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, we here at RotoFanatic have got you covered.
Kole Calhoun – Hamstring: 10 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.
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. Stefan Crichton takes over as the next in line should Joakim Soria falter.
Ketel Marte – Hamstring strain: 10 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
Original: 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.
Weekly Update: During a follow-up MRI, Marte’s hamstring has showed some healing, which is a good sign. That said, it remains to be seen how long it will be until he returns to action.
Joakim Soria – Strained left calf: 10 day-IL (April 6, 2021)
Original: 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, with both getting opportunities, but neither should be trusted as a solidified source for saves just yet.
Weekly Update: He successfully threw one inning during a game at the team’s alternate site on Friday. Now is your last chance to add him if you need saves, as he should slot right into the closer’s role and be given the chance to save almost immediately.
Christian Walker – Strained right oblique: 10 day-IL (April 12, 2021)
Original: Walker was placed on the IL after straining his oblique a week ago. In his place, Asdrubal Cabrera is starting at first base, but has struggled.
Weekly Update: Walker played five innings during a game at the team’s alternate site, signalling that a return to the big league club is much closer. Asdrubal Cabrera has been adequate in his absence, and Walker looks poised to be slotted in right away at first base.
Tim Locastro – Dislocated pinky finger: 10 day-IL (April 18, 2021)
Original: Locastro hurt himself while getting caught trying to steal second base. Pavin Smith replaced him in the outfield, and the Diamondbacks acquired Nick Heath from the Royals earlier in the day. It remains to be seen what the plan is for Arizona, as Locastro was replacing the injured Marte.
Weekly Update: Locastro will likely play in games at the Diamondbacks’ alternate site this weekend, signalling the next step en route back to full health. Arizona will welcome back his speed with open arms when he does return, and he’s worth rostering when healthy since speed is hard to find.
Travis d’Arnaud – Thumb: 10 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.
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: Soroka was transferred over to the 60 day-IL this past week, delaying his return to action, which is very disappointing. He will look to return sometime later this summer.
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.
Chris Martin – Shoulder Inflammation: 10 day-IL (April 10, 2021)
Original: 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, despite struggling this week to keep batters off base.
Weekly Update: As Martin continues to improve, he still needs to throw a live bullpen session and some simulated games for the Braves before any return date will be considered. Will Smith continues to hold down the closer’s role, but Martin should still be considered for holds down the road.
Max Fried – Right hamstring strain: 10 day-IL (April 14, 2021)
Original: Fried will miss at least one start, though manager Brian Snitker didn’t know if it would be more than that. He injured himself while running to first base. The Braves could definitely use him, but need him at 100% for the long run. While a fifth starter isn’t set in stone, Huascar Ynoa has developed into an under-owned option for them and could be worth a look in deeper leagues.
Weekly Update: While he looked sharp while throwing a live batting practice over the weekend, he remains out and has yet to throw any high number of pitches. Being out at least another week is expected, as the Braves try to figure out how to solidify their rotation.
Ender Inciarte – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (April 18, 2021)
Original: Inciarte came up limping after getting a base hit and will see time on the IL. He was slated to take over for Cristian Pache, but instead gives way to Guillermo Heredia.
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: Harvey was able to play catch this week, but is still far from a return. Cesar Valdez continues to do well as the team’s closer in 2021 and needs to be rostered.
Anthony Santander – Left ankle sprain: 10 day-IL (April 21, 2021)
Original: Santander will be out longer than the 10 day minimum, after suffering the ankle sprain during a pickoff attempt at first base. While the results were encouraging given that it was expected to be a long term injury, his absence will be missed as he was expected to be a big part of the team’s success in 2021. The newly healthy Austin Hays takes over for now, and Ryan McKenna was recalled in a corresponding move for depth.
Weekly Update: Santander will be out for multiple weeks as the improvements he is feeling aren’t as great as they would have hoped. DJ Stewart maintains his status as the starting right fielder in his absence and has power potential, but needs to remain healthy.
Boston Red Sox
Ryan Brasier – Left calf strain: 10 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 has resumed throwing at the Red Sox’s training facility, but is still not ready to come back to the big league club. Adam Ottavino maintains his status as the man for holds and high-leverage situation pitcher, making Brasier a speculative add at best.
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 made his way to Florida this week to continue his rehab process. Still, he looks like a good buy low for 2022 production, while his 2021 value seems very minimal, as he has yet to throw rom a mound.
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.
Jon Pederson – Wrist: 10 day-IL (April 21, 2021)
Original: Pederson will undergo an MRI for his wrist, as it appears he now has tendinitis, and will be out for awhile. This could be a long term injury that has significant effects, but also explains why he struggled to start the season. Nico Hoerner was recalled as a subsequent move, and looks to build upon a successful Spring Training.
Weekly Update: Pederson travelled with the team this weekend, meaning he is very close to a return. Keep him in mind as you set your lineups next week, as he should slot back in as an everyday starter. That said, waiting a week may be best, as wrist injuries can be tricky wth regards to tapping into one’s power potential and he may need extended time to get his home run power back.
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: Manager Tony LaRussa said that, despite making progress, Engel will be out until at least early May.
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.
Garrett Crochet – Back: 10 day-IL (April 29, 2021)
Original: Crochet heads to the injured list with a back injury. Manager Tony LaRussa said this was a lingering injury from Spring Training, so some extended rest if more of a precautionary thing. While losing him in the short term could be detrimental, he is a part of their long range plans, and needs to be physically protected. He is one of the hardest throwers in baseball, has elite starter potential, and needs to be owned in dynasty.
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.
Shogo Akiyama – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (March 29, 2021)
Original: 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 originally said will cost him a few weeks. He will be looking to carve himself out a role within the Reds’ lineup, as their lineup looks pretty solidified as is. He’s likely to be on the bench upon any return until an injury happens.
Weekly Update: Akiyama participated in an intrasquad game this week, and is getting closer to a return. He has a chance to replace Tyler Naquin in the outfield, especially if Nick Senzel stays healthy and plays at second base more often than not.
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.
Jonathan India – Undisclosed: 10 day-IL (April 30, 2021)
Original: India was scratched right before the game this past Friday, and it remains to be seen for how long he will be gone. He was hit in the head this past week, and has had a decent start to his 2021 season.
Nobody yet to report.
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 threw a bullpen session and will throw simulated games this week, as he could be back sooner than expected. The Rockies need all the help they can get with regards to pitching.
Brendan Rodgers – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Original: 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.
Weekly Update: Rodgers continues to ramp u[ his workouts in preparation for a return, but it remains to be seen when he will make it back. He ran the bases this past week with a high intensity, but still needs more consistency with that hamstring to be able to contribute and steal bases like he has wanted to do.
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.
Anthony Senzatela – Groin strain: 10 day-IL (May 1, 2021)
Original: Senzatela felt a bit off during his warm up on Thursday, but worked through the injury. His time away puts a hole in the already Swiss cheese rotation that is the Colorado Rockies pitching staff, as it remains to be seen who takes over for him.
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. He makes way for a returning Turnbull.
Nomar Mazara – Abdominal strain: 10 day-IL (April 15, 2021)
Original: Likely precautionary, the Tigers didn’t want to wait to see if it would heal on its own or not, and wanted depth for their bullpen, hence the IL designation. While it’s unknown how severe the injury is, this frees up more at bats for the red hot Akil Baddoo while Mazara heals up. Expect Mazara to return sometime next week.
Weekly Update: General Manager Al Avila anticipates a return by May 9 for Mazara.
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.
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: Valdez is ahead of schedule and could return sooner than expected. Still, there is no date in sight, so no need to rush, but a potential buy low situation still applies if his owners want a healthy spot.
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.
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.
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.
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 evolved into batting practice, but still is not ready to return. Frustrated owners can anticipate a potential return by June, but it’s still not known at all when he will return as the Royals have been quite quiet about him.
Los Angeles Angels
Franklin Barreto – Elbow: 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.
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.
Felix Pena – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (May 1, 2021)
Original: Pena is now stretching himself out at the Angels’ alternate site, as the plan is for him to be a utility type arm, which is someone who can start and pitch multiple innings within games.
Los Angeles Dodgers
David Price – Grade 2 Hamstring strain: 10 day-IL (April 27, 2021)
Original: Price heads to the IL as he suffered a Grade 2 Hamstring strain during an outing last week. It’s a major blow to the Dodgers and their bullpen, as Price was finally settling into his personalized routines of pitching smaller amounts over multiple days. Victor Gonzalez will continue his role as the lefty out of the pen who can situationally take over and potentially get some holds.
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.
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.
Joe Kelly – Shoulder: 10 day-IL (April 2, 2021)
Original: 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.
Weekly Update: Kelly revealed that he had surgery for his shoulder back in November, which raises some concern that it has taken so long for a recovery. That said, he is still expected to return in May, with the likeliest time to be towards the beginning of the month.
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 see live pitching and may even stop by their Triple-A affiliate as he rehabs from a pretty serious injury. 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 threw a 20-pitch bullpen session this past week and is getting closer to a return, but the Dodgers are likely to take things slowly with someone so important to their future.
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 be sent to the Dodger’s alternate site in the next step of his rehab. He seems well on his way to returning in a timely fashion, and could take away from some at bats from the platoon that is Chris Taylor and AJ Pollock, though consistent playing time is the only way mcKinstry returns value.
Corey Knebel – Lat: 10 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.
Dustin May – Arm: 10 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.
Jazz Chisholm Jr. – Left Hamstring strain: 10 day-IL (April 28, 2021)
Original: The April breakout star suffered the strain this week and was placed on the IL. He isn’t expected to be out for very long and should be ready to return next week sometime. However, because speed is his main weapon, the Marlins will need him to be at 100% and ready to run, so perhaps an additional few days following his ten days off hill be required.
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 throw a bullpen session this week and is getting closer to a return. When healthy, Hernandez is someone who needs to be rostered, but guaranteeing that health is nowhere near as reliable as it should be. The Marlins are in need of some rotation depth, so once he does return, expect to see him pitch right away.
Brian Anderson – Oblique: 10 day-IL (April 22, 2021)
Original: Anderson was put on the injured list after his recovery from his oblique wasn’t as positive as the Marlins had hoped. Prospect Jose Devers was called up as a corresponding move, but Jon Berti is expected to benefit from a big increase in at bats and could be a source of steals for fantasy owners.
Weekly Update: Expect him back as soon as he is original, and he can be inserted back into lineups.
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.
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 will not be back into June now, as he is not healing as quickly as anticipated. The inconsistently elite Adam Duvall remains the Marlins’ centre fielder.
Lorenzo Cain – Strained left quadriceps – 10 day-IL: (April 14, 2021)
Original: Cain suffered the injury while running out a grounder and was placed on the IL as a result. It doesn’t look like anything major, as he missed al of last year when he opted out, and this could just be a conditioning issue.
Weekly Update: While Cain was spotted taking at bats this week, and it is encouraging to see, the fact remains that it will be an extended absence as Cain has yet to resume any and all baseball activities. As stated before, this could be due to the fact that he didn’t play in 2020 and his body is still adjusting back to the routines of everyday baseball at an older age. He hasn’t expected back until at least Monday, so check back before lineups lock.
Christian Yelich – Back: 10 day-IL (April 18, 2021)
Original: Yelich was hoping that his back would get better, but the Brewers have opted for an IL stint to give him the time he needs to get back to health. His time is retroactive three days, so he is eligible to come back next weekend, but there’s no telling if he’ll be physically able to do so. In his absence, the Brewers offense takes a massive hit after his hot start. The Brewers’ outfield now consists of Jackie Bradley Jr., Avisail Garcia and Billy McKinney, which is quite the uninspiring trio. Prepare for a minimal absence for now and maybe make due for a week if you can.
Weekly Update: Yelich took at bats in a simulated game, but will still require time to return. Expect some alternate site or even minor league action to take place before he’s back with the Brewers. He hasn’t expected back until at least Monday, so check back before lineups lock.
Brett Anderson – Strained hamstring: 10 day-IL (April 23, 2021)
Original: The Brewers placed Anderson on the IL after he was removed following only eleven pitches during a game on Friday. It is unclear how severe the injury is and for how long he will be absent. For fantasy owners, he should be easily replaceable.
Weekly Update: He played catch this week, but he still needs more than the ten day minimum in order to be ready for a return. There remains a hole in the Brewers’ rotation for now.
Josh Lindblom – Right knee effusion: 10 day-IL (April 24, 2021)
Original: Lindblom suffered the injury on Friday while relieving the injured Brett Anderson, and will miss time with an injury to his knee. It is unclear how severe the injury is for the pitcher. The Brewers have an empty space in their rotation, and could go the route of bullpen games next time around. For fantasy owners, he should be easily replaceable.
Weekly Update: Lindblom threw a live batting practice session, and looks closer to a return. He’ll need to ramp up his workload before returning and could slot into their rotation immediately.
Corbin Burnes – Undisclosed: (April 29, 2021)
Original: Likely to be related to Covid-19, this season’s best pitcher to date will miss an undetermined amount of time while recovering from a mysterious illness.
Omar Narvaez – Left hamstring: 10 day-IL (May 1, 2021)
Original: Narvaez was placed on the IL this past weekend, leaving a massive hole in their catching duties, since all of their current catchers were either hurt or waived. They subsequently called up their highly ranked catching prospect Marco Feliciano in the meantime, as Narvaez is expected to be out for multiple weeks.
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.
Miguel Sano – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (April 22, 2021)
Original: Sano was placed on the IL this week, and will miss at least ten days, though manager Rocco Baldelli believes it will be a minor injury. Highly touted prospect Alex Kirilloff, who has outfield eligibility but is learning to play first base, was called up and immediately played.
Weekly Update: Sano looks close to 100% and could be back soon. In his absence, both Willians Astudillo and Alex Kirilloff took turns playing first base, but both should give way to the power hitting Sano.
New York Mets
Seth Lugo – Bone spur, right elbow: 10 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: Lugo has expanded his recovery into bullpen sessions, but still remains out. Look for him to be back soon though if all goes well.
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.
Weekly Update: Carrasco has now evolved into five innings of work and looks even closer to a return. With the original timetable being 4-6, which would have led to the middle of April, your time to buy low on him from owners in need of innings is just about done.
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 all of his pitches during an intrasquad game on Saturday, and even topped his fastball out at 97 mph. 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.
New York Yankees
Luke Voit – Torn meniscus, left knee: 10 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Original: 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 lackluster in his attempt to fill the void at first base, while DJ LeMahieu 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.
Weekly Update: Voit will play a game at Double-A and test out his knee. His return looks to be close. Keep an eye out for his progress over there next week or so.
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 threw off of a mound on Friday, which is the next step back, but he isn’t eligible to return for awhile.
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 is expected to face live hitters on May 10 or May 11, which would be a massive step forward in his rehab. 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 received a cortisone injection.
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.
Chad Pinder – Knee: 10 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
Original: 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.
Weekly Update: Pinder looks on track to start a rehab assignment around the middle of May. In the mean time, Jed Lowrie continues to turn back the clock.
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: At some point this weekend, Puk will resume throwing, which is a positive sign, but proof that he’s still not ready to being close to a return.
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.
Archie Bradley – Oblique: 10 day-IL (April 14, 2021)
Original: Bradley suffered the injury and was subsequently placed on the IL, with a projected timeframe of three to four weeks the likeliest of outcomes. This opens up opportunities for Jose Alvarado, who has pitched well so far, to take over for Hector Neris, should the shaky closer falter.
Jean Segura – Strained right quadriceps: 10 day-IL (April 21, 2021)
Original: Segura injured himself while running out an infield hit, and was placed on the IL after coming up limping. The Phillies hope to have Segura back soon, as they were forced to recall Scott Kingery to replace him. This situation is avoidable until Kingery can prove he’s back to his old self.
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 has done some light strengthening exercises, but isn’t anywhere close to a return. 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: 10 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: It was determined this week that Hayes’ absence was due to a recurring injury and nothing new. While this isn’t groundbreaking, it’s concerning in that it’s taking awhile to heal and wrists sap the power of a hitter. He has been able to throw and catch, but has not yet begun swinging a bat. Look for Philip Evans and Erik Gonzalez to solidify even more at bats in the meantime. Both are volatile pickups that could be used in NL Only leagues or when desperate.
San Diego Padres
Chris Paddack – Undisclosed: (April 30, 2021)
Original: Paddack will miss some time after being placed on the IL for a medical condition. It remains to be seen how long he will miss, but the scuffling starter suffers another setback in his bid to return to his glory days.
Dinelson Lamet – Forearm tightness: 10 day-IL (April 22, 2021)
Original: Lamet lasted only a couple of innings in his return before being pulled from the game an immediately sent to the IL for forearm tightness. Fantasy owners had to have known the risk involved of drafting him, and, despite saying that he feels great, remains a massive injury risk for the rest of the season.
Weekly Update: Lamet could start as soon as today, but if not, it will be during this week. Activate him and get him into your lineups, but be prepared for an injury.
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.
San Francisco Giants
Mike Yastrzemski – Oblique, 10 day-IL: (April 28, 2021)
Original: Yastrzemski hurt himself last week, and the Giants had hoped an IL stint wouldn’t be necessary. Instead, midweek they placed him on the IL and also acquired Mike Tauchman from the Giants, who immediately takes over and is probably worth a roster spot at the end of your bench. Back to Yastrzemski, it’s hopeful that he returns after the ten day minimum, but obliques are tricky, and he may be gone for longer.
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 threw a live batting session this week, but he is still a ways away from a return. It is still encouraging that he was able to take this next step.
Johnny Cueto – Lat strain, 10 day-IL (April 16, 2021)
Original: Cueto suffered the lat strain while pitching in a game, and is set to miss at least two starts as he rehabs. A returning Alex Wood and Logan Webb appear to be set into the rotation for now, though Webb was throwing from the bullpen before this injury.
Weekly Update: The earliest that Cueto is able to return would be May 9, but even that isn’t set in stone.
Reyes Moronta – Right elbow flexor strain, 10 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 looks like he is aiming for a return in about two weeks, but with Jake McGee looking as good as he has, Moronta’s value may be limited to speculative holds if and when he does pitch again.
Donovan Solano – Calf strain, 10 day-IL (April 22, 2021)
Original: Solano suffered the injury while running the bases this week, and was placed on the IL to heal up. The Giants have a lot of depth and will be fine in his absence with Tommy LaStella and Brandon Crawford.
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 still at least one week away from resuming any baseball activities.
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.
St. Louis Cardinals
Miles Mikolas – Shoulder: 10 day-IL (March 28, 2021)
Original: 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.
Weekly Update: Mikolas threw two innings worth of work at the Cardinals’ alternate site last week.
Adam Wainwright – Covid-19 IL (April 29, 2021)
Original: Wainwright be out of action for an undetermined amount of time while he recovers. He was off to a phenomenal start, so he will be missed in the meantime.
Yadier Molina – Right foot tendon strain: 10 day-IL (April 29, 2021)
Original: Molina will miss some time with the foot injury, and Andrew Knizner will take over duties in the meantime. Knizner hit well in the minors and, if history continues, he will see a ton of opportunities to play. He is definitely worth an add if you are in need of a catcher.
Dakota Hudson – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 28, 2021)
Original: Hudson is unlikely to pitch in 2021.
Tampa Bay Rays
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.
Pete Fairbanks – Rotator Cuff Strain: 10 day-IL (April 9, 2021)
Original: 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.
Weekly Update: Fairbanks faced live hitters and will do so again this weekend, as the Rays anticipate a return next week.
Ji-Man Choi – Knee: 10 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
Original: 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.
Weekly Update: Choi will participate in a simulated game this weekend, and then go for a minor league rehab session later in the week, signifying that a return is near.
Chris Archer – Forearm tightness: (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 is still playing catch, but is expected to be out for weeks, contrary to what was reported earlier. Adjust your IL accordingly and perhaps move on if you need to.
Collin McHugh – Strained lower back: 10 day-IL (April 18, 2021)
Original: McHugh was placed on the IL after yet another rough outing, giving the Rays another obstacle to overcome with their injury ravaged bullpen. While he hasn’t yet been an option for saves, if he gets himself right, the opportunity is there should Diego Castillo falter.
Weekly Update: As he has ramped up his workload, he looks ready for an activation early in the week.
Khris Davis – Left Quadricep: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Original: 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.
Weekly Update: Davis has returned to the Rangers at their alternate site and is taking part as their designated hitter. He could be back soon and may take away some at bats.
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
Hyun Jin-Ryu – Gluten strain: 10 day-IL (April 28, 2021)
Original: After suffering the injury last weekend, it is hopeful that Ryyu misses only one start and can be back as soon as he’s eligible for a return.
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 was transferred to the 60 day-IL this week and will need extended time off. He could be a candidate for starter innings laster in the year, but perhaps 2022 seems like a better option for him.
Julan Merryweather – Left oblique strain: 10 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 will be shut down for two weeks before any baseball activities or throwing resumes. It will be awhile for any return for him, and the combination of Jordan Romano and Rafael Dolis will likely split time closing as a result.
Will Harris – Blood Clot, hand – 10 day-IL (March 29, 2021)
Original: 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.
Weekly Update: Harris is trying to pitch around his inflamed hand, in an attempt to salvage his season and avoid surgery. He is weeks away from returning, at best.
Stephen Strasburg – Shoulder inflammation: 10 day-IL (April 18, 2021)
Original: Strasburg was placed on the IL with shoulder inflammation. The often injured pitcher now faces another uphill battle to climb, though his velocity was down in his last outing. This is troubling for him and the Nationals as there is no clear timetable for a return. The Nationals’ rotation is in a state of emergency, as after Scherzer, they are reeling big time and should be avoided unless in NL-Only leagues.
Weekly Update: Strasburg threw from 200 feet earlier in the week and this weekend threw off of a mound. He’s getting closer and closer to returning.
Juan Soto – Shoulder strain: 10 day-IL (April 20, 2021)
Original: Soto was shockingly placed on the IL this week after feeling uncomfortable in his shoulder. He says he feels good, but he has yet to resume any baseball activities. Losing one of the best players in baseball can be tough for fantasy owners, so streaming players based on situations might the best idea in deeper leagues.
Weekly Update: Soto was eligible to return on Friday, but wasn’t activated. While he has resumed throwing, he’s not yet ready to return. It is hoped that he will be back within the week.