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Fantrax Injury Report – Josh Jung Heads to the IL

Here is the Fantrax Injury Report for Monday, August 7, 2023. In today’s edition, the Rangers get bad news as Josh Jung breaks his thumb and could be out for quite some time. Also, Bo Bichette seems to be responding well to treatment and time off, so he may be back sooner than expected. Finally, Clayton Kershaw should be back this week and speculation has him returning on Thursday. All that and more in today’s Injury Report from Fantrax.

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MLB Injury Report

Ketel Marte – 2B Arizona Diamondbacks

Consider Marte DTD until we hear otherwise, though the Diamondbacks do have today off, so he may not have to miss any time.

Austin Hays – OF Baltimore Orioles

Hays missed both games on Saturday and Sunday and didn’t come in to pinch-hit. The hope is that he can return as soon as possible as the injury doesn’t seem to be too serious.

Garrett Whitlock – SP/RP Boston Red Sox

Whitlock will begin a rehab assignment soon, and the length of it might be shortened since he’s coming back as a reliever. That said, he will be a bulk reliever, likely pitching for more than one inning per appearance.

Chris Sale – SP Boston Red Sox

The 53 pitches thrown here are an increase from the 40 he threw in his first rehab appearance. There’s been no word yet on if he will need another start or if he can just come back to Boston. Stay tuned.

Trevor Story – 2B/SS Boston Red Sox

It looks as if Story will make his 2023 debut on Thursday, barring any setbacks. Fantasy owners have waited this long, so an extra few days shouldn’t make too much of a difference.

Tanner Houck – SP/RP Boston Red Sox

Houck struggled out of the gate, but compared this start to being in Spring Training. His mechanics were off and he admitted that he felt rusty.

Ryan Pressly – RP Houston Astros

Pressly last pitched on August 4, where he threw 22 pitches. There was no indication that this soreness was anything other than normal soreness following a long outing. That said, it’s something to monitor, just in case.

Salvador Perez – C Kansas City Royals

Perez got hit by a pitch and tried to stay in the game. Ultimately the pain was too much and he had to be replaced. After examination, it was merely a contusion with no structural damage done. It seems like he will avoid the Injured List and can be considered DTD.

Clayton Kershaw – SP Los Angeles Dodgers

Manager Dave Roberts said that Kershaw would return at some point this week. Given his patterning of how he typically throws bullpens three days ahead of his starts, it makes sense that he could be back on Thursday.

Michael Grove – SP/RP Los Angeles Dodgers

Grove pitched as the opener this weekend, but he will head to the Injured List with an injury to his lat. There’s no word on the severity of the situation here, but it’s strong enough for him to need two weeks.

Max Muncy – INF Los Angeles Dodgers

It seems like we have a more detailed explanation for Muncy’s absences over the past two days. Yesterday it would appear was a better day physically. As he says, it’s all about pain tolerance so we may not know when he’ll return until the day of that game.

Carlos Rodon – SP New York Yankees

Rodon left his game against the Astros early with hamstring tightness. He is scheduled to have an MRI today and the team will send out updates when they become available. While Rodon himself feels good physically, it remains to be seen if he’ll pitch his next time scheduled to do so.

Brandon Marsh – OF Philadelphia Phillies

Marsh will miss multiple weeks with a bruised knee after crashing into the wall trying to track down a fly ball. All X-rays revealed no structural damage, as he is dealing with just a contusion. Johan Rojas should be seeing consistent playing time.

Micahel Wacha – SP San Diego Padres

The pitch count here is a great start for Wacha, who hasn’t pitched in over a month. That said, he seemed a little off, as he only threw half of those pitches for strikes. He should have at least two more appearances before returning to the Padres.

Tyler Glasnow – SP Tampa Bay Rays

Glasnow had been slated to start yesterday, but he experiences back spasms on Saturday. The Rays have today off and begin that series at home against St. Louis tomorrow. Whether or not he pitches at any point in that series remains to be seen. Stay tuned.

Josh Jung – 3B Texas Rangers

Jung will miss multiple weeks with a broken thumb. There should be more updates on the timeline and potential of his return, but for now, this is a big loss to fantasy owners and to the Texas Rangers themselves. Ezequiel Duran and Josh Smith could get chances to emerge as the team’s third baseman.

Jonah Heim – C Texas Rangers

Heim will continue to ramp up and trend toward a return. The hope is that if he does require surgery, it will take place in the offseason. For now, it’s about pain tolerance.

Bo Bichette – SS Toronto Blue Jays

There’s no word on if Bichette did advance to hitting yesterday, but the fact remains that he’s close to doing so. There’s no word on if he’ll require a rehab assignment, but he is eligible to return at the end of the week. If he continues to respond as well as he has been, he could be back within a week.

Danny Jansen – C Toronto Blue Jays, Jordan Romano – RP Toronto Blue Jays

The team continues to be cautious with Jansen, which could mean he won’t be rushed back into the lineup. His spot in the lineup for this week is tenuous. As for Romano, he threw off a mound this weekend and is eligible to return to the Jays on August 13. He seems to be progressing to the point where he would be able to return close to that date.

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