Another fantasy ace is done for the year. Is there any good news on the way? Here is the Fantrax Injury Report for Thursday, April 27, 2023.
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James Paxton – SP Boston Red Sox
Red Sox will have RHP Chris Martin make a rehab appearance Thursday in Worcester, with hopes that he’ll be activated this weekend. James Paxton will make another start for the WooSox on Sunday.
— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) April 26, 2023
Paxton has struggled with his command, so the team would like to see him work out some of the kinks before he’s called up. That said, one has to wonder who is out of the rotation once Paxton does get called back up to Boston.
Austin Hays – OF Baltimore Orioles
While it’s optimistic that the team dodged a bullet here with Hays, the outlook is that he’ll miss a handful of games before returning. The team hopes he won’t need a trip to the Injured List. Consider him DTD, but the possibility of him going to the Injured List is there.
Jameson Taillon – SP Chicago Cubs
Cubs injury updates:
-Codi Heuer threw 25 pitches in an AZ sim game today.
-Jameson Taillon is playing catch today.
— Maddie Lee (@maddie_m_lee) April 26, 2023
Taillon has done this more than once and has thrown from flat ground as well. He still has a ways to go before returning, which includes mound work, but he seems to be on the right path.
Wil Myers – OF Cincinnati Reds
Wil Myers scratched with illness
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) April 26, 2023
Myers was originally out this week due to back spasms, but will now miss time with an illness. Consider him DTD unless this virus gets stronger.
Triston McKenzie – SP Cleveland Guardians
Guardians RHP Triston McKenzie could be throwing in the bullpen as early as this weekend as he progresses in his recovery from a shoulder strain.
— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) April 26, 2023
Great news for Mckenzie and fantasy owners. He apparently threw from 75 just a few days ago and is now ready for mound work. The team has taken things slowly with him but may be prepared to see how things progress with a little more speed. He is eligible to return as of May 29.
German Marquez – SP Colorado Rockies
#Rockies German Marquez felt sharp pain in his right triceps. He’ll have an MRI on Thursday. He admitted he’s worried but initial test didn’t show significant damage.
— Patrick Saunders (@psaundersdp) April 26, 2023
Marquez had just returned from forearm inflammation, and now will likely miss even more time once the MRI is completed. He himself noted that he was worried about the injury, and that’s never a good sign. Stay tuned.
Javier Baez – SS Detroit Tigers
X-rays negative on Javier Báez, according to Tigers. He's listed with a left hand contusion and is currently receiving treatment.
— Jason Beck (@beckjason) April 26, 2023
Baez exited the game, and the x-rays on his hand came back negative. Consider him DTD.
Chas McCormick – OF Houston Astros
Chas McCormick (lower back tightness) hit on the field today and caught fly balls. Dusty said it’s not decided whether or not he needs a rehab assignment.
— Julia Morales (@JuliaMorales) April 26, 2023
The longer that McCormick remains out of action, the more likely it will be that he needs a rehab assignment. That said, it’s been just over a week since he last played. The team should make a decision shortly.
Kris Bubic – SP Kansas City Royals
The news was posted on Kris Bubic’s Instagram account. He will miss the rest of this season and most of next season recovering from his injury.
Miguel Rojas – SS Los Angeles Dodgers, Will Smith – C Los Angeles Dodgers
Will Smith and Miguel Rojas will get more live at-bats on Friday at Dodger Stadium, Dave Roberts said. Sounds like Smith could be activated as soon as Saturday. Rojas will need a short rehab assignment but could be activated as soon as Monday.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) April 26, 2023
Rojas has participated in drills on the field with the team but will require a handful of rehab games before returning. As for Smith, he’s been symptom-free for almost a week now, but the team wants him to do a few more things before returning. He should be back soon.
Joey Wendle – INF Miami Marlins
#Marlins’ Joey Wendle is scheduled to start a rehab assignment with Triple A Jacksonville on Thursday.
Jeff Lindgren also cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple A Jacksonville.
— Jordan McPherson (@J_McPherson1126) April 26, 2023
Wednle is getting close to a return but needs one final hurdle before doing so.
Kenta Maeda – SP Minnesota Twins
Rocco Baldelli said Kenta Maeda complained of elbow soreness late in his start and will get an MRI.
"The positive part of this is it's not on the medial side. It's not on the side where you would normally be very concerned. One way or the other he's going to need some time off."
— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) April 26, 2023
Maeda has had difficulty staying healthy this season, and any elbow ailments are concerning. Baldelli also said that Maeda would need some time off, so an IL stint is likely. Look for Bailey Ober to come in and take over his spot in the rotation.
Justin Verlander – SP New York Mets
Justin Verlander says the plan is to make his rehab start on Friday and “then go,” indicating that he’ll rejoin the Mets afterward
— Pat Ragazzo (@ragazzoreport) April 25, 2023
Interesting development here from Verlander. With a rehab start slated for tomorrow, he could very well be ready by Wednesday of next week. There will be more news regarding this speculation and hope next week.
Ramon Laureano – OF Oakland Athletics
Ramón Laureano is with Triple-A Las Vegas and running the bases today. If all goes well, plan is for him to play tomorrow with Vegas. A’s will wait to see how his groin feels before determining how many games he might need.
— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) April 27, 2023
Laureano has been accelerating his recovery throughout his time on the Injured List, so a quick rehab is what’s likely to happen.
Paul Blackburn – SP Oakland Athletics
Paul Blackburn was expected to pitch Sunday in a Minor League game but he felt discomfort with his blister issue while throwing his two-Sean fastball. A’s will push him back at least a few days.
— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) April 27, 2023
Blackburn’s hand just can’t seem to get right this year, but he’ll try again in a few days.
Taijuan Walker – SP Philadelphia Phillies
There were mixed reports, calling this injury ominous when it happened. Perhaps that was believing the worst, but for now, it appears to be okay. That said, anything can happen during today’s evaluation. Stay tuned.
Yu Darvish – SP San Diego Padres
Joe Musgrove (Saturday) and Yu Darvish (Sunday) will be the Padres pitchers in Mexico City this weekend
— Joey Pollizze (@joeypollizze) April 26, 2023
Robbie Ray – SP Seattle Mariners
Robbie Ray’s latest development is unfortunately not a good one.
He will need surgery to address a “flexor tendon repair,” Scott Servais just said, and will miss the rest of the 2023 season.
— Daniel Kramer (@DKramer_) April 26, 2023
Ray will finish the season on a disappointing note, missing the majority of it with an injury. It’s an unfortunate turn of events, as his pain never went away, despite him feeling better. While he believed that the area of concern was cleaned up, he went in for an evaluation only to find that there was significant damage done and that he’d need surgery to fix it. The saddening news is that, as of now, there’s no guarantee that he is ready for Spring Training. Simply awful.
Josh Jung – 3B Texas Rangers
Josh Jung update: Left hand contusion. X rays for a fracture were negative.
Jankowski: Left hip tightness led to his exit
— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) April 26, 2023
From panic to relief, Jung’s X-rays showed no significant damage. Still, he should be considered DTD for now with the possibility of a trip to the Injured List.
George Springer – OF Toronto Blue Jays
#Bluejays tell us that x-rays on George Springer's right hand were negative. Another bullet dodged.
— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness) April 26, 2023
The tweet says it all, the Jays dodged a bullet. The team is off today, so perhaps that’s all that Springer will need before returning. That said, he’s still DTD with the possibility of missing some time.