Howdy Razzpeople! I hope you have had a smooth week out there.

I spent some time out of fantasy and in the REAL ballpark this week for the Chicago White Sox Pride Night. The Sox took an L (and I do not mean the train) courtesy of the Orioles. However, the vibes, food, and booze were enough to keep spirits up. Additionally, I got to see an Adley Rutschman run and Lenyn Sosa debut.

Being positive is great, but let’s get real! This weekly Razzball injury report is meant to instill a sense of fear and doom in you. If you are not fearful enough to take a closer look at your roster and take action, then I have failed you. Let’s jump in!

FUN DEPRESSING FACT: Did you know that three players experienced season ending ACL tears recently? Maybe this fact is not that fun but actually pretty depressing (updated to reflect “the vibe”, as the youths say). Danny Mendick, Royce Lewis, and Daniel Hudson sustained and were diagnosed with ACL tears. While some of you may have experienced this unfortunate injury, ACL is short for the anterior cruciate ligament, which is one of the ligaments that connects the thigh bone to the shin bone (sounds like a song I heard as a child…). ACL strains and tears occur when you turn or move/are moved quickly.

acl tear in the knee

And this, friends, is how ramen noodles are harvested.

Friends, if you do not use today’s information to update your roster, promise me you will be gentle on those sweet, tender knees.

American League Injuries

AL Central

Chicago White Sox

Adam Engel (OF): Soft tissue injuries continue to plague White Sox players. Engel is out with a strained hamstring. He is eligible to return on July 3. As I mentioned above, the Sox promoted Lenyn Sosa and are essentially comprised of 50% minor league player. Gavin Sheets, Andrew Vaughn, Leury Garcia, Adam Haseley, and a host of other people that probably should not be playing in the outfield are playing in the outfield.

Danny Mendick (INF/OF): Mendick experienced a torn knee ligament (ACL) after colliding with teammate Adam Haseley. Mendick will close his season with a .289/.343/.443 slashline, which was looking pretty good for a guy that spent a large portion of the season in the minors.

Yoan Moncada (3B): Moncada is out again with a strained hamstring. He is eligible to return on June 28. Jake Burger has been playing in 3B in Moncada’s absence.

Kansas City Royals

Daniel Lynch (SP): Lynch is out with a blister on his finger (left index). He is eligible to return July 8. Zack Greinke was reactivated as Lynch went on to the IL.

Minnesota Twins

Royce Lewis (INF/OF): The rookie Lewis is out for the season with a partially torn ACL he sustained in his first outing, where he collided with the outfield wall trying to make a catch. Lewis also missed the 2020 minor league season because of COVID-19. He also missed the 2021 season because of an original ACL injury. Get well, Royce.

AL East

Baltimore Orioles

Kyle Bradish (SP): The rookie Bradish is out with shoulder inflammation. He will be eligible to return July 6. Marcos Diplan was recalled to replace Bradish.

Tampa Bay Rays

Kevin Kiermaier (OF): Kiermaier is out with hip inflammation and is eligible to return July 1. Brett Phillips replaced Kiermaier for a game, and Luke Raley was recalled to bolster the outfield as Kiermaier and Margot (below) are out.


Manuel Margot (OF): Margot is out with a patellar tendon strain. He will likely not need surgery but will need extensive healing time. He is on the 60-day IL and eligible to return August 20. Prior to going on the IL, he had a .302/.365/.423 slash line.

Toronto Blue Jays

Yimi Garcia (RP): Garcia is out with a strained back and is eligible to return July 7. Jeremy Beasley was recalled to replace Garcia’s spot on the roster.

Trevor Richards (RP): Richards is out with a strained neck and is eligible to return July 3. Matt Gage was recalled to replace Richards.

AL West

Los Angeles Angels

Jimmy Herget (RP): Hergert is out with a shoulder impingement and is eligible to return on July 7.

Austin Warren (RP): Warren landed on the 15-day IL with a strained triceps. He is eligible to return July 3.

Oakland Athletics

Dany Jimenez (RP): Jiménez is out with a strained shoulder and is eligible to return July 4. An MRI showed no extensive damage to his shoulder. Check out JKJ’s Bullpen Chart and enjoy being a fly on the wall of JKJ and Grey’s little replacement discourse (which included A.J. Puk, Zach Jackson, and Lou Trivino):

National League Injuries

NL Central

Chicago Cubs

Daniel Norris (RP): Norris is out with a strained finger (left index). He is eligible to return July 8. Adrian Sampson was recalled to replace Norris.

Frank Schwindel (1B): Schwindel is out with a strained back. He is eligible to return June 28. Alfonso Rivas has been recalled to take Schwindel’s place. Rivas’ has a .318/.375/.455 slash line in his past seven games.

Cincinnati Reds

Jeff Hoffman (RP): Hoffman is out with COVID-19 IL but eligible to return June 25. Jared Solomon was recalled to replace Hoffman.

St. Louis Cardinals

Drew VerHagen (RP):  VerHagen is experiencing a shoulder impingement. He is eligible to return after July 9. However, he revealed he has a history of thoracic outlet syndrome, which is often a season-ending event. Packy Naughton has been recalled.

T.J. McFarland (RP): McFarland is on the COVID-19 IL He is eligible to return on June 23. Junior Fernandez was recalled.

Tyler O’Neill (OF): O’Neill is out with a strained hamstring and is eligible to return June 30. The infamous and deliciously named Lars Nootbaar was recalled to play in O’Neill’s absence.

NL East

Miami Marlins

Louis Head (RP): RHP Head injured his shoulder. He is out with a left shoulder impingement until at least July 8. Zach Pop was recalled in Head’s place.

Washington Nationals

Evan Lee (RP): Lee is out with a strained flexor. He is eligible to return on July 3. Andres Machado was recalled to replace Lee.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Zach Thompson (SP): Thompson is out with some scary sounding forearm nerve inflammation. He is eligible to return on July 3. You should have heard the digital screams and shouts of all Razzball writers when they found out Oneil Cruz was being recalled though.

NL West

Los Angeles Dodgers

Andrew Heaney (SP): Heaney is out with shoulder inflammation and eligible to return on July 6. Reyes Moronta was recalled to replace Heaney.

Daniel Hudson (RP): Hudson tore his ACL and will be out for the season. Brusdar Graterol, Evan Phillips, and Yency Almonte will have bigger roles in Hudson’s absence.


San Diego Padres

Adrian Morejon (RP): Morejon is out with shoulder inflammation. He is eligible to return July 8. Luckily, Joe Musgrove is back, baby.

San Francisco Giants

Luis Gonzalez (OF): González is out with a strained lower back. González has a history of back issues that resolve after two weeks or less.

Is that it?

No! Alejandro Kirk became the 3rd catcher in MLB history to “have multiple career 4-hit games with a home run at age 23 or younger” (joining Joe Mauer and Thurman Munson) in a game against the Brewers. Unfortunately, Kirk was hit in the hand by Brewer Jonathan Davis’s (not the lead singer of Korn) backswing.

If Kirk goes on the IL, Gabriel Moreno will likely continue to have a bigger presence.

Now, go forth, use our loving mechanical overlord The Razzball Player Rater, make substitutions, and win!

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