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MLB Injury Report – What’s wrong with Rafael Devers?

Here is the Fantrax MLB Injury Report for Friday, April 12, 2024. Down below, you’ll see my concern with Rafael Devers and why there could be a trip to the Injured List in the near future. Also, there was some surprising news on the Reds’ front with Matt McLain. Finally, is Framber Valdez better than we all expect? All that and more in today’s Injury Report from Fantrax.

MLB Injury Report for Friday, April 12, 2024.

Rafael Devers – 3B Boston Red Sox

Devers missed last night’s game and didn’t even pinch-hit at a time when he was needed. Instead, the feeling here by him and the team is that a couple of games off will help him get healthy. Whether or not that happens is another story. His shoulder has been bothering him since Spring Training, so it’s unclear how a weekend off will cure everything. He has yet to get imaging done and the team has suggested that a trip to the Injured List hopefully is not an option. That being said, the entire situation has a bit of uncertain murkiness to it that could lead to some extended time away to get himself right.

Vaughn Grissom – 2B/SS Boston Red Sox

Grissom is heading to begin a rehab assignment and is in line to return at the beginning of May. He will need a full Spring Training’s worth of games before being ready.

TJ Friedl – OF Cincinnati Reds, Matt McLain – 2B/SS Cincinnati Reds

This is the first real news on Friedl since it was announced that he would miss about six weeks of action from the start of the season. Once the results of the MRI are revealed, we should have a better grip on where he is in his recovery. As for McLain, this news seemingly came out of nowhere and offers a glimmer of hope to anyone who has him stashed away on their Injured List. While nothing is official and anything could happen, it’s reassuring that there’s a chance.

Justin Verlander – SP Houston Astros, Framber Valdez – SP Houston Astros

While it’s unknown exactly when Verlander will throw, it’s a good sign still that he will. As for Valdez, that game of catch will be a major hurdle to clear. If he handles it well during and afterward, then chances are that this is a minor issue because he can progress forward. However, if this game of catch is a challenge, then he may need more recovery time and rehab than the team believes.

Nathaniel Lowe – 1B Texas Rangers

This is great news as Lowe appears ready to begin the final phase of his recovery.

Kyle Bradish – SP Baltimore Orioles

It’s good news that Bradish was able to get in his workout despite the weather not cooperating. The team is being cautious in the sense that they don’t want to force anything in bad weather while he’s so fresh into the rehab process.

John Means – SP Baltimore Orioles

This is a much better outing than his first time around, though the command looks like it’s an issue. Still, for someone who has not pitched much in the last two seasons, this is a promising sign in the right direction.

Lars Nootbaar – PF St. Louis Cardinals

Be prepared.

Taijuan Walker – SP Philadelphia Phillies

The two runs earned were hit by Trevor Larnach, who is another Major League baseball player. This was a pretty positive start after recovering from a shoulder injury.

Orion Kerkering – RP Philadelphia Phillies

A perfect inning here for Kerkering, who now has 10 Minor League strikeouts over 4.1 innings pitched this year. He’s just about ready to return and could be in line for saves later this season.

Edward Cabrera – SP Miami Marlins

The nine strikeouts are eye-opening here, as is the one walk issued. It looks as though he is ready to return, so be prepared.

Jordan Romano – RP Toronto Blue Jays, Erik Swanson – RP Toronto Blue Jays

Both pitchers were able to get in the necessary work that they needed to continue along their path to returning. It’s unclear if they’ve done enough to make their 2024 debut, but they’re getting closer. Stay tuned.

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