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

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

Zero stars – a return date has been set

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Arizona Diamondbacks

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

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

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Three stars

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

 

Atlanta Braves

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: N/A

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: N/A

 

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

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

Level of Concern: N/A

 

 

Boston Red Sox

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

 

 

Chicago Cubs

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

 

Chicago White Sox

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: One star

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

 

Cincinnati Reds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

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

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

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

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

Update: Antone isn’t expected back until August.

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

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

 

Cleveland

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

 

Colorado Rockies

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Ian Desmond – Covid-19 Opt-Out

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

Level of Concern: N/A

 

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

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

Level of Concern: N/A

 

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

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

Level of Concern: N/A

 

 

Detroit Tigers

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

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

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

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

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

Update: Turnbull has been cleared to resume throwing.

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

 

Houston Astros

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

 

Kansas City Royals

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

 

Los Angeles Angels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

 

Los Angeles Dodgers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

 

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: One star

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

 

Miami Marlins

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: N/A

 

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

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

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: One star

 

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

 

Minnesota Twins

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Four and a half stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

 

New York Mets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Noah Syndergaard – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Dellin Betances – Shoulder: 60 day-IL

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Four and a half stars

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

 

New York Yankees

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

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

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

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

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

Update: Frazier has yet to resume baseball activities.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: N/A

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: N/A

 

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

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

Level of Concern: N/A

 

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

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

Level of Concern: N/A

 

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

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

Level of Concern: N/A

 

 

Oakland Athletics

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates

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

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

Update: Brault is now throwing side sessions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

 

San Diego Padres

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

 

San Francisco Giants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update: Moronta began his rehab assignment this past week.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

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

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

Update: Crawford has resumed baseball activities. Great news.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

 

Seattle Mariners

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

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

Original: Giles seems unlikely to pitch in 2021.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

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

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

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

Update: Dunn has begun a throwing program.

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

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: N/A

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

Update: Flaherty threw a bullpen session on Friday.

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

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

 

Tampa Bay Ray

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: One star

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

 

Texas Rangers

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

Original: Leclerc is unable to pitch in 2021.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

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

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

Update: He underwent successful Tommy John Surgery.

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

 

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

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

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

 

Washington Nationals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

 

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

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

Update: Ross continues to feel discomfort in his elbow.

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

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Two stars