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 injuries that are happening in the world of baseball in 2021. Here’s hoping that the list of players here doesn’t get too extensive at times, but if it does, we at RotoFanatic have got you covered. Keep coming back as there will be regular updates throughout the season.
Kole Calhoun – Torn meniscus, right knee: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Calhoun had surgery to fix his right knee at the beginning of March, with a timeline of four to six weeks for recovery. Pavin Smith and Tim Locastro will both platoon in right field in his absence, and both are worth a quick look should they emerge as the starter.
Zac Gallen – Hairline fracture in his right forearm: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
The timetable for his return is tricky, because it depends on the severity. He was able to pitch while injured, though his velocity was down and he was unable to use his curveball. Since it was discovered early in its stages of development, it is a small fracture, and thus, limiting his arm usage is key. He needs time to heal and then ramp up his activity. Ideally, a mid-May or early June return seems likely and optimistic. This should bring about some clarity in the Diamondbacks’ rotation, as Tyler Widener has been slotted within their rotation. That said, the Arizona rotation is ugly.
Tyler Clippard – Capsule sprain in his right shoulder: 60 day-IL (March 29, 2021)
Clippard said his arm felt weak in his final Spring outing where he didn’t return a batter. His velocity was low and he said that he felt weird. He has since been shut down for six weeks, with a re-evaluation forthcoming. Clippard was going to be a late inning option for holds and some saves, but now his value will have to be waited upon. Stefan Crichton takes over as the next in line should Joakim Soria falter.
Mike Soroka – Achilles tendon, right foot: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
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 tow innings. If and when he does come back at full strength, he is someone to add to your team as he should help in almost every category but strikeouts. The Braves haven’t denied the idea of an early return either, leaving late April and early May as possibilities.
Chris Davis – Lower back strain: 60 day-IL (March 26, 2021)
Davis continues to be the owner of the worst contract in all of baseball, and is still signed until the end of 2022. He won’t be back until at least the end of May.
Hunter Harvey – Oblique injury: 60-day IL (March 16, 2021)
On the one hand, it was not an arm injury for the hard throwing right hander, who was being tabbed as a potential closer for the Orioles. On other hand, oblique injuries take a long time from which to recover, so it could be until June. While it seems like a closer by committee designation is the likeliest of routes, don’t be surprised of Tanner Scott gets the ball first. Cesar Valdez, Dillon Tate and Paul Fry all have a shot too.
Boston Red Sox
Eduardo Rodriguez – Dead arm: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Never a good sign to have a dead arm so early in his return, but it’s quite understandable for someone who missed all of 2020. Rodriguez will be needed by Boston as their rotation is by no means their strength. He will be expected to carry the brunt of the workload while they wait for Chris Sale to return to full strength.
Chris Sale – Tommy John surgery: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
As of now, Sale has yet to even throw off a mound. Pitching coach Dave Bush said that the goal is for Sale to pitch at some point this year, which is a very vague outlook. He could very well pitch one inning on the last day of the season, given that quote, or he could be back after the All-Star Break. He is behind schedule, and thus, your expectations of him need to be lowered.
Austin Romine – Sprain, right knee: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
The knee is feeling better as he was able to do some light hitting and throwing. Still, being a catcher, his knees will need be at 100% to be behind the plate as the backup to Willson Contreras. He is looking like someone who will be back a few weeks into the season.
Rowan Wick – Oblique: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Wick has begun ramping up activity as he tries to come back from the injury to his ribs. He’s thrown from the mound and played catch, but is still aways from being back in the lineup. When healthy, expect him to be the top setup man, and possibly the next in line for saves should Kimbrel falter. He looks to follow up on last year’s career best 27% strikeout rate.
Chicago White Sox
Eloy Jimenez – Ruptured left pectoral tendon: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Jimenez suffered the injury while leaping in an attempt to catch a home run ball in a Spring Training game. The timetable for a full recovery is estimated at costing him much, if not all, of the 2021 season. A crushing blow for the White Sox and those who invested an early round pick in the slugger. He is expected to be fully healthy come 2022. Options for replacement for the White Sox include Andrew Vaughn, Leury Garcia or Adam Engel. They could go the free agency route too. Until anything is solidified, expect some sort of a platoon with inconsistent playing time.
Adam Engel – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Engel hurt himself while making a play in the outfield, and is expected to miss a couple of weeks, which should include the beginning of the season. Look for him to try and win a shot as an everyday outfielder for the White Sox, but is also someone with minimal upside.
Sonny Gray – Back: 10 day-IL (March 29, 2021)
Gray had back spasms and had to take some time off to recover. He’s now gone from playing catch to throwing off of a mound and now into the bullpen. He said he felt fine, but noted that getting into games is key. Look for him to miss about a week or so to ramp up his arm strength before starting his season with the Reds.
Michael Lorenzen – Shoulder strain: 10 day-IL (March 29, 2021)
Seems to be very minor in that he may only miss a start or two. He looks to be ready to be the Reds’ SP5, and if he can develop the curveball he’s been tinkering with, he may prove some value going forward.
Shogo Akiyama – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (March 29, 2021)
After leaving the team with a personal issue, Akiyama returned to the Reds only to suffer an injury to his hamstring, that manager David Bell as already said will cost him a few weeks. He has only recently returned to baseball activities, such as playing catch. He will be looking to carve himself out a role within the Reds’ lineup, as their lineup looks pretty solidified as is.
Nobody yet to report.
Scott Oberg – Blood clots: 60 day-IL (March 27, 2021)
Oberg underwent surgery to repair blood clotting within his body. He will not be returning anytime soon and his career is in jeopardy. Daniel Bard looks likely to be the Rockies’ closer.
Kyle Freeland – Shoulder strain: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Freeland looks likely to miss about a month of action due to a shoulder strain. The news is positive given how severe it looked when he was on the mound. He should be able to ramp up his recovery just after the season begins, if all goes right. When healthy, he was looking to be a part of the Rockies’ rotation. Austin Gomber looks to be slotted within their rotation, but the situation and location of where they play doesn’t make it ideal at all.
Brendan Rodgers – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
The promising rookie hurt himself while trying to steal a base. He was pressing for playing time with Garrett Hampson and Ryan McMahon, but now will be fighting even harder to maintain his health going forward. Once back, he warrants some attention for his bat and speed potential. Keep an eye on how Garrett Hampson does to start the season, as his speed potential could play well in Colorado.
Nobody yet to report.
Pedro Baez – Covid-19 (March 30, 2021)
Baez missed some time due to testing positive for the Coronavirus, but has returned to camp. He will, unfortunately need some time to ramp himself back to game mode, and may miss time to open the season. While am IL spot is probably unnecessary, it may be up to a week or more before he makes his 2021 debut.
Forest Whitley – Tommy John surgery (March 17, 2021)
The promising prospect suffered yet another setback in his young career, this time requiring surgery to fix his UCL, and costing him his entire 2021 season. He’ll look to get back on track for next year, but he may never live up to the hype that followed him to the Astros.
Framber Valdez – Finger, left hand: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Valdez survived a season-ending scare, as his left ring finger will not require surgery. As such, while he looks to pitch in 2021, the timeline for a return is unknown, but increasingly optimistic. The Astros need him as soon as possible, as they have a gaping hole late in their rotation currently filled by Luis Garcia. Keep monitoring him to see for any setbacks or progress.
Josh James – Hip: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
The ever-so-promising yet often-injured pitcher will miss some time due to a hip injury and a physical setback he suffered recently. Upon returning, look for him to gain the role of a multi-inning reliever to start his season.
Justin Verlander – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 17, 2021)
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.
Kansas City Royals
Adalberto Mondesi – Oblique: 10 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Coming out of nowhere, Mondesi was placed on the IL a day before Opening Day with an oblique injury that will cost the speedy shortstop at least two weeks. Keep an eye going forward, as obliques can be tricky to get rid of and also a recurring problem. Nicky Lopez was called up as a subsequent replacement, but isn’t the best of pickups until he proves to be more than he’s been when given the chance to play.
Los Angeles Angels
Felix Pena – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Pena injured himself in a Spring Training game and received the news that it is a Grade 1 strain. It looks as if he will miss multiple weeks into the season. A talented bullpen arm for the Angels, Pena was looking to be a later inning setup man to newly signed Raisel Iglesias, but he will now wait for that opportunity.
Franklin Barreto – Elbow: 60 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Barreto was looking to make camp and play a utility role, but instead likely gives way to Luis Rengifo to take over that role.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Tommy Kahnle – Elbow, 60 day-IL (March 25, 2021)
The former Yankee was signed this past off-season and required Tommy John surgery for his elbow. He is unlikely to pitch in 2021 as a result, and cleared the way for the Dodgers to sign Jimmy Nelson.
Caleb Ferguson – Elbow, 60 day-IL (March 18, 2021)
He is recovering from his second Tommy John surgery and is unlikely to pitch in 2021 as a result.
Joe Kelly – Shoulder: 10 day-IL (April 2, 2021)
Kelly has had a rough Spring Training, battling shoulder stiffness and being under the weather. Upon returning, he will be slotted in the bullpen, presumably for multi-inning usage.
Brusdar Graterol – undisclosed: 60 day-IL (April 2, 2021)
Graterol will miss extended time with the Dodgers.
Nobody yet to report.
Jacob Nottingham – Thumb, 10 day-IL: (April 1, 2021)
Despite having surgery on it in the offseason, Nottingham still had setbacks upon returning to the lineup late in camp. He looks like he’s on his way to the IL, as the Brewers already have depth at the catcher position with Narvaez and Pina.
Josh Donaldson – Hamstring
Donaldson began limping after rounding first base following a hit in the season opener. With a history of injuries, this is just another in the disappointing career of the third baseman. It remains to be seen for how long he will be sidelined or how the Twins will handle his absence, but Luis Arraez looks to benefit from this as he can play all over the field and will help fantasy owners with average and runs scored.
Edwar Colina – Inflammation, right elbow: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
The hard throwing bullpen piece for the Twins felt inflammation and hasn’t yet pitched in 2021. Thought to be a setup man, he will need additional time before making that a reality. The Twins have plenty of pother bullpen options and can afford to wait.
New York Mets
Seth Lugo – Bone spur, right elbow: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Lugo hasn’t yet started throwing, but the Mets are optimistic that it will start soon. He had surgery in February, and seems likely to start the year on the IL, potentially missing all of April.
Carlos Carrasco – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Hurt during some conditioning drills, Carrasco was set to miss 6-8 weeks, which translates to 4-6 weeks of the actual season when it’s all said and done. David Peterson and Joey Lucchesi will have a chance to take over in the rotation and attempt to solidify themselves as a long term solution in the meantime. Here’s hoping the best for Carrasco, who has overcome so much in order to be back in baseball.
Noah Syndergaard – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL
Syndergaard recently threw off a mound to a live batter, with no swings, in his latest step forward to a full recovery. In that bullpen session he hit 97mph on the radar gun. While a June return seems optimal, a post All-Star Break seems likely, though it remains to be seen how he continues to progress.
Jose Martinez – Torn meniscus, left knee: 60 day-IL
Martinez tore his meniscus at first base and is expected to miss up to four months as he recovers.Without a DH in the National League, Martinez seems destined to remain on the waiver wire while playing for a deeply talented Mets team.
New York Yankees
Luke Voit – Torn meniscus, left knee: 10 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Voit will miss at least three weeks of the season due to surgery to clean up his meniscus. He will stop all baseball activities for three weeks and then begin to ramp up his workload to hopefully return sometime in May. Jay Bruce has made the Yankees in an attempt to give them some offensive firepower at first, though there are plenty of internal options to slide over there too.
Miguel Andjuar – Right hand and wrist soreness: 10 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Andjuar begin the season on the IL after succumbing to the pain he was feeling all winter while playing in the Dominican League. He was fighting for a roster spot, but looks likely to be facing an uphill battle when he eventually does return. While seeing a hand specialist for the injury, he remains nowhere near being ready for any baseball action or activities. Even when he returns, he is an injury or two away from becoming relevant in 2021.
Zack Britton – Elbow: 60 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Britton had surgery in March to remove a bone chip in his elbow. There is no timetable for a return to action, but some speculation has him returning at some point in June, upon which he may record the odd save with plenty of holds opportunities. Until then, look for a returning Chapman to record a majority of the saves for the Yankees, while Chad Green gets the odd save.
Luis Severino – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 16, 2021)
Severino has been throwing off a mound, but is limited to only fastballs. He’s looking to return at some point this year, but really shouldn’t be counted on for too much.
Trevor Rosenthal – Shoulder: 10 day-IL (March 30, 2021)
Set to make his Spring Training debut, Rosenthal was placed on the IL with shoulder inflammation. This is some what concerning, as it came so close to the start of the season, and anyone who invested in Rosenthal was likely scrambling for a replacement. Jake Diekman looks to be the first man up to get saves, while Sergio Romo also has experience at the job should the opportunity arise.
Mike Fiers – Hip: 10 day-IL (March 29, 2021)
Fiers has yet to throw against any batters at all this Spring, as he’s gone from having back tightness to hip soreness. He has been placed on the 10-day IL.
Nobody yet to report.
Steven Brault – Lat strain: 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Brault will be shut down from throwing and baseball activities for about a month after suffering the injury in a Spring game. Likely non-surgical, he is procedure that will take about 10 weeks to heal before a return. He may go into the Pirates’ rotation when he starts up again.
Blake Cederlind – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 24, 2021)
After suffering a UCL strain, Cederlind had Tommy John Surgery and will miss the 2021 season.
San Diego Padres
Austin Nola – Fractured finger: 10 day-IL (March 29, 2021)
After injuring his finger, Nola has been taking swings off a tee and looks to be ramping up to be ready for Opening Day. He will attempt to take some live batting and test it out. Should he miss anytime, Victor Caratini will replace him behind the plate. Nola will likely already be missing games when You Darvish pitches since the pitcher prefers Caratini from his days as a Cub.
Trent Grisham – Hamstring: 10 day-IL (March 29, 2021)
Grisham has been hampered by a hamstring issue and has been placed on the injured list. The Padres have enough depth to ensure that Grisham won’t need to rush back into the line-up.
Dinelson Lamet – UCL strain: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
After trying to pitch the Spring, Lamet was placed on the IL as he wasn’t fully ramped up and ready to go for the season. A risky pick in fantasy due to long term uncertainty, he gives way to the promising Adrian Morejon until he can prove that he is finally back and ready to contribute with consistency in the rotation.
Mike Clevinger – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (February 18, 2021)
Clevinger will miss the entire 2021 season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery in the offseason.
San Francisco Giants
Alex Wood – Back: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Wood starts the season on the IL due to back spasms. Aaron Sanchez will likely fill the void for the Giants as their fifth starter to start the year.
Tyler Beede – Elbow, 60 day-IL (February 26, 2021)
After suffering a setback from his March 2020 Tommy John Surgery recovery, Beede was moved to the 60 day-IL, putting his entire 2021 season in jeopardy. He hopes to return at some point.
Kyle Lewis – Knee, 10 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Lewis has missed almost a week of Spring Training action, and will miss the start of the season. Taylor Trammell has had a great Spring and looks likely to begin the season as the Mariners’ starting OF.
Shed Long Jr. – Shin (April 1, 2021)
After having season ending surgery for it in September 2020, Shed Long Jr. suffered a setback while fouling a ball off of his toe recently. He was slated to compete for the starting 2B job in Seattle, but last season’s breakout by Dylan Moore makes this less likely to happen for now.
Andres Munoz – Elbow, 60 day-IL (March 18, 2021)
Following his Tommy John Surgery in March 2020, Munoz was set to make his return at some point this season. He will have to wait awhile to attempt to do so following his setback in early March.
Ken Giles – Elbow, 60 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Giles seems unlikely to pitch in 2021.
St. Louis Cardinals
Kwang-Hyun Kim, Back: 10 day-IL (March 29, 2021)
Kim will miss the start of the season, but will try to ramp up a workload first. Jon Gant looks to be their fifth starter in the meantime. A return in a few weeks seems likely.
Miles Mikolas – Shoulder: 10 day-IL (March 28, 2021)
The team will cautiously take their time getting Mikolas back to speed while he recovers from shoulder tightness. He is optimistic to return sometime in May if all goes right.
Harrison Bader – Forearm: 10 day-IL (March 28, 2021)
Bader will begin the season on the IL with forearm soreness and will be sidelined for up to six weeks. This opens the door to Dylan Carlsson having everyday playing time, while possibly producing a platoon in right field.
Dakota Hudson – Tommy John Surgery: 10 day-IL (March 28, 2021)
Hudson is unlikely to pitch in 2021.
Tampa Bay Rays
Nick Anderson – UCL torn ligament: 60 day-IL (March 26, 2021)
Anderson, who is shut down for eight weeks, will be re-evaluated past the All-Star Break, though right now, surgery doesn’t seem necessary. Peter Fairbanks and Diego Castillo look to get the load of save opportunities for Tampa in the meantime.
Yonny Chirinos – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (February 22, 2021)
Chirinos will miss the entire 2021 season after having Tommy John Surgery last August.
Jalen Beeks – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (February 17, 2021)
Beeks will miss the entire 2021 season after having Tommy John Surgery last August.
Khris Davis – Left Quadricep: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Davis has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain of his left quadriceps, and will be placed on the IL. The timeline of this injury is about 3-4 weeks. The Rangers will use a lot of platooning and role switching this season to help accommodate their injuries.
Joely Rodriguez – Ankle: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Rodriguez will not be ready to start the season and may land on the IL. He has yet to pitch in a Spring Training game.
Jose Leclerc – Tommy John Surgery: 60 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Leclerc is unable to pitch in 2021.
Wllie Calhoun – Groin: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Calhoun is expected to miss at least two weeks to start the season with a mild groin strain. This opens the door for Lady Tavares to take over for now, but a lot of options are there in platoon-like roles.
Jonathan Hernandez – Elbow: 60 day-IL (March 30, 2021)
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.
Toronto Blue Jays
George Springer – Oblique: 10 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Springer was day-to-day with a Grade 2 strain on his oblique, and even progressed to hitting off of a tee before the official move to the IL. He was subsequently placed on the IL as he wasn’t ready, but the Jays are optimistic he could be back once the ten days are over. For now, look for Randall Grichuk to get more at bats in his absence.
Robbie Ray – Left Elbow Contusion: 10 day-IL (March 31, 2021)
Ray hurt himself falling down some stairs, but could be back soon.
Kirby Yates – Tommy John Surgery: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Yates will not pitch this season after receiving Tommy John Surgery for his ailing elbow. Look for Jordan Romano, Julian Mayweather and Rafael Dolis to get save opportunities, as we see who can emerge as the best closing option.
Thomas Hatch – Elbow: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Hatch will miss some time with non-UCL related elbow inflammation. The MRI showed no real signs of this injury being as serious as it could have been. Once healthy, he may either be a long reliever out of the bullpen or fighting for a spot at the end of the Jays’ rotation.
Nate Pearson – Groin: 10 day-IL (April 1, 2021)
Pearson is now throwing from a mound in an effort to make the rotation at some point during the season. The Jays will be extra cautious with regard to one of their best pitching prospects.
Will Harris – Blood Clot – 10 day-IL (March 29, 2021)
Harris recently discovered that his bloodletting was unrelated to thoracic outlet syndrome, which could mean he will be back much sooner and healthier. When back, he should be in the mix for some holds and the odd save.