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MLB Injury Report – Framber Valdez is on his way to Mexico

Here is the Fantrax MLB Injury Report for Friday, April 26, 2024. In today’s edition, Framber Valdez is healthy just in time to pitch in Mexico, Zack Gelof and J.P. Crawford will both miss some time with oblique injuries, and the Red Sox have updates on some key pieces. All that and more, in today’s Injury Report from Fantrax.

Fantrax MLB Injury Report for Friday, April 26, 2024.

Framber Valdez – SP Houston Astros (elbow)

Be prepared…..though it is recommended that he remain on the bench due to the game being played in Mexico City, which makes Coors Field look like Kauffman Stadium.

Zack Gelof – 2B Oakland Athletics (oblique)

Both Gelof and the team are optimistic that he can return in short order. That said, oblique injuries are tricky in that they don’t always heal as quickly as they would appear to. An estimate here would be at least one month of games missed, and that might be on the low side of things since six weeks is a common barometer. That said, anything is possible.

Jake Fraley – OF Cincinnati Reds (illness)

It’s good to see that Jonathan India returned to the lineup. The hope is that Fraley will do the same soon enough.

Bowden Francis – SP Toronto Blue Jays (forearm tendinitis)

Francis has lowered his pitch count since his opening week barrage where he threw a combined 156 pitches over 8.1 total innings. He has since thrown 93 pitches over 6.1 innings, but is now facing what could be a lengthy absence. Stay tuned.

Alek Manoah – SP Toronto Blue Jays (shoulder)

Manoah has been porously inconsistent over his four rehab outings and doesn’t appear to be ready for a promotion anytime soon. Over 13.2 innings pitched, he has surrendered eighteen runs on twenty-six hits, with nine walks and sixteen strikeouts. That’s not good.

Jackson Merrill – OF San Diego Padres (groin)

There was some worry yesterday when Merrill was scratched with a groin issue, but it would appear that he is ready to go for this weekend’s series. He attributes this to getting adjusted to playing every day at the Major League level.

J.P. Crawford – SS Seattle Mariners (oblique), Gregory Santos – RP Seattle Mariners (lat)

Crawford will be out of action for the next little while due to an oblique strain. It’s a good thing that it is categorized as a Grade-one type, which is the least severe in nature. The hope is that he doesn’t miss too much time, but, as mentioned earlier, oblique injuries are tricky. As for Santos, he had recently started a throwing program. This was more of a procedural move for the team to help with the promotion of Rivas.

Max Scherzer – SP Texas Rangers (back)

Scherzer will look to build on his 52 pitches thrown for this outing alongside producing better results than he did. Still, both he and the team are encouraged by where he is developmentally.

Boston Red Sox – Team Update

Rafael Devers (shoulder, knee) looks comfortable at the plate, but he has yet to put on his fielding glove. It looks like he will do so this weekend. As for Vaughn Grissom (hamstring), he has just five hits over twenty-two at-bats on this rehab, so the team will likely need to see more before he debuts. That said, the team has been ravaged by injuries and that may force their hand to him starting sooner than he should. Finally, Nick Pivetta, he may not need more than the minimum, which has already passed. That said, this outing will be telling to see where he is and if he can handle a starter’s workload.

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