Razzkinder, it is time for pain in earnest!

The lockout is over. Spring training has begun. More importantly, there have been quite a few surprises this week. When I say “surprises”, I mean the kind where you are walking through a dark hall and step in something wet and chunky.

Let’s go ahead and rip that Band-Aid off!

What are the latest injury updates?

Get comfortable because there is a lot.

Fernando Tatís (SS): It was impressive but also suspicious when Tatís walked away from a December 8, 2021, motorcycle accident seemingly uninjured. As it turns out, Tatís had multiple motorcycle accidents. In the reported incident, he sustained a broken wrist and will be out for an estimated 3 months.

The lockout seems to have simultaneously protected Tatís’s contract, leaving the burden of proof to change the contract on the Padres. Regardless, the Padres appear to have accepted the issue, and hopefully, Tatís will be back in June or July.

Chris Sale (SP): Chris Sale caught a break- a stress fracture in his rib cage. The timetable for Sale’s return is uncertain. He mentioned this injury was a “freak accident”. Sale shared that he is still unvaccinated against COVID-19 and would be barred from playing games in Canada.

Chris Sale’s injury indicates a potential reliance on Tanner Houck. However, there has been no formal announcement by the Boston Red Sox.

Jack Flaherty (SP): Jack Flaherty had a tear to the labrum in his shoulder. There is no timetable for his return.

It has been noted in the media that Flaherty, along with several others listed below, is receiving PRP injections. If you are looking to connect with family or friends who are not into baseball, PRP injections are similar to what the Kardashians have reportedly had to regrow hair among and in “Vampire Facials”. Also, I am sorry for mentioning the Kardashians and will go hide in my shame hole now.

Zack Wheeler (SP): Zack Wheeler is out with shoulder soreness and the timetable for return is undetermined. In December, Wheeler experienced soreness in his arm. Wheeler has been working out in the bullpen and reportedly feels good.

The Phillies will reportedly rely on Aaron Nola and Zach Eflin to step up in Wheeler’s absence.

Domingo German (SP): Domingo Germán has been sent to the 60-day IL with no timetable for return with shoulder impingement syndrome. He struggled with his shoulder in the 2021 season as well. The Yankees have a stacked pitching line-up at the moment. Michael King, Luis Gil, Clarke Schmidt, and Deivi García are other players that may get more time in the New York Yankees bullpen.

Taijuan Walker (SP): While Taijuan Walker has been rehabbing, a true test of his recovery will be today as he starts for the Mets in their Grapefruit League opener. The desire to avoid rushing his recovery makes him questionable for Open Day.

Alex Reyes (RP): Labrum? I hardly know ‘um. The St. Louis Cardinals have a labrum problem. Alex Reyes, like Jack Flaherty, will be out for several weeks. Reyes is receiving stem cell injections, but surgery is a possibility as well.

Starling Marte (CF): Starling Marte has been rehabbing a sore oblique. While Marte is not currently playing in spring training games, he has been participating in drills.

Adley Rutschman (C):
In “Ambulance Chasers: Catching A Case”, I was pretty high on Adley Rutschman. However, Rutschman will reportedly be out for 2-3 weeks with a triceps injury of his throwing arm. The top prospect may miss Opening Day, delaying his MLB debut. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said, “I think it’s an extremely small blip [for] a guy that’s going to be a long career.”

James Kaprielian (SP): James Kaprielian is considered doubtful for Opening Day with shoulder soreness. Kaprielian had Tommy John surgery to repair his UCL in 2017.

Adbert Alzolay (SP, RP): The Cubs placed Adbert Alzolay on the 60-day IL with a strained lateral. Alzolay could be out 2-3 months. Seiya Suzuki joins the Chicago Cubs 40-man roster in Alzolay’s place.

Additionally, Griffin Canning, Joe Ross, Brad Wieck, Danny Duffy, Jake Meyers, Joe Kelly, Lance McCullers Jr., and Chris Rodriguez are other players that are not expected to be ready for Opening Day due to new or existing injuries.

Luckily, it’s not all bad news! Max Muncy, Charlie Morton, Adam Engel, and Ian Happ are now probable for Opening Day. Muncy will now be playing 2B after the LA Dodgers acquired Freddy Freeman.

Speaking of Max Muncy and injuries, what’s the latest for 2B?

There are a few existing injuries that affect 2B players (besides Muncy!) and depth. Tommy La Stella, David Bote, Nick Senzel, and Nick Madrigal are a few players that have been affected by injuries. All aforementioned are questionable for Opening Day, but they have also been participating in drills.

That’s it for this week of Ambulance Chasers! I will, unfortunately, see you next week.

Have you had any early disappointments on your fantasy baseball team? Tell me in the comments or on Twitter: @keelin_12ft .