Welcome to the Infirmary Report, a place where all Injury List designations will be listed by team, in an effort to help you organize all of the fantasy relevant injuries that are happening in the world of baseball in 2021. Each week, I’ll be updating the list with the status of players who can help you with your fantasy baseball teams, as well as listing those long term injuries. Here’s hoping that the list of players here doesn’t get too extensive at times, but if it does, we here at RotoFanatic have got you covered.
Kole Calhoun – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (April 27, 2021)
Original: Calhoun suffered the injury this week, and will be sidelined for awhile. It’s the second major injury this season for him, as the Diamondbacks were anticipating big power numbers from him. It’s another unfortunate setback, as he underwent a procedure to excise the left semitendinosus tendon in his left hamstring. Highly touted prospect Daulton Varsho, who is also catcher eligible, was called up and will get some at bats. He is worth an add if your catcher situation is dire.
Tyler Clippard – Capsule sprain in his right shoulder: 60 day-IL (March 29, 2021)
Original: Clippard said his arm felt weak in his final Spring outing where he didn’t return a batter. His velocity was low and he said that he felt weird. He has since been shut down for six weeks, with a re-evaluation forthcoming. Clippard was going to be a late inning option for holds and some saves, but now his value will have to be waited upon. Stefan Crichton takes over as the next in line should Joakim Soria falter.
Ketel Marte – Hamstring strain: 10 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
Original: Marte suffered the strain while running to first base, and the injury looked significant. While there is no timetable for his return, multiple weeks seems probable.
Weekly Update: Good news for Marte owners, as he will start to take at bats at the Diamondbacks’ alternate site. It seems likely that a rehab assignment would be next, which seems imminent according to his manager, which would then be followed up with a return to the team.
Travis d’Arnaud – Thumb: 60 day-IL (May 2, 2021)
Original: d’Arnaud collided with Randall Grichuck at home plate and hurt his thumb as a result. It remains to be seen how long of an absence this will be, but for now, William Contreras will be the new Braves catcher.
Weekly Update: d’Arnaud was transferred to the 60 day-IL, almost immediately, and will require surgery on the thumb. In the meantime, William Contreras has done an admirable job, albeit in a small sample size.
Mike Soroka – Achilles tendon, right foot: 60 day-IL (April 7, 2021)
Original: Still recovering from his injury sustained in 2020, Soroka has thrown simulated games and has been able to move to and from first base a lot more quickly than before. He threw a Spring Training game and struck out two batters in two innings. However, after throwing one inning in an intra-squad game, he felt shoulder inflammation and will be shut down for at least two weeks for re-evaluation.
Weekly Update: Soroka was transferred over to the 60 day-IL this past week, delaying his return to action, which is very disappointing. He will look to return sometime later this summer.
Touki Toussaint – Right shoulder strain: 60-day IL (March 27, 2021)
Original: The promising pitcher suffered another setback and was moved to the 60 day-IL with a right shoulder strain. He may have to wait yet another year before showing anything near the potential he’s thought to have had all these years.
Chris Martin – Shoulder Inflammation: 10 day-IL (April 10, 2021)
Original: Martin felt numbness in his fingers after pitching and was placed on the injured list as a result. Will Smith seems locked in for saves for awhile as his velocity is up, despite struggling this week to keep batters off base.
Weekly Update: Martin made a rehab appearance last Wednesday and is scheduled to make another one over the weekend. He looks almost ready to be activated early next week, though Will Smith has done a solid job of maintaining the closer’s role in Atlanta.
Ender Inciarte – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (April 18, 2021)
Original: Inciarte came up limping after getting a base hit and will see time on the IL. He was slated to take over for Cristian Pache, but instead gives way to Guillermo Heredia.
Weekly Update: Inciarte will begin a rehab assignment later this week, signalling that he is close to a return. He would likely maintain his role as a bench bat, despite Pache’s inconsistencies at the plate.
Chris Davis – Lower back strain: 60 day-IL (March 26, 2021)
Original: Davis continues to be the owner of the worst contract in all of baseball, and is still signed until the end of 2022. He won’t be back until at least the end of May.
Weekly Update: Davis is rehabbing in Texas. He still does not need to be rostered, no matter where he is rehabbing.
Hunter Harvey – Oblique injury: 60-day IL (March 16, 2021)
Original: On the one hand, it was not an arm injury for the hard throwing right hander, who was being tabbed as a potential closer for the Orioles. On other hand, oblique injuries take a long time from which to recover, so it could be until June. Thus far, Cesar Valdez has looked good in 2021, converting on multiple saves and probably has the closing job for now.
Weekly Update: Harvey remains on track to return to the team by the end of May, which adds another element of intrigue to the Orioles’ bullpen. Cesar Valdez has the job and has done well, but Harvey could be there should he fail.
Anthony Santander – Left ankle sprain: 10 day-IL (April 21, 2021)
Original: Santander will be out longer than the 10 day minimum, after suffering the ankle sprain during a pickoff attempt at first base. While the results were encouraging given that it was expected to be a long term injury, his absence will be missed as he was expected to be a big part of the team’s success in 2021. The newly healthy Austin Hays takes over for now, and Ryan McKenna was recalled in a corresponding move for depth.
Weekly Update: Santander has maintained the scheduled time off and looks to be ready to resume baseball activities soon. He should be able to return within a one to two week timeframe, which is on schedule. While it’s encouraging that his estimated time to recover has been right on target, it’s also discouraging that he isn’t healing sooner than expected.
Boston Red Sox
Ryan Brasier – Left calf strain: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Original: Brasier would be an option for the shaky Red Sox bullpen, and may be down the road, but even when returns, it’s up to Matt Barnes and Adam Ottavino to battle it out for saves. Brasier is a deep deep add for potential opportunities should the inconsistent Red Sox closing options falter, albeit well down the road, however. He could be a speculative candidate for holds as well.
Weekly Update: Brasier was transferred over to the 60 day-IL this week, prolonging his return to the Red Sox. Luckily for Boston, Both Matt Barnes and Adam Ottavino are good enough options to make Brasier more of a speculative add, if that.
Chris Sale – Tommy John surgery: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Original: As of now, Chris Sale has advanced to throwing from the mound, showing some progression. Pitching coach Dave Bush said that the goal is for Sale to pitch at some point this year, which is a very vague outlook. He has thrown from 120 feet, thus showing some progress, but he is a long ways away from contributing on the field. He could very well pitch one inning on the last day of the season, given that quote, or he could be back after the All-Star Break. He is behind schedule, and thus, your expectations of him need to be lowered.
Weekly Update: Sale threw off the mound earlier this week, which was the first time he’s done that since March. He remains a better 2022 option as opposed to providing much of anything close to what we’d expect from him in 2021.
Enrique Hernandez – Right hamstring strain: 10 day-IL (May 7, 2021)
Original: Hernandez hurt himself after hitting a double and was subsequently placed on the IL as a result. This should open up some at bats with the versatile Marwin Gonzalez, as he’s able to play anywhere. While he hasn’t necessarily been stellar so far, he has the ability and versatility to provide some value should he ride a hot streak.
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.
Jake Arrieta – Thumb: 10 day-IL (May 4, 2021)
Original: Arrieta went on the IL after hurting his thumb, and will miss some time. He is optimistic that a minimum of ten days is all that he will need to be ready to come back and pitch. He threw a bullpen session over the weekend in the hopes of returning soon, and his spot in the Cubs’ rotation seems safe for now.
Austin Romine – Wrist: 60 day-IL (May 4, 2021)
Original: Due to a significant sprain to his wrist, Romine was transferred to the 60 day-IL and will be gone for quite awhile. Tony Wolters will be the backup to Contreras in the meantime.
Nico Hoerner – Forearm: 10 day-IL (May 4, 2021)
Original: Hoerner, who hurt himself while colliding with Ian Happ, is optimistic that he will only require the ten day minimum and could actually be activated later in the week. He had a terrific start to the season as he had revamped his swing in order to tap into a source of power. Look for him to continue his early season success if and when he does come back.
Ian Happ – Left rib contusion: 10 day-IL (May 7, 2021)
Original: Happ was placed on the IL after recovering from a collision last week, and was trying to let it heal on its own. After failing to successfully take at bats and run during a warm up, the decision was made to let it heal away from the team. The already short-handed Cubs will turn to Jason Heyward for some stability, though his glory days are along gone.
Chicago White Sox
Eloy Jimenez – Ruptured left pectoral tendon: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Original: Jimenez suffered the injury while leaping in an attempt to catch a home run ball in a Spring Training game. The timetable for a full recovery is estimated at costing him much, if not all, of the 2021 season. A crushing blow for the White Sox and those who invested an early round pick in the slugger. He is expected to be fully healthy come 2022. Options for replacement for the White Sox include Andrew Vaughn, Leury Garcia or Adam Engel. They could go the free agency route too. Until anything is solidified, expect some sort of a platoon with inconsistent playing time.
Adam Engel – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Original: Engel hurt himself while making a play in the outfield, and is expected to miss a couple of weeks, which should include the beginning of the season. Look for him to try and win a shot as an everyday outfielder for the White Sox, but is also someone with minimal upside.
Weekly Update: Engel suffered a setback in his recovery and and is now about two weeks away from even starting his next rehab assignment. Andrew Vaughn should benefit from additional at bats.
Jace Fry – Back: 60 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
Original: Fry was transferred to the 60 day-IL when he was eligible to return because he needs more time to recover. The White Sox bullpen is deep enough to give Fry more than enough time to get things right.
Luis Robert – Hip Flexor: 10 day-IL (May 4, 2021)
Original: The budding superstar hurt himself while running to first base and suffered the worst case scenario. He seems likely to miss three to four months and could even require surgery to fix his leg if the tear if in fact there was a de-attachment of the bone. Definitely not what the White Sox would have wanted and it almost ends his season, making him a nice buy-low in 2022. Still, with the two top White Sox outfielders gone for (possibly) the season, the White Sox have remained competitive. It wouldn’t surprise me if they made a trade to acquire someone else to help replace what they have lost.
Weekly Update: Robert has opted against surgery, and an update on his recovery process will be provided in eight weeks. Fingers crossed.
Michael Lorenzen – Shoulder strain: 60 day-IL (April 14, 2021)
Original: Originally thought to be minor, Lorenzen was transferred to the 60 day-IL for his shoulder, thus putting a huge delay in his debut for the Reds. He has since received an platelet-rich plasma injection into his shoulder and giving it the rest it needs. While a return is very likely, the glass half-empty in me things there’s a chance he gets shut down for the season. In the meantime, Jeff Hoffman has been inserted into the starting rotation, and his re-introduced slider has him finding early season success.
Aristides Aquino – Wrist: 60 day-IL (April 16, 2021)
Original: Aquino fractured the hamate bone in his wrist this week while swinging a bat, and thus will be out multiple weeks. While he was a reserve bat, he does possess power potential when healthy, so an injury to his wrist could sap his power potential for awhile.
Weekly Update: Aquino was transferred to the 60 day-IL and needs more time in which to heal.
Joey Votto – Thumb: 10 day-IL (May 3, 2021)
Original: Votto fractured his thumb and is set to miss about a month of action. It remains to be seen who his replacement will be, or if the Reds just mix and match for the time being.
Roberto Perez – Finger: 10 day-IL (May 7, 2021)
Original: Perez will undergo surgery on his right ring finger and will be out for months. It’s a big blow for the team as it will be down to Austin Hedges and Rene Riveira to break through behind the plate.
Scott Oberg – Blood clots: 60 day-IL (March 27, 2021)
Original: Oberg underwent surgery to repair blood clotting within his body. He will not be returning anytime soon and his career is in jeopardy.
Kyle Freeland – Shoulder strain: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Original: Freeland looks likely to miss about a month of action due to a shoulder strain. The news is positive given how severe it looked when he was on the mound. He should be able to ramp up his recovery just after the season begins, if all goes right. When healthy, he was looking to be a part of the Rockies’ rotation. Austin Gomber looks to be slotted within their rotation, but the situation and location of where they play doesn’t make it ideal at all. He is playing catch, but is still far away from returning.
Weekly Update: Freeland is schedule to throw a simulated game over the weekend for the Rockies.
Brendan Rodgers – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Original: The promising rookie hurt himself while trying to steal a base. He was pressing for playing time with Garrett Hampson and Ryan McMahon, but now will be fighting even harder to maintain his health going forward. While he is making significant progress, he is still far away from a return. Once back, he warrants some attention for his bat and speed potential. Keep an eye on how Garrett Hampson does to start the season, as his speed potential could play well in Colorado.
Weekly Update: Rodgers took at bats against Kyle Freeland this past week, as both are rehabbing. It’s a good sign that Rodgers has escalated into this, and could be back before the month of May is through.
Ian Desmond – Covid-19 Opt-Out
Original: Desmond opted out for the season due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Chris Owings – Left thumb strain: 60 day-IL (April 10, 2021)
Original: Injured during a swing, Owings was placed on the IL for his ailing thumb and will miss some time. It’s disappointing for the veteran who was trying to carve himself a spot in the Rockies’ lineup after a hot start to the season. He’s very streaky and inconsistent, so when he returns, play him the he’s hot (or at home) and cut him when he’s not.
Weekly Update: He successfully underwent surgery this past week and is in a soft cast. It will be quite some time before he returns to action.
Anthony Senzatela – Groin strain: 10 day-IL (May 1, 2021)
Original: Senzatela felt a bit off during his warm up on Thursday, but worked through the injury. His time away puts a hole in the already Swiss cheese rotation that is the Colorado Rockies pitching staff, as it remains to be seen who takes over for him.
Weekly Update: Senzatela ramped up his workouts as of late and is getting closer to a return to the Rockies, who need all the pitching that they can get.
Julio Teheran – Shoulder strain: 60 day-IL (April 11, 2021)
Original: Teheran’s time missed rose quickly, as we went from a possible two week absence to now at least two months. He makes way for a returning Turnbull.
Wilson Ramos – Lower back: 10 day-IL (May 7, 2021)
Original: Ramos left a game this week with lower back stiffness, and will go on the IL in order to let it heal. It isn’t thought of as anything serious, and he should be fine after a minimum stay.
Pedro Baez – Shoulder: 60 day-IL (April 27, 2021)
Original: Baez had a setback this past week while awaiting a return to action. He felts some tenderness in his shoulder and was subsequently transferred to the 60 day-IL. Ryne Stanek is an add only in holds leagues as he will take over with semi-high leverage situations.
Forest Whitley – Tommy John surgery (March 17, 2021)
Original: The promising prospect suffered yet another setback in his young career, this time requiring surgery to fix his UCL, and costing him his entire 2021 season. He’ll look to get back on track for next year, but he may never live up to the hype that followed him to the Astros.
Framber Valdez – Finger, left hand: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Original: Valdez survived a season-ending scare, as his left ring finger will not require surgery. As such, while he looks to pitch in 2021, the timeline for a return is unknown, but increasingly optimistic, as he has started playing catch and fielding ground balls. He is also playing catch off a flat ground too. The Astros need him as soon as possible, as they have a gaping hole late in their rotation. Keep monitoring him to see for any setbacks or progress.
Weekly Update: Valdez threw a 20-pitch live bullpen session this week, which is a promising progressive step forward for the Astros pitcher. Valdez is ahead of schedule and could return sooner than expected. Still, there is no date in sight, so no need to rush, but a potential buy low situation still applies if his owners want a healthy spot.
Josh James – Hip: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Original: The ever-so-promising yet often-injured pitcher will miss some time due to a hip injury and a physical setback he suffered recently. Upon returning, look for him to gain the role of a multi-inning reliever to start his season.
Justin Verlander – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 17, 2021)
Original: In an attempted comeback, Verlander has started throwing, but is still nowhere near pitching again. He will likely pitch again in 2022, and thus needs to be dropped in all redraft formats for this year.
Weekly Update: Verlander has thrown from 90 feet and feels good. Progression…..but still a long ways to go.
Jake Odorizzi – Right forearm: 10 day-IL (April 24, 2021)
Original: Odorizzi lasted five pitches in his start this past week before exiting with forearm tightness. Despite there being no structural damage, it seems likely that he will miss two to three starts, though he has resumed throwing, so there’s that bit of positive news. In the meantime, Luis Garcia returns to his role as the fifth starter in the Astros rotation.
Weekly Update: Odorizzi threw a 25-pitch bullpen session this week, and looks to be getting closer to being back in Houston. Luis Garcia has done well while filling in for the injure pitcher.
Kansas City Royals
Adalberto Mondesi – Oblique: 10 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Original: Coming out of nowhere, Mondesi was placed on the IL a day before Opening Day with an oblique injury that will cost the speedy shortstop at least two weeks. Keep an eye going forward, as obliques can be tricky to get rid of and also a recurring problem. Nicky Lopez was called up as a subsequent replacement. As for Mondesi, patience here is key, as the Royals want to make sure he’s 100% healthy and don’t want to rush anything.
Weekly Update: Mondesi should begin a rehab session this week and looks to be almost ready to make his 2021 MLB debut. While a Week 7 return could happen, the Royals have been adamant about not rushing their star player back, and thus no timetable for a return has yet been placed.
Los Angeles Angels
Alex Cobb – Blister: 10 day-IL (May 8, 2021)
Original: Cobb was scheduled to start this week, but has instead been scratched from that start due to a blister on his hand. Look for Jose Suarez to be called up and take his spot for the start.
Franklin Barreto – Elbow: 60 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Original: Barreto was looking to make camp and play a utility role, but instead likely gives way to Luis Rengifo to take over that role.
Luke Bard – Hip: 60 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
Original: Bard got season ending surgery for his hip and will not pitch in 2021.
Dexter Fowler – Knee: 60 day-IL (April 13, 2021)
Original: Fowler was transferred to the 60 day-IL and will remain out for awhile. Even when he does come back, the Angels’ outfield could already be set with their promising youth.
Anthony Rendon – Knee: 10 day-IL (May 5, 2021)
Original: Rendon fouled a ball off of his knee and subsequently went on the IL after it was more serious than a day-to-day thing. It is unknown how serious it is at this time, but Joe Maddon has not ruled out a return this Friday when he is first eligible to return.
Max Stassi – Concussion: 7 day-IL (May 7, 2021)
Original: Stassi hurt his head while trying to track down a foul ball this week, and was placed on the Concussion Protocol IL of seven days. The capable Kurt Suzuki takes over and has proven to be productive in spurts.
Los Angeles Dodgers
David Price – Grade 2 Hamstring strain: 10 day-IL (April 27, 2021)
Original: Price heads to the IL as he suffered a Grade 2 Hamstring strain during an outing last week. It’s a major blow to the Dodgers and their bullpen, as Price was finally settling into his personalized routines of pitching smaller amounts over multiple days. Victor Gonzalez will continue his role as the lefty out of the pen who can situationally take over and potentially get some holds.
Weekly Update: Price has begun to throw off a mound. One has to wonder if he will start games with an opening in the Dodgers’ rotation now that they have so many injuries.
Brusdar Graterol – Forearm tightness: 10 day-IL (April 29, 2021)
Original: Graterol experienced some tightness in his shoulder while rehabbing at the Dodgers’ alternate site. The hard throwing righty has been trying to come back from a previous injury, and it’s conquering that he may not be quite as effective as we’re used to for quite some time. While once considered the heir apparent to Kenley Jansen as the closer, those aspirations seem long gone as his health is more concerning now.
Weekly Update: Despite a clean MRI this week, Graterol is without a timetable to return, signalling the desire of the Dodgers to take things slowly.
Tommy Kahnle – Elbow, 60 day-IL (March 25, 2021)
Original: The former Yankee was signed this past off-season and required Tommy John surgery for his elbow. He is unlikely to pitch in 2021 as a result, and cleared the way for the Dodgers to sign Jimmy Nelson.
Caleb Ferguson – Elbow, 60 day-IL (March 18, 2021)
Original: He is recovering from his second Tommy John surgery and is unlikely to pitch in 2021 as a result.
Cody Bellinger – Hairline fracture in his fibula: 10 day-IL (April 9, 2021)
Original: Bellinger injured himself while trying to squeeze out an infield single, and will need some time on the injured list to recover. It doesn’t sound long term and he could be back within a week, but it’s not yet guaranteed. The Dodgers are deep and talented enough where they can sustain the loss and right the ship. Max Muncy proves his worth as he can play over the first, while Chris Taylor subsequently plays everywhere too. One would think that Edwin Rios gets a bump in playing time too.
Weekly Update: Bellinger is now running at about 60% and seems to be getting closer to a return, but there are still some mountains to be climbed before he plays again for the Dodgers. The star studded outfielder will be welcomed back with open arms when he does return, though for now it’s unclear as to when that will be.
Tony Gonsolin – Shoulder Inflammation: 10 day-IL (April 4, 2021)
Original: Gonsolin’s pain had been lingering for awhile, so the Dodgers were cautious with their promising pitcher and put him on the injured list. There has been little mention of any progress thus far.
Weekly Update: Gonsolin will be built back up as a starter and will be ready to go at some point in June, hopefully nearer to the beginning.
Zach McKinstry – Oblique: 10 day-IL (April 23, 2021)
Original: McKinstry suffered the oblique injury after a batting practice session earlier this week. He was a popular FAAB add and was supposed to see at bats everywhere on the field, but alas, he will probably be out for more ten days as obliques can be tricky. Chris Taylor should see an uptick in at bats if he’s healthy and a returning Gavin Lux should benefit too.
Weekly Update: McKinstry was sent to the Dodger’s alternate site in the next step of his rehab, and reports are that he is making significant progress in his recovery. He seems well on his way to returning in a timely fashion, and could take away from some at bats from the platoon that is Chris Taylor and AJ Pollock, though consistent playing time is the only way mcKinstry returns value.
Corey Knebel – Lat: 60 day-IL (April 24, 2021)
Original: Knebel was placed on the IL with a lat injury that is quite significant. He felt discomfort while pitching on Friday, and manager Dave Roberts has gone on record saying that this injury could keep him sidelined for months. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him transferred over to the 60 day-IL at some point.
Weekly Update: Knebel was transferred over to the 60 day-IL this week as his injury will take awhile to heal.
Dustin May – Arm: 10 day-IL (May 2, 2021)
Original: May felt a shooting sensation in his arm following a pitch, and was taken out of the game as he couldn’t continue. He was immediately placed on the IL and will undergo an MRI on Monday. It remains to be seen how the Dodgers address this situation going forward within their rotation, as now all of Gonsolin, Price and May are on the IL.
Weekly Update: May will undergo Tommy John Surgery on May 11, thus ending his 2021 season and putting a major dent in his 2022 value.
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.
Jazz Chisholm Jr. – Left Hamstring strain: 10 day-IL (April 28, 2021)
Original: The April breakout star suffered the strain this week and was placed on the IL. He isn’t expected to be out for very long and should be ready to return next week sometime. However, because speed is his main weapon, the Marlins will need him to be at 100% and ready to run, so perhaps an additional few days following his ten days off hill be required.
Next Week: A rehab assignment is in the works for Chisholm next week, but he should be ready to be back with the Marlins soon. A midweek return seems possible.
Elieser Hernandez – Bicep: 10 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
Original: Hernandez hurt his bicep midway through his 2021 season debut, thus halting his comeback from a season-ending injury last year. After progressing to playing catch, it remains to be seen exactly when he will return.
Weekly Update: Hernandez threw a 20 pitch live bullpen session over the weekend and is getting ready to return. If all goes well, he will begin a rehab assignment later in the week, signalling the next step back to full recovery and health. When he is healthy, he’s dominant. The big question is can he stay healthy.
Jorge Alfaro – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (April 21, 2021)
Original: Alfaro suffered the injury in the middle of a game and wasn’t able to return. Pedro Leon takes over, and while he’s good when he plays, he does better offensively in spurts, so it remains to be seen who consistent he can be at the plate. It’s worth keeping an eye on him for now, but I wouldn’t stash him by any means.
Weekly Update: Alfaro is practising his catching with bullpen sessions, and practiced batting and running over the weekend. He’s not yet ready, but he’s getting closer.
Starling Marte – Ribs: 10 day-IL (April 20, 2021)
Original: Marte will miss some time after hurting his ribs this week. Lewis Brinson was recalled as a result, but shouldn’t be counted on for much of anything. Monitor Marte to see if he returns within the ten day parameters because he’s a five category player who could help, and was having a fine start to the season.
Weekly Update: Marte will not be back into June now, as he is not healing as quickly as anticipated. He has started rotational work, but not baseball activities.
Christian Yelich – Back: 10 day-IL (April 18, 2021)
Original: Yelich was hoping that his back would get better, but the Brewers have opted for an IL stint to give him the time he needs to get back to health. His time is retroactive three days, so he is eligible to come back next weekend, but there’s no telling if he’ll be physically able to do so. In his absence, the Brewers offense takes a massive hit after his hot start. The Brewers’ outfield now consists of Jackie Bradley Jr., Avisail Garcia and Billy McKinney, which is quite the uninspiring trio. Prepare for a minimal absence for now and maybe make due for a week if you can.
Weekly Update: Yelich landed back on the IL on Tuesday as he wasn’t healing as well as he wanted. He felt that he wouldn’t be able to play day by day and will look for opinions on what to do as a result. A longer stint on the IL could be possible. A returning Lorenzo Cain was a welcome sight for the Brewers, who will be scrambling to find something to replace the elite talent that is Yelich.
Brett Anderson – Strained hamstring: 10 day-IL (April 23, 2021)
Original: The Brewers placed Anderson on the IL after he was removed following only eleven pitches during a game on Friday. It is unclear how severe the injury is and for how long he will be absent. For fantasy owners, he should be easily replaceable.
Weekly Update: He threw a bullpen session this past week and there are rumours of him returning sometime close to after this gets released. If you have him, be prepared for an activation sooner rather than later.
Josh Lindblom – Right knee effusion: 10 day-IL (April 24, 2021)
Original: Lindblom suffered the injury on Friday while relieving the injured Brett Anderson, and will miss time with an injury to his knee. It is unclear how severe the injury is for the pitcher. The Brewers have an empty space in their rotation, and could go the route of bullpen games next time around. For fantasy owners, he should be easily replaceable.
Weekly Update: Lindblom threw a rehab assignment this week, but isn’t yet back.
Corbin Burnes – Undisclosed: (April 29, 2021)
Original: Likely to be related to Covid-19, this season’s best pitcher to date will miss an undetermined amount of time while recovering from a mysterious illness.
Weekly Update: There is speculation that he will return to the team early in the week and throw a bullpen session to revamp himself back up. Given that he was the best pitcher in baseball to start the season, the sooner he’s back, the better for not only the Brewers, but his fantasy managers too.
Omar Narvaez – Left hamstring: 10 day-IL (May 1, 2021)
Original: Narvaez was placed on the IL this past weekend, leaving a massive hole in their catching duties, since all of their current catchers were either hurt or waived. They subsequently called up their highly ranked catching prospect Marco Feliciano in the meantime, as Narvaez is expected to be out for multiple weeks.
Weekly Update: The only update is that Narvaez is progressing well, but he is not close. The Brewers have been using Manny Pina and would welcome back Narvaez with open arms.
Edward Colina – Inflammation, right elbow: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Original: The hard throwing bullpen piece for the Twins felt inflammation and hasn’t yet pitched in 2021. Thought to be a setup man, he will need additional time before making that a reality. The Twins have plenty of pother bullpen options and can afford to wait.
Alex Kirilloff – Wrist: 10 day-IL (May 5, 2021)
Original: Kirilloff was placed on the IL after experiencing a sprained right wrist, following a slide into second base in a game last week. He has had wrist problems in the past, but will seek a second opinion, meaning that it could not be as long term as first expected. Regardless, he will be out for awhile, though he will be taking some swings over the next few days. It’s unknown how this will turn out for the promising prospect and fantasy owners. Keep an eye out for reports this week as he could return at any point.
Luis Arraez – Concussion: 7 day-IL (May 4, 2021)
Original: Arraez suffered the concussion and was placed on the seven day IL as a result. He is basically symptom free, and has resumed light baseball activities, but will need to finish his minimum seven days. Nick Gordon, who has utility potential, was called up as a replacement and showed some speed on the base paths.
Byron Buxton – Hip Strain: 10 day-IL (May 7, 2021)
Original: Buxton, who struggles to remain healthy, will be out for weeks following his injury. It is significant enough where it appears he will be out for weeks. Trevor Larnach is up as his replacement on the roster and should be considered in the deepest of leagues, with a watchful eye because he has the potential to be huge.
New York Mets
Seth Lugo – Bone spur, right elbow: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Original: Lugo has started throwing from a flat ground, and the Mets are optimistic that he will pitch for them soon enough, as he is on track with no setbacks. He had surgery in February, and seems likely to start the year on the IL, potentially missing all of April.
Weekly Update: Lugo will attempt to start a rehab session within the next week, which means that he could return soon. Look for him to be back at the end of May if all goes well.
Carlos Carrasco – Hamstring: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Hurt during some conditioning drills, Carrasco was set to miss 6-8 weeks, which translates to 4-6 weeks of the actual season when it’s all said and done. He threw two innings in a simulated game, which showed some progress. David Peterson and Joey Lucchesi will have a chance to take over in the rotation and attempt to solidify themselves as a long term solution in the meantime. Here’s hoping the best for Carrasco, who has overcome so much in order to be back in baseball.
Weekly Update: Despite how well he had been recently progressing, he was transferred to the 60 day-IL this week, thus delaying his 2021 debut even longer. You can temper your expectations for him.
Noah Syndergaard – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL
Original: Syndergaard recently threw off a mound to a live batter, with no swings, in his latest step forward to a full recovery. In that bullpen session he hit 97mph on the radar gun. While a June return seems optimal, a post All-Star Break seems likely, though it remains to be seen how he continues to progress.
Weekly Update: Syndergaard will begin a rehab assignment within a week, which means he could return sooner than some expected. It remains to be seen how effective he will be once he does return, but the fact remains that he is getting closer and closer to a return.
Jose Martinez – Torn meniscus, left knee: 60 day-IL
Martinez tore his meniscus at first base and is expected to miss up to four months as he recovers.Without a DH in the National League, Martinez seems destined to remain on the waiver wire while playing for a deeply talented Mets team.
Dellin Betances – Shoulder: 60 day-IL
Weekly Update: Betances was placed on the IL after experiencing soreness following a rough start to the season. He has yet to begin throwing, as an extended absence seems likely here. While Trevor Hildenberger took his spot on the roster, it’s Trevor May that’s the one to keep an eye on for occasional saves and holds.
Weekly Update: Betances was transferred to the 60 day-IL, as his injury will require extended time to heal.
Brandon Nimmo – Finger: 10 day-IL (May 6, 2021)
Original: Nimmo hurt his hand during an at bat earlier in the week, and he was thus placed on the IL, retroactive to May 3. Kevin Pillar has benefited from more playing time thus far, and that’s a trend that could continue.
J.D. Davis – Finger: 10 day-IL (May 5, 2021)
Original: Davis hurt his hand and will be out for at least ten days. Jonathan Villar has been spared out even more all over the field as a result and is gaining eligibility fast. If he ever puts it all together, he’s a weapon for sure.
New York Yankees
Luke Voit – Torn meniscus, left knee: 10 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Original: Voit will miss at least three weeks of the season due to surgery to clean up his meniscus. He will stop all baseball activities for three weeks and then begin to ramp up his workload to hopefully return sometime in May. Jay Bruce has has been lackluster in his attempt to fill the void at first base, while DJ LeMahieu has only enhanced his value by gaining extra eligibility (if he already hadn’t) over at first base. The Yankees desperately need someone to step up for them.
Weekly Update: Voit looked great in his first appearance down in Triple-A and will try to be back with the Yankees soon. Get ready to activate him if you own him, as there are murmurs of him returning early this week.
Zack Britton – Elbow: 60 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Original: Britton had surgery in March to remove a bone chip in his elbow. There is no timetable for a return to action, but he is going to be playing catch sooner rather than later. There is some speculation has him returning at some point in June, upon which he may record the odd save with plenty of holds opportunities. Until then, look for a returning Chapman to record a majority of the saves for the Yankees, while Chad Green gets the odd save.
Weekly Update: Britton has been schedule to throw a simulated game next week, and if all goes well, he’ll be one step closer to a return.
Luis Severino – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 16, 2021)
Original: Severino has been throwing off a mound, and has started to throw sliders, which is the next step in his progression. Still, while he’s looking to return at some point this year, but really shouldn’t be counted on for too much.
Weekly Update: Severino is expected to face live hitters on May 10 or May 11, which would be a massive step forward in his rehab. He may have some impact fantasy-wise this year in him after all, just don’t bank too much on it happening in case of a setback or a difficult transition back.
Clarke Schmidt – Elbow: 60 day-IL (April 3, 2021)
Original: He’s likely to begin throwing again soon, but he won’t be rushed.
Weekly Update: He has received a cortisone injection.
Roguned Odor – Sprained left knee: 10 day-IL (May 3, 2021)
Original: Odor hurt himself after colliding with catcher Martin Maldonado at home plate. It remains to be seen for how long he will gone, but with Voit back soon, the Yankees infield is finally taking shape, and he may not be needed back as soon as they once thought.
Trevor Rosenthal – Shoulder: 60 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
Original: A devastating blow to the Athletics, Rosenthal contracted the rare baseball injury and will need an extended time in order to recover from it. He will now wait an additional eight weeks for a follow up to see if there has been any progress in his recovery. In the meantime, the A’s will be mixing and matching while employing some sort of a closer-by-committee. Look for one of Trivino, Diekman and Romo to emerge as the safest option of all, but it’s hard to tell who will.
Chad Pinder – Knee: 10 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
Original: Pinder hurt his knee while making a defensive play in the field, and hasn’t yet resumed any baseball activities. Jed Lowrie and Mitch Moreland get a bump in playing time, while the unproven offensive depth awaits opportunities to play.
Weekly Update: Pinder will start a rehab assignment early this week, possibly as early as Sunday, as he tries to come back to the team. In the mean time, Jed Lowrie continues to turn back the clock.
A.J. Puk – Bicep Strain: 10 day-IL (April 7, 2021)
Original: Puk hurt his bicep after a strong outing, thus putting another damper on him getting closer to the potential many think he will one day show. He will be out for longer than the minimum, giving Cole Irvin and Chris Bassitt more time to try and establish themselves.
Weekly Update: Puk threw a 30-pitch simulated outing, but he is not yet close to returning.
Jesus Luzardo – Finger: 10 day-IL (May 3, 2021)
Original: Luzardo hurt himself at home while playing a video game, and will be out for awhile. While he has begun throwing and catching from 6-0 feet, he has been encouraged to use a more traditional handheld controller, rather than the Switch remotes that encourage more movement of the hand.
Seranthony Dominguez – Elbow: 60 day-IL (February 17, 2021)
Original: Dominguez may pitch again in 2021, but it’s not set in stone. He may have been an option for some saves had Neris faltered, but now getting healthy is his number one priority.
Archie Bradley – Oblique: 10 day-IL (April 14, 2021)
Original: Bradley suffered the injury and was subsequently placed on the IL, with a projected timeframe of three to four weeks the likeliest of outcomes. This opens up opportunities for Jose Alvarado, who has pitched well so far, to take over for Hector Neris, should the shaky closer falter.
Weekly Update: Bradley recently had a cold, and his recovery was delayed, but he anticipates a return to the team after they conclude their upcoming road trip. Both Hector Neris and Jose Alvarado have done a good job in his absence.
Steven Brault – Lat strain: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Original: Brault will be shut down from throwing and baseball activities for about a month after suffering the injury in a Spring game. Likely non-surgical, he is procedure that will take about 10 weeks to heal before a return. He may go into the Pirates’ rotation when he starts up again.
Weekly Update: Brault has done some light strengthening exercises, but isn’t anywhere close to a return. At least he’s progressing.
Blake Cederlind – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 24, 2021)
Original: After suffering a UCL strain, Cederlind had Tommy John Surgery and will miss the 2021 season.
Ke’Bryan Hayes – Wrist: 10 day-IL (April 7, 2021)
Original: His wrist is improving and he’s inching closer to a return to action, but seeing as he is the foundation for this extremely weak lineup and a big piece of their future, the Pirates will take their time.
Weekly Update: Hayes has been swinging in the batting cages for awhile, and will that hard work will hopefully extend itself onto the field sooner rather than later. Look for Philip Evans and Erik Gonzalez to solidify even more at bats in the meantime. Both are volatile pickups that could be used in NL Only leagues or when desperate.
Gregory Polanco – Undiscolsed: 10 day-IL (May 3, 2021)
Original: With an undisclosed reason, Polanco went on the IL, leading to Covid-19 speculation. Phillip Evans and Ka-ai Tom have been taking extra at bats as a result of this absence and both can be added for now in NL Only leagues.
San Diego Padres
Chris Paddack – Undisclosed: (April 30, 2021)
Original: Paddack will miss some time after being placed on the IL for a medical condition. It remains to be seen how long he will miss, but the scuffling starter suffers another setback in his bid to return to his glory days.
Weekly Update: Paddack could return as early as today or possibly delayed until tomorrow, but the fact remains that his return is imminent and he should be activated everywhere. Whether or not he should be started or benched is another question.
Adrian Morejon – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (April 22, 2021)
Original: Morejon injured his arm while pitching in a game, and went to the IL. Keep an eye on him, as it could lead to Tommy John Surgery, but that’s just speculation.
Weekly Update: Morejon had Tommy John Surgery and was transferred to the 60 day-IL, ending his 2021 season.
Mike Clevinger – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (February 18, 2021)
Original: Clevinger will miss the entire 2021 season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery in the offseason.
San Francisco Giants
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.
Alex Dickerson – Right shoulder impingement: 10 day-IL (May 7, 2021)
Original: The injury seemed like a lingering thing that was affecting his swing, and thus the decision was made. Mike Tauchman, Chris Duggar and Mike Yastrzemski will take over the starting gigs in the outfield, with Austin Slater looking to fill in when necessary.
Tyler Beede – Elbow, 60 day-IL (February 26, 2021)
Original: After suffering a setback from his March 2020 Tommy John Surgery recovery, Beede was moved to the 60 day-IL, putting his entire 2021 season in jeopardy. He hopes to return at some point.
Weekly Update: He will be taking part in a rehab session soon and could be up closer than originally expected. Still, temper your expectations, as he’s coming back from Tommy John Surgery.
Johnny Cueto – Lat strain, 10 day-IL (April 16, 2021)
Original: Cueto suffered the lat strain while pitching in a game, and is set to miss at least two starts as he rehabs. A returning Alex Wood and Logan Webb appear to be set into the rotation for now, though Webb was throwing from the bullpen before this injury.
Weekly Update: He’s expected to start this weekend, but if he does not, he should do so later in the week. Be prepared to activate him.
Reyes Moronta – Right elbow flexor strain, 10 day-IL (April 12, 2021)
Original: More significant than soreness, Moronta looks destined to miss extended time as he now finds himself sidelined with another injury after missing all of 2020. Tyler Rogers is now the setup man to Jake McGee in a bullpen with more questions than answers.
Weekly Update: Moronta suffered a sprained ligament in his elbow and will be out for an additional two or more weeks. It’s looking like a lost season for him.
Donovan Solano – Calf strain, 10 day-IL (April 22, 2021)
Original: Solano suffered the injury while running the bases this week, and was placed on the IL to heal up. The Giants have a lot of depth and will be fine in his absence with Tommy LaStella and Brandon Crawford.
Weekly Update: He is making progress as he hopes to return, but a comeback timeline isn’t imminent.
Tommy La Stella – Hamstring Strain: 10 day-IL (May 3, 2021)
Original: La Stella hurt himself while diving for a ball, and will one out for quite some time, with a four to six week timeframe being suggested.The Giants have plenty of resources on their roster as they are known for having a ton of flexibility throughout their team. Look for anyone of them to emerge with the hot bat and pounce on it.
Shed Long Jr. – Shin: 60 day-IL (April 27, 2021)
Original: After having season ending surgery for it in September 2020, Shed Long Jr. suffered a setback while fouling a ball off of his toe recently. He was slated to compete for the starting 2B job in Seattle, but last season’s breakout by Dylan Moore makes this less likely to happen for now. Though he has faced some live batting, he’s still not yet ready to return.
Weekly Update: Following last week’s setback, Shed Long Jr. was transferred to the 60 day-IL and will require a lot of extra time before a return is possible.
Andres Munoz – Elbow, 60 day-IL (March 18, 2021)
Original: Following his Tommy John Surgery in March 2020, Munoz was set to make his return at some point this season. He will have to wait awhile to attempt to do so following his setback in early March.
Weekly Update: Munoz has yet to start throwing at all, halting any plans for a comeback in 2021. He remains a likely 2022 rebound candidate in fantasy.
Ken Giles – Elbow, 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Original: Giles seems unlikely to pitch in 2021.
Jake Fraley – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (April 9, 2021)
Original: Fraley hurt his hamstring and was thought to miss extended time. Thought to be worse than it was, the Mariners see him returning sooner than expected, though the exact time isn’t yet known.
Weekly Update: Fraley has advanced to hitting in a cage and throwing on the field, but the time for him to come back and make an impact is almost over, since someone with the last name Kelenic could be called up soon and he’s apparently quite good.
James Paxton – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
Original: Paxton got the bad news and was told that he will need to will have Tommy John Surgery, thus ending his 2021 season. Though he is looking for a second opinion, an extended absence from the team is likely.
Marco Gonzales – Miild forearm strain: 10 day-IL (April 29, 2021)
Original: Gonzales will miss a few starts with a mild forearm strain. This could help explain why he was so ineffective to start the season, as he’s been pretty consistently good for years.
Weekly Update: He will likely take the mound and work off of their this weekend. He may be another week off from returning.
St. Louis Cardinals
Miles Mikolas – Shoulder: 10 day-IL (March 28, 2021)
Original: The team will cautiously take their time getting Mikolas back to speed while he recovers from shoulder tightness. He is optimistic to return sometime in May if all goes right, which means coming to the Cardinals’ alternate site for rehab and ramp ups.
Weekly Update: Mikolas threw 2.1 innings of ball for the Cardinals’ Triple-A affiliate and was efficient. He’ll need to do more before returning.
Dakota Hudson – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 28, 2021)
Original: Hudson is unlikely to pitch in 2021.
Jordan Hicks – Elbow Inflammation: 10 day-IL (May 3, 2021)
Original: His latest injury will keep him out of action for multiple weeks tampering any chance he had of being the team’s closer this season. Alex Reyes has done an admirable job instead.
Tampa Bay Rays
Michael Wacha – Hamstring tightness: 10 day-IL (May 4, 2021)
Original: Wacha was placed on the IL after experiencing tightness in his hamstring. With the Rays having so many options within their system, they will likely wait until Wacha is fully healed and then give him a shot back within the rotation.
Nick Anderson – UCL torn ligament: 60 day-IL (March 26, 2021)
Original: Anderson, who is shut down for eight weeks, will be re-evaluated past the All-Star Break, though right now, surgery doesn’t seem necessary. Peter Fairbanks and Diego Castillo look to get the load of save opportunities for Tampa in the meantime.
Yonny Chirinos – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (February 22, 2021)
Original: Chirinos will miss the entire 2021 season after having Tommy John Surgery last August.
Jalen Beeks – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (February 17, 2021)
Original: Beeks will miss the entire 2021 season after having Tommy John Surgery last August.
Ji-Man Choi – Knee: 10 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
Original: After undergoing arthroscopic surgery in the offseason, Choi will remain sidelined for the next month or so. Yoshi Tsutsugo and Mike Brousseau look to split playing time, but nothing is set in stone with the Rays.
Weekly Update: Choi went 1 for 4 in a rehab assignment and is looking to be close for a return. He and Yandy Diaz will compete for at bats, though given how the Rays handle their players, it’s unknown the playing time differential.
Chris Archer – Forearm tightness: 60 day-IL (April 10, 2021)
Original: Archer experienced the tightness is the middle of his performance on the mound versus the Yankees, and was immediately sent to the injured list. While it doesn’t seem to serious an issue, the Rays are playing it safe. Brent Honeywell has been called up as a corresponding move.
Weekly Update: Archer, who was playing catch during his attempt to return, was transferred over to the 60 day-IL, and will miss extended time. It appears that the Chris Archer Bounceback train has been derailed for quite awhile.
Diego Castillo – Right Groin tightness: 10 day-IL (May 4, 2021)
Original: The Rays are cautiously optimistic that he will return within the minimum ten day timeframe. Peter Fairbanks looks like he will get the lions-share of save opportunities in the meantime, and has the stuff to do it well.
Francisco Mejia – Left Intercostal Discomfort: 10 day-IL (May 8, 2021)
Original: Mejia had trouble breathing one morning and the Rays decided to give him ten days off to feel better. The severity of this condition and length needed from which to recover are unknown right now, but the next few days could be critical. Mike Zunino should see the bulk of games played while Kevan Smith will back him up. Both aren’t viable fantasy options unless they get hot.
Jose Leclerc – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Original: Leclerc is unable to pitch in 2021.
Jonathan Hernandez – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 30, 2021)
Original: Hernandez was shut down at the beginning of March for four weeks due to a low-grade UCL sprain in his elbow. He was shut down and will be out until June. Projected to be the closer earlier this offseason, Matt Bush and Ian Kennedy will be battling it out to see who gets the most saves. It is by no means a group of players worth rostering since there are so many unknowns.
Weekly Update: He underwent successful Tommy John Surgery.
Matt Bush – Elbow Inflammation: 60 day-IL (April 9, 2021)
Original: This is yet another roadblock for the Rangers and their attempt to save games this year. Look for Ian Kennedy to get the bulk of the opportunities.
Ronald Guzman – Right knee meniscus cartilage tear: 60 day-IL (April 13, 2021)
Original: Guzman hurt himself while trying to get out of the way on a pop fly. After being carted off, he was diagnosed with the meniscus tear and will be out for awhile.
Weekly Update: Guzman was transferred over to the 60 day-IL this past week and will miss the rest of the 2021 season. Adolis Garcia has taken over and should be added due to his production so far.
Toronto Blue Jays
Kirby Yates – Tommy John Surgery: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Original: Yates will not pitch this season after receiving Tommy John Surgery for his ailing elbow. Look for Jordan Romano, Julian Mayweather and Rafael Dolis to get save opportunities, as we see who can emerge as the best closing option.
Thomas Hatch – Elbow: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Original: Hatch will miss some time with non-UCL related elbow inflammation. The MRI showed no real signs of this injury being as serious as it could have been. Once healthy, he may either be a long reliever out of the bullpen or fighting for a spot at the end of the Jays’ rotation. He has resumed throwing on his way back to the club.
Weekly Update: Hatch was transferred to the 60 day-IL this week and will need extended time off. He could be a candidate for starter innings laster in the year, but perhaps 2022 seems like a better option for him.
Julan Merryweather – Left oblique strain: 60 day-IL (April 14, 2021)
Original: It’s a disappointing development for someone who looked incredible while saving games for the Blue Jays. He should slot back as their closer when he returns, though the injury is predicted to be a long term issue. Until then, Rafael Dolis seems like the next man up.
Weekly Update: Merryweather was transferred over to the 60 day-IL, and will be shut down as a result. It is Jordan Romano’s closer’s job to lose for now.
Alejandro Kirk – Hip: 10 day-IL (May 4, 2021)
Original: Kirk remains out with a hip injury that is likely to last at least four weeks. Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire will split time for the Jays, but both are the ugliest of fantasy options.
George Springer – Right Quadriceps Strain: 10 day-IL (May 6, 2021)
Original: Springer is back on the IL with the same injury that kept him out of action to start the season. One has to wonder if other options are in the cards for him, or even if a 60 day-IL stint too, but that is pure speculation here.
Will Harris – Blood Clot, hand – 10 day-IL (March 29, 2021)
Original: Harris recently discovered that his bloodletting was unrelated to thoracic outlet syndrome, which could mean he will be back much sooner and healthier. When back, he should be in the mix for some holds and the odd save.
Weekly Update: Harris is trying to pitch around his inflamed hand, in an attempt to salvage his season and avoid surgery. He is weeks away from returning, at best.
Stephen Strasburg – Shoulder inflammation: 10 day-IL (April 18, 2021)
Original: Strasburg was placed on the IL with shoulder inflammation. The often injured pitcher now faces another uphill battle to climb, though his velocity was down in his last outing. This is troubling for him and the Nationals as there is no clear timetable for a return. The Nationals’ rotation is in a state of emergency, as after Scherzer, they are reeling big time and should be avoided unless in NL-Only leagues.
Weekly Update: Strasburg will throw another simulated game early this week, signalling an imminent return if all goes well.