How are we doing, Razzballers?!
Baseball season is wrapping up for some of us now. Congratulations to those who are still in it to win it whether it’s in your fantasy team or the team you root for in real life.
There are many players in this week’s report that did not go gently into that good night, but go into that good night, they did. So, you’ll want to make sure your roster is up-to-date as you close out your own season.
This will be the last edition of Razzball Ambulance Chasers for the 2023 season. It has been great sharing mostly bad news with all of you this season! Thank you for chatting with me in the comments or, if you don’t comment, lurking. I appreciate you.
Enough about me! Here’s the damage for this week:
Notable Injuries September 16 – September 23
Harrison Bader (OF, CIN)
Bader is out with a strained right groin. If I had a dollar for every time Harrison Bader comes on here, I would be able to buy a modestly sized item from Starbucks. I’m not saying that is what I would for sure get with my monies, but it’s a possibility.
Bader is eligible to return on September 28. If you need to pick up someone in the interim, take a look at the recently minted Brewer Mark Canha. Canha has hit .340/.431/.500 with 21 RBIs in his last 94 AB. He’s also got a mighty nice bat flip.
— Baseball GIFs (@gifs_baseball) September 17, 2023
Dylan Carlson (OF, STL)
Dylan Carlson is out for the rest of the season after requiring ankle surgery for bone spurs. Carlson is expected to be back in time for spring training.
Did Carlson leave a hole in your outfield? I’m not obsessed with the Brewers. I swear. BUT in addition to Mark Canha, you should look into Tyrone Taylor. Taylor is hitting .320/.370/.840 with 3 HR in his last 25 AB. The Brewers outfield is hotty hotty hot hot.
"I come here to try to do my best every day and stay positive, and I'm just thankful for the opportunities that I've had."
— Bally Sports Wisconsin (@BallySportWI) September 21, 2023
Alex Cobb (SP, SFG)
Cobb is dealing with a left hip impingement that will end his regular season. While it is possible he makes a return for the playoffs, it would require the Giants making the playoffs.
The Yankee Michael King could be a potential replacement if you need a starter. King has a 1.27 ERA and 0.49 FIP with a K:BB 42:4.
AL SP Leaders since Michael King fully became a starter
1) MICHAEL KING: 1.27
2) Sonny Gray: 1.45
1) MICHAEL KING: 13.33
2) Rodon/Skubal: 12.24
1) MICHAEL KING: 1.7
2) Mike Clevinger: 1.2
MICHAEL KING IS ACTUALLY HIM pic.twitter.com/EzGvCAWWq0
— Addison (@YankeeWRLD) September 21, 2023
Brandon Crawford (SS, SFG)
I could repeat the same Harrison Bader joke here with Brandon Crawford. Crawford has continued to struggle with injuries. The latest injury is a strained hamstring. There is no certain timeline for return, but Crawford will be reevaluated this week.
I would be a little surprised if you have Brandon Crawford as an integral roster piece. Just in case, you should switch up your Crawfords and take a look at J.P. Crawford. In his last 25 AB, J.P. is hitting .280/.400/.560. He also has 5 BB and 4 SO.
— Ben Ranieri (@BenRanieri10) September 20, 2023
Carlos Correa (SS, MIN)
Let’s revisit Chris Taylor. The Dodger has slashed .318/.408 /.485 over his last 66 AB. Not a bad option if you’re down Correa.
Chris Taylor has really turned it around in this second half of the season. His slash line is starting to creep closer to what he posted in his 2021 All-Star season
Need him to keep this up. He has an .815 career OPS in the playoffs with a ton of clutch homers. pic.twitter.com/CbX07Lyzsu
— RB (@rbhockey6) September 22, 2023
Giovanny Gallegos (RP, STL)
Last week, I brought up Colin Poche, and I am going to return to that suggestion. Although his volume is low, I am going to circle back to him because he is consistent.
Colin Poche’s last 17 innings pitched:
7 H, 2 R, 24 K, 1.06 ERA
Riley Greene (OF, DET)
In a sad turn of events, Riley Greene is done for the season. Greene received Tommy John surgery on his non-throwing (right) arm. The Tigers shared that they expect Greene to return by spring training, which would be pretty, pretty cool.
Connor Joe on Josh Palacios: "Honestly, I don’t even know if we should be surprised at this point. We should probably just expect it. He’s been incredible. … I'm in awe. The energy he plays with, we all feed off of it, I can tell you that."
— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) September 22, 2023
Tyler O’Neill (OF, STL)
O’Neill is out with a sprained foot that could possible/likely end his season. Juan Yepez was recalled to take O’Neill’s spot on the roster.
Mauricio Dubón could be an interesting utility player to replace O’Neill with on your roster. Dubón hit .377/.415/.639 in his last 61 ABs. This included a season saving walk off for the Astros.
Mauricio Dubón walks it off in Houston to keep the Astros in first place in the AL West!
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) September 20, 2023
Salvador Pérez (C, KCR)
Luis Rengifo (OF/INF, LAA)
Perennial Razzball favorite Luis Rengifo can no longer be the go-to guy for your rosters. Rengifo had biceps surgery after injuring himself on a swing in the on-deck circle. His surgery puts him out for the season.
Baltimore’s Ryan O’Hearn is a potential utility eligible player that could work on your roster. In his last 86 AB, he is hitting .326/.329/.523 with 19 RBIs.
— Nick Poulos (@NickPoulos91) September 20, 2023
Brady Singer (SP, KCR)
Singer wasn’t going to go much farther with the Royals this season. Nevertheless, he is out for the season with a strained back.
Yankee Jhony Brito has been doing well recently, though the sample size is small. In 17 IP, he has a 1.06 ERA and 2.09 FIP.
Jhony Brito out of the bullpen has been UNREAL:
29.9% Hard Hit%
- Tanner Bibee (SP, CLE), hip inflammation (out for the season)
- Alec Burleson (OF/1B, STL), fractured thumb (out for the season)
- Nolan Arenado (3B, STL), back spasms (out for the season)
- Kyle Freeland (SP, COL), strained oblique (out for the season)
- Brad Keller (RP, KCR), thoracic outlet syndrome (out for the season)
- Nick Madrigal (INF, CHC), strained hamstring
- Sean Newcomb (SP, OAK), knee surgery (out for the season)
- Kyren Paris (INF/OF, LAA), torn thumb ligament (out for the season)
- Elvis Peguero (RP, MIL), elbow effusion
- Gregory Santos (RP, CHW), elbow inflammation
- Thyago Vieria (RP, MIL), strained calf
- Keaton Winn (SP, SFG), COVID
That’s it for this week and year. Hit me up for any injury updates in the comments!
That’s it for another season of Razzball Ambulance Chasers. Good luck with the rest of your season! -Keelin