Hello and welcome to the Injury Report!
This roundup is a biweekly article, published on Mondays and Fridays, where I aim to detail approximately five relevant injuries that have occurred over the past few days, or provide an update on the injury of a prominent MLB player. I will try to incorporate the available information as well as my own knowledge and experience to approximate a return date in each case, noting the individual characteristics of the injuries and of the players themselves.
If you have questions regarding an injury not detailed in this article, feel free to comment below, and I will give my best effort to provide a timely update.
Josh James – Right Arm Injury
Josh James appeared to suffer some sort of arm injury Sunday against Texas. James experienced a noticeable drop in velocity prior to being removed from the game. He will likely undergo an MRI on Monday that should give us an idea of his prognosis. It’s quite possible that his 2019 season is over.
Estimated return: Not likely to return this season.
Brandon Woodruff – Left Oblique Injury
Brandon Woodruff hit the IL with a left oblique strain of an unknown grade. Assuming it is a mild one, Woodruff can be anticipated to return in four to six weeks.
Estimated return: Early September.
Ryan Braun – Back Tightness
Ryan Braun was unavailable Sunday due to back tightness. While this seems minor, Braun has had a history of back-related injuries and may require a few days to return to regular play. Braun is not an option Monday, as he is away from the team anyway. He should return in the latter half of this week.
Estimated return: Return to play late this week.
Jean Segura – Left Heel Injury
Jean Segura has missed a few games recently due to soreness in his left heel. This appears to be minor and just something that is lingering. It doesn’t appear he will require time on the IL at this point.
Estimated return: Continued day-to-day, should not end up in IL stint.
Kevin Kiermaier – Left Thumb Sprain
Kevin Kiermaier sprained his left thumb after jamming it on a base. The Rays have stated that his thumb UCL is still intact, and surgery will not be required. Kiermaier hopes to return in approximately two weeks, which is optimistic but possible. A return in mid-August would be more likely.
Estimated return: Early to mid-August.
If there is a player on whom you would like information who I have not detailed in this article, please comment below, and I will reply as I am able.
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