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Fantrax MLB Injury Report: Ozzie Albies Return in Doubt?

Here is the Fantrax Injury Report for Thursday, August 25, 2023. In today’s edition, both Kyle Wright and Mason Miller had outstanding rehab appearances yesterday. Also, Ozzie Albies may not be back this weekend as what was once believed. Finally, Shohei Ohtani will continue to hit as the team’s designated hitter until he figures out a plan for his ailing elbow. All of that and more are examined below in today’s Injury Report from Fantrax.

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MLB Injury Report

Merrill Kelly – SP Arizona Diamondbacks

Kelly left last night’s game after the seventh inning with a cramp in his right hamstring. As he said here, it’s minor and isn’t considered to be a big deal going forward. It’s unfortunate because he was pitching a gem of a game too.

Kyle Wright – SP Atlanta Braves

Wright looked sharp and efficient in his first rehab game. Throwing that many pitches in three innings is almost unheard of.

Ozzie Albies – 2B Atlanta Braves

This goes against the report from earlier in the week that suggested he would be back today. Keep this in mind when building rosters this weekend.

Kenley Jansen – RP Boston Red Sox

While it’s encouraging to hear Jansen himself talk about returning to the mound, this is nothing near official. As he stated, we need to see how he feels in the coming days. For now, this message fills us with hope and optimism.

Joey Votto – 1B Cincinnati Reds

Votto has recorded seven hits and zero home runs since the beginning of August, and it could be the shoulder that’s the reason why.

Jonathan India – 2B Cincinnati Reds

India had his MRI yesterday, but there is no word on those results. He received positive news from the foot specialist a few days ago and is now going to resume his running program. Things seem to be trending toward a return in the middle of September.

Michael Brantley – OF Houston Astros

This is interesting. While it’s Dusty Baker reminding Brantley about “father time” it’s Brantley himself who has said that he’s not ready to rejoin the team. This seems destined to go in one of the following ways: 1) Brantley comes back too soon and re-injures himself, 2) Branltey returns and struggles 3) Brantley retires. Hopefully, if and when he does return, he’ll be able to get back to his old productive ways.

Shohei Ohtani – SP/UT Los Angeles Angels

Ohtani will continue to hit while he figures out the best way to attend to his elbow. He truly is one of a kind.

Alex Kirilloff – 1B Minnesota Twins

This is encouraging news, though his value to the Twins is now based more on what he can do for them come the playoffs. Time is running out for any and all regular season impact.

Mason Miller – SP Oakland Athletics

This is everything that you’d want to see out of a pitcher in a rehab outing. Miller averaged 99.1 mph on his fastball and induced 10 whiffs overall on his 45 pitches thrown. Outstanding stuff. He’ll look to stretch things out even more over his next one or two appearances before likely pitching again for Oakland.

Luis Medina – SP Oakland Athletics

Medina is already going to throw some pitches and it looks like he could be ready to return when first eligible. Stay tuned.

Stephen Strasburg – SP Washington Nationals

Congratulations on one heck of a career.

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