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MLB Injury Report for March 16 – Early morning update on Edwin Diaz

Here is the Fantrax Injury Report for Thursday, March 16, 2023.

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MLB Injury Report for March 16

Brayan Bello – SP, Boston Red Sox

Bello is getting closer and closer to in-game action. He looked sharp during the BP session and worked on his slider in the process.

Justin Turner – 3B, Boston Red Sox, James Paxton – SP, Boston Red Sox, Connor Wong – C, Boston Red Sox

Big update here on many ailing Red Sox players. Connor Wong seems the likeliest to return sooner than anyone. Paxton looks to be behind a bit in terms of readiness, but he’s slowly on track to return before or just after Opening Day. Turner’s ascension to the lineup looks to be on track for Opening Day, as he’s said it’s been his goal.

Garrett Mitchell – OF, Milwaukee Brewers

This quote is a bit concerning, in that the expectation was originally for him to be back soon. That said, he’s still likely to be in full health come Opening Day, so the end game is clear. He’ll be ready to be the team’s starting CF in 2023, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Aaron Ashby – SP/RP, Milwaukee Brewers

This was the first step in a long road back to recovery. He will see how his body responds to not just this, but to throwing daily. From there he will look to ramp things up. The team has yet to decide if he will be a reliever or a starter, and how he does here will likely help make that decision.

Edwin Diaz – RP, New York Mets

A terrible-looking scene after a great game. Very unfortunate that this could make for an extended absence, though all bets are off the table. He will get some imaging done and an MRI to determine what it is and the extent of that injury. Should he miss time, whether it be weeks, months, or the season, David Robertson is likely to get some saves for the Mets. There’s a chance the team goes full-blown committee too, as Adam Ottavino has experience closing games as well. There will be plenty of updates soon enough.

David Villar – 3B, San Francisco Giants

Good news for a team that needs some positivity. Villar has the potential for a mini-breakout this season, but playing time and patience at the plate will be the key.

Paul DeJong – SS, St. Louis Cardinals

DeJong worked in the offseason to refine and change his swing. Being out with an injury is disappointing. Luckily it sounds like the time away will be minimal.

Jake Odorizzi – SP/RP, Texas Rangers

Odorizzi will begin the season on the Injured List, which is disappointing, to say the least. The hope is that because it’s arm fatigue, it isn’t anything serious. That said, the options listed here in Dunning and Otto could run away with the rotation spot, leaving Odorizzi as a long reliever.

Nathan Eovaldi – SP, Texas Rangers

Eovaldi has been out with back tightness, but he said he’s been able to throw while recovering. He said here that he felt good in this outing, but there were some adjustments he’d want to make for his next outing. Eovaldi is fighting for a spot in the rotation.

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