One of the great stories of the 2023 MLB season has been Chicago White Sox closer Liam Hendriks and his successful battle against Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and according to reports, he is ready to return to the team and over the next few days he should start accumulating saves. Some of the pitchers that have received bad news regarding injuries include Tampa Bay Rays closer Pete Fairbanks, who is now dealing with a hip injury and may have to go back on the injured list if the tests he takes shows damage. Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Vince Velasquez was on the injured list for most of May with swelling in his elbow and right after he was activated, he lasted just two innings in his return start and was taken out of the game because his elbow started acting up. He was then placed back on the injured list, and he’ll have additional testing done on his elbow to determine whether he’s looking at a very long absence. If you need a starting pitcher or relief pitcher, check out some of Adam Ronis’ top targets that could be on your fantasy baseball waiver wire here. The Milwaukee Brewers could have a few short-term fantasy baseball pickups that could see more playing time as they’re dealing with three injured hitters. The Toronto Blue Jays have a few players who are banged up as well as the month gets ready to turn to June. While deciding who to start in your fantasy baseball lineups for the week, here are the latest MLB injuries to take into consideration.
2023 Fantasy Baseball MLB Injury Report Week 9
Updated: June 2
MLB Injury Updates Hitters
Max Muncy 3B Los Angeles Dodgers (Hamstring)
Back in action.
Anthony Rizzo 1B New York Yankees (Wrist)
Rizzo hurt his wrist in the field and left the Yankees last game, but, the good news is according to comments made by the coaches after the game that the injury is minor and he should be back in the mix for his next game against the Mariners. Consider him day-to-day, but he should start on Monday.
Harrison Bader OF New York Yankees (Hamstring)
Bader is on the injured list with a strained hamstring, but according to reports, it's not a major injury and he should be back in action in a little over a week. Greg Allen could see more playing time until Bader returns to the field.
Alec Bohm 1B, 3B Philadelphia Phillies (Hamstring)
The Phillies ended up putting Bohm on the injured list with a strained hamstring and we won't see him back on the field for over a week. Edmundo Sosa could draw more starts in his place until Bohm is healthy.
Thairo Estrada 2B San Francisco Giants (Wrist)
Estrada is on the injured list with a sprained wrist and he’s missed three games and he’ll be out of action for most of this week due to the injury. Estrada has played a few positions in the field and we’ve seen Brett Wisely draw more starts.
Michael Conforto OF San Francisco Giants (Heel)
Conforto hasn't played in two of his last three games and he's been suffering from pain in his foot and he got tests done on his heel and nothing in his foot seems damaged and we'll have to wait and see if he'll be ready to take the field on Friday when the Giants start their series against the Orioles.
Willy Adames SS Milwaukee Brewers (Concussion)
We won’t see Adames take the field again until the weekend at the earliest because he’s on the injured list with a concussion. Brice Turang will continue filling in for Adames this week.
Jesse Winker OF Milwaukee Brewers (Neck)
Winker has a sore neck and missed the Brewers last game and we’ll have to see if Winker is healthy enough to start Tuesday in their series against the Blue Jays. Winker hasn’t hit a home run all season and he’s barely hitting over 200.
Wil Myers OF Cincinnati Reds (Kidney)
It’s been almost a week since we’ve seen Myers in the Reds lineup and we found out a couple of days ago that he has Kidney Stones. As someone who has also had them, his pain tolerance will depend on when the stone passes through his body. It could take weeks for that to happen. Stuart Fairchild should continue starting in his place.
TJ Friedl OF Cincinnati Reds (Hamstring)
Friedl's hamstring has been sore and we haven't seen him in the Reds lineup for a few games. Jose Barrero will draw more starts if Friedl continues to sit. Friedl recently returned to the team after being out earlier in May with a strained oblique.
Danny Jansen C Toronto Blue Jays (Groin)
Jansen ended up getting put on the injured list with a strained groin and while he’s out besides having Alejandro Kirk starting, Daulton Varsho and Tyler Heineman will help fill in behind the plate if Kirk needs a day off.
Ezequiel Duran 2B, SS Texas Rangers (Oblique)
Duran is on the injured list with a sore oblique and while he’s out Corey Seager will continue shifting over to shortstop until he’s ready to return in the next week.
Max Kepler OF Minnesota Twins (Hamstring)
Kepler has been out for over two weeks, but according to new reports, he is ready to return to action and could potentially play against the Houston Astros on Monday and if he’s not back with the team then, he should return in the next couple of days during the series.
Carlos Santana 1B Pittsburgh Pirates (Back)
Santana continues to sit with a sore back but he hasn’t been put on the injured list just yet and remains day-to-day and we'll have to see if he's ready to return to action this weekend.
Cedric Mullins OF Baltimore Orioles (Groin)
Mullins is dealing with a strained groin and he'll be out of action for another week after the Orioles put him on the injured list. While he's out we can see either Ryan McKenna or Aaron Hicks fill in for him in the outfield. Hicks leg was in a bit of pain after Wednesday's game but he shouldn't miss time.
Carlos Correa SS Minnesota Twins (Heel)
Correa has pain in his foot and had to leave his last game due to pain in his heel and it wouldn't be surprising to see him put on the injured list over the next few days. Kyle Farmer filled in for Correa at shortstop after he left the game.
Byron Buxton OF Minnesota Twins (Ribs)
Buxton left his last game after getting hit in the ribs by a pitch and we'll have to see if he can play on Friday in game two of the Twins series against the Guardians. Donovan Solano became the Twins DH after Buxton left the game.
Max Kepler OF Minnesota Twins (Head)
Kepler had to be taken out of the Twins last game due to a massive headache and we'll need to see if his vision is impacted enough from a migraine to keep him on the bench for Friday's game.
Riley Greene OF Detroit Tigers (Fibula)
Greene fractured his fibula and he's on the injured list and the question remains whether or not we'll see Greene return before the all-star breaks. He will get additional testing done by the Tigers before they give us a timetable for his return. Andy Ibanez and Jake Marisnick should see more action on the field with Greene out.
Matt Vierling OF Detroit Tigers (Back)
Vierling will be out for another week because of an injured back and he was put on the injured list earlier this week and the Tigers are down a few outfielders now due to injury.
Kris Bryant OF Colorado Rockies (Heel)
Bryant will be out until next weekend as his heel is hurt and he landed on the injured list because of it. Nolan Jones will likely see more starts in the outfield and Randal Grichuk can fill in as well until Bryant is ready to go.
Lars Nootbaar OF St. Louis Cardinals (Back)
Nootbaar has a sore back and he sat out for the Cardinals last game and after St. Louis had a day off on Thursday, we'll have to see if Nootbaar, who is currently day-to-day, is ready to return to the lineup on Friday against the Pirates.
Josh Naylor 1B Cleveland Guardians (Wrist)
Naylor's wrist is something to watch out for because he missed Thursday's game after coming off of back-to-back multi-hit games. We'll need to see if his pain has subsided enough to return to the Guardians lineup.
MLB Injury Updates Pitchers
Vince Velasquez P Pittsburgh Pirates (Elbow)
Velasquez is back on the injured list with elbow issues and fantasy baseball players should be looking at other options because it truly is a bad sign that after just coming back from the injured list, Velasquez pitched for just two innings before being shelved once again. Now the question is whether he’ll be able to return this season. Velasquez is sitting with a sub-four ERA.
Pete Fairbanks RP Tampa Bay Rays (Hip)
Fairbanks has swelling in his hip and the Rays put him on the injured list. Fairbanks was out for the first half of May and after appearing in five games since returning and Jason Adam, who recorded his seventh save of the season on Sunday will be in line to close again until Fairbanks is healthy enough to pitch.
Matt Moore RP Los Angeles Angels (Oblique)
Moore was put on the injured list with a pretty badly strained oblique and we don’t know when we’ll see him back on the mound again. The Angels need more back as he’s been a very effective reliever for them as he sports a 1.44 ERA and .80 WHIP.
Luis Garcia RP San Diego Padres (Oblique)
Garcia was placed on the injured list over the weekend with a strained oblique and we won’t see him back on the field for the next two weeks.
Eduardo Rodriguez SP Detroit Tigers (Finger)
We're waiting for the Tigers to give us a firm timetable, but Rodriguez has a very damaged finger and he got put on the injured list earlier in the week. He'll likely be out until after the all-star break which stinks for Detroit who is currently hovering around .500 when it comes to their winning percentage. Rodriguez is sporting a sub-three ERA.
Aaron Civale SP Cleveland Guardians (Oblique)
It's been almost two months since we've seen Civale pitch because of a strained oblique, but, he's ready to take the mound on Friday against the Twins and hopefully, he is able to shake the cobwebs and get through the start without re-injuring himself.
Triston McKenzie SP Cleveland Guardians (Shoulder)
McKenzie had a strained shoulder and we haven't seen him pitch yet this season, but he is scheduled to start against the Twins this weekend and we'll see how long of a leash the Guardians will give him in his first start of the season.
Cal Quantrill SP Cleveland Guardians (Shoulder)
Quantrill has had a bad season and he won't be pitching for at least the next few weeks due to swelling in his shoulder and his spot in the Guardians rotation isn't safe and once he's ready to return, we'll have to see if there's room for him to pitch with other starting pitchers returning to the team.
Justin Steele SP Chicago Cubs (Forearm)
Steele got tests done on his forearm and we'll have to see if he ends up missing time and if the Cubs put him on the injured list to let him rest his arm for a few weeks after being pulled from his last start. Steele has won six games this season and has a 2.65 ERA.
Chris Sale SP Boston Red Sox (Shoulder)
Sale had to leave his last start on Thursday due to soreness in his shoulder in the fourth inning and we'll have to see if he's put on the injured list over the next few days. He has recorded at least six strikeouts in four of his last five starts.
Mike Clevinger SP Chicago White Sox (Wrist)
It's been a few weeks since we've seen Clevinger pitch, but it's looking like his wrist has healed up and he's ready to return to the White Sox rotation and we should see him pitch in the next couple of days.
Caleb Thielbar RP Minnesota Twins (Oblique)
It's been a month since Thielbar has pitched with the Twins and his oblique is feeling better and there's a chance that he's able to return to the Twins bullpen over the next few days. We should know more in the next day or two. He has a 1.80 ERA in 11 appearances.
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