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 at RotoFanatic have got you covered.
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: Marte did some light running drills this past week and also hit off of a tee.
Joakim Soria – Strained left calf: 10 day-IL (April 6, 2021)
Original: Soria injured his calf while fielding a ground ball vs the Padres. The closer situation remains murky for the Diamondbacks as they try to find a solution to their problem. Stefan Crichton and Kevin Ginkel seem to be the top two options, with both getting opportunities, but neither should be trusted as a solidified source for saves just yet.
Weekly Update: Soria threw about 20 pitches in a bullpen session this past weekend, and is getting closer to a return.
Christian Walker – Strained right oblique: 10 day-IL (April 12, 2021)
Original: Walker was placed on the IL after straining his oblique a week ago. In his place, Asdrubal Cabrera is starting at first base, but has struggled. The first base position is wide open in Arizona, though all options are right now quite undesirable.
Tim Locastro – Disolcated pinky finger: 10 day-IL (April 18, 2021)
Original: Locastro hurt himself while getting caught trying to steal second base. Pavin Smith replaced him in the outfield, and the Diamondbacks acquired Nick Heath from the Royals earlier in the day. It remains to be seen what the plan is for Arizona, as Locastro was replacing the injured Marte, but now perhaps we see Daulton Varsho? This is a situation to monitor.
Mike Soroka – Achilles tendon, right foot: 10 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 has not yet begun throwing, and there is no timetable for a return.
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 has not yet begun throwing, and there is no timetable for a return.
Drew Smyly – Forearm inflammation: 10 day-IL (April 16, 2021)
Original: Smyly was placed on the IL with forearm inflammation, subsequently missing his scheduled start this week. He is likely to miss no more than one start, since the injury isn’t considered overly serious. Kyle Wright was recalled in his place.
Max Fried – Right hamstring strain: 10 day-IL (April 14, 2021)
Original: Fried will miss at least one start, though manager Brian Snitker didn’t know if it would be more than that. He injured himself while running to first base. The Braves could definitely use him, but need him at 100% for the long run. While a fifth starter isn’t set in stone, Huascar Ynoa has developed into an under-owned option for them and could be worth a look in deeper leagues.
Cristian Pache – Groin: 10 day-IL (April 13, 2021)
Original: Pache will be on the injured list for at least 10 days. Guillermo Heredia is the temporary starter in centre field, though he is not someone that should be relied on for much of anything right now.
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.
Sean Newcomb – Covid-19 Protocols: 10 day-IL (April 18, 2021)
Original: Newcomb was exposed to someone with Covid-19 and is now following protocols to be away from the team. He was a speculative add for saves and holds, but will give way to AJ Minter until he returns.
Ronald Acuña – Mild Abdominal Strain: Day-to-Day
Original: What was thought to be something more serious, Acuña was diagnosed with a mild abdominal strain following an MRI Monday. Whether or not he plays this week is another question, but it looks to be a short term injury that will be nursed with a few days off. Keep an eye on any progress for a return to the lineup.
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.
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.
Austin Hays – Hamstring strain: 10 day-IL (April 5, 2021)
Original: Hays hit a double against the Red Sox, but also hurt his hamstring, causing some concern for the outfielder. He will hopefully be out for only the minimum and back at it for the Orioles.
Weekly Update: Hays took at bats this week in an attempt to return early this week.
Boston Red Sox
Ryan Brasier – Left calf strain: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Original: Brasier would be an option for the shaky Red Sox bullpen, and may be down the road, but even when returns, it’s up to Matt Barnes and Adam Ottavino to battle it out for saves. Brasier is a deep deep add for potential opportunities should the inconsistent Red Sox closing options falter, albeit well down the road, however. He could be a speculative candidate for holds as well.
Weekly Update: Brasier has yet to participate in baseball activities.
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.
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.
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: When Engel returns from injury, it will most likely be after the White Sox conclude their road trip this weekend, and could be near the end of their subsequent homestead.
Lance Lynn – Strained trapezius: 10 day-IL (April 18, 2021)
Original: Lynn will miss some time due to him straining his trapezius. The team is hopeful that he will miss just one start in the rotation and be back as soon as possible. The White Sox are deep enough to accommodate his absence, but no replacement has been named just yet.
Billy Hamilton – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
Original: Hamilton had already swiped two bases in this short start to the season, but he heads to the injured list, thus giving more opportunities for Yermin Mercedes and Andrew Vaughn to play.
Jace Fry – Back: 60 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
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.
Michael Lorenzen – Shoulder strain: 60 day-IL (April 14, 2021)
Original: Originally thought to be minor, Lorenzen was transferred to the 60 day-IL for his shoulder, thus putting a huge delay in his debut for the Reds. He has since received an platelet-rich plasma injection into his shoulder and giving it the rest it needs. While a return is very likely, the glass half-empty in me things there’s a chance he gets shut down for the season. In the meantime, Jeff Hoffman has been inserted into the starting rotation, and his re-introduced slider has him finding early season success.
Shogo Akiyama – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (March 29, 2021)
Original: After leaving the team with a personal issue, Akiyama returned to the Reds only to suffer an injury to his hamstring, that manager David Bell originally said will cost him a few weeks. He will be looking to carve himself out a role within the Reds’ lineup, as their lineup looks pretty solidified as is. He’s likely to be on the bench upon any return until an injury happens.
Weekly Update: Akiyama will attempt to participate in rehab games over the next week or so to get back into game shape.
Aristides Aquino – Wrist: 10 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.
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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. Daniel Bard looks likely to be the Rockies’ closer.
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 has increased the intensity of his throwing, but hasn’t yet progressed to doing so from a mound, meaning that he is still aways from returning.
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 has progressed to playing in the field and taking batting practice, hopefully leading to a a return sooner than expected. With Hampson moving to centre field, a return to second base could move McMahon back over to third once everyone is healthy. Monitor his return, giving owners an option for cheap speed once he does get back into the lineup.
Ian Desmond – Covid-19 Opt-Out
Original: Desmond opted out for the season due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Chris Owings – Left thumb strain: 10 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 will require surgery to fix his thumb, and therefore his time away will be extended.
Spencer Turnbull – Covid-19 IL
Original: Turnbull will be ramping up while at the Tigers’ alternate site over the weekend and will be rejoining the Tigers once he’s back at full strength. It remains to be seen how quickly he is ready, but he is expected to be inserted back into the rotation immediately.
Weekly Update: While Turnbull will miss the weekend series at Oakland, there is a chance that he returns against the Pirates later in the week, possibly by Wednesday. Be sure to activate him.
Julio Teheran – Shoulder strain: 60 day-IL (April 11, 2021)
Original: Teheran’s time missed rose quickly, as we went from a possible two week absence to now at least two months. He makes way for a returning Turnbull.
Miguel Cabrera – Bicep strain: 10 day-IL (April 11, 2021)
Original: Cabrera will miss some time with his bicep, after wincing following a foul ball on Saturday. This opens up at bats for Renato Nunez and Harold Castro.
Weekly Update: The injury is considered to be minor, and he could be back sooner than expected. It could be a series by series decision, but we know that it won’t happen until next week sometime.
Nomar Mazara – Abdominal strain: 10 day-IL (April 15, 2021)
Original: Likely precautionary, the Tigers didn’t want to wait to see if it would heal on its own or not, and wanted depth for their bullpen, hence the IL designation. While it’s unknown how severe the injury is, this frees up more at bats for the red hot Akil Baddoo while Mazara heals up. Expect Mazara to return sometime next week.
Pedro Baez – Covid-19 April 8, 2021)
Original: Baez missed some time due to testing positive for the Coronavirus, but has returned to camp. He will, unfortunately need some time to ramp himself back to game mode, and may miss time to open the season. He is slowly getting back to form and will be a middle innings option for the Astros upon his return.
Forest Whitley – Tommy John surgery (March 17, 2021)
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.
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.
Yordan Alvarez – Covid-19 protocols: Out indefinitely (April 16, 2021)
Original: Alvarez was among others that were placed on the Covid-19 IL for health and safety protocols, and will be able to return once they are cleared to do so. It remains to be seen if Alvarez will return on their current road trip, but he has been cleared to resume working out. Ronnie Dawson and Taylor Jones have been temporarily filling in as the team’s DH, and shouldn’t be rostered in any leagues. Look for the Astros to mix and match until their starters return, though he looks to be ready for a return on Tuesday.
Jose Altuve – Covid-19 protocols: Out indefinitely (April 16, 2021)
Original: Altuve was among the players that were placed on the Covid-19 IL for health and safety protocols, and will be able to return once they are cleared to do so. It remains to be seen if Altuve will return on their current road trip, but he has been cleared to resume working out. Aledmys Diaz and Alex de Goti have been filling in at second base, and shouldn’t be rostered in any leagues. Look for the Astros to mix and match until their starters return.
Alex Bregman – Covid-19 protocols: Out indefinitely (April 16, 2021)
Original: Bregman was among the players that were placed on the Covid-19 IL for health and safety protocols, and will be able to return once they are cleared to do so. It remains to be seen if Bregman will return on their current road trip, but he has been cleared to resume working out. Abraham Toro and Aledmys Did have been filling in at third base, and shouldn’t be rostered in any leagues. Look for the Astros to mix and match until their starters return, though he looks to be ready for a return on Tuesday.
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: Mondesit has been doing more movement recently, but is still far from returning, as all updates have been vague. Until he resumes swinging, he isn’t expected to return anytime soon. While Nicky Lopez has had a decent start to the season, he’s not worth rostering in any league that isn’t really deep or American League only. His plate discipline has improved and he’s getting on base, but he hasn’t yet done anything significant to warrant a fantasy roster spot. Keep in mind, the long term plan is likely Mondesi and Bobby Witt Jr., so Lopez is a temporary fix.
Los Angeles Angels
Franklin Barreto – Elbow: 60 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Original: Barreto was looking to make camp and play a utility role, but instead likely gives way to Luis Rengifo to take over that role.
Luke Bard – Hip: 60 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
Original: Bard got season ending surgery for his hip and will not pitch in 2021.
Max Stassi – Fractured left thumb: 10 day-IL (April 13, 2021)
Original: Stassi injured his thumb on a foul tip and will miss some time to recover. Manager Joe Maddon thinks it could be fully healed within two weeks, but didn’t rule out a longer timeline as he has yet to resume catching workouts. Kurt Suzuki replaces Stassi in the lineup and can be added in two catcher leagues due to the increase in playing time.
Anthony Rendon – Groin: 10 day-IL (April 12, 2021)
Original: Rendon strained his groin while making a throw, and will spend some time on the IL. While he hasn’t yet resumes any baseball activities, he is still eligible to return early this week. Keep an eye on his eligibility when you set your lineups on Monday, though a mid to late week return is a best case scenario. A return can’t come soon enough for the Angels since their replacements are the complete opposite of Tendon with respect to talent.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Tommy Kahnle – Elbow, 60 day-IL (March 25, 2021)
Original: The former Yankee was signed this past off-season and required Tommy John surgery for his elbow. He is unlikely to pitch in 2021 as a result, and cleared the way for the Dodgers to sign Jimmy Nelson.
Caleb Ferguson – Elbow, 60 day-IL (March 18, 2021)
Original: He is recovering from his second Tommy John surgery and is unlikely to pitch in 2021 as a result.
Joe Kelly – Shoulder: 10 day-IL (April 2, 2021)
Original: Kelly has had a rough Spring Training, battling shoulder stiffness and being under the weather. Upon returning, he will be slotted in the bullpen, presumably for multi-inning usage. There is no timetable for a return to action.
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 was diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his left fibula and will need extended time off to rehab the injury. While the exact timeline of a return isn’t yet known, speculation has it between 4-6 weeks as being optimal. In the meantime, look for a combination of Chris Taylor, Luke Raley, AJ Pollock and Zach McKinstry to get rotating at bats in the potent Dodgers’ lineup. Pollock with consistent at bats could be a nice sneaky power boost to a lineup, while Chris Taylor and his versatility gives a nice depth boost to fantasy lineups. Keep an eye too on McKinstry too as he’s hitting the ball harder thus far.
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: Still experiencing soreness, a bullpen session last weekend was cancelled.
Gavin Lux – Right wrist injury: 10 day-IL (April 18, 2021)
Original: Lux will be sidelined for awhile with an injury to his wrist, which affects his swinging, not throwing. Manager Dave Roberts doesn’t see this as anything long term. Look for Zach McKinstry to get additional at bats while Lux is on the IL.
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 is able to throw from 60 feet, which is promising. Without a clear timetable, and given his injury history, tread lightly with a short leash upon any return.
Jacob Nottingham – Thumb: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Original: Despite having surgery on it in the offseason, Nottingham still had setbacks upon returning to the lineup late in camp. With Narvaez doing well to begin the season, it’s unlikely Nottingham will be rushed at all, given the depth of Pina behind him.
Kolton Wong – Oblique, 10 day-IL: (April 10, 2021)
Original: Wong was placed on the injured list with an oblique strain. It’s unsure what the Brewers will do here, but putting Hiura back at second could be an option, giving a big bat like Vogelbach some time to play. However, if they keep Hiura at first, Travis Shaw and Daniel Robertson are the benefactors of this injury.
Lorenzo Cain – Strained left quadriceps – 10 day-IL: (April 14, 2021)
Original: Cain suffered the injury while running out a grounder and was placed on the IL as a result. It doesn’t look like anything major, as he missed al of last year when he opted out, and this could just be a conditioning issue.
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 offence 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.
Brent Rooker – Cervical Strain: 10 day-IL (April 7, 2021)
Original: Rooker, who was seen as somewhat of a fix in left field, was put on the injured list for an injury to his neck. He isn’t necessarily their long term answer, but neither is Jake Cave, who replaces him there and is a fixture for everyday at bats in the time being. Keep an eye for Alex Kirilloff news once the Twins get an extra year of eligibility on his rookie status.
Weekly Update: Rooker will see some at bats this week at the team’s alternate site. He could be activated soon, and could be in line for some at bats with Jake Cave and Kyle Garlick doing their best to not hold the job down.
Edwar 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.
Andrelton Simmons – Covid-19: Out Indefinitely (April 14, 2021)
Original: Simmons tested positive for Covid-19 and will be out indefinitely with mild symptoms. Jorge Polanco slides over at short stop, the returning Josh Donaldson takes over at third base and Luis Arraez will receive second base duties in the meantime, as all three aforementioned players have their fantasy strengths and should be rostered for depth given the consistent playing time until Simmons returns.
Kyle Garlick – Covid-19: Out Indefnitely (April 18, 2021)
Original: Garlick was one member of the Twins who contracted Covid-19 and will remain out until he tests negative. Despite the fact that the Twins’ games have been cancelled this weekend, there still remains a hole in left field for the Twins, and Jake Cave isn’t the answer.Keep an eye on any Alex Kirilloff news.
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.
Carlos Carrasco – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Hurt during some conditioning drills, Carrasco was set to miss 6-8 weeks, which translates to 4-6 weeks of the actual season when it’s all said and done. He threw two innings in a simulated game, which showed some progress. David Peterson and Joey Lucchesi will have a chance to take over in the rotation and attempt to solidify themselves as a long term solution in the meantime. Here’s hoping the best for Carrasco, who has overcome so much in order to be back in baseball.
Weekly Update: Carrasco has been stretched out to four innings of work, showing increased progress and signalling a return which could be soon.
Noah Syndergaard – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL
Syndergaard recently threw off a mound to a live batter, with no swings, in his latest step forward to a full recovery. In that bullpen session he hit 97mph on the radar gun. While a June return seems optimal, a post All-Star Break seems likely, though it remains to be seen how he continues to progress.
Jose Martinez – Torn meniscus, left knee: 60 day-IL
Martinez tore his meniscus at first base and is expected to miss up to four months as he recovers.Without a DH in the National League, Martinez seems destined to remain on the waiver wire while playing for a deeply talented Mets team.
Dellin Betances – Shoulder: 10 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.
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 lacklustre in his attempt to fill the void at first base, while DJLeMahieu has only enhanced his value by gaining extra eligibility (if he already hadn’t) over at first base. The Yankees desperately need someone to step up for them.
Weekly Update: Voit was able to hit off a tee with some light activities, and is in the next step towards coming back. He has also been taking ground balls and will start swinging a bat this week. He is, however, nowhere closer to returning than originally diagnosed.
Miguel Andjuar – Right hand and wrist soreness: 10 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Original: Andjuar begin the season on the IL after succumbing to the pain he was feeling all winter while playing in the Dominican League. He was fighting for a roster spot, but looks likely to be facing an uphill battle when he eventually does return. While seeing a hand specialist for the injury, he remains nowhere near being ready for any baseball action or activities. Even when he returns, he is an injury or two away from becoming relevant in 2021.
Weekly Update: Andjuar has started hitting off a tee, and will face live pitching at the Yankees’ training facility 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 begun his scheduled throwing program, showing that he is still on track to return late May or early June.
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.
Clarke Schmidt – Elbow: 60 day-IL (April 3, 2021)
Original: He’s likely to begin throwing again soon, but he won’t be rushed.
Weekly Update: He has received a cortisone injection.
Trevor Rosenthal – Shoulder: 60 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
Original: A devastating blow to the Athletics, Rosenthal contracted the rare baseball injury and will need an extended time in order to recover from it. He will now wait an additional eight weeks for a follow up to see if there has been any progress in his recovery. In the meantime, the A’s will be mixing and matching while employing some sort of a closer-by-committee. Look for one of Trivino, Diekman and Romo to emerge as the safest option of all, but it’s hard to tell who will.
Mike Fiers – Hip: 10 day-IL (March 29, 2021)
Original: Fiers has yet to throw against any batters at all this Spring, as he’s gone from having back tightness to hip soreness. He hasn’t experienced any setbacks as he’s ramping up and could be back soon.
Weekly Update: Fiers threw one bullpen session this past week. He also threw 77 pitches from the A’s alternate site and is just about ready to return. It is looking like he will need at least one more outing before being game ready for the A’s. He could be activated this week, and should be rostered given the opportunity he will have to play. Just don’t rely on him too much as he’s very volatile.
Chad Pinder – Knee: 10 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
Original: Pinder hurt his knee while making a defensive play in the field, and hasn’t yet resumed any baseball activities. Jed Lowrie and Mitch Moreland get a bump in playing time, while the unproven offensive depth awaits opportunities to play.
Weekly Update: Pinder looks to be resuming baseball activities at some point this week, but no timetable is yet in place. He has been hitting off a tee and throwing, but still isn’t ready to return. In his absence, Jed Lowrie has turned back the clock to produce. He can be rostered in deep leagues until he stops producing.
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 from 90 feet, which is a positive step in the right direction. He is still far from returning, as throwing from the mound is the next step forward. In his absence, Cole Irvin has struggled to do much of anything positive, but he is about all the A’s have unless spot starts and minor league callus happen. The aforementioned return of Fiers can’t happen soon enough.
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.
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.
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 took part in some swings against live pitching, and was eligible to come off the IL midweek. Still, Hayes will be treated with kids gloves as he is their star, their future and since Phillip Evans has filled in admirably in his absence. Even still, Hayes could be activated early in the week if all goes well with his training game at the Pirates’ training facility.
San Diego Padres
Austin Nola – Fractured finger: 10 day-IL (March 29, 2021)
Original: After injuring his finger, Nola has progressed taking some live batting to test it out. Victor Caratini has done well to start the season, but is likely to be at the shorter end of a platoon split once Nola returns, while promising rookie Luis Campusano will likely be sent back down to the minors.
Weekly Update: Nola looked better recently and is close to in game action at the team’s alternate site. Without a timetable for a return, Caratini and the struggling rookie Campusano continue to share time behind the plate, with the veteran receiving most of the time. Both backstops aren’t really restorable at this point as they have both been awful for fantasy purposes.
Dinelson Lamet – UCL strain: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Original: After trying to pitch the Spring, Lamet was placed on the IL as he wasn’t fully ramped up and ready to go for the season. He has since thrown 36 pitches at the Padres’ alternate site. A risky pick in fantasy due to long term uncertainty, he gives way to the promising Adrian Morejon until he can prove that he is finally back and ready to contribute with consistency in the rotation.
Weekly Update: Lamet successfully threw a simulation game recently and will attempt a bullpen session before returning to the lineup. Lamet remains a risk due to the possibility for a major injury, but he still has potential, When he does return, one has to wonder if Chris Paddack’s time as a starter could come to an end following yet another disappointing performance. Lamet will almost surely get back in the rotation, possibly within the next day or two, but who leaves said rotation is anyone’s guess.
Adrian Morejon – Left forearm strain: 10 day-IL (April 12, 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.
Mike Clevinger – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (February 18, 2021)
Clevinger will miss the entire 2021 season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery in the offseason.
San Francisco Giants
Tyler Beede – Elbow, 60 day-IL (February 26, 2021)
Original: After suffering a setback from his March 2020 Tommy John Surgery recovery, Beede was moved to the 60 day-IL, putting his entire 2021 season in jeopardy. He hopes to return at some point.
Weekly Update: Beede is throwing bullpen sessions twice a week, though the length if each session is unknown.
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.
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.
Logan Webb – Covid-19 (April 18, 2021)
Original: Webb was placed on the Covid-19 IL and will miss some time. With minor symptoms, he isn’t expected to miss anything significant.
Jake McGee – Covid-19 Vaccine (April 18, 2021)
Original: McGee suffered some effects from the vaccine and will be out for a bit. In his absence, which may only be another day or two, Tyler Rogers figures to be the clearest option in this cloudy bullpen.
Kyle Lewis – Knee, 10 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Original: Lewis has missed almost a week of Spring Training action, and will miss the start of the season. Taylor Trammell has had a great Spring but has struggled to start the season. Lewis looks on track to return within the next week or two, after experiencing zero setbacks following an uptick in intensity in rehab.
Weekly Update: Lewis looks ready to debut this week, possibly as soon as Monday, as predicted by his manager Scott Servais. Keep that in mind as you set your lineups (or possibly use your FAAB if he’s somehow available) for a power boost.
Shed Long Jr. – Shin: 10 day-IL (April 1, 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.
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.
Ken Giles – Elbow, 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Original: Giles seems unlikely to pitch in 2021.
Jake Fraley – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (April 9, 2021)
Original: Fraley hurt his hamstring and was thought to miss extended time. Thought to be worse than it was, the Mariners see him returning sooner than expected, though the exact time isn’t yet known.
Weekly Update: Fraley is still at least one week away from resuming any baseball activities.
James Paxton – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (April 8, 2021)
Original: Paxton got the bad news and was told that he will need to will have Tommy John Surgery, thus ending his 2021 season. Though he is looking for a second opinion, an extended absence from the team is likely.
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 a good bullpen session where he utilized all of his pitches and was able to recover quite well afterwards. While live batting practice is the next step, he is still at least a week away from returning. It also remains to be seen if they insert him into the rotation immediately or ease him in as a bullpen arm. For now, keep your expectations low.
Harrison Bader – Forearm: 10 day-IL (March 28, 2021)
Original: Bader will begin the season on the IL with forearm soreness and will be sidelined for up to six weeks. This opens the door to Dylan Carlsson having everyday playing time, while possibly producing a platoon in right field. This may also be Tyler O’Neill’s last chance to prove that he can be a starter in the majors.
Weekly Update: Bader is still approximately two weeks away from resuming baseball activities, but is still on pace for his original timetable of a return. The Cardinals have been using Justin Williams in his place with uninspiring results.
Dakota Hudson – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 28, 2021)
Original: Hudson is unlikely to pitch in 2021.
Tampa Bay Rays
Nick Anderson – UCL torn ligament: 60 day-IL (March 26, 2021)
Original: Anderson, who is shut down for eight weeks, will be re-evaluated past the All-Star Break, though right now, surgery doesn’t seem necessary. Peter Fairbanks and Diego Castillo look to get the load of save opportunities for Tampa in the meantime.
Yonny Chirinos – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (February 22, 2021)
Original: Chirinos will miss the entire 2021 season after having Tommy John Surgery last August.
Jalen Beeks – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (February 17, 2021)
Original: Beeks will miss the entire 2021 season after having Tommy John Surgery last August.
Pete Fairbanks – Rotator Cuff Strain: 10 day-IL (April 9, 2021)
Original: The injury will keep him out until at least May as he is being shut down for awhile. This gives Diego Castillo a clearer path for saves in the Ray’s bullpen.
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.
Kevin Keirmaier – Quadriceps: 10 day-IL April 6, 2021)
Original: The speedy outfielder will miss multiple weeks, giving Manuel Margot a chance to finally prove his worth.
Weekly Update: He will be re-evaluated at some point this weekend.
Chris Archer – Forearm tightness: (April 10, 2021)
Original: Archer experienced the tightness is the middle of his performance on the mound versus the Yankees, and was immediately sent to the injured list. While it doesn’t seem to serious an issue, the Rays are playing it safe. Brent Honeywell has been called up as a corresponding move.
Weekly Update: Archer played light catch this week and is still expected to make a quick return. He will still need to ramp himself back up to game form though.
Collin McHugh – Strained lower back: 10 day-IL (April 18, 2021)
Original: McHugh was placed on the IL after yet another rough outing, giving the Rays another obstacle to overcome with their injury ravaged bullpen. While he hasn’t yet been an option for saves, if he gets himself right, the opportunity is there should Diego Castillo falter.
Khris Davis – Left Quadricep: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Original: Davis has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain of his left quadriceps, and will be placed on the IL. The timeline of this injury is about 3-4 weeks. The Rangers will use a lot of platooning and role switching this season to help accommodate their injuries.
Weekly Update: Davis is two weeks away from any game action, and remains sidelined.
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: 10 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.
Toronto Blue Jays
George Springer – Oblique and Quadriceps: 10 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Original: Springer was day-to-day with a Grade 2 strain on his oblique, and even progressed to hitting off of a tee before the official move to the IL. He was subsequently placed on the IL as he wasn’t ready, and has since suffered another injury while rehabbing. He is unlikely to be back for yet another week. For now, look for Randall Grichuk to continue get more at bats in his absence.
Weekly Update: Springer will not play for the Jays until at least after their road trip that lasts until April 25. Manager Charlie Montoyo said that Springer will take live batting practice at some point this week, which is a positive step forward. He’s progressed to running and doing defensive drills, so while the progress is there, it’s been slow and steady. Randall Grichuk continues to get everyday at bats.
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: 10 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 threw a 20-pitch bullpen session this week.
Nate Pearson – Groin: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Original: Pearson is now throwing from a mound in an effort to make the rotation at some point during the season. He has since thrown a bullpen session and could be back within the month. That said, the Jays will continue remain cautious.
Weekly Update: Pearson is 100% pain free and feeling great. He is scheduled to face live batting practice this week too. A return seems imminent, if the kid gloves can come off for Toronto.
Teoscar Hernandez – Covid-19 Symptoms: (April 9, 2021)
Original: Hernandez and reliever Ryan Borucki were both placed on the Covid-19 IL due to having close onctact to a non-organizational case. It remains to be seen how long they will be gone, but rumours have him gone until at least this Thursday. This makes Randall Grichuk even more valuable for everyday at bats in the meantime.
Weekly Update: Hernandez will remain out for at least the two day period. He is apparently symptom free and could be days from returning.
Julan Merryweather – Left oblique strain: 10 day-IL (April 14, 2021)
Original: It’s a disappointing development for someone who looked incredible while saving games for the Blue Jays. He should slot back as their closer when he returns, though the injury is predicted to be a long term issue. Until then, Rafael Dolis seems like the next man up.
Jordan Romano – Right ulnar neuritis : 10 day-IL (April 15, 2021)
Original: Another disappointing development for the bullpen of the Blue Jays as he was scheduled to take over for the injured Merryweather. While the issue is expected to be a short term issue, it’s still something that will keep him out of the lineup for at least this week. Instead, Rafael Dolis looks to be given those chances to save games.
Will Harris – Blood Clot – 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 threw a 26 pitch bullpen session this week en route to coming back. There is still no timetable for his return.
Jon Lester – Covid-19 Symptoms: (April 6, 2021)
Original: Lester was a part of a massive list of players that were hit with a positive test, and will miss some time. The other players that remain out at Kyle Schwarber, Josh Bell and Josh Harrison. Timetables for each player varies on how recovery goes.
Weekly Update: Lester threw a simulated game at the Nationals’ training site last week, and will throw a five inning, 80 pitch simulated game as what could be his final ramp up before debuting for the Nationals.
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.