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MLB Injury Report: Top Closer on the Way Back?

Welcome to the Fantrax MLB Injury Report for Monday, May 20, 2024. In today’s edition, there are a lot of returns happening this week, such as Kris Bryant and Nolan Jones to the Rockies, J.P. Crawford to the Mariners, and Joe Musgrove to the Padres. There are also Injured List decisions to be made, such as Nico Hoenrer with the Cubs and Austin Riley with the Braves. All of that, plus a lot more in today’s Injury Report from Fantrax.

MLB Injury Report for Monday, May 20, 2024

Adolis Garcia – OF Texas Rangers (forearm)

There was some fear that Garcia would miss some time after he experienced tightness in his forearm following Saturday’s game. It was there that he collided with Marcus Semien, with the belief that he may have sustained an injury as a result. It turns out everything is okay and that Garcia should be back Tuesday after the team’s off day Monday. Great news here.

Josh Jung – 3B Texas Rangers (wrist)

Jung is not recovering as well as once projected. It was a unique procedure that required more work than originally believed. As such, he has only been able to work on his defense but has yet to pick up a bat. He is projected to miss another six weeks before returning.

Jorge Polanco – 2B Seattle Mariners (hamstring)

It’s been a difficult decision to make for the Mariners since Polanco seems to be getting better every day. However, those increments of improvement are not nearly enough to get back into game action. A decision should be made today. Stay tuned.

J.P. Crawford – SS Seattle Mariners (oblique, hand)

Crawford looks poised and ready to rejoin the lineup and get back onto the field. Be prepared.

Austin Riley – 3B Atlanta Braves (intercostal inflammation)

Riley has been out of action for one week now, and there is no indication of his return being more prevalent than his heading to the Injured List. The team needs to seriously consider this so as to not irritate the injury and create an even bigger hole from which to recover. They are walking on a fine line here. Stay tuned.

Travis d’Arnaud – C Atlanta Braves (head)

Great news.

Dansby Swanson – SS Chicago Cubs (knee), Nico Hoerner – 2B Chicago Cubs (hamstring)

Swanson is expected to be activated on Tuesday, which is likely what Counsell was referring to here. Be prepared. As for Hoerner, he hasn’t played in a week, and the team just called up prospect Luis Vazquez. This could mean that Hoerner will finally get placed on the Injured List.

Joe Musgrove – SP San Diego Padres (elbow)

Be prepared.

Blake Snell – SP San Francisco Giants (thigh), Alex Cobb – SP San Francisco Giants (shoulder)

Cobb has now experienced two setbacks in his recovery, and there is a chance that he won’t pitch at all this season. He had been progressing in the spring to the point where the team was marveling at how quickly he was getting healthy. Now, it would seem, those marvels have turned into fear for the future. As for Snell, he dominated the competition in his rehab and will return this week. Be prepared.

Anthony Santander – OF Baltimore Orioles (knee)

There is a legitimate chance that Santander heads to the Injured List at some point this week if things don’t get better. Stay tuned.

Kris Bryant – 1B Colorado Rockies (back) Nolan Jones – OF Colorado Rockies (back)

Both Bryant and Jones will not only be returning but will also be inserted into the starting lineup and receive everyday at-bats for their troubles. It remains to be seen how the lineup will shake out as a result, but as long as they are healthy, these two will be in the lineup most games. Be prepared.

Gerrit Cole – SP New York Yankees (elbow)

Cole throwing two simulated innings is a minor step forward in his production. The next step will be live batters, but there has been no indication as to if and when that will happen. He remains on the slow path back.

Clayton Kershaw – SP Los Angeles Dodgers (shoulder)

Kershaw continues to progress, as this was his first time throwing from the mound. The next step would be live batters, but there is no timetable for that to happen just yet. He is still projected to return late in the summer.

Bobby Miller – SP Los Angeles Dodgers (shoulder)

Unlike Kershaw, there is some urgency in the return of Miller. That said, the team will not push him to do things that he is not ready to do.

Ryan Pepiot – SP Tampa Bay Rays (leg contusion)

Pepiot threw a three-inning simulated game on Saturday, and everything seemed to be okay following that outing. It’s looking more and more likely that he will be back this week.

Houston Astros – Team Update

Jose Urquidy (forearm) has been unimpressive in his two rehab starts. He has given up seven runs and struck out only five batters in 6.2 innings of work. It is unclear if this next rehab start will be his last. As for Chas McCormick (hamstring), he did have two hits and steal a base after that post was sent out. It’s important to know though that he is coming to the Astros as cold as ice. Be prepared. Finally, there is no timetable for Ryan Pressly (finger) to return.

Devin Williams – RP Milwaukee Brewers (back)

The journey back to in-game action begins here. And what a long journey it will be.

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