Here is the Fantrax Injury Report for Friday, May 5, 2023.
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Ronald Acuna – OF Atlanta Braves
Braves manager Brian Snitker said Ronald Acuña Jr. was having trouble bending his knee, so the team felt like it was best to pull him and have him begin getting treatment. Snitker said Acuña is going to be fine.
— Justin Toscano (@JustinCToscano) May 5, 2023
While the inability to bend his knee is concerning, it sounds like Acuna has avoided a serious injury and will be fine going forward. He will likely need a day or two to get back to 100% health, but overall he should avoid the Injury List.
Micahel Harris – OF Atlanta Braves
Michael Harris II didn't suffer any ligament damage in his knee. He hyperextended it, and eventually felt lucky it wasn't worse.
“I was thinking I was gonna have to be carried off the field at first, and that it was going to be the end of my season," Harris said.
— Justin Toscano (@JustinCToscano) May 5, 2023
There’s quite a difference in how Harris felt, as he believed that his season would be over. Instead, he was available off the bench last night. While he didn’t play, Snitker did say that he was going to get the day off regardless. Consider him DTD.
Orlando Arcia – SS Atlanta Braves
Orlando Arcia begins taking dry swings today, a nice step for him. He has been throwing and running.
— Justin Toscano (@JustinCToscano) May 4, 2023
It’s a big step forward for Arcia, who will later advance to swinging with contact. Due to the nature of the injury and the time away, he will likely need a rehab assignment.
Kyle Wright – SP Atlanta Braves
The #Braves today recalled LHP Dylan Dodd to Atlanta and placed RHP Kyle Wright on the 15-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) May 4, 2023
This is the second time this season that Wright has gone on the Injured List for an injury to his right shoulder. He will miss at least two weeks, though because it’s the same injury, he might need more time to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.
Austin Hays – OF Baltimore Orioles
Austin Hays, who is out of #Orioles' lineup for 2nd straight day, said the team is giving him a couple days to continue to heal his bruised right middle finger. "Just making sure I'm going to be healthy for this next stretch." Added he's available to hit off bench if needed.
— Jake Rill (@JakeDRill) May 4, 2023
It’s looking like Hays will get another day or two off to get this finger issue corrected.
Kutter Crawford – SP Boston Red Sox
Cora says Kutter Crawford is day-to-day with tightness in his left hamstring. No IL stint for now.
— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) May 4, 2023
Crawford left while pitching against the Blue Jays with tightness in his hamstring. His status is up in the air, but he’s likely to avoid the Injured List. That said, the “for now” part of this tweet is something to keep in mind going forward.
Jake Burger – 3B Chicago White Sox
Prior to today’s series finale vs. Minnesota, the #WhiteSox placed infielder Jake Burger on the 10-day injured list with a strained left oblique and recalled infielder Lenyn Sosa from Class AAA Charlotte.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) May 4, 2023
Burger was hopeful to miss only a handful of games, but alas, he will take some time to get his oblique injury corrected. These sorts of injuries can linger into long-term problems, so his 10-day status could extend itself. Stay tuned.
Triston McKenzie – SP Cleveland Guardians
McKenzie has been ramping his arm up for a while now, and the 20 pitches thrown represent the most he’s done yet. There is no timeline for him to throw more than just the fastball, but that would be the next big step in his recovery plan. He is eligible to return as of May 29, but that seems like it will be too soon.
Aaron Civale – SP Cleveland Guardians
Civale will figure out the next steps in his recovery plan later today as he felt great physically after this session. There will be more revealed after the meeting, but his throwing is a good first step.
Garrett Mitchell – OF Milwaukee Brewers
Garrett Mitchell had his shoulder surgery on Tuesday. No change to the timetable: Probably out for the year, but there's a sliver of hope to play late in the year. "It was a serious surgery and the timeframe makes it unlikely, like we said," Craig Counsell said. "But we'll see."
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) May 4, 2023
While it’s positive that the surgery was a success, this will be a lost year in his development as he’s likely to miss the remainder of the season. While there is a small sliver of hope that he does return, that shouldn’t be relied on.
Luis Severino – SP New York Yankees
Severino will throw a live session in Tampa on Friday. The Yankees want to be in more control of the environment so he’s not going straight to a minor league rehab start.
— JackCurryYES (@JackCurryYES) May 3, 2023
This isn’t necessarily bad news, but it’s not great either. All this does is delay his return by a few days, assuming that all goes well in this live session. Severino was supposed to begin a rehab assignment, but that will likely wait until next week.
Trevor May – RP Oakland Athletics
Trevor May (15-day IL, anxiety-related issues) is “in a pause right now” after pitching in a Triple-A game Tuesday, Mark Kotsay said. “From a standpoint of going forward, I don’t have anything more for you.”
— Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) May 4, 2023
There’s been no word if this is injury-related or anxiety-related, but one would have to guess that it’s the latter or the two.
Robbie Ray – SP Seattle Mariners
Robbie Ray today underwent the procedure to address his flexor tendon repair. He also had his ulnar collateral ligament reconstructed, as in Tommy John surgery, according to a press release.
The procedure was performed by Dr. Keith Meister at TMI Sports Medicine in Texas.
— Daniel Kramer (@DKramer_) May 3, 2023
It’s been noted by Kramer too that Ray will likely not be ready for Spring Training because of the UCL reconstruction. This is a massive injury for Ray, and his performance, now his appearance, for the 2024 season will be in question as well.
Nolan Gorman, INF St. Louis Cardinals, Jack Flaherty – SP St. Louis Cardinals
Flaherty left healthy, despite the trainer visit. Removal was a call to go to the bullpen, not injury-related.
— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) May 4, 2023
Gorman’s injury isn’t believed to be serious, but he’ll likely need a day or two of rest before returning. Consider him DTD for now. As for Flaherty, it was his performance that led to his exit, not anything health-related.
Corey Seager – SS Texas Rangers
That’s very promising news regarding Seager, as he’s posied to return in short order. Even if there’s some sort of delay in this estimate, if all goes right, he should be back within two weeks. Stay tuned, but this is a positive development.