Razzle Dazzlers, welcome once again to your weekly fantasy baseball injury report.

The “Ambulance Chasers” article series mostly focuses on matters of the living. It is not called “Hearse Chasers” after all (but that could be an interesting spin-off).  However, give me a minute to opine about the Harry Caray hologram at the MLB Field of Dreams game.

If you did miss the 2022 Field of Dreams game, the Cincinnati Reds lost to the Chicago Cubs. However, the star of the show was a Harry Caray hologram that sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” to mixed reviews.

As a society, we decided that Tupac would be our Hologram Guy. We should let Harry Caray remain in his eternal slumber instead of in a nightmarish hologram. After all, Will Ferrell does a way better job than a hologram ever could.

In the realm of the living, there were a few big name injury confirmations and updates in the last week including Tim Anderson, Clayton Kershaw, Michael Brantley, and Max Fried. The real gem of this week’s injury report is Chris Sale, who fell off a bike and fractured his wrist, ending his injury-riddled season. This article and song are dedicated to you, Chris Sale.

American League Injuries

AL Central

Chicago White Sox

Tim Anderson (SS): Anderson had hand surgery (torn ligament) and is expected to miss at least 6 weeks. Leury Garcia and rookie Lenyn Sosa will likely see the shortstop position in Anderson’s absence. José Iglesias and Isiah Kiner-Falefa are two potentially unrostered replacements for Anderson in your league.

Luis Robert (OF): Robert was injured on Friday. X-rays did not show broken bones. Robert has a sprained left wrist and is considered day-to-day for now. Jurickson Profar and Andrew McCutchen might be available to pick up in your league if you need a replacement for Robert.

Kansas City Royals

Taylor Clarke (RP): Clarke is out with a strained oblique and will likely be out for a few weeks. He is eligible to return on August 23. RHPs Jonathan Heasley and Jose Cuas were added to the roster to replace Clarke.

Minnesota Twins

Alex Kirilloff (OF/INF): In another tough loss for the Twins, Kirilloff is out for the 2022 season to receive forearm surgery. Kirilloff has had recurring wrist issues since he was injured in May 2021. Jake Cave was selected to replace Kirilloff.

AL East

Boston Red Sox

Chris Sale (SP): Today, we say “Goodbye” to Chris Sale. He broke some ribs. He broke a room. Finally, he broke his wrist falling off a bike. Sale will be out for the season after requiring wrist surgery.

New York Yankees

Matt Carpenter (INF/OF): Carpenter is out with a fractured foot. He is eligible to return on August 19, but there is no timetable for his return given. Carpenter told reporters he believed he would play again this season.

Toronto Blue Jays

Tim Mayza (RP): Mayza experienced a shoulder dislocation in his non-throwing arm after Nick Gordon slid into Mayza’s outstretched arm.  Mayza is eligible to return on August 22. In the interim, Yusei Kikuchi and Ross Stripling (when he returns from the IL) could replace Mayza.

George Springer (OF): Springer is out with elbow inflammation. He is eligible to return on August 15. Springer’s recovery is on track according to team reports. Jackie Bradley Jr. is filling in for Springer.

AL West

Houston Astros

Michael Brantley (OF): Brantley will be out for the season after receiving arthroscopic shoulder surgery. Brantley has been out since June, but the news comes at a critical time in the season. The Astros could platoon Aledmys Diaz, Chas McCormick, Yordan Alvarez, and perhaps Trey Mancini in the outfield.

Los Angeles Angels

Mickey Moniak (OF): Moniak is out with a fractured finger (right middle). He is eligible to return on August 17 but there is currently no timetable for his return. However, in a kind of badass move, Moniak had his stitches removed from his left middle finger so he could start swinging as early as next week.

Oakland Athletics

Paul Blackburn (SP): Blackburn is out with right middle finger inflammation. He is eligible to return on August 22. JP Sears was promoted in Blackburn’s absence.

Seattle Mariners

Ryan Borucki (RP): Borucki is out with a strained flexor. He is eligible to return on August 24, but nothing is really certain with a strained flexor, especially for a pitcher. Brennan Bernardino was recalled to replace Borucki.

Texas Rangers

Spencer Howard (SP): Howard is out with a shoulder impingement until August 22. John King was recalled to replace Howard.

National League Injuries

NL Central

Cincinnati Reds

Jonathan India (INF): India was hit in the leg by a pitch thrown by Cubs pitcher Drew Smyly in the Field of Dreams game on Thursday. There is no update on India, but he was airlifted from the Field of Dreams game and then driven back to Cincinnati to avoid swelling. TJ Friedl might replace India should a replacement be needed.

Mike Moustakas (3B): Moustakas makes a return to the IL with a calf injury. Moustakas is eligible to return on August 19. Utilityman Alejo Lopez was recalled to the Reds to replace any number of injured Reds.

Tyler Stephenson (C): While Stephenson has been on the IL, he is now officially out for the season after having shoulder surgery. Michael Papierski and Austin Romine are currently the Reds primary catchers.

NL East

Atlanta Braves

Orlando Arcia (INF/OF): Arcia is out with a strained hamstring. He is eligible to return on August 20, but in the interim, the Braves called up rookie Vaughn Grissom to take Arcia’s spot on the roster.

And Grissom is looking good, folks.

Max Fried (SP): Fried is out with a concussion and is not eligible to return until August 15. Fried was injured when fell and hit his head while trying to throw to home against the Mets on August 6. The Braves recalled Jay Jackson to take Fried’s spot on the roster.

Miami Marlins

Jordan Holloway (RP): Holloway will be out for the season after receiving arthroscopic elbow surgery.

Max Meyer (SP): May Meyer has received Tommy John surgery and is officially out for the 2022 season.

NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks

Humberto Castellanos (SP): Castellanos is out for the season after having Tommy John surgery. It is possible he might be out for all of 2023. Tyler Gilbert and left-handed prospect Tommy Henry have stepped in in Castellanos place.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw (SP): Kershaw is out with lower back discomfort. He left the Dodgers-Giants game at the bottom of the 5th inning. Kershaw has had recurring back problems that often involve weeks-long stints on the IL. Kershaw is eligible to return on  August 20, but it may be time to use the Razzball Player Rater to search for another SP.

San Diego Padres

Austin Adams (RP): Adams will be out for the 2022 season after receiving flexor tendon surgery. Unfortunately, Adams will miss most if not all of the 2023 season as well.

There was a lot of tough injury news this week. However, it is the dog days of summer, and the injuries were less in frequency this week than the last two. Join me again next week to see if the trend holds.


When is your season ending? How is it going? Leave me a comment or hit me up on Twitter: @keelin_12ft.

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bobbyt0805
bobbyt0805
1 month ago

just wanted to say that I enjoy your writing/columns. Thank you

Kirk
Kirk
1 month ago

Hey man, need to get rid of 1-2 of my SP. Who’s droppable ROS? Thank

Peralta
Morton
Cobb
Clevinger
Lynn
Giolito
Montas
Gilbert
Gray
Heaney

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago

Ashcroft or Adrian Sampson today? Thanks for the helpful info!