Here is the Fantrax Injury Report for Sunday, March 26, 2023.
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MLB Injury Report for March 26
Eddie Rosario – OF Atlanta Braves
Eddie Rosario is fine, the Braves say. He was scratched to give him an extra day.
— Justin Toscano (@JustinCToscano) March 25, 2023
The issue that sidelined Rosario on Friday has extended itself into Saturday. Both he and the team expect him back sooner rather than later.
James Paxton – SP Boston Red Sox
James Paxton faced hitters in live BP today. The plan is for him to pitch 2 innings in a backfield game on Wednesday and build one inning at a time from there. Sox typically want guys built up to 6 innings or so before being activated.
— Chad Jennings (@chadjennings22) March 25, 2023
It sounds like Paxton has a long way to go before returning to pitch for the team. With the season starting this Thursday, he obviously won’t be ready for that. Barring setbacks, it might be weeks before he’s close.
Garrett Whitlock – SP Boston Red Sox
Garrett Whitlock got in four innings in a Minor League game at Fenway South. 63 pitches, 40 strikes. Next up is Worcester home opener on Friday.
— Ian Browne (@IanMBrowne) March 25, 2023
Another great spring outing for Whitlock, who is now comfortably up to 63 pitches thrown. He will continue to build on that when he pitches in Triple-A, beginning this Friday.
Brayan Bello – SP Boston Red Sox
Like the aforementioned Red Sox pitchers, Bello is also ramping himself up to pitch as a starter. He is slightly behind Whitlock in terms of workload readiness but appears to be on track to debut in April as well.
Kenley Jansen – RP Boston Red Sox
Kenley Jansen said he’s feeling better. Felt lightheaded on the mound after the first hitter Friday night. Said the issue is not afib-related and that he expects to pitch Sunday.
— Sean McAdam (@Sean_McAdam) March 25, 2023
Today will be an important day for him. He needs to get on track pitch-wise but also, more importantly, health-wise. Great to read that it was not an afib-related illness from Friday.
Nico Hoerner – SS Chicago Cubs
Today’s Cubs 9…
SP: Elías – P
Note: Hoerner scratched with left biceps tightness. Team says he is doing better, but Cubs being cautious.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) March 25, 2023
Cautious and precautionary, Hoerner needs an additional day of rest before coming back. Here’s hoping there’s nothing more.
Jurickson Profar – OF Colorado Rockies
#Rockies new left fielder LF Jurickson Profar is still awaiting for a visa, manager Bud Black told reporters today. Black said Profar has a meeting with the consulate in Curacao. Hopes Profar is in camp by early next week.
— Patrick Saunders (@psaundersdp) March 25, 2023
While it’s good to know that Profar’s delay is not injury-related, it’s concerning nonetheless. Nobody knows how close to being game-ready Profar is, and he may need some time once this is settled to get there. For now, here’s hoping the legalities of this situation get sorted out.
Matthew Boyd – SP Detroit Tigers
#Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd is getting extra rest, but he is not injured.
A.J. Hinch: "Matt's done everything that we've really wanted him to do physically to be ready for the season."
The Tigers also want to get more looks at a few relievers to help set the roster. https://t.co/ULCyUTPGXx
— Evan Petzold (@EvanPetzold) March 25, 2023
The Tigers wanted to give some relievers a look while also giving Boyd an extra day’s rest. Two birds, one stone. Boyd has had a terrific spring and looks to bounce back in a big way. Health will be the key to that.
Michael Brantley – OF Houston Astros
Michael Brantley will accompany the team back to Houston for the World Series celebrations next week and then return to the team's facility in West Palm Beach to keep ramping up. Dusty Baker made it sound like he'll need more than just the 10 days on the IL.
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) March 25, 2023
For weeks we weren’t sure if he’d be ready for Opening Day, yet there was positive speculation that he would be. Now, it all comes together as he will miss time to start the season. This doesn’t necessarily sound quick. He could be a candidate to miss an entire month.
Kyle Tucker – OF Houston Astros
Some updates from Dusty Baker:
— RHP Ty Buttrey was told he didn't make the club, but Baker liked what he saw.
— Kyle Tucker could play tomorrow's Grapefruit League finale.
— Michael Brantley will go back with team to Houston for ring ceremony & then return to rehab in WPB.
— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) March 25, 2023
Tucker was set to return yesterday but needed an extra day’s rest. Regardless of if he’s in there today, he is likely ready for Opening Day.
Hunter Brown – SP Houston Astros
Hunter Brown will throw a bullpen tomorrow prior to the team's Grapefruit League finale.
Here are starting pitchers for the rest of spring:
Tonight vs. WAS: Javier
Sunday vs. STL: Urquidy
Monday vs. SL: Blanco
Tuesday vs. SL: Garcia
— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) March 25, 2023
There’s a good chance that Brown begins the year on the Injured List, which would cost him the first two weeks of the season.
David Fletcher – 2B/SS Los Angeles Angels
New Angels lineup without David Fletcher. He was scratched from today’s game as precaution, with abdominal tightness. https://t.co/WoHTG3uFbn pic.twitter.com/gHkbHfmPuN
— Sarah Valenzuela (@Sarah_IsabelVee) March 25, 2023
While his absence is precautionary, it stops any momentum he had of coming back healthy and ready this year. While it’s still possible that he’s ready for Opening Day, there’s a chance, with setbacks, that he’s delayed.
Luis Urias – 2B Milwaukee Brewers
As for Luis Urías, expect him back in the lineup tomorrow. He was experiencing some dizziness before yesterday's game, so the Brewers just gave him the last two days to rest.
— Curt Hogg (@CyrtHogg) March 25, 2023
Fingers crossed this is a minor setback and that Urias can get back to playing baseball.
Jorge Polanco – 2B Minnesota Twins
Jorge Polanco will hit in the cage and take grounders today. No running.
He is scheduled to play in a minor league spring training game on Tuesday.
— LaVelle E. Neal III (@LaVelleNeal) March 25, 2023
No word on how the session fielding grounders went for him went, but perhaps no news is good news. Regardless, Tuesday seems like an important date for Polanco, as it might define how lengthy of an absence he’s going to have.
Ranger Suarez – SP Philadelphia Phillies
In other news, here is a Ranger Suárez update. He says he is feeling "better" of late. He played catch yesterday and today and said it went well. Didn't feel pain in his arm, just a little tightness, but "nothing too bad." Doesn't know when he'll throw a bullpen yet.
— Alex Coffey (@byalexcoffey) March 25, 2023
Not having a timetable for what’s next isn’t a good thing. While it’s positive that he’s feeling better, this is still a concerning development. Matt Strahm will likely take his spot in the rotation.
Drew Pomeranz – RP San Diego Padres
Good day for lefty Padres relievers. Drew Pomeranz and José Castillo both just threw bullpens. No shot for Opening Day, but neither setback was all that lengthy.
— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) March 25, 2023
Pomeranz had a setback earlier this month. He’ll look to right the ship sometime in April or May.
Juan Soto – OF San Diego Padres
Juan Soto will hit some balls off the tee today, so progression continues. Darvish will pitch 4-5 innings in MILB game and Nola will catch him, so good news there as well.
— Bob Scanlan (@heyscan) March 25, 2023
The Padres are taking the slow and conservative approach with Soto, which makes sense. He’s likely ready for Opening Day, but anything could happen.
Austin Nola – C San Diego Padres
Nola just left game after taking foul tip off meat hand.
— Bob Scanlan (@heyscan) March 25, 2023
First, he took one on the nose for a fracture, and now a foul tip on an exposed hand. Here’s hoping that the old adage of bad things happening in groups of three isn’t true. More updates to follow.
Joe Musgrove – SP San Diego Padres
Joe Musgrove will pitch in a minor league game Monday.
He will begin the season in the IL. The thinking is that the first game he could be available/built up to start for Padres is 4/11 in NY against the Mets. Could also wait until 4/16 vs. Brewers at Petco Park.
— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) March 25, 2023
Remarkable news. He’s worked hard to get to this point and the hope is that these dates come true for him.
Alex Cobb – SP San Francisco Giants
Cobb is testing things out today. The issue is that the swelling has moved to his hamstring so if it crops up again today he might need to be pushed back a bit. He is very hopeful he will not open the season on the IL.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) March 25, 2023
This is definitely something to monitor in the coming days. It will be interesting to see how his body responds after yesterday’s bullpen session.
J.P. Crawford – SS Seattle Mariners
X-rays negative on Crawford’s foot.
— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) March 25, 2023
Consider him DTD and all but ready for Opening Day.
Wander Franco – SS Tampa Bay Rays
Update from #Rays on Wander Franco:
He was scratched from lineup for precautionary reasons due to right quad soreness.
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) March 25, 2023
This same injury has plagued him before and it’s worrisome that it’s happening again. While we don’t want to place an “injury-prone” label on him just yet, we’re at least finding ourselves a marker to prepare ourselves. For now, he was a precautionary exit and nothing more.
Glen Otto – SP Texas Rangers, Jake Odorizzi – SP Texas Rangers
Glenn Otto will be re-examined by Dr. Keith Meister Monday in Texas, but Chris Young said the Rangers are probably looking at longer, rather than shorter absence.
Is it a 60-day IL possibility?
Possible, Young said, but did not commit. …
Odorizzi could be in same boat.
— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) March 25, 2023
The Rangers have a big problem with pitching depth, and this is not ideal at all. Both were slated to be long-relief options while the rotation was healthy. With so much volatility among their starters, any problems could force the team’s hand at a trade or an all-too-early call-up. As for Otto and Odorizzi, having two 60-day IL pitchers this early is awful news.
Mitch White – SP/RP Toronto Blue Jays
Mitch White is experiencing right elbow inflammation, John Schneider says, after throwing recently.
All signs are now pointing to Zach Pop cracking the Opening Day roster. #BlueJays
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) March 25, 2023
After dealing all throughout the spring, this is discouraging. It’s possible that his hitting 94 mph in his latest outing was the culprit. It’s always key to see how one’s body responds to these sorts of things. White is likely heading to the Injured List.
Brandon Belt – 1B
Brandon Belt is also going to be scratched from today’s game because he’s under the weather. A stomach bug has been going around at #BlueJays camp
— Kaitlyn McGrath (@kaitlyncmcgrath) March 25, 2023
Belt should be fine for Opening Day.
Thanks for the info. Yordan and his hand injury – what are realistic fears for him? Could it be nothing and have no impact?