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MLB Injury Report – Another Closer Heads to the IL

Here is the Fantrax MLB Injury Report for Tuesday, March 26, 2023. In today’s edition, Bryan Woo will start the season on the Injured List with elbow inflammation, Kevin Gausman instills confidence with a solid debut, and Dylan Carlson injures his shoulder after a collision in the outfield. All that and much more in today’s Injury Report from Fantrax.

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MLB Injury Report for Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Bryan Woo – SP Seattle Mariners

The inflammation has been described as mild, which is important. As it stands, the team says that Woo should not miss much time, as the injury is reminiscent of what he suffered last year. It was then where he missed the minimum time and the Mariners hope that the same will happen here. It is somewhat concerning though that less than a year and a mere 32.2 innings later, he once again feels the same inflammation in his elbow. If he misses more than the minimum, then he could be on a one-way road to a bigger issue later on. Emerson Hancock will replace him in the rotation.

Matt Brash – RP Seattle Mariners

This is an improvement from the last time when he threw at nearly 70% effort. Brash is slowly, but surely, improving. It will be important to see how he feels after he’s at 10% effort. He is aiming to return as a mid-season piece to the Mariners bullpen.

Justin Verlander – SP Houston Astros

The hope is that Verlander goes through this smoothly and without issue. If he’s feeling good afterward, then a rehab assignment seems likely once the season begins. He remains on track to only miss a handful of starts.

Kevin Gausman – SP Toronto Blue Jays

Gausman went out there and provided a ton of confidence in himself by striking out seven batters over three innings of work. As stated in the interview, the team has a decision to make with some unusual circumstances. Do they allow Gausman to stretch himself out over time, or do they place him on the Injured List to do so in a more traditional manner? The last thing they want to do is have him be rushed and subsequently hurt himself and do more damage. On the other hand, he is a key component to their success. Either way, it’s important to see how he feels today and go from there.

Garrett Mitchell – OF Milwaukee Brewers

This is by no means how Mitchell or the Brewers wanted to begin their season. He will now see a hand specialist to figure out the severity of the situation alongside a potential timeline for a return. Needless to say, this is horrible news for a promising player who just can’t stay on the field.

Paul Sewald – RP Arizona Diamondbacks

Sewald was diagnosed with a Grade 2 oblique strain. Above, he details how insignificant the pain that he felt was for a few days. When it didn’t necessarily go away, he opted to get an MRI, which revealed the strain. Chances are that he misses at least one month of action here while recovering from this injury. That said, obliques are tricky and fickle and their recovery time can vary. Kevin Ginkel appears ready to take over as the team’s closer, though nothing has officially been announced.

Randal Grichuk – OF Arizona Diamondbacks

Grichuk had surgery to remove some bone spurs last month. While nothing has been officially announced, chances are that he is not 100% healthy and will need time to get there. Stay tuned.

Dylan Carlson – OF St. Louis Cardinals

Both Carlson and Jordan Walker collided while trying to track down a fly ball in right field on Monday. Carlson landed awkwardly, injuring his left shoulder in the process. The team hasn’t provided much of an update other than that he is injured. We should know more later today, but there is a significant chance that he will wind up beginning the season on the Injured List. Victor Scott II could be called up as an alternative if this is the case.

Lars Nootbar – OF St. Louis Cardinals

The team seems happy with the progress that Nootbar is making. The hope is that he won’t miss too much time to begin the season, as he is out of action with two non-displaced fractures in his ribs. There is no timeline for a return, but the team does not anticipate being long.

Walker Buehler – SP Los Angeles Dodgers

There was no word on any velocity readings, but it’s promising nonetheless here that Buehler was able to do what he did. It would seem that he won’t be out of action for too long and that a May debut is quite possible. That said, the team wants to conserve his innings for later in the season.

Bryan Reynolds – OF Pittsburgh Pirates

This seems more precautionary than anything for Reynolds. The team fully believes that he will be ready for Opening Day.

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