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.
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
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.
“You know what, that ball was in no man’s land.”
— Phillip Thompson (@_phil_thompson) June 23, 2022
Kansas City Royals
— Alec Lewis (@alec_lewis) June 24, 2022
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.
Royce Lewis has a partial tear to the ACL in his right knee, the same one he had surgically repaired last year. Rocco says he’s headed for another ACL reconstruction surgery.
Estimated recovery time is 12 months for now for the #MNTwins No. 1 prospect.
— Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) June 10, 2022
From Brandon Hyde:
– Hope is Kyle Bradish is back in a couple of weeks. Spenser Watkins probably starts tomorrow.
– Rougned Odor’s back is bothering him.
– On last night: “That might have been the best defensive game from an outfield group that I've seen in the big leagues.”
— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) June 24, 2022
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.
— MLB Roster Moves (@MLBRostersMoves) June 21, 2022
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
? RHP Yimi García (left back strain) placed on 15-day IL
Trevor Richards (RP): Richards is out with a strained neck and is eligible to return July 3. Matt Gage was recalled to replace Richards.
Trevor Richards pitching through injury may explain some of the rough outings as of late. Having him healthy and back to 2021 form would be huge
— Tyson Shushkewich (@Tyson_MLB) June 18, 2022
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.
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) June 19, 2022
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):
Can I guess no one?
— Razzball (@Razzball) June 21, 2022
National League Injuries
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.
— NBC Chicago (@nbcchicago) June 18, 2022
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.
#STLCards RHP Drew VerHagen revealed today that he has a history of thoracic outlet syndrome — a condition where blood vessels and nerves are compressed. He thinks it could be the cause of his shoulder stiffness & numbness in his fingers. More testing ahead while he’s on the IL.
— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) June 24, 2022
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 30, 2022
#stlcards put lefty T. J. McFarland on the IL, which they announced — but according to the official transaction record it's a 10-day IL move. The Cardinals do recall Junior Fernandez from Class AAA Memphis.
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) June 22, 2022
— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) June 18, 2022
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.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Brutal for Daniel Hudson
Hopefully it’s not as serious as it looked pic.twitter.com/y8qpt4DwrS
— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) June 25, 2022
San Diego Padres
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.
Luis González (lower back strain) will be evaluated by Dr. Ken Akizuki tonight. The cross-country flight probably wasn't ideal, but he's feeling a bit better today. He said this injury feels much milder than the one that sidelined him two weeks last year — an encouraging sign.
— Danny Emerman (@DannyEmerman) June 24, 2022
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.
Alejandro Kirk said his hand was sore I’m the immediate aftermath of the hit but got better as the night went on. Manager Charlie Montoyo hopeful he’ll be able to go tomorrow.
— Rob Longley (@longleysunsport) June 25, 2022
Now, go forth, use our loving mechanical overlord The Razzball Player Rater, make substitutions, and win!
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