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Fantrax Injury Report for March 13, 2023 – Should we be concerned about Rizzo’s back?

Here is the Fantrax Injury Report for Monday, March 13, 2023.

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MLB Injury Report for March 13

Justin Turner – 3B Boston Red Sox

The removal of stitches was the one part of his recovery that needed to happen in order for baseball activities to resume. Turner was seen yesterday playing catch and taking swings off of a tee. When asked about Opening Day, he said that’s the plan, so it’s looking like he’ll be ready.

Graham Ashcraft – SP Cincinnati Reds

Ashcraft was seen grabbing his leg and limping off the mound at one point. Still, he avoided any serious injury as it was merely a cramp. Ashcraft looked great yesterday, racking up six strikeouts in just over two innings of work.

Charlie Blackmon – OF Colorado Rockies

Blackmon won’t be back in the field anytime soon because of his back injury. Being Colorado’s designated hitter makes sense given his age, though their lack of viable replacements is concerning. It will be interesting to see how the Rockies handle this, as they’ve been linked to Jurickson Profar.

Matt Vierling – OF Detroit Tigers

Very encouraging news as Vierling was able to resume baseball activities. He seems likely to receive the day-to-day designation and be back in the lineup sooner rather than later.

Lance McCullers Jr. – SP Houston Astros, Yordan Alvarez – OF Houston Astros

Positive news for both McCullers Jr., and Alvarez, as both seem to be progressing. McCullers Jr. hadn’t thrown in almost a month, and a pitch count of 30 is no short order. That said, he is still a ways away from returning. As for Alvarez, it’s his second soft toss swing session, but the real test will happen with live BP.

Anthony Rizzo – 1B New York Yankees

This news is a bit worrisome, as Rizzo has had difficulties with this over the last few years. In fact, he was placed on the Injured List for this very issue to end the season in 2022. For now, consider him DTD, but this is definitely something to monitor as it could require time off. We’re only in Spring Training and a recurring injury like this needs to be taken care of.

Jordan Walker – 3B/OF St.Louis Cardinals

This was the last quote about his progress yesterday, as the plan was for Walker to hit within the batting cages. With the team off today, there will hopefully be some sort of update on how his body has responded to those swings. That said, there has been minimal public concern about any long-term injury here. The team has instead been using this as a teachable moment for sliding feet first. Walker may have avoided any significant injury here.

Jacob deGrom – SP Texas Rangers, Nathan Eovaldi – SP Texas Rangers

Both pitchers are working hard to recover from side tightness, and both will be in action later today. It will be interesting to see how long they pitch, how well they fare, and how their bodies respond to this tomorrow. Both are aiming to be in the Rangers’ rotation for Opening Day.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 1B Toronto Blue Jays

The team has been extra cautious with Guerrero, so having him back in games is no light matter. He’s seemingly passed any and all tests that the team has given him, so it would appear he will be in games soon.

Victor Robles – OF Washington Nationals

It would appear that the worst of Robles’ knee injury is in the rearview mirror and that he will be ready to play soon.

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