I hope you all enjoyed the All-Star Break, and I hope you are ready for the mad dash towards fantasy baseball championships! We have just over two months to go on the road to your championship, so it is time to buckle down and get serious. MLB injuries will likely be your biggest obstacle towards bringing home the prize, so be sure to stay with the FAmily for all of your news. Coupled with the fantasy baseball injury report is the waiver wire article which you can find here to fill those holes in your fantasy baseball lineups. Coming out of the break this report is a little shorter than usual, so let’s get right to it!
Fantasy Baseball MLB Injury Report July 22
This one is a bit of old news as Mike Trout missed the All-Star Game with the injury, but nonetheless, Trout was placed on the 10-day injured list with rib cage inflammation. You never want to see Trout in this article given his history of injury, and the fact that the team put him on the injured list during the break, but not initially when he missed the last weekend before does concern me. There has not been further news on it which also bothers me a little, but all you can do is watch the news and hold your breath that this isn’t something worse than we originally thought.
I feel like I’ve been writing about Jacob deGrom all season long and perhaps we are getting closer to the return. deGrom threw five innings in a simulated game on Thursday and said he felt good afterwards. He threw 60 pitches which is encouraging, and the fact he had no setbacks is great. You would think that he would have a rehab start or two before rejoining the Mets but I would think by the time the calendar turns to August he should have a return date in mind.
While I thought he would return before the All-Star break, it was Frankie Montas taking the hill on Thursday and throwing three shutout innings while striking out five. He threw only 53 pitches, but the fact that he got back out there and was incredibly effective again is awesome news. Be sure that he is in your lineups for the upcoming week and continue to enjoy the great season he is having.
With the All-Star Break we always get managers talking to the press and Dave Roberts commented that he is hoping that Walker Buehler is able to return this season. He noted that he is getting good reports from the training staff and eyeing September for a return. This is decent news for those of you who might be stashing Buehler for a playoff run. Just remember that is a long way off and plenty of time for setbacks. Not saying I’m hoping for that of course, but we have to throw some reality on the optimism fire.
Staying in Los Angeles, Andrew Heaney is set to throw four innings in another rehab assignment after he was disastrous in his first. We always say that results aren’t important here, just that he doesn’t suffer any setbacks in the injury. However, with a guy like Heaney who has struggled in the past couple of years, I’m not sure we can say results don’t matter. He is on a good team with the Dodgers, but he has been really hard to trust in fantasy. Keep an eye on this next start before thinking of activating him or perhaps picking him up off the wire.
The best news for the Dodgers comes from Dustin May who is set to throw three innings on Friday in a rehab start at Triple-A. We haven’t seen him since last year when he only made five starts before going down with Tommy John surgery. This kid has dynamite stuff, and you would figure after a rehab start or two that he would be back with the Dodgers considering their injury problems. If he somehow is available in your league, now is the time to act and pick him up.
We waited all season for Domingo Germán's return, and let’s just be nice — it didn’t go to plan. German was tattooed for five runs over three innings in his comeback for the Yankees in a loss to the Astros. We can cut him a little slack considering Houston is one of the best offenses, and his next start comes against another good hitting team in the Mets. Luis Severino’s injury got him a rotation spot, but if he doesn’t start to pitch better that will be in jeopardy eventually.
The streaking Mariners are getting healthier as one of their better outfielders is set to make his return. Kyle Lewis will be activated from the injured list after sustaining a concussion back in May. He has a nice speed/power combination that surely deserves at least a spot on your fantasy bench as he comes back and Mitch Haniger isn’t far behind. That was a long time to miss from a concussion, but he should be back in the lineup for the weekend.
He had a rough start to the season, but Tyler Mahle is set to pitch for the Reds on Sunday as he comes back from a shoulder injury. He had pitched better in the six or so starts leading up to getting hurt, so there is reason to be optimistic about Mahle, who has great strikeout stuff, but pitches for a horrible team. Regardless, if you have been stashing him, it is time to pull him off the wire to face the Cardinals.
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