Welcome to this week’s Injury Report! This week we have a star-filled report, so let’s get to it!
Mike Trout – Calf Strain
Mike Trout is expected to undergo an MRI for his calf strain today. Reports said that Trout was in pain after leaving the game, which could mean a longer absence than what we saw in 2019 when Trout only missed three games. The MRI might or might not tell us more, so don’t hold on to that news too much. This will come down to how Trout is feeling and responds to treatment. Expect a minor absence and possibly a short IL stint.
Return Date: Late May
Zac Gallen – Elbow Sprain
Zac Gallen was placed on the IL with a minor UCL sprain, according to Arizona manager Torey Lovullo. What does this mean? As it stands right now, Gallen will not need Tommy John, but that does not mean Tommy John will not be in his future. It could be this season, next season, or ten years from now. The likelihood that Gallen will need Tommy John has increased dramatically. Tommy John isn’t a guarantee (See Masahiro Tanaka), but this will be something that lingers in my mind moving forward for the rest of his MLB career. This will come down to your risk tolerance. This is the best-case scenario for Gallen but could turn into Tommy John at any point during the rest of the season. For me, my personal bias is to avoid elbow sprain pitchers. As Gallen is nearing his return or has a good start, I would be looking to sell.
Return Date: Mid July (best guess)
Jose Abreu – Ankle Inflammation
At a minimum, Jose Abreu will miss the series against the Twins with ankle inflammation. We should not expect an IL stint for Abreu, and he should see him return to the lineup by the end of the week.
Return Date: Next week
Giancarlo Stanton – Quad Strain
Another year, another Giancarlo Stanton soft tissue injury. Stanton hit the IL with a quad strain and does not have a timetable for his return. The Yankees are hoping he can return May 25th, but given Stanton’s injury history, he will likely miss more time.
Return Date: Early June
The New York Hamstring Strains have added two players to the IL. Michael Conforto and Jeff McNeil both underwent MRIs and are waiting for second opinions on the severity. Until we update the severity of the strains, we will take the optimistic route with their return date prediction.
Return Date: Late June/Early July
Corey Seager – Hand Fracture
Expect Corey Seager to miss about two months with a hand fracture. Once Seager returns, his performance shouldn’t be impacted by this injury.
Return Date: Mid/Late July
Aaron Hicks – Wrist Tendon Injury
Aaron Hicks will be on the IL for an extended period of time with torn tendon sheath in his wrist. Hicks and the Yankees are going to try conservative treatment and see how Hicks responds. Surgery is an option for Hicks at this point and is the worst-case scenario. The tendon sheath allows the tendon itself to move smoothly and helps the tendon avoid being irritated. Even if Hicks avoids surgery and makes a return sooner rather than later, this is still something that can linger around and impact his performance. I’m expecting Hicks to have the surgery, but if that is during the season or the off-season will be the biggest question. We will have to keep an eye on any updates the Yankees give us moving forward. As things stand right now, I’m not confident in Hicks’ ability to play through this and would be looking for a long-term replacement option.
Return Date: Late June (non-surgical) – Late August (Surgical)
Huascar Ynoa – Hand Fracture
Huascar Ynoa will be out for at least two months with a hand fracture. We won’t talk about how the fracture happened; that has been discussed at length by everyone in the industry. Once Ynoa returns, he should not be impacted by this injury, and if someone in your league is selling him at a discount, don’t be afraid to make a move.
Return Date: Early August
Taijuan Walker – Left Side Tightness
We should see Taijuan Walker hit the IL in the next day or so with left-side tightness. This likely won’t be a long-term absence for Walker, but hopefully, we get an update from the Mets in the next few days.
Return Date: Early June
Ketel Marte – Hamstring Strain
Ketel Marte started his rehab assignment at Triple-A Reno yesterday. With this news, we should expect Marte back in the next week or so.
Return Date: 5-10 days
Thanks for reading! As always, if there is someone else you have a question about, leave me a comment or find me on Twitter (@Jake_Rob17). 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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