It’s week 20 of the 2023 fantasy baseball season and the worst fears have come true for the Tampa Bay Rays as starting pitcher Shane McClanahan won’t pitch again this season as his forearm injury hasn’t healed at all. The Rays are currently in second place in the American League East division and they’ll have to continue chasing the Baltimore Orioles without their ace. Sitting in third place are the Toronto Blue Jays who are watching to see if the swelling in Matt Chapman’s finger goes down before they play again on Tuesday. On the pitching side for Toronto, Jordan Romano is just about ready to return to the bullpen. The New York Yankees sit in last place in the AL East and could be without Nestor Cortes for the rest of the season. If your team is suffering from MLB injuries, take a look at Dan Malin’s latest piece to find out who to pick up from the fantasy baseball waiver wire. If you want more information regarding fantasy baseball risers and fallers, tap into Colby Conway’s latest article on MLB streaks and trends. While figuring out who to start in your fantasy baseball lineups for this week, here are the latest MLB injuries to consider.
2023 Fantasy Baseball MLB Injury Report Week 20
MLB Injury Updates Hitters
Updated: August 18
Ozzie Albies 2B Atlanta Braves (Hamstring)
What initially appeared to be a tweak turned out to be a strained hamstring for Albies and the Braves put him on the injured list earlier this week. Nicky Lopez has started at second base for Atlanta's last four games.
Matt Chapman 3B Toronto Blue Jays (Finger)
Chapman is experiencing swelling in his finger and he didn’t suit up for the Blue Jays game on Sunday. Santiago Espinal started in Chapman’s place at third base on Sunday.
Kevin Kiermaier OF Toronto Blue Jays (Elbow)
Kiermaier has been swinging the bat at practice this week and we should see him back in action over the next few games in the Blue Jays series against the Reds. We haven't seen him take the field in nearly two weeks.
Jose Abreu 1B Houston Astros (Back)
Abreu was put on the injured list over the weekend because of soreness and swelling in his back. Jon Singleton has played first base while Abreu has been sidelined.
Jonathan India 2B Cincinnati Reds (Foot)
The reports just keep getting worse and worse for India as it seemed like he was just about ready to return and now we won’t see him play for at least a few more weeks due to plantar fasciitis. India has been out since late July.
Willi Castro 2B, OF Minnesota Twins (Back)
We were told earlier this week that Castro was battling soreness in his back, but, it turns out that he's actually dealing with a strained oblique and the Twins put him on the injured list a few days ago. He'll miss the next week of action at minimum.
Dylan Carlson OF St. Louis Cardinals (Oblique)
We may not see Carlson play again until September as he is suffering from an injured oblique. He was put on the injured list over the weekend.
Lars Nootbaar OF St. Louis Cardinals (Abs)
Nootbaar has swollen abs and the Cardinals decided to put him on the injured list and he'll be sidelined for at least the next week and a half. Nootbaar has been hitting 283 at the dish this season.
Nolan Gorman 2B St. Louis Cardinals (Back)
Gorman hasn't played in four games and the Cardinals put him on the injured list as he continues to suffer from back soreness. We'll have to see if he's ready to return to the lineup early next week. Jose Fermin and Taylor Motter have filled in at second base since Gorman has been out.
Eloy Jimenez OF Chicago White Sox (Groin)
Jimenez missed the White Sox last game with a sore groin and after Chicago had Thursday off, the team is uncertain whether Jimenez will be ready to return to the lineup for the beginning of their series against the Rockies in Coors Field.
J.D. Martinez UTL Los Angeles Dodgers (Groin)
It feels like Martinez is on every injury report lately, or at least pops up once a week. He's been nursing a sore groin. He's played in just two of the Dodgers last 10 games and his status is uncertain as Los Angeles hosts Miami this weekend.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Jr. OF Arizona Diamondbacks (Hip)
Gurriel hurt his hip earlier this week and he sat out for the Diamondbacks last game and he's currently day-to-day. We'll have to see if he can make it back to the field on Friday.
Jose Siri OF Tampa Bay Rays (Finger)
Siri sprained his finger a few days ago and after the Rays were off on Thursday, they are set to begin a weekend series against the Angels and he's not a lock to land on the injured list. Luke Raley filled in for Siri in the outfield after he was taken out of the Rays last game.
Manuel Margot OF Tampa Bay Rays (Elbow)
Margot ended up having a small operation on his elbow but the procedure will keep him sidelined for another few weeks and the next time we see him active with the Rays will be in September.
Mark Vientos 3B New York Mets (Wrist)
Vientos was put on the injured list by the Mets with a sprained wrist. Jonathan Arauz has started at third base for the last couple of games.
Tom Murphy C Seattle Mariners (Thumb)
JJ Bleday OF Oakland Athletics (Knee)
Bleday is on the injured list with a sprained knee. We don't know when we'll see him back on the field. Don't expect to see him on the field with his teammates until early September.
Aaron Hicks OF Baltimore Orioles (Back)
Hicks has been nicked up this summer and he's dealing with a sore back and he sat out for the Orioles last game. They were off on Thursday and we'll have to see if the pain has subsided enough for Hicks to make it back to the lineup for the Orioles weekend series against the Athletics.
MLB Injury Updates Pitchers
Shane McClanahan SP Tampa Bay Rays (Forearm)
McClanahan’s season is over after he was put on the 60-day injured list over the weekend. He made one start in August and then started experiencing pain in his forearm and now we won’t see him pitch again until next year.
Nestor Cortes SP New York Yankees (Shoulder)
Cortes has a strained shoulder and we don’t know if we’ll see him pitch again this season as the Yankees plan on taking a slow approach when it comes to bringing him back. If he heals quickly, he could potentially make it back for the final couple of weeks, but it’s hard to rely on that.
Marco Gonzales SP Seattle Mariners (Forearm)
Reports are out that Gonzales will have surgery on his injured forearm soon, ending any chance of him returning this year. He’s been sidelined since late May.
Marcus Stroman SP Chicago Cubs (Ribs)
Stroman hasn't pitched in August and new reports have surfaced that Stroman can be out for longer than originally anticipated as he's suffering from fractured ribs. It's uncertain when we'll see him back on the mound.
Hunter Greene SP Cincinnati Reds (Hip)
After being out for the last two months with a major hip injury, the Reds are ready to bring him back to the rotation and we should see him take the hill over the next few days. The Reds play the Blue Jays and we could see him start against them this weekend.
MacKenzie Gore SP Washington Nationals (Finger)
Gore has a painful cut on his finger and he was taken out of his last start. We'll have to wait and see if the cut heals enough for him to pitch in his next scheduled start next week.
Steven Matz P St. Louis Cardinals (Back)
Matz has a strain in his back and the Cardinals put him on the injured list and he'll be out for the next couple of weeks to recover.
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