As we enter Week 7 of the 2023 fantasy baseball season, there are plenty of MLB injury updates impacting our lineups. Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Yandy Diaz headlines this week's fantasy baseball injuries as he's dealing with a sore groin. On the other side of the state of Florida, Jazz Chisholm Jr. Jr. Jr. is dealing with a sore toe and could miss more time for the Miami Marlins. We’ve seen a few pitchers get hit in the head by comebackers this year and Colorado Rockies pitcher Ryan Feltner was diagnosed with a fractured skull following his own incident. In terms of good news on the MLB injury report, we could see the return of Chicago White Sox reliever Liam Hendriks after he successfully battled cancer. Hendriks is one of the names on this fantasy baseball injury report which may be rising up fantasy baseball rankings and 2023 MLB projections soon. If you’re looking for fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups, he may still be available to add in leagues with no Injured List spots. For all other potential players to add, check out Adam Ronis' latest fantasy baseball waiver wire article. If you need more fantasy baseball roster replacements, check out the MLB top prospects being called up to MLB lineups lately. When looking at who to start in your fantasy baseball lineups this week, here are the latest MLB injuries to take into consideration.
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2023 Fantasy Baseball MLB Injury Report Week 7
Updated: May 19
MLB Injury Updates Hitters
Yandy Diaz, 1B, Tampa Bay Rays (Groin)
Diaz has had a great season as he’s hit double-digit home runs and is batting well above .300. However, he’s been dealing with a groin injury and will be getting it checked out to see how bad it is. Diaz could be facing the Injured List for at least the next few weeks and if his groin is strained badly, we may not see him for a month. Fantasy baseball investors should start looking for replacements on the waiver wire just in case poor results arise from the tests he will undergo.
Jazz Chisholm Jr. Jr. Jr., OF, Miami Marlins (Toe)
Chisholm is on the injured list and he's looking at the next month and change on the sidelines as he recovers from turf toe. With multiple outfielders injured, Garrett Hampson and Peyton Burdick should see more playing time.
Jesus Sanchez, OF, Miami Marlins (Hamstring)
Sanchez is dealing with a strained hamstring and he'll be out for another week unless he doesn't heal. Hampson and Burdick will help fill the void.
Anthony Rendon, 3B, Los Angeles Angels (Groin)
Rendon hasn't played in five games after being placed on the injured list with a strained groin. Gio Urshela will continue filling in for Rendon until he's ready to return hopefully by next week.
Cody Bellinger OF Chicago Cubs (Knee)
Bellinger injured his knee earlier in the week but his pain is mild and he's avoided the injured list and he could return to the Cubs lineup in the next couple of days. He's missed three of Chicago's last four outings.
Nico Hoerner, 2B, Chicago Cubs (Hamstring)
It seems that Hoerner is ready to return to action after being out of action for the last 10 days with a strained hamstring. Reports are out that he could return for the start of the Cubs series versus the Phillies.
C.J. Cron, 1B, Colorado Rockies (Back)
Cron ended up getting placed on the injured list with back spasms earlier this week and while he's been out the Rockies have used multiple options to fill in for him at first base, but Mike Moustakas should be the main beneficiary when it comes to playing time.
Elvis Andrus, SS, Chicago White Sox (Oblique)
Andrus has a strained oblique and he’ll miss another week of action after being placed on the Injured List. Hanser Alberto will continue starting at second base until Andrus is healthy.
Eloy Jimenez OF Chicago White Sox (Appendectomy)
Jimenez has said that he's feeling better and he's already doing drills and wants to return in a week. Normally, once you have the procedure you're off your feet for around a month, but less than two weeks after being operated on, he's saying he's just about ready. A return next week would be surprising, but if he continues to progress this quickly, he can possibly make it back to the field in under a month.
TJ Friedl, OF, Cincinnati Reds (Oblique)
Friedl has missed the Reds' last three games with an injured oblique. We’ll see if he’s put on the Injured List later today. Stuart Fairchild could see more starts in the outfield if Friedl needs more time off to heal up. He’s apparently not facing a major injury, but he’s still experiencing soreness and the Reds may look to play it safe.
Joey Gallo, 1B, Minnesota Twins (Hamstring)
Gallo has a sore shin and he got a day to rest it and we'll have to see if he's ready to roll for the Twins next game, but it wouldn't be surprising seeing him rest for another contest but return sometime this weekend.
Max Kepler, OF, Minnesota Twins (Hamstring)
Kepler was put on the Injured List with a strained hamstring. If Joey Gallo ends up suiting up for Monday’s game, he’ll potentially take Kepler's spot in the outfield and Nick Gordon should see more playing time as well.
Jorge Polanco 2B Minnesota Twins (Hamstring)
Polanco strained his hamstring, but, it isn't major and he may not need to be put on the injured list. The Twins were off on Thursday and we'll have to see if he's in the lineup for the start of the Twins series against the Angels.
Nick Gordon 2B Minnesota Twins (Shin)
Unlike Gallo, Gordon wasn't so lucky with his test results on his shin and it's looking like he's going to miss at least a few weeks with a fractured shin. We don't have a confirmed timetable just yet but we should get clarity over the next couple of days.
Joc Pederson, OF, San Francisco Giants (Hand)
Pederson was hit in the hand by a pitch last week and he was put on the injured list and he'll miss at least another few days of action as we haven't seen him play since May 12th.
Dylan Carlson, OF, St. Louis Cardinals (Ankle)
Tommy Edman 2B St. Louis Cardinals (Abs)
Edman has pain in his abs and for now we should consider him day-to-day after he had to leave his last game. Running into a teammate caused the pain and we should find out more regarding whether he'll be in the lineup against the Dodgers on Friday.
Travis Jankowski, OF, Texas Rangers (Hamstring)
Jankowski isn’t ready to return to the field just yet as he is eligible later in the week to come off the Injured List. We won’t see him until possibly late next week at the earliest.
Manny Machado 3B San Diego Padres (Hand)
We haven't seen Machado since the beginning of the week when he got hit in the hand by a pitch. Reports say that while he is dealing with a bit of a fractured hand, it's small and there's a chance he can avoid being put on the injured list, but if the pain doesn't subside over the next couple of days, the Padres may give him a few weeks to rest his hand. Ha-Seong Kim will continue filling in for Machado until he's ready to return.
Starling Marte OF New York Mets (Hand)
Marte was hit in the hand by a pitch a few days ago and he missed the Mets last game and we'll have to see if he needs another game or two off and if that's the case, he could be in line for additional testing on his hand. He's day-to-day for now. Jeff McNeil started in his place on Thursday.
Christian Yelich OF Milwaukee Brewers (Back)
Yelich has back pain and missed the Brewers last couple of games, but he's still day-to-day and Owen Miller could continue helping out in the outfield if Yelich needs more time.
Alex Verdugo OF Boston Red Sox (Groin)
Verdugo tweaked his groin and was taken out of his last game, but the good news is that he's not looking at a strained groin and after Boston was off on Thursday, he could potentially be back on the field on Friday.
Josh Naylor 1B Cleveland Guardians (Leg)
TJ Friedl OF Cincinnati Reds (Oblique)
Friedl has an injured oblique and the Reds put him on the injured list a few days ago. Until Friedl returns to action, Stuart Fairchild should continue getting more playing time in the outfield.
Jose Trevino C New York Yankees (Hamstring)
Trevino has a strained hamstring and the Yankees put him on the injured list. Kyle Higashioka will draw more starts behind the dish.
Kevin Kiermaier OF Toronto Blue Jays (Illness)
Kiermaier has been sick and missed the Blue Jays last couple of games and we'll have to see if he's recovered enough to play on Friday when they host Baltimore.
MLB Injury Updates Pitchers
Ryan Feltner, SP, Colorado Rockies (Head)
Feltner got hit in the head by a comebacker over the weekend and he suffered a fractured skull after being rushed to the hospital. He’ll sit out for at least the next few weeks with the injury, and possibly longer. We don’t know when we’ll see him pitch again but it would be surprising to see him back before June.
Liam Hendriks, RP, Chicago White Sox (Illness)
Seeing Hendriks fight through cancer and be ready to return to the field this soon is very impressive. First and foremost, thank goodness he’s healthy. It’s possible that Hendriks can get activated at some point this week or next week. Once he’s back into rhythm with the White Sox, we should see him closing games and recording saves.
Nick Lodolo, SP, Cincinnati Reds (Calf)
Don't expect to see Lodolo back in action until July at the earliest as he's dealing with a stress reaction to his tibia. His leg is badly injured. If his recovery goes slower than expected, he might not be brought back until late in the season.
A.J. Puk, RP, Miami Marlins (Elbow)
Puk has nerve pain in his elbow, which is never a good sign. The Marlins put him on the Injured List and we’ll have to see if we get a further timetable over the next few days. Don’t be surprised if a report comes out that he’ll be looking at an extended absence from the team due to nerve damage.
Edward Cabrera SP Miami Marlins (Finger)
Cabrera is day-to-day with a blister on his finger that was severe enough to take him out of his last start. We'll need to see how the Marlins play this as we are unsure if Cabrera will need to miss his next start.
Joe Mantiply, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks (Hamstring)
Mantiply is dealing with a strained hamstring and the Diamondbacks put him on the Injured List a few days ago. He’ll be sidelined for the next few weeks.
Dustin May SP Los Angeles Dodgers (Forearm)
May had to leave his last start with soreness in his arm and the Dodgers have said that he'll be shut down for at least the next month of action with a strained forearm. We'll have to see if he's ready to return before the start of July, but the Dodgers will be cautious with him.
Mason Miller SP Oakland Athletics (Elbow)
Miller hasn't started in almost two weeks and he's dealing with a badly sprained elbow and we don't know when we'll see him back on the mound, but he could be looking at a lot of time off. The Athletics don't want him to cause further damage to his elbow that could lead to possible Tommy John surgery.
Wade Miley SP Milwaukee Brewers (Back)
Miley was put on the injured list with a strain in his back and he'll miss at least the next two to three weeks of action.
Ross Stripling P San Francisco Giants (Back)
Stripling tweaked his back and he had to leave his last start in the fourth inning and we'll have to see if the pain drops by the time it reaches his next start in the Giants rotation. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Carlos Carrasco SP New York Mets (Elbow)
It's been over a month since we've seen Carrasco take the hill because of an elbow injury and barring any unforeseen circumstances, he'll start for the Mets in their next game.
Seth Lugo P San Diego Padres (Calf)
Lugo was put on the injured list with a strained calf and we won't see him pitch for the next couple of weeks.
Ian Hamilton RP New York Yankees (Groin)
Hamilton suffered a pretty severe groin strain a few days ago and according to reports, he'll be sidelined for a month but don't be surprised if his timetable is backed up as groin strains tend to take a longer time to heal up from.
Brad Boxberger RP Chicago Cubs (Forearm)
Boxberger was put on the injured list earlier this week with a strained forearm and we should know over the next few days what kind of timetable to return he's looking at.
John Schreiber RP Boston Red Sox (Back)
Schreiber is experiencing pain in his back and the Red Sox put him on the injured list and he'll miss at least another week of in-game action.
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