Here is the Fantrax Injury Report for Tuesday, August 15, 2023. In today’s edition, Ozzie Albies was sent to the Injured List today, which could open the door for Vaughn Grissom to return to Atlanta. Also, Edwin Diaz is starting to make some gains as he looks to make his promised 2023 debut at some point in September. Finally, Mason Miller begins a rehab assignment this week, as he is inching toward a return before the season’s end. All that and much more in today’s Injury Report from Fantrax.
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MLB Injury Report
Ozzie Albies – 2B Atlanta Braves
#Braves’ Ozzie Albies will go on the 10-day IL with a hamstring strain, Snitker said after tonight’s game. They’ll bring up another infielder. I would guess Vaughn Grissom, but nothing announced yet. Nicky Lopez, who impressed again tonight, also likely to get more starts there.
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) August 15, 2023
Albies will miss the next 10 days or so with a hamstring strain. It’s unclear as to what the severity of the injury is, but it’s apparently enough to warrant some time off. Look for Vaughn Grissom to be called up later today, though Nicky Lopez, who has played well, could see additional at-bats as well.
Kyle Wright – SP Atlanta Braves
#Braves’ Kyle Wright had begun throwing live batting practice, Snitker said. He’ll continue his work in Florida at spring headquarters, where he can face hitters from the rookie complex-league team.
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) August 14, 2023
This is great news, as Wright has been slow to recover from his ailing shoulder. He last pitched on May 3, and there haven’t been many updates regarding his recovery. Snitker was also asked if Wright may come back as a reliever, given the nature and timing of his injury. His response was that they are concerned about just getting him back and not the role that he would have.
Cal Quantrill – SP Cleveland Guardians
🚨REHAB ALERT🚨Cal Quantrill will be pitching in Akron tomorrow night! Get your tickets now
— Akron RubberDucks (@AkronRubberDuck) August 14, 2023
This will be Quantrill’s first rehab start since last week’s 1.1 inning disaster where he gave up six earned runs. While he performed poorly on the score sheet, it is important to note that the velocity readings were encouraging. This may be his final outing before returning.
Jurickson Profar – OF Colorado Rockies
OF Jurickson Profar, who exited early on Sunday following a twisted left knee at Dodger Stadium, did not require an MRI.
"A little sore, but he's available," according to #Rockies manager Bud Black.
— Patrick Lyons (@PatrickDLyons) August 14, 2023
This can be considered good news, as no MRI likely means less concern over long-term damage. Consider Profar DTD until we’re told otherwise.
Kris Bryant – OF Colorado Rockies
Kris Bryant got another x-ray on his fractured left index finger and it still showed a fracture. He will remain in a split for a couple more weeks. He’s been on IL since July 22nd for the #Rockies.
— Kelsey Wingert-Linch (@KelsWingert) August 14, 2023
Bryant’s fractured finger continues to stay the same way as it was and hasn’t healed the way that it should. With him being shut down for two more weeks, we’re bordering on him being shut down for the season, given the ramp-up that will be needed once he’s ready to resume baseball activities.
C.J. Cron – 1B Los Angeles Angels
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) August 14, 2023
There was no real update on Cron, other than he didn’t start last night’s game. He’s been dealing with back issues all season long.
Mike Trout – OF Los Angeles Angels
Mike Trout said he is hitting off the machine, but still not full velo. He said there’s still some pain but it is getting better. Still no timetable.
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) August 14, 2023
Trout doesn’t seem to be any better than the last report, but he’s not doing any worse. He’s at least remaining constant with where he is in his recovery process.
Edwin Diaz – RP New York Mets
Diaz has always said that he would aim for a late-September return, and this confirms that he is working toward that. While a lot needs to happen before he does in fact pitch again, it’s encouraging that he could be back on the mound soon enough. Mets’ GM Billy Eppler did say though that they are focused on the process rather than the results. With the Mets seemingly out of the playoff hunt, look for them to be very cautious with him.
Starling Marte – OF New York Mets
Marte’s decline in production this year is likely due to last season’s groin surgery. It remains to be seen if he will return at all this year and what the plan is this offseason to correct the issue.
Brandon Nimmo – OF New York Mets
Nimmo will likely start to play more in left field as opposed to center field to help ease him back to gameplay. He will also likely miss some time going forward, making him not an everyday player for the near future.
Anthony Rizzo – 1B New York Yankees
Anthony Rizzo will head back to NYC for more testing tomorrow. He said he feels like he is progressing. He did some light agility in the outfield today and walked at an incline on the treadmill #yankees
— Meredith Marakovits (@M_Marakovits) August 14, 2023
It’s been a very frustrating year for Rizzo and his fantasy owners. He has said that he is close to resuming baseball activities, so stay tuned for that. The hope is that these tests will determine the root of his problem and how to solve it.
Mason Miller – SP Oakland Athletics, Ryan Noda – 1B Oakland Athletics
Mason Miller and Ryan Noda are both heading out on rehab assignments this week.
Miller will join Single-A Stockton and will be around 35 pitches for his first outing. Noda will go to Triple-A Las Vegas to get at-bats.
— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) August 14, 2023
There is no word on how long either player will be in rehab, but it’s good news for both and especially for Miller. The team has been extra cautious with him and should monitor his progress slowly. There is no need to rush someone who is arguably their best pitcher and prospect.
Wilmer Flores – INF San Francisco Giants
Updated Lineup. Wilmer Flores scratched with ear infection/nausea:
LaMonte Wade Jr. – 1B
Meckler – CF
Patrick Bailey – C
Joc Pederson – DH
Michael Conforto – RF
Thairo Estrada – 2B
Blake Sabol – LF
Brandon Crawford – SS
Johan Camargo – 3B
Ryan Walker – RHP
— Maria I. Guardado (@mi_guardado) August 15, 2023
Consider Flores DTD while he recovers from this ear infection.
Mike Yastrzemski – OF San Francisco Giants
Mike Yastrzemski had a setback with his hamstring, Giants said. He’s going to give it another week of rest.
— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) August 14, 2023
Yastrzemski was close to returning, but he will miss at least a week with this setback. He injured himself while running the bases and will need more time before returning to the Giants. Stay tuned.
Bryan Woo – SP Seattle Mariners
Bryan Woo played catch on the field here in Kansas City and all went well. The hope is he will throw a bullpen soon. If all goes well with the pen, he could return shortly after after his eligible date, Aug. 20.
— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) August 14, 2023
Woo is already throwing, despite being placed on the Injured List last week. He is looking likely to return when first eligible on August 20, but anything is possible.
Willson Contreras – C St. Louis Cardinals
Right hip tightness is the reason for Willson Contreras' departure from tonight's game, per the #STLCards.
— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) August 15, 2023
Contreras hurt himself while running the bases. He may go for testing to determine the severity of the situation. Consider him DTD until we know more.
Nolan Gorman – INF St. Louis Cardinals
Nolan Gorman scratched from the lineup with lower back tightness. Taylor Motter will take his spot in the field and bat ninth. #stlcards
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) August 14, 2023
Consider Gorman DTD while the team figures out the severity of his back issue.
Steven Matz – SP St. Louis Cardinals
Disappointing news from the Cardinals this afternoon. Steven Matz suffered a lat strain after his last start on Saturday and will be placed on the IL. The remainder of his season is in jeopardy.
— Katie Woo (@katiejwoo) August 14, 2023
Matz may miss the rest of the season due to this lat strain. These sorts of injuries usually mean much more than the fifteen-day minimum for Injured List trips.