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MLB Injury Report – March 9, 2023

Here is the Fantrax Injury Report for Thursday, March 9, 2023.

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MLB Injury Report for March 9

Felix Bautista – RP Baltimore Orioles

Felix Bautista will progress towards a return by facing live batters next week. This is an important next step on his road to recovery. He has passed every step since suffering his setback and is looking to keep the streak going. He is expected to be ready for Opening Day.

Connor Wong – C Boston Red Sox, Adalberto Mondesi – SS Boston Red Sox

Great news here on both injury fronts. Connor Wong getting back to hitting shows that he’s advancing in his healing process. Having Adalberto Mondesi take grounders while also hitting shows that they’re confident in his ability to take on a much larger workload. For context, there is some video circulating too of seeing Mondesi in action, but he’s nowhere near in-game action.

Justin Turner – 3B Boston Red Sox

With Opening Day still in doubt, the news was more diverted towards him getting his stitches out. Once that happens, there will be more clarity on his game-ready status. He himself provided an update on his Twitter account, thanking people and saying that he was feeling much better. Great news.

Brayan Bello – SP Boston Red Sox, Garrett Whitlock – SP/RP Boston Red Sox, James Paxton – SP Boston Red Sox

All three pitchers seem to be headed in the right direction. The live BP will be a big step in the right direction for both Bello and Whitlock as they are big pieces in Boston’s pitching plans. As for Paxton, the team might tread lightly given his extensive injury history.

Randal Grichuk – OF Colorado Rockies

Randal Grichuk is still sidelined after his off-season sports hernia surgery. He will miss some time to start the season, leaving the window open for an outfield spot. As of right now, those positions are likely filled by Kris Bryant, Yonathan Daza, and Charlie Blackmon.

Trevor Rosenthal – RP Detroit Tigers

The Tigers recently signed Trevor Rosenthal to a minor league contract. The delay in his readiness for Opening Day is allegedly due to a late signing. He himself has said that he’s fully recovered from his lat injury. Due to an extensive injury history with long-standing injuries, the Tigers would be wise to take things slowly.

Yordan Alvarez – OF Houston Astros

Yordan Alvarez is expected to start swinging a bat this weekend, which is great news. It is believed that he is ready to ramp up for the season.


Michael Brantley – OF Houston Astros

Michael Brantley’s Opening Day status may be in doubt, as he may not yet be ready. That said, if he does miss time, it’s likely to be minimal in stature.

Michael Massey – 2B Kansas City Royals

Michael Massey is likely day-to-day after fouling a ball off of his foot in a game. He is trying to win the second base spot in Kansas City and has had a nice Spring. He’s someone to watch going forward.

Miguel Vargas – 1B Los Angeles Dodgers

Miguel Vargas has been cleared to swing a bat for the first time this Spring. After suffering a hairline fracture in his right pinkie finger, he has been playing the field and tracking pitches. This is great news.

Nestor Cortes – SP New York Yankees

After throwing a three-inning simulated game, Cortes will have one last hurdle to leap over next week. All in all, it looks like he’ll be ready sooner rather than later.

Seth Brown – 1B/OF Oakland Athletics

Seth Brown has missed two straight games with this ailment, though it’s still considered minor. Still, it’s something to monitor.

Joe Musgrove – SP San Diego Padres

Joe Musgrove took a step in the right direction by throwing off of flat ground yesterday. He’ll need to do more of this and put pressure on that toe before getting back to game-ready status. In the meantime, it’s nice to know that he’s able to do what he can.

Alec Burleson – OF St. Louis Cardinals

The talented rookie was trying to win a spot in the crowded Cardinals’ outfield this season, so this setback doesn’t do him many favors. It’s something to monitor going forward and any lingering effects could be a reason for him to be sent down to start the year.

Jacob deGrom – SP Texas Rangers

Great speculative news about one of the best pitchers in baseball.

Leody Taveras – OF Texas Rangers

With Taveras’ injury now classified as a low-grade oblique strain, Bubba Thompson has a chance to run away with the job in center field. As for Taveras, he will be shut down for awhile in the hopes of getting game-ready shortly afterward.

Mitch White – SP/RP Toronto Blue Jays

Friday will be a big day for Mitch White, as he looks to be ready for Opening Day. His outing is something to watch.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 1B Toronto Blue Jays

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. continues to work on getting himself prepared for the season. There is nothing here that should give anyone pause about drafting him early. He should be ready to go.

Victor Robles – OF Washington Nationals

Victor Robles is day-to-day after running into a wall and bruising his knee. It’s an unlucky and unfortunate condition and he’s lucky it’s nothing more than it is.

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