It’s week 22 of the 2023 fantasy baseball season and in the American League East division, the Baltimore Orioles hold a two-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays, but they suffered a huge loss when their closer Felix Bautista injured his elbow a few days ago. We’re still waiting to hear from Baltimore regarding the status of Bautista for the rest of the season. Bautista has been the most reliable closer in fantasy baseball in 2023. Check out Fantasy Alarm’s closer grid to get the latest updates on the Orioles and other MLB bullpen situations. Once again, the Toronto Blue Jays are under the microscope as they deal with a couple of injuries on the hitting side and another in the bullpen. Shortstop Bo Bichette is suffering from quad soreness and Matt Chapman’s finger is hurting again. The San Francisco Giants are going to be without outfielder Michael Conforto for the foreseeable future as he’s suffering from an injured hamstring, but they should be getting other injured outfielders back on the field very soon. 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 22
MLB Injury Updates Hitters
Updated: September 1
Bo Bichette SS Toronto Blue Jays (Quad)
Bichette is suffering from a strained quad and he was put on the injured list a few days ago and Ernie Clement has filled in at shortstop over the last few games.
Matt Chapman 3B Toronto Blue Jays (Finger)
Chapman is on the injured list with a sprained finger and Santiago Espinal has been starting at third base for the Blue Jays last two games.
Brandon Belt 1B Toronto Blue Jays (Back)
Belt has pain in his back and he's sat out the Blue Jays last couple of games but he hasn't been put on the injured list yet. After Toronto had Thursday off, we'll have to see if the pain has subsided and Belt can return to the lineup for their weekend series versus the Rockies.
Taylor Walls 2B Tampa Bay Rays (Oblique)
Walls has been sidelined for over a month with a badly injured oblique, but new reports are out that we could see him back with the Rays within the next few days as he has healed. He’s hitting just 211, but he’s stolen 20 bases.
Jake Cronenworth 1B San Diego Padres (Wrist)
Cronenworth fractured his wrist over the weekend after getting plunked by a pitch. We’ll get more information over the next few days regarding when to expect him back in action, but it could be weeks until we see him and there’s about a month remaining in the regular season.
Tyler O’Neill OF St. Louis Cardinals (Knee)
After returning to the lineup earlier in the week, O'Neill is day-to-day as he continues to be hampered by a sore knee and he missed Wednesday's game and we'll have to see if he can return to the lineup for the start of the Cardinals series against the Pirates after having Thursday off.
Michael Conforto OF San Francisco Giants (Hamstring)
Conforto will be sidelined for at least the next few weeks with a strained hamstring. He was put on the injured list a couple of days ago. He’s hitting 251 and has recorded 55 RBIs for the season.
Julio Rodriguez OF Seattle Mariners (Foot)
Rodriguez has been dealing with minor foot pain but reports coming out of Seattle say that he won't be placed on the injured list and could make it back to the lineup in the next couple of games. He's sat out for the Mariners last two contests.
Salvador Perez C Kansas City Royals (Back)
Perez sat out the Royals last game because of upper-body issues he's been having. He hasn't been feeling 100 percent and we'll have to see if he can get back in the mix for the start of Kansas City's series against the Red Sox after being off on Thursday.
Matt McLain 2B, SS Cincinnati Reds (Oblique)
A strained oblique put McLain out of action and we won't see him take the field for at least the next few weeks and Spencer Steer has started at second base for the Reds last three games.
Jarren Duran OF Boston Red Sox (Toe)
Durant had a procedure on his toe and he won't be returning to the Red Sox lineup this season. He hit .295 and he stole 24 bags this season.
Pablo Reyes 2B, SS Boston Red Sox (Elbow)
Reyes is experiencing swelling in his elbow and the Red Sox put him on the injured list earlier this week and he'll miss at least another five days before being eligible to return to action.
Javier Baez SS Detroit Tigers (Soreness)
Baez has been out of action for the last couple of days and Tigers management has indicated that he's just a bit sore. The Tigers start their series against the White Sox on Friday and we'll have to see if the pain he's experienced has decreased and he can return to the lineup.
Lane Thomas OF Washington Nationals (Back)
Thomas missed the Nationals last game due to a sore back after tweaking it the game before. He hasn't been put on the injured list. It's uncertain whether Thomas will return to the Nationals lineup for Friday's game against Miami.
Jorge Soler OF Miami Marlins (Hip)
Soler hasn't played in a couple of games due to the pain he has in his hip. He should be able to return to the lineup in the next couple of games in the Marlins series versus the Nationals.
Mickey Moniak OF Los Angeles Angels (Back)
Moniak has a sore back and he sat out the Angels last outing. After the team had Thursday off, we'll have to see if he can make it back to the lineup for the start of their series versus Oakland.
MLB Injury Updates Pitchers
Adrian Houser SP Milwaukee Brewers (Forearm)
Houser lasted just two innings in his previous start before his forearm started hurting and had to be taken out of the Brewers last game versus San Diego and the pain stems from his elbow. He was put on the injured list earlier this week.
Chase Silseth P Los Angeles Angels (Concussion)
Silseth got hit in the head by a ball thrown in the field by his own teammate and he’s dealing with a concussion. He was placed on the injured list earlier this week and we’ll see him sidelined for at least a few more days.
Felix Bautista RP Baltimore Orioles (Elbow)
There’s fear that Bautista suffered a major elbow injury and his season could be over. He’s currently on the injured list and will miss at least the next two weeks as he gets more tests done. According to Fantasy Alarm’s closer grid, Yennier Cano will be the main fill in closing games for Baltimore.
Erik Swanson RP Toronto Blue Jays (Spine)
Swanson was put on the injured list over the weekend because of swelling in his spine and we don’t know when we’ll see him pitch again for the Blue Jays. He’ll be out for at least the next couple of weeks, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him out longer because the injury is in his spine.
Yu Darvish SP San Diego Padres (Elbow)
Darvish is dealing with swelling in his elbow and the Padres put him on the injured list and we don't know when or if we'll see him back on the mound this year. He'll miss at least the next couple of weeks.
Steven Wilson RP San Diego Padres (Hip)
Wilson has a swollen hip and the Padres put him on the injured list and he'll be sidelined until the middle of September.
Gavin Williams SP Cleveland Guardians (Knee)
The Guardians will monitor Williams after he was taken out of his last start because of a sore knee. His next scheduled start is on Monday and he hasn't been ruled out of it yet.
Brady Singer SP Kansas City Royals (Arm)
Singer didn't start this week because he has a sore arm. He hasn't been put on the injured list yet and we'll have to see if he can return to action next week.
Nick Lodolo SP Cincinnati Reds (Tibia)
As expected, Lodolo won't pitch again this season after suffering a major tibia injury while rehabbing in the minors.
Ranger Suarez SP Philadelphia Phillies (Hamstring)
After being out for over half of August, Suarez will reportedly return to the mound this weekend to start against the Brewers.
Kendall Graveman RP Houston Astros (Back)
Graveman is currently day-to-day after suffering a back injury earlier this week while on the hill. Houston was off on Thursday and hopefully, he can pitch at some point over the next few days.
Andrew Nardi RP Miami Marlins (Hand)
A ball smacked Nardi in the hand the other night and but tests revealed that nothing was broken. We'll have to see if Miami puts him on the injured list over the next couple of days.
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