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Fantrax Injury Report – March 28, 2023 – Big day for Altuve and Polanco

Here is the Fantrax Injury Report for Tuesday, March 28, 2023.

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MLB Injury Report for March 28

Kyle Wright – SP Atlanta Braves

The move was officially made, supplanting Wright on the Injured List. This was done, as planned, to give him some time to have his rehab assignment. The plan is for him to miss two to three starts before returning to Atlanta.

Joey Votto – 1B Cincinnati Reds

There was some doubt over the weekend, but manager David Bell confirmed the suspicion here. Votto was seemingly close to a return and shouldn’t require much time rehabbing here.

Triston McKenzie – SP Cleveland Guardians

Terrible news for a team to lose one of its best pitchers so close to the season. The Guardians will re-evaluate his situation in the middle of April, and it’s likely that we won’t see him until at least the beginning of May. With that being a best-case scenario, fantasy owners should look for long-term alternatives.

Michael Brantley – OF Houston Astros

The timeline for Brantley has been delayed from mid-April to the possibility of it being late-April. This is obviously not the best news, but it could have been worse.

Jose Altuve – 2B Houston Astros

On the one hand, this would open up a spot on the 40-man roster, which would be beneficial. The bad news would be that he wouldn’t be able to return until June. With that being the likeliest of timelines for Altuve, he seems bound for the 60-day designation.

Jared Walsh – 1B Los Angeles Angels, Max Stassi – C Los Angeles Angels

Walsh is returning from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and has now begun experiencing headaches and insomnia. As a result, he is seeing a specialist about these things. As for Stassi, he will need some time to recover from the injury he sustained this past weekend. Both players here are not expected to miss a long period of time. For now, Jake Lamb is slated to play first base while Logan O’Hoppe should be the starting catcher.

Jorge Polanco – 2B Minnesota Twins

Big day here for him as the Twins want to get a better picture of the extent of this injury. Polanco can do everything but swing a bat, as the soreness and fluid within his knee won’t dissipate. Should things improve, a shorter stay on the Injured List could be in the works. That said, if things go off the rails, we could be looking at quite an extended stay for this injury that won’t heal.

Carlos Rodon – SP New York Yankees

Rodon threw for the first time in two weeks last Thursday. He doubled his output here and will continue to ramp up until he faces live batters. Just a reminder that he isn’t expected to be back anytime soon and a debut in May is likely in the cards for him.

JT Brubaker – SP Pittsburgh Pirates

The team will likely undergo some tests to determine the damage done here, but any and all elbow damage is concerning. There is no timeline for a return just yet. The exciting news for fantasy purposes comes with the possibilities that could arise from this. Johan Oviedo and Luis Ortiz should be considered here and both are exciting pitchers in their own rights. Stay tuned.

Joe Musgrove – SP San Diego Padres

Musgrove is saying everything that you’d want to hear from him coming back. He was able to cover first base comfortably, throw new and exciting pitches, adjust to the pitch clock, and more. He’s worked hard to get to where he is and seems likely to continue that work ethic. The injury that once concerned owners seems to be something that will allow him to come back within the 15-day parameters of an Injury List designation.

Juan Soto – OF San Diego Padres

Whether or not he is cleared to do so is another story, but Soto seems in line to be ready for Opening Day.

Dylan Moore – INF/OF Seattle Mariners

Great news as Moore is coming back from an oblique injury. These injuries can be tricky and linger, so the timeline is flexible.

Wander Franco – SS Tampa Bay Rays

Franco is looking great in this video as the possibility of him being ready for Opening Day seems bright. That being said, the trainers are the ones to clear him and we will see what happens. Consider him closer to being ready than not.

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