We are under three weeks to go in the fantasy baseball season and if you are still reading this then you are having a great season. I hope at this point that you aren’t having any fantasy baseball injuries as it really could derail your chance at a championship. The long grind of setting your fantasy baseball lineups is almost over and the championship is in your sight! Let’s take a look at the MLB injury report to see who is out, who is on the way back, and who might be able to help you inch ever closer to the glory and the pomp and circumstance of a fantasy baseball title!



Fantasy Baseball MLB Injury Report September 19

Julio Rodríguez – He was a scratch from the Mariners lineup on Saturday with some lower back tightness. He did not play Sunday and as of now we don’t have any concrete timetable on when he will be back for Seattle. The team is fighting for a playoff spot and haven’t put their young phenom on the injured list, so you would think that this is just a short-term injury. 

Max Scherzer – He allowed just one run over 3.2 innings in his last rehab start with seven strikeouts and Scherzer is set to rejoin the Mets rotation on Monday as we hit the home stretch. He did only throw 59 pitches so you might think that he would be limited on this start, but with the Mets in a dogfight and the kind of guy that Scherzer is, I wouldn’t be shocked to see him throw 100 pitches if the game calls for it. Get him back in your lineups for this start. 

Zack Wheeler – He hasn’t pitched since August 20th, but Wheeler is set to return for the Phillies on Wednesday. However, the team has already announced that he is going to be on a pitch count and will almost definitely not go long enough to qualify for a win and could only go two or three innings. Unless you are in a really tight standings where every strikeout counts, it might be a better idea to wait and not start Wheeler this time. 

Ozzie Albies – I had originally put an outline up for this article where I was going to talk about how Albies was returning from the injured list. Well, times have changed as he fractured his pinky in his second game sliding into second base. He isn’t going to need surgery, but he will not return in the regular season and will hope to come back at some point during the playoffs if the Braves make it far. What a brutal season it was for Albies, but it is officially over for fantasy purposes. 

Luis Robert – You are just going to have to deal with this guy being in and out of the lineups for the rest of the season. Robert did not play Sunday after playing Saturday as he still has issues with his hand and wrist area. It is going to truly be a day-to-day thing for Robert for the rest of the season so if you are still in it and have Robert on your roster you are going to have to watch the White Sox lineup each and every day. 

Anthony Rizzo – The Yankees slugging first baseman was activated from the injured list on Sunday as he returns from headaches. He is really needed for the Yankees and those that have him on their fantasy teams as well as he had 30 home runs in 117 games. Get him back into your lineups right away as he can really make an impact in the last couple of weeks. 

Ramón Laureano – The Athletics put their talented outfielder on the 10-day injured list on Sunday with a hamstring strain. He hit 13 home runs and stole 11 bases in 94 games this season, but I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if we have seen the last of Laureano. With just 17 days left in the season and Oakland nowhere near contention it makes no sense to bring him back in 2022. 

Eugenio Suárez – The Mariners third baseman went on the 10-day injured list with a fractured finger. He was taken out of the game on Friday when a ground ball caught him in the finger, and this is not good news. Again, with limited time left in the season, there’s a real strong chance that he is out for the rest of the year. He had 31 home runs exactly for the second year in a row, so you hope that maybe he can come back for the last few days, but it seems unlikely. He will undergo further testing in the coming days. 

Trevor Story – He has not played since September 11th, and Story has still not been placed on the injured list by the Red Sox. I get that the team has nothing to play for in the final two and a half weeks, but either put him on the shelf or get him back into the lineup! They don’t play Monday so given the fact that he is still on the active roster you would think that he would be back with the team on Tuesday. However, Boston is a team with nothing to play for, so perhaps they will sit their stud for the rest of the season just to give him extra time to rest. 

Tyler O’Neill – He is going to have to live in a bubble if this continues! O’Neill is going back on the injured list again with a hamstring strain after trying to steal a base on Friday. The Cardinals are going to win their division, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him come back for the last week of the season, but if you are close in the standings, just let him go and pick someone else up. Even if he does return, you’d think the Cards would only play him sporadically so he will be ready for the playoffs. 

Michael Kopech – The season is likely over for the White Sox hurler as he was put on the 15-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. He was originally slated to start Sunday but was scratched and the team has little motivation to get him back on the mound. It was a fairly strong season for Kopech with a 3.54 ERA and 1.19 WHIP although he did fall short of a strikeout an inning. He will turn 27 a month into the season in 2023 and will likely be a fairly attractive mid-draft option next season. 

Brendan Rodgers – He was removed from Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury, but manager Bud Black said after the game that it wasn’t a major injury and Rodgers was more day-to-day. It seems that he will avoid a trip to the injured list, but there’s always a chance that the Rockies rest their young hitter. He has had a fairly successful season with a .261 average and 11 home runs, but he still hasn’t scratched the surface of his potential. 

Frankie Montas – A rough start on Friday turned into a trip for an MRI on his shoulder and while we haven’t gotten the results yet, manager Aaron Boone hasn’t ruled out a trip to the injured list for the Yankees pitcher. It is good news that he wasn’t placed on the injured list right away, but Montas hasn’t been the same pitcher at all since being traded to the Yankees. While it may suck for fantasy, the team would probably be best served to give him a break for the rest of the season and allow him to be ready for a potential playoff run. We will see what the team decides to do roster wise in the next 24-48 hours. 



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