While this baseball season has attempted to turn some of us (me!) full goth, I do have some pretty good news in this week’s edition of your Razzball fantasy baseball injury report:

  • Ronald Acuna Jr. is back! It has been months in the making.
  • Overall, injury incidences were down this week. New oblique injuries have dropped off a lot. Unfortunately, COVID IL entries were slightly up (by 1).

Let’s look into the league and team-by-team breakdown of this week’s injuries:

American League Injuries

AL Central

Chicago White Sox

Eloy Jimenez (OF): Jimenez is officially on the 10-day IL for a strained hamstring and hamstring tendon surgery with a projected 6-8 weeks recovery period. The White Sox have been playing Andrew Vaughn if LF, and he’s doing pretty well.

Are the Chicago White Sox a sustainable venture? Let’s find out!

Kansas City Royals

Adalberto Mondesi (SS): Ohhhh, Mondesi. We hardly knew ye. Mondesi tore his ACL (knee) in what is, maybe, one of the least dramatic ways to leave most, if not all, the 2022 season. In a game against the Chicago, White Sox, Mondesi appeared to hurt himself returning to 1B after Reynaldo Lopez attempted to get Mondesi out. While the injury did not look serious, it was. Nicky Lopez, Whit Merrifield, and, perhaps, Bobby Witt Jr. will see increased playing time while Mondesi is out.

AL East

Baltimore Orioles

Chris Ellis (SP): Ellis was placed on the 10-day IL with shoulder inflammation. Alexander Wells has been recalled to take Ellis’s place.

John Means (SP): In a huge blow to the Orioles and one of my rosters, John Means underwent Tommy John surgery and has been moved to the 60-day IL. He is expected to be out for the 2022 season and return in 2023. Jordan Lyles is expected to take on a bigger role in Means’ absence.

Toronto Blue Jays

Cavan Biggio (INF/OF): Biggio is out on the COVID-19 IL with “flu-like symptoms”. Assuming Biggio is vaccinated, he will be able to return to the Blue Jays once he is no longer infectious, per the MLB.

Ryan Borucki (RP): Borucki, who has spent most of the season on the IL with a hamstring injury, is back on the IL with a blister on his middle finger. Andrew Vazquez will play for Borucki. Many of you may have likely heard commentary about the MLB ball and the behavior it exhibits. Keep an eye on blister injuries as well throughout the season.

AL West

Oakland Athletics

Drew Jackson (INF/OF): The A’s have mostly recovered from COVIDPALOOZA. However, Jackson is a straggler that found himself on the COVID-19 IL. Chad Pinder was activated during these trying times.

National League Injuries

NL Central

Cincinnati Reds

Nick Lodolo (SP): Lodolo is on the 10-day IL with a strained lower back. Connor Overton will step in Lodolo’s spot.

Justin Wilson (RP): In more terrible pitching news for the Reds, Justin Wilson is out with elbow soreness. While Wilson is on the 10-day IL, Phillip Diehl will pitch.

It’s a rough time for the Reds, isn’t it? However, they may get some relief with the return of Luis Castillo, who began his rehab assignment yesterday.

Milwaukee Brewers

Victor Caratini (C): Caratini has been moved to the COVID-IL. Alex Jackson has been called up to replace Caratini. The Brewers also have Omar Narvaez (C) to play as well.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Anthony Banda (RP): Banda is out with a non-viral illness and is on the 10-day IL. He has been throwing again and should be back by May 3. Sam Howards has been pitching in place of Banda.

Kevin Newman (SS): Newman is on the 10-day IL with a strained groin. He is expected to miss 3-5 weeks.

Cole Tucker (INF/OF): Tucker is out on the COVID-19 IL. Jack Suwinski and Tucupita Marcano both moved onto the Pirates roster to fill in missing roster spots.

NL East

Atlanta Braves

Manny Pina (C): Pina is out with wrist inflammation and on the 10-day IL. William Contreras takes Pina’s place and play Willson Contreras, his older brother.

Eddie Rosario (OF): Rosario is having laser eye surgery and will be placed on the 10-day IL. He is expected to miss 8 to 12 weeks. Luckily, Ronald Acuna Jr. has returned and is doing quite well for the Atlanta Braves.

NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks

J.B. Wendelken (RP): Wendelken is out on the COVID-19 list. Tyler Holton replaces Wendelken on the roster.

Los Angeles Dodgers

David Price (RP): Price is also out with COVID-19. Zach McKinstry was brought back to replace Price.

San Diego Padres

Wil Myers (OF): Myers was put on the 10-day IL with a thumb contusion. Trayce Thompson was brought in to replace Myers. Additionally, Austin Adams was moved to the 60-day IL to make room for Thompson.

San Francisco Giants

Mike Yastrzemski (OF), Zack Littell (RP): The Giants are the latest team to have COVID-19 going around the clubhouse. Yastrzemski and Littell were both moved to the COVID-19 IL. Kervin Castro was called to replace Littell.

Are there any other injury updates?

Did you see Lucius Fox II puke?

Poor dude.

Have there been any injuries or recoveries lately that have changed your team? Share your experience below in the comments or hit me up on Twitter: @keelin_12ft