2021 MLB Injury Report: LIVE BLOG
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Updated: April 17, 2:50 pm ET
Gary Sánchez (NYY) - Gary Sánchez 's hand was clipped on a foul tip during Saturday's game against the Rays. He tried to stay in the game but was ultimately removed. We should know more about the injury later in the evening.
Shohei Ohtani (LAA) – Ohtani has been working in some bullpen sessions since the blister developed. There’s no word yet on when he will rejoin the rotation, but it sounds like the Halos are optimistic he can get a start in next week.
Cody Bellinger (LAD) – Bellinger took a cleat to the leg about a fortnight ago and recent X-rays revealed a hairline fracture in his left leg. Don’t be surprised if an IL stint is coming, but there’s no timetable for his return. Likely won’t be anytime soon.
Gavin Lux (LAD) – Lux is dealing with some wrist soreness. It doesn’t sound serious, but he was held out of Friday’s lineup.
Dinelson Lamet (SD) – By all accounts, Lamet’s rehabbing has gone quite well. He’s set to join the team this week for a bullpen session and there’s optimism he could make his 2021 against the Brew Crew next week.
Drew Smyly (ATL) – After some promising innings in his previous start, Drew Smyly was placed on the 10-day IL after experiencing some forearm inflammation. That means the Braves now have Smyly, Mike Soroka , and Max Fried on the IL.
Ke’Bryan Hayes (PIT) – Hayes has been taking live batting practice, which is a good sign for a guy who was having a slow rehab process. The Bucs have the luxury of activating him off the IL when they see fit. If his BP’s continue to look promising, he could be activated within the week.
Manny Machado (SD) – Nothing too serious to report here, but Machado is dealing with some shoulder and lower back tightness. It wouldn’t be too surprising to see San Diego sit him for a day or two, but it could be something that just requires rest. Don’t anticipate an IL stint.
Last Updated: April 16, 6:15 am ET
Cavan Biggio (TOR) -- Biggio was removed from Thursday night's game with pain in his right hand after trying to field a ball with his throwing hand. He's been evaluated further.
Jordan Romano (TOR) -- Romano joined fellow reliever Julian Merryweather on the 10-day IL with right ulnar neuritis. No timetable has been given for his return so expect updates in the coming days. Check out Fantasy Alarm's latest Bullpen Report from Joe Gallina and find out who's getting the saves in Toronto.
Ross Stripling (TOR) -- He lands on the 10-day IL with a right forearm strain. He'll undergo tests and learn more from the Jays soon. Anthony Kay was promoted from the alternate site and he is currently bleeding runs to the Royals in the third inning.
Gavin Lux (LAD) -- The Dodgers second baseman was scratched with a sore right wrist. It doesn't appear to be serious, so consider him day-to-day and look for a quick return to the lineup. Chris Taylor manned the keystone in his absence.
Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD) – The Padres are still optimistic Tatis can return Friday after partially dislocating his shoulder merely ten days ago. The return in such a short amount of time would be quite surprising, but re-aggravation is still a possibility and it’s no guarantee he returns this weekend, or that he performs at an elite level right away.
Johnny Cueto (SF) – Cueto left Wednesday afternoon’s game after pitching 5.2 scoreless innings. Cueto’s actually been very impressive to start the year and only needed 68 pitches on Wednesday. The severity of his injury will be worth monitoring. It looks as if Alex Wood will be ready to join the rotation, but the Giants may also bump Logan Webb to the bullpen as well. This is a fluid situation with many moving parts worth monitoring. UPDATE: Cueto lands on the 10-day IL with what they are calling a Grade-1 lat strain. We are awaiting a return timetable update from the Giants.
Shohei Ohtani (LAA) – Ohtani’s next start has been delayed due to a blister. That’s nothing too drastic as of right now but keep an eye on it.
Ke’Bryan Hayes (PIT) – Hayes’ rehab has been slow, but he finally started swinging a bat on Wednesday. There’s still no timetable for his return, but the fact he’s picked up a bat is a good sign following a wrist injury.
Max Fried (ATL) – It’s been a forgettable season for Max Fried and he’s been placed on the IL with a hamstring strain which he suffered while running the bases during his start on Tuesday. It clearly impacted his performance, so he’ll be shut down for a few days and possibly miss two starts. Hamstrings are tough to gauge because everyone responds/recovers from them differently. All this trouble to lose a pitcher and MLB still won’t go with a universal DH.
Lorenzo Cain (MIL) – Cain exited Tuesday’s game with quadricep discomfort. It’s an injury he had to fight through during spring training as well. No word yet on the severity of the injury or how much time he could miss. Update: Cain was placed on the 10-day IL on Wednesday.
Christian Yelich (MIL) - Yelich was removed from Sunday's game due to back soreness. He is currently day-to-day as we wait for further updates. Update: Yelich still has not played since being removed from the game on Sunday. The Brewers are considering him day-to-day while he deals with this back issue. It doesn't sound like they'll place him on the IL.
Last Updated: April 14, 4:30 pm ET
Wil Myers (SD) – Myers left Tuesday’s game after coming up gingerly after making a catch. Jayce Tingler said that Myers has been playing through a few minor injuries but this one is a little concerning since Myers is no stranger to injuries previously.
Nelson Cruz (MIN) – Cruz missed Tuesday’s game with a non-COVID-related illness. Manager Rocco Baldelli didn’t elaborate any further aside from the fact Cruz was resting at home. If this isn’t serious he shouldn’t miss too much time.
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Gleyber Torres (NYY) – Torres jammed his finger diving back to first base Monday night. X-rays came back negative so as long as the finger feels fine, Torres could return to the lineup Wednesday or Thursday.
Matt Olson (OAK) – Olson was hit by a pitch on the left hand Tuesday night and left the game. X-rays came back negative but he does have some bruising. He will likely miss another game or two.
Last Updated: April 13, 7:35 pm ET
James Paxton (SEA) - Paxton will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2021 season.
Kyle Hendricks (CHC) - The Cubs official Twitter page announced Hendricks was not feeling well and was scratched from tonight's start. This illness should keep him out just one start barring it isn't anything serious.
Justin Upton (LAA) - Upton was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to back stiffness. This doesn't seem to be serious and we should be considering him day-to-day.
Juan Lagares (LAA) - The Angels placed Lagares on the 10-day IL today with a strained calf. He has appeared in just two games and is 0-of-7 at the plate.
Ronald Guzmán (TEX) - After leaving Monday night's game, Guzman has since been diagnosed with a torn meniscus. He will be on the shelf for quite a while.
Christian Walker (ARI) - Walker strained his oblique on Sunday and was placed on the injured list late Monday night. Expect Wilmer Flores and Pavin Smith ()">Pavin Smith ()">Pavin Smith ()">Pavin Smith ()">Pavin Smith ()">Pavin Smith ()">Pavin Smith ()">Pavin Smith to split time at 1B while Walker is out.
Last Updated: April 13, 5:55 am ET
Zac Gallen (ARI) – Gallen has missed the early portions of the 2021 season with a hairline fracture. He is slated to make his debut Tuesday against Oakland.
Sonny Gray (CIN) – Gray responded well to his simulated game this past weekend and he should return to the rotation sometime soon which will push either Jeff Hoffman or José De León out of the rotation.
Archie Bradley (PHI) – After a bit of an ugly start to the 2021 season with Philadelphia, Bradley has hit the 10-day IL with an oblique strain.
Last Updated: April 12, 7:40 pm ET
Anthony Rendon (LAA) - The Angels have placed Anthony Rendon on the 10-day injured list, so nothing about the groin injury seems minor, like originally reported. Angels manager Joe Maddon believes Rendon will not miss any time past the ten days, however. That remains to be seen.
Carlos Rodón (CWS) - After an impressive debut in his return to the White Sox, Rodon was forced to miss Monday's start due to an illness. Dallas Keuchel got the ball in his place and we'll find out in the upcoming days how severe of an illness it is. As of now, expect him to make a full recovery and make his next start.
Last Updated: April 12, 3:40 pm ET
Adrian Morejon (SD) - Morejon was forced to leave yesterday's start after recording just two outs and he has now been placed on the 10-day IL with a left forearm strain.
Anthony Rendon (LAA) - Rendon was held out of the Angels lineup on Sunday with what the team is calling a "minor" groin injury. Joe Maddon was unsure how long Rendon would be out but considers him day-to-day.
Brusdar Graterol (LAD) - Dodgers manager Dave Roberts stated Graterol is close to being activated but did not give an exact timeline on what the reliever would be availble to make his season debut.
Last Updated: April 11, 12:06 pm ET
Tyler O'Neill (STL) - He has been placed on the 10-day IL with a strained right groin.
Dexter Fowler (LAA) - After needing to be carted off the field Friday night, Fowler is expected to AVOID the IL per Angels manager Joe Maddon following Friday's game. Update: Fowler has a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season.
Alex Bregman (HOU) – Bregman was held out of Saturday’s lineup because his legs were a little sore. The Astros are scheduled to be off on Sunday so that’ll give him the whole weekend off actually. This doesn’t sound one bit serious and he should be ready to return to action for Week Three of the fantasy baseball season.
Chris Archer (TB) – Chris Archer had to exit Saturday’s game in the third inning after experiencing some discomfort in his forearm. The Rays immediately placed him on the injured list, but the good news is that it doesn’t sound serious…. For now. The Rays recalled Brent Honeywell Jr. to serve as the opener for Sunday’s game. Honeywell, once a top prospect, hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2017.
Josh Donaldson (MIN) – Donaldson suffered a hamstring injury in the Twins’ opener of the 2021 season and immediately hit the IL. As of late, however, he’s been running sprints in the outfield and has participated in baserunning drills. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli has said that Donaldson could come off the IL as early as Monday, but that’s no guarantee.
Last Updated: April 10th, 2:00 pm ET
Chris Owings (COL) - The Rockies have placed Owings on the 10-day IL with a sprainged left thumb. Owings was off to a hot start, hitting .533 with three triples, three doubles, and two steals through seven games.
J.D. Davis (NYM) - The Mets have placed Davis on the IL after being hit by a pitch in his hand. They have recalled infielder José Peraza . Davis is dealing with a bruise on his hand so the Mets took every precaution and will sit him for the time being. It doesn't sound like it'll be a lengthy stint on the IL.
Aaron Judge (NYY) - Aaron Boone is still sticking with his "general soreness" comments when it comes to Aaron Judge but the Yankees slugger missed Friday's game as well. This will remain something to monitor as Judge is no stranger to the IL.
Nick Ahmed (ARI) - Manager Torey Lovullo says a possible return to the DBacks lineup this week for Ahmed who has been out due to a knee injury. Ahmed had a career year in 2019, hitting .254 with 19 home runs and 82 RBI.
Teoscar Hernández (TOR) - We knew Hernandez was on the Covid-IR but we now have a timeline for his possible return with which could be the Blue Jays upcoming series against the Royals on Thursday.
Jesse Winker (CIN) - Winker was removed from Friday night's game against the Diamondbacks in the sixth inning with what the team is calling calf cramps. He should be considere day-to-day.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (TOR) - Gurriel was removed from Friday's game in the third inning due to Covid-10 vacccine related symptoms. While we don't know exactly the symptoms he was experiencing we do know the vaccine does cause general soreness at the location of the shot so it's possible that was the reason. We will wait for more updates.
Last Updated: April 9th, 8:35 pm ET
Cody Bellinger (LAD) - Annnnnnnd to the IL! We weren't sure if it was going to happen and now we're sure. He'll be eligible to return on April 16th as this IL stint was retroactive to April 6th.
Teoscar Hernández (TOR) - After being around someone outside of the team that tested positive for COVID-19, Hernandez has been placed on the COVID-19 list.
Dexter Fowler (LAA) - After reaching base, Fowler had an awkward encounter at second base and his knee moved in a way that no body part should. He was carted off the field as we fear the worst for Fowler. We'll likely get an update soon from the Angels, but it did not look good at all.
Julio Teheran (DET) - Slated to take the mound on Friday, Teheran was scratched due to triceps tightness. In other words, he didn't want to get lit up again by a lefty-heavy Indians lineup. Kidding, of course. We'll have to see how serious this issue is in the upcoming days.
Last Updated: April 9th, 5:45 am ET
James Paxton (SEA) – Paxton left early in his start on Wednesday with left forearm discomfort and sure enough, it’s been advised that he undergo Tommy John surgery. The oft-injured pitcher will certainly miss the rest of 2021 if he decides to go forward with the procedure and it’s likely he would miss a portion of the 2022 season as well. The Mariners have placed him on the 10-day IL in the meantime.
Trevor Rosenthal (OAK) - Presumed to be the team’s closer, Rosenthal was placed on the 10-day IL prior to the team’s Opening Day game on Thursday. The move isn’t likely serious as it’s just for shoulder inflammation, but naturally the team will take every precaution. Based on Howard’s most recent Closer Grid Jake Diekman is in line for saves in the short-term. Update: Rosenthal has officially undergone surgery and the team has moved him to the 60-day IL.
A.J. Puk (OAK) – Puk has been placed on the 10-day IL with a strained left bicep. The move is retroactive to Wednesday so the earliest he can come back would be Saturday, April 17th.
Paul Goldschmidt (STL) – Goldschmidt was held out of Thursday’s lineup as a precaution after he experienced some lower back tightness. It doesn’t appear to be serious so don’t plan on him missing significant time.
Kolten Wong (MIL) – In his return to Busch Stadium, Wong re-aggravated an oblique injury that has been bothering him. Manager Craig Counsell has not ruled out a trip to the IL, but Wong will be re-evaluated on Friday.
Ketel Marte (ARI) – Ketel left Wednesday’s game after cramping up trying to beat out a grounder. He pulled up a bit as he was running to preserve the injury. Torey Lovullo said he was doing okay after the game and he’d be re-evaluated on Thursday. Update: Marte has been placed on the 10-day IL due to the right hamstring injury.
Last Updated: April 8th, 4:15 am ET
Cody Bellinger (LAD) - Bellinger had to be pulled from Monday's game in the ninth after getting spiked by A's pitcher, Reymin Guduan . The two were racing to first base after Bellinger hit a grounder on that side of the infield. Bellinger was a little beat up after the play and Gavin Lux came on to pinch run. The Dodgers should know more about Bellinger's injury later on Tuesday. Update: Bellinger was absent from Wednesday's lineup with calf soreness from Monday's injury. It's still unclear whether an IL-stint is in the cards for him.
Max Fried (ATL) – It was a pretty rough day for a couple Atlanta pitchers. Fried was removed from Wednesday’s game after a comebacker struck him in the calf. The injury was just salt on an open wound as Fried didn’t have his best stuff against the Nationals. Fortunately, both he and the Braves are optimistic he’ll be ready for his next start against the Marlins on Monday.
Mookie Betts (LAD) – Like Bellinger, Betts was absent from Wednesday’s lineup with lower back soreness and it’s unclear if an IL-stint is imminent.
Mike Soroka (ATL) – In his bid to return from last season’s achilles injury, the Braves are shutting down Soroka for the time being with shoulder inflammation. The organization was optimistic he might make his 2021 debut at the end of the month. As of right now, that return date seems highly unlikely.
Aaron Judge (NYY) – Judge missed Wednesday’s game with “general soreness” in his side. He’s no stranger to rib and oblique injuries so the team is just being precautious. Aaron Boone chalked it up to the general wear and tear of the first few days of the season.
Chris Owings (COL) – After being slotted in the two-hole on Wednesday night, Owings hit a triple and two doubles but had to be removed from the game with general soreness. Similar to Judge, it sounds like the Rockies just wanted to be cautious with Owings. It doesn’t seem like he’ll be headed to the IL.
Last Updated: April 7th, 2:41 pm ET
George Springer (TOR) - More bad news for the Springer. He felt some tightness in his quad while running the bases yesterday. He underwent an MRI and is still waiting for the results. He will not be coming off the IL tomorrow.
Tim Anderson , (CWS) - Anderson has been placed on the 10-day Injured List with a strained left hamstring. No word on the severity yet.
Fernando Tatis Jr. (SDP) - Non-contact injuries don't happen nearly as often in baseball as they do in other sports, but here we are. Tatis left the game after an awkward swing-and-miss and since then the Padres announced that he has a left shoulder subluxtion, or in other words, a partial dislocation. This is likley something that keeps him out a while, but continue to monitor the news in the upcoming days. Update: The Padres received very fortunate news on Tuesday that Tatis will not need surgery for the shoulder injury he suffered on Monday night. An MRI on Monday revealed a slight dislocation and a partially torn labrum. Padres GM AJ Preller was optimistic Tatis could return once he's eligible to come off the IL. That seems incredibly optimistic, but the Padres, and fantasy owners alike, can exhale a bit.
Kevin Kiermaier (TB) – Kiermaier left Monday’s game with left quadriceps tightness after trying to beat out a grounder early on. He stayed in the game but the Rays noticed he wasn’t his normal speedy self when he struggled to chase down a hit off the Green Monster. After the left the game, Mike Brosseau took his place in left field. Randy Arozarena shifted from left-to-right. Manuel Margot subsequently shifted from right-to-center. Update: The Rays have officially placed Kiermaier on the 10-day IL.
J.D. Davis (NYM) - Davis exited Tuesday's game after being hit by a pitch in the hand early on. An in-game X-ray revealed no fracture, but they'll re-assess the injury on Wednesday.
Last Updated: April 6, 2:15 pm ET
The Washington Nationals have added a decent amount of players to their IL due to the COVID breakout the team experienced in the past few days. Brad Hand , Kyle Schwarber , Jon Lester , Patrick Corbin , Alex Avila , Yan Gomes , Josh Harrison , Jordy Mercer , and Will Harris are all on the injured list, although Harris was due to inflammation in his right hand. As of right now, these players will miss the next 7-10 days. The big question is how will they perform when they come back. It's not yet clear who tested positive and who was merely a close contact, but athletes across a range of sports didn't quite look themselves when they returned to action.
Last Updated: April 6, 6:00 am ET
Chris Taylor (LAD) – Taylor left Monday’s game in the third inning after getting hit by a pitch in the elbow. He’s got a bit of a contusion at the moment, but X-rays came back negative.
Ramón Laureano (OAK) – Laureano had to be pulled from Friday’s game after he dove head first trying to beat out an infield grounder. Good news? X-rays were negative. There’s still the possibility that he misses a game or two so definitely keep an eye out on the Oakland lineup the next few days since the injury isn’t too serious. Update: Laureano could return to the lineup as soon as Tuesday according to Bob Melvin.
Last Updated: April 5, 7:44 pm ET
Elieser Hernandez (MIA) - The Marlins have placed Hernandez on the 10-day injury list with inflammation in his right bicep.
Austin Hays (BAL) - The Orioles announced that Hays left Sunday’s contest with right hamstring tightness. Hays has had a long history with injuries, but nothing has been announced considering his status moving forward. *UPDATE* Hays has been placed on the 10-day IL.
Joakim Soria (ARI) - After 2/3 of an inning, Soria was pulled from the game in the eighth inning due to a strain in his calf, covering first base. Soria had secured the closers job out of camp, but was used in a “high leverage” situation in his first outing.
Chris Martin (ATL) - It’s never a good sign when a pitcher says he has a tingling sensation in his fingers. Martin was pulled because of this so we’re going to have to really pay attention to the news moving forward. Martin was second in line for saves in ATL.
Jesse Winker (CIN) - After missing Sunday's game as well, Winker is not in Monday's lineup due to an illness (non-COVID illness). It's worth monitoring his status as the week progresses.
Josh Fuentes (COL) - After originally making Sunday’s lineup, Fuentes was scratched due to wrist soreness, but it shouldn’t be too impactful moving forward considering it’s just general soreness.
Michael Brantley (HOU) - Manager Dusty Baker said Brantley will avoid the injured list, but will be unavailable until at least Tuesday due to his injured wrist.
Shohei Ohtani (LAA) - After a scary looking collision at home plate in Sunday’s start, Joe Maddon said Ohtani will not be in the lineup on Monday. Ohtani himself said he’s OK. Ohtani owners, you can breathe easy.
Garrett Cooper (MIA) - Scary situation, hope everything is OK with Cooper, but he's been placed on the 10-day IL due to a bad reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine. He could, however, return to action as early as Tuesday if he is feeling better. That's an absolute longshot, but worth mentioning.
Byron Buxton (MIN) - Buxton remains ill (non-COVID illness) and is not in Monday’s lineup. We need to monitor the news moving forward to find out when we may see him back in the Twins’ lineup.
Chad Pinder (OAK) - Pinder had gotten off to a quick start this season hitting 3-for-10 with a home run before spraining his left knee. He’ll be getting an MRI on it today (Monday). *UPDATE* Pinder has been placed on the 10-day IL.
Ke'Bryan Hayes (PIT) - Hayes was played on the 10-day injured list prior to Sunday's game due to his banged up wrist.
Last Updated: April 3, 7:22pm ET
Ke'Bryan Hayes (PIT) – Hayes was pulled from Saturday’s game in the third inning with wrist discomfort. It looked as if he injured it diving back to first base on a pickoff attempt by Jake Arrieta . The Bucs pulled him as a precaution, and he was replaced by Erik González . As of Saturday evening, there’s no word on the severity of Hayes’ injury.
Michael Brantley (HOU) – Following a stellar outing on Friday where he hit three doubles, Brantley was hit by a pitch on his wrist Saturday and left the game early on. He was replaced by Chas McCormick. No word yet on the severity of his injury.
Josh Donaldson (MIN) – Donaldson was experiencing some hamstring tightness while running out a double in the first inning of yesterday’s game. He was replaced at third base by Luis Arraez. The Twins will use their off day on Friday to determine the severity of Donaldson’s injury. Update: On Saturday the Twins officially placed Donaldson on the 10-day IL with hamstring tightness.
Last Updated: April 3, 12:35pm ET
Sixto Sánchez (MIA) – Sanchez experienced some shoulder discomfort during a simulated game on Wednesday and failed to reach the 75-pitch limit. The injury resulted in some inflammation and Don Mattingly thought that was good news, considering it’s not overly serious. There’s no timetable yet for Sanchez, but it sounds like they expect him back sooner rather than later.
Last Updated: April 2, 8:20am ET
Nick Senzel (CIN) – Injuries continue to plague the once promising Reds prospect. Senzel injured his left shoulder while diving to make a play in Thursday’s opener. A torn labrum in his right shoulder previously ended his rookie campaign in 2019 and additionally he missed 27 games last year. Tyler Naquin came in to replace him in center field once Senzel left the contest. No news yet on the severity of the injury.
Eduardo Rodríguez (BOS) – Rodriguez is starting the season on the 10-day IL with left elbow inflammation. If all goes well with his simulated session today, he could make his first start since 2019 later next week.
Robbie Ray (TOR) – After a very impressive spring, Robbie Ray fell down some stairs and is dealing with an elbow contusion. You can’t make this stuff up. He’ll likely only miss two starts and be back in the rotation in no time. He’s always had high strikeout upside, but that has also come with allowing walks and home runs. Assuming the elbow heals in time he should be able to help fantasy managers out in less than two weeks.