It is another Monday in the fantasy baseball season and for a lot of you that means it is time to set your fantasy baseball lineups for the week. As I have said all year long, injuries are the hardest variable to overcome in your quest for a championship, which is why it is really important to keep up with the latest MLB injury report. However, there is more required reading as you have to fill those holes in your fantasy baseball lineups and to do that you need the fantasy baseball waiver wire report here, and the two-start and streaming pitcher article here. As we approach the last week of the fantasy baseball regular season in head-to-head leagues and the last month in roto leagues, injuries now are more devastating than ever. Hopefully you are rostering the guys with good news attached here and we continue our paths to championships. 


Fantasy Baseball MLB Injury Report August 29

Justin Verlander – The ageless one was pulled from his Sunday start after just three innings with an issue with his calf as he was covering first base. As of right now, the team is calling it an abundance of caution. Verlander was dealing as he had six strikeouts, but I understand the team being cautious with their ace with the playoffs looming. Chances are he will make his next start but be sure to monitor the news and this column on Friday if there are further developments. 

Ronald Acuña Jr. – The knee issue for the phenom is being managed on a day-to-day basis and Acuna missed the final two days of the Braves series against the Cardinals this weekend. However, it has not been deemed serious enough to warrant an injured list trip and the stud is expected to be back in the Braves lineup on Tuesday. It is frustrating to deal with this injury, but it seems like he should be good for the most part going forward. 

Yordan Alvarez – He did not play on Sunday after talking with reporters on Saturday and admitting that he still has soreness in his hand. In fact, he missed Sunday’s game to get treatment on the sore hand. As of now, they say that there is still not a trip to the injured list in his future, but the Astros are going to need their slugger in the playoffs, and I won’t be surprised if they don’t give him a ten-day break in here somewhere considering how he is struggling. He is expected to play on Tuesday so be sure to keep him in your lineups in the hope he gets it going again. 

Trevor Story – He was activated from the 10-day injured list on Saturday, and then had a day off on Sunday. Never fear though, this was just a day off for him and he hasn’t had any sort of setback. Story is healthy again and should be in your lineups as he is expected to play for the Red Sox again on Monday. 

Brandon Lowe – He was drilled in the elbow on Friday and did not play Saturday or Sunday for the Rays. However, the good news is that all tests showed that there is no structural damage and the Rays have not put him on the injured list as of now. You certainly think they would have by now if they were going to. Consider Lowe day-to-day and he should be back some time early this week. 

Jack Flaherty – The news has been all good for Flaherty lately in his rehab assignment as he allowed just one run over 5.1 innings and threw 85 pitches in his last outing. He is going to make one more rehab start on Wednesday, and assuming he has no setbacks (which is never a given with Flaherty), he should return to the Cardinals rotation right around Labor Day. The Cards traded for several pitchers at the deadline so it will be interesting to see how they handle Flaherty’s return. 

Jose Trevino – The Yankees backstop was hit on his big toe with a pitch on Friday and he was unable to play in either of the subsequent games on the weekend. However, x-rays came back negative, and the team has not put him on the injured list which says to me that they view this as a short-term problem. He has been a nice surprise at a terrible position in 2022 and hopefully Trevino can get back behind the plate or at least at DH in the early part of the week. 

Luis Robert – He has been dealing with pain in his injured wrist again, and Robert missed the entire weekend. The good news is that he was not placed on the injured list again, and he is expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday so be sure to get him back in your lineups as he is one of your better players even if he isn’t 100 percent. 

Jorge Polanco – He was pulled towards the end of Saturday's game with patellar tendonitis, and Polanco has been dealing with knee issues for a bit now. However, the team did not put him on the injured list on Saturday or Sunday, so you have to believe this is a short-term thing. Expect him to be back in the lineup by the middle of the week at the latest. 

Mike Soroka – His third rehab start was a mixed bag as he allowed four earned runs across 4.2 innings while striking out three and walking three. However, the good news is that Soroka didn’t suffer any setbacks and he threw 75 pitches. You would think he would only need one more rehab start before rejoining the Braves, but the fact he hasn’t been in the Majors since 2020 makes him a very risky fantasy move as we head down the stretch. 

Aroldis Chapman – The terrible season for the once reliable Yankees closer gets worse as he hits the 15-day injured list with a leg infection that comes from a tattoo. He has been awful for the most part anyway and Clay Holmes is working his way back, so Chapman’s fantasy relevance was likely short lived anyway. 

Brandon Marsh – What looked like it could be season ending turned into a short injured list stay. Marsh’s leg collapsed trying to rob a home run just a couple of weeks ago and the Phillies activated him from the injured list on Saturday. He went hitless, but the important part is he is back in the lineup. If you were using him in your lineup, it is safe to get him back in there again. 


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