The MLB Injury Report for Week 6 of the 2023 fantasy baseball season features tons of pitchers with elbow injuries. In particular, the Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies have multiple hurt pitchers. The Texas Rangers are dealing with oft-injured Jacob deGrom, whose elbow issues headline this week's MLB injury news. The shortstop position for fantasy baseball lineups has also been hammered with injuries early, but the Chicago White Sox have received encouraging news regarding Tim Anderson. Plus, we may see Philadelphia Phillies get their star Bryce Harper back in the lineup sooner than expected as he tops the MLB injury updates. Be sure to check out the latest fantasy baseball rankings update for the month of May as you make roster moves. Plus, check out the MLB top prospects and fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups if you're looking for injury replacements. As always, keep an eye on the latest MLB news, MLB lineups, MLB projections, and the rest of our fantasy baseball advice to get a leg up on your league competition. Here are the latest MLB injury updates from around the league.
2023 Fantasy Baseball MLB Injury Report Week 6
Updated: May 5
MLB Injury Updates Hitters
Bryce Harper, OF, Philadelphia Phillies (Elbow)
Back in action.
Corbin Carroll, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks (Knee)
Back in action.
Cristian Pache, OF, Philadelphia Phillies (Knee)
Pache won't play for at least the next month after having a procedure on his knee. He had been a fill-in anyway so it doesn't impact the lineup as much.
Mike Yastrzemski, OF, San Francisco Giants (Hamstring)
Brandon Crawford, SS, San Francisco Giants (Calf)
Crawford was put on the injured list with a strained calf earlier this week. He'll potentially be able to return to action next week, but until he's ready, Thairo Estrada will continue playing shortstop.
J.D. Martinez, UTIL, Los Angeles Dodgers (Back)
A couple of days ago, the Dodgers put Martinez on the Injured List with a sore back. We hadn’t seen him play in almost a week, so the move makes sense. While he’s out, the Dodgers will likely continue using multiple players to serve as the designated hitter until Martinez returns in a couple of weeks.
Kerry Carpenter, OF, Detroit Tigers (Shoulder)
Carpenter has a strained shoulder and he’ll need a few weeks to rest and recover as the Tigers put him on the Injured List. Matt Vierling will continue drawing starts in the outfield.
Miguel Cabrera 1B Detroit Tigers (Illness)
Cabrera has missed a few games because he's been sick and remains day-to-day for the Tigers.
Aledmys Diaz, 1B, Oakland Athletics (Hamstring)
Diaz ended up getting put on the injured list with a strained hamstring and he'll be out of action for at least another week.
Ronald Acuna Jr OF Atlanta Braves (Knee)
Acuna has been a bit nicked up lately as he was having shoulder issues recently and then he fouled a ball off his knee and it looked painful, but there's a good chance he avoids being placed on the injured list. He may need a game off to deal with the soreness.
Michael Harris II OF Atlanta Braves (Knee)
Harris injured his knee a few days ago but it was a minor injury and could be back in the Braves starting lineup for their next game. When you hear a player "hyperextend" their knee, it usually requires a bunch of days off for rest, but for Harris, he shouldn't be out long.
Nolan Gorman 2B St. Louis Cardinals (Back)
Gorman has a sore back and left the Cardinals last game and we'll have to see whether or not he'll need a game or two to rest and recover. The Cardinals were rotating Gorman between DH and different infield positions.
Corey Seager SS Texas Rangers (Hamstring)
It's been around a month since Seager got hurt, but new reports indicate that he's getting closer to returning and should be back on the field within the next couple of weeks. Ezequiel Duran has been filling in at shortstop while Seager has been sidelined.
Yan Gomes C Chicago Cubs (Concussion)
Austin Hays OF Baltimore Orioles (Finger)
Hays has a sore finger and he's missed the Orioles last couple of games but hasn't been placed on the injured list yet and probably will be able to avoid it. Kyle Stowers will likely fill in for Hays until he's ready to return in the next couple of games.
Alex Verdugo OF Boston Red Sox (Illness)
Verdugo missed his last game because he was sick and we'll have to see if he's feeling better prior to the start of the Red Sox next game. Raimel Tapia can help out in the outfield if Verdugo needs more time to recover.
Garrett Cooper 1B Miami Marlins (Ear)
Cooper is suffering from a bad ear infection and he was put on the injured list. Yuli Gurriel should continue filling in for him.
Avisail Garcia OF Miami Marlins (Back)
Garcia was put on the injured list with a sore back and unless the injury is worse than the Marlins are reporting, he should be able to come back next week.
Jake Burger 3B Chicago White Sox (Oblique)
Burger was put on the injured list with a strained oblique and while he's out, Hanser Alberto could fill in for him at third base.
Kyle Isbel OF Kansas City Royals (Hamstring)
We'll have to see what the damage is when Isbel goes through more tests on his hamstring and he may require a stint on the injured list after being removed from the Royals last game.
Harrison Bader OF New York Yankees (Head)
Bader had a collision in the field the other day and we'll have to see if he needs to be held out for a game or two this weekend but the Yankees are reporting that he shouldn't need to go on the injured list.
MLB Injury Updates Pitchers
Jacob deGrom, SP, Texas Rangers (Elbow)
There’s swelling in deGrom’s elbow and the Rangers put him on the Injured List after he exited his last start early. The team is claiming that he shouldn’t be looking at more time off after this stint on the IL, but that’s very hard to believe. deGrom has been checked on in multiple starts and has had a tough time staying healthy over the last few years. Dane Dunning should start in his place in the Texas rotation.
Kenta Maeda, SP, Minnesota Twins (Arm)
Maeda was put on the injured list with a strain in the triceps area of his arm and he’ll miss the next few weeks. Bailey Ober will continue to start and we’ll have to see who else enters the rotation with multiple Twins starting pitchers out.
Tyler Mahle, SP, Minnesota Twins (Elbow)
We’re looking at a return in June for Mahle as he’s dealing with strained muscles in his elbow. We’ll have to see how this shakes up the rotation because Kenta Maeda is out as well.
Luis Garcia SP Houston Astros (Elbow)
Garcia is dealing with elbow soreness after needing to leave his last start and he's still undergoing more testing to see what the exact damage is, but, for now, he'll be out for a few weeks to recover.
Jose Urquidy, SP, Houston Astros (Shoulder)
Urquidy's shoulder has experienced swelling and he's on the injured list and we don't know when to expect him back on the mound. We'll have to see who the Astros have in mind to fill in for multiple injured starting pitchers, but we saw Brandon Bielak on the hill and he'll draw more starts.
German Marquez, SP, Colorado Rockies (Elbow)
After seeing Marquez put on the Injured List late last week, there’s now talk that he may have to go under the knife and have Tommy John surgery on his elbow. He’s getting more tests done early this week so it’s not final yet, but it’s definitely a bad sign and his season could be over.
Dinelson Lamet RP Colorado Rockies (Back)
Lamet is dealing with a sore back and the Rockies put him on the injured list and he'll miss the next few weeks of action.
Noah Davis, SP, Colorado Rockies (Elbow)
Davis is dealing with a sore elbow and the Rockies put him on the Injured List. He’s made three starts this season and he’ll be out of action for at least the next few weeks.
Kenley Jansen, RP, Boston Red Sox (Back)
Jansen has been complaining about back pain but the good news is that the Red Sox haven’t placed him on the Injured List just yet and could need a few more days to rest and recover. Ryan Brasier could be in line to get saves while Jansen is out.
Garrett Whitlock, SP, Boston Red Sox (Elbow)
Whitlock has pain in his elbow and the Red Sox put him on the Injured List a few days ago. They already don’t feel that he should be out for very long and could make it back once this IL stint ends.
Pete Fairbanks, RP, Tampa Bay Rays (Hand)
Fairbanks was put on the injured list with a swollen forearm and while he's out, Jason Adam will get save opportunities for the next few weeks.
Josh Fleming SP Tampa Bay Rays (Foot)
Good reports are coming out surrounding Fleming's foot after he got beaned a few days ago and he won't be placed on the injured list.
Jose Quijada, RP, Los Angeles Angels (Elbow)
Quijada won't pitch again this season as he will have Tommy John surgery on his elbow. He ends his season with four saves and an earned run average of six.
Austin Warren RP Los Angles Angels (Elbow)
Warren is looking at time off the field as the Angels will shut him down because his elbow is sore. It wouldn't be surprising to see Warren held out until late June.
Brooks Raley, RP, New York Mets (Elbow)
Raley was put on the Injured List because he’s been having issues with his elbow. The Mets think that he won’t be out long-term and could potentially return once his IL stint ends.
Brandon Hughes, RP, Chicago Cubs (Knee)
We don’t have a timetable regarding Hughes, but this isn’t the first knee injury he’s suffered over the last few months. He may need more than 15 days to recover from his knee injury.
Fernando Cruz, RP, Cincinnati Reds (Shoulder)
Cruz was put on the Injured List with a shoulder strain and he won’t be pitching for the next few weeks for the Reds.
Easton McGee, P, Seattle Mariners (Forearm)
After his debut, we were told that the Mariners put McGee on the Injured List with a forearm strain. We’re still waiting on more details regarding the injury.
Nestor Cortes SP New York Yankees (Illness)
Cortes is sick and the Yankees are giving him a few more days to recover and are switching up their rotation order. We should see him start early next week.
Vince Velasquez SP Pittsburgh Pirates (Elbow)
Velasquez was experiencing pain in his elbow and left his last start and we'll have to see if the Pirates end up putting him on the injured list and I'm sure they'll run some more tests. Right now, the injury is being downplayed, but we should get another update over the next couple of days.
German Marquez SP Colorado Rockies (Elbow)
Marquez will have Tommy John surgery and it will end his 2023 campaign. Antonio Senzatela is ready to return to action coming off an ACL injury to start for the Rockies.
Kyle Freeland SP Colorado Rockies (Neck)
Freeland was taken out of his last start with a stiff neck and he is considered day-to-day for now, but if the pain doesn't go away, he may need to miss his next start but from what we've been told, Freeland's in just a little bit of pain.
Kyle Wright SP Atlanta Braves (Shoulder)
Wright was put on the injured list with swelling in his shoulder and he'll miss his next couple of starts. We saw Dylan Dodd get a spot start and he'll likely take the hill again filling in for Wright until he returns.
Joe Musgrove SP San Diego Padres (Foot)
Musgrove has suffered some strange injuries over the last few months, and he'll need a few more days before he makes his next start because he apparently has a big blister on his foot that's bothering him.
Zach Pop RP Toronto Blue Jays (Hamstring)
Pop was taken out of his last appearance with a sore hamstring and we'll know in the next couple of days whether or not he'll need a stint on the injured list.
Kutter Crawford P Boston Red Sox (Hamstring)
Crawford has a sore hamstring and had to leave his last start and he hasn't been placed on the injured list yet and the Red Sox will wait to see if the pain subsides.
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