Welcome to your star spangled edition of AMBULANCE CHASERS, Razz peeps! In honor of Independence Day, I have put a red, white, and blue vinyl table cloth down and laid out some lukewarm potato salad. I am on a budget. So, I hope you like Dr. Thunder. Also, there will not be any fireworks because my sofa is flammable. I do have a pack of cigarettes if you would like one.

I may not have fireworks, but I do have some other eXpLoSiVe injury updates including a gaggle of injuries from the Angels-Mariners game and the very unlucky Philadelphia Phillies. Let’s jump in!

American League Injuries

AL Central

Cleveland Guardians

Austin Hedges (C): Hedges is out following a concussion. He is eligible to return July 2 or 3. Ernie Clement has been playing backup catcher…and third baseman….and pitcher (sort of)?

Detroit Tigers

Austin Meadows (OF): Meadows is out with a RIGHT AND LEFT strained achilles. If you are a semi-regular reader, you will remember Meadows has taken several IL trips recently. Luckily, the strains are not considered serious, and Meadows should be able to return June 27.

Minnesota Twins

Trevor Larnach (OF): Larnach is out with core muscle surgery. He will be out at least but likely more than six weeks. Mark Contreras was recalled, but Jorge Polanco has returned from the IL and has been playing 2B.


AL West

Houston Astros

Michael Brantley (OF): Brantley is out with shoulder discomfort. He is eligible to return July 7 and has been taking batting practice from Lance McCullers Jr. J.J. Matijevic has been playing in Brantley’s place.

Jason Castro (C): Castro is out with knee discomfort. He is eligible to return on July 10. Korey Lee was called up to replace Castro.

Los Angeles Angels

Archie Bradley (RP): Bradley is out with a fractured elbow (right) sustained after he fell over the dugout railing during the Angels-Mariners brawl. He is eligible to return July 12 but that is not going to happen. RHP Chase Silseth was recalled in Bradley’s place.

Matt Duffy (INF): Duffy is out with lower back spasms. He is eligible to return on July 7, but Matt Thaiss will replace Duffy in the interim.

Oakland Athletics

Jed Lowrie (INF): Lowrie is out with a sprained shoulder. He is eligible to return on July 7. Stephen Vogt has replaced Lowrie as the DH in the interim.

Jonah Bride (INF): Bride is out with a strained shoulder. He is eligible to return on July 7. He had a cortisone shot which may take 3-to-5 more days to show results. Sheldon Neuse has replaced Bridge in the interim.

Seattle Mariners

Tom Murphy (C): Murphy is out for the season after having shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and labrum. Cal Raleigh has been impressing Mariners fans in Murphy’s absence.

Luis Torrens (C): Torrens is another victim of the Angels-Mariners fight with shoulder inflammation. He is eligible to return July 7.

Taylor Trammell (OF): Trammell is out with a strained hamstring. He is eligible to return July 9. Marcus Wilson will replace Trammell.

Texas Rangers

Matt Bush (RP): Bush is out with forearm discomfort until July 10. Glenn Otto and Josh Sborz joined the Rangers to assist with Rangers pitching.

National League Injuries

NL Central

Chicago Cubs

Jason Heyward (OF): Heyward is out with knee inflammation and has been replaced by Narciso Crook. There is speculation that Heyward may be done…FOREVER. It is truly the end of an era, folks.

Milwaukee Brewers

Adrian Houser (SP): Houser is out with a scary strained flexor tendon. The injury does not seem to be serious, and he is eligible to return July 16. Trevor Kelly was recalled to replace Houser.

St. Louis Cardinals

Harrison Bader (OF): Bader is out with something many of us know all too well: plantar fasciitis. He is eligible to return July 7. Conner Capel was selected to replace Bader.

Génesis Cabrera (RP): Cabrera is on the IL presumably for COVID-19. Zack Thompson is doing pretty well in Cabrera’s absence.

Jack Flaherty (SP): Flaherty is out again with a strained shoulder, and he will be out for a few weeks. He is eligible to return on July 12. Matthew Liberatore will replace Flaherty in the interim.

NL East

Miami Marlins

Jazz Chisholm Jr. (2B): Jazz is out with a strained lower back. He is eligible to return on July 9 but the timeline of his injury is undetermined. Luke Williams will fill Jazz’s roster spot.

Jorge Soler (OF): Soler is out with bilateral pelvis inflammation July 9. Joey Wendle returned to the Marlins which will help alleviate Soler’s absence but is also injury prone. The Marlins also picked up the loveable, speedy Billy Hamilton.

New York Mets

Chris Bassitt (SP): Bassitt is on the COVID-19 until July 2 and was added to the IL for non-injury reasons (presumably health and safety protocols). RHP R.J. Alvarez was selected in Bassitt’s place.

Philadelphia Phillies

Connor Brogdon (RP): Brogdon is on the COVID-19 until June 26. Mark Appel came in for Brogdon.

Johan Camargo (INF): Camargo is back on the IL with a strained knee. He is eligible to return on July 6.

Zach Eflin (SP): Eflin has gone on the IL with a knee contusion June 11. LHP Bailey Falter was recalled to replace Eflin. The results seem mixed.


Bryce Harper (OF): Harper is out with thumb surgery (left) after being hit by a pitch from Blake Snell. He is expected to return this season. The Phillies are replacing Harper internally with J.T. Realmuto and Nick Castellanos expected to pick up slack, but there may be a search for external options in the future.

NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks

Zach Davies (RP): Davies is out with shoulder inflammation and not eligible to return until July 11. Sean Poppen was recalled to replace Davies.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Zach McKinstry (INF/OF): McKinstry is out with a strained neck. He is eligible to return on July 5 and could be assigned to rehab soon. Additionally, Mookie Betts is on the mend.

San Francisco Giants

Brandon Crawford (SS): Crawford is out with knee inflammation.  He is eligible to return on July 5, and it looks as if he will be back.

San Diego Padres

Steven Wilson (RP): Wilson is on the IL with hamstring tendinitis. He is eligible to return July 11. LHP Ray Kerr replaces Wilson.

That is it for this week’s pain and suffering! See you next week, folks.

Who have you lost on your roster lately? Tell me in the comments or on Twitter (@keelin_12ft).