It’s week 21 of the 2023 fantasy baseball season and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, who was sidelined for almost two months, came back, played one game and he's now back on the injured list. The Los Angeles Dodgers have a major double-digit game lead in the National League West division, but their pitcher Tony Gonsolin is suffering from a major forearm injury and it could cost him 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 21
MLB Injury Updates Hitters
Updated: August 25
Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels (Wrist)
Trout lasted just one game before the pain in his wrist returned and now we won't see him back in action for at least a couple of weeks. He originally hurt himself on July 3rd.
C.J. Cron, 1B, Los Angeles Angels (Back)
Cron has barely played over the last week as he continues to deal with swelling in his back and the Angels put him on the injured list a few days ago and he will miss all weekday action this week with a chance to return this weekend. Nolan Schanuel has started at first base for the last few games.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.. Jr., 1B, Toronto Blue Jays (Finger)
Back in action.
Aaron Hicks, OF, Baltimore Orioles (Back)
Hicks has barely played in August and the Orioles just put him on the injured list a couple of days ago as he deals with a back injury and he’ll miss all of Baltimore’s games during the week.
Michael Harris II, OF, Atlanta Braves (Foot)
Back in action.
Ozzie Albies 2B Atlanta Braves (Hamstring)
Albies might be activated from the injured list in the next few days but he could find himself still on the bench until his hamstring feels 100 percent better. Be mindful of this when setting your fantasy baseball lineups throughout the week. The latest reports indicate that he isn't fully healthy.
Sal Frelick, OF, Milwaukee Brewers (Hamstring)
It's been about a week since we last saw Frelick play as he continues to get bothered by a sore hamstring but tests didn't reveal anything alarming and the Brewers will continue to monitor him as they enter their weekend series against the Padres.
Jarren Duran, OF, Boston Red Sox (Toe)
Duran sprained his toe a few days ago and the Red Sox put him on the injured list and he's still getting tests done on his toe to see if there are any tears. We won't see him until the end of next week at the earliest.
Brandon Crawford, SS, San Francisco Giants (Forearm)
Crawford will be out for at least another few days as he continues to heal from a slightly strained forearm. Multiple players have been filling in for Crawford at shortstop.
Kevin Newman, SS, Cincinnati Reds (Oblique)
It’s been nearly a week since Newman last played and the Reds put him on the injured list over the weekend as he is dealing with a strained oblique.
Nolan Gorman 2B St. Louis Cardinals (Back)
Gorman has been suffering from swelling in his back and he hasn't played in nearly two weeks, but he has turned a corner. Gorman should be back in the lineup at some point this weekend as he is able to swing the bat pain-free.
J.D. Martinez UTL Los Angeles Dodgers (Groin)
We found out earlier this week that Martinez's groin injury will keep him out until the middle of September. Groin injuries tend to take longer to heal from. Martinez has been nicked up with multiple lower-body injuries over the last month.
Joey Votto 1B Cincinnati Reds (Shoulder)
The Reds put Votto on the injured list due to shoulder soreness. Christian Encarnacion-Strand has played first base for the last few games.
Javier Baez SS Detroit Tigers (Illness)
Baez has sat out the Tigers the last two games because he's been sick and the team has used multiple players to fill in at shortstop. The Tigers start their series against the Astros on Friday.
Keibert Ruiz C Washington Nationals (Head)
Ruiz's head is in a bit of pain after a ball hit him in the mask while he was behind the plate earlier in the week and he missed the Nationals last contest and he's currently day-to-day. Riley Adams is the Nationals backup catcher and will fill in again if needed.
Stone Garrett OF Washington Nationals (Fibula)
Garrett fractured his fibula while in the field a few days ago and his season appears to be over as there is only a little over a month to go and Washington is eight games out of a playoff spot and there's no point in rushing him back.
Henry Davis OF Pittsburgh Pirates (Hand)
The Pirates are going to give Davis at least another few days to rest his hand as it continues to bother him. Pittsburgh put him on the injured list earlier in the week.
MLB Injury Updates Pitchers
Tony Gonsolin, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers (Forearm)
Gonsolin has been experiencing major swelling in his forearm over the last few days and he’ll be getting more tests done during the week to figure out what he’s looking at when it comes to his timetable to return to action before the end of the season. The Dodgers coaches are concerned that Gonsolin could miss more than a month of action at this point.
Ranger Suarez, SP, Philadelphia Phillies (Hamstring)
Suarez hasn’t started in over a week and the Phillies put him on the injured list over the weekend as he’s suffering from a strained hamstring.
Ross Stripling, P, San Francisco Giants (Back)
The Giants put Stripling on the injured list on Saturday as he’s suffering from an injured back and we won’t see him pitch again until early-September.
Emerson Hancock, SP, Seattle Mariners (Shoulder)
Hancock won't be returning to the majors for the rest of the season after he was put on the 60-day injured list due to a badly strained shoulder.
Shohei Ohtani UTL, SP Los Angeles Angels (Elbow)
Ohtani has a tear in his elbow and the Angels announced a couple of days ago that he won't pitch again this season. If you're in a fantasy baseball league with Ohtani designated to just being a pitcher, you can drop him, but Los Angeles still plans on having him swing the bat. If you have Ohtani designated as a hitter, hang on to him.
Merrill Kelly SP Arizona Diamondbacks (Hamstring)
Kelly had a fantastic start against the Reds, but his hamstring started bothering him late in his start and was taken out. We haven't heard anything regarding a strain just yet so keep monitoring the news to see if anything pops up about Kelly prior to his next scheduled start next week. As far as we know, he was just experiencing soreness in the area.
Joe Ryan SP Minnesota Twins (Groin)
Ryan hasn't pitched most of August due to a groin injury, but, new reports are out that he's all healed up and we should see him pitch this weekend against the Rangers to try to notch his 10th win of the season.
Michael Kopech SP Chicago White Sox (Legs)
Kopech's legs were bothering him during his last start and was taken out in the fifth inning. He's scheduled to start early next week and he hasn't been sent to the injured list yet.
Nick Lodolo SP Cincinnati Reds (Tibia)
We haven't seen Lodolo pitch for the Reds since May as he's been experiencing major lower-body health issues and after injuring himself during a rehab start, his comeback to the team could be cut short if new tests indicate damage in his Tibia area.
Johnny Cueto SP Miami Marlins (Illness)
Cueto will miss at least another five days after the Marlins put him on the injured list with an illness earlier this week. He's started just six games for Miami this season.
Matthew Liberatore SP St. Louis Cardinals (Back)
Liberatore is suffering from pain in his back and the Cardinals put him on the injured list a few days ago and we won't see him back in action until early September.
Kenley Jansen RP Boston Red Sox (Hamstring)
Jansen's hamstring has been acting up this week but the Red Sox haven't put him on the injured list yet and he's being considered day-to-day at this point. Jansen has 29 saves and is sporting a 2.81 ERA.
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