Welcome to the first weekend in June, Razzenfants!

The months of May and June are always interesting to baseball. The significance and rate of injuries seem to slow or plateau. The players finally seem stretched out and warmed up. You let your guard down, and then BOOM! Two guys on your team need Tommy John surgery (talking to you Washington Nationals). Hopefully, your fantasy roster is not experiencing this simultaneous malady.

While there have been a few freak, nasty bone and soft tissue injuries over the past week, the COVID-IL entries have also slowed for now with no major team outbreaks this week. That means it is probably time to bring back cigarettes into the dug out.

I hope you are out there staying safe and staying healthy. Unfortunately, it is my job to share with you the MLB players that are not healthy. Let us begin!

American League Injuries

AL Central

Chicago White Sox

Tim Anderson (SS): Despite being on quite a tear lately, Anderson is not immune to strains. A strained groin has Anderson on the 10-day IL, but manager Tony La Russa said Anderson may be out at least three weeks. This would put him back around the end of June. Danny Mendick was recalled to replace Anderson on the roster.

Detroit Tigers

Robbie Grossman (OF): Grossman landed on the IL with a strained neck. He is eligible to return on June 9. He was serving as the DH when he was pulled in favor of pinch-hitter Jeimer Candelario. Kody Clemens has been recalled to take Grossman’s spot on the roster.

Kansas City Royals

Zack Greinke (SP): Greinke is eligible to return June 14 after experiencing a strained flexor. RHP Arodys Vizcaino, RHP Jose Cuas, and LHP Foster Griffin have been placed on the roster to lend pitching support.

Minnesota Twins

Danny Coulombe (RP): Danny Coulombe, who was recently activated for Gilberto Celestino while he was on COVID leave, is now on the IL with a hip impingement. He is eligible to return on June 12. However, Celestino should be back in action before that date.

Carlos Correa (SS): Correa is out with COVID-19 and eligible to return on June 1. Jermaine Palacios has been playing in Correa’s place.

Sonny Gray (SP): Gray is out with a strained pectoral. He is eligible to return June 14. Yennier Cano has been called up to take Gray’s place. Gray has been 3-1 with a 2.41 ERA (155 ERA+), 0.98 WHIP and 39 strikeouts against 10 walks in 33 2/3 innings in his last seven starts.

Royce Lewis (INF/OF): Top MN prospect Lewis has a knee bone bruise after a debut collision with a literal wall. He is eligible to return June 9.

AL East

Boston Red Sox

Matt Barnes (RP): Barnes has been sent to the 15-day IL with shoulder inflammation. Barnes’ performance has bombed since the end of last season, and there is some speculation this IL visit is for a “phantom injury”. Matt Strahm will replace Barnes’ spot on the roster.

New York Yankees

Josh Donaldson (3B): Although originally on the IL with COVID, Donaldson remained on the IL with shoulder inflammation. However, he is back in action as of Friday, June 3.

Tampa Bay Rays

Wander Franco (SS): Franco is on the IL with a strained quad. He is eligible to return June 10. Taylor Walls will take on the SS position with Isaac Paredes and Vidal Brujan playing other infield positions.

Toronto Blue Jays

Hyun-Jin Ryu (SP): A rough season continues for Ryu as he goes back on the IL with more worrisome forearm inflammation. The Jays brought up Jeremy Beasley to replace Ryu’s spot on the roster.

AL West

Los Angeles Angels

Anthony Rendon (3B): Rendon was placed on the 10-day IL with wrist inflammation. He is eligible to return on June 6. Tyler Wade has been replacing Rendon. Janson Junk was called up to fill Rendon’s roster spot.

Seattle Mariners

Kyle Lewis (OF): Lewis is in concussion protocol after a hit by José Urquidy. He is eligible to return on June 5. The good news is that Abraham Toro was activated from the IL to replace Lewis.

Texas Rangers

Brad Miller (INF/OF): Miller is on the IL with a hip impingement. He is eligible to return on June 14. Prospect Josh Smith has been absolutely crushing it in Miller’s place.

National League Injuries

NL Central

Chicago Cubs

Drew Smyly (P):  Smyly sustained a strained oblique while warming up before the fourth inning in the Cubs vs. Brewers game last week. He is eligible to return June 15.

Jonathan Villar (INF): Villar is out on the 10-day IL with a “mouth injury”. Villar was reportedly using an exercise band which snapped and hit him in the mouth. He will require “extensive dental work” while on the 10-day IL. Christopher Morel has been playing 2B.

Seiya Suzuki (OF): A rather lackluster Suzuki is out with a sprained finger (left ring). He is eligible to return June 6. Rafael Ortega, Ian Happ, Clint Frazier, and Jason Heyward have been manning the outfield.

Cincinatti Reds

Tyler Naquin (OF): Naquin is on the 10-day IL with a strained quad. He is eligible to return June 11. Aristides Aquino has replaced Naquin in right field. LHP TJ Friedl has been recalled to take Naquin’s spot on the roster. While the Reds are still having a rough season, they have experienced a notable decline in injuries over the past few weeks.

Milwaukee Brewers

Omar Narvaez (C): Narváez is out with COVID-IL. He is eligible to return on June 3. Victor Caratini has been playing catcher in the interim.

Luis Perdomo (RP): Perdomo is out with an elbow effusion. He is eligible to return June 11 and has said that he does not expect to be out much, if any, longer than June 12. Miguel Sánchez was recalled to replace Perdomo on the roster.

Brandon Woodruff (SP): Woodruff is out with a right high ankle sprain. Woodruff is eligible to return on June 12. Peter Strzelecki was recalled to replace Woodruff on the roster.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Ben Gamel (OF): Gamel sustained a strained left hamstring during a game last week. He will be eligible to return June 8. Hoy Park was recalled to take Gamel’s spot. The severity of Gamel’s injury is not yet clear, but it is unfortunate because he is fun to watch rob homers.


NL East

New York Mets

Travis Jankowski (OF): Jankowski will be out 6-8 weeks with a fractured metacarpal on his left hand and ensuing hand surgery. This injury was sustained when Jankowski dove to make a catch. Brandon Nimmo, Starling Marte, Mark Canha, Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme, and Dominic Smith will continue to show up in the outfield.

Miami Marlins

Joey Wendle (INF): Wendle is out with a strained hamstring. He has received a PRP injection and is eligible to return on June 10. Jon Berti should get more playing time with both Wendle and Anderson out.

Brian Anderson (3B/OF): Anderson is out with back spasms. He is eligible to return June 7. Anderson’s recovery has been progressing normally.

Philadelphia Phillies

Jean Segura (2B): Segura is out with a fractured finger (right index). He is eligible to return June 11 but probably will not be back as he recovers from finger surgery. Nick Maton will replace Segura in the interim.

Washington Nationals

Joe Ross (SP), Carter Kieboom (3B): The Nationals got the most unfortunate 2-for-1 Tommy John surgery deal this week. Both Ross and Kieboom will be out for the remainder of the 2022 baseball season recovering from Tommy John surgery. Maikel Franco will continue to play 3B.

Alcides Escobar (SS): Escobar is out with a strained hamstring. He is eligible to return on June 11. Luis García, one of the many, has replaced Escobar while he is on the IL.

NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks

Humberto Castellanos (SP): Castellanos is on the 15-day IL with a strained elbow. Castellanos has been performing poorly, but the final straw appeared to be when the Diamondbacks faced the Braves, and Castellanos hit Ronald Acuña Jr. with a pitch. Tyler Gilbert or Corbin Martin may see more playing time in Castellanos absence.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Kevin Pillar (OF): Pillar is out with a fractured shoulder. He is eligible to return on June 12, but it is safe to bet that will not happen. Surgery is still on the table for Pillar. Zach McKinstry has been recalled to replace Pillar. You may remember Pillar when he was on the Mets and got hit in the face with a 95 MPH fastball around a year ago.

San Francisco Giants

What else happened?

Francisco Lindor is not on the IL, but he was DTD after injuring his finger by slamming it in a hotel room door. Rudy made a compound dad joke about it, and I am still incensed about it.

Also, it looks like a lot of big names will return in June including Clayton Kershaw and Lance Lynn. Keep your fingers crossed!

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