It’s week 17 of the 2023 fantasy baseball season and after missing nearly two months of action, New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is on the cusp of being activated from the injured list. The Yankees are currently in last place in the American League East division. The Cleveland Guardians are in a division race in the AL Central sitting a game and a half behind the Minnesota Twins, but we found out earlier this week that they'll be without the services of starting pitcher Shane Bieber for another month and a half as he nurses an elbow injury. The MLB Trade Deadline is approaching and if you’re wondering who will likely get dealt over the next week, listen to the Fantasy Alarm Fantasy Baseball Podcast as James Grande and Matt Selz discuss who could be on the move. Make sure to take a look at Fantasy Alarm's MLB trade deadline trade tracker as well to get the latest updates regarding player movement. If your fantasy baseball team is suffering from injuries or is just struggling in general, check out Dan Malin's latest piece here for fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups. While figuring out who to start in your fantasy baseball lineups for the rest of this week, here are the latest MLB injuries to take into consideration.
2023 Fantasy Baseball MLB Injury Report Week 17
MLB Injury Updates Hitters
Updated: July 28
Yordan Alvarez OF Houston Astros (Oblique)
Back in action.
Corey Seager SS Texas Rangers (Thumb)
Seager was placed on the injured list over the weekend with an injured thumb and reports say that it is just a sprain rather than a fracture and hopefully he can return to the Rangers lineup in the first week of August. Ezequiel Duran has started at shortstop for the last few games.
Jonah Heim C Texas Rangers (Wrist)
Heim had to depart the Rangers last game with a sore wrist and we'll have to see if the pain has subsided prior to the start of Texas' series against San Diego. If Heim can't play Friday, Mitch Garver or Sam Huff will start behind the plate.
Willson Contreras C St. Louis Cardinals (Hip)
Contreras head got cut up while behind the dish by a bat and had to leave the Cardinals last game. We'll have to see if he needs a game to allow his head to recover as the Cardinals continue their series against the Cubs this weekend.
Taylor Walls 2B Tampa Bay Rays (Oblique)
Walls hurt his oblique last week and was put on the injured list over the weekend. Walls has been starting all over the infield throughout the season and despite hitting just 211 at the dish, he’s stolen 20 bases this season. We don’t know when we’ll see him back on the field as his oblique is strained.
Yandy Diaz 1B Tampa Bay Rays (Groin)
Diaz missed the Rays last game with pain in his groin and tests didn't reveal any serious damage and Tampa Bay starts their weekend series versus Houston on Friday and we're unsure whether he'll be in the lineup. Luke Raley filled in at first base on Wednesday.
Kris Bryant OF Colorado Rockies (Finger)
As expected, Bryant did get put on the injured list after getting hit by a pitch in the finger. Bryant's finger is fractured and he'll likely miss a good amount of August with the injury.
Gabriel Moreno C Arizona Diamondbacks (Shoulder)
Aaron Judge OF New York Yankees (Toe)
Reports are out that Judge should be available to return to the Yankees lineup over the next few days and while Aaron Boone wouldn't fully commit, it's still a very positive sign that the Yankees power bat's toe has healed. He's hit 291 at the dish with 19 home runs and we haven't seen him play since June 3rd.
Gunnar Henderson SS Baltimore Orioles (Back)
Henderson has suffered from back pain throughout the week and sat out the Orioles last game but he hasn't been put on the injured list yet and after the team had Thursday off, there's a chance that he can be back in the lineup for the start of their series against the Yankees.
Alex Kirilloff 1B Minnesota Twins (Shoulder)
Kirilloff had to miss the Twins last game because of a sore shoulder and Donovan Solano filled in for him. Minnesota hasn't placed him on the injured list and he should be back in the mix for their series against the Royals this weekend.
Jorge Polanco 2B Minnesota Twins (Hamstring)
Polanco has been out of action since early June with an injured hamstring, but new reports are out that we should see him back in the Twins lineup over the next few days. Polanco had been hitting 250 prior to landing on the injured list.
J.P. Crawford SS Seattle Mariners (Knee)
Crawford fouled a ball off his knee earlier this week and he missed the Mariners last contest with a sore knee. Dylan Moore started at shortstop for Seattle last game.
Jesus Sanchez OF Miami Marlins (Neck)
Sanchez has a stiff neck and was removed from the Marlins last game. Miami had a rest day on Thursday and we'll have to see if he's able to return to the lineup for the start of their series against Detroit.
Aaron Hicks OF Baltimore Orioles (Hamstring)
Hicks was put on the injured list earlier this week with an injured hamstring but he shouldn't be looking at a lot of time out and should be ready to return to action in early August.
MLB Injury Updates Pitchers
Max Fried SP Atlanta Braves (Forearm)
Fried has made just five starts this season and we haven’t seen him pitch since early May, but his return could be imminent as he continues to rehab without any setbacks and reports are out that he could be very close to finally returning to the Braves rotation within the next week or two.
Shane Bieber SP Cleveland Guardians (Elbow)
Bieber was transferred on the 60-day injured list with swelling in his elbow and we won't see him pitch again until the middle of September. He hasn't pitched since July 9th and hopefully, he's fully recovered for our fantasy baseball championship pushes.
Noah Syndergaard SP Cleveland Guardians (Finger)
Syndergaard hasn't pitched since early June and he was just traded by the Dodgers to the Guardians and we should see him make his Cleveland debut on the hill early next week.
Zach Eflin P Tampa Bay Rays (Knee)
Eflin's last start was impacted by knee soreness and he got tests done following leaving his last start but he hasn't been put on the injured list which is a very positive sign. He could be back on the mound next week.
Mike Clevinger SP Chicago White Sox (Arm)
Clevinger's arm has recovered after being out of commission for over a month and we should see him activated and pitching again for Chicago in the next few days according to the latest reports.
Kyle Freeland SP Colorado Rockies (Shoulder)
It's been a few weeks since we last saw Freeland pitch, but he's scheduled to pitch on Friday against Oakland signaling that his shoulder has fully recovered.
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