Razzlings, I am willing to bet at least a few of you that have watched and, perhaps, even enjoyed the 1996 film The Craft, starring the inimitable Fairuza Balk.

Imagine a group of four Catholic high school girls begin to dabble in the dark arts. It begins innocently enough with spells for levitation, hair color changes, and innocent pranks. As the girls become more confident in their practice, they experiment with new rites. One of those rites results in the bodies of Cincinnati Reds crumpling into an amorphous pile of flesh and bone.

teen witches doing a rite on a beach from the 1996 film The Craft.

Tyler Stephenson did not volunteer his thumb for this.

That last part did not happen in the movie.  It could be happening right now in real life as the long-suffering Reds lose Tyler Stephenson, Justin Wilson, Mike Moustakas, and Vladimir Gutierrez in one week. The Reds may gain Jonathan India back soon but have also gained (a loose term) Mike Minor.

The overall moral of the story is do not mess with teen witches or underestimate the importance of depth in real life and your roster.

Let’s jump in and find out who is cursed in your Razzball weekly fantasy baseball injury report:

American League Injuries

AL Central

Chicago White Sox

Vince Velasquez (SP): Velasquez suffered a strained groin during batting practice during the White Sox-Blue Jays series. Davis Martin was recalled to replace Velaquez, who is eligible to return June 15.

Detroit Tigers

Jeimer Candelario (3B): Candelario is out with shoulder subluxation (a.k.a. dislocated shoulder; a.k.a. OUCH). He is eligible to return June 16. Harold Castro has been playing 3B in place of Candelario. Austin Meadows (OF) was reactivated from IL as Candelario went on.

Minnesota Twins

Kyle Garlick (OF): Garlick sustained a strained hamstring and will be on the IL until June 14. RHP Cole Sands was recalled in to take Garlick’s spot on the roster. Garlick has had a notable season with careers highs in home runs (six) and RBIs (14) in 28 games.

Cody Stashak (RP): Stashak is out for the season after surgery to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.

AL East

Baltimore Orioles

Joey Krehbiel (RP): Krehbiel is out with shoulder inflammation. He is eligible and on-track to return around mid-June. Beau Sulser has been on the taxi squad in the interim.

Boston Red Sox

Enrique Hernández (OF): Kiké experienced a strained hip flexor, which he has been playing through for an unknown amount of time. He is eligible to return around June 18. Christian Arroyo will likely see more playing time in Hernández’s place. Jonathan Arauz was promoted to replace Hernández on the roster.

Tampa Bay Rays

Andrew Kittredge (RP): Kittredge rejoined the IL for elbow discomfort. He is eligible to return on June 23. Brooks Raley, Colin Poche, and Ryan Thompson may see more time in Kittredge’s absence. You can see more in JKJ’s handy dandy Bullpen Chart.

If you have not already, bookmark the Bullpen Chart. It saves lives!

Toronto Blue Jays

Danny Jansen (C): In the story of the Jays’ rotating catchers, Jansen is out with a fractured finger (left pinky). He is eligible to return June 16, but that seems pretty unlikely. Rookie Gabriel Moreno is stepping in for Jansen for now. Additionally, Zack Collins was recalled.

AL West

Houston Astros

Parker Mushinski (RP): Mushinski is out until at least June 22 because of elbow discomfort. RHP Brandon Bielak was recalled to replace Mushinski.

Blake Taylor (RP): In another blow the Astros bullpen, Blake Taylor is also out with elbow discomfort. He is eligible to return June 19 and there is no apparent structural damage, it is possible he will be out longer.

Los Angeles Angels

Taylor Ward (OF): In a notably rough week for LAA, Ward was sent to the IL with a strained hamstring. He is eligible, and likely, to return on June 14. Jo Adell was brought back to replace Ward.

Oakland Athletics

Daulton Jefferies (SP): Jeffries is doubtful for the rest of the 2022 season because he is receiving thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. This is the same surgery that Matt Harvey, Brendan McKay, and Stephen Strasburg, among others, have received to treat the compression of blood vessels or nerves between the collarbone and first rib. Yeesh.

Zach Logue was recalled to take Jeffries’ place. Best of luck to the A’s during this trying time.

 

Texas Rangers

Brett Martin (RP): Martin is out with COVID-19. The Rangers recalled Andy Ibáñez to replace Martin.

Josh H. Smith (INF/OF): Smith is out with a sprained shoulder and is eligible to return June 14. Ezequiel Duran, who was recently on a hot streak in Frisco (AA), was recalled to take Smith’s place.

National League Injuries

NL Central

Cincinnati Reds

Vladimir Gutierrez (SP): Gutierrez joined the IL with a strained elbow which is a 1st degree UCL sprain. He is eligible to return June 19, but it is likely he will be out for longer. Jared Solomon will play in Gutierrez’s place.

Mike Moustakas (3B): Moustakas, who is a frequent visitor to the IL, is back on it, but with a little razzle dazzle this time: COVID-19, baby. While it is not clear if Moustakas was COVID positive, he was eligible to return June 7. Ronnie Dawson replaced Moustakas in the interim.

Tyler Stephenson (C): MAKE IT STOP!!!! Tyler Stephenson broke his thumb after taking a foul ball off his hand. He will be out at least a month. Aramis Garcia took Stephenson’s place.

Justin Wilson (RP): In a final blow to the Reds, Wilson had Tommy John Surgery and will be out for the season. The final, final blow to the Reds is the Mike Minor Experience. Just kidding! There will probably be more bad stuff happen per The Craft.

Milwaukee Brewers

Trevor Gott (RP): Gott is out with a strained groin after a rough performance where he allowed a three-run homer against the Padres last Sunday. He is eligible to return June 21. Brewers fans and Hunter Renfroe holders will be happy to know that Hunter Renfroe has been activated.

St. Louis Cardinals

Corey Dickerson (OF): Dickerson is out with a strained calf. He is eligible to return on June 15. Dickerson was replaced by Brendan Donovan in right field with Albert Pujols taking over at first base.

NL East

Atlanta Braves

Collin McHugh (RP): McHugh is on the COVID-IL. He was eligible to return as of June 8. Jacob Webb will take McHugh’s place on the roster.

Philadelphia Phillies

Johan Camargo (INF): Camargo is out with a strained knee. He is eligible to return June 16, but the Phillies are suffering with a shortage in infielders. Rhys Hoskins, Alec Bohm, Bryson Stott, and Didi Gregorius are all potentials for both increased injury and playing time at the moment.

Nick Maton (INF): Maton is out with a sprained shoulder after he dove to catch a Trout hit in a 0-8 Angels-Phillies game. He is eligible to return June 14. Didi Gregorius is currently replacing Maton.

Washington Nationals

Victor Arano (RP): Arano is out with knee inflammation. He is eligible to return June 21. Dee Strange-Gordon was activated to take Arano’s roster spot. Luis Garcia, Nabil Crismatt, and T.J. McFarland are all pitchers that, while not Nationals, are similar replacements to Arano.

NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks

Nick Ahmed (SS): Ahmed has been moved to the 60-day IL with continued shoulder soreness. Geraldo Perdomo, Jake Hager, and Ketel Marte are regularly in play.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Kevin Pillar (OF): In last week’s edition of Ambulance Chasers, I shared Pillar’s unfortunate series of events. Pillar will need shoulder surgery and is out for the 2022 season.

Dear readers, I observe baseball injuries up and down, every day to ensure I can keep you informed. This might be the first time an injury description has made me want to hurl.

Edwin Ríos (INF/OF): Ríos is out with a strained hamstring. He is eligible to return June 14 but will likely be longer. The Dodgers have confirmed Ríos will not need surgery. The Dodgers promoted Olympic speed skating medalist Eddy Alvarez to replace Ríos.

San Diego Padres

Robert Suarez (RP): Suarez is out with knee inflammation. He is eligible to return June 21. Adrien Morejon has returned to the Padres Bullpen 14 months post-Tommy John surgery.

San Francisco Giants

Alex Cobb (SP): Cobb is out with a strained neck. He is eligible to return on June 19 which is not impossible according to various reports. LHP Sam Long was recalled to replace Cobb.

Miscellaneous Injury Updates

Here is a quick run of injury updates:

Jorge AlcaláSet back in rehab with shoulder stiffness.

Kris Bryant: Since ya’ll keep asking- do not count on him returning for a hot minute.

Jonathan India: Mr. India Goes to Rehab would be a great name for a movie. In this case, the movie would not be about drugs! I promise! India should be returning to an active roster near you soon.

Eloy JiménezOur boy Eloy had another setback during rehab and will likely not start again until next week.

Lance LynnHolders of  Big Bastard Lynn (*raises own hand*), take heed. Lynn could be activated next week.

Don’t see a player you want to know more about? Drop me a comment, and may the odds be in your favor.


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Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
22 days ago

Most important part of your column are the final notes.

I was hoping to see a more definitive hunch about Bryant, Mid-July? 2023?

Last edited 22 days ago by Norman Ginsberg