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Fantrax Injury Report: March 22, 2023 – Alvarez and Soto returning soon

Here is the Fantrax Injury Report for Wednesday, March 22, 2023.

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Carson Kelly – C Arizona Diamondbacks

Shockingly terrible news, as Kelly could be out for months on end. The team had been looking to upgrade at catcher this offseason and had traded for Gabriel Moreno. He now becomes their starting catcher and offers good batting average upside with double-digit power potential. He is a must-add in two-catcher leagues and a consideration in one-catcher leagues. Kelly is wished the best for a speedy recovery.

Detroit Tigers Injury Updates

Michael Lorenzen is not guaranteed to make his final Spring Training start, which would lead to him not being ready for Opening Day. Both Skubal and Mize seem to be continuing their progression but have a long way to go as they are merely throwing. Vierling returned to the lineup two days ago and looks to be ready for Opening Day.

Kyle Tucker – OF Houston Astros

While it’s nice to see that he was able to stay to support the team, the hope is that the ankle is okay for Opening Day. This is something to monitor just in case there’s additional swelling on top of the bruise. For now, it doesn’t seem too serious.

Michael Brantley – OF Houston Astros

Brantley has been slowly brought along this offseason, after surgery to his right shoulder last season. His return was delayed too with a personal matter just a short while ago. It will be interesting to see when he can return and if the surgery has impacted his swing at all.

Yordan Alvarez – OF Houston Astros

Fantastic news that should be celebrated. Look for one of the best hitters in baseball to ramp up quickly and in time for Opening Day. There is still the question of his hand injury flaring up again throughout the season, but for now, his return is great news.

Johnny Cueto – SP Miami Marlins

The team has made note that this isn’t overly serious, and more of wanting him ready for the start of the season. He hasn’t been that great at all in 2023, and that compounded with soreness does raise a small red flag. At age 37, he could just very well be slow to get out of the gate. Look for Braxton Garrett to get a start or two while Cueto is out.

Bryce Harper – OF Philadelphia Phillies

While it’s encouraging to see that there is a possibility of him returning sooner, rather than later, fantasy owners need to keep this in mind. As Jeff Zimmerman pointed out on Twitter, this could have been done in order to allow the Phillies the opportunity to not add anyone to the 40-man roster just yet. It’s more of a manipulation piece than anything to allow the team to keep their options open. Interesting nonetheless if that is true. Back to Harper, while I do think that he can likely heal more quickly than others, to expect him back so soon and to produce is a huge task. For now, consider him back after the All-Star Break, assuming no setbacks.

Juan Soto – OF San Diego Padres

What a whirlwind of descriptors for Soto’s status we have seen. He went from having a mild oblique injury to being hopeful for Opening Day. Now he’s been labeled as optimistic to be there. The important part of all of this is that he likely won’t miss much time with his oblique and the first-rounder can be drafted with confidence.

Drew Pomeranz – RP San Diego Padres

Unfortunate news as Pomeranz just can’t seem to shake this elbow injury that has sidelined him for a considerable amount of time.

Austin Nola – C San Diego Padres

Fantastic news, as earlier it was thought that he would miss a long period of time. Updates will surely follow, but perhaps Nola will be back sooner than expected.

Joc Pederson – OF San Francisco Giants

Something to watch, though the inclusion of the weather here might explain his absence. We’ll see what happens today and tomorrow.

Brandon Crawford – SS San Francisco Giants, Mitch Haniger – OF San Francisco Giants

Two great pieces of news here for a team that needs them. Crawford’s return should solidify him within the middle infield for the team. Haniger is ahead of schedule to return from his Grade 1 oblique strain, but nothing about him returning earlier has been set.

Jarred Kelenic – OF Seattle Mariners

This seems to close the door on the idea that he will miss time. He should be ready for Opening Day.

Tyler O’Neill – OF St. Louis Cardinals


Great news to see him back and seemingly healthy. Look for him to be back in the lineup in the next few days.

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