Welcome to the Infirmary Report, a place where all Injury List designations will be listed by team, in an effort to help you organize all of the fantasy relevant injuries that are happening in the world of baseball in 2021. Each week, I’ll be updating the list with the status of players who can help you with your fantasy baseball teams, as well as listing those long term injuries. Here’s hoping that the list of players here doesn’t get too extensive at times, but if it does, here at RotoFanatic we have got you covered.

 

Arizona Diamondbacks

Kole Calhoun – Hamstring: 60 day-IL (April 27, 2021)

Original: Calhoun suffered the injury this week, and will be sidelined for awhile. It’s the second major injury this season for him, as the Diamondbacks were anticipating big power numbers from him. It’s another unfortunate setback, as he underwent a procedure to excise the left semitendinosus tendon in his left hamstring.

Weekly Update: Calhoun is aiming to return once he is eligible to come off of the 60 day-IL on June 27. Though that is a positive sign, nothing is set in stone for this to happen.

 

Tyler Clippard – Capsule sprain in his right shoulder: 60 day-IL (March 29, 2021)

Original: Clippard said his arm felt weak in his final Spring outing where he didn’t return a batter. His velocity was low and he said that he felt weird. He has since been shut down for six weeks, with a re-evaluation forthcoming. Clippard was going to be a late inning option for holds and some saves, but now his value will have to be waited upon.

Weekly Update: Clippard underwent a small procedure in his knee earlier in the month, and has since continued his throwing program.

Madison Bumgarner – Shoulder inflammation: 10 day-IL (June 3, 2021)

Original: The good news for his IL stint is that it is for inflammation with no structural damage. It’s something that flared up a few weeks ago that Bumgarner thought would go away and that he could work through. It helps explain his decrease in performance as of late. Consider it a short stay on the Injured List unless you hear otherwise.

Weekly Update: Bumgarner has begun throwing, but his overall status has been very vague, since not much is known other than this. Consider him out for longer than the minimum ten days.

 

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

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

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

Carson Kelly – Broken Wrist: TBD (June 19th, 2021)

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

 

Atlanta Braves

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Baltimore Orioles

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

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

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

 

John Means – Shoulder: 10 day-IL (June 5, 2021)

Original: Means left his start early last weekend, and went to the IL almost immediately. Later in the week, he went for an MRI, but no structural damage was noticed and he avoided the worst case scenario. He still remains on the IL, and has been shut down ever since the injury happened. He will remain so for at least ten days as a precaution.

Weekly Update: Means has begun a throwing progression program at their workout facility in Florida, which is a positive next step, but he has not yet done so from a mound. He has already passed the minimum ten days, and will likely need another week as the Orioles don’t want to take any chances with their best pitcher.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Chicago Cubs

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Nico Hoerner – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (May 26, 2021)

Original: Hoerner hurt himself while trying to outrun a bunt, and subsequently fell over and injured himself. It’s unclear whether or not he will miss extended time with the injury, but the Cubs currently have Eric Sogard as their starting second baseman and could use Hoerner’s speed and power.

Weekly Update: Hoerner progressed to taking swings off of a tee and playing catch this week, but is obviously a ways away from returning. He will likely need a rehab assignment to test out his injured hamstring once it’s all said and done.

Weekly Update: Hoerner went through a full range of baseball movements and motions at the start of the weekend, which is a great sign. It still seems likely that a rehab session is in order.

 

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

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

 

Trevor Williams – Appendectomy: 10 day-IL (May 31, 2021)

Original: Williams had an emergency appendectomy this week and will miss time as a result. Kohl Stewart is currently slated to be at the back end of the Cubs’ rotation and should be avoided.

Weekly Update: Williams is travelling with the team and is playing light catch, though the road to recovery is still a long one.

 

Adbert Alzolay – Blister: 10 day-IL (June 8, 2021)

Original: Alzolay will miss some time with a blister issue on his middle finger. It was apparently bothering him for his previous two outings as well and was a major reason for his dip in velocity during his final game before the official injury designation.

Weekly Update: Alzolay has started throwing bullpen sessions and will continue to do so until either a rehab assignment or, better yet, being activated by the Cubs. This season’s breakout pitcher should be rostered.

Weekly Update: Alzolay is set to come off the Injured List this Monday and start. Be sure to have him ready in your lineups.

 

Chicago White Sox

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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.

Weekly Update: Fry has been dominant in all of his rehab starts in the minors, as he has gone five scoreless innings, with zero hits, seven strikeouts and only four walks. These innings have all been one inning appearances, proving that Fry may be ready anyway now.

 

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

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

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

 

Michael Kopech – Hamstring strain: 10 day-IL (June 1, 2021)

Original: Kopech injured himself while pitching and landing awkwardly, hurting himself on the play. It is not considered to be too serious, as it is a Grade 1 sprain, but it is uncertain as to whether or not he will return right away following his ten day stint. The White Sox bullpen is deep enough to carry the load until that time.

Weekly Update: Kopech is on track to throw a simulated game over the next week while continuing to throw bullpen sessions too. No timeline for a return has been set.

Weekly Update: Kopech is improving while rehabbing, but isn’t yet ready to return. The White Sox and their bullpen have struggled as of late, and Kopech could be put into high leverage situations right away.

 

Adam Eaton – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (June 18, 2021)

Original: Eaton was placed on the IL to nurse his injured hamstring this past week as his underwhelming season continues. All three of the Opening Day outfielders for the White Sox are now on the IL and have been replaced with Adam Engel, Andrew Vaughn and Brian Goodwin. There is no other team with a less than ideal situation.

 

Cincinnati Reds

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 a 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 thinks there’s a chance he gets shut down for the season. In the meantime, Jeff Hoffman has been inserted into the starting rotation, and his re-introduced slider has him finding early-season success.

Weekly Update: Lorenzen himself said that he hopes to return by the end of June.

Weekly Update: Lorenzen’s return has now been pushed back to after the All-Star Break, which means that July 16th is the earliest time in which he can return.

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Sonny Gray – Groin: 10 day-IL (June 9, 2021)

Original: Gray hurt himself while warming up in between innings earlier this week and took himself out of the game. The plan right now is for him to rest for a few days and then ramp up the healing process over the weekend. The anticipation is a minor stint on the IL where Gray will miss two starts. While that is merely a guess right now, it’s something to go off of as the Reds scramble to fill his spot in the rotation with a short term option.

Weekly Update: Originally thought to be a minor IL stay, Gray will now miss an additional week or so while he continues to slowly recover from his injury. Groins can be a tricky injury from which to feel fully healthy, and thus, all timeframes are unfortunately flexible.

Weekly Update: Gray threw a successful bullpen session earlier in the week, but it’s unclear as to what he’ll need to do in order to be ready for a return. A rehab session seems like the next step.

 

Tejay Antone – Forearm inflammation: 10 day-IL (June 11, 2021)

Original: Retroactive to this past Tuesday, Antone went on the IL due to forearm inflammation on Friday. Manager David Bell is very confident that this will be a short term injury and that he will be activated at his earliest possible time.

Weekly Update: Antone will throw a bullpen session early in the weekend, and is slated to do so again on Sunday. He may be activated shortly after that.

 

Cleveland

Roberto Perez – Finger: 10 day-IL (May 7, 2021)

Original: Perez will undergo surgery on his right ring finger and will be out for months. It’s a big blow for the team as it will be down to Austin Hedges and Rene Riviera to breakthrough behind the plate.

Weekly Update: Perez has had the pin removed from his finger and has started throwing again.

Weekly Update: Perez will be participating in a rehab assignment this week.

 

Franmil Reyes – Oblique: 10 day-IL (May 23, 2021)

Original: Reyes suffered an internal oblique strain last week while swinging at a pitch, and he instantly cried out in pain. He is expected to be sidelined for five to seven weeks, at minimum, and his bat will be missed, as he was arguably their best hitter. Cleveland’s lineup is one against you can feel somewhat confident to stream against as they lack consistent power.

Weekly Update: Reyes will begin a rehab assignment this upcoming week, and is a week or so ahead of schedule. Your chance to buy low on the powerful slugger is slowly closing.

 

Zach Plesac – Thumb: 10 day-IL (May 26, 2021)

Original: Plesac injured himself while aggressively taking off a shirt, and will miss multiple weeks with a broken thumb. While no surgery will be required here, he still will be reassessed every seven to ten days and will begin a throwing program in three weeks time. Other than Bieber and Civale, you can feel confident streaming hitters against the Indians’ rotation.

Weekly Update: Plesac will begin throwing again later in the week.

Weekly Update: Plesac will throw a bullpen session over the weekend. It remains to be seen when he will return, but a bullpen session is a great step in that direction.

 

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

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

 

Colorado Rockies

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

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

 

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 when he’s hot (or at home) and cut him when he’s not.

Weekly Update: Owings will begin a rehab assignment over the weekend, indicating that a return is inching closer.

 

Jon Gray – Right flexor strain: 10 day-IL (June 4, 2021)

Original: Gray left his start on Friday with tightness and had an MRI reveal that there was no structural damage to his elbow. Still, the Rockies will be without one of their best pitchers for at least ten days, though anything longer than that can’t be ruled out.

Weekly Update: Gray will be playing catch from 90 feet plus and is getting closer to being back. The Rockies’ staff remains one to be avoided at home.

Weekly Update: Gray is expected to begin a rehab assignment over the weekend. It is unknown how long will be needed, but he’s at least one step closer to returning to the Rockies.

 

Detroit Tigers

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

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

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

 

Victor Reyes – Intercostal strain: 10 day-IL (June 3, 2021)

Original: Reyes looked to be getting back on track after recovering from a pectoral injury the previous week, but now he finds himself on the IL with an intercostal strain, providing yet another hurdle for him in 2021. The Tigers offense is clicking for now, so no hurry back is needed.

 

Spencer Turnbull – Forearm tightness: 10 day-IL (June 5, 2021)

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Niko Goodrum – Left finger tendon injury: 10 day-IL (June 20, 2021)

Original: Goodrum left his game on Friday with the injury, and not much else I known at this time. The Tigers have enough depth filled with players who can do a bit of everything to replace Goodrum in the short term.

 

 

Houston Astros

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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 way to go.

 

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

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

 

Kyle Tucker – Covid-19: Undetermined Time (June 16, 2021)

Original: Tucker will miss an undisclosed amount of time after being under the weather and then subsequently placed on the Covid-19 list for health and safety protocols. It is hoped that his absence will be short lived and that he can return to the Astros soon enough.

Weekly Update: Tucker is working out at Minute Maid Park while he gets himself better.

 

Kansas City Royals

Danny Duffy – Forearm: 10 day-IL (May 18, 2021)

Original: Duffy experienced soreness in his forearm, and the worst was feared before an MRI came back negative. Still, he is on a five-day rest period before a reassessment of his return will be planned. Expect more than the minimum ten days, and to not see Duffy back until at least June.

Weekly Update: Duffy has progressed to throwing from 90 feet, but is still a ways away from being back with the Royals. While the original estimated return time was set for June, the latter half of the month is likeliest.

Weekly Update: Duffy has been throwing live sessions and will continue to do so. The Royals are optimistically anticipating that he will return to the team during their upcoming extended road trip.

 

Andrew Benintendi – Right rib: 10 day-IL (June 14, 2021)

Original: Benintendi was placed on the IL after hurting himself while making a throw from the outfield earlier in the week. While this may be the main culprit of injury, he also said that he was feeling somewhat injured previously and that it was the throw in question that only escalated the injury. Either way, he may miss significant time that is longer than the minimum ten days. Hunter Dozier slides into the outfield and Kelvin Guiterez takes his place at third. The Royals have plenty of options, such as Edward Olivares, but they continue to second guess the youngster, leading one to believe they may eventually try Whit Merrfield in the outfield and moving Dozier back to third, should he ever catch fire at the plate.

 

Los Angeles Angels

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Los Angeles Dodgers

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

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

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

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

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

 

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.

 

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 a while to heal.

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Max Muncy – Oblique: 10 day-IL (June 12, 2021)

Original: Muncy was removed early in a game on Friday after experiencing tightness in his right side. Obliques can be tough, so it’s unsure if this will require more than the minimum stay on the IL. Either way, look for Matt Beaty and Albert Pujols to get a bump in playing time at first base as a result of this, unless the Dodgers go for a makeshift lineup.

Weekly Update: Muncy is pain free and is looking likely to be ready upon completing his minimum stay on the Injured List, though nothing is set in stone and anything can change.

Weekly Update: Muncy played through a simulated game at the team’s practice facility this past weekend, though it remains to be seen if a rehab assignment will be necessary.

 

Cody Bellinger – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (June 17, 2021)

Original: After missing extended time with a left hairline fracture in his left leg, Bellinger now will miss time with a hamstring injury in the same leg. It’s an unfortunate series of events for the talented slugger, though Manager Dave Roberts believes that he will be gone for a minimum stay. Regardless, this has opened up playing time for Albert Pujols, Matt Beaty and Zach McKinstry and will;; continue to do so until both he and Muncy return.

Weekly Update: Bellinger played through a simulated game at the team’s practice facility this past weekend, though it remains to be seen if a rehab assignment will be necessary.

 

Miami Marlins

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

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

 

Brian Anderson – Right shoulder subluxation: 60 day-IL (May 25, 2021)

Original: Anderson will miss multiple weeks after the MRI on his shoulder showed significant damage. He may be out until at least June, but it wouldn’t be surprising if he’s gone into the All-San Break as well. Look for Jon Berti to get some additional at-bats and play at third base for a while. His speed could come in handy if owners are looking for steals.

Weekly Update: Anderson is recovering nicely and will start a hitting progression program, upping the intensity and frequency of swings until he is game ready. Slowly, but surely, Anderson is getting there.

Weekly Update: Anderson was transferred over to the 60 day-IL earlier this way, thus delaying any return to the Marlins.

 

Garrett Cooper – Lumbar strain: 10 day-IL (June 9, 2021)

Original: The hot-hitting Cooper was sent to the IL after he was unable to fully recover from back stiffness last weekend, despite being a part of the team’s lineup. This is likely something that is being done to allow him to fully heal, though it’s not known if he will require surgery should the injury linger. The talented prospect Lewin Diaz has been called up to replace Cooper and should be at worst monitored to see how he does. He is definitely worth a speculative add to see if he’s ready to excel.

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Minnesota Twins

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

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

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

 

Jake Cave – Back: 60 day-IL (May 15, 2021)

Original: Cave was placed on the 60 day-IL, almost immediately, due to a fracture in his back. As such, this accelerates the impact both Alex Kirilloff and Trevor Larnach will have on the Twins’ roster going forward, as there will be more opportunities to play and shine.

 

Michael Pineda – Right elbow inflammation: 10 day-IL (June 14, 2021)

Original: What was originally a scary designation, Pineda will likely begin a bullpen session next week in his bid to return. If all goes well, he could be back before the All-Star Break. Bailey Ober has looked good in his spot and could be worth a gamble.

 

Mitch Garver – Groin: 10 day-IL (June 2, 2021)

Original: Garver hurt his groin in a game late last week and subsequently received surgery for it almost immediately afterwards. While a 60 day-IL stint hasn’t officially been ruled out, it seems unlikely at this time. That said, it’s serious enough to say that he will be out for weeks. Look for Ryan Jeffers to get himself back on track with this bump in playing time.

Weekly Update: Garver won’t ramp up any activity over the next few weeks, leaving one to believe that he will be shut down for awhile. Ryan Jeffers has done well in his spot.

Weekly Update: Garver is nowhere near returning. He has not had the stitches removed form the surgery at his groin, nor has he resumed any baseball activities. Consider him week to week if not month to month. Ryan Jeffers is hot right now and should be rostered in all two catcher leagues, at the very least.

 

New York Mets

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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. He recently threw a side session but is still a long way away from returning.

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

 

Brandon Nimmo – Finger: 10 day-IL (May 6, 2021)

Original: Nimmo hurt his hand during an at-bat earlier in the week, and he was thus placed on the IL, retroactive to May 3. Kevin Pillar has benefited from more playing time thus far, and that’s a trend that could continue.

Weekly Update: Nimmo will likely try to participate in a rehab assignment beginning next week, leading one to believe a two week timetable for a return is in the cards. Plan accordingly.

 

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 spread out even more all over the field as a result and is gaining eligibility fast. If he ever puts it all together, he’s a weapon for sure.

Weekly Update: Davis has not yet been able to remove the splint from his hand and cannot even swing a bat. Do not plan on him returning anytime soon, and possibly not unit after the All-Star Break.

Weekly Update: Davis is now swinging a bat and will aim to have a rehab assignment within the next two weeks.

 

Jeff McNeil – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (May 17, 2021)

Original: McNeil injured himself last weekend, and after an MRI, it was determined that he would need at least ten days to properly heal up. Jose Peraza will help mend the fences here, but the Mets are not in a good situation at all anywhere on the field.

Weekly Update: McNeill is destined for a return to the Mets next weekend, if all goes according to plan.

Weekly Update: McNeil is expected to return to the team on Monday.

 

Michael Conforto – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (May 17, 2021)

Original: Conforto pulled up lame while running out a ground ball against the Rays and will miss time on the IL to heal up.

Weekly Update: Conforto ran the bases this past weekend, but he would still have a long way to go before returning.

 

Joey Lucchesi – Elbow inflammation: 10 day-IL (June 19, 2021)

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

 

New York Yankees

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

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

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

 

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 could be activated any day now., Be prepared, though he is a speculative add for saves in the long term.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Luke Voit – Oblique: 10 day-IL (May 26, 2021)

Original: Voit will go back on the injured list after he suffered a Grade 2 oblique strain. The Yankees have enough depth to cover their infield, while Mike Ford could see an uptick in playing time.

Weekly Update: Voit could start a rehab assignment at some point this weekend. Despite the fact that they are struggling, the Yankees will still Riley be extra cautious so that another trip to the IL doesn’t happen for Voit.

Weekly Update: Voit, who is mashing in the minors right now, is among for a return to the Yankees on Tuesday.

 

Oakland Athletics

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

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

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

 

Stephen Piscotty – Wrist: 10 day-IL (June 19, 2021)

Original: Piscotty will see a specialist about a lingering wrists issue that he says “flares up and down”, signifying that this could be something that sticks long term. If surgery is an option, then consider him gone for awhile, and more of a 2022 option.

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies

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

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

 

Didi Gregorius – Elbow Impingement: 10 day-IL (May 18, 2021)

Original: Gregorius was hoping that this would heal itself sooner, but alas he was placed on the IL after three days of sitting out. Nick Maton has filled in for Gregorius in his absence, but the Phillies will need Didi’s bat if they are to compete.

Weekly Update: Gregorius will start a rehab assignment this upcoming Wednesday.

Weekly Update: Gregorius had his rehab assignment paused last week, but will resume it early in the upcoming week. One wouldn’t expect him back with the Phillies at all until the following week.

 

Jean Segura – Groin: 10 day-IL (June 16, 2021)

Original: Segura is expected to miss approximately three weeks with a groin injury. The Phillies are decimated in the middle of their infield and will be playing Brad Miller and Nick Maton almost daily.

 

Pittsburgh Pirates

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

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

Weekly Update: Brault is now throwing side sessions.

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

 

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.

 

 

San Diego Padres

Drew Pomeranz – Lat/Left shoulder impingement: 10 day-IL (May 10, 2021)

Original: Pomeranz will head to the IL after experiencing the injury earlier in the week. While he wasn’t officially placed on the IL until later in the week, the move is retroactive to the date above. He has suffered through many injuries before, specifically before the Eason with said shoulder, so this is a bit more concerning than it would be something else.

Weekly Update: Pomeranz played catch up to 120 feet earlier this week.

Weekly Update: Pomeranz is weeks away from attempting any rehab session, though he did complete a successful bullpen session midweek.

 

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.

 

Austin Nola – Knee: 10 day-IL (May 28, 2021)

Original: Nola will lose some time while nursing his injured knee. It is only a mild knee strain, so it remains to be seen if he will be gone for more than ten days. Look for Victor Caratini to take over the bulk of the catching duties in the meantime.

Weekly Update: A timelines of late June or early July has been the basis for how Nola will be evaluated.

Weekly Update: Nola has about two weeks to go before starting a rehab session. Victor Caratini remains the primary catcher for the Padres, but shouldn’t be a primary fantasy option.

 

 

San Francisco Giants

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

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

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

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

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

 

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 struggling in Double-A, putting a hold on all expectations in 2021 for now.

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Weekly Update: LaStella ran the bases before a game on Friday, signalling yet another step closer to a return.

 

Evan Longoria – Sprained left shoulder: 10 day-IL (June 6, 2021)

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

 

Logan Webb – Shoulder strain: 10 day-IL (June 3, 2021)

Original: Webb has been picking well after looking like he had recovered from the same injury before, but will now require time off to let it fully heal. It is expected to be a lengthy one that will be timed by weeks, though it’s uncertain if that will transpire into months.

Weekly Update: Webb will begin a throwing program early in the upcoming week, but still has a ways to go before returning to the big league club. It remains to be seen how the Giants fill the hole that lingers in their current rotation.

 

Seattle Mariners

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

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

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.

 

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.

 

Evan White – Strained right hip flexor: 10 day-IL (May 14, 2021)

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

St. Louis Cardinals

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Jack Flaherty – Oblique: 10 day-IL (June 2, 2021)

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

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

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

 

Harrison Bader – Hairline fracture rib: 10 day-IL (June 2, 2021)

Original: Bader exited a game recently after diving for a fly ball. He will miss significant time dependent on how well he heals, but it is encouraging that he was practicing with a glove on and doing some light throwing before a recent game. With backup Justin Williams sent to the IL as well, Tommy Edman looks to be playing a lot more in the outfield while Matt Carpenter finds his way back into the infield for more playing time. The Cardinals are a mess for the time being.

Weekly Update: Bader is still resting and shut down, leading to the news that he will be out for longer than originally expected.

Weekly Update: Bader has done some very light onfield activities, but isn’t close to returning.

 

 

Tampa Bay Ray

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

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

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

 

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.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Texas Rangers

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 a meniscus tear and will be out for a while.

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.

 

David Dahl – Cracked rib: 10 day-IL (May 26, 2021)

Original: Surprising to nobody, Dahl will spend some time on the IL, this time with a cracked rib. Whatever the timeline is, it’s safe to say that would be optimistic for Dahl, who has a history of injuries and has called the IL his home away from home.

Weekly Update: Dahl now has back issues that have made his return even more convoluted. He will be taking an extended time off.

Weekly Update: Dahl will begin a rehab assignment in Triple-A this upcoming week.

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

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

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

 

Thomas Hatch – Elbow: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)

Original: Hatch will miss some time with non-UCL-related elbow inflammation. The MRI showed no real signs of this injury being as serious as it could have been. Once healthy, he may either be a long reliever out of the bullpen or fighting for a spot at the end of the Jays’ rotation. He has resumed throwing on his way back to the club.

Weekly Update: Hatch has looked good in rehab and could be back soon. For a team that could need starters, Hatch might be a sneaky add.

 

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

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

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

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

 

Alejandro Kirk – Hip: 10 day-IL (May 4, 2021)

Original: Kirk remains out with a hip injury that is likely to last at least four weeks. Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire will split time for the Jays, but both are the ugliest of fantasy options.

Weekly Update: Kirk was the designated hitter in an extended Spring training game this past week. The Jays’ catcher situation is mirky.

 

George Springer – Right Quadriceps Strain: 10 day-IL (May 6, 2021)

Original: Springer is back on the IL with the same injury that kept him out of action to start the season. One has to wonder if other options are in the cards for him, or even if a 60 day-IL stint too, but that is pure speculation here.

Weekly Update: Springer is close to a rehab assignment, possibly as early as this Tuesday, though the Jays’ offense is clicking without him.

Weekly Update: It’s possible that Springer will travel with the team to Baltimore over the weekend and could return to the lineup. Keep posted for updates, but the shouldn’t discourage owners from sitting Randal Grichuk, who is having himself a year.

Weekly Update: Springer will participate in a rehab assignment on Saturday and Sunday of this weekend.

 

Danny Jansen – Hamstring strain: 10 day-IL (June 8, 2021)

Original: Jansen left last weekend’s game with the Astros with what was considered a mild injury, but he will miss at least ten days. The Jays’ catcher situation is one to be avoided at this point, with or without Jansen in the lineup.

Weekly Update: Jansen is close to returning to the team after taking batting practise earlier this week.

 

Steven Matz – Covid-19-IL (June 14, 2021)

Original: Matz tested positive for Covid-19 and will be out for awhile. Though he is symptom-free, he still will need to wait after some inconclusive testing. TJ Zeuch is now slotted in the Jays’ rotation, which needs some upgrading.

 

Rafael Dolis – Finger strain: 10 day-IL (June 14, 2021)

Original: Dolis will be sidelined while he recovers from a finger strain. He has been an inconsistent part of the bullpen problems for the Jays as of late, so maybe a fully healthy Dolis can get the job done if given the chance to do so.

 

Washington Nationals

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

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

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

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

 

Daniel Hudson – Right elbow inflammation: 10 day-IL (June 12, 2021)

Original: Hudson went to the IL for pain in his elbow, though an MRI revealed no structural damage, but rather inflammation in the back of his elbow in the triceps area. The Nationals as a whole have a lot of pitching issues as it is, and it remains to be seen how much of a role Brad Hand will have as the team’s primary closer.

 

Max Scherzer – Groin: 10 day-IL (June 15, 2021)

Original: Scherzer was placed on the IL for more precautionary reasons, after exiting early last week. He himself said he should be ready within a matter of days, not weeks, so take that for god measure. Either way, with the trade deadline quickly approaching and the Nationals struggling, we could see him dealt.

Weekly Update: Scherzer threw 40 pitches over the weekend in a bullpen session and is expecting to start for the Nationals on Tuesday of this upcoming week.