Welcome to this week’s Injury Report! With the All-Star break upon us, the injuries were to a minimum this week. Let’s get to it!
Ronald Acuña Jr – ACL Tear
Ronald Acuña Jr will miss the rest of the 2021 season due to a torn ACL. Typically ACL tears are a nine-month recovery, so we will use that as our timeline for the time being. After any major surgery, things can happen that will either progress or delay Acuña’s timeline, but I fully expect him to return for most of the 2022 season.
Return Date: April, 2022
Buy/Sell/Hold: Hold (Dynasty/Keeper leagues)
Sonny Gray – Rib Cage Strain
Sonny Gray was placed on the IL before the All-Star break with a strained rib cage. I do not have any long-term concerns here and fully expect Gray back shortly after the All-Star break.
Return Date: Late July
Clayton Kershaw – Elbow Inflammation
Clayton Kershaw will be out indefinitely with elbow inflammation. The Dodgers have not announced any form of a timeline so far for Kershaw’s return. The MRI results were negative, but we are dealing with an aging veteran with elbow issues here. I’m concerned, but for whatever reason, I’m more optimistic about Kershaw than I typically am with the elbow inflammation diagnosis. We will have to keep an eye out for any updates the Dodgers have, but at this point, I’m not too worried.
Return Date: Mid August
Yu Darvish – Hip Inflammation
Yu Darvish should return shortly after the All-Star break from left hip inflammation. I am not worried about this lingering around or impacting Darvish’s performance moving forward.
Return Date: Late July
- Stephen Strasburg is expected to face live hitters in the next week.
- Jack Flaherty threw a 15 pitch bullpen Monday.
- Luis Severino is expected to face live hitters soon.
- Corey Seager is nearing a return during the Dodgers’ next homestand, starting on July 19th.
- Anthony Rendon and Justin Upton are expected to return Friday.
- Matthew Boyd has recently begun playing catch, with no timetable for his return.
- Eloy Jiménez is expected to be moved to AAA soon to progress his rehab assignment.
Thanks for reading! As always, if there is someone else you have a question about, leave me a comment or find me on Twitter (@JakeRobinsonDPT). I will get to them as I’m able to. Be sure to check back next week for the latest injury report!
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