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.
J.D. Martinez – Back Spasms
J.D. Martinez was removed from Thursday’s game due to back spasms. In late April, Martinez missed two games with a similar back complaint. Expect this injury to be similar unless we are otherwise informed.
Estimated return: Sunday or early next week.
Carlos Carrasco – Heart/Blood condition
Carlos Carrasco will take an extended leave from baseball to pursue treatment for a non-disclosed blood condition. Carrasco was diagnosed with a condition that the team and Carrasco have not disclosed. He has a similarly non-disclosed history of heart issues. It is difficult to provide a timetable as we don’t have a concrete diagnosis, but I imagine we are looking at at least a month absence. All the best to Carrasco as he recovers.
Estimated return: Likely a month or more. Updates may be limited until he is closer to return.
Gleyber Torres – Left Shoulder Soreness
Gleyber Torres sat out Thursday due to left shoulder soreness. He was reportedly available off the bench during that game. This seems like something that can be managed with some extra days of rest, and I don’t anticipate an IL stint. Torres does not have a history of left shoulder injuries. Torres should return to play in the coming days.
Estimated return: This weekend or early next week.
Matt Carpenter – Undisclosed Injury
Matt Carpenter was removed from Thursday’s game and was seen limping to the dugout in the bottom of the seventh inning. Carpenter has sustained a number of impacts to his lower half due to foul balls, and may just be a bit banged up. There is no indication that he will miss any time.
Estimated return: Next scheduled start.
Luke Weaver – Right UCL Sprain and Flexor Strain
Luke Weaver has opted for conservative treatment for his right elbow injuries, which will involve rest, PRP injections, and anti-inflammatory medication. We will have a better estimation of his return once he begins a throwing program, and a return in September remains a possibility.
Estimated return: Late 2019.
Graphic by Michael Haas (@digitalHaas on Twitter)