Howdy doo, Razzballeroos!
While the Tigers chances at the playoffs are almost non-existent, Cincinnati still has a shot. Luckily, Cincinnati’s Greene is the least affected, as he will return from COVID IL this weekend.
So, in this case, the grass is greener for Hunter Greene.
Let’s check out the other injuries!
Notable Injuries August 26 – September 1
Sandy Alcantra (SP, MIA)
Despite the Marlins trying to make a run for it, they are down two key players because of injury (Alcantra and Jorge Soler). Alcantra is out on the 15-day IL with a strained flexor. It very likely could be the end of his season, but we will see.
Ryan Pepiot could be a decent replacement for Alcantra. In his last 21 IP, Pepiot has a 0.86 ERA and a 2.60 FIP. Pepiot almost threw a perfect game against the Marlins earlier this week (it was broken up).
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) September 8, 2023
Graham Ashcraft (SP, CIN)
You will notice there were also a lot of IL entries, mainly due to a COVID outbreak, in Cincinnati this week. However, Graham Ashcraft hits the IL with a stress reaction via his toe. It’s possible that we won’t see Ashcraft again this season, but nothing is official.
The Cubs Javier Assad could be a replacement for Ashcraft. Assad has a 2.10 ERA in his last 38.7 ERA. He does have some control issues. So there may be good days. There will probably also be some bad days.
Daniel Bard (RP, COL)
Bard is out with forearm fatigue, an injury he was reportedly pitching through. Bard is eligible to return in mid-September.
Have you heard the good word of Tyler Holton? The Detroit Tiger has been throwing a 2.16 ERA with 16:2 K:BB in his last 16.7 IP. The volume may be lower than what you need, but he is compelling.
Tyler Holton’s last 23 appearances
Know the name???? https://t.co/0JdVGvq7y6
— BrooksGate (@jkbb23) August 31, 2023
Carlos Carrasco (SP, NYM)
I am once again jumping up and down with a sign that says “RYAN YARBROUGH”. Yarbrough has a 3.00 ERA with and 1.00 WHIP in his last 18 IP. His FIP is 3.17 in that same time frame, with some struggles in that area more recently He is only 14% rostered.
"Anyway I can help the team, I'm all for."
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) August 31, 2023
Adolis García (OF, TEX)
García strained his knee tendon while leaping into the right-field wall trying to make a catch. García has not been having an All-Star season. As a result, the Rangers are calling up Evan Carter, their No. 1 prospect.
It’s a wild time for a prospect to start as the Rangers pursue the playoffs. In 2023, Carter slashed .288/.413/.450 in the minors. Last time I checked in on his MLB debut (at time of publication), Carter had his first hit in his first. So, he’s batting 1.000, folks.
Hunter Greene (SP, CIN)
Hunter Greene hit the IL with COVID, but you don’t have to worry about that. He will reportedly be back in the line-up today. In the event he isn’t in the line-up, he will be back very soon.
Riley Greene (OF, DET)
I don’t actively root for most players to get injured, but the alignment of the Greenes is notable and painful for their respective teams. For the Tigers Greene, it’s even worse. Riley Greene hurt his elbow making a pretty wild catch. However, he injured himself in the process. It is possible Greene won’t return this season.
— Bally Sports (@BallySports) September 2, 2023
Kansas City’s Nelson Velazquez is a readily available option that is currently hot. In his last 24 AB, Velazquez is hitting 0.333/0.385/0.917 with 4 HR.
Nelson Velázquez has now homered in three straight games, giving him NINE home runs in 73 at-bats with the #Royals.
That's one HR every 8.11 ABs ???
— Jake Eisenberg (@JakeEisenberg_) September 7, 2023
Danny Jansen (C, TOR)
Welp, Danny Jansen is questionable for a return this season after receiving surgery on his right middle finger. He probably won’t be back, but maybe that depends on Toronto’s continuation into the playoffs. Either way, I wouldn’t hold my breath.
You could look at options like Garbiel Moreno (likely not available but there is some possibility) or Connor Wong (readily available but has been slumpy his past few games). Some other catchers that are hitting well more recently are Bo Naylor and Rene Pinto.
#Rays win! Down 4-2 in the 7th, 2-run HRs by Rene Pinto and Harold Ramírez turned the game completely around. Taj Bradley pitched 6 1/3 innings and the bullpen gave up just 1 hit in the last 2 2/3 as TB won 7-4 over Seattle. TB now 86-56. See you tomorrow at the Trop! #RaysUp pic.twitter.com/IipOSQCl9e
— Toby Srebnik (he/him) (@fsutoby) September 9, 2023
Andrew McCutchen (OF, PIT)
Sadly, McCutchen’s season will come to a close after he partially tore his Achilles tendon.
Well, no I’m not?. Dang this sucks https://t.co/E02vqd8JPD
Luckily, Miami’s Jesús Sánchez is only 44% rostered and hitting .391/.481/.696 and 2 HR in his last 23 AB. He also supports the Marlins Ball Boy.
— Nick Janeway (@nickjaneway) September 8, 2023
JoJo Romero (RP, STL)
In the first of my “Whoops that recommendation did not age well” of this week, JoJo Romero, who I mentioned as a potential pick-up, hits the IL with patellar tendonitis.
So, have you heard of the Philly Jeff Hoffman? While he has not pitched frequently in the past month (13 IP). He has a 2.08 ERA and 0.62 WHIP with a consistently decent FIP and a 18:3 K:BB.
— Philly Sports Sufferer (@mccrystal_alex) September 4, 2023
Gary Sánchez (C, SDP)
Sánchez is out for the season with a fractured wrist.
I am going to go ahead and suggest Rene Pinto again because, well, look at him go! If you made it this far in the article, then I will share that I am going off vibes.
— MLB HR Videos (@MLBHRVideos) September 9, 2023
Jorge Soler (OF, MIA)
Well, after a discussion about Jorge Soler in the comments last week, I think I jinxed Jorge Soler or was maybe too hopeful. Soler was moved to the 10-day IL with a strained oblique. Strained obliques can take anywhere from 5 days to several months to heal. As of now Soler’s timeline to return is uncertain.
Outfielder Dane Myers was recalled. In 60 AB in the majors, Myers has been slashing .283/.290/.657 with 1 HR. He has had a rough time in his last 20 AB. So, I wouldn’t run to pick him up until he shows up otherwise.
- Albert Abreu (RP, NYY), strained hamstring
- Riley Adams (C, WSN), hand surgery (hamate, out for the season)
- Jaime Barría (RP, LAA), strained hamstring
- Justin Dunn (SP, CIN), shoulder surgery (out for the season)
- Joey Gallo (1B/OF, MIN), foot contusion
- Jimmy Lambert (RP, CHW), ankle inflammation
- Ben Lively (SP, CIN), undisclosed
- Matt Manning (SP, DET), fractured foot (out of the season)
- Collin McHugh (RP, ATL), shoulder inflammation
- Mike Soroka (SP, ATL), forearm inflammation
- Ryne Stanek (RP, HOU), sprained ankle
If you want any updates about other folks on the IL, hit me up in the comments!
We’re in the home stretch! Do you have any moves or trades on your mind? Do you have to make any adjustments for season ending injuries? Talk to me in the comments or on Twitter (@Keelin_12ft).