Happy Saturday, Razzball Folks!

The All-Star break is upon us, and we have a record low number of bodies that have hit the floor due to injury. However, we have a record number of folks on the IL because of COVID-19 in the “vaccine avoidance” category.

Specifically, the Kansas City Royals have 10 unvaccinated players, the most of any MLB team, unable to make it into Canada for the Royals-Blue Jays series. Four out of seven players that spoke about their reason for not getting the vaccine mentioned “personal freedoms”. The Kansas City Royals and anyone rostering Andrew Benintendi, Whit Merrifield, M.J. Melendez, Hunter Dozier, Brad Keller, Brady Singer, Michael Taylor, Kyle Isbel, Dylan Coleman, and Cam Gallagher are now personally free to look for alternates.

Anyway, I will be spending this weekend up at the Twins-White Sox series in Minneapolis. I stopped to get some cheese at a gas station, which is some sort of right of passage.

If you happen to be at that series, feel free to stop and say “Hello!”.

Folks, *rolls out list and licks tip of feather quill pen* it is injury time:

AL Central

Chicago White Sox

Eloy Jimenez (OF): Eloy was injured again, but he should be okay. If you have him, keep him or consider a trade. Eloy was less injury prone in the second half of the 2021 season. However, some OFs to consider that might be available as backups are Andrew McCutchen (Milwaukee) and Jace Peterson (Milwaukee).

Cleveland Guardians

Aaron Civale (SP): Civale is out with a sprained wrist. He will be out until July 29. Merrill Kelly (Arizona) might be available if you need a replacement for Civale.

Kansas City Royals

Jonathan Heasley (SP): Heasley is out with shoulder tendinitis. He is eligible to return around July 25. Tyler Wells (Baltimore) has been performing well should you need a replacement.

Andrew Benintendi (OF), Whit Merrifield (INF/OF), M.J. Melendez (C), Hunter Dozier (DH), Brad Keller (SP), Brady Singer (SP), Michael A. Taylor (OF), Kyle Isbel (OF), Dylan Coleman (RP), Cam Gallagher (C): This list of freedom fighters will be missing out on the series against Toronto. If you have any of these folks, please check out the Razzball Player Rater.

AL East

Boston Red Sox

Josh Winckowski (SP): Winckowski is on the COVID-19 list. Darwinzon Hernandez was recalled to replace Winckowski.

Christian Arroyo (INF/OF): Arroyo will be out with a strained groin. He is eligible to return around July 19. Kyle Farmer (Cincinnati) and Wilmer Flores (San Francisco) could be potential utility replacements for Arroyo.

Connor Seabold (SP): Seabold is out with a strained forearm. He is eligible to return on July 24. Alex Wood is probably taken in your league, but he is still slipping under the radar in some.

New York Yankees

Luis Severino (SP): Severino is out with a strained lat until at least July 29. Nathan Eovaldi (Boston) should be back in play this week if you need a replacement.

Tampa Bay Rays

Wander Franco (SS): Unfortunately, Franco is expected to miss 5-8 weeks for hand surgery. Taylor Walls has been doing pretty well in Franco’s place.

Josh Fleming (SP): Fleming is out with a strained oblique. He will be eligible to return around July 27. He is added to a long list of injured Tampa Bay Rays.

Shane Baz (SP): Baz will be out with a sprained elbow for at least 4 weeks. Luis Patino replaced Baz immediately. Luke Bard was recalled for Baz’s roster spot. Tylor Megill (although he is unvaccinated) or Kyle Gibson (Phillies) would be good to take a look at.

Kevin Kiermaier (OF): Kiermair is out with hip inflammation. Kiermaier is eligible to return on July 20 but is expected to miss “significant time”. Luke Raley and Jonathan Aranda (INF) are expected to replace Kiermair and Walls’ spot as he was shifted over to Franco’s spot.

AL West

Houston Astros

Yordan Alvarez (OF/1B): Alvarez is experiencing with hand inflammation and is eligible to return on July 20 but realistically not until early August. Chas McCormick replaced Alvarez. Hunter Dozier (Kansas) is a potential alternative for Alvarez for your league.

Seattle Mariners

Ken Giles (RP): Giles is out with shoulder discomfort. He is eligible to return on July 24. There have been few updates around his condition. Giles has had a host of injuries over the past few years including one that required Tommy John surgery and a right finger tendon injury.

Texas Rangers

Joe Barlow (RP): Joe Barlow is out again with a blister (index finger). This has been a recurring issue for Barlow. He is eligible to return around July 28. Brett Martin has moved into the closer role for the Rangers.

Mitch Garver (C): Garver is out with flexor tendon surgery. Unfortunately, he will be out for the season. Jonah Heim and Meibrys Viloria will replace Garver on the Ranger’s roster.

Dane Dunning (SP): Dunning is out with an ankle impingement. He is eligible to return on July 26. The Rangers have recalled and optioned various LHPs and RHPs including A.J. Alexy, Josh Sborz, and Kolby Allard.


Tanner Rainey (RP): Rainey sustained a UCL injury and has been moved to the 60-day IL. Kyle Finnegan, Carl Edwards Jr., Steve Cishek, and maybe Jordan Weems might replace Rainey.

National League Injuries

NL Central

Chicago Cubs

Andrelton Simmons (SS): Simmons is out with a strained shoulder until at least July 21. Apparently, there is some noise for Dixon Machado to come to the Show. However, for now, we will see Nico Hoerner at SS.

Cincinnati Reds

Mike Moustakas (3B), Albert Almora Jr. (OF): Moustakas and Almora Jr. are on the COVID-19 IL and eligible to return around July 15 and 13, respectively.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Bryan Reynolds (OF): Reynolds is out with a strained oblique. He is eligible to return around July 21. Luckily, veteran outfielder Jake Marisnick returned to the Pirates recently and is doing pretty, pretty, pretty good.

NL East

Atlanta Braves

Darren O’Day (RP): O’Day strained his calf and is eligible to return on July 27. Kenley Jansen, who is currently the #68 overall player on the Razzball Player Rater, was reinstated from the IL.

New York Mets

James McCann (C): McCann is out with a left oblique strain and is eligible to return on July 20. Thomas Nido will assume the starting catching duties, and Patrick Mazeika was recalled from Triple-A to provide back-up.

Philadelphia Phillies

J.T. Realmuto (C), Alec Bohm (3B), Aaron Nola (SP), and Kyle Gibson (SP):  Realmuto, Bohm, Nola, and Gibson are all on the COVID-19 IL for eschewing the COVID-19 vaccination.

Noted epidemiologist J.T. Realmuto had a lot of thoughts about the topic.

NL West

Los Angeles Dodgers

Brusdar Graterol (RP): Graterol is out with shoulder inflammation until at least July 26. Reyes Moronta was recalled to replace Graterol.

San Francisco Giants

Tommy La Stella (INF): La Stella is out on the COVID-19 IL. He is eligible to return on July 19. Darin Ruf will replace La Stella as the DH.

Zack Littell (RP): Littell is out with a strained oblique. He is eligible to return on July 24. Yunior Marte was recalled to replace Zack Littell.

That is all for this week’s report! Here is hoping your team gets a rest and recovers during the All-Star Break.

Are you planning any big changes for your roster around the All-Star Break? Tell me here in the comments or on Twitter (@keelin_12ft).

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6 months ago

Just the thought of a ball shaped pickel…where do I sign up?

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
6 months ago

So I’m reading this looking for an update on Mitch Haniger. I get to your Seattle section. There’s a blurb on Ken Giles. Nothing on Haniger.

Did you miss him, forget him or just not have anything new to report? I’ve been looking for days and can’t find anything on him.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  keelinbillue
6 months ago

Ahhhhh, my bad. I thought you updated everyone’s injuries. I just look for my players anyway so I don’t pay enough attention to know all of it. Thanks for the update! End of July is better than September!!!

6 months ago

Vaccination status separates sheeple from the People.

6 months ago

” for a little bit of money”:jtr. I have always been in the players’ camp vs owners, this statement changes that. To be so out of touch with the everyday fan whose decisions either way regarding vacs have often been life changing during these last two plus years, it just pisses me of.

What’s this pickle ball about? Maybe I’ll try it.

Reply to  snapper
6 months ago

Did someone say pickleball?! I’ve been taking lessons, and I am ready to wipe the floor some MFers

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
6 months ago

I love pickleball!!!!!!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  snapper
6 months ago

why would you always be in the players camp? The owners own the team. They pay the salaries. That’s how businesses work. I almost never side with the players. Bunch of spoiled millionaire crybabies only wanting more.

6 months ago

Great article.
Not shocked that KC is most unvaccinated squad. Though I don’t know why the players wait to reveal their status until the day they are supposed to board a plane to Canada.
Don’t they care about fantasy baseball :)
Curious why you think Yordan is out until August? My thought was that Astros were strategic in using the All Star break in their 10 day IL stint.

Reply to  foxman
6 months ago

My confusion is how there is always so much talk of team, and doing it for my teamates, and so much celebrating with teammates when they win a wild card game, or division series, and having to defend teammates throwing 99mph at a guys head…and on this, the anti-vaxxers get a pass? Ridiculous

Reply to  Phil
6 months ago

You’re trying to rationalize irrational thought. I live in Iowa, which is why I’m not surprised KC is most unvaccinated. We’re overrun with cognitive dissonance.

6 months ago

Just let Eloy DH already and not play OF…geez