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Fantrax Injury Report for March 15, 2023 – Bryant in, Freeman out

Here is the Fantrax Injury Report for Wednesday, March 15, 2023.

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James Paxton – SP, Boston Red Sox

Paxton is attempting to ready himself for Opening Day. Playing long toss was the next step back for him, though he needs to face batters. It was originally hoped that he’d throw from a mound by the end of this week.

Kris Bryant – OF, Colorado Rockies

This is definitely something to monitor since he missed part of last season with back problems. It is hopeful that he’ll return and that the back stiffness was nothing more than general soreness.

Tarik Skubal – SP, Detroit Tigers

This makes it official, as Skubal was slated to miss the first few months of the season. He has begun to throw from a mound while recovering from flexor tendon surgery.

Casey Mize – SP, Detroit Tigers, Matt Vierling – OF, Detroit Tigers

Big update on many Tigers players, though the biggest ones were Mize and Vierling. Casey Mize had Tommy John surgery but isn’t expected back this season despite his throwing progressions. Matt Vierling is looking to return soon, though this update suggests he won’t be back this week as previously reported.

Lance McCullers Jr. – SP, Houston Astros

A strain, even at its lowest form, is still a strain. And what’s worrisome about it is the fact that it continues to bother him as it has for quite a while. He’s likely to miss at least the first month of the season.

Freddie Freeman – 1B, Los Angeles Dodgers

That might be his final at-bat for Team Canada, as the Dodgers may want to give him rest to avoid further damage. More updates are to follow today with additional news of this injury.

Nick Gordon – 2B/OF Minnesota Twins

Gordon appears all but healed from a high ankle sprain that he sustained earlier in the spring. The Twins will need his versatility this season, and his return is timely.

Jose Trevino – C, New York Yankees

Trevino isn’t expected to miss any games, but receiving an injection isn’t the greatest sign for the future. This is definitely a situation to monitor while remembering the name Kyle Higashioka.

Paul Blackburn – SP, Oakland Athletics

Ouch. Nail avulsions can take time to heal and grow back, though some of it is tolerance based for pitching. Still, if he loses the nail, Blackburn may be out for an extended period.

Ranger Suarez – SP, Philadelphia Phillies

This all seems like a very positive update from Suarez, who says that he doesn’t feel anything in the elbow. Still, all we can do is wait for his update in a week, which will provide more clarity.

Ronald Guzman – 1B/P, San Francisco Giants

The newest two-way player will miss extended time with a pronator strain. One has to wonder if this is the result of transitioning into a new role and his body adjusting. Either way, avoiding surgery is good news.

Brandon Crawford – SS, San Francisco Giants

The idea behind the shot was to help him get back on track and into Spring Training games. This is a recurring injury from last year, which is worrisome. The team is going through a lot of injuries right now, so look for players to be moved around.

Andres Munoz – RP Seattle Mariners

Fantastic news. Munoz underwent foot surgery in the offseason but is just about ready for action. He will be in consideration for saves this year alongside Paul Sewald.

Dylan Moore – Util, Seattle Mariners

The fact that Moore looks healthy right now is a good thing. He’ll have a couple of weeks to figure out how ready he actually is before Opening Day.

Paul DeJong – SS, St. Louis Cardinals

The good news is that it was a precautionary removal, as DeJong is fighting to remain on the bench in St. Louis. More updates will surely follow this week.

Mitch White – SP/RP, Toronto Blue Jays

White continues to chug along, progressing well during and after every step in the process. The biggest test will be his in-game action later this week.

Cade Cavalli – SP, Washington Nationals

Very concerning indeed. Cavalli injured himself after throwing a pitch way outside and well under the intended velocity. He then shook his arm in discomfort and disgust. While we won’t know anything until the MRI is complete, it’s a scary situation nonetheless. The Nationals’ rotation was already in disarray, and any hope they had lied with their youth. Regardless of what structural damage has taken place (if any), Cavalli is likely to miss significant time due to his potential.

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