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MLB Injury Report: Top Closer on the Way Back?

Here is the MLB Injury Report for Friday, May 10, 2024. In today’s edition, read about why I’m scared about the future of Kris Bryant, how much longer Willson Contreras’ return may take and how quickly Pete Fairbanks showed why he is amazing. That and so much more in today’s Injury Report from Fantrax.

MLB Injury Report for Friday, May 10, 2024.

Willson Contreras – C St. Louis Cardinals (arm)

The good news is that the surgery for Contreras was a success and that he can begin his recovery process. Unfortunately, the timetable for his eventual return may lead to the All-Star Break, which is a long way away. This is different from the original timeline which was previously believed to be six to eight weeks, and is one that can be achieved if all goes right. In the meantime, Ivan Herrera is the team’s primary backstop and should be rostered due to his power potential.

Tommy Edman – 2B/SS/OF St. Louis Cardinals (wrist)

We are now midway through the month of May and he has yet to be cleared for a rehab assignment. It might be June before we see him back with the Cardinals, which is a far cry from his pre-season projected one-month absence.

Gavin Williams – SP Cleveland Guardians (elbow)

There was very little context added to provide the reasoning for this move. Without any news, it would appear that his timeline to return has not been altered and that this was merely a formality to make a roster spot available as they did trade for RHP Dave McCaughan just before this.

Eduardo Rodriguez – SP Arizona Diamondbacks (shoulder)

After admitting that the team flubbed on their recovery process, it’s more likely than not that they will take their time here with any and all progress. That being said, Rodriguez entering a throwing program is good news and should help generate a proposed ETA in the coming days, if not weeks. In fact, a return at some point in June might be in the cards.

Los Angeles Angels – Team Update

Brandon Drury (hamstring) continues to scuffle through battles with this hamstring. His overall numbers this season suggest that he has yet to be fully void of this ailment and the hope is that some (more) time away can rectify that. Meanwhile, Luis Rengifo (infection) has his date retroactive to May 6, which could lead to a quicker return. Stay tuned.

Kris Bryant – 1B Colorado Rockies (back)

This was the most encouraging part of the entire article in question and the most fantasy relevant piece of information. That said, the rest of the article is ominous in nature. Bryant talks about how he is getting older, how his back doesn’t respond the way it used to, and then gets into specifics about his facet joints. Essentially, he will apparently have to find ways to manage his arthritic spine for the rest of his career because of his age. As for this season, there is no timetable for a return and his future seems destined for obscurity.

Nolan Jones – OF Colorado Rockies (back)

It’s looking like a rehab assignment could be on tap if Jones can get through the weekend without pain and limitations. Stay tuned.

Cristian Javier – SP Houston Astros (neck)

Be prepared.

José Urquidy – SP Houston Astros (forearm)

This seems very aggressive in nature, as his first outing will be either four innings or 60-65 pitches. This could suggest a quick activation from the Injured List and a 2024 debut happening soon.

Jung Hoo Lee – OF San Francisco Giants (foot)

Consider Lee DTD until we hear otherwise.

Bryan Woo – SP Seattle Mariners (elbow)

Be prepared.

Pete Fairbanks – RP Tampa Bay Rays (arm)

Fairbanks had what looked to be a dominant outing. He threw just ten pitches to get three outs, and that included a strikeout. While he seems just about ready to return, the Rays may want to see a bit more than this to ensure that all is okay. That said, he could return any day now.

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