2019 MLB Injury Report: May 21
Michael A. Stein covers the latest injuries around MLB from who landed on the 10-day IL to who could be returning from injury this week.
Javier Báez (SS-CHC)
Baez was taken out of Sunday’s game against Washington with a contusion on his heel. He was also out of the lineup on Monday but it appears that he could be able to return on Tuesday. This is very good news for fantasy GMs who can ill afford to be without the versatile and elite middle infielder who is batting .319 with 11 home runs, 31 RBI, 34 runs scored and two stolen bases. Addison Russell filled in for Baez but he is not worth owning in most fantasy formats.
George Springer (OF-HOU)
Springer has been one of the early season favorites for American League MVP as he is batting .313 with 17 home runs, 42 RBI, 41 runs scored and four stolen bases. Unfortunately for fantasy GMs he was removed from Sunday’s game with stiffness in his lower back and then was held out of the lineup on Monday. Springer did have an MRI which came back clean so the good news is that he avoided a serious injury. However, it is still possible he could land on the 10-day injured list if he is not able to return as soon as the Astros hope. Keep a close eye on his progress over the next couple days but expect him to miss at least another game or so before any longer term roster moves are made.
Giancarlo Stanton (OF-NYY)
The Yankees keep on winning despite half their roster being on the injured list. However, they are getting healthier by the day as Giancarlo Stanton is on his way back in very short order. The Yankees slugger began a minor league rehab assignment on Monday and hit a home run in one of his at bats. He will likely need an extended rehab assignment since he only had eight official at bats before being shut down on April 1. Fantasy GMs should expect him back by next week barring any setbacks.
Khris Davis (DH-OAK)
Fantasy GMs have been frustrated by the back and forth of Khris Davis being in and out of the lineup for the past couple weeks. He originally sustained a hip injury in early May when he crashed into the outfield wall and he has clearly not recovered fully. The A’s do not plan on putting him on the 10-day injured list at this time, but that might be the best thing for him. He has had a major power shortage since an explosive start to the season and this hip injury and inconsistent playing time are not going to help matters at all. GMs need to monitor his situation on a daily basis because it is anyone’s guess whether he is going to play on a given day.
Michael Conforto (OF-NYM)
There is very little good news to report about the Mets of late, but one item is that Michael Conforto appears to be free of any concussion symptoms for the past few days. He is currently on the 7-day concussion injured list after being involved in a collision late last week and it appears that he could be ready to return once eligible on May 24. Conforto appears to be coming into his own as a hitter as demonstrated by his .271 batting average with nine home runs, 21 RBI, 27 runs scored and three stolen bases.
Yoenis Cespedes (OF-NYM)
On the complete opposite side of the spectrum from Michael Conforto’s pending return is the news that broke on Monday regarding Yoenis Cespedes. It was reported that he sustained multiple right ankle fractures in an apparent accident on his ranch in Florida over the weekend. He violently fell into a hole and is now being examined by doctors in New York. Whatever chance he had at returning this year from surgeries on both of his heels seems to have evaporated completely with this recent debacle. We can expect to receive additional information and details over the next few days, but fantasy GMs should probably give up on any chance of seeing Cespedes play in 2019.
Masahiro Tanaka (SP-NYY)
The injury bug seems to find everyone in pinstripes as Masahiro Tanaka was the latest victim over the weekend when he was struck on the right shin by a batted ball. He was firing on all cylinders through six shutout innings before Yandy Díaz hit a comebacker that ricocheted off of Tanaka’s leg. He suffered a contusion but reported that he was feeling better on Sunday and could be fine to make his next start later this week. Tanaka has been very solid thus far with a 3-3 record and a 3.09 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 53 strikeouts in 58.1 innings over ten starts.
Yasiel Puig (OF-CIN)
There are plenty of reasons to question Yasiel Puig ’s heart and passion for baseball, but not when he is diving into the crowd to try and make a catch. That is exactly what he did on Sunday against his former team when he dove into the stands to make a spectacular catch and suffered a sprained right shoulder in the process. He was taken out of game and is considered day-to-day right now. It does not appear that this injury will warrant a stint on the 10-day injured list so expect him back on the field within the next couple days. Puig still has not gotten into a groove offensively as he is only batting .206 with seven home runs, 25 RBI, 17 runs scored and seven stolen bases
Yandy Díaz (3B-TB)
Perhaps it was karma that caught up to Yandy Díaz as he was hit by a pitch on his left hand on Sunday and is now considered day-to-day with a contusion. Diaz is the one who hit the comebacker at Masahiro Tanaka the day before, so the baseball gods served up some justice. Obviously neither event was intentional, but both players are now banged up. Diaz has been solid thus far batting .256 with nine home runs, 22 RBI, 26 runs scored and one stolen base. He shouldn’t miss much time so expect him back within a matter of days.