Here is the Fantrax Injury Report for Saturday, August 12, 2023. In today’s edition, Marcus Stroman seems to be trending in the right direction and could be activated this week. Also, it appears that Jose Abreu has been hurt since the spring, and we’re just finding out about it now. Could that have been the reason for his demise? Finally, the Rays got some good and bad news regarding Tyler Glasnow and Shane McClanahan and their not-to-distant futures. All that and much more in today’s Injury Report from Fantrax.
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MLB Injury Report
Tanner Houck – SP Boston Red Sox
Tanner Houck will come back as a starter. He will make one more rehab start. Plan is for him to return when the Red Sox are in Houston. That series starts a week from Monday.
— Ian Browne (@IanMBrowne) August 12, 2023
Houck’s first two rehab appearances have seen him work up to only three innings pitched. His next outing will likely be a longer one in order for him to be stretched out. There has been no word about when that will happen.
Marcus Stroman – SP Chicago Cubs
#Cubs Marcus Stroman threw 50 pitches in his bullpen yesterday. He checked out fine and the hope is still for him to come off IL when eligible.
— Taylor McGregor (@Taylor_McGregor) August 12, 2023
Stroman is eligible to return this Wednesday, so look for him to be back around that date.
Charlie Blackmon – OF Colorado Rockies
Charlie Blackmon has 1,646 hits in the Major Leagues (11th among active players) and now picks up an RBI double with the Isotopes!
M3: Albuquerque 1, Round Rock 0 pic.twitter.com/9E5x8Teagt
— Albuquerque Isotopes (@ABQTopes) August 12, 2023
Blackmon started his rehab assignment yesterday. He finished 2-for-5 with a double. With a few more games under his belt, we may see him back with the Rockies in no time.
Javier Baez – SS Detroit Tigers
Javier Baez is leaving the team tonight to get back to Puerto Rico for his grandfather's wake and funeral. Corresponding move coming tomorrow.
— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) August 12, 2023
The best is wished for the Baez family.
Jose Abreu – 1B Houston Astros
José Abreu on his back: "I felt it at the beginning of the season, but it was something I just thought was normal. It went away. Right before the All-Star break, felt it again, but the same thing — it went away. But the last time I felt it, it just kept getting worse and worse."
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) August 12, 2023
There’s no telling the specifics of exactly when Abreu’s back problems came and went. Nor do we know if this is a reason or an excuse. All we know is that he has struggled this year and is currently sitting 50 points below his career batting average. For now, consider him to be gone for just ten days, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the time away from this injury lasted much longer.
Maikel Garcia – INF Kansas City Royals
Maikel Garcia is “feeling better,” manager Matt Quatraro said. With an off day tomorrow, #Royals are giving him a day today too, letting the soreness subside. IL stint hasn’t been discussed.
— Anne Rogers (@anne__rogers) August 12, 2023
The additional two days off will hopefully be enough for Garcia to return. Stay tuned.
J.D. Martinez – UT Los Angeles Dodgers
Dave Roberts said J.D. Martinez won’t be in the #Dodgers lineup tomorrow but should be available to pinch-hit.
Still no IL move coming. Expectation is Martinez will start Tuesday.
— Matthew Moreno (@Matthew__Moreno) August 13, 2023
Be prepared (for Tuesday).
Mookie Betts – INF/OF Los Angeles Dodgers
Mookie Betts is sick, the Dodgers say.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) August 12, 2023
It looks like Betts is just under the weather. He should be back soon enough.
Michael Wacha – SP San Diego Padres
Michael Wacha will return to the Padres rotation on Tuesday against the Orioles, per Bob Melvin.
— Sammy Levitt | Padres Radio Host (@SammyLev) August 11, 2023
Dylan Carlson – OF St. Louis Cardinals
Dylan Carlson will be out at least a couple of weeks with a left oblique strain. Said he felt taking a swing in Wednesday’s game. Frustrating season for Carlson to say the least. #STLCards
— Katie Woo (@katiejwoo) August 12, 2023
Carlson hurt himself during a game earlier in the week. Oblique injuries can be tricky because they can linger over time. There’s no guarantee that he will return within the ten-day minimum timeframe. In all likelihood, we’re looking at a mid-September return.
Tyler Glasnow – SP Tampa Bay Rays, Shane McClanahan – SP Tampa Bay Rays
The latest on Tyler Glasnow and Shane McClanahan pic.twitter.com/LwlT095x7Q
— Ryan Bass (@Ry_Bass) August 12, 2023
According to the report, Glasnow threw a fifteen-pitch bullpen yesterday with trainers and staff watching him. He has been getting better every day, but he (Glasnow) also said that this is something that he experiences every two years. That’s something to make a note of for later. The team is being extra cautious with him. He is slated to return on Monday. As for McClanahan, he was transferred to the 60-day Injured List and will essentially miss the rest of the season. He could pitch late in the postseason, but that seems unlikely to happen even if the team makes it that far. He will meet with doctors tomorrow and a decision about surgery and his future will be made then.
Lane Thomas – OF Washington Nationals
New Nats lineup. Lane Thomas has been scratched. He was hit by a pitch in the right wrist last night. Stone Garrett is in right and batting sixth. pic.twitter.com/WL2DioSWiC
— Bobby Blanco (@Bobby_Blanco) August 12, 2023
Consider Thomas DTD for now until we’re told otherwise.