Welcome to this week’s Injury Report! Thankfully, we had a slow injury week. So let’s take a look at who makes this week’s report.
Carson Kelly – Wrist Fracture
Carson Kelly will be out of commission for about 6-8 weeks due to a wrist fracture. There hasn’t been any news out of Arizona about Kelly requiring surgery, and that’s the best type of news we could have asked for at this point. We’re looking at the standard timeline for a fracture; hold if you can, because Kelly should be fine once he returns.
Return Date: Mid-August
Alex Bregman – Quad Strain
Alex Bregman is going to be out “a while,” according to Dusty Baker. We don’t have a reported timeline, but I think Bregman will be out until the end of July. It sounds like Bregman is dealing with a grade II strain. Assuming Bregman gives himself enough time to recover, I’m not worried about his performance once he returns.
Return Date: Late July/Early August
Adalberto Mondesí – Oblique Strain
Another week, another Adalberto Mondesí write up on the Injury Report. The good news is that Mondesí did not re-injure the right oblique that cost him two months on the IL to start the season. The bad news is that this is the third trip to the IL for Mondesí this season, and they have all been soft tissue injuries. We do not have a timeline from the Royals, but my gut is saying this won’t be another two-month injury.
Return Date: Late July
Tyler Glasnow – Elbow Sprain
Tyler Glasnow is on the 60-day IL with a partially torn UCL. At this point, the Rays are shutting Glasnow down for four weeks. After four weeks, Glasnow will resume throwing in hopes of returning towards the end of the season.
Having this happen in June will allow the Rays and Glasnow to have enough time to rehab and hopefully avoid Tommy John surgery. If Glasnow does require surgery, having the surgery now vs. the end of the season doesn’t matter, because he would likely be out for the entire 2022 season regardless.
If, and that’s a big if, Glasnow can return this season, do not expect consistent results from him. There will be innings where he looks like his usual self and innings where he doesn’t have it. So if you are going to hold in hopes that he will help you get to a championship, that is something to keep in mind.
In redraft leagues, I’m holding if I have room on my IL. I will drop Glasnow if I need the spot for someone else later on in the season. In dynasty leagues, I’m holding, since Glasnow is still young and has many miles left in his arm. For keeper leagues, it will come down to the league rules and set up for how long you can keep a particular player.
I’m not confident that Glasnow will be able to return this season, and if he does return, I’m not optimistic that he will be able to avoid surgery this offseason.
Return Date: Late August/Early September
Max Scherzer – Groin Inflammation
Max Scherzer was on the IL for groin inflammation. The Nationals announced over the weekend that Scherzer would start Tuesday’s game. Nothing to see here; I just thought this deserved more than the team update blurb — Start Scherzer with confidence.
Return Date: Today
Buy/Sell/Hold: Buy (but who’s selling Max???)
- Baltimore announced that John Means is expected to return around the All-Star break.
- Chris Sale has rejoined the Red Sox and will continue his rehab, but I’m still thinking All-Star break return with that news.
- Sonny Gray is expected to miss at least two more turns through the rotation.
- Mike Moustakas has been moved to the 60-day IL and was taken off his rehab assignment. No return date from the Reds, but I think Moose will miss the next 6-8 weeks at the minimum.
- Shane Bieber is expected to be reassessed sometime this week.
- Zach Plesac pitched a 30-pitch bullpen.
- Franmil Reyes is starting a rehab assignment this week and could be nearing a return.
- Danny Duffy could be activated this week. Use him with caution.
- Mike Trout is still about a month away from being activated.
- Cody Bellinger is expected to be activated tomorrow.
- Max Muncy is expected to be activated today in what might be the quickest oblique strain recovery ever seen.
- Corey Seager could start his rehab assignment by the end of the week.
- Carlos Carrasco has started throwing off flat ground again, but I still have no idea what is happening here.
- Jack Flaherty has been cleared to resume light catch.
- George Springer should be activated later this week.
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. Also, be sure to check back next week for the latest injury report!
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