Here is the Fantrax Injury Report for Wednesday, May 10, 2023.
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Max Fried – SP Atlanta Braves
Fried's MRI didn't create any concern about possibly needing a second TJ surgery. He will be shut down from throwing until his forearm heals. He'll then have to build back up and basically go through Spring Training again. So, timetable is TBD. But this won't be a short-term IL
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) May 9, 2023
Fried was placed on the Injured List with a forearm strain. There were questions as to why his status was up in the air, and this confirms that speculation. While we don’t know when he will return, we do know that it won’t be after fifteen days. It feels safe to rule out a second Tommy John surgery, but anything else seems fair game for now.
Ramon Urias – INF Baltimore Orioles
Mike Elias said Ramon Urias will “miss a good bit of time.” #orioles
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) May 9, 2023
Yikes, that’s never good. The hamstring that will cost Urias a lot of time was injured on Monday, and it’s already been determined that tend days on the Injured List are not enough.
James Paxton – SP Boston Red Sox
Paxton starts Friday.
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) May 9, 2023
Garrett Whitlock – SP Boston Red Sox
Alex Cora told reporters in Atlanta that Garrett Whitlock threw a bullpen yesterday. Still won't put a timetable on a potential return and says they'll see how he's progressing.
— Mac Cerullo (@MacCerullo) May 9, 2023
There is no timetable on when Whitlock will return, but he’s at least progressing towards a bullpen session.
Chicago Cubs – Team Update
– Nico Hoerner is day to day
– Brandon Hughes throwing a bullpen tomorrow
-Codi Heuer and Kyle Hendricks will throw for Iowa today
— Andy Martínez (@amartinez_11) May 9, 2023
Hoerner himself has said that he’s not doing too bad and that he’s receiving treatment. Hughes will throw another bullpen later today, showing some progress with that inflamed knee. As for Heuer and Hendricks, both have only recently started with Iowa and will have lengthy rehab assignments.
Nick Lodolo – SP Cincinnati Reds
Lodolo is dealing with a sore left calf and getting extra rest.
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) May 9, 2023
It’s unclear if this calf issue has been an ongoing ailment for Lodolo all season. That said, he will get some time to help it heal before starting again.
Lance McCullers Jr. – SP Houston Astros
Lance McCullers Jr. said he threw 25 pitches in the bullpen today, reaching 91.6 mph. He’ll start mixing in some breaking balls in his next bullpen, likely Saturday in Chicago, and he will have a normal Spring Training build-up from there.
— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) May 9, 2023
The fact that McCullers will start to utilize some breaking balls in his next bullpen is a good thing. That’s a big step forward, especially if his body responds well to it afterward.
Michael Brantley – OF Houston Astros
For full transparency:
Any update on Brantley?
"Yeah, he's still not ready. But he's close."
Tomorrow's not likely?
Is he hitting?
"No. He's not hitting."
Has he had a setback?
"Not really. We decided to just take it easy for a couple days."
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) May 10, 2023
Chandler Rome seems about as perplexed as anyone regarding Brantley’s status. The quoted tweet here is one of three in a chain explaining his thoughts. At the end of the day, there’s no telling when Brantley is coming back and his return will surprise most.
Mauricio Dubon – INF Houston Astros
Mauricio Dubón says he doesn’t he’ll need an IL stint for his hamstring. Will re-evaluate things tomorrow, but he doesn’t believe it’s anything serious.
— Greg Rajan (@GregRajan) May 10, 2023
It’s likely that Dubon misses today’s game, but could be back Friday when the Astros play next.
Ryan Yarbrough – SP Kansas City Royals
Ryan Yarbrough is doing well and is out of the hospital. He will not require surgery. He has entered into the concussion protocol and will continue with follow-ups as required for the next month. https://t.co/qTFO0w99XV
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) May 9, 2023
The team announced a day prior that Yarbrough suffered non-displaced fractures. This is fantastic news that he is doing better and recovering. It’ll likely be a long while before he pitches again.
Noah Syndergaard – SP Los Angeles Dodgers
Dave Roberts said #Dodgers are going to see how Noah Syndergaard's right index finger responds over the next few days.
— Matthew Moreno (@Matthew__Moreno) May 10, 2023
Syndergaard’s finger got cut during the second inning of his latest game. With a trip to the Injured List a possibility, speculation about who replaces him for a spot start remains prudent. The team may look at their farm again.
Max Scherzer – SP New York Mets
Max Scherzer (neck spasms) said he expects to miss a couple of days and pitch against the Nationals in the next series.
His neck discomfort set in Sunday and was way worse Monday morning.
“I wish I could pitch, but when this locks up, you can’t do a thing until it subsides.”
— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) May 9, 2023
This seems more optimistic than what was originally believed after the spasms worsened on Monday. Scherzer might actually avoid the Injured List altogether. Time will tell if this happens.
Aaron Hicks – OF New York Yankees
Aaron Hicks left tonight's game with left hip tightness. He was examined by Yankees Team Physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad and he will be reevaluated again tomorrow.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 10, 2023
Hicks will be DTD for now until otherwise noted.
Josh Donaldson – 3B New York Yankees
Josh Donaldson has another week of “intense baseball activities” before starting a rehab assignment from his hamstring strain, per Aaron Boone.
— Max Goodman (@MaxTGoodman) May 9, 2023
The Yankees will be without Donaldson for at least another two to three weeks, as Donaldson attempts to return from this hamstring issue. June might be a realistic timeline.
Mason Miller – SP Oakland Athletics
MRI results for Mason Miller were “clean structurally” per A’s manager Mark Kotsay. Depending on his soreness level, best case scenario is for Miller to start playing catch on Friday. No plan to place him on the IL as of now.
— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) May 9, 2023
Some good news here, as Miller seems poised to miss a minimal amount of time here. Time will tell if that’s the case, but his quest to return starts with his side session on Friday and how his body responds to that. Owners everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief.
Jose Alvarado – RP Philadelphia Phillies
Jose Alvarado was unavailable tonight because of tightness in his left wrist. He said he’s unconcerned and hopes to pitch tomorrow, if needed.
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) May 10, 2023
The hope here is that Alvarado is correct and that he’ll be able to pitch as soon as possible.
Kyle Schwarber – OF Philadelphia Phillies
Kyle Schwarber left tonight's game with a bruised left foot. X-rays were negative.
He fouled a pitch off his foot in the sixth inning.
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) May 10, 2023
The good news here is that the X-rays came back negative. Schwarber should return soon enough once the bruise is healed.
Andres Munoz – RP Seattle Mariners
After not feeling right after his last bullpen session, Munoz had a MRI which showed some minor inflammation https://t.co/xNaiznH8DN
— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) May 9, 2023
Horrible news as Munoz’s season will get delayed even more now. Shoulder inflammation is nothing to sneeze at, so his return will not be for quite a long time as his rehab assignment won’t be until almost June. And even then, it’ll likely be a lengthy one.
Tyler O’Neill – OF St. Louis Cardinals
Tyler O’Neill is set to begin a rehab assignment as soon as next Tuesday with Class AAA Memphis, says Marmol.
Plan accordingly Redbirds fans.#stlcards
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) May 9, 2023
O’Neill looks primed and ready to start rehabbing in order to return. There is likely no rush for him to return because his being right may help him get out of his season-long slump.
Jacob deGrom – SP Texas Rangers
Bruce Bochy today:
— Said Jacob deGrom could be “another 2-3 weeks.”
—Said Ezequiel Duran will continue to get “a lot” of playing time after Corey Seager returns
—Referenced Mr Wilson of Dennis the Menace fame.
— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) May 9, 2023
This seems like a pretty major update here, as deGrom “could be” another two or three weeks from returning. The team hasn’t really tested out his arm at all in order to see if he’s close to being ready, which is quite telling too for many reasons. Are they overly concerned about it? Do they want to rely on deGrom’s feelings and move accordingly to them? Is there something that they know as to why it’s so slow? The team placed him on the 15-day Injured list at the end of April, but it’s looking like a June return at the earliest is on the horizon.