Here is the Fantrax Injury Report for Monday, March 20, 2023.
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MLB Injury Report
Mike Soroka – SP Atlanta Braves
Very interesting analysis here, by someone who is with the team every single day. The team giving him all of April to ramp up his arm and pitch count puts a damper on any momentum he may have had going forward. And a May start assumes that he has no setbacks and is pain-free. That’s a lot to consider.
John Means – SP Baltimore Orioles
John Means threw another bullpen session yesterday. First time using his changeup. 10 of them out of 30 pitches. Said arm feels great #orioles
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) March 19, 2023
Working on his arsenal is the logical next step on the road to recovery. His recovery time hasn’t been accelerated but is instead continuing along as it should.
James Paxton – SP Boston Red Sox
Alex Cora updates
• Joely Rodriguez (oblique area) sore this morning, gets imaging tomorrow, likely IL
• Kiké, Justin Turner play tomorrow, Wednesday
• Everything went well w/ James Paxton yesterday; another 'pen in 3-4 days
• 2-3-4 in lineup likely Devers, Turner, Yoshida
— Mike Monaco (@MikeMonaco_) March 19, 2023
The Red Sox (wisely) continue to take things slowly with Paxton, but he seems to be progressing as planned. His status for Opening Day remains questionable if that.
Garrett Whitlock – SP/RP Boston Red Sox
Garrett Whitlock will get the start for the #RedSox tomorrow against Pittsburgh, his second appearance of the spring.
He and Corey Kluber are currently on overlapping five-day schedules, so either Kluber is getting an extra day of rest or he's throwing on the back fields.
— Mac Cerullo (@MacCerullo) March 19, 2023
He dazzled in his first start less than a week ago. Doing so here physically all but cements his being healthy.
Brayan Bello – SP Boston Red Sox
Brayan Bello finishes his first spring outing with a strikeout.
Dominant. 6 up and 6 down. 3 K. 0 BB. 0 Hits Allowed.
Sat 95-97. pic.twitter.com/xcEdeNHm0X
— Tyler Milliken ⚾️ (@tylermilliken_) March 19, 2023
Exactly what the team and fantasy owners wanted to see. Bello looks to be back and ready to go.
Jake Fraley – OF Cincinnati Reds
David Bell said Jake Fraley should be fine. The foul ball missed Fraley’s knee and hit him in the middle of the leg.
— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) March 19, 2023
Something to monitor with Opening Day so close. The team would likely want him back in the lineup before their first game, so for now he’s DTD until otherwise noted.
Jose Altuve – 2B Houston Astros
Update on Jose Altuve. pic.twitter.com/I9nQEQ3uyS
— Houston Astros (@astros) March 19, 2023
The reason for the “upcoming days” aspect of this is that the thumb is swelling, and that will need to subside. Just awful news regarding one of the game’s best second basemen. As noted, there will be updates after the surgery, as the team will know more then. There have been estimated timelines of approximately eight to ten weeks.
Yordan Alvarez – OF Houston Astros, Michael Brantley – OF Houston Astros
In other injury news, Dusty Baker said Yordan Alvarez is probably ahead of Michael Brantley in terms of getting into a Grapefruit League game. The team is off tomorrow before playing six more games in Florida. Baker said Alvarez could get into a game mid next week.
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) March 19, 2023
Fantastic news for Alvarez owners, but sad news for Brantley owners. Both are questionable to start the season in games, but from this report, Alvarez is the likeliest of the two. Something to monitor over the next few days.
Jhoan Duran – RP Minnesota Twins
Manager Rocco Baldelli said Jhoan Duran was moving around pretty well after he was struck by a line drive pitching on the backfield. Baldelli said Duran had a leg contusion. #MNTwins
— DanHayesMLB (@DanHayesMLB) March 19, 2023
Luckily it was nothing more than a contusion, and he should be fine in a day or two. He was walking around fine after a while, so this leads him to be labeled DTD.
Max Kepler – OF Minnesota Twins
Max Kepler left today's game with left hip tightness, Twins announce.
— Betsy Helfand (@betsyhelfand) March 19, 2023
There wasn’t much news regarding this, so it’s either not too serious, or the team will need to figure more out. Regardless, stay tuned for updates, but at first glance, he seems DTD.
Jorge Polanco – 2B Minnesota Twins
Jorge Polanco has felt some soreness in his knee, Falvey said. But the Twins do not believe he is dealing with a new injury — it's the same issue from the end of last season.
Polanco has not yet played in a game this spring. https://t.co/nyIPgq7QNh
— Betsy Helfand (@betsyhelfand) March 19, 2023
Polanco had been on track to play on Opening Day as late as last week. This is a concerning development in that it’s a reoccurring injury that just won’t go away. While he looked good while swinging, the fact that his knees can’t get set is a problem. Another report suggests that he can and may start the season on the Injured List. The team is being as cautious as they can with a big piece of their lineup. For now, look for Nick Gordon to step in for the Twins.
Brandon Nimmo – OF New York Mets
Nimmo said he was “relieved” that there was no structural ankle/knee damage and believes he will be ready for Opening Day.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) March 19, 2023
Keep in mind that players tend to be more optimistic than others. His status is still week-to-week and nothing has changed.
Andrew Painter – SP Philadelphia Phillies
Andrew Painter remains on schedule to play catch at the end of the month, once he completes his prescribed four-week rest period. Dave Dombrowski said today that he believes Painter will pitch for the #Phillies at some point this season.
— Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) March 19, 2023
Speaking of optimism, this is definitely optimistic for the Phillies. The important part to remember is that he is on track to play catch as this is all part of the plan. More updates will follow once he starts the process.
Ranger Suarez – SP Philadelphia Phillies
Ranger Suarez threw again today. It went well. The #Phillies expect him to be in the rotation the first week of the season, although he will be limited.
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) March 19, 2023
Great to see that he’s on track to return. Owners everywhere need to be cognizant that he will be on a pitch count. There’s been no word on what that number is and for how long.
Joe Musgrove – SP San Diego Padres
Great news all around here for Musgrove. His arm seems ready to go, so perhaps there won’t be much of a ramp-up once he’s able to pitch again.
Juan Soto – OF San Diego Padres
First, it was his calf, and now his oblique, both have been concerning developments this spring. With oblique injuries being tricky to overcome, his status for Opening Day is in jeopardy. Look for updates to happen soon, though the team is downplaying its severity.
Austin Nola – C San Diego Padres
Austin Nola has exited the game after being hit in the face by a Michael Fulmer fastball pic.twitter.com/WV3RitO8mf
— Talking Friars (@TalkingFriars) March 19, 2023
There will be updates provided soon, but the expectations are that it is a broken nose. Look for Luis Campusano to step in and fill in the void left here.
Nolan Arenado – 3B St. Louis Cardinals
Team USA manager says Mark DeRosa says Nolan Arenado is fine and if the score had been different “he would have fought me on it” in terms of staying on the field. #WorldBaseballClassic
— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) March 20, 2023
Luckily there doesn’t seem to be a long-term problem here as the x-rays came back negative. Both Arenado and the Cardinals seem to have avoided a major scare here.
Glenn Otto – SP Texas Rangers
Glenn Otto will have an MRI on his right lat muscle. He said it was still sore this morning
— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) March 19, 2023
There will be updates once the results of the MRI are in. For now, consider this somewhat concerning since his pain won’t go away.
Alejandro Kirk – C Toronto Blue Jays
Alejandro Kirk has been removed from today's lineup due a non-COVID related illness per #BlueJays
* Rob Brantly will take his place.
— Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) March 19, 2023
Hopefully, it’s nothing serious and Kirk can get back into the lineup sooner rather than later.
Carter Kieboom – 3B Washington Nationals
Carter Kieboom update: He’s currently playing catch but has not yet thrown across the diamond since his setback. He hit in a backfield minor league game yesterday but didn’t swing much, preferring to see a lot of pitches to get his timing down.
— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) March 19, 2023
The once highly regarded prospect has a lot of work to do before coming back and playing in a big league game. He will likely begin the season on the Injured List.