Friends, the Queen of England died this week. However, that news overshadowed the news about Keibert Ruiz’s balls.

It may come as a surprise to at least some of you that I am not a cisgender man. Thus, I have never experienced being hit in the testicles. However, when I read that Keibert Ruiz took a foul ball to the testicles which caused them to swell up, I gasped.

Ruiz is going to be okay and, as Blair pointed out to the Razzball baseball writers, will not be going the way of Mitch Garver.

Before this incident, the 2022 MLB season was a mostly testicle injury-free zone (on the record at least), and I think we should continue that way after this blemish on the books.

Keibert, this edition of Razzball Ambulance Chasers is dedicated to your downstairs mix-up.

American League Injuries

AL Central

Detroit Tigers

Miguel Cabrera (1B): Miguel Cabrera, who is now 39, is out with a strained biceps until at least around September 13. A.J. Hinch said this would not be the end of Cabrera’s season. Josh Lester was selected to replace Cabrera on the roster. Harold Castro might also see some more action in Cabrera’s absence.

Minnesota Twins

Tyler Mahle (SP): Mahle had just returned from the IL and went two innings before landing back on the 15-day IL with shoulder inflammation. Mahle is eligible to return around September 19. He has been on the injured list three times since July. Sonny Gray has also been injured. Tough time in Twins Town. Corey Kluber could be useful if you are down Mahle or Gray.

AL East

Boston Red Sox

Tanner Houck (RP): Houck is out for the season after having back surgery (a lumbar discectomy). Houck should be back for 2023 Spring Training.

Franchy Cordero (1B): Cordero sprained his left ankle trying to catch a Randy Arozarena ball. Reports say Cordero’s cleats got caught in the wall. The result is a sprain so bad that Cordero will be out for the season. Luke Voit is still available in a lot of leagues and could be your replacement.

Kutter Crawford (SP): Crawford is out with a shoulder impingement until about September 16. Josh Winckowski was recalled to replace Crawford. Eric Lauer is day-to-day right now, but if he does not go onto the IL, he could be available to you soon.

New York Yankees

Andrew Benintendi (OF): Benintendi is with a fractured hamate that required hand surgery. The Yankees have not provided an update about Benintendi yet, but the outlook is not great considering there are only a few weeks left in the regular season. Nick Castellanos, Randal Grichuk, and Steven Kwan are all potentially available in your league right now to replace Benintendi.


DJ LeMahieu (INF): In another loss for the Yankees, LeMahieu is out after experiencing toe inflammation on the second toe of his right foot. He will be out until around September 15. Miguel Andujar has returned to replace LeMahieu on the roster. The Yankees’ injury list continues to be ugly.

Anthony Rizzo (1B): Anthony Rizzo is out after experiencing headaches. Marwin Gonzales replaced has replaced Rizzo at 1B for now, but it looks like a rotating cast of players will play in 1B. Rizzo is eligible to return around mid-September.

Toronto Blue Jays

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (OF): Gurriel Jr. is out with a strained hamstring. He is eligible to return on September 18. Otto Lopez was recalled to replace Gurriel. López is Toronto’s no. 18 prospect.

AL West

Oakland Athletics

Adam Oller (SP): Oller is out for something I had to look up twice on how to spell (even though I also copy and pasted it). I am still getting a spell check error on rib costochondritis, which is inflammation of the cartilage that connects the sternum and ribs.  The timeline of his condition is still uncertain. James Kaprielian has rejoined the roster, but he may also be joining us here on Ambulance Chasers soon.

Texas Rangers

Brad Miller (INF/OF): Miller is out until around September 16 with a strained hip but BIG NEWS: It is Josh Jung time. Get him while it is hot.

National League Injuries

NL Central

Chicago Cubs

Willson Contreras (C): Contreras is still on the Cubs. Now he just has the bonus of a sprained ankle. Yan Gomes is playing in Contreras’s place for now. Contreras is eligible to return on September 13, and results from his MRI show that there is a good chance he will.

Milwaukee Brewers

Freddy Peralta (SP): Peralta is out with shoulder inflammation. He is eligible to return around September 24. Justin Topa, who has had Tommy John surgery twice, was recalled. So far so good.

St. Louis Cardinals

Dylan Carlson (OF): Carlson experienced a sprained thumb. He should be eligible to return around September 17. Alec Burleson, the No. 92 overall MLB prospect, has been called up to replace Carlson. Burlseon will be DH’ing some with Lars Nootbaar, Tyler O’Neill, and Corey Dickerson covering the outfield.

NL East

New York Mets

Max Scherzer (SP): On Wednesday, the Mets announced that Scherzer sustained a strained oblique and would be moved to the 15-day IL. David Peterson will likely replace Scherzer until he is eligible to return around September 19. Peterson has a 3.32 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 21 games. Not a bad choice if you need a replacement in general.

Trevor May (RP): May is out on the COVID-19 list. Those numbers have certainly been dwindling over the season, which is great! Unfortunately, it is still here. May should be back by the time you read this.

Philadelphia Phillies

Nick Castellanos (OF): Castellanos is out with a strained right oblique. He is eligible to return around September 13. It will take three different dudes to cover for Castellanos in right field: Matt Vierling, Nick Maton, and Dalton Guthrie. Vierling has the most experience, but the rookie Guthrie is the only true outfielder. Pick your poison, if any!

Washington Nationals

Keibert Ruiz (C): Oh. My. God. Ruiz experienced a hospital visit-worthy testicular contusion. He is thankfully okay and did not require surgical intervention. Ruiz is eligible to return around September 19. Israel Pineda has joined the Nationals to replace Ruiz. He is the National’s top-catching prospect.

Victor Arano (RP): Arano is out with a strained shoulder. He is eligible to return around September 17. RHP Andres Machado was recalled to replace Arano. Machado has been Pujols’ed.

NL West

Colorado Rockies

Jose Iglesias (SS): Iglesias, who has been having a quietly good season, experienced a hand contusion against the Reds. Iglesias is eligible to return around September 15. Alan Trejo and Garrett Hampson may both see more time on the field in Iglesias’s absence.

San Francisco Giants

Dominic Leone (RP): Leone is out with elbow inflammation. He is eligible to return on September 24. While Leone started with a strong season, his ERA ended at 4.01. Taylor Rogers has not had a great few games recently, but he also played against a series of strong lefties. He is still available for those who want to give him a shot.

Brandon Belt (1B): Belt is sadly going to be out for the rest of the season to have knee surgery. This is the third knee surgery will have on his right knee. The surgery is not expected to be serious, but expect me to revisit Belt next preseason.

José Álvarez (RP): Álvarez is out for the season after having Tommy John surgery. Hopefully, you did not have him because he has been out since June 11, and he ain’t coming back.

Alex Wood (SP): Wood is out with a shoulder impingement that is still being evaluated. There are no current roster changes in Wood’s spot. You should check out my guy Johnny Cueto in the interim.

San Diego Padres

Brandon Drury (INF/OF): Drury is on concussion protocol until around September 10. He is reportedly improving and should return in time.

That’s it for this week folks! See you next week at the same time and place.

Have you picked up any players after an injury that have been a pleasant surprise? Tell me