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MLB Injury Report: Oh No, Not Soto!

Welcome to the Fantrax MLB Injury Report for Friday, June 7, 2024. In today’s edition, Juan Soto has an injured forearm, Clayton Kershaw is ahead of schedule, and Francisco Alvarez has a plan. All of that and so much more in today’s Injury Report from Fantrax.

MLB Injury Report for Friday, June 7, 2024.

Juan Soto – OF New York Yankees (forearm)

Soto did not return to the Yankees game after the rain delay because of a forearm injury that has been bothering him for a week. This is all brand new news as it hadn’t been reported until now. While we will know more after he gets his imaging done, it does come as a surprise here. The team is likely to be extra cautious with Soto as he has been the team’s best player all season long. Chances are that he will miss today’s game and possibly more this weekend. There is some concern that this could be somewhat significant. Additionally, one has to wonder if this is a precursor for something more that could cause a significant absence. While all of that is speculation, it’s all to be considered. Stay tuned.

Chicago White Sox – Team Update

Massive update here on the White Sox with some well-known names seeing updates. The biggest news here is that Eloy Jimenez (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment next week. Knowing his injury history, it will likely be lengthy in nature, but essential to show that he’s ready to return. As for Yoan Moncada (thigh), he has been slowly integrating baseball activities into his routine but hasn’t been able to take a much-needed step forward. He is probably returning after the All-Star Break. Mike Clevinger (elbow) is building himself back up after having himself a late start to the season. Tommy Pham (ankle) is still recovering from his injury last weekend, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that he will be back sooner than expected. For now, it means that he’s doing well, but this is a vague description. Andrew Benintendi (Achilles) beginning to run is a sign in the right direction, but the team should know more based on how he feels after this action. Finally, Andrew Vaughn (finger) hit a home run last night so for one night at least, he adapted well.

Clayton Kershaw – SP Los Angeles Dodgers (shoulder)

Kershaw felt great after pitching through one inning last weekend and will try to double that output in his next outing. It’s good news that he is well ahead of schedule, but even better than that, the team recognizes this and is working to ensure that he doesn’t accidentally re-injure himself.

Andres Munoz – RP Seattle Mariners (back)

Interesting news here on Muoz, who has apparently been battling a back injury since the very start of the season. He has recently said that he’s feeling better and is managing the pain. It’s just another example of players (unfortunately) not disclosing their injuries which would help explain their performance. It is curious as to the length it has taken to get the findings of this MRI. The hope is that’s not due to the team figuring out the best course of action with the results. For what it’s worth, the team has been optimistic about him returning this weekend.

Willson Contreras – C St. Louis Cardinals (forearm), Tommy Edman – 2B/SS/OF St. Louis Cardinals

This was a great sign indicating how much he has healed over the past little while. Contreras was able to resume baseball activities and be with the team, which was a step in the right direction. It will be interesting to see how his body responds to doing these sorts of things, as that would help indicate how much to press forward. As for Edman, his swinging from both sides of the plate was a hurdle that the team had been waiting on for quite some time. One has to wonder if a rehab assignment is nearby.

Jorge Mateo – SS Baltimore Orioles (concussion)

Mateo has been progressing ever since he got accidentally hit in the head by the bat of Cedric Mullins. He is eligible to return on June 10, but there has been no indication if he will in fact be ready by then. It remains to be seen if Connor Norby will stay with the team once Mateo is back as well.

Cade Cavalli – SP Washington Nationals (Tommy John Surgery)

The belief here is that this is not a setback, but rather a cautious approach to Cavalli’s workload so soon into a rehab assignment. He is a big piece of their future, and the team wants him to be as ready as possible.

Joe Musgrove – SP San Diego Padres (elbow)

The next two weeks will be crucial in deciding his future. If the PRP and cortisone injection do their thing, then he should be able to start throwing and possibly heal. If things regress further or do not show much improvement, he may be shut down and require surgery, thus possibly costing him the rest of the 2024 season.

Francisco Alvarez – C New York Mets (thumb)

There is a plan in place for Alvarez and his return looks imminent. Be prepared.

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