Happy Weekend to my Razzles from your Reporter of Fragiles!

This week’s report will begin with a moment of silence for Kris Bryant. He was not off the IL for long, but he did come off of it. For a minute. While I am certainly breaking some sort of Razzball policy by showing you this, the baseball writers were in agreement: Kris Bryant is a dreamy guy.

a Twitter dm about how handsome Kris Bryant is

Today, we salute KB (not me; the dreamy one) but more importantly, we salute those of you who believed in him and hung on. Maybe you are still hanging on. Maybe you will hold on for one more day (yes, this is a Wilson Phillips reference), and if you are, maybe it is time to let go.

Wilson Phillips sitting on the beach singing about some day.

Now, let’s roll out the rest of the bodies.

American League Injuries

AL Central

Chicago White Sox

Joe Kelly (RP): Oh no, Joe. Kelly  is back on the IL with a strained hamstring. He returned just four weeks ago from a lengthy rehab for a biceps nerve injury. Kelly is eligible to be activated on June 10. Tanner Banks will replace Kelly in the interim.

Luis Robert (OF): Robert has been out with “flu-like symptoms” and will likely not return until next week. During Robert’s absence, White Sox continue to use Andrew Vaughn in strange ways. In this case, Vaughn has been playing in the outfield along with regulars A.J. Pollock and Adam Engel.

Cleveland Guardians

Aaron Civale (SP): Civale’s got sore buns, hun. That’s right. Aaron Civale is out with glute soreness. He is eligible to return June 6. LHP Connor Pilkington will play in Civale’s place.

Franmil Reyes (OF): Reyes hit the IL with a strained hamstring. He has had lingering hamstring this season, but this particular instance is not considered serious per Terry Francona. He is eligible to return June 4. Rookie Richie Palacios will replace Reyes during his absence.

Detroit Tigers

Will Vest (RP): Vest is out with COVID-19. He is reportedly no longer COVID-19 positive but still on the IL. Drew Carlton was called up while Vest is out.

Kansas City Royals

Amir Garrett (RP), Kyle Isbel (OF): Garrett and Isbel both landed on the COVID-19. Dylan Coleman and Brewer Hicklen were brought up to fill the roster.

Minnesota Twins

Gilberto Celestino (OF): Celestino went on the COVID-IL on Friday. Danny Coulombe has been activated from the IL to fill Celestino’s roster spot.

Joe Ryan (SP): Ryan is also out with COVID-19. Devin Smeltzer was recalled to take Ryan’s place.

Cody Stashak (RP): Stashak is out to heal and rehab a shoulder impingement. He is eligible to return on June 6. Trevor Larnach was recently reactivated and is now eligible to play.

AL East

Baltimore Orioles

Spenser Watkins (SP): Watkins is out with an elbow contusion. He is eligible to return on June 7. The Orioles recalled Marcos Diplán, Logan Gillaspie, and Beau Sulser to fill in various pitching gaps.

New York Yankees

Aroldis Chapman (RP): Chapman is on the IL with Achilles tendinitis. While he is eligible to return on June 7, the outlook and timeline have been, at worst, grim and, at best, foggy. Yankees fans don’t seem to miss noted domestic abuser Chapman since Clay Holmes has taken the reigns.

Josh Donaldson (3B): Just days after making an idiot of himself by calling Tim Anderson “Jackie”, Donaldson went on the COVID-19 IL. Donaldson has now been transferred to the 10-day IL with shoulder inflammation. The move is suspicious, but Miguel Andujar reaps the benefits as he replaces Donaldson in the line-up.

Giancarlo Stanton (OF): Stanton, who has been on fire lately, is out with inflammation of another sort: ankle inflammation. Stanton is eligible to return on June 4. Aaron Boone shared that Stanton’s injury is not serious and he should be back when eligible.

AL West

Seattle Mariners

Abraham Toro (INF): Toro is out with a sprained shoulder. Sam Haggerty has been recalled to fill in for Toro. Toro is eligible to return on June 1.

National League Injuries

NL Central

Chicago Cubs

Yan Gomes (C): Gomes is out with a strained oblique. He is eligible to return on June 3. The Cubs recalled Nico Hoerner, and Willson Contreras has been catching more in place of Gomes.

Milwaukee Brewers

Freddy Peralta (SP): Peralta is out with strained lat. He is eligible to return on June 7. Aaron Ashby will replace Peralta while he is on the IL and rehabbing.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Heath Hembree (RP): Hembree is out with a strained calf. Roansy Contreras will take Hembree’s place until he is eligible to return on June 5.

Roberto Pérez (C): Pérez suffered a season ending hamstring injury that required surgery. He will be out for the 2022 season. Andrew Knapp will continue to have a big role in the Pirates organization.

Daniel Vogelbach (DH): Vogelbach is out with a strained hamstring. He is eligible to return on June 3, but Cal Mitchell will replace Vogelbach on the roster until then. Yoshi Tsutsugo has been performing DH duties as well.

St. Louis Cardinals

Dylan Carlson (OF): Carlson is out with a strained hamstring. He is eligible to return June 1. Lars Nootbaar , who is doing swell, will replace Carlson.

Jordan Hicks (SP): Hicks is out with a strained forearm. He is eligible to return June 9. Jake Woodford was recalled to replace Hicks.

Steven Matz (SP): Matz is out with a shoulder impingement. He is eligible to return June 7. Matthew Liberatore will replace Matz while he is on the IL.

NL West

Colorado Rockies

Kris Bryant (OF): Well, well, well, if it is not the poor guy of the hour. Bryant continues to have issues with a strained lower back. He is eligible to return on June 2 and has been doing some light workouts.

Robert Stephenson (RP): Stephenson is out on the COVID-19 list.

San Francisco Giants

Curt Casali (C): Casali is out with a concussion. He is eligible to return on May 28 and is expected to be back.

Austin Slater (OF): Slater is out with wrist inflammation. He is eligible to return on June 2. Stuart Fairchild will fill in Slater’s spot until he returns.

That’s all folks! Have a great week, and good luck out ther!

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