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Fantrax Injury Report – And the Shutdowns Begin…

Here is the Fantrax Injury Report for Saturday, August 5, 2023. In today’s edition, the Boston rotation and bullpen begin to take shape, as the roles of Tanner Houck and Garrett Whitlock seem to be taking shape. Also, Josh Naylor will be away from the team for the foreseeable future, with more clarity to be given soon enough. Finally, Byron Buxton, Nathan Eovaldi, and Joe Musgrove have all been shut down for multiple weeks, leaving holes to fill on each of their respective teams. All that and more in today’s Injury Report from Fantrax.

MLB Injury Report

Cedric Mullins – OF Baltimore Orioles

Mullins has apparently turned a corner with his recovery and now will test things out in some rehab games. If all goes well, we could see him back by this time next week.

Boston Red Sox – Team Update

Whitlock to the bullpen is a little bit of a surprise given how adamant the Red Sox have been to turn him into a starter. That said, he does have better historical numbers as a reliever, and his injury history may have impacted this decision. As for Houck, it looks like he’ll be stretched out for a starter’s role, though it’s possible that he could be a long reliever. Finally, with the deadline set for Story’s return, we will either see him back after that day or he will be sent back down for more seasoning and preparation.

Eloy Jimenez – OF Chicago White Sox

Jimenez did enter the game last night as a pinch-hitter, but it’s unclear if he’ll be in the lineup today.

Jake Fraley – OF Cincinnati Reds

Normally, on a night off with a talented lineup, nothing would be considered out of the ordinary here. However, the way that this information was presented gives pause. Stay tuned.

Josh Naylor – 1B/OF Cleveland Guardians

Obviously, this is terrible news for Naylor and fantasy owners everywhere. There is no word yet on the Grade of this strain, which is likely why this has been labeled as an extremely tentative timeline. We should see more updates soon with more specifics, but the three weeks seems short. Stay tuned.

Zach Neto – SS Los Angeles Angels

Neto had been in and out of the lineup for weeks with back issues that wouldn’t go away. The hope here is that he gets himself right and is able to return healthy for the stretch run. Luis Rengifo should see an uptick in at-bats.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Martinez did end up in the game last night for a pinch-hit appearance. Look for him to return to the lineup today. Muncy, on the other hand, did not enter the game last night but could do so today. As for Kershaw, everyone remains in wait-and-see mode, as it depends on how he feels and if the team thinks he’s ready to return.

Walker Buehler – Los Angeles Dodgers

This came almost out of nowhere but is received as good news nonetheless. A reminder that all rehab assignments are a maximum of twenty days and that Buehler’s will likely be close to that in length.

Byron Buxton – OF/UT Minnesota Twins

Buxton will be shut down for two weeks and then re-evaluated at that time. He will likely need time after this to ramp things back up to be ready for a return. This could be a situation that lasts throughout all of August.

Chris Paddack – SP Minnesota Twins

Hayes later said in response to another question relating to Paddack that it’s unclear if he will pitch this year.

Joe Musgrove – SP San Diego Padres

The statement about Musgrove not being ruled out for the year comes with a lot of fine print. First of all, best case scenario has him shut down for three weeks, but then he’ll need to ramp back up before working toward a rehab assignment. That sounds like a five-week project, assuming all goes right. If there are any setbacks, then the aforementioned timeline gets delayed by at least a week. He’s someone that owners should be looking to trade away/drop in redraft or trade for/add in dynasty leagues.

Michael Wacha – SP San Diego Padres

Wacha hasn’t pitched since July 1 and just completed two simulated innings against live batters earlier in the week. The team will need him to return soon in order to help with the hole left by Joe Musgrove.

Ryan Helsley – RP St. Louis Cardinals

Helsely has been out of action for quite some time, but he’s looking to return soon. He should get some saves when he does.

Nathan Eovaldi – SP Texas Rangers

Eovaldi’s return ultimately gets delayed here. He has been given a lot of rest and leeway to take his time to return. He last pitched on July 18, and may not pitch again in August.

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