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

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

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

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

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

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

Update: Weaver has increased his bullpen sessions to a total of 40 pitches, but he’s still got work to do as it’s unknown whether or not he will be a rotation or bullpen piece going forward.

Update: The Diamondbacks plan on having Luke Weaver pitch at an Arizona Complex League game over the weekend, which is a good step forward to test out the arm.

Update: Weaver is slated to throw 60-pitches in a rehab start this weekend, and, if all goes well, he could be with the big league club in the next week. Be prepared.

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

 

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.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update: Ynoa’s scheduled midweek rehab assignment has been delayed until this upcoming weekend, and the level at which he will be competing has yet to be decided.

Update: Ynoa’s rehab assignment begins this weekend. Remember him for August and September as the Braves are trying to make the playoffs.

Update: By now, Ynoa will have made at least two starts in his rehab assignments in different levels of minor league ball, and once he can get himself to a higher and more comfortable pitch count, he should return.

Update: Ynoa is tentatively scheduled to return to the Braves shortly after his next rehab start. Be prepared.

Update: Ynoa is set to be activated this upcoming Tuesday. Be prepared.

Level of Concern: One star

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

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

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

Level of Concern: N/A

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

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

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

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

Update: Anderson upgraded his throwing to long tossing, and is anticipating a mound session at some point. This sounds good, but he is probably weeks away from being game ready.

Update: Anderson has continued to throw side sessions throughout the week and is aiming to begin a rehab session at some point in the near future. Good news, but more clarity will be needed before it’s understood how good that news really is.

Update: Anderson has made his first rehab start, and looked shaky. He will likely need another one just to ramp up the pitch count before returning.

Level of Concern: Two stars

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

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

Update: The injured Rosario was traded to the Braves this past week. He should see consistent playing time when healthy and have better lineup protection.

Update: Rosario has been swinging the bat and taking batting practice this week. A rehab assignment seems to logically be on tap for him beginning this upcoming week.

Update: Rosario has begun a rehab assignment. It remains to be seen if he will be a part of a platoon now that the Braves have re-stocked their outfield with other players.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Baltimore Orioles

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

Ryan Mountcastle – Concussion: 7 day-IL (August 7, 2021)

Original: Mountcastle took a hard hit to the head while trying to steal second base over a week ago, and after being DTD with concussion-like symptoms, the decision was made to place him on the Concussion-IL for the seven days. That said, while he is eligible to return this weekend, there’s little indication that he will be back with the Orioles as he is still feeling symptoms. Look for him to be activated this week, but because concussions can be tricky and lingering in nature, there’s no guarantee.

Update: Mountcastle is progressing well and will resume baseball activities by the end of the weekend. Great news.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Boston Red Sox

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update: Brasier is going to face live hitters, signalling that a return is inching closer. Still, a rehab assignment (likely a lengthy one, given his time off) is probably in store.

Update: Brasier still needs some live batting practice throwing sessions before beginning a rehab assignment. It has been a slow climb to where he is, so the Red Sox would be wise to keep that steady pace going.

Update: Brasier threw live batting practice this past weekend, which is encouraging. Still, a rehab assignment will more than likely be needed.

Update: Brasier continues to work well in rehab with the Triple-A affiliate of the Red Sox. No telling when he’ll be activated, but it can’t be too far off.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

Chicago Cubs

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

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

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

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

Update: Wick will be changing his rehab assignment over to Triple-A this week, which is a good sign that he is just about ready to return.

Update: No real update on his health, but remember his name for saves at some point this year.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

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

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

Update: Romine will begin a rehab assignment with the Cubs’ Rookie Level minor league affiliate on Monday. Once back, he should slide into the backup catcher role for the Cubs.

Level of Concern: Three stars

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.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

Dillon Maples – Blister: 10 day-IL (July 29, 2021)

Original: Maples will go on the IL due to a blister. If it heals in time, he should be activated in time to have a good two months to solidify himself as a key piece in the rebuilding Cubs’ bullpen. For now, it’s a toss up as to who will earn some saves for Chicago, but one would guess it’s Codi Heuer’s job to lose.

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

Wilson Contreras – Knee: 10 day-IL (August 12, 2021)

Original: Contreras allegedly hurt his knee during some blocking drills, but it’s apparently not very serious and it’s likely that he returns within the ten day window. With Austin Romine back from the IL, this gives Contreras some needed rest.

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

Adbert Alzolay – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (August 14, 2021)

Original: Alzolay apparently hurt his hamstring while pitching on the mound and not while running the bases, which is what was speculated. There’s a chance this ends his 2021 season if it is in fact a serious injury. Stay tuned.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Chicago White Sox

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

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

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

Update: Grandal has progressed to running up and down the baselines, but there’s still some work to be done before returning.

Update: Grandal is competing with the White Sox’s Double-A affiliate in rehab, and could be back with plenty of time before the playoffs. If he can get back to his productive ways of years past, he fills out the only hole present in the White Sox lineup.

Level of Concern: Three stars

Carlos Rodon – Shoulder fatigue: 10 day-IL (August 11, 2021)

Original: Rodon will miss some time with shoulder fatigue, as he’s racked up a ton of innings following years of injuries. It’s understandable as to why it’s happening, so the AL Central’s best team should give him what he needs so that he can be just as effective down the stretch. While it’s possible that he misses more than the minimum time (as was hinted by manager Tony LaRussa), fantasy managers (for now) shouldn’t be too worried as he should be healthy enough for them down the fantasy baseball playoff stretch.

Level of Concern: Two 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: Senkel 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.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

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

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

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

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

Update: Antone isn’t expected back until August.

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

Update: Antone has been relegated to throwing bullpen sessions before Reds games.

Update: Antone will begin a rehab assignment with the Reds’ Triple-A affiliate in the near future. It will likely be one of middling length, so owners have some more time to wait.

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.

Level of Concern: Three stars

Aaron Civale – Finger sprain: 60 day-IL (June 24, 2021)

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

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

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

Update: Civale continues to throw off a mound, which he has been doing, for multiple weeks now. It’s unclear if he is progressing here, because if he can’t develop past this and into a rehab assignment, there’s a bigger problem than being reported. For now, let’s give the Indians the benefit of the doubt.

Level of Concern: Four stars

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Four stars

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.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

Bobby Bradley – Knee: 10 day-IL (August 9, 2021)

Original: Bradley exited a game last week with an injured knee and hadn’t returned at all until being placed on the Injured List. Owen Miller has been replacing him in the lineup and could be a short term stop gap, but the powerful Bradley will be missed in his absence.

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

Raimel Tapia – Toe: 10 day-IL (August 9, 2021)

Original: Tapia has been dealing with a lingering toe issue for quite awhile. Since it was going away, the Rockies gave him extended time off to let it heal after it flared up during a game last weekend. Tapia had been having a mini-breakout in 2021, especially at home but also on the road for the first time, but now will miss some time. Sam Hilliard should benefit from more playing time and needs to be an option when playing at home.

Level of Concern: Two 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.

Level of Concern: Four stars

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

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

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

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

Update: Turnbull has been cleared to resume throwing.

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

Matthew Boyd – Left arm discomfort: 60 day-IL (June 15, 2021)

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

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

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

Update: Boyd has been cleared for mound work and is set to begin a rehab assignment once August begins. Great news, but it remains to be seen how his arm responds.

Update: Boyd was transferred to the 60 day-IL this past week, extending his time away from the team.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

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

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

Update: Cameron’s injury recovery has been slow, and now will be delayed as he rolled his ankle.

Update: Cameron has begun a rehab assignment with the Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate.

Level of Concern: Two stars

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

Original: Goodrum had just returned from the IL because of his calf and hurt himself in his first game back. An unfortunate break for the versatile player. He will miss the next ten days, at minimum, with the severity of the injury unknown.

Level of Concern: Two stars

Akil Baddoo – Concussion: 7 day-IL (August 11, 2021)

Original: After a violent collision with teammate Derek Hill in the outfield, Baddoo will miss as much time as needed to recover from his subsequent concussion. As manager AJ Hinch stated, he feels like he was in a car crash with some body soreness. Ouch. Victor Reyes should continue to get consistent playing to build upon last year’s short season success.

Level of Concern: Two stars

Derek Hill – Bruised rib cage: 10 day-IL (August 11, 2021)

Original: After a violent collision with teammate Akil Baddoo in the outfield, Hill will miss as much time as needed to recover from his injury. No word on the severity of the injury, but the fact that he went on the IL almost immediately afterwards isn’t a good thing.

Level of Concern: Two and a half 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.

Level of Concern: Five stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update: Bregman is currently rehabbing with the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate.

Update: Bregman’s rehab outings have been halted due to a setback, though nothing specific was noted. While he has been physically exercising, it’s unclear when he will resume rehabbing, halting his return even more.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

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

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

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

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

Update: Urquidy, who is now throwing off of a mound, will continue to try and get back to the Astros at some point this season, but a timetable remains unknown.

Update: Urquidy threw a live bullpen session this past weekend and will likely do more of that before a potential rehab assignment.

Update: Urquidy is slated to throw live batting practice this weekend, which is the next logical step on the road to returning.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

Kyle Tucker – Covid-19 IL: (August 14, 2021)

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

Level of Concern: N/A

 

Kansas City Royals

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

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

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

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

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

Update: Mondesi began a rehab assignment this past week, but after the depressing nature of his Dayton Moore’s address where he stated that Mondesi may not exceed 100 games played in 2022, one should expect a significant downplay role and production going forward.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

Los Angeles Angels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

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.

Level of Concern: Three and a half 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.

Level of Concern: Three and a half 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

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

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

Update: Lux has been sprinting and has said that his hamstring feels better than he thought it would. Great news, but there’s still a ways to go.

Update: Lux has been rehabbing and will continue to do so. With Trea Turner and Corey Seager manning the infield, there is no need to rush a return to the deeply talented Dodgers.

Update: Lux has begun a rehab assignment with the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate and could see some time in the outfield when he returns. That said, don’t count own him for consistent playing time due to the depth of this team.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

Tony Gonsolin – Shoulder inflammation: 10 day-IL (July 31, 2021)

Original: Gonsolin can’t seem to shake his injury woes, as he will be off to the IL for shoulder inflammation. It’s unclear as to how long he will need, but he hasn’t looked right all year.

Update: Gonsolin has yet to even pick up a baseball since his late July injury designation. If this trend continues, this could be a lost year for the promising young pitcher.

Update: Gonsolin has begun a throwing program, and could throw a bullpen session sooner rather than later. With the Dodgers still contending and playing well, he will be needed for a playoff push/run, so the team would be wise to take their time.

Level of Concern: Two and a half 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

Victor Gonzalez – Right knee inflammation: 10 day-IL (August 6, 2021)

Original: Gonzalez heads back to the Injured List with another lower body injury, this time it’s on the right side and in his knee. He has struggled mightily since the end of June and probably needs more time off to not only recover but refine his pitching.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

Mookie Betts – Hip: 10 day-IL (August 12, 2021)

Original: Betts goes back to the IL yet again for his hip, and he;’s already received (another) injection. While there is some speculation as to whether or not he would be shut down for the year, it’s safe to say that this will not be a minimum stay on the Injured List, and fantasy owners need to be prepared for the worst. While he will likely be back at some point, it will probably be in the month of September. The frustrating part is that this is an injury that won’t go away, and when that happens, surgery is always the best option.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

Julio Urias – Left calf contusion: 10 day-IL (August 14, 2021)

Original: Urias will hit the IL after getting hit on the leg by a pitch in his most recent outing. He was able to pitch multiple innings afterwards, so it’s likely that this injury will not require an extended absence at all. Assuming all goes well, he should return in ten days.

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

 

Miami Marlins

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

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

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

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

Update: Hernandez will face live batters soon, but don’t hold your breath, given how fragile his body seems to be. It is more of a seeing is believing approach.

Update: Hernandez began a rehab assignment this past weekend, but will Riley need a few more before returning. Don’t hold your breath that he isn’t back on this list by season’s end, unfortunately.

Update: Hernandez will make his second rehab start with the Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate. Fingers crossed that this is working out.

Update: Hernandez has been outstaying in his rehab starts and looks ready to return. Look for him to be back before next week’s FAAB. Be prepared.

Level of Concern: One and a half stars

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

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

Update: Sanchez has begun a rehab assignment. Look for a return shortly.

Level of Concern: N/A

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

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

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.

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

 

Milwaukee Brewers

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

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

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

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

Update: Vogelbach has already begun a rehab assignment, and one would think that he would be back with the Brewers within the week. Where he plays and how he fits into the current Brewers is a big question.

Update: Vogelbach has been stellar in his extended rehab appearances and looks to be ready to return at any time.

Level of Concern: One star

Keston Hiura – Covid-19 IL: (August 3, 2021)

Original: Hiura is on the Covid-19 Injured List with the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate.

Level of Concern: N/A

Adrian Houser – Covid-19 IL: (August 5, 2021)

Original: Houser has contracted Covid-19 and will go on the IL until he is healthy and clears protocols.

Level of Concern: N/A

 

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.

Level of Concern: Two stars

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

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

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

Update: Buxton is slowly swinging, but obviously still has work to do before returning. With the Twins’ all but out of it, look for them to take their time with Buxton.

Update: Buxton lightly swinging off of a tee.

Update: Buxton took some fly balls and ran the bases this past week before games. Depending on if this was done at full speed, that would indicate how close he is to a rehab outing.The Twins would likely want to have him back by September.

Update: Buxton is looking to start a rehab assignment this upcoming week.

Level of Concern: Two and a half 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.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

Michael Pineda – Oblique: 10 day-IL (August 14, 2021)

Original: Pineda’s side tightness escalated into a strain, which turned out to be an oblique injury. It’s unknown how much time he will miss outside of the ten days, as obliques are tricky from which to recover.

Level of Concern: Two stars

 

New York Mets

Noah Syndergaard – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL

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

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

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

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.

Level of Concern: Five star

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.

Level of Concern: Four 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

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

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

Update: Lindor’s injury is believed to be a three to five week injury, which would lead one to believe he could be back come September.

Update: Lindor played catch and fielded some ground balls on Friday, as he inches closer to a return.

Update: Lindor has resumed swinging a bat, which is great news given where his injury took place. No word on a return date though.

Update: Lindor did some fielding drills and took in some batting practice, showing signs of improvement this past week. That said, it’s a slow-moving return and one that the Mets need to push for the playoffs.

Update: Lindor is hopeful that a rehab assignment won’t be needed and that he can return to the Mets…..who need him back.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

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

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

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

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.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

Javier Baez – Back spasms: 10 day-IL (August 13, 2021)

Original: Unclear as to whether this is serious or not, Baez will miss time on the IL when the Mets need him most. Travis Blankenhorn will get time in his place on the roster, as Jeff McNeill will get a better look at second base. Not ideal.

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.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update: Schmidt was transferred over to the Yankees’ Low-A affiliate for a rehab.

Update: Schmidt is improving as his assignment has been transferred to the Yankees’ Double-A affiliate, where he efficiently pitched over this past weekend.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update: Kluber threw a 30-pitch side session, and will try to throw a bullpen and against live hitters soon enough. Remember though that he shouldn’t be counted on until the final month of the season, and even then, nothing is guaranteed.

Update: Kluber threw a 22-pitch side session this past week. Still, nothing has happened that will push his return date sooner than it was already set.

Update: Kluber has advanced to pitching just over one inning with the Yankees’ Double-A affiliate. Still, he has a long way to go.

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: 10 day-IL (July 11, 2021)

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

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

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.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

Gary Sanchez – Covid-19 IL: (August 5, 2021)

Original: Sanchez has contracted Covid-19 and will go on the IL until he is healthy and clears protocols.

Level of Concern: N/A

Jordan Montgomery – Covid-19 IL: (August 3, 2021)

Original: Montgomery has contracted Covid-19 and will go on the IL until he is healthy and clears protocols.

Update: Montgomery may throw a bullpen session this weekend. Be prepared.

Level of Concern: N/A

Geritt Cole – Covid-19 IL: (August 2, 2021)

Original: Cole has contracted Covid-19 and will go on the IL until he is healthy and clears protocols.

Update: Cole may throw a bullpen session this weekend. Be prepared.

Level of Concern: N/A

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.

Level of Concern: Three stars

Aroldis Chapman – Left elbow inflammation: 10 day-IL (August 7, 2021)

Original: Chapman heads to the IL with inflation in his left elbow, though after an MRI, it was revealed that no structural damage was there. While that is great news in that there is no significant injury, it sounds like rest will be key to help the elbow go back to the way it once was. While a shorter IL stint is probably on tap, the fact remains that the Yankees will want to be careful with their stud closer and he may require somewhat of an extended time off. One would have to guess a return by September is probably on the table, though that is dependent on how well he heals.

Update: Chapman is travelling with the team and is hopeful to be activated when he’s eligible to return early this week.

Level of Concern: Two stars

Anthony Rizzo – Covid-19 IL: (August 8, 2021)

Original: Rizzo has contracted Covid-19 and will go on the IL until he is healthy and clears protocols.

Update: Rizzo feels much better and will look to resume baseball activities this Monday.

Level of Concern: N/A

Gio Urshela – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (August 1, 2021)

Original: Urshela was placed on the IL after missing a few games with hamstring tightness. He will need at minimum ten days to recover.

Update: Urshela, who was a candidate to return this past week, has been sidelined and shut down after needing a PRP injection. It’s unclear how serious a setback this is. Stay tuned.

Update: Urshela will not return over the weekend.

Level of Concern: Two stars

Glebyer Torres – Sprained thumb: 10 day-IL (August 9, 2021)

Original: Torres will miss time after jamming his thumb on a stolen base attempt. The injury is expected to be extended to at most twenty days, but anything can happen. The Yankees will go with a makeshift infield for now.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

 

Oakland Athletics

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Philadelphia Phillies

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

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

Update: Dominguez will try to start a rehab assignment next week.

Update: Dominguez has looked good in his rehabbing so far, albeit in High-A. The Phillies could use a solid bullpen arm going forward as they attempt to win the National League East.

Level of Concern: Three stars

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

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

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

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

Update: Galvis is going to begin a minor-league rehab assignment within the next few days. An early August return date is being targeted.

Update: Galvis was traded to the Phillies this past week, and should see some playing time at second base when healthy. This is probably an upgrade for him.

Level of Concern: Two stars

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 – Groin: 10 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.

Level of Concern: Two stars

Jose Alvarado – Shoulder impingement: 10 day-IL (August 10, 2021)

Original: Alvarado will head to the IL due to a pain in his shoulder that won’t go away. Pending on the MRI exam, he could return late next week, though nothing has been confirmed as of yet. Make sure to follow Mike Carter’s Closing Remarks every week for details on who will be closing for the Phillies as they try to win the National League East Pennant.

Level of Concern: Two 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.

Level of Concern: Five stars

Ben Gamel – Hamstring strain: 10 day-IL (August 4, 2021)

Original: Gamel suffered the hamstring injury earlier in the week and missed some time before being officially placed on the IL. There are no indications to the severity of this injury, which is unfortunate for Gamel, as he had made some nice adjustments to his swing and approach and was seemingly turning things around.

Update: Gamel is feeling better and is expected to return next week, though the specifics are unknown. Be prepared.

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.

Level of Concern: Five stars

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

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

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

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

Update: Lamet is targeting an early August return, but will be a multi-innings relief arm. Not by choice, it will be a change of scenery and it remains to be seen how quickly he can adjust to the new role and how his arm responds.

Update: Lamet threw a simulated inning in the hopes of returning (to the bullpen) soon.

Update: Lamet is rehabbing with the Padres’ High-A affiliate. His latest stint was one inning long. He is bullpen bound.

Update: Lamet is close to returning. At press time here, the latest is that he threw a live bullpen session and then it would be determined if he would need to throw in a rehab session or not. All that can be said right now is that he is close to returning in a bullpen role and owners should be ready to be activated. Whether that happens this weekend or not remains to be seen.

Update: Lamet, who was scheduled to already return, needed to undergo a procedure to clean up an infection in his hip. No word on how long this will last, but more than ten days away is on the table. Expect a return by September though.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

Fernando Tatis Jr. – Shoulder: 10 day-IL (July 31, 2021)

Original: After sliding awkwardly into third base, Tatis Jr. was removed from his game this week as he suffered an injury to his already injured shoulder. He will be re-evaluated in ten days as this looks like a longer absence will be required. He is being advised to rest until the ten days are up. Look for Jake Cronenworth and Ha-seong Kim to alternate between playing second base and short stop, while Adam Frazier should continue to see everyday at bats too. Eric Hosmer suddenly regains playing time. Offseason surgery for Tatis Jr. can’t come soon enough.

Update: Tatis Jr. has apparently made significant improvements to his shoulder in his time off, and there are rumours of him playing in CF when he does return. All interesting developments for both redraft and dynasty purposes.

Update: It is anticipated that Fernando Tatis Jr. will be activated this weekend.

Update: Sunday or Monday will be the day in which Tatis Jr. is activated.

Level of Concern: Three stars (redraft), One and a half stars (dynasty)

Chris Paddack – Oblique: 10 day-IL (July 31, 2021)

Original: Paddack heads to the IL for an ailing oblique injury and will hopefully return in the middle of next week. He’s struggled all year, so it’s hopeful that he can mend his body and mind in that time.

Update: Paddack threw on the field Friday, but he does not have a timetable set for a return. The confusing nature of this throwing on Friday makes it difficult to speculate. Was it a light throw, was it catch, was it pitching? From the sounds of it, the word throwing makes it seem as if he was playing catch, in which case he has a long way to go. The fact that he is returning from an oblique injury blends alongside this speculation since they are long and tricky from which to recover.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

Jurickson Profar- Covid-19 IL: (August 6, 2021)

Original: Profar is believed to have contracted Covid-19 and will go on the IL until he is healthy and clears protocols.

Level of Concern: N/A

Drew Pomeranz – Forearm tightness: 10 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.

Level of Concern: Three stars

 

San Francisco Giants

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update: Moronta began his rehab assignment this past week.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

Johnny Cueto – Right flexor strain: 10 day-IL (August 12, 2021)

Original: Considered to be a minor injury, Cueto has struggled to stay healthy in 2021. Still, keep monitoring this situation as he could be back soon.

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.

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.

Level of Concern: Three and a half 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.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

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

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

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

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

Update: Sheffield has been busy this week, throwing off the mound and preparing for a full bullpen session. Great news.

Update: Sheffield is ready for a rehab assignment, albeit with the Mariners’ High-A affiliate. Still, his return is coming.

Update: A planned beginning to a rehab appearance for this Sunday has been moved for unknown reasons.

Update: Sheffield will begin a rehab assignment this weekend.

Level of Concern: Two stars

Shed Long Jr. – Right shin stress reaction: 10 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.

Level of Concern: Three 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.

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.

Level of Concern: Three and a half stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update: Mikolas will continue his rehabbing, and has been pain free so far. Given that he’s been through this before earlier in the year, the Cardinals might be extra cautious this time.

Update: Mikolas has been doing quite well in rehab.

Update: Another week, another update that he continues to rehab.

Update: Mikolas continues to rehab and will do so this upcoming Tuesday. There’s been no indication that these rehab poutings are anywhere close to being done.

Level of Concern: Two stars

Kwang-hyun Kim: elbow: 10 day-IL (August 9, 2021)

Original: Kim has no structural damage in his ailing elbow, which likely contributed to two poor and short starts prior to the IL designation. If healthy, he’s a sleeper.

Update: This will be an extended absence, as he will not be ready after ten days. Stay tuned.

Level of Concern: Two and a half stars

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

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

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

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Tampa Bay Ray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update: Archer continues to rehab, though he’s been doing so for awhile. It is unclear as to what the hold up is before being reinstated.

Update: Archer sustained a hip injury while rehabbing last week, and thus his return was set back. He has resumed throwing, but Archer has been anything but the poster boy of health in 2021.

Update: Archer will make an appearance for the Rays’ Triple-A affiliate this upcoming Tuesday. Again.

Level of Concern: Two and a half 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

 

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.

Level of Concern: Four stars

 

Toronto Blue Jays

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

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

Level of Concern: Five stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update: Merryweather continues to have ups and downs while getting better, but with the recent acquisition of Brad Hand, it’s unlikely that he will have any save appeal going forward.

Level of Concern: Three stars

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

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

Update: Jansen has been taking and catching side sessions all week and has also participated in batting practice.

Level of Concern: Three stars

Joakim Soria – Right middle finger inflammation: 10 day-IL (August 4, 2021)

Original: Soria hurt his finger after his debut, and he will require time off. He is unfortunately not in line for many saves going forward, but could be if the sometimes unstable bullpen crumbles under pressure.

Update: Soria apparently feels better and could be activated next weekend.

Level of Concern: Two and a half 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.

Level of Concern: Two stars

Ross Stripling – Right one;ique strain: 10 day-IL (August 11, 2021)

Original: The off and on effective pitcher this year will take some time to heal from an ailing oblique. Depending on the severity of the issue, he could be gone for quite awhile as they are tricky to heal. Trent Thornton will get a shot to pitch in his place.

Level of Concern: Two 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