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.
Trevor Story – Thumb Sprain
Trevor Story is on the IL with what appears to be a thumb UCL sprain. I’ve seen reports mention no structural damage, which in this case likely means the ligament isn’t torn completely but stretched significantly. Conservative management of a mild thumb UCL sprain is typically four to six weeks immobilized. Story will not be able to throw or hit during that period and will need some time after the splint is removed to return to baseball activities.
Estimated return: Early to mid-August.
Nolan Arenado – Left Big Toe Contusion
Nolan Arenado exacerbated a previous a previous toe injury during game action last evening. He underwent X-rays, which came back negative. Arenado should return to the lineup within a couple of days and has a shot to play on Friday.
Estimated return: Prior to the end of the weekend, and may play Friday.
Adalberto Mondesi – Right Groin Tightness
Adalberto Mondesi was previously day-to-day with a mild groin injury, which has now pushed him to the IL. I haven’t seen any imaging ordered, and this remains a mild injury. Mondesi may return when first eligible and shouldn’t be expected to have an extended absence.
Estimated return: First week of July.
Rich Hill – Left Forearm Strain
Rich Hill has hit the IL with a left forearm strain, confirmed via MRI. Hill has had previous forearm and elbow injuries that have caused IL stays, but not since 2012. Hill will be shut down from throwing for roughly four weeks while he rests and undergoes conservative management of the strain. At that point, Hill will take another three to four weeks to return to full throwing should the conservative management be successful.
Estimated return: End of August.
Yandy Diaz – Right Hamstring Strain
Yandy Diaz sustained a mild hamstring strain on Sunday, which continued to plague him throughout this week. He is now officially on the IL, retroactive to June 17. Diaz may be able to return when first eligible or shortly thereafter.
Estimated return: End of June or early July.
If there is a player you would like information on who I have not detailed in this article please comment below and I will reply as I am able.
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