Here is the Fantrax MLB Injury Report for Friday, September 1, 2023. In today’s edition, there are a lot of rehab performances to examine: John Means, Byron Buxton, Alex Kirilloff, Luis Medina, Jarred Kelenic, Matthew Liberatore, and more. Plus, Yu Darvish’s current injury may mean that he misses the rest of the season. All that and much more in today’s Injury Report from Fantrax.
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MLB Injury Report
John Means – SP Baltimore Orioles
John Means tonight for Norfolk:
5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 6 K, 86 pitches
— Dillon Atkinson (@DillonTAtkinson) September 1, 2023
It was a dominant effort by Means, who looks ready to rejoin the Orioles. The only concern here is the velocity readings. They are almost two miles per hour slower than his last healthy season in 2021, but topping out at 93 is a good sign. He may not need another rehab start and could join the team soon.
Nick Lodolo – SP Cincinnati Reds
Reds GM Nick Krall made official what has been obvious for almost two weeks: Starting pitcher Nick Lodolo (left leg) will not pitch again this season. Another exam in NYC this week confirmed that.
— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubMLB) August 31, 2023
It’s an unsurprising yet disappointing announcement, as Lodolo’s 2023 season will end on a sour note.
Javier Baez – SS Detroit Tigers
Second consecutive day out of lineup for Javier Báez. “He’s beat up a little bit and not feeling 100%,” A.J. Hinch said. https://t.co/w8PGa6ILBh
— Jason Beck (@beckjason) August 31, 2023
This looks like a DTD situation more than anything, especially near the end of a grueling season.
Daniel Hudson – RP Los Angeles Dodgers
Daniel Hudson is a “longshot,” Dave Roberts said. Threw a bullpen but is still dealing with soreness in his knee. https://t.co/kVD1mo3LNH
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) August 31, 2023
As stated here before, Hudson is unlikely to return this season. Hudson recently threw a bullpen session, but couldn’t get through it pain-free.
Walker Buehler – SP Los Angeles Dodgers
Dave Roberts said he believes Walker Buehler is starting his rehab assignment with OKC on Sunday, pitching 1 or 2 innings.
Roberts said he believes Buehler would need to make at least 3 starts before getting activated.
— Matthew Moreno (@Matthew__Moreno) August 31, 2023
Beginning his rehab on Sunday would push his 20-day allotment window all the way to September 23. While there’s no guarantee that he would need the full twenty days, some total close to that seems reasonable. If that is the case, he may get one or two starts for the Dodgers, assuming there are no setbacks.
Jorge Soler – OF Miami Marlins
#Marlins manager Skip Schumaker said pregame that Jorge Soler could potentially be available to pinch-hit tonight despite being scratched from the starting lineup. They're understandably being cautious with him.
— Jordan McPherson (@J_McPherson1126) August 31, 2023
Soler did not make it into the game for the Marlins and remained on the bench. That said, his availability last night makes it reasonable to expect him back in the lineup for the Marlins tonight.
Byron Buxton – UT Minnesota Twins
Byron Buxton playing in the field. pic.twitter.com/Q6c99Wg7LU
— Tom Froemming (@TFTwins) August 31, 2023
For the first time in forever, Buxton has taken the field and put on a glove. It’s been only one game for them, but he will continue to rehab with the intention of playing center field for the Twins upon his return. For what it’s worth too, he went 1-for-2 with two walks in that first game back.
Alex Kirilloff – 1B Minnesota Twins
Alex Kirilloff just doubled, but missed a homer by an eyelash
— Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) September 1, 2023
Kirilloff has also been rehabbing for the Twins and has found success at the plate. In his two games played, he has five hits over nine at-bats. He’s also been playing at first base in an attempt to get back and help Minnesota win their division.
Luis Medina – SP Oakland Athletics
Luis Medina struck out seven batters over 3 1/3 innings on 60 pitches tonight in his rehab start for Triple-A Las Vegas. Fastball averaged 96.6 mph and maxed out at 100.6 mph.
— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) August 31, 2023
It was a dominant effort for Medina, who may be ready to return when he’s first eligible to do so in a few days. His velocity readings are on par with his in-season numbers too.
Yu Darvish – SP San Diego Padres
Yu Darvish has a bone spur in his elbow and got a cortisone shot, Bob Melvin said. He’ll be shut down temporarily. Still a chance he pitches this season, but that’s probably contingent on something changing in a big way in the standings.
— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) August 31, 2023
With the Padres 22.0 games behind in the NL West Division and 8.5 games behind in the Wild Card standings, we may not see Darvish again this season. This could be a season-ending injury and someone to move on from in redraft leagues.
San Francisco Giants – Team Update
Ross Stripling and A.J Pollock will rehab with Triple-A Sacramento tomorrow, and John Brebbia is still there. Brandon Crawford is cleared for full baseball work. Giants will have some veteran options after rosters expand.
— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) September 1, 2023
Stripling and Pollock will start their rehab assignment today. Pollock will likely be back with the Giants before Stripoing, as pitchers tend to take longer while rehabbing. As for Crawford, he is now able to do some baseball activities, but time is running out for him, especially if he needs a rehab assignment. There are some reports where he won’t need to rehab, so stay tuned for that development. Additionally, Pavolic answered a question in response to this news regarding Marco Luciano, stating that he (Luciano) isn’t close to returning.
Jarred Kelenic – OF Seattle Mariners
Jarred Kelenic singles in his first Tacoma at bat. pic.twitter.com/BNZRZGSHEv
— Seattle Mariners ON Tap (@MarinersONtap) September 1, 2023
This was Kelenic’s only hit of the night, though he did walk twice. He was also the team’s designated hitter, so he has yet to take the field. That being said, it was a good start on a potentially long road back for Kelenic.
Julio Rodriguez – OF Seattle Mariners
Dipoto, who isn't with the team on this road trip due to illness, was optimistic that Julio Rodriguez would return this weekend.
— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) August 31, 2023
This is encouraging in that Rodriguez may not need to miss extensive time with his current ailment. That said, sometime this weekend could mean Sunday, so keep your options open.
Matthew Liberatore – SP St. Louis Cardinals, Jake Woodford – SP St. Louis Cardinals
Last night with Triple-A Memphis …
LHP Matthew Liberatore allowed five runs, five hits (a 3-run HR), walked five & struck out five in 3.2 IP. He threw 45 of 78 pitches for strikes.
RHP Jake Woodford allowed one run, two hits & a walk in 3.1 IP. He struck out six. #STLCards
— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) August 30, 2023
From the looks of things, Woodford had a much better outing compared to Liberatore, though it remains to be seen if this changes the outcome for either. Both pitchers should get a chance to pitch again in some capacity for the Cardinals before the end of the season.
Lane Thomas – OF Washington Nationals
Lane Thomas won’t play tonight as he continues to deal with back tightness. Nationals are still figuring out their lineup, but sounds like Alex Call will flip to right and Jake Alu will play left again (against a lefty this time).
— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) August 31, 2023
Thomas missed last night’s game and it’s unclear if this will linger in through the weekend. Stay tuned.
MacKenzie Gore – SP Washington Nationals
The Nats have placed MacKenzie Gore on the bereavement list and recalled Joe La Sorsa to the active roster.
— Bobby Blanco (@Bobby_Blanco) August 31, 2023
The Gore family is wished the best at this time.