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MLB Injury Report – Byron Buxton update

Here is the Fantrax MLB Injury Report for Monday, August 28, 2023. In today’s edition, the situation regarding Byron Buxton is examined, as it could cause a fantasy ripple effect for this season and the next. Also, what’s the latest on Rafael Devers and Bo Bichette as both are working through their respective injuries? Finally, Michael Brantley looks to be close to a return for the Astros. All that and more in today’s Injury Report from Fantrax.

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MLB Injury Report

Rafael Devers – 3B Boston Red Sox

Devers was hit in the wrist on Saturday, and it turns out that his absence on Sunday was precautionary. The hope is to return to the lineup today.

Michael Brantley – OF Houston Astros

Brantley will meet with the team in Boston and get evaluated by the Astros’ training staff. If he is successfully able to check all of the boxes, then yes, he will likely make his 2023 debut on Tuesday. In his second round of minor league rehabbing, he has gone 8-for-23 (.348) with one home run and no strikeouts.

Chase Silseth – SP Los Angeles Angels

Great news that Silseth has been released from the hospital and can now work on getting himself better from the comfort of his own home and the Angels’ training facilities. He’s also avoided any concussions here and has a headache. There is no timetable for a return though.

Zach Neto – SS Los Angeles Angels

Neto will likely need a lengthy rehab assignment before returning, as he hasn’t played in a game since August 3. Time is running out on him to make any impactful contributions down the stretch.

Nolan Schanuel – 1B Los Angeles Angels

Schanuel was out with an illness and can be considered DTD while he gets better.

Tony Gonsolin – SP Los Angeles Dodgers

This officially ends Gonsolin’s 2023 season. His future is unclear due to the fact that his forearm injury could require surgery at some point, causing him to be out for an extended amount of time.

Aaron Ashby – SP/RP Milwaukee Brewers

Ashby’s rehab assignment got delayed a few weeks ago due to mechanical issues and adjustments that he was making. It’s encouraging that he will begin pitching at High-A Wisconsin next week, but he still has the hurdle of this week’s BP to overcome.

Adrian Houser – SP/RP Milwaukee Brewers

While Houser is currently listed as DTD, it wouldn’t be surprising if he went on the Injured List, as these injuries in pitchers can linger and get increasingly serious.

Alex Kirilloff – 1B Minnesota Twins

Kirilloff has been out of action since the end of July and is only now getting onto the field for a rehab assignment. It will likely be a long one and he will have to prove his health. He could be the team’s everyday first-baseman come the postseason.

Byron Buxton – UT/OF Minnesota Twins

Buxton will get some time in center field during his rehab assignment. This will be telling as to whether or not he can handle that workload physically once he returns. It remains to be seen if he will qualify for that position next season as time is running out. This also brings up an interesting dilemma in dynasty. Buxton may have outfield eligibility on some platforms and not others. Furthermore, we don’t know if this trend of him playing in the outfield will carry over into next season, which will make off-season rankings very difficult to interpret.

Josh Donaldson – 3B New York Yankees

Donaldson could return to the Yankees at some point in September, but his role on the team seems undetermined. He could be a bench bat at this point in his career.

Anthony Rizzo – 1B New York Yankees

Rizzo seems to be progressing day by day, but his overall status doesn’t seem to be improving too much. He is inching closer to a rehab assignment, but his recent diagnosis of cognitive impairment makes it difficult to do too much too fast. Given the state of the Yankees in the standings, perhaps waiting until next season is best.

Luis Medina – SP Oakland Athletics

It looks like Medina is getting closer to a return, and this upcoming full bullpen will help determine his availability going forward.

Ranger Suarez – SP Philadelphia Phillies

It’s looking like Suarez is ready to return within the next week or so. The Phillies begin the aforementioned road trip this Friday.

Mitch Haniger – OF San Francisco Giants, Mike Yastraemski – OF San Francisco Giants

Be prepared.

Lars Nootbar – OF St. Louis Cardinals

Be prepared. For what it’s worth, the Cardinals play at home today, so it’s looking like any day now.

Tyler O’Neill – OF St. Louis Cardinals

O’Neill hasn’t missed a game in almost an entire month because of injury. Here’s hoping he is back in the lineup soon.

Yandy Diaz – 3B Tampa Bay Rays

The hope is that Diaz can return on Tuesday, though nothing has yet to be confirmed. After a major scare this weekend, caution is likely the best path here.

Matt Chapman – 3B Toronto Blue Jays

There was no word on what caused this inflammation, so the hope it was just through the wear and tear of playing in a game. A trip to the Injured List should not be ruled out, as recurring injuries can be troublesome.

Bo Bichette – SS Toronto Blue Jays

There is no word on if Bichette will need a trip to the Injured List. The fact that he has been feeling this way for a while is far from encouraging. He still managed eight hits over his first seven games back from injury prior to yesterday’s game.

Erik Swanson – RP Toronto Blue Jays

Swanson will miss at least two weeks of action.

Keibert Ruiz – C Toronto Blue Jays

Good news for Ruiz who has started one game since last Wednesday.

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