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
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.
Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson is expected to miss at least three weeks because of a strained right groin, manager Tony La Russa said Tuesday. https://t.co/E1qG3BgbMd
— FOX 32 News (@fox32news) June 1, 2022
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.
Kansas City veteran Zack Greinke, 0-4 with a 5.05 ERA this season, has been placed on the 15-day injured list with a strained right forearm.
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) May 30, 2022
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.
Jermaine Palacios makes an impressive throw in his MLB debut with Twins
— Farm To Fame (@FarmToFame_) May 31, 2022
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.
Prayers to Twins top prospect Royce Lewis who exited the game after colliding into the outfield wall
— Farm To Fame (@FarmToFame_) May 29, 2022
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.
Josh Donaldson has been activated. Starting at third and batting cleanup tonight
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) June 3, 2022
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.
Rays have placed Wander Franco on the 10 day IL with a right quad strain.
— Tricia Whitaker (@TriciaWhitaker) May 31, 2022
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.
? RHP Jeremy Beasley selected to the Major League roster and will be active today
? LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (left forearm inflammation) placed on 15-day IL pic.twitter.com/B90Gi0acK6
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 2, 2022
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.
Angels opt for a pitcher instead of a position player to replace Rendon on the roster.
Junk has a 4.94 ERA in 5 starts this season with Salt Lake. https://t.co/DWmLZ6ei7D
— Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) May 28, 2022
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.
Kyle Lewis just got plunked on his left shoulder then (maybe?) the left side of his helmet via a slider that José Urquidy lost his grip on.
"I'm straight. I'm all right," he could be seen saying to Scott Servais and an athletic trainer.
— Daniel Kramer (@DKramer_) May 29, 2022
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.
Rangers No. 7 prospect Josh Smith is 2-for-3 in his MLB debut! pic.twitter.com/DZ4yTxwJlV
— Farm To Fame (@FarmToFame_) May 31, 2022
National League Injuries
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.
The Cubs couldn't wait any longer for Seiya Suzuki to recover from his sprained finger, placing the outfielder on the 10-day IL.
He's the 15th Cub on the IL, including Jonathan Villar, who suffered a freak weight room injury.@M_Montemurro's story.https://t.co/XUu19XkfWy
— Chicago Tribune Sports (@ChicagoSports) May 30, 2022
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.
The #Reds have recalled from the taxi squad OF TJ Friedl and placed on the 10-day injured list OF Tyler Naquin. pic.twitter.com/MwAOlmDk8s
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.
RHP Luis Perdomo placed on the 15-day injured list with right elbow effusion.
RHP Miguel Sánchez recalled from Triple-A Nashville. pic.twitter.com/rHcTBJYiUf
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.
Couple additional updates:
? Trevor May (stress reaction in humerus) is scheduled for another scan tomorrow. He feels great and if all goes well, May could soon ramp up his rehab.
?Travis Jankowski explains how he fractured a bone in his hand: pic.twitter.com/xg6286nlbr
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) May 30, 2022
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.
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.
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.
Hope is Garrett Cooper will be available in some capacity.
Anthony Bender playing catch today.
Sixto is completing his dry mound work & throwing at 75 mph
Joey Wendle had a PRP injection for his hamstring.
Brian Anderson progressing/ doing baseball activities
— Jordan McPherson (@J_McPherson1126) June 2, 2022
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.
Jean Segura announces on Instagram that he’s undergone successful surgery on his broken finger. pic.twitter.com/96orvpDpfk
— Tim Kelly (@TimKellySports) June 3, 2022
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.
Maikel Franco are you serious?! pic.twitter.com/l5iG5xgEmM
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) May 1, 2022
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.
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.
Exactly two weeks ago, Kevin Pillar took at 95 MPH fastball to the face.
After a broken nose and facial surgery, he's back playing left field for the Mets.
— ESPN (@espn) June 1, 2021
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.
Lindor in-jore fing-ore in door https://t.co/XeoipTmTjV
— Rudy Gamble (@rudygamble) June 3, 2022
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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