Here is the Fantrax Injury Report for Monday, August 21, 2023. In today’s edition, Michael Harris III and Vladimir Guerrero missed time on Sunday, but both are expected to be back soon enough. Also, the injury to Emerson Hancock complicates things for the Mariners, who were planning on running with a six-man rotation. Finally, it looks as if Mike Trout could be returning any day now. All this and much more in today’s Injury Report from Fantrax.
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MLB Injury Report
Michael Harris III – OF Atlanta Braves
Michael Harris II said he expects to be in tomorrow's lineup
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) August 20, 2023
Harris missed yesterday’s game with a foot contusion. X-Rays came back clean with no structural damage. This all leads to a potentially quick return today by the speedy outfielder.
Tanner Houck – SP Boston Red Sox
Tanner Houck will return from the IL Tuesday and start against Houston, his first start back since getting hit in the facial fracture June 17. Paxton will start Monday.
— Jen McCaffrey (@jcmccaffrey) August 20, 2023
Jarren Duran – OF Boston Red Sox
Jarren Duran looked hurt. He hobbled a bit off the field after that ground out and into the dugout. Someone from the coaching staff followed him down the dugout steps to check on him. Refsnyder is now in the game.
— Julian McWilliams (@byJulianMack) August 20, 2023
It was speculated that Duran hurt himself while trying to grab a home run by Gleyber Torres. No word on how serious the situation is with him, but it is a foot contusion. The team will examine him today to determine the next steps.
Jurickson Profar – OF Colorado Rockies
#Rockies Nolan Jones is going out to center field for the first time in his big league career.
Jurickson Profar (LF) came in to pinch hit for Brenton Doyle and Harold Castro was removed for Alan Trejo.
— Patrick Lyons (@PatrickDLyons) August 20, 2023
Profar was out of the game to start, and there was some belief that he was resting his injured knee. His return to pinch-hit likely solidifies that he will be fine to return to the lineup when the team resumes games on Tuesday.
Mike Trout – OF Los Angeles Angels
The Angels play a later game tonight at home, so we may not know until later in the day whether or not Trout gets activated. The important thing to note is that he is very close to returning.
Sal Frelick – OF Milwaukee Brewers
Sal Frelick is out of the lineup today because he tweaked a hamstring running out a ground ball yesterday.
Nothing serious, but with the off day tomorrow the Brewers are using an abundance of caution with him.
— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) August 20, 2023
Frelick gets a two-day break here in an attempt to let things heal on their own. The hope is that he doesn’t miss any more time than he already has.
Josh Donaldson – 3B New York Yankees
Josh Donaldson was just doing sprints on the outfield grass here at Yankee Stadium. The 37-year-old continues to ramp up from the right calf strain (considered a tear) that has him on the 60-day injured list.
Donaldson isn't eligible to return until mid-September.
— Max Goodman (@MaxTGoodman) August 20, 2023
Donaldson continues to progress, as he was now started sprinting. That’s a major development for him, considering the calf strain that he sustained a while back. He isn’t eligible to return until the middle of September, but it looks like he has every intention of returning.
Cristian Pache – OF Philadelphia Phillies
Cristian Pache, who is on a rehab assignment for his elbow, is dealing with hip tightness, Rob Thomson said. He hasn't played in a couple days.
— Corey Seidman (@CSeidmanNBCS) August 20, 2023
It remains to be seen if this hip tightness turns from a minor delay into a full-blown setback. Either way, expect some updates this week. Pache is 6-for-25 with two stolen bases during his rehab with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Thairo Estrada – INF San Francisco Giants
Estrada likely to get x rayscan for hand.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 20, 2023
Estrada was hit by a pitch in Sunday’s game but remained in the game after that. He was in some pain but was able to continue playing. We should know more about his hand soon enough after his X-Rays.
Lamonte Wade Jr. – OF San Francisco Giants
Giants have not made a roster move yet as they evaluate Wade. If Matos is added to the roster, he will be in the lineup today, Kapler said. He is still on taxi squad as of this moment.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 20, 2023
This was before their game yesterday, as there wasn’t much news on the status of Wade. For what it’s worth, Matos did make it into the lineup. Wade did not go on the Injured List but is considered DTD for now.
Emerson Hancock – SP Seattle Mariners
Emerson Hancock left the game with a right shoulder strain per the Mariners.
— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) August 20, 2023
The Mariners had planned on going with a six-man rotation, but those plans might have to change given this injury. There will be more updates later today on his status. Expect Bryan Woo to return at some point during the White Sox, but they had always wanted to limit his innings. If Hancock goes to the Injured List, the team may need to make a roster move.
Nathan Eovaldi – SP Texas Rangers
Eovaldi threw two simulated innings last week more than once and appears ready to take the next step forward. He will throw to live hitters before hopefully entering a bullpen session. He may need a rehab assignment as well, as this all seems to be getting him ready for their potential playoff run.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 1B Toronto Blue Jays
John Schneider on Vladimir Guerrero Jr.:
"He’s day-to-day, but we’re expecting him to be fine.”
Off day tomorrow, so we'll see what that means by Tuesday afternoon in Baltimore. #BlueJays
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) August 20, 2023
Guerrero left Sunday’s game due to left middle finger discomfort but appears to be fine as of now. The team was ahead in the game by a wide margin, and that may have had something to do with the potentially precautionary removal. Expect some updates tomorrow.