Here is the Fantrax Injury Report for Tuesday, May 30, 2023.
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MLB Injury Report
Cedric Mullins – OF Baltimore Orioles
Brandon Hyde said Cedric Mullins has a right abductor/groin strain. Prognosis TBD.
“It’s the last thing you want to see,” Hyde said.
— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) May 29, 2023
There will be additional testing done today, but it’s looking likely that Mullins heads to the Injured List. He hurt himself while running toward first base trying to beat out a throw while running. As it stands, Kyle Stowers looks to be the beneficiary of this situation, should Mullins require time on the Injured List.
Cody Bellinger – OF Chicago Cubs
It’s encouraging to see that Bellinger is now doing something. For a while, he was in rest mode and not doing much of anything. Now, at least, he is at least performing in the team’s drills. Look for him to ramp things up in the near future, though he will likely need a rehab assignment before returning.
Mike Clevinger – SP Chicago White Sox, Elvis Andrus – 2B/SS Chicago White Sox
Jimmy Lambert to the IL with right ankle inflammation, per Rick Hahn. That’s the corresponding move for Liam Hendriks.
Both Mike Clevinger and Elvis Andrus could return this homestand.
— James Fegan (@JRFegan) May 29, 2023
Both players have been out of action for weeks, and a comeback looks to be in the cards this weekend. Stay tuned for specific return dates, but this is good news.
Charlie Blackmon – OF Colorado Rockies
#Rockies OF Charlie Blackmon was placed on the bereavement list. 1B-DH Elehuris Montero was called up to fill his spot.
— Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb) May 29, 2023
Blackmon and his family are wished well.
Dinelson Lamet – SP Colorado Rockies
#Rockies RHP Dinelson Lamet, after three strong injury rehab starts (back stiffness) at Triple-A @ABQTopes, threw today at @CoorsField and will be part of the next road trip. He'll probably start Wednesday at #Dbacks.
— Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb) May 28, 2023
Lamet looked outstanding in his final rehab outing and will look to carry along that momentum this Wednesday.
Lance McCullers Jr. – SP Houston Astros
Lance McCullers Jr. is no longer throwing off a mound, Dusty Baker said.
“We have to take it slow with Lance until we know that he’s 100 percent. That’s where it is right now,” Baker said.
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) May 29, 2023
The team hasn’t indicated why he is off the mound, but this should be considered a setback. There has also been no word as to when he will return. His ETA of July seems to be up in the air right now.
Max Muncy – 3B Los Angeles Dodgers
Update on #Dodgers 3B Max Muncy. Team canceled MRI on left hamstring. Didn’t think injury warranted a scan. Probably not available tonight but should return to lineup tomorrow night.
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) May 29, 2023
The Dodgers certainly dodged a bullet here, as Muncy’s absence will be limited to a day or two. Look for him to return to the lineup sooner rather than later.
Max Kepler – OF Minnesota Twins, Jorge Polanco – 2B Minnesota Twins
Max Kepler and Jorge Polanco were among a handful of players doing sprints and running drills on the field before the game. Looked pretty good. Might not be too much longer for them.
— Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) May 28, 2023
Very encouraging news for both players here. If one had to guess, it would be Kepler back before Polanco.
Nick Gordon – 2B/OF Minnesota Twins
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) May 29, 2023
The move was done to allow Royce Lewis to come back to the big leagues. The move also confirms that Gordon’s 2023 season has been and will remain a disaster. He could be back late in the summer, and the hope is that he will be fine.
New York Yankees – Team Update
Jose Trevino could be in play this series, per Aaron Boone.
Giancarlo Stanton could start his rehab assignment tomorrow, but not definitive.
Josh Donaldson will play at Double-A tomorrow. #Yankees
— Gary Phillips (@GaryHPhillips) May 29, 2023
A lot of these updates seem similar to yesterday’s team update, though there are some specifics in line here. The only definitive one is Donaldson, who will play at Double-A later today. Both Stanton and Trevino have a lot of mystery around when they’ll return and advance, so stay tuned for more details.
Carlos Santana – 1B Pittsburgh Pirates
Carlos Santana said today was more of a scheduled day off. Doesn't think he'll go on the IL. "I’m hoping with a lot of treatment that I can be ready in the next couple of days. I checked with the doctor yesterday, and he said the muscle is tight."
— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) May 29, 2023
It still wouldn’t be surprising to see Santana move to the Injured List, given the nature of his injury and his age.
Joc Pederson – OF San Francisco Giants, Joey Bart – C San Francisco Giants
Joc Pederson tells me he is taking swings today for the first time since the hand injury and Joey Bart says he is running the bases tomorrow but he’s been doing everything else and is feeling good. Both moving closer to rehab assignments I would suspect.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) May 29, 2023
Great news for both players. Pederson being ready to start swinging is a huge step forward, showing that his hand is less swollen than it was before. As for Bart running, that seems like the last hurdle before playing. Look for both to start their rehabs soon.
Andres Munoz – RP Seattle Mariners
Andrés Munoz is here any T Mobile Park will start a rehab assignment with Tacoma tomorrow.
— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) May 29, 2023
Munoz hasn’t played for almost two months, so this is a major step forward. There were moments when he was shut down too. He will likely need a lengthy rehab before returning.
Lars Nootbar – OF St. Louis Cardinals
INJURY UPDATE: OF Lars Nootbaar was removed from today's game due to lower back spasms. His status is day-to-day.
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) May 29, 2023
The hope is that Nootbar won’t need a trip to the Injured List, but anything is possible. That being said, the team has a rare bout of two consecutive days off this week, so he may be fine by the weekend. Stay tuned.
Dylan Carlson – OF St. Louis Cardinals
#STLCards manager Oli Marmol said CF Dylan Carlson (left ankle sprain) is hitting from the left side and running again. Marmol said Carlson will need a MiLB rehab assignment of at least a couple of games before returning to the Cards.
— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) May 29, 2023
Carlson had been limited to hitting from the right side of the plate. Now that he has progressed, he will likely try to maintain that level while doing everything else baseball-related. From there he will enter the aforementioned rehab outing.
Tyler O’Neill – OF St. Louis Cardinals
Asked for an update on LF Tyler O’Neill (low back strain), #STLCards manager Oli Marmol said the organization is “at a standstill.” O’Neill, who has been out since May 5, has been shut down from baseball activities three times because of persistent pain.
— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) May 29, 2023
O’Neill has had a mystery illness, which he seems to get better, but then the team doesn’t know why he isn’t progressing. He’s been shut down before and will likely be there soon too. It’s as if they don’t know why he isn’t getting better. The only other options would be something surgical to repair what’s ailing, or there is an underlying issue of unhappiness here as O’Neill and the team have quarreled before.
Pete Fairbanks – RP Tampa Bay Rays
#Rays Cash said they’ll know more Tuesday about Fairbanks’ injury after he gets an MRI
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) May 29, 2023
We should know more today about a long-term diagnosis. Fingers crossed that this is minimal and that he can return within the fifteen-day window. That being said, it’s a bit worrisome.