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Fantrax MLB Injury Report: No, No, No, Lodolo

Here is the Fantrax Injury Report for Wednesday, August 23, 2023. In today’s edition, Nick Lodolo had a setback and will miss the foreseeable future with yet another leg injury. Also, Josh Naylor’s recovery is going slowly and cautiously, as the team wants to take their time. Finally, Joe Musgrove is progressing, but has a long way to go, as per his manager Bob Melvin. All this and much more in today’s Injury Report from Fantrax.

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MLB Injury Report

Drey Jameson – SP/RP Arizona Diamondbacks

While it’s encouraging that Jameson is throwing right now, any return would likely be minimal, if at all.

John Means – SP Baltimore Orioles

It’s looking like a return from Means is in the works and could be achieved within a week or two.

Anthony Santander – OF Baltimore Orioles

While he didn’t play in last night’s game, this report indicates that he’s close to returning and could be back today.

Jarren Duran – OF Boston Red Sox

Duran already has an MRI scheduled to determine the severity of the injury, but he’s been placed on the Injured List regardless. Stay tuned.

Nick Lodolo – SP Cincinnati Reds

This is an unfortunate development, as Lodolo was supposed to be returning this week. He will receive a second opinion, but it could end up being a season-ending injury. With only six weeks remaining, there may not be enough time for him to recover, rehab, and re-debut. We should know more later this week.

Triston McKenzie = SP Cleveland Guardians

McKenzie is now throwing from long distances, but he’s still not throwing from the mound. Once that happens, there will be a better handle on his timeline. He is hoping to return in late September.

Shane Bieber – SP Cleveland Guardians

Bieber seems to be ahead of McKenzie, albeit slightly, in his development. Once he gets onto the mound, he will be closer to a return, as it’s been speculated that he could be back in mid-September.

Josh Naylor – 1B Cleveland Guardians

Naylor seems close to hitting pitches, but the team is being extra-cautious with him and his return. Once he is able to hit live pitching, we could see an accelerated rehab. That said, obliques are tricky to overcome.

Jose Abreu – 1B Houston Astros

This came out of nowhere, as Abreu wasn’t swinging a bat over the weekend, but he was fielding groundballs. While he may not play today, chances are he’s back tomorrow.

Yordan Alvarez – OF Houston Astros

Manager Dusty Baker did say that he’s hopeful that Alvarez returns today.

Anthony Rendon – 3B Los Angeles Angels

Rendon continues to be a frustrating fantasy option to roster. He is eligible to return to the Angels on September 9, but his history suggests that he won’t play again this season.

J.D. Martinez – UT Los Angeles Dodgers

Martinez will be shut down for up to three weeks, which would leave him with three weeks of the season remaining. This doesn’t include a possible rehab assignment or any setbacks. For fantasy purposes, he may be someone to drop. The Dodgers seem poised to make the playoffs and their goal right now will be to ensure that Martinez is healthy for that.

Avisail Garcia – OF Miami Marlins

No word yet on the severity of the situation, but we could see him land on the Injured List. Stay tuned.

Garrett Mitchell – OF Milwaukee Brewers

Mitchell will begin a rehab assignment in the middle of September. Given that timeline, he may have about one week worth’s of games left in him. It’s great to see him return, but be mindful that he is more of a 2024 option at this point.

Sal Frelick – OF Milwaukee Brewers

This has been a lingering issue for Frelick, and we may see him head to the Injured List if things don’t improve. For now, consider him DTD, and remember that he needs his legs to be as valuable as he can be.

Aaron Ashby – SP/RP Milwaukee Brewers

Ashby’s delayed return doesn’t seem to be injury-related, which is definitely good news. Fantasy owners can be patient as they’ve waited all year for him.

Joe Musgrove – SP San Diego Padres

This will be the first time that Musgrove will have thrown, and that’s definitely a step in the right direction. However, later in this article, manager Bob Melvin said that the team would pump the brakes on this and that he would need many sessions like this before they consider placing him on the mound. In fact, he himself said that they are a ways away from it.

Julio Rodriguez – OF Seattle Mariners

Consider Rodriguez DTD while he recovers from this illness.

Emerson Hancock – SP Seattle Mariners

This really escalated quickly, as Hancock will miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder strain.

Dylan Carlson – OF St. Louis Cardinals

Given the multifaceted magnitude of both of his injuries, it would be surprising to see Carlson return this season. His ankle could require surgery and his oblique strain is of the second-grade variety.

Ryan Helsley – RP St. Louis Cardinals

This isn’t the first time that Helsley has faced a setback and been told that he has everything on par with where it should be. Time will tell, but he will redo his bullpen before heading out on a rehab assignment.

Matthew Liberatore – SP St. Louis Cardinals

Liberatore will miss three times through the rotation while he recovers from this injury. It remains to be seen if he’ll be ready after those fifteen days.

Nathan Eovaldi – SP Texas Rangers

Eovaldi could be back sooner than expected, as his latest live batting session seemed encouraging, to say the least.

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