing it safe. Brent Honeywell has been called up as a corresponding move.
Khris Davis – Left Quadricep: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Davis has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain of his left quadriceps, and will be placed on the IL. The timeline of this injury is about 3-4 weeks. The Rangers will use a lot of platooning and role switching this season to help accommodate their injuries.
Joely Rodriguez – Ankle: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Rodriguez will not be ready to start the season and may land on the IL. He has yet to pitch in a Spring Training game.
Jose Leclerc – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Leclerc is unable to pitch in 2021.
Wllie Calhoun – Groin: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Calhoun is expected to miss at least two weeks to start the season with a mild groin strain. This opens the door for Lady Tavares to take over for now, but a lot of options are there in platoon-like roles.
Jonathan Hernandez – Elbow: 60 day-IL (March 30, 2021)
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.
Matt Bush – Elbow Inflammation: 10 day-IL (April 9, 2021)
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 in the meantime.
Toronto Blue Jays
George Springer – Oblique and Quadriceps: 10 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Springer was day-to-day with a Grade 2 strain on his oblique, and even progressed to hitting off of a tee before the official move to the IL. He was subsequently placed on the IL as he wasn’t ready, and has since suffered another injury while rehabbing. He is unlikely to be back for yet another week. For now, look for Randall Grichuk to continue get more at bats in his absence.
Robbie Ray – Left Elbow Contusion: 10 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Ray hurt himself falling down some stairs, but could be back soon.
Kirby Yates – Tommy John Surgery: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
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.
Thomas Hatch – Elbow: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
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.
Nate Pearson – Groin: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Pearson is now throwing from a mound in an effort to make the rotation at some point during the season. He has since thrown a bullpen session and could be back within the month. That said, the Jays will continue remain cautious.
Teoscar Hernandez – Covid-19 Symptoms: (April 9, 2021)
Hernandez and reliever Ryan Borucki were both placed on the Covid-19 IL due to having close onctact to a non-organizational case. It remains to be seen how long they will be gone, but rumours have him gone until at least this Thursday. This makes Randall Grichuk even more valuable for everyday at bats in the meantime.
Lourdes Gurriel – Covid-19 Vaccine side effects (April 10, 2021)
Gurriel had a setback following the vaccine and will be out as long as it takes to feel better. In the meantime, Jonathan Davis and Josh Palacios will receive the opportunity to play.
Will Harris – Blood Clot – 10 day-IL (March 29, 2021)
Harris recently discovered that his bloodletting was unrelated to thoracic outlet syndrome, which could mean he will be back much sooner and healthier. When back, he should be in the mix for some holds and the odd save.
Jon Lester – Covid-19 Symptoms: (April 6, 2021)
Lester was a part of a massive list of players that were hit with a positive test, and will miss some time. The other players that remain out at Kyle Schwarber, Josh Bell and Josh Harrison. Timetables for each player varies on how recovery goes.