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

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

Zero stars – a return date has been set

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Arizona Diamondbacks

Kole Calhoun – Strained hamstring: 10 day-IL (August 12, 2021)

Original: Calhoun goes to the Injured List yet again for an injured hamstring. He previously missed extended time for this injury. Given how out of it the Diamondbacks are in the standings, and how young and inexperienced the team is, one could make the assumption that going forward they may give the aging Calhoun a rest and see what they have in their youth. While that’s purely speculation, it’s fair to assume Calhoun will miss extended time if there’s any indication that this is somewhat serious.

Update: Calhoun has been taking at bats with the minor league “B” Team, but isn’t ready for a rehab outing just yet. It’s almost to the point where 2021 is a write-off for him.

Update: Calhoun is working through a running program and is playing in the field, so a return at some point is in the works.

Update: Calhoun can play in an intrasquad game, but he has yet to resume running.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

Merrill Kelly – Covid-19 IL: (August 14, 2021)

Original: Kelly will go on the Covid-19 Injured List for health and safety protocols, as he is symptomatic and dealing with some symptoms. He could be out for awhile.

Update: Kelly was hit hard by the virus, and will need to take his time in order to be built back up and readily able to pitch.

Update: Kelly threw a 23 pitch bullpen session before the weekend, but it’s unclear as to whether or not he’ll need to do more before returning.

Update: Kelly continues to rehab, and has been stretched out to over 50 pitches. It’s obvious that due to the length of his time away that he was hit hard by the virus.

Update: Kelly continues to throw rehab games in the lower levels of the Diamondbacks’ farm system and it is believed that his next start could be with the big league club. Be prepared.

Update: Kelly has ramped himself back up to 66 pitches, but it’s unclear if he will be back soon.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

Atlanta Braves

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

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

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

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

Level of Concern: N/A

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

 

Baltimore Orioles

Hunter Harvey – Lat: 60 day-IL (July 2, 2021)

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

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

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

Update: Harvey is set to return within a possible window that ends around Monday. While anything can happen, it’s best to be prepared.

Update: Harvey is up to pitching one inning at a time in his rehab appearances.

Update: Despite progressing through his rehab outings, Harvey recently felt some soreness following a game. He will rest for a bit and probably won’t be rushed back as the Orioles have nothing to play for this year. He remains an option to close in 2022.

Update: Harvey’s injury designation was changed to the 60 day-IL this past week, but doesn’t change the fact that he could close for the Orioles next season.

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

 

Boston Red Sox

Chris Sale – Covid-19 IL: September 10, 2021)

Original: Sale has tested positive for the virus and is a candidate to miss at least ten days. Stay tuned for more details.

Level of Concern: N/A

Jarren Duran – Covid-19 IL: (September 3, 2021)

Original: Duran has tested positive for the virus and is a candidate to miss at least ten days. Stay tuned for more details.

Level of Concern: N/A

Matt Barnes – Covid-19 IL: (August 30, 2021)

Original: Barnes has tested positive for the virus and is a candidate to miss at least ten days. Stay tuned for more details. Until then, the Red Sox are mixing and match their closer role with Adam Ottavino, Garrett Richards and Garrett Whitlock receiving opportunities.

Update: Barnes is getting closer to a return, and in the meantime, Adam Ottavino and Garrett Whitlock continue to be solid options.

Update: Barnes is optimistic that he will return next weekend. Be prepared.

Level of Concern: N/A

Martin Perez – Covid-19 IL: (August 30, 2021)

Original: Perez has tested positive for the virus and is a candidate to miss at least ten days.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

Chicago Cubs

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

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

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

Update: Madrigal was traded to the Cubs this past week. While his status for this season will not change due to injury, he is a great late round choice for batting average and potential speed. He should find himself in a starter’s role.

Level of Concern: Four stars

Nico Hoerner – Right oblique strain: 10 day-IL (July 31, 2021)

Original: Hoerner hurt himself while checking hi swing earlier this week and will require ten days to fully heal. This is the second injury this year for Hoerner, though the previous one was on the left side of the body. While everything is somehow connected, it’s fair to say that these injuries are unrelated and it’s just a minor setback. The rebuilding Cubs now find themselves down one of their better bats, and remain a team that you can stream pitchers against.

Update: Hoerner took part in baseball activities this past week, but he has a lot of ground to gain before returning.

Update: Hoerner will continue to work out and intends to begin a rehab assignment during this weekend. Finally, with some clarity on the situation at hand, it’s safe to say that he will return this year.

Update: Hoerner suffered setback this past week, but it was not his oblique, and therefore he is able to continue his rehab assignment.

Update: Hoerner has been participating in baseball activities recently, though no word on how long until he would be ready for a rehab assignment was given.

Update: Hoerner has already gone through batting and fielding drills and is likely to return before the season concludes. Still, unless in a keeper, you can move on and find another replacement.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Chicago White Sox

Adam Engel – Groin, Inflamed shoulder: 10 day-IL (August 16, 2021)

Original: Engel, who was already nursing a sore shoulder, also inured his groin during the “Field of Dreams” game last week, thus making the decision to heal both injuries an easy one. While he hasn’t done too much at the plate, he has shown some power and is a decent bench player in big leagues. This is likely a minimum stay.

Update: Engel has made progress in his recovery, but there are no plans to rush him back, especially as the White Sox are deep enough everywhere.

Update: Engel is now with the White Sox and their Triple-A affiliate, in the hopes of returning soon enough.

Level of Concern: Two stars

Lucas Giolito – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (September 3, 2021)

Original: Giolitio, who injured himself during his last start earlier in the week, went to the IL to rest up. While he could return on September 11, there ‘s a chance that the White Sox keep him out longer should he need it. Chicago needs him for the playoffs and won’t take any chances. Of note, however, is the fact that he has already begun playing catch and a small running program, so the injury shouldn’t be deemed too serious. Add to that the fact that he has a tentatively scheduled bullpen session slated for this week, it seems likely that he will be back sooner rather than later.

Update: Giolito is slated to return to the rotation this upcoming Tuesday. Be prepared.

Level of Concern: Two stars

Tim Anderson – Hamstring strain: 10 day-IL (September 1, 2021)

Original: Anderson was placed on the IL to give him some rest from a an injury that has been nagging for quite awhile. While its severity has been downgraded, it’s still worth monitoring to see if he is out for longer than the ten days, or if he slows down on the base paths if and when he does return. Leury Garcia should see additional at bats.

Update: Anderson has been fielding grounders this week, but until he runs the bases at full speed, don’t expect him back. He remains a hold, even in keeper leagues, due to his game changing abilities.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Cincinnati Reds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update: Senzel will begin a rehab assignment shortly with the Reds’ Triple-A affiliate.

Update: Senzel is scuffling in his rehab assignment, but outside of his stats (.176 batting average(, there isn’t much else to go on.

Update: It was quite the week for Senzel. First, he was activated from the Injured List and sent to Triple-A for conditioning. Then, days later, the Reds rescinded their designation and put him back on the Injured List. There are a lot of possibilities here, but the one that seems the most likely is the one where the Reds needed to manipulate the roster in such a way to keep Senzel on the Injured List and rehabbing, since they weren’t 100% sold on him being healthy, but since rehab assignments can only last for twenty days, it made it difficult to keep him there. While we will never really know what happened this week, the end result is that Senzel is still slightly favoring his knee and will need more time.

Update: Senzel is seeking another opinion on his knee. It’s been stated that it will be quite awhile before Senzel is fully healthy, leading one to believe that he can be dropped in redraft leagues. His dynasty stock remains cautiously optimistic, though he is bordering on being labelled as injury-prone.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

Tejay Antone – Tommy John surgery: 60 day-IL (August 26, 2021)

Original: Antone injured his arm and will require Tommy John surgery, thus ending his 2021 and (likely his) 2022 season.

Level of Concern: Five stars

Jesse Winker – Ribs: 10 day-IL (August 15, 2021)

Original: Winker hurt his ribs late in the week last week and re-aggravated them when he tried to return last Sunday. The next day, he was placed on the IL. While no long term injuries are suspected, he could be out until September. While this is a big blow to fantasy owners everywhere, his replacement, Tyler Naquin, has done an admirable job in Winker’s absence.

Update: Winker hasn’t yet resumed baseball activities and is weeks away from returning from the Injured List. Fantasy owners should be prepared to be without him during their fantasy playoffs, if applicable.

Update: As of the beginning of September, Winker is about a week away from beginning any rehab assignment. At this point, owners in redraft leagues may consider dropping him if they need the roster spot, as he likely won’t be back for another week after that rehab begins.

Update: Winker took batting practice recently, and, depending on how he recovers from that, he could head to the Reds’ Triple-A affiliate for a rehab soon enough. He is a hold in redraft.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Cleveland

Shane Bieber – Right shoulder subscapularis muscle strain: 60 day-IL (June 15, 2021)

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

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

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

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

Update: Bieber was transferred over to the 60 day-IL this weekend.

Update: Bieber played catch from 90 feet this week.

Update: Bieber threw a bullpen session over the weekend, his first since he landed on the Injured List. Keep your eyes and ears open as to how he performs as well as how he feels afterwards. This will determine when the next step will take place.

Update: Bieber threw a 25 pitch bullpen session earlier in the week, but the Indians are seemingly in no rush to bring back their ace, and probably will not.

Update: Bieber is up to 36 pitches in his bullpen sessions, though there is no word yet on any scheduled rehab assignment. Consider him a candidate to be dropped in the near future in redraft leagues.

Update: Bieber threw a simulated game over the weekend, but there is no word on what’s next for him as he tries to get back.

Level of Concern: Three stars

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Four stars

Roberto Perez – Shoulder inflammation: 10 day-IL (August 6, 2021)

Original: Perez was also ailing back spasms too, so being given the ten days off is a blessing to him and his body. It remains to be seen how serious these injuries are.

Update: Perez is rehabbing with Cleveland’s Double-A affiliate. He is likely to return soon enough, while Austin Hedges catches for the team in the meantime.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Colorado Rockies

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

Ian Desmond – Covid-19 Opt-Out

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

Level of Concern: N/A

Austin Gomber – Spondylolysis: 60 day-IL (September 4, 2021)

Original: A lower back condition that contains a stress fracture, Gomber will be shut down for the season, as the Rockies don’t want to take any chances of pushing one of their core pitching assets to return. While the official timeline of this injury isn’t well known, consider him to be fully healthy come 2022 as someone to remember come draft time. He held his own at Coors Field this year and could put it all together next season.

Level of Concern: One star (dynasty)

Connor Joe – Leg: 10 day-IL (September 4, 2021)

Original: Joe came up light on his leg while rounding the bases in a game over the weekend. He was lifted from the game and placed on the Injured List. No word on the extent of the injury at the time of writing, but it’s obviously a damper on a mini second half breakout, as it could be season-ending.

Update: Joe received a PRP injection, which speaks volumes of how long he may actually be out. Owners in redraft can move on, and likely so in dynasty, as it’s unclear if the recent breakout was substantial,

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Detroit Tigers

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

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

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

Update: It was revealed that Teheran has a chance to return from the 60 day-IL at some point in September. That is speculative though and relies on a lot of things happening.

Update: Teheran was shut down from throwing after a noticeable dip in his velocity. He is awaiting to be re-evaluated. Not goo.

Update: Teheran has been officially shut down for the remainder of the 2021 season.

Level of Concern: Four and a half stars

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

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

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

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

Update: Turnbull has been cleared to resume throwing.

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

Matthew Boyd – Elbow: 10 day-IL (September 11, 2021)

Original: Boyd has had some recurring elbow problems that won’t go away, and he will be meeting with a specialist regarding the issue. Tommy John Surgery is an option. Not good.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Houston Astros

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

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

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

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

Update: It was announced that Verlander will not pitch this year. If you can add him in dynasty formats now, he might be a great buy low heading into next season.

Level of Concern: Five stars

Pedro Baez – Shoulder soreness: 10 day-IL (August 27, 2021)

Original: Baez goes back to the Injured List after leaving it with a sore shoulder. His velocity was down when he pitched and chances are this could last until the playoffs.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

Zack Greinke – Covid-19 IL: (August 31, 2021)

Original: Greinke goes on the Covid-19 IL for health and safety protocols. No word on exactly why, so there’s no word on the extent of his stay. Stay tuned.

Update: Greinke threw a bullpen session this past week, and he is slated to start this Tuesday.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

Kansas City Royals

No injuries to report.

 

Los Angeles Angels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update: Trout did not suffer any setbacks, it was just general soreness, and he is progressing. That said, it is happening at such a slow rate, one has to wonder how many more weeks, not says, until he returns. He will likely need a somewhat lengthy rehab assignment too.

Update: Trout received an MRI and was encouraged by the results. That said, he and the Angels have been encouraged before, but that didn’t necessarily mean that he was anywhere closer to returning. The Angels’ playoff odds may determine who cautious or aggressive they are with regards to him returning.

Update: While he is feeling better, Trout hasn’t yet ramped up his activities and remains where he was.

Update: The idea of shutting down Trout was discussed and shot down, as the Angels want him to return at some point this season. Despite an unlikely outside shot at the playoffs, look for Trout to be back at some point. Though he remains in a state of fluctuation right now.

Update: Trout continues to work out on the field before games, but there seems to be no urgency to have him back anytime soon, thus possibly risking long term injuries. He cannot and should not be dropped in any format.

Update: Trout worked out on Friday and has said that he feels good. No clue if that means anything other than that he feels good. Stay tuned.

Update: Once again it was stated that Trout felt good after a workout, but that there are no plans for rehab assignment. The waiting game here has been tough. Be prepared for anything at anytime, which could include a random reinstatement back to the Angels as they have been unpredictable and uninformative with regards to anything Trout-related.

Update: Trout has some lingering pain in his calf, and manager Joe Maddon conceded that he could be out for the year. He is close to being droppable in redraft leagues at this point if you need to the roster spot.

Update: Trout is optimistic about returning in 2021, but all of the signs point to him missing the rest of the year. Still, he says he’s feeling better.

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

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

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

Update: Fowler has sad that he is ahead of schedule, which is obviously good news.

Level of Concern: Four stars

Anthony Rendon – Left hamstring strain, hip impingement: 60 day-IL (July 7, 2021)

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

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

Update: Rendon continues to rehab, is slowly recovering and is likely multiple weeks away from returning. It may be a lost 2021 for Rendon and his fantasy owners.

Update: Rendon will miss the rest of the 2021 season, after his hamstring strain seemed to evolve into a hip impingement. The Angels figured that it would be best to fully recover and start over next season with him. Rendon has gone from MVP-like to injury prone in almost no time at all.

Update: Simply a formality, Rendon was placed on the 60 day-IL this past week.

Level of Concern: Four and a half stars

Alex Cobb – Wrist: 10 day-IL (July 31, 2021)

Original: Cobb was placed on the IL due to a wrist injury (and apparently a blister), but he doesn’t expect it to be too long of an absence. The sporadically good Cobb could use some rest.

Update: Cobb needs more time with which to recover as his wrist isn’t responding to treatment. This will be an extended absence.

Update: Cobb threw recently and was mechanically and physically sound. No word on how often this will need to happen before either a rehab assignment or activation will take place, but don’t consider his injury serious enough for a shut down.

Update: Contrary as a follow up to the recent reports, Cobb apparently had a setback recently, but there is no word on how much time this will take away from a return.

Update: Cobb threw a 30-pitch bullpen session this past week, but that was days ago and there has been no reported activity since.

Update: Cobb threw a simulated game late in the week and is aiming to return before the season concludes.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

Patrick Sandoval – Left lumbar spine stress reaction: 60 day-IL (August 18, 2021)

Original: Nothing much here, except that Joe Maddon suggested that it could be the end of his 2021 season. Keep him in mind come 2022 drafts as other drafters may forget about how good he really was.

Update: It was officially announced that Sandoval will miss the rest of the 2021 season.

Update: Sandoval was transferred over to the 60 day-IL this week. He is likely out for the year.

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

Dylan Bundy – Shoulder strain: 10 day-IL (August 28, 2021)

Original: Bundy is on the Injured List after his last awful outing. It’s unclear if the Angels, seemingly out of it, will shut him down for the year as he has been awful from the start. It’s unclear too if he is a good buy low option for 2022 since his only real successful year happened in a pandemic shortened year where players everywhere were in flux.

Update: Bundy threw a bullpen session on Wednesday and is confident that he will return this season. Owners everywhere can look elsewhere.

Level of Concern: Three stars

Reid Detmers – Undisclosed IL: (August 28, 2021)

Original: Detmers will go on what is believed to be the Covid-19 Injured List for health and safety protocols.

Update: Detmers threw a bullpen session this past week, and one would assume the Angels would want him back for at least one more start before the season ends.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

Los Angeles Dodgers

Danny Duffy – Flexor strain: 60 day-IL (July 20, 2021)

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

Update: The Royals expressed optimism that Duffy will return within the next three to four weeks, putting him inline to pitch in the middle of August, if everything goes well. Still, nothing us set in stone and he could be done for the year.

Update: Duffy was traded to the Dodgers this past week. He isn’t expected to pitch until late in the season, with September being speculated as a return. That said, he may prove his worth for a stash in the latter weeks as the Dodgers will undoubtedly use him to see what they have in him since he’ll be needed come playoff time.

Update: Duffy was transferred to the 60 day-IL this past week, extending his time off. Remember him when other owners are watching football in late September and he returns to help you out.

Update: It was revealed that when he does return later in the season, Duffy will be used as a long reliever. This takes away significant value in most leagues, though he could maintain some value in points leagues. Still, in order to get to that point, he needs to get healthy, and with minimal updates to be had, little is known towards a timeline other than the previously proposed mid-September.

Update: Duffy is apparently weeks away from even throwing on a mound. It is looking more and more like Duffy’s value is dynasty-laden and that he will have little to no redraft value going forward. Keep updated as things can develop rapidly.

Update: Duffy threw a bullpen session, which is something that the Dodgers proclaimed as a major development. If all goes and feels well, he might be in line to get in two weeks of action before the playoffs. Remember him for next year.

Update: Duffy suffered a setback in his recovery after experiencing pain in his elbow. This has given him problems all season long, and manager Dave Roberts feels that it would take a miracle for him to pitch in 2021. Not good and a more time consuming surgery may be happening. Stay tuned.

Level of Concern: Four stars

Clayton Kershaw – Left forearm inflammation: 60 day-IL (July 7, 2021)

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

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

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

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

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

Update: More clarity now as it appears Kershaw is a successful rehab start and/or a simulated game away from returning to the Dodgers’ rotation next week. Be prepared.

Update: Kershaw is feeling sore after his last simulated game throw, and as such, there is a chance that he misses his scheduled throwing this weekend. It doesn’t seem to be too major, but something to monitor.

Update: Kershaw is still experiencing soreness, which is quite alarming.

Update: Kershaw was transferred over to the 60 day-IL this past week. In his words, it isn’t something serious and just one of those things as his arm didn’t bounce back as was hoped. Optimistically speaking, look for a September return.

Update: Kershaw will attempt to play catch this upcoming Monday. This indicates that he has a long way to go.

Update: Kershaw threw from 90 feet this week, which is a step up from simple catch. This doesn’t alleviate any of the concern that was previously there, though long term one would have to believe that he will be okay.

Update: Kershaw threw from 120 feet this weekend and is aiming to get back on the mound later in the upcoming week. Good, albeit slow, news.

Update: Kershaw threw a successful bullpen session on Friday. He will either throw an extended bullpen session or face live batters next week. Slowly but surely, he’s getting there.

Update: Kershaw threw a two-inning simulated game this past week. He is slowly progressing and will probably pitch well before the season ends, especially with the Dodgers fighting for a division title.

Update: Kershaw is expected to return to the rotation next week. Be prepared.

Level of Concern: Three stars

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

Jimmy Nelson – Right elbow inflammation: 10 day-IL (August 4, 2021)

Original: Nelson went on the Injured List for the third time this year, and this will be the final one, as he will require season-ending surgery to repair his right flexor strain. It is unfortunate news for the Dodgers as he was arguably their best bullpen option.

Level of Concern: Four stars

AJ Pollock – Hamstring strain: 10 day-IL (September 5, 2021)

Original: Pollock injured his hamstring earlier in the week, and was sent to the Injured List. Manager Dave Roberts was confident of his return before season’s end, but no specifics or narrowed down timeline was said. Still, if you can hold off and keep him, he should return some value at some point, but stay tuned for how much.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Miami Marlins

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

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

Update: Lopez will try to throw off flat ground this week. He’ll still need to get to bullpen throwing, simulated throwing and games, bullpen sessions and rehab assignments. A long way to go.

Update: Lopez threw from 60 feet, which is near the beginning stages of returning from injury by pitchers. He has a long way to go.

Update: Lopez will throw a 20-pitch bullpen session this weekend.

Update: Lopez has had quite the week, as he’s thrown multiple bullpen sessions and is looking ahead to facing live batters soon. The only downfall is that he’s reached a plateau of 35 pitches, so there’s still work to be done. Still, he’s been through this before and knows how to handle the rehab of the injury. Look for a return within the next two weeks barring a setback.

Update: Lopez has thrown multiple varying-pitch totalled bullpen sessions this week and will begin a rehab assignment for the Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate this weekend. There should be some clarity about a return date within the week, but it could happen anytime. be prepared.

Update: Lopez pitched three innings in a rehab outing, and struck out three batters over 34 pitches.

Update: Lopez’s rehab outing was delayed in order to slow down his progression. This just means that it will be a it longer for him to come back from. No worries about it being season-ending just yet.

Update: Lopez will be throwing bullpen sessions this week, and while it’s unclear if he will need a rehab session, he should pitch at least once more this season.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

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

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

Update: Berti has resumed light baseball activities. He is ways away from returning.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

Garrett Cooper – Sprained elbow: 60 day-IL (July 19, 2021)

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

Update: Cooper can’t catch a break, and decided on season ending surgery for his UCL tear. It seems probable that he will be ready come the start of the 2022 season.

Level of Concern: Four stars

Jesus Aguilar – Left knee inflammation: 10 day-IL (September 8, 2021)

Original: He’s been dealing with this injury for awhile, and he’ll get a chance to let it heal. It’s highly probable that his season is over, so remember him next year if you need some power late in drafts.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Milwaukee Brewers

Brett Anderson – Shoulder: 10 day-IL (September 2, 2021)

Original: Anderson was hit by a line drive and will miss at least ten days. This also gives him a chance to recoup from some lingering calf and hip issues. Consider the timeline minimal.

Level of Concern: Two stars

Willy Adames – Quad: 10 day-IL (September 5, 2021)

Original: Adames will take some time to nurse a quad injury that has been hindering him for awhile. In his absence, Luis Urias, Kolten Wong and Eduardo Escoabr should play everyday.

Update: Adames went through a leg workout before a game this week, as the Brewers will be looking to get him back before the playoffs begin.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Minnesota Twins

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Four and a half stars

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

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

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

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

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

Update: Dobnak threw multiple bullpen sessions this past week, and is likely nearing a rehab assignment.

Update: Dobnak’s rehab outing will be with Low-A very soon.

Update: Dobnak made another rehab start for the Twins on Sunday. With so many holes in the Twins’ rotation, he could have a bigger role down the stretch.

Update: Dobnak is now highly probable to miss the remainder of the season. His status to remain in the rotation in 2022 is in jeopardy despite the fact that the Twins have a minimal number of resources.

Level of Concern: Four stars

Alex Kirilloff – Wrist: 60 day-IL (July 20, 2021)

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

Update: Simply a formality, Kirilloff was placed on the 60 day-IL this past week, thus likely ending his 2021 season.

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

Taylor Rogers – Finger: 10 day-IL (July 27, 2021)

Original: Rogers hurt himself while throwing a wild pitch. This unfortunately changes everything for him and the Twins, as he was a likely trade candidate for the Twins. It is unknown the severity at this time.

Update: As it isn’t healing like anticipated, Rogers will be searching for medical opinions on his injured finger. Ultimately, this could be a season-ending injury.

Update: Rogers will not have surgery on his finger, and will subsequently work through the pain and attempt to have it heal through rehab. That said, he may be done saving games for the Twins in 2021.

Update: Rogers will remain out of action until next year. There is no clear cut path for him to return to the Twins either. Alex Colome continues to do well late in the season.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

Kenta Maeda – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (August 21, 2021)

Original: Merely a formality, but putting pieces of the puzzle together here, Maeda left Saturday’s game with forearm tightness and will undergo an MRI. The results of this testing will be unavailable before publishing, but manager Rocco Baldelli said that he does not see any scenario where Maeda will not need time off to get right. This could be not only the end of the 2021 season for him, but even 2022 if the worst scenario becomes the likeliest.

Update: Kenta Maeda will undergo season-ending surgery this upcoming Wednesday. What that surgery entails is up in the air. It could be Tommy John, which would wipe out his entire 2022 season. It could be something smaller to help minimize the damage, opening up the 2022 season for him. It’s tough to tell what it is, but one would have to guess that it would be Tommy John surgery. Keep yourself posted throughout the week.

Update: Maeda underwent Tommy John Surgery this past week, but had a braced placed inside of his injured area which should help alleviate the time gone. With it, a 9-12 month timetable is expected, but it’s all about pain tolerance and ability to pitch. For reference, Rich Hill underwent the same procedure. One shouldn’t expect him to pitch in 2022.

Level of Concern: Five stars

Mitch Garver – Back tightness: 10 day-IL (August 28, 2021)

Original: Garver will be sidelined as his back has been giving him problems. The already injured Ryan Jeffers will be the primary catcher, with Willans Astudillo will be the backup. The Twins are a mess, as is Garver who has struggled to remain healthy this year. Remember him for next year as he should be given one last chance to shine and prove the doubters wrong.

Update: Garver was spotted playing catch before a game this past week, and signs point to him returning. It has ben a disastrous season for him, but one hopes he can finish strong.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

New York Mets

Noah Syndergaard – Tommy John Surgery, Covid-19: 60 day-IL

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

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

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

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

Update: Syndergaard threw a bullpen session this week. It is unknown yet how his body has or will respond to this.

Update: Syndergaard also threw a bullpen side session this past week, but he still needs to throw a regular bullpen session, throw to live batters and participate in bullpen sessions before even considering a return. As was said before, he remains a nice 2022 bounce back.

Update: Syndergaard’s return is being aimed for September and in the bullpen. Interesting development.

Update: Syndergaard is slated throw live batting practice again this weekend. By again it’s meant that he’s done this before and we’ve seen what could happen. Here’s hoping that the Mets take things slowly.

Update: Syndergaard is slated throw for High-A this week, but he’s also been advised to not throw sliders. Seriously Mets, just shut him down.

Update: Syndergaard has tested positive for Covid-19 and won’t pitch until that is treated.

Update: Post-Covid, Syndergaard has already thrown, and will continue to push to pitch in 2021.

Level of Concern: Five stars

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

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

Update: Martinez is now embarking on a rehab assignment with the Mets’ Low-A affiliate. It will likely be an extended rehab, but the Mets could use some healthy bodies.

Update: Martinez will now be rehabbing in High-A.

Update: Martinez continues to rehab in Triple-A. They could use his bat down the stretch.

Update: Contrary to the previous note, Martinez likely won’t be up for awhile as he hyper-extended his left shoulder while swinging. His year is in jeopardy of being done.

Update: Martinez is back and rehabbing with the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate. Don’t hold your breath.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

Dellin Betances – Shoulder: 60 day-IL

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Four and a half stars

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

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

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

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

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

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

Update: Peterson underwent surgery on his foot, all but surely ending his season.

Level of Concern: Four stars

Jacob deGrom – Foreram strain: 60 day-IL (July 17, 2021)

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

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

Update: deGrom is slated to throw a light bullpen session to test out his arm. It is unknown what the next step will be, but a rehab outing is likely.

Update: deGrom will be shut down for a few weeks after an MRI revealed shoulder inflammation.

Update: deGrom will be shut down for another ten days (as of August 3), at which time he will receive another MRI. If he os cleared to throw then, he will ramp up his activities as the Mets have postseason aspirations.

Update: Despite an improving elbow, deGrom will be shut down from throwing for another two weeks and will then be reevaluated. From there, if he is able to throw, a short program will likely be developed which will probably include a minor league rehab. Owners can anticipate a September return, but it’s looking more like it will be a week or two, rather than there or four that month.

Update: deGrom was transferred to the 60 day-IL this past week, as speculation arose about his future. There is some talk, after being shut down for another extended time frame, of him being shut down for the season, though that’s not concrete just yet. He iOS bordering on becoming droppable in most redraft formats as the possibility of him being used grown dimmer and dimmer. In dynasty leagues, he’s a speculative buy low in the sense that he could be acquired for cheap from owners that are worried about Tommy John or other surgery in the offseason. Essentially though, he’s an unknown enigma for dynasty purposes, though if one had to choose the ultimate outcome, it would be to buy low.

Update: One clean MRI later and deGrom is a hopeful candidate to return by the second half of September. This could go very right or very wrong with likely no in between.

Update: deGrom is about ten days away from moving onto throwing from the bullpen. From there, he will likely need at least one rehab outing, which estimates his time out at a minimum of twenty days from now, give or take. With the Mets struggling the way that they are, there’s a chance that they are out of playoff contention and may give them pause to rush him back at all. Consider dropping him if you need the roster spot for the playoffs in redraft leagues, though he remains a high dynasty asset.

Update: It was revealed that deGrom’s UCL is in tact and in perfect shape…somehow. He has since begun throwing from 120 feet and all signs point to him pitching again in 2021. Dynasty owners should still be worried about long term implications due to offseason surgery.

Level of Concern: Four stars (redraft), Three stars (dynasty)

Brandon Nimmo – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (September 4, 2021)

Original: The Mets will once again be without one of their best hitters, this time it’s because Nimmo came up limp rounding the bases. No word on the extent of it, but it’ll cost him at least ten days.

Update: Nimmo is hopeful that he can return late in this upcoming week. Be prepared.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

New York Yankees

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update: Severino will throw a simulated game this week, but has a ways to go before returning.

Update: Look for Severino too begin a rehab assignment this upcoming week. Since the last time went sour, this one may be less intense and spread out.

Update: Severino will make his second rehab start of his second rehab stint soon. One has to wonder if his arm will be ready quicker than before, since his setback was lower body related. Either way, don’t hold your breath until you see some tractional gains.

Update: Severino didn’t feel right when he was about to start in his rehab assignment, and will now be going to get re-evaluated. While it’s not considered serious, it’s frustrating and concerning. He may yet again be just a 2022 option.

Update: The visit to the doctor will be on Monday. Stay tuned.

Update: It was determined that there is no structural damage to Severino and his shoulder and thus, he will be able to be shut down for a week and re-evaluated. Given how many options the Yankees have for pitching and how well their prospects have played, they may very well shut down Severino for the year and start from scratch in 2022 after a full offseason of recuperation. That said, it wouldn’t surprise me to see him test things out at the end of the year like they did with Jordan Montgomery a few years ago.

Update: Severino has been cleared to resume his throwing program. One has to wonder if 2022 will be a better option for his first MLB pitch.

Update: Severino played catch from 60 and 75 feet. One has to wonder if this is back to square one….yet again.

Update: Severino is expected to return to the mound this upcoming weekend. It is unclear if he will pitch at all this year. Owners in redraft leagues who are needing the roster spot can do so.

Update: Severino will likely throw a bullpen session this upcoming Tuesday. Here we go again.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

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

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

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

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

Update: Frazier has yet to resume baseball activities.

Update: It is hopeful that Frazier will be cleared to return to the Yankees this Friday and begin a rehab assignment early next week.

Update: Frazier took live batting practice this past week.

Update: Frazier was sent to Double-A for a surprising rehab start and has done well. Upon his return, look for him to prove his worth to the Yankees to end the 2021 season.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

Miguel Andujar – Wrist strain: 60 day-IL (July 11, 2021)

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

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

Update: While the wrist is getting better, he is still feeling pain, and thus may not return for awhile.

Update: Andujar is nowhere near a rehab assignment.

Update: Andujar is working out with the Yankees’ Double-A affiliate, but no word on how advanced that really is.

Update: Andujar has begun a rehab assignment, though there is no definitive timeline for a return.

Update: Andujar was transferred over to the 60 day-IL.

Update: It isn’t a lock that Andujar returns in 2021. Redraft owners are free to drop him.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

Domingo German – Rotator cuff strain: 10 day-IL (August 2, 2021)

Original: German will not throw for at least seven days and will be re-evaluated at that time. The Yankees are a depleted team right now.

Update: German threw a bullpen session this past week. Still, he’ll need a lot more work before returning.

Update: As a follow up to his bullpen session, German was said to have been sore. The extent of this soreness is unknown.

Update: German is schedule to throw a bullpen session this weekend. He’s getting closer but still has a ways to go.

Update: German may face live batters soon. The Yankees would ideally love him back en route to their playoff push down the stretch.

Level of Concern: Three stars

Jonathan Loaisiga – Strained rotator cuff: 10 day-IL (September 5, 2021)

Original: One of the Yankees’ best pitchers and arguably their best bullpen option, Loaisiga will miss some time to heal what could be a lingering injury if not treated right. Look for the Yankees to mix and match to see the right fir for their set up position.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

Zack Britton – UCL: 10 day-IL (September 8, 2021)

Original: The often injured Britton will likely miss the remainder of the season as he needed part of his UCL reconstructed. It may be time to move on from him even in the deepest of leagues.

Level of Concern: Five stars

Jameson Taillon – Ankle tendon: 10 day-IL (September 9, 2021)

Original: Taillon goes to the IL due to a lower body injury that may require him to miss more than one state, despite manager Aaron Boone’s optimism. Still, it’s comforting to know that his arm has held up all season.

Level of Concern: Three stars (redraft)

 

Oakland Athletics

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Four stars

Chris Bassitt – Facial fracture: 10 day-IL (August 18, 2021)

Original: Bassitt took a comeback off the face, which was clocked at 100mph and will miss a lot of time due to facial fractures on his face which will require surgery once the swelling goes away. It was an awful injury, and I don’t recommend anyone going out of their way to see if they haven’t already. He was in good spirits though, visiting the team afterwards and being the great clubhouse leader he was. That said, it isn’t expected that he returns in 2021. The best is wished for his return, whenever it is.

Update: Bassitt’s surgery was a success, and while he’s to miss the remainder of the season, the good news is that he will pitch again one day.

Update: Bassitt is planning to throw a bullpen session this Saturday. Interesting development.

Update: Bassitt  threw a 30 pitch bullpen session and there are rumours of him pitching multiple times before season’s end.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Vince Velasquez – Blister: 10 day-IL (August 2, 2021)

Original: While it doesn’t seem too serious, the Phillies will be without Velasquez for at least ten days.

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

Rhys Hoskins – Abdominal: 60 day-IL (August 7, 2021)

Original: Hoskins has been playing through this injury for awhile, and rather than let lit linger, the Phillies gave him ten days of rest. He is expected to return on Wednesday. Be prepared.

Update: Hoskins received a cortisone injection and anticipates re-activation during the Phillies’ upcoming series in Arizona.

Update: Hoskins’ return was delayed to the behest of the manager, but it is likely that he returns this weekend. Be prepared.

Update: While Hoskins hasn’t returned through half of the weekend, it’s quite possible he’s back midweek. Be prepared.

Update: In a shocking twist, Hoskins received surgery to repair an abdominal issue, thus ending his 2021 season.

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

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Pittsburgh Pirates

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.

Update: Cederlind has thrown from 75 feet recently, and while coming back in 2021 isn’t likely at all, he will look to be on track for next year.

Level of Concern: Five stars

JT Brubaker – Shoulder inflammation: 10 day-IL (September 8, 2021)

Original: Brubaker has been shut down since going to the IL for inflammation in his shoulder. It’s likely that the Pirates are doing this to see how that shoulder responds and to see whether there is something more serious here. Stay tuned.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

San Diego Padres

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

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

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

Update: Clevinger has been playing catch for about a month now and is on track to return based on his original schedule. Great news, though any Tommy John injured pitcher needs to be treated with kids’ gloves.

Update: Clevinger has been throwing from long distances (up top 90 feet) and is on track to be ready for the start of the 2022 season. Good news.

Level of Concern: Five stars

Drew Pomeranz – Forearm tightness: 60 day-IL (August 11, 2021)

Original: Pomeranz will once again miss time due to an injured forearm. This is the third time in 2021, and will likely be the longest IL stint of the bunch. He may end up being a non-factor at all down the stretch and be someone to remember for 2022 purposes.

Update: Pomneranz will have surgery and will miss the remainder of the 2021 season. There is no word on how long his recovery time will be since it varies from pitcher to pitcher and from starter to reliever.

Update: Pomeranz was transfered to the 60 day-IL this past week. Merely a formality.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

San Francisco Giants

Tyler Beede – Back: 60 day-IL (August 19, 2021)

Original: After recovering from Tommy John Surgery, Beede was rehabbing in Triple-A. During that rehab, he experienced pains in his back and the decision was made to shut him down for the year to get him fully healthy for a 2022 run. Remember him.

Level of Concern: Three stars

Alex Wood – Covid-19 IL: (August 30, 2021)

Original: Wood has tested positive for the virus and is a candidate to miss at least ten days.

Update: Wood has been playing catch, but there is no timeline for a return.

Level of Concern: N/A

Wilmer Flores – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (September 2, 2021)

Original: Flores is expected to miss multiple weeks with his hamstring injury. Look for the versatile Giants to mix and match their infield in his absence. As of this moment, he is probably someone who can be dropped in your redraft leagues.

Update: in a positive turn of events, Flores is slated to return as early as this Sunday. Be prepared.

Level of Concern: Three stars

Johnny Cueto – Left elbow strain: 10 day-IL (September 2, 2021)

Original: The on-again, off-again pitcher will go back on the IL where he has spent a big chunk of his time this season. Once again for his elbow, the Giants may keep him out until the playoffs. Feel free to drop and stream.

Update: Cueto will be shut down from throwing for at least ten days. The Giants are likely looking towards getting him healthy for the playoffs. He could likely be dropped in redraft.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

Austin Slater – Concussion: 7 day-IL (September 7, 2021)

Original: Slater went on the concussion IL this past week, and has already resumed baseball activities. One should expect him back before season’s end. He has underwhelmed this season as he was a pre-season sleeper.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Seattle Mariners

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

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

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

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

Update: Munoz has begun a throwing program. Remember him for 2022.

Update: Munoz hit 99 on his fastball this past week, which is great news heading into next year.

Level of Concern: Five stars

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

Original: Giles seems unlikely to pitch in 2021.

Update: Giles is beginning a throwing program en route to returning next season.

Level of Concern: Five stars

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

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

Update: Paxton has been performing in rehabilitation sessions and has also been mentoring the Mariners’ youth.

Level of Concern: Five stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Four stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update: Lewis is now hitting in the batting cages, but is likely out for most of, if not all, of the 2021 season.

Update: Kyle Lewis is expected to return in late August. Great news.

Update: Lewis continues to perform baseball activities. No word on a rehab outing though.

Update: Lewis took batting practice and could be back soon enough. An extended rehab outing will be a must.

Update: Lewis is quickly improving and could start a rehab assignment soon.

Update: Lewis felt sore after a recent rehab outing and will rest for awhile. He was a candidate to return at some point this season, but with every setback, it becomes later and less likely to have any impact. Remember him in 2022 drafts.

Update: Lewis, who now has a bone bruise in his right knee, will be shut down for the year.

Level of Concern: Three stars

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

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

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

Update: Dunn has begun a throwing program.

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

Update: Dunn is recovering very slowly, which is considered behind schedule.

Update: Dunn threw off a mound this past week. Still, he has a long way to go and will definitely need a rehab assignment.

Update: Dunn was transferred to the 60 day-IL this past week. It wouldn’t surprise me if we see him next in 2022.

Update: The Mariners are hopeful that a bullpen session is in store for Dunn within the next week.

Update: Dunn did throw a bullpen session, though nothing more was reported.

Update: Dunn threw a simulated game this past week, but the Mariners, who are looking to make the playoffs, likely don’t want to put him into action if he can’t be at 100%.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

Shed Long Jr. – Right shin stress reaction: 60 day-IL (August 4, 2021)

Original: Long Jr. will miss some time (again) with this injury, which caused him to miss the end of the 2020 season and time earlier this season. Keep updated on his status, but it doesn’t look good.

Update: Shed Long Jr.’s time on the IL will be extended as he was officially transferred over to the 60 day-IL.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

Diego Castillo – Right shoulder inflammation: 10 day-IL (August 21, 2021)

Original: Castillo is on the Injured List as his shoulder is flaring up. He will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury. This could be a season ending injury, given the time of the year. Be sure to follow Mike Carter and check out his “Closing Remarks” every week for information on the Rays and all teams with regards to saves and holds.

Update: An MRI revealed shoulder fatigue and thing more. Great news.

Update: Castillo should be activated this weekend. Be prepared.

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

Jake Fraley – Shoulder Inflammation: 10 day-IL (August 28, 2021)

Original: Fraley will be shelved for at least ten days for an ailing shoulder. It’s unclear at this time how serious the injury is.

Update: Fraley will likely begin a rehab assignment this weekend. He looks likely to be bound for a fourth outfielder in Seattle.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

St. Louis Cardinals

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

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

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

Update: Hudson continues to pitch and work hard at returning, and manager Mike Shildt hasn’t yet ruled that out. Great news.

Update: Hudson will begin a rehab outing for the Cardinals’ Low-A affiliate soon. Don’t expect him back anytime soon.

Update: Hudson is rehabbing in Double-A and might be back before the season is through. It will likely be a case of seeing how he looks and knowing he was healthy, giving the Cardinals a better grip on his status for next season.

Update: Hudson continues to recover through rehabbing in Double-A, and if he returns this season, it will likely be more to see if he can just pitch competitively and hold up physically.

Level of Concern: Three stars

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

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

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

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

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

Update: Hicks threw a bullpen session this past week, which was the first of its kind in quite awhile.

Update: it is unlikely that Hicks pitches again in 2021, though the Cardinals are willing to allow him to pitch over the winter.

Level of Concern: Five stars

Jack Flaherty – Strained right shoulder: 10 day-IL (August 24, 2021)

Original: Flaherty was awful in his last outing, and this injury might end his 2021 season as the Cardinals are all but eliminated from playoff contention.

Update: Flaherty may return in a bullpen role with the Cardinals this year, but how much time is unknown. Interesting development here as he could gain RP eligibility for next season.

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

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

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

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

Update: It is unlikely that Martinez returns this season. As a free agent, he may have thrown his final pitch for the Cardinals.

Update: Martinez played catch this past week, but again, he’s probably not pitching again.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Tampa Bay Ray

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update: Anderson will be doing the Rays’ Triple-A affiliate soon for a rehab there. Great news!

Update: Anderson missed his latest rehab outing due to Covid-19 related issues. No word if it was him or the team that had that setback.

Update: Anderson is slated to throw a bullpen session this weekend or Monday. If you’re asking why is it bullpen sessions and not rehab related, it is purely him getting on track due to the Covid-19 issues his rehabbing team sustained last week.

Update: Anderson will pitch on Sunday of this weekend, buts till needs a massive buildup to get him ready for a major league return. The end of this injury is near, but still has one final hurdle with which to climb.

Update: Anderson has pitched three times in rehab and has done well. No word on when he is projected to return.

Update: Anderson has thrown two perfect outings this week, recording three strikeouts. There have been reports about a drop in his velocity, which is something to monitor. He is someone to remember for 2022, even if he does return before the season ends.

Update: Anderson is with the team and could be activated this weekend. Expect more from him next year, but he could provide value now. Be prepared.

Level of Concern: Two stars

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update: Glasnow will likely need Tommy John Surgery and will subsequently not pitch for most of, if not all, of 2022.

Update: Glasnow had successful Tommy John Surgery and will probably not be a fantasy asset until 2023.

Level of Concern: Five stars

Shane McClanahan – Lower back: 10 day-IL (September 10, 2021)

Original: McClanahan has an ailing back issue that needs rest and inactivity, and, being an important part of their postseason plans, the Rays can afford to let it get better before the playoffs. McClanahan himself is confident that it will be a short term timeframe.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

Wander Franco – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (September 11, 2021)

Original: Franco hurt himself while rounding second base heading into. third. As of this wring, a designation to the Injured List hasn’t been official, but it’s been said that it is highly likely to happen. This is a major blow to the Rays, despite their massive AL East lead. Stay tuned for postseason status updates, as he is a major piece for them going forward, and the Rays may hold off on rushing a return.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Texas Rangers

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

Original: Leclerc is unable to pitch in 2021.

Level of Concern: Five stars

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

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

Update: He underwent successful Tommy John Surgery.

Level of Concern: Five stars

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

Willie Calhoun – Left fractured forearm: 60 day-IL (June 27, 2021)

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

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

Update: Calhoun was transferred over to the 60 day-IL this week.

Update: While Calhoun is slowly gaining strength back in his body, he’s nowhere near ready to play a game.

Level of Concern: Four stars

Dane Dunning – Covid-19 IL: (August 24, 2021)

Original: Dunning will go on the Covid-19 Injured List for health and safety protocols.

Update: Dunning is slated to return within the next week, likely against Oakland. Be prepared.

Level of Concern: N/A

Spencer Howard – Covid-19 IL: (August 24, 2021)

Original: Howard will go on the Covid-19 Injured List for health and safety protocols.

Update: Howard will begin a rehab assignment soon. Buy low for 2022 if you can.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

Toronto Blue Jays

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

Cavan Biggio – Neck: 10 day-IL (August 3, 2021)

Original: Biggio has had some pain in his back and neck for awhile and will require some time off to get well.

Update: Biggio is about to start a rehab assignment, indicating that said problems were minor. If all goes well, he should return next week.

Update: Biggio was diagnosed with a Grade 1 UCL sprain and will not do anything for one week.

Update: Biggio is scheduled to resume his rehab outing with the Jays’ Triple-A affiliate as of this Tuesday. Good news.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Washington Nationals

Stephen Strasburg – Neck: 60 day-IL (June 2, 2021)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update: Strasburg underwent neurogenic thoracic outlet surgery and will miss the rest of the 2022 season.

Update: Simply a formality, Strasburg was transferred over to the 60 day-IL.

Level of Concern: Four stars

Joe Ross – Elbow: 10 day-IL (August 11, 2021)

Original: Ross won’t pitch again after needing surgery on his injured elbow. He will miss the rest of the 2021 season.

Level of Concern: Four stars