Well Razzfolks, I spoke too soon in last week’s edition of Razzball Ambulance Chasers. In this edition, we are chock full of injuries. So, Grey cannot lay me off yet, right? RIGHT?
Last week, the Cincinnati Reds descent into madness continues as five Reds, including Joey Votto, hit the IL. Across the country, the Padres move three players to the 60 day IL (season-ending) to make room on their roster. Overall, injury moves were up from 17 last week to 38 this week.
There will be blood, folks.
Let’s dive into the details.
American League Injuries
Chicago White Sox
Michael Kopech (SP): Kopech is out with a strained knee. He is will be on the IL until around September 7. Kopech’s replacement is Tanner Banks, who has had himself a nice little season so far. Edward Cabrera and George Kirby are two SPs who could still available in your league.
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 10, 2022
Yasmani Grandal (C): Grandal is also out with a strained knee. Knee issues are recurring for Grandal, who had a second surgery on his right knee in the 2021 season. Grandal began his rehab assignment yesterday. Seby Zavala and Carlos Pérez will see more playing time in Grandal’s absence. William Contreas, MJ Melendez, and Sean Murphy are some alternatives if you are ready to let go of Grandal.
Jonathan Schoop (2B): Schoop is out with a sprained ankle. He is eligible to return on August 31, but Zack Short will fill in for Schoop in the interim. Luis Rengifo is a 2B option worth checking out if you are in need of a replacement for Schoop.
— Brian Y (@byysports) August 17, 2022
Kansas City Royals
Josh Staumont (RP): Staumont has not had a difficult season that has culminated in some biceps tendinitis. Staumont will likely be out until around September 8. Collin Snider and Anthony Misiewicz were recalled to replace Staumont and Greinke (more about that below). Kyle Finnegan is another option to fill Staumont or other RPs you have down and out.
Vinnie Pasquantino (1B): Pasquantino injured his shoulder in the second inning of a game against the White Sox. Pasquantino mentioned this was an ongoing issue. Pasquantino was called up on June 27 and produced slash lines of .263/.350/.434. Nick Pratto is currently taking Pasquantino’s spot at 1B, and he’s doing swell.
Nick Pratto, home run No. 4.
The exit velocity: 104.7 mph
The distance: 388 feet pic.twitter.com/cAo5T7tZ8H
— Anne Rogers (@anne__rogers) August 27, 2022
Zack Greinke (SP): Greinke is out until around September 6 with forearm tightness (strained flexor). This is the second time in the 2022 season Greinke has experienced a strained flexor.
Cole Sands (RP): Sands is out with an elbow contusion after being hit with a line drive to the arm. He is eligible to return on September 8. Devin Smeltzer was recalled to replace Sands. In Smeltzer’s 13 previous games for the Twins, he went 4-2 with a 3.97 ERA, 17 walks, and 39 strikeouts.
— DanHayesMLB (@DanHayesMLB) August 24, 2022
Byron Buxton (OF): Buxton landed on the IL with a low-grade strained hip. He is eligible to return on September 2. Buxton has been injury prone the last few seasons and played through injuries this season with his knee and hip being consistently injured. Kyle Garlick was reactivated from the IL and is able to take up Buxton’s OF spot with Caleb Hamilton able to pitch in on hitting duties.
Boston Red Sox
Eric Hosmer (1B): Hosmer, who has been in a slump for a few months now, is out with lower back inflammation. Franchy Cordero was recalled to replace Hosmer’s spot on the roster. Cordero and Bobby Dalbec have most of the time at 1B in Hosmer’s absence. Yuli Gurriel or Daniel Vogelbach might be two replacements at 1B if Cordero and Dalbec are not appealing.
New York Yankees
Nestor Cortes (SP): Cortes, who has been having his best season ever, is out with a strained groin. He is eligible to return on September 6. RHP Greg Weissert was called up to replace Cortes, and Weissert is having a rough time so far.
Albert Abreu (RP): Abreu is out after experiencing elbow inflammation and a 7.88 ERA in August. Abreu is eligible to return on September 5, but Luke Bard will take his roster spot for now. Zack Britton started his rehab assignment recently but is still removed from a return.
Scott Effross (RP): Effross experienced a small strain to the shoulder that landed him on the IL. He is also eligible to return on September 5
Tampa Bay Rays
Roman Quinn (OF): Quinn is out with a knee contusion and is eligible to return around August 30. Luckily, Manuel Margot returned from the 60 day IL after injuring his right knee trying take make a catch on June 20.
Semi-related, Tyler Glasnow pitched his first live batting practice since having Tommy John surgery last year.
Ryan Pressly (RP): The Astros closer Pressly will be down at least two weeks after having neck spasms. This is not a recurring issue for Pressly, but the condition has worsened over time. RHP Pressly has had a 32.2% strikeout rate and will be missed. Héctor Neris, Rafael Montero, Ryne Stanek, and Will Smith could all fill in for Pressly where needed.
Los Angeles Angels
Jared Walsh (1B): Unfortunately, Walsh has thoracic outlet syndrome and will be out for the 2022 season. As a reminder, this means blood vessels or nerves are compressed between the collarbone and the first rib. Daulton Jeffries and Mike Zunino are other players who have been affected by the condition this season. Mike Ford will replace Walsh. Ford has a .192/.304/.391 slash line and 17 home runs in his majors appearances.
Skye Bolt (OF): Bolt is out with knee discomfort because of a patellar sublaxation, which is a partial dislocation of the knee cap. YUM! Cal Stevenson will replace Bolt. Bolt is eligible to return around September 5. In the minors, Stevenson was posting 292/.407/.418.
— The Rickey Henderson of Blogs (@RickeyBlog) August 27, 2022
Cole Ragans (SP): Ragans will be on the IL until at least around September 7 with a strained calf. Current journeyman Dallas Keuchel was picked up by the Rangers and will replace Ragans for now. Will you be the bold one to bet on a Keuchel comeback? ‘Cause it will not be me.
National League Injuries
Steven Brault (RP): Brault, who had been struggling, is out again with a strained shoulder. Brault was activated from COVID-IL a little over a week ago. He will eligible to return on September 8 if the issues improve. Luke Farrell and Kervin Castro were recalled to replace Brault and pad the pitching roster.
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 25, 2022
Six years and two Tommy John surgeries later, Espinoza made his MLB debut tonight. pic.twitter.com/vGIS3kcStj
T.J. Zeuch (SP): Zeuch is out with back discomfort. Zeuch was promoted to replace Ashcraft, who is also on the IL. If needed, Zeuch is eligible to return on September 9.
Alejo Lopez RBI Double!
(Aquino’s arm > Castellanos’ arm, BTW) pic.twitter.com/CUWeb2aiHY
— ATBBTTR (@ATBBTTR) August 25, 2022
Joey Votto (1B): Votta is out for the rest of the season after having shoulder surgery to repair his rotator cuff. This means the Reds infield will reliably, if no injuries occur (BIG IF), feature Mike Moustakas, Kyle Farmer, Jose Barrero, and Jonathan India
I didn’t know I was hurt. Thought I just stunk.
Albert Almora Jr. (OF): Almora Jr. is out with a shoulder contusion.
Aaron Ashby (SP): In a major blow to the Brewers, Ashby is visiting the IL with shoulder inflammation. He is eligible to return on September 4. Jason Alexander was recalled to replace Ashby during the Brewers playoff push.
— The Barrel MKE (@thebarrelmke) July 13, 2022
New York Mets
Stephen Nogosek (SP): Nogosek it out with a strained oblique. He is eligible to return on September 5.
— Aram Leighton (@AramLeighton8) August 27, 2022
— Beerly Baseball (@BeerlyBaseball) August 21, 2022
Yadiel Hernandez (OF): Hernandez is out with a strained calf. He is eligible to return on August 29.
Antonio Senzatela (SP): Senzatela is out for the season with a torn knee ligament (ACL) sustained while playing the St. Louis Cardinals last week. While attempting to cover a ground ball at 1B, Senzatela fell. Chad Kuhl and Austin Gomber could see more playing time in Senzatela’s absence.
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 16, 2022
San Francisco Giants
Brandon Belt (1B): Belt is eligible to return on August 31 after experiencing knee inflammation. Right knee issues have been recurring for Belt this season and beyond. Belt, 34, has had two previous knee surgeries. Bryce Johnson was recalled to replace Belt.
Here’s his web gem from last night in Sacramento ?
— KNBR (@KNBR) August 3, 2022
Gregory Santos (SP): Santos is out for the season with a strained groin.
San Diego Padres
Jorge Alfaro (C): Alfaro is experiencing knee inflammation and out until September 4. Originally, Alfaro was expected to avoid the IL, but his injury has not improved. Luis Campusano was recalled to replace Alfaro.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) August 25, 2022
Folks, have a wonderful weekend. Go get ’em!