Here’s a look back at the latest players who are rehabbing and their performances thus far.
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Triston McKenzie – SP Cleveland Guardians
#Guardians RHP Triston McKenzie looked sharp making his 1st rehab appearance for Triple-A Columbus. McKenzie threw 3.0 scoreless innings striking out 4. Fastball topped out at 95.3 mph & averaged 92.6 mph.
— Guardians Prospective (@CleGuardPro) May 21, 2023
#Guardians RHP Triston McKenzie made his 2nd rehab start tonight for Triple-A Columbus allowing 4 runs striking out 6 over 4.1 innings. McKenzie fastball topped out at 96.5 mph & averaged 93.3 mph.
— Guardians Prospective (@CleGuardPro) May 26, 2023
Overall, through two appearances, McKenzie has logged 7.1 innings pitched, eight hits, four earned runs, three walks, and ten strikeouts. He did all of this while throwing a total of 120 pitches, with 71 of them being thrown for strikes. In his second outing, McKenzie gave up a pair of home runs, which were the extent of the damage done. It’s also encouraging to see his velocity up here, as last season his fastball averaged just under 93 mph. While it hasn’t yet been decided if he is ready to return, it would seem likely that he’ll give it one more go around before making his debut. His injury was a big one, and only having two starts under his belt probably isn’t enough to warrant his return just yet. Stay tuned.
Aaron Civale – SP Cleveland Guardians
Aaron Civale goes 88 pitches in his final rehab outing. 2 runs allowed on the mound and left 2 runners on that scored with the reliever on the mound.
7 whiffs on the cutter (21 swings) and 5 whiffs on the curve (9 swings).
McKenzie goes Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/Rx7aXb4bcp
— Justin L. (@JL_Baseball) May 28, 2023
Civale made what is said to be his final rehab outing yesterday. The unfortunate part of this is that every outing has been worse than the one prior to it. The only real positive is that he stretched himself out to 88 pitches, which is also the most important part of any starter’s rehab. He may have been tinkering or he may have just wanted to up his workload, we don’t know. The number of whiffs and swings are nice to see too. At the end of the day, however, he’s been efficient throughout his career, sporting a career WHIP of 1.16, so perhaps this was just a tinkering job more than anything else. He should be returning to the Guardians rotation within the week.
Dinelson Lamet – SP/RP Colorado Rockies
Key here for #Rockies RHP Dinelson Lamet, who is expected to join the starting rotation upon his return: He built his pitch count to 63, 42 strikes. He struggled with walks as a reliever when the year began, but signs point to him returning to his old role with the #Padres. https://t.co/ui6IhYTvAF
— Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb) May 27, 2023
Linked within the tweet here Harding is the tweet by the Albuquerque Isotopes which displays the graphic of his outing. In short, he didn’t surrender a run over four and two-thirds of an inning while striking out six batters. To summarize, he was masterful here, only allowing three base runners. As Harding explains, Lamet is likely to join the rotation, which is an area of need in Colorado. For reference, he was sharp as a member of the Rockies last season despite most of his games being played at home. He’s worth a look in deeper leagues when he returns.
Jesus Sanchez – OF Miami Marlins
Just spoke to Jesus Sánchez and he told me that tomorrow will be his final rehab start. He feels great and will be back in Miami on Tuesday for the Padres series. #Marlins
— Kevin Barral (@kevin_barral) May 28, 2023
That quote relates to the rehab game taking place on Sunday, May 28. While Sanchez has yet to do much at the plate in Triple-A (0-for-4 with one walk), he has been telling people that he feels great and is ready to make his way back to Miami. The hope is that this short time away from the Marlins won’t affect the moment that he had prior to his injury. He has had a successful start to the season with a .290/.364/.551 slash line, while hitting three home runs and stealing three bases.
Luis Urias – INF Milwaukee Brewers
Luis Urias on a rehab stint makes an incredible defense play!
— Tyler Koerth (@TylerKoerth) May 25, 2023
This is exactly the sort of thing you want to see out of someone who is rehabbing their hamstring. Great flexibility and mobility to grab the ball and get the runner out. All that being said, he has yet to record a hit for the Nashville Sounds and has struck out six times over his thirteen at-bats. It’s unclear how long he will need to remain in Triple-A, but physically he could be just fine. Keep in mind, all he has is Spring Training in his back pocket, so he may need time to get himself ready and to get his timing on key.
Luke Voit – 1B Milwaukee Brewers
Luke Voit on rehab assignment (6 games so far) has 4 hits (3 for extra bases), 5 RBI, and 7 BB
— Tyler Koerth (@TylerKoerth) May 27, 2023
The injury to Voit seems minor, as he went on the Injured List on the 15th of May and started his rehab assignment on the 20th. All that being said, he looks healthy and ready to return. While the aforementioned stats sound great, they come with a .182 batting average and a 9:8 BB:K ratio, which shows that his timing may be a little off. There has been no indication of an immediate call-up, but stay tuned nonetheless.
Mitch Garver – C Texas Rangers
It’s moves like this one that indicates how the team will handle a player when they return. It seems like the Rangers will once again ask Garver to the backup to Jonah Heim once he is healthy. On days when he is not behind the plate, Garver will likely resume his role as the designated hitter. This could lead to some sort of roster crunch with Sandy Leon as the current backup and Josh Smith as the current DH, but the overall feeling is that Garver is an important part of this team. While at the plate, he has already hit a home run and two doubles in his three games. The team will likely take things slowly with Garver, given his extensive injury history.