Welcome to this week’s Injury Report! Luckily, we don’t have much to report on this week.
Mike Soroka – Achilles Surgery
An update from the Braves about Mike Soroka reported that he will miss the entire 2021 season. As far as 2022 goes, Soroka should have plenty of time to return to 100% prior to spring training.
Return Date: Spring training 2022
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Michael Kopech – Hamstring Strain
It seems like hamstring strains are the most popular injury for the 2021 season, and Michael Kopech became the next victim. As always with hamstring injuries, be aware that this could pop back up if Kopech rushes back and re-injuries it.
Return Date: Early July
Zach Plesac – Finger Fracture
We all know the story with Zach Plesac by now. As far as his finger fracture goes, I’m not too worried about it. He doesn’t require surgery at this time and should heal without issue. Expect him back in about a month.
Return Date: Early July
Trevor Story – Elbow Inflammation
Trevor Story will be out of action with elbow inflammation. The Rockies are reporting that this injury is not as severe as his 2018 bout of elbow inflammation. Story is supposed to test out his elbow at some point this upcoming week, so we should have a better timeline after that happens.
Return Date: Early/Mid June
Max Kepler – Hamstring Strain
Max Kepler will be on the shelf with a hamstring strain. Since this is something that Kepler has been dealing with for the better part of May, I’m expecting a longer absence than we are expecting with Kopech. We will have to watch for updates over the next couple of weeks.
Return Date: Mid July
Corey Kluber – Subscapularis Strain
Corey Kluber will not throw for the next four weeks due to a subscapularis strain. The subscapularis is one of the big muscles that begin the acceleration phase of throwing. As long as this muscle is injured, there is no way for Klubot to pitch effectively. Since Kluber won’t be throwing for a long period of time and it’ll take him a couple of weeks to ramp back up, I’m not extremely concerned about this injury. I’m still worried, but my worry-o-meter is at about a 6 at this point.
Return Date: Early August
The New York Mets have announced that Noah Syndergaard will be shut down for six weeks with elbow soreness during a rehab start. This is going to severely limit the number of meaningful innings Syndergaard is able to throw in 2021. But with that in mind, his long-term outlook for 2022 and beyond doesn’t change. Elbow inflammation following Tommy John surgery is not abnormal or much cause for long-term concern.
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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