Here is the Fantrax Injury Report for Wednesday, May 3, 2023.
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Fantrax MLB Injury Report
Travis d’Arnaud – C Atlanta Braves
It’s been almost one full month since d’Arnaud left the field with a concussion. He’s completed about every hurdle imaginable to prove his health, but he continues to feel the effects in his head. He goes on to say that for every new step or activity that he attempts, his head would hurt or feel fuzzy the next day, but would then feel fine after the next attempt. In order to return from a concussion, he must be completely free of these symptoms, hence the delay.
Garrett Whitlock – SP Boston Red Sox
Garrett Whitlock had a follow-up appointment with a doctor and there were no ulnar nerve symptoms on the exam. He threw 20 pitches at 45 feet after the exam
“It was good, good to kind of get back on track and get things going again,” he told The Athletic. https://t.co/vheK1LOyeQ
— Jen McCaffrey (@jcmccaffrey) May 3, 2023
There was a scare earlier in the day that Whitlock’s follow-up appointment would render similar results to the one from Jeffrey Springs. This one, instead, yielded a positive outcome, as Whitlock was able to throw twenty pitches. It was also revealed that the ulnar nerve symptoms were gone and that only a handful of starts were possible to be missed. Anything can happen between now and his next pitch on the mound, but this is a big step in the right direction.
German Marquez – SP Colorado Rockies
Germán Márquez needs Tommy John surgery, he tells me. Surgery isn’t scheduled yet
— Danielle Allentuck (@d_allentuck) May 2, 2023
Absolutely brutal news for Marquez, who will miss the rest of this season and most of the next. The timeline for this type of procedure can last up to 19 months. Marquez is a free agent after this year, though there is a team option for him in 2024. He is three strikeouts shy of the all-time franchise record and may never get a chance to beat that.
Luis Garcia – SP Houston Astros
On Luis Garcia, Baker said: "He's seen the doctor. They're going go back and re-evaluate the MRI, so we'll probably have some news and an outcome by the weekend."
— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) May 3, 2023
Garcia was removed from his last game after only eight pitches. The diagnosis on this will be closer to the weekend, leaving fantasy owners and the Astros themselves in a state of flux.
Jose Altuve – 2B Houston Astros
Jose Altuve fielded ground balls in foul territory hit by Omar López. He threw from a very short distance a few times to Joe Espada. Baby steps, but progress nonetheless.
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) May 2, 2023
This was the first time that Altuve was able to do some baseball activities. This is obviously a big step forward since his defensive abilities were tampered with by his thumb. He still has a long way to go, but this is still a big day.
Salvador Perez – C Kansas City Royals
Salvador Perez left tonight's game with a left middle finger contusion. He is day-to-day.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) May 3, 2023
It was an unlucky injury that could have been more costly. Perez had himself a great night, and this hindered that performance. That said, it’s looking like he will miss just a handful of games.
Jared Walsh – 1B Los Angeles Angels
Forgot to Tweet this earlier:
There's no update on Jared Walsh or Max Stassi. Only that Walsh is continuing with some baseball activities in Anaheim. He's improving, but no timeline on a return for either Stassi or Walsh, per GM Perry Minasian.
— Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) May 3, 2023
Walsh has been taking batting practice, but he’s been unable to ramp himself up. He will need a very long rehab assignment once he is ready due to the nature of his past injuries and for the amount of time that has been missed.
Trevor Rogers – SP Miami Marlins
#Marlins manager Skip Schumaker said Trevor Rogers is “still a few weeks away from a real, significant throwing program.”
— Jordan McPherson (@J_McPherson1126) May 2, 2023
It’s looking like Rogers will be out for the month of May, which is sad to say while in its first week. He will likely need a rehab assignment once he’s ready too.
Avisail Garcia – OF Miami Marlins
#Marlins roster move, per transaction log: Avisail Garcia to the 10-day IL (back tightness); Xavier Edwards called up
— Jordan McPherson (@J_McPherson1126) May 2, 2023
Garcia has struggled to start the year and the hope is that this will help get him right.
Adrian Houser – SP Milwaukee Brewers
Adrian Houser is with the Brewers in Denver but hasn't been activated. "Trending toward a start," Craig Counsell said, which would presumably come in San Francisco. If a need arises, Houser could be activated earlier.
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) May 2, 2023
It’s been stated too that Houser will be the team’s sixth starter, meaning that the team’s current rotation will remain intact.
Tyler Mahle – SP Minnesota Twins
Tyler Mahle’s MRI showed a posterior impingement and a flexor pronator strain. #MNTwins shutting him down for next four weeks.
— DanHayesMLB (@DanHayesMLB) April 30, 2023
I strongly recommend reading this linked piece regarding the injury to Mahle, as it was helpful to understand what it going on with Mahle. There are concerns here that could lead to Tommy John Surgery, but there’s no indication to say that all roads lead toward it. That said, shutting anyone down for four weeks is a major ordeal. Once he gets re-evaluated, he will need to really ramp things up and undergo a rehab assignment, making his best-case scenario almost two months’ worth of missed time.
Carlos Rodon – SP New York Yankees
Aaron Boone said Carlos Rodón can throw but the back issue is affecting his mechanics. The Yankees are trying to see what the best course of action is. Shoulder and elbow are fine. Just the back.
— Chris Kirschner (@ChrisKirschner) May 2, 2023
This is somewhat worrisome. His arm feels much better, but he just can’t get his back right. He is stiff, he can’t get loose and it’s affecting his overall mechanics. It’s almost as if they’re baffled as to why this is happening. Stay tuned.
Trevor May – RP Oakland Athletics
Trevor May is scheduled to pitch in Triple-A Las Vegas’ game tonight, Mark Kotsay said.
— Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) May 2, 2023
It’s great to see that May is feeling better and ready to pitch. He has suffered through anxiety but appears ready to give it a go.
Ranger Suarez – SP Philadelphia Phillies
Ranger Suárez threw only 29 pitches for Lehigh Valley, but don't fret. It rained. He threw in the bullpen and finished at 54 pitches. He'll will make at least one, likely two more minor league starts, Rob Thomson said, which puts him back in about two weeks.
— Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) May 3, 2023
Suarez has now pitched through four scoreless innings in his two rehab games, racking up two strikeouts, two walks, and one hit. The team wants to see more out of him before they reinstate him in Philadelphia.
Julio Rodriguez – OF Seattle Mariners
Julio took some swings in the cages and is “still feeling it a little bit” in his back, per Scott Servais. Mariners say they’re being cautious and hope Julio can return tomorrow.
— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) May 2, 2023
Rodriguez was originally slated to be atop the Mariners’ lineup, but he was then taken out after the batting practice back pain. Consider him DTD until we’re told something else.
Josh Fleming – SP Tampa Bay Rays
.@TriciaWhitaker with an update on @RaysBaseball LHP Josh Fleming, who are leaving the game reportedly has a left foot contusion and initial imaging did not show any fractures. #RaysUp pic.twitter.com/rXlG1wrqds
— Bally Sports Sun: Rays (@BallyRays) May 3, 2023
Fleming got hit by a comebacker off of his foot and had to leave the game. With x-rays back negative, he is DTD unless otherwise noted.