Greetings RazzFam! Welcome to Razzball Ambulance Chasers, your weekly recap of MLB injuries.
I hope you all had a fantastic week because there are a few players who absolutely did not.
One casualty from the week is Tyler Glasnow who is just two regular season games removed from Tommy John surgery rehab. Glasnow is expected to be out for 6-8 weeks with an oblique strain. So, you can count on him missing the season starter.
I could have gone many ways with the article title. The most obvious being “Tyler Glasn-OW”, but I think a year into this gig, I want to challenge myself a little more with puns. Maybe I will confuse all of you more. There is a small chance I will make one of you chuckle. Most importantly, I make myself chuckle.
Gilberto Celestino (OF)
In 2022, the Minnesota twins were a very injured team. In the fog of war, one player played in 122 games, which was more than any other Twins outfielder. That player? Gilberto Celestino. While Celestino was one of the more healthy Twins, he went .238/.313/.302. Unfortunately, he will have to take a break from trying to improve his hitting because he ruptured the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. This injury required surgery.
The Twins will likely miss Celestino’s defensive talents. With Royce Lewis still on the IL and Byron Buxton potentially Byron Buxton’ing, Joey Gallo and Max Kepler are left to the outfielding duties. Trevor Larnach and Kyle Garlick are players the Twins have relied on in the past to assist in the outfield.
128 wRC+ Against LHP
9 Home Runs
47.6% Hard Hit Rate
9.7% Barrel Rate
49.5% Pull Rate
4 Years of Control, with an option. Don't be shocked if they make a move for him. pic.twitter.com/EmkN0n2q1W
— Zach (@MarshaIIZach) January 13, 2023
Tyler Glasnow (SP)
Well, I covered the essence of this issue already. RHP Glasnow has been out so long that, while disappointing, it still feels like business as usual without him. Glasnow’s grade 2 oblique strain does not seem to concern the Rays too much. In pre-season 2022, they suffered through a lot of pitching injuries (Shane Baz, Nick Anderson, Yonny Chirinos along with Glasnow). While only time will tell if the Rays will experience that level of devastation again as Shane McClanahan, Drew Rasmussen, Zach Eflin, and Chirinos are all still healthy.
Tyler Glasnow 2024 free agency meetings pic.twitter.com/kdjVPwP7nd https://t.co/ttQfhNTQaH
— ? (@SAS_RAYS) February 27, 2023
Luis González (OF)
The San Francisco Giants outfielder is dealing with a recurring strained back that will keep him out 4-6 weeks. Outfielders Clint Coulter, Bryce Johnson, Stephen Piscotty, and Blake Sabol are a few players that may take González’s spot.
Gavin Lux (SS)
In what was predicted to be his biggest season yet, Lux’s season is over before it even started. The Dodgers shortstop, put in medical terms, messed his knee up something fierce. Lux will require surgery for a torn ACL and sprained LCL. This season would have been Lux’s first season as the starting SS after being behind Corey Seager and Trea Turner for years.
In the words of the prolific artist Alanis Morissette, “It’s like rain, on your wedding day.”
Miguel Rojas will now be the Dodger’s SS. Rojas went .236/.283/.323 in 2022.
Here's where Gavin Lux got hurt. His right knee buckled as he was running into third. He was in a lot of pain and left the field on a golf cart pic.twitter.com/V8g2X6NkzD
— Jack Harris (@Jack_A_Harris) February 27, 2023
Joe Musgrove (SP)
As it turns out, weights are heavy. Joe Musgrove found out by fracturing his left big toe during a weightlifting incident. Musgrove is predicted to miss the first two starts of the season.
Jay Groome, Brent Honeywell, Reiss Knehr, Adrian Morejón, Julio Teheran, and Ryan Weathers are a few potential options for the Dads’ pitching rotation. Morejón is currently the least likely candidate as he continues to rehab from his 2021 Tommy John surgery. Teheran is the veteran of the bunch but has a 4.97 ERA. Honeywell has had several arm issues and surgeries over the years. Groome has the lowest ERA out of the group and the second most IP after Morejón. So, I feel like that he is going to be the guy, at least for a little bit.
Left-hander Jay Groome with 1 2/3 scoreless innings, two punchouts, two hits allowed and no walks in his Cactus League debut with #Padres.
Expect him to make his MLB debut at some point this season. https://t.co/CdSsPoAMuA
— Jeff Sanders (@sdutSanders) February 24, 2023
Brendan Rodgers (2B)
The 2022 Gold Glover was coming off a season where he was one of the most valuable Rockies. Unfortunately, he sustained a messy shoulder injury that may require season-ending surgery. Rodgers dislocated his left shoulder and the damage was more significant than initially reported. This leaves the Rockies in a tough spot with the one iteration of the defense as Ryan McMahon moved to 2B with Kris Bryant or Nolan Jones at 3B.
That’s right folks. It could be Kris Bryant time again.
Seiya Suzuki (OF)
Seiya Suzuki is not expected to be in the Opening Day lineup for the Cubs after sustaining an oblique injury that is being described as “moderate”. He is expected to be out for 4-6 weeks. Former Oriole Trey Mancini is expected to place Suzuki if he starts the season on the IL. Mancini ended the 2022 season at .239/.319/.391.
Trey Mancini is 2-for-2 to start the spring. pic.twitter.com/d3rBnA5KKC
— Marquee Sports Network (@WatchMarquee) February 25, 2023
Connor Wong (C)
The Red Sox catcher is out with a left hamstring injury sustained during a game with the Phillies. Jorge Alfaro is currently favored to be Wong’s replacement, but that requires the Red Sox putting Alfaro on the 40-man roster because of an upward mobility clause in his contract. Reese McGuire will serve as the primary catcher.
Injury Watch and Updates
Here are a few players with reported injuries that had reported day-to-day injuries:
- Yandy Diaz (3B, TBR): hip flexor, day-to-day (at least a week)
- Nick Gordon (SS, MIN): left leg or hip, day-to-day
- Jon Gray (SP, TEX): back, day-to-day
- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (1B, TOR): right knee, day-today
- James Paxton (SP, BOS)
There are also a few players that kissed the IL goodbye and are returning to the field:
- Alex Bregman (3B, HOU)
- Rhys Hoskins, (1B, PHI)
- Nico Hoerner (2B, CHC)
- Ramon Laureano (OF, OAK)
- James Kaprielian (SP, OAK)
For those of you participating in RazzSlam, good luck drafting (unless you are in my league; then I hope you blow it!).
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