The Razzbulance has pulled into the station to unload this week’s casualties for your Razzball fantasy baseball weekly injury report.
As you walk through the injuries, take note of how many oblique injuries show up on the list (SPOILER ALERT: there are seven). That will be an interesting trend to watch this season. Additionally, you will see a few COVID related additions to the list this week.
Let’s jump into the IL!
American League Injuries
Chicago White Sox
AJ Pollock (OF): AJ Pollock was headed for paternity leave (which is a measly 3 days in the MLB!) but found himself on the 10-day IL after right hamstring tightness during the opening series against Detroit.
Javier Baez (SS): Baez is currently listed day-to-day with a thumb injury that has been affecting him since Opening Day. He is expected to return soon. Harold Castro has been playing shortstop in Baez’s place.
Javier Báez said he initially jammed thumb in Opening Day celebration, then jammed it again on a swing. X-rays negative. He’ll get treatment today and see if he can play tomorrow.
— Jason Beck (@beckjason) April 15, 2022
Robbie Grossman (OF): Grossman is out with a hip/groin injury and is listed as day-to-day. He has been taking batting practice and will likely not be in the line-up for a few days but could be available as needed. Daz Cameron was brought on to the taxi squad to bolster the outfield in Grossman’s absence.
Robbie Grossman is getting a full day of early work, shagging and BP. He's not starting today but sounds like he could be available. "All signs are pointing in the right direction," A.J. Hinch said.
— Cody Stavenhagen (@CodyStavenhagen) April 15, 2022
Jorge Alcala (RP): Alcala is out with elbow inflammation. He is on the 10-day IL.
Byron Buxton (DH): Buxton experienced an injury (again) and is now listed as day-to-day. The injury is currently described as “knee soreness” after Buxton slid awkwardly into second base. Stay tuned for an update on the extensiveness of the injury.
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) April 15, 2022
Alex Kirilloff (OF): Kirilloff is on the 10-day IL with wrist inflammation. However, he received a steroid injection in his right wrist and is not expected to be down long. Trevor Larnach is currently replacing Kirilloff.
From Brandon Hyde:
– Dean Kremer (left oblique strain) to the 10-day injured list. Alexander Wells called up, Spenser Watkins selected.
– On Bruce Zimmermann starting the home opener: “A great story.”
– The left-field wall reminds him of PNC Park. He’s thankful for Austin Hays.
— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) April 11, 2022
Tampa Bay Rays
Luis Patino (SP): Patino is experiencing a strained oblique that has landed him on the 10-day IL. .
Ryan Yarbrough (SP): Yarbrough has been added to the 10-day IL as a precautionary move with minor groin tightness. Tommy Romero and Ralph Garza Jr. have been added to the roster to support Rays pitching while Chargois, Patino, and Yarbrough are on the IL
Change that not a strain, just left oblique tightness for Chargois. Significant difference.
— Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) April 12, 2022
Toronto Blue Jays
? OF Teoscar Hernández (left oblique strain) placed on 10-day IL
Los Angeles Angels
— Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) April 14, 2022
Stephen Piscotty (OF): The A’s have placed Piscotty on the COVID-19-related injury list. Additionally, A.J. Puk, Kirby Snead, and Austin Allen were added to a COVID restricted list for unvaccinated players who cannot enter Canada.
The A’s placed three players on the restricted list before the opener of their three-game series against the Blue Jays. They also placed outfielder Stephen Piscotty on the COVID-19-related injured list.https://t.co/9es6LgIkxX
— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) April 15, 2022
The A’s placed A.J. Puk, Kirby Snead and Austin Allen on the restricted list before today’s series opener in Toronto. Teams can use the restricted list for unvaccinated players who can’t travel into Canada.
— Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) April 15, 2022
Skye Bolt (OF): Bolt was added to the 10-day IL with a strained oblique.
Jon Gray (SP): Gray has been on the 10-day IL with a blister (middle finger). He will hopefully be back on April 19, but Matt Bush, Taylor Hearn, and Martin Perez may get more playing time until Gray is healed.
— Dave Funnell (@sportz_nutt51) April 15, 2022
Dennis Santana (RP): Santana is out with flu-like symptoms which I have also seen listed as “COVID-19 Related”.
Rangers roster moves for today:
– RHP Garrett Richards activated from 10-day IL.
– RHP Nick Snyder recalled from Round Rock (AAA).
– RHP Spencer Howard placed on 10-day IL, retro to April 11, with cracked finger nail/blister.
– RHP Dennis Santana placed on COVID-19 Related IL.
National League Injuries
John Means (SP): Means, who has been crushing it, is on the 10-day IL with a strained elbow for “a while”. Spenser Watkins, Chris Ellis, and Keegan Akins are three pitchers the Orioles will likely rely on in Means absence.
John Means’ elbow injury is concerning. Any elbow injury is concerning. But for someone like Means it is deflating. What’s also deflating is the O’s have no one to absorb innings if he’s out for a while. That’s a miscalculation from this winter. My column: https://t.co/SL5xyJN7du
— Dan Connolly (@danconnolly2016) April 15, 2022
New York Mets
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) April 12, 2022
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 13, 2022
Mason Thompson (RP): Thompson is on the 10-day IL with a strained biceps.
— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) April 5, 2022
Luke Weaver (RP): Weaver is out on the 10-day IL with a flexor pronator strain. He will not throw at all for another 5 to 8 days.
San Diego Padres
Austin Adams (RP): Adams is on the 10-day IL with a strained forearm.
Blake Snell (SP): Snell is on the 10-day IL with a strained groin/adductor injury. Both Adams and Snell’s injuries are minor, but Mackenzie Gore has been called up to make his MLB debut in place of Snell.
Blake Snell is expected to go on the IL tomorrow. Bob Melvin said the Padres believe Snell’s adductor injury and Austin Adams’ forearm injury are mild. No official announcement yet on Friday, but MacKenzie Gore threw a bullpen yesterday.
— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) April 13, 2022
Are there any other injury updates?
Unfortunately, Luke Jackson (SP and Delois Guerra (RP) will both be out a significant amount of time after Tommy John surgery.
That’s it for this week’s edition of Ambulance Chasers!
How is your line-up holding up in terms of injuries? I lost Javy Baez in one of my leagues. Share with me what you have been dealing with here in the comments or on Twitter: @keelin_12ft.