It is the final week of July and by now fantasy baseball players are hitting that wall. We have toiled and put together the best roster we can and now there are about two months left to go. And we know that MLB injuries are what makes the job of winning that fantasy baseball championship the toughest. With a new week it is time to set that fantasy baseball lineup again, and we have plenty of news on the injury front this week. Please be sure to check out the waiver wire article as well as the two-start and streaming pitcher article as they are imperative to helping you overcome your fantasy baseball injuries. Let’s rock this week and get right to the report!



Fantasy Baseball MLB Injury Report July 25


Rafael Devers – He was unable to play on Saturday with hamstring trouble, and the Red Sox put one of their best players on the 10-day injured list. The fact that he was shelved the same day he missed his first game is a little concerning. I’m not saying that I think this will be a long-term thing, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him miss more than the ten-day minimum here. 



Byron Buxton – The Twins stud has not played the games coming out of the All-Star break but was given a plasma injection to try to keep his knee healthy. The team is hopeful that he will be able to play on Tuesday, but we all know how it goes with Buxton. Cross your fingers, hold your breath, or whatever you do for good luck that this isn’t serious, and he will be back in the lineup on Tuesday. 



Julio Rodríguez – The King of the Home Run Derby has had a sore wrist and hasn’t played since coming out of the All-Star break. The good news though, is that he had an MRI and there was no structural damage. While a trip to the injured list is possible, I think it is more likely that Rodriguez is back in the lineup in the next day or two. Rodriguez, the Mariners, and fantasy players appear to have dodged a bullet here. 



Jesse Winker – Another Mariner having some trouble is Winker. He left Sunday’s game with an ankle sprain, but so far, the news appears to be pretty decent. This didn’t appear to be anything too serious, and he could avoid a trip to the injured list. However, with the above-mentioned Julio Rodríguez also day-to-day, the Mariners might have to put one of them on the injured list for the roster spot alone. 



Bobby Witt Jr. – The young stud was pulled from the game on Sunday with hamstring tightness, but nothing coming from the player or the team suggests that this is anything major. In fact, the move was called precautionary, and as of now has not been put on the injured list. Watch the Royals lineup for the next couple of days, but I would expect Witt to be back out there by Wednesday or Thursday at the latest. 



Jazz Chisholm Jr. – Bad news got even worse this weekend for Chisholm as a CT scan showed a stress fracture in his back and he was moved from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day list. This will almost surely end his season. The best-case scenario is that he is back in mid-September, but since the Marlins aren’t going to make the playoffs there is a solid chance that they might have him just call it a year. Unless you have no injuries or unlimited IL spots, it is probably safe to cast him to the waiver wire. 



Freddy Peralta – This one is a welcomed sight! Peralta had his first minor league rehab game on Sunday and although he only threw 33 pitches in two innings, it is a start towards his return from his shoulder injury. You can expect two or three more rehab starts before he heads back to help your fantasy team and the Brewers, but we are on the road to recovery here and he could be in the Majors by mid-August. 



J.D. Martinez – The Sox slugger was still out of the lineup on Sunday, marking his third missed game with back spasms. You’d have to say the fact that he hasn’t been put on the injured list at this point tells you that the team believes he can make a return any day and this isn’t very serious. Those of you who can only make lineup moves once a week will have a tough decision to make. I would play it safe and sit him this week if he isn’t in Monday’s lineup if you have anything that resembles a decent bench outfielder. 



Luis Robert – He has hit the injured list again, this time with blurred vision and lightheadedness. There isn’t a lot of deep dive analysis to be had here. The team hasn’t reported anything that is overly serious here and I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see him return the first day he is eligible. 



Max Meyer – The arrival of one of the more exciting young arms has been brought to a screeching halt as Meyer left his second start on Saturday with an elbow sprain. He was immediately placed on the injured list, and this is the same elbow he had trouble with earlier in the year in the Minors. He was clearly laboring through his last couple of batters and we have to cross our fingers that this isn’t going to be something serious. 



Justin Turner – The Dodgers third baseman has not returned to their lineup since leaving the game late on Thursday with abdominal tightness. Turner said that this doesn’t feel like other abdominal injuries he has had in the past, and the team has not put him on the injured list yet. That still could be a possibility, although I would assume that it would be retroactive to the last game he played. This doesn’t seem like anything that will keep him out a long time, but his play this week could be spotty. 



Matt Manning – The Tigers are close to getting another pitcher back as Manning is set to make what is likely his final rehab start on Wednesday. He has had mixed results in his short time in the Majors, but Manning has some pretty decent stuff and could be a sneaky pickup as we get close to August. He wasn’t great in his last rehab start, but for those desperate for pitching, he likely returns early next week. 



Tyler Stephenson – We just got Tyler Stephenson back and he didn’t even make it through the weekend before hitting the injured list again. Stephenson broke his collarbone when he was hit by a foul ball. The team has not announced how long he will be out, but this feels like it could be close to a month. We will update more as the situation becomes clearer. 



Javier Báez – He left the game on Sunday after getting hit in the arm by a pitch, but it appears to be just a contusion, and nothing that should keep him out for any extended period. Baez could miss a day or two, as I am sure that there is significant soreness, but I would be surprised to see him hit the injured list over this. 



Adam Duvall – As if he wasn’t disappointing enough at the plate, Duvall’s season has come to an end. He is going to have season-ending surgery on a tendon in his wrist, and that will cost him the rest of the year. Punt him to the waiver wire and see what you can find. 



Steven Matz – Speaking of season-ending injuries, that’s a wrap for Matz as well! He tore the MCL in his left knee on Saturday, making his first start off the injured list. He wasn’t exactly helping you soar to the top of the standings anyway, so he shouldn’t be hard to replace. 



Evan Longoria – Stop me if you’ve heard this one before……Evan Longoria was placed on the 10-day injured list. I know, crazy right! This time it is a hamstring strain, and while he has said he doesn’t think it is anything serious, he is having an MRI on Monday to find the extent of the injury. Best case scenario would be he can return on August 3rd


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