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.
Kole Calhoun – Hamstring: 60 day-IL (April 27, 2021)
Original: Calhoun suffered the injury this week, and will be sidelined for awhile. It’s the second major injury this season for him, as the Diamondbacks were anticipating big power numbers from him. It’s another unfortunate setback, as he underwent a procedure to excise the left semitendinosus tendon in his left hamstring. Highly touted prospect Daulton Varsho, who is also catcher eligible, was called up and will get some at bats. He is worth an add if your catcher situation is dire.
Weekly Update: Calhoun was transferred over to the 60 day-IL over the weekend, and will miss extended time.
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.
Weekly Update: Clippard has begun a throwing program, but it still a long ways away from a full recovery.
Carson Kelly – Fractured toe: 10 day-IL (May 16, 2021)
Weekly Update: Kelly has begun hitting off of a tee, which is a positive sign forward. However, seeing as how important the feet are to a catcher, he may still have a long ways to go before returning to the big leagues. Stephen Vogt has been seeing a lot of at bats for the Diamondbacks, and should Kelly’s injury require extra time, he may be the source of playing time rather than Varsho.
Asdrubal Cabrera – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (May 15, 2021)
Original: Cabrera injured himself while trying to steal a base, and was thus placed on the IL in order to have it properly heal. No word yet on the extent of the injury, but it was serious enough to warrant a ten day healing period. And while he does feel better, surgery has not yet been ruled out as a possibility. Stay tuned.
Weekly Update: Surgery has been ruled out as a necessity, but a timeline to return has not yet been set.
Zac Gallen – UCL strain: 10 day-IL (May 12, 2021)
Original: Gallen started to feel tightness after pitching in late April, and again after his next two starts, however, in that final start that tightness extended itself towards the elbow, rather than just his forearm. As a precautionary measure, he went for an MRI and the results indicated a minor strain of the UCL. While this normally leads to the dreaded Tommy John surgery, subsequently ending his 2021 and most of 2022 seasons, the Diamondbacks feel that because they discovered this so early, a two week rest period will be the first step in the recovery process to see if it can heal and get better on its own. For now, he will not throw at all and will be re-assessed after those two weeks to see if and how the healing process transpired. For now, though, consider his 2021 season over and begin to plan for post-Gallen life.
Weekly Update: Gallen has begun playing light catch, which, while it seems like a positive sign, it’s something that could ultimately be delaying the inevitable. Still, take it for what it is, and dream big.
Christian Walker – Oblique: 10 day-IL (May 12, 2021)
Original: Walker heads back to the injured list briefly after finishing up a stint there for the same injury. Walker and the team feel that this injury isn’t as severe as before and that his time on the injured list will be significantly minimized.
Weekly Update: Walker has begun hitting, but will still require a rehab session in order to make himself ready for a return. Pavin Smith continues to hold the fort down for the Diamondbacks in his absence.
Luke Weaver – Shoulder discomfort: 10 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.
Weekly Update: Weaver is currently looking for a second opinion, meaning he didn’t like the first one. Take that as a sign that this injury could be more serious than what was first imagined.
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.
Weekly Update: d’Arnaud was transferred to the 60 day-IL, almost immediately, and will require surgery on the thumb. In the meantime, William Contreras has done an admirable job, albeit in a small sample size.
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.
Weekly Update: Following some successful exploratory examinations, Soroka will require two to four weeks of time off before he is re-evaluated. The likelihood of him missing all of 2021 is gaining traction.
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.
Cristian Pache – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (May 14, 2021)
Original: Pache left a game this week after running out a groundball, and was placed on the IL. It’s the second lower body injury that has sidelined the Braves’ top prospect this year, which is detrimental, since speed is his best weapon on the base paths and in the outfield.
Huauscar Ynoa – Broken hand: 10 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.
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.
Weekly Update: Davis is rehabbing in Texas. He still does not need to be rostered, no matter where he is rehabbing.
Hunter Harvey – Oblique injury: 60-day IL (March 16, 2021)
Original: 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.
Weekly Update: Word is that Harvey has been progressing as planned and seems fine after having pitched all week. He keeps getting closer and closer to a return and could be in line for saves should his health prevail.
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.
Weekly Update: Brasier was transferred over to the 60 day-IL this week, prolonging his return to the Red Sox. He has since thrown a bullpen session.
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 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.
Weekly Update: Sale has been feeling better and better after every time he is on the mound in rehab, and thus could move onto more intense sessions in the future.
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.
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 awhile. Tony Wolters will be the backup to Contreras in the meantime.
Jake Marisnick – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (May 11, 2021)
Original: Marisnick suffered the injury while trying to track a fly ball this week. He doesn’t expect it to be anything too serious, and should be back when he’s eligible.
Alec Mills – Back: 10 day-IL (May 17, 2021)
Original: Mills went on the IL last Sunday, but actually threw a bullpen session a mere four days later. For now, consider this a minor injury and look for a return to be speedy and quick.
Jason Heyward – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (May 20, 2021)
Original: Hayward will miss some time after suffering the strain this week. With a lot of players on the IL, the Cubs should be giving plenty of consistent playing time to those who usually get it, with very few days off.
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 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.
Adam Engel – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Original: 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.
Weekly Update: It is expected that Engel will begin a rehab assignment next week.
Jace Fry – Back: 60 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
Original: 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.
Luis Robert – Hip Flexor: 10 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.
Weekly Update: Robert has opted against surgery, and an update on his recovery process will be provided in eight weeks. Fingers crossed.
Michael Lorenzen – Shoulder strain: 60 day-IL (April 14, 2021)
Original: Originally thought to be minor, Lorenzen was transferred to the 60 day-IL for his shoulder, thus putting a huge delay in his debut for the Reds. He has since received an platelet-rich plasma injection into his shoulder and giving it the rest it needs. While a return is very likely, the glass half-empty in me things there’s a chance he gets shut down for the season. In the meantime, Jeff Hoffman has been inserted into the starting rotation, and his re-introduced slider has him finding early season success.
Weekly Update: After undergoing an MRI to reassess his healing, Lorenzen has been cleared to resume throwing.
Aristides Aquino – Wrist: 60 day-IL (April 16, 2021)
Original: Aquino fractured the hamate bone in his wrist this week while swinging a bat, and thus will be out multiple weeks. While he was a reserve bat, he does possess power potential when healthy, so an injury to his wrist could sap his power potential for awhile.
Weekly Update: Aquino was transferred to the 60 day-IL and needs more time in which to heal.
Joey Votto – Thumb: 10 day-IL (May 3, 2021)
Original: Votto fractured his thumb and is set to miss about a month of action. It remains to be seen who his replacement will be, or if the Reds just mix and match for the time being.
Weekly Update: Votto will get a follow up exam early this week to see how much healing has happened. He’s been slowly but surely getting better, but is still very limited in what he can do on the field.
Mike Moustakas – Heel contusion: 10 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.
Nick Senzel – Knee: 10 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 add if he’s available.
Wade Miley – Sprained foot: 10 day-IL (May 21, 2021)
Original: Miley will remain out of the lineup and on the shelf with a sprained foot. The Reds do not have a replacement set yet within the rotation, so keep an eye out for that.
Roberto Perez – Finger: 10 day-IL (May 7, 2021)
Original: Perez will undergo surgery on his right ring finger and will be out for months. It’s a big blow for the team as it will be down to Austin Hedges and Rene Riviera to break through behind the plate.
Weekly Update: With no official timetable in place, manager Terry Francona labelled it as a monthly injury, rather than a weekly one, so don’t expect Perez to be back anytime soon.
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.
Kyle Freeland – Shoulder strain: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Original: 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.
Weekly Update: Freeland pitched four innings in Triple-A as he continues his rehab for the Rockies. He will be welcomed with open arms by the Rockies who need starting pitching.
Ian Desmond – Covid-19 Opt-Out
Original: Desmond opted out for the season due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Chris Owings – Left thumb strain: 60 day-IL (April 10, 2021)
Original: Injured during a swing, Owings was placed on the IL for his ailing thumb and will miss some time. It’s disappointing for the veteran who was trying to carve himself a spot in the Rockies’ lineup after a hot start to the season. He’s very streaky and inconsistent, so when he returns, play him the he’s hot (or at home) and cut him when he’s not.
Weekly Update: He successfully underwent surgery this past week and is in a soft cast. It will be quite some time before he returns to action.
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.
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.
Weekly Update: Baez has now evolved to throwing from 90 feet away.
Forest Whitley – Tommy John surgery (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.
Framber Valdez – Finger, left hand: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Original: 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. Keep monitoring him to see for any setbacks or progress.
Weekly Update: The plan is for Valdez to make a start for the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate, and then reassess from there. From where we were a few months ago to where we are now, it’s been a miraculous return for Framber.
Josh James – Hip: 10 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.
Weekly Update: Josh James just recently resumed throwing, indicating his injury was more serious than was first believed.
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.
Weekly Update: Verlander has thrown from 90 feet and feels good. Progression…..but still a long ways to go.
Jake Odorizzi – Right forearm: 10 day-IL (April 24, 2021)
Original: Odorizzi lasted five pitches in his start this past week before exiting with forearm tightness. Despite there being no structural damage, it seems likely that he will miss two to three starts, though he has resumed throwing, so there’s that bit of positive news. In the meantime, Luis Garcia returns to his role as the fifth starter in the Astros rotation.
Weekly Update: Odorizzi will make a rehab appearance at the end of the weekend in the hopes of being able to come back and pitch for the Astros sooner rather than later.
Jose Urquidy – Shoulder: 10 day-IL (May 16, 2021)
Original: Urquidy was suffering from shoulder tightness and the decision was made to move him to the IL. He has already resumed throwing, which is hopefully indicating that the injury isn’t overly serious.
Weekly Update: The plan is for a weekend bullpen session and then a rehab outing or two later in the week for Urquidy. Bottom line is that he’s getting close.
Kansas City Royals
Adalberto Mondesi – Oblique: 10 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Original: 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. 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.
Weekly Update: Mondesi has been deployed to the Royals’ Triple-A affiliate, to continue his rehab assignment. A return to the majors seems imminent.
Hunter Dozier – Concussion: 7 day-IL (May 14, 2021)
Original: Dozier will head to the Concussion IL after a nasty collision with Jose Abreu on a pop up where both batter and first baseman didn’t see each other.
Weekly Update: Dozier has been progressing well and should be back soon, possibly at some point throughout this week. Be ready to activate him.
Danny Duffy – Forearm: 10 day-IL (May 18, 2021)
Original: Duffy experienced soreness in his forearm, and the worst was feared before an MRI came back negative. Still, he is on a five day rest period before a reassessment of his return will be planned. Expect more than the minimum ten days, and to not see Duffy back until at least June.
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 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.
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.
Weekly Update: Barreto will miss ten to twelve months of action after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Luke Bard – Hip: 60 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
Original: Bard got season ending surgery for his hip and will not pitch in 2021.
Dexter Fowler – Knee: 60 day-IL (April 13, 2021)
Original: Fowler was transferred to the 60 day-IL and will remain out for awhile. Even when he does come back, the Angels’ outfield could already be set with their promising youth.
Max Stassi – Concussion: 7 day-IL (May 7, 2021)
Original: Stassi hurt his head while trying to track down a foul ball this week, and was placed on the Concussion Protocol IL of seven days. The capable Kurt Suzuki takes over and has proven to be productive in spurts.
Weekly Update: Stassi says that he feels better, but there is no clear timetable for a return from him. While he is throwing now, there’s no indication that he will be returning before lineups are set tomorrow. Consider his situation to be day-to-day for now with the possibility of him returning at anytime.
Los Angeles Dodgers
A.J. Pollock – Left hamstring: 10 day-IL (May 15, 2021)
Original: Pollock left Friday’s game with some tightness and will need at least ten days to fully recover. The Dodgers’ depth will be tested now with quite the depleted lineup.
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.
Weekly Update: While the injury won’t require surgery, Seager will miss at least four weeks before returning to the Dodgers.
Brusdar Graterol – Forearm tightness: 10 day-IL (April 29, 2021)
Original: Graterol experienced some tightness in his shoulder while rehabbing at the Dodgers’ alternate site. The hard throwing righty has been trying to come back from a previous injury, and it’s conquering that he may not be quite as effective as we’re used to for quite some time. While once considered the heir apparent to Kenley Jansen as the closer, those aspirations seem long gone as his health is more concerning now.
Weekly Update: While Gratero did complete a twenty pitch bullpen session for the team this week, the Dodgers will be taking things slowly with him, as they want to monitor everything from his delivery, his windup and everything in between.
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.
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.
Cody Bellinger – Hairline fracture in his fibula: 10 day-IL (April 9, 2021)
Original: 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.
Weekly Update: Bellinger will begin a rehab assignment for the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate this weekend. The star studded outfielder will be welcomed back with open arms when he does return, though for now it’s unclear as to when that will be.
Tony Gonsolin – Shoulder Inflammation: 10 day-IL (April 4, 2021)
Original: 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.
Weekly Update: Gonsolin will report to and pitch for the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate this weekend. Slowly but surely, he’s getting back.
Zach McKinstry – Oblique: 10 day-IL (April 23, 2021)
Original: McKinstry suffered the oblique injury after a batting practice session earlier this week. He was a popular FAAB add and was supposed to see at bats everywhere on the field, but alas, he will probably be out for more ten days as obliques can be tricky. Chris Taylor should see an uptick in at bats if he’s healthy and a returning Gavin Lux should benefit too.
Weekly Update: McKinstry will begin a rehab assignment for the Dodger’s Triple-A affiliate late this weekend or early in the week.
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.
Weekly Update: Knebel was transferred over to the 60 day-IL this week as his injury will take awhile to heal.
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.
Weekly 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.
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.
Weekly Update: Rios has undergone his surgery and is recovering from home.
Elieser Hernandez – Bicep: 10 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
Original: 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.
Weekly Update: Hernandez will be expecting to throw 45-60 pitches for his rehab assignment next week. Doing so would mean he takes a giant leap towards returning.
Jorge Alfaro – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (April 21, 2021)
Original: Alfaro suffered the injury in the middle of a game and wasn’t able to return. Pedro Leon takes over, and while he’s good when he plays, he does better offensively in spurts, so it remains to be seen who consistent he can be at the plate. It’s worth keeping an eye on him for now, but I wouldn’t stash him by any means.
Weekly Update: Alfaro took part in two rehab games over the past week, but will need at least two more before being cleared for a return.
Starling Marte – Ribs: 10 day-IL (April 20, 2021)
Original: Marte will miss some time after hurting his ribs this week. Lewis Brinson was recalled as a result, but shouldn’t be counted on for much of anything. Monitor Marte to see if he returns within the ten day parameters because he’s a five category player who could help, and was having a fine start to the season.
Weekly Update: Marte took batting practice for the Marlins late in the week and is getting closer to coming back.
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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 pother bullpen options and can afford to wait.
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.
Byron Buxton – Hip Strain: 10 day-IL (May 7, 2021)
Original: Buxton, who struggles to remain healthy, will be out for weeks following his injury. It is significant enough where it appears he will be out for weeks. Trevor Larnach is up as his replacement on the roster and should be considered in the deepest of leagues, with a watchful eye because he has the potential to be huge.
Weekly Update: Buston has progressed to some light baseball activities, but he hasn’t yet begun to run, so he’s got some time left before considering a return. Arguably the team’s MVP, he will be a sight for sore eyes for one of the league’s worst teams.
Michael Pineda – Thigh: 10 day-IL (May 19, 2021)
Original: Pineda has already undergone a procedure to remove an abscess in his thigh, and has already resumed throwing, so it would appear that a minimal stay on the IL is what’s warranted here. Randy Dobnak made a spot start, and could probably make one more before Pineda is cleared to return.
New York Mets
Seth Lugo – Bone spur, right elbow: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Original: 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.
Weekly Update: Despite being transferred to the 60 day-IL, Lugo is still scheduled to pitch in the near future, albeit that return is delayed a bit more. He is an important piece to the Mets’ bullpen, so they want to make sure he is ready like Freddy.
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.
Weekly Update: Carrasco, in his bid to make play for the Mets in 2021, has begun playing catch. It remains to be seen when he will debut.
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.
Weekly Update: Syndergaard threw four innings worth of effective ball earlier this week, but it was a Low-A start and he will need to be just as effective against tougher competition before even being considered ready for a return. It remains to be seen how effective he will be once he does return, but the fact remains that he is getting closer and closer to a return.
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.
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.
Weekly Update: Betances was transferred to the 60 day-IL, as his injury will require extended time to heal.
Brandon Nimmo – Finger: 10 day-IL (May 6, 2021)
Original: Nimmo hurt his hand during an at bat earlier in the week, and he was thus placed on the IL, retroactive to May 3. Kevin Pillar has benefited from more playing time thus far, and that’s a trend that could continue.
Weekly Update: Nimmo felt some pain in his bruised finger during a rehab game and was forced to sit out the next night. It remains to be seen if this is considered a major setback or just a day-to-day thing, but for now he is being held out of rehab action, which isn’t the best sign.
J.D. Davis – Finger: 10 day-IL (May 5, 2021)
Original: Davis hurt his hand and will be out for at least ten days. Jonathan Villar has been spared out even more all over the field as a result and is gaining eligibility fast. If he ever puts it all together, he’s a weapon for sure.
Weekly Update: Davis is feeling better, and if his potential return over the weekend gets delayed, look for him to be back early in the week. Remember to activate him.
Jacob deGrom – Side: 10 day-IL (May 11, 2021)
Original: Jacob deGrom avoided any major damage and will require some minimal time off for his side, after leaving last week’s start with slight discomfort. It’s concerning in that it could be a lingering issue that’s not disappearing, so the Mets are taking every precaution necessary to protect the league’s best pitcher. He will hopefully only be gone for the minimum of ten days and then be back on the field. He has already begun to play catch.
Weekly Update: deGrom’s next appearance on the mound will be on Tuesday, but it remains to be seen whether or not that is with the Mets or somewhere in the minors.
Pete Alonso – Hand Sprain: 10 day-IL (May 21, 2021)
Original: Alonso got hit by a pitch early in the week, but was able to play through the pain until an off day midweek. Ultimately the decision was made to give him the time off to heal, as he can’t even swing a bat right now. He is eligible to return on May 29, and is optimistic to return then, but anything can happen.
Kevin Pillar – Nose: 10 day-IL (May 18, 2021)
Original: Pillar suffered multiple nasal fractures after getting hit by a pitch this week, (viewer discretion advised on the link), and will miss extended time after having surgery to fix his broken nose. The Mets, who were the pre-season advocates for the need for a DH due to a plethora of batting options, now find themselves undermanned with a plethora of injuries. Cameron Maybin, Johneshwy Fargas and Dominic Smith are your starting outfielders right now, and it’s not how anyone drew that one up.
Taijuan Walker – Side tightness: 10 day-IL (May 18, 2021)
Original: Walker left his start on Wednesday early with tightness in his side, and was then placed on the IL to heal up. With so many holes in their rotation, it remains to be seen who will replace him, though a bullpen game or spot start from the minors seems likely. Stay tuned.
Jeff McNeil – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (May 17, 2021)
Original: McNeil injured himself last weekend, and after an MRI, it was determined that he would need at least ten days to properly heal up. Jose Peraza will help mend the fences here, but the Mets are not in a good situation at all anywhere on the field.
Michael Conforto – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (May 17, 2021)
Original: Conforto pulled up lame while running out a ground ball against the Rays and will miss time on the IL to heal up.
New York Yankees
Aaron Hicks – Wrist: 10 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 medicine 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.
Weekly Update: Hicks will undergo surgery, and will be sidelined for a long time. He will not be back anytime soon.
Zack Britton – Elbow: 60 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Original: 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.
Weekly Update: Britton went to see a specialist and was cleared to continue his throwing program. Things are looking good for a scheduled return.
Luis Severino – Tommy John Surgery: 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.
Weekly Update: Severino threw to live hitters at the Yankees’ player development complex, but he hasn’t yet joined the team. He may have some impact fantasy-wise this year in him after all, just don’t bank too much on it happening in case of a setback or a difficult transition back.
Clarke Schmidt – Elbow: 60 day-IL (April 3, 2021)
Original: He’s likely to begin throwing again soon, but he won’t be rushed.
Weekly Update: He has begun playing catch at about a 100 foot distance.
Giancarlo Stanton – Quadriceps: 10 day-IL (May 17, 2021)
Original: Stanton left last Friday’s game against the Rays with tightness and thus his IL stint is retroactive to that. He’s been taking part in weight activities and indoor panting practice. If all goes well, expect a return on May 25, and thus he needs to be activated for next week’s slate of games.
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 and Romo to emerge as the safest option of all, but it’s hard to tell who will.
A.J. Puk – Bicep Strain: 10 day-IL (April 7, 2021)
Original: 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.
Weekly Update: Puk threw a perfect inning in rehab. He is looking better and better with each appearance he makes.
Jesus Luzardo – Finger: 10 day-IL (May 3, 2021)
Original: Luzardo hurt himself at home while playing a video game, and will be out for awhile. While he has begun throwing and catching from 60 feet, he has been encouraged to use a more traditional handheld controller, rather than the Switch remotes that encourage more movement of the hand.
Weekly Update: Luzardo will throw a bullpen session late this weekend. It remains to be seen if a rehab assignment is in order before he returns.
J.T. Realmuto – Bruised hand: 10 day-IL (May 21, 2021)
Original: Realmuto and the Phillies had hoped for a quicker recovery, but it never happened and thus, the All-Star catcher will miss some time on the IL. Andrew Knapp takes over behind the plate, and, while he does have some offensive upside, it’s nothing compared to the best catcher in fantasy baseball. If you have lost Realmuto, you’re better off streaming than you are picking up Knapp.
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.
Scott Kingery – Concussion: 7 day-IL (May 18, 2021)
Original: Kingery left a game against the Blue Jays with dizziness, but the scary part was that the cause for it was unknown. He was placed on the Concussion Protocol Injured List as a safety precaution, but it doesn’t bode well for someone struggling so much. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him released or traded at some point before 2022.
Didi Gregorius – Elbow Impingement: 10 day-IL (May 18, 2021)
Original: Gregorius was hoping that this would heal itself sooner, but alas he was placed on the IL after three days of sitting out. Nick Maton has filled in for Gregorius in his absence, but the Phillies will need Didi’s bat if they are to compete.
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, 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.
Weekly Update: Brault is throwing from flat ground, which is something in the right direction. At least he’s progressing.
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.
Ke’Bryan Hayes – Wrist: 60 day-IL (April 7, 2021)
Original: 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.
Weekly Update: Hayes was transferred to the 60 day-IL list last week and will miss extended time, which is disappointing since he was so close to a return a mere week ago. He should be entering a rehab assignment phase within the next week or so, if all goes according to plan.
Philip Evans – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (May 13, 2021)
Original: Evans heads to the IL with a hamstring injury, and will miss some time. It’s an unfortunate turn for the youngster who started off the season so well.
Weekly Update: Evans, who can return on May 23, has competed in full speed running drills, indicating that he is getting closer to returning.
Colin Moran – Groin: 10 day-IL (May 12, 2021)
Original: Moran went on the IL this week after experiencing some stiffness in his groinage area. He will be replaced by Adam Frazier.
Weekly Update: Moran is days away from competing in any game action, which indicates that more than ten days will be required. The Pirates offence remains something to be avoided.
San Diego Padres
Drew Pommeranz – Lat/Left shoulder impingement: 10 day-IL (May 10, 2021)
Original: Pomeranz will head to the IL after experiencing the injury earlier in the week. While he wasn’t officially placed on the IL until later in the week, the move is retroactive to the date above. He has suffered through many injuries before, specifically before the Eason with said shoulder, so this is a bit more concerning than it would be something else.
Weekly Update: While it is encouraging that he threw a light bullpen session earlier in the week, he’s still a ways away from returning as his workouts will need to be ramped up in intensity.
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.
Weekly Update: Morejon had Tommy John Surgery and was transferred to the 60 day-IL, ending his 2021 season.
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.
Wil Myers – Covid-19: Undetermined Length (May 12, 2021)
Original: Myers was removed mid-game after receiving a positive test result. He will be gone for at least ten days while he recovers.
Weekly Update: Rumors abound of him returning at some ;point over the weekend. If that does not happen, look for him to be back early in the week. Be ready to activate him if you have him on your team.
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.
Weekly Update: After meeting with doctors earlier in the week, Sanchez should be starting a catching program this upcoming week, which is a step in the right direction.
Tyler Beede – Elbow, 60 day-IL (February 26, 2021)
Original: 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.
Weekly Update: Beede is hitting mid-90’s in his rehab sessions down in Triple-A. Still, temper your 2021 expectations, as he’s coming back from Tommy John Surgery.
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.
Weekly Update: Moronta was transferred over to the 60 day-IL, delaying his 2021 season even more, and which could make him irrelevant for fantasy purposes in 2021.
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 anyone of them to emerge with the hot bat and pounce on it.
Weekly Update: LaStella was transferred over to the 60 day-IL, delaying his return even more.
Logan Webb – Strained right shoulder: 10 day-IL (May 19, 2021)
Original: The promising young pitcher will miss time on the IL with a shoulder injury, after an MRI revealed a minor strain. His spot in the rotation is up for grabs due to the current injuries the team is facing.
Wilmer Flores – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (May 19, 2021)
Original: Flores went on the IL after suffering a hamstring strain, following an MRI this past week. He will be replaced by a returning Donovan Solano. The Giants don’t believe it will be an extended absence.
Shed Long Jr. – Shin: 60 day-IL (April 27, 2021)
Original: 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. Though he has faced some live batting, he’s still not yet ready to return.
Weekly Update: Following last week’s setback, Shed Long Jr. was transferred to the 60 day-IL and will require a lot of extra time before a return is possible.
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 awhile to attempt to do so following his setback in early March.
Weekly 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.
Ken Giles – Elbow, 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Original: Giles seems unlikely to pitch in 2021.
Jake Fraley – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (April 9, 2021)
Original: 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.
Weekly Update: Fraley is hitting well in his minor league rehab outings, and could be activated this week.
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.
Marco Gonzales – Miild forearm strain: 10 day-IL (April 29, 2021)
Original: Gonzales will miss a few starts with a mild forearm strain. This could help explain why he was so ineffective to start the season, as he’s been pretty consistently good for years.
Weekly Update: Gonzales threw off a mound this past week over two consecutive days with zero setbacks whatsoever. He’s a decent stash on your bench if you have the room, as he should be better than his current stats indicate.
Ty France – Wrist Inflammation: 10 day-IL (May 14, 2021)
Original: France has been in a slump since hurting his wrist last month, and this trip to the IL will hopefully heal whatever has been bothering him. Since taking a pitch off the wrist in April, France has been mired in a massive slump. As part of his recovery program, he will be required to wear a splint and take anti-inflammatory drugs to help the healing process. This does not sound like a minimum stay on the IL, and we could see extended time if the splint and drugs do not work. Dylan Moore has hit well in May and he could be a great buy low right now.
Evan White – Strained right hip flexor: 10 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.
Dylan Moore – Calf: 10 day-IL (May 19, 2021)
Original: Moore will miss time due to a calf injury that wasn’t healing as quickly as the Mariners had hoped. He has been replaced by Donovan Walton, as that situation should be avoided in fantasy.
St. Louis Cardinals
Dakota Hudson – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 28, 2021)
Original: Hudson is unlikely to pitch in 2021.
Jordan Hicks – Elbow Inflammation: 60 day-IL (May 14, 2021)
Original: His latest injury will keep him out of action for multiple weeks tampering any chance he had of being the team’s closer this season. Alex Reyes has done an admirable job instead.
Weekly Update: Hicks was transferred over to the 60 day-IL, delaying his return even more. 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.
Paul DeJong – Fractured rib: 10 day-IL (May 14, 2021)
Original: DeJong will miss some time Wirth a fractured rib, and it is hopeful that the ten day minimum is the extent of the time missed. Manager Mike Shildt doesn’t think it’ll last much longer, but ribs can be a tricky injury from which to recover.
Weekly Update: DeJong will need extended time on the IL and won’t be activated until at least mid-June.
Tyler O’Neill – Finger: 10 day-IL (May 17, 2021)
Original: O’Neill went on the IL earlier this week after his finger didn’t heal the way the Cardinals had hoped, and thus they needed the roster spot. While he has been cleared for baseball activities, the timeline for any return to action is unknown.
Tampa Bay Rays
Michael Wacha – Hamstring tightness: 10 day-IL (May 4, 2021)
Original: Wacha was placed on the IL after experiencing tightness in his hamstring. With the Rays having so many options within their system, they will likely wait until Wacha is fully healed and then give him a shot back within the rotation.
Weekly Update: Wacha threw a rehab assignment en route to returning sooner rather than later. He’s been doing well in rehab and could be activated this weekend. If that’s overly optimistic, expect him back early in the upcoming week.
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.
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.
Jalen Beeks – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (February 17, 2021)
Original: Beeks will miss the entire 2021 season after having Tommy John Surgery last August.
Chris Archer – Forearm tightness: 60 day-IL (April 10, 2021)
Original: 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.
Weekly Update: Archer has begun a throwing program, but is still weeks away from even being considered for anything fantasy relevant.
Luis Patino – Right middle finger laceration: 10 day-IL (May 20, 2021)
Original: Patino suffered the injury while trying to grip the ball on Tuesday and as a result, started bleeding. It remains to be seen if he requires an extended absence, but external injuries are easier from which to heal.
Jose Leclerc – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Original: Leclerc is unable to pitch in 2021.
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.
Weekly Update: He underwent successful Tommy John Surgery.
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.
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 the meniscus tear and will be out for awhile.
Weekly 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.
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.
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.
Weekly Update: Hatch has already made a rehab start in Triple-A and is getting close to returning.
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.
Weekly Update: Merryweather was transferred over to the 60 day-IL, and will be shut down as a result. He has resumed throwing and p[laying catch on flat ground.
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.
Weekly Update: Kirk has resumed throwing and is also hitting off of a tee. He still has a long time before he makes any return. All Jays catchers, however, shouldn’t be trusted for fantasy prowess.
George Springer – Right Quadriceps Strain: 10 day-IL (May 6, 2021)
Original: Springer is back on the IL with the same injury that kept him out of action to start the season. One has to wonder if other options are in the cards for him, or even if a 60 day-IL stint too, but that is pure speculation here.
Weekly Update: Springer is limited to jogging, and thus won’t be rushed back as he was their prized offseason acquisition. Randall Grichuck remains the beneficiary of this injury.
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