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Fantrax MLB Prospect Injury Report: April 2, 2023

Here is the Fantrax Prospect Injury Report for Sunday, April 2, 2023.

MLB Prospect Injury Report

Druw Jones – OF Arizona Diamondbacks

Jones is the third Diamondbacks’ prospect to have season-ending shoulder surgery, and the team is happy and (unfortunately) familiar with the process. Being the second overall pick in the draft, he is hoping to prove his worth on the field with a successful 2023 season. He is baseball’s 15th-ranked prospect, according to MLB.

Elly De La Cruz – SS Cincinnati Reds

The long-term plan is for De La Cruz to make it to the major leagues this year, but for how long is dependent on this injury. While the aforementioned return date is an approximation, it does show that he is close to getting back on the field. He is baseball’s 10th-ranked prospect, according to MLB.

Christian Encarnacion-Strand – 3B Cincinnati Reds

The long-term plan for Encarnacion-Strand, much like De La Cruz, is to make it to the major leagues in 2023. It is somewhat concerning that the injury, which was suffered back in February, reappeared in the spring. As a precaution, he will miss the start of the minor-league season to ensure that all is right with his back. He is the team’s 7th-ranked prospect, according to MLB.

George Valera – OF Cleveland Guardians

Valera made a splash in the spring but suffered wrist discomfort just before the beginning of March. He wasn’t going to make the team, but it’s unfortunate that he wasn’t able to showcase his talents. If things fall right, he could debut at some point this season. He is baseball’s 51st-ranked prospect, according to MLB.

Austin Wells – C New York Yankees

This was news when it broke about a month ago, meaning he’s at least through half of the expected recovery. While he’s listed as a catcher, there are rumors that he will eventually play a different position when with the Yankees. Regardless, he’ll need time to ramp up once he’s able to resume baseball activities. He is the team’s 4th-ranked prospect, according to MLB.

Noah Song – SP Philadelphia Phillies

He has since thrown a bullpen session in an effort to return. All that being said, the Phillies may want to play it slow with him, since he’s a Rule 5 Draft Pick, and must be on the team’s active roster when healthy. The only other option is for him to not remain within the organization.

Andrew Painter – SP Philadelphia Phillies

Since that time, he has been shut down from throwing. In an interview with Dave Dombrowski, it was noted that he will resume throwing this upcoming week in Florida. It will be a slow process of tossing, with not much velocity. The team believes that he will be back at some point, but it is sounding like a late-season debut. He is baseball’s 6th-ranked prospect, according to MLB.

Termarr Johnson – 2B Pittsburgh Pirates

Johnson suffered a hamstring strain while in camp. When he returned, it was determined that he would miss six weeks of time to recover from his original date of injury in late February. He has since started running but is coming along slowly. As noted, this is not a setback, but rather a teaching moment. He is baseball’s 26th-ranked prospect, according to MLB.

Rickey Tiedemann – SP Toronto Blue Jays

The team’s best pitching prospect suffered some shoulder soreness this spring. He appears to be on his way back on track and still could debut later this year. That’s assuming this isn’t a long-term issue. He is baseball’s 32nd-ranked prospect, according to MLB.

Robert Hassell – OF Washington Nationals

It has also been reported that he is fully recovered from that hamate injury. Yet, he remains out with this injury. He is slated to begin the season in Double-A, but no timeline has been set. He is baseball’s 35th-ranked prospect, according to MLB.

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