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
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!
— MLB Gambling Podcast (@MLBSGPN) April 23, 2022
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.
— Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) April 27, 2022
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.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) April 29, 2022
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.
If MLB is gonna mess with the baseball, why not make it a game within the game? Have three different balls in a glass case presented to the pitchers by the umpire. One ball is neutral, and the other two are hitter or pitcher positive. The pitcher chooses each inning a new ball.
— Razzball (@Razzball) April 28, 2022
National League Injuries
Overton (who throws two different sliders) has a 2.84 ERA in four games/ 19 innings this season.
— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) April 29, 2022
Diehl is a Cincinnati native and attended Archbishop Moeller High School. pic.twitter.com/n5sK5excXP
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.
Other #Pirates injury updates (1/2):
• LHP Anthony Banda is throwing today. He should only need the minimum stay on the IL.
• RHP Duane Underwood Jr. will head to Bradenton to continue his rehab.
• Greg Allen is participating in most baseball activities.
— Justice delos Santos (@justdelossantos) April 27, 2022
Kevin Newman (SS): Newman is on the 10-day IL with a strained groin. He is expected to miss 3-5 weeks.
Manny Piña on 10-day IL for left wrist inflammation and William Contreras activated. Contreras’ older brother is, of course, Cubs catcher Willson Contreras. The brothers will take lineup cards out tonight, both managers agreed to do that so they can get a picture for their mom.
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) April 28, 2022
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.
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) April 26, 2022
Los Angeles Dodgers
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.
Additionally, RHP Austin Adams has been transferred to the 60-Day IL.
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.
— Evan Webeck (@EvanWebeck) April 24, 2022
Are there any other injury updates?
Did you see Lucius Fox II puke?
— MeGustanLosDeportes (@Palillito_33) April 24, 2022
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