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We are more than a month into the season, and the whirlwind of injuries continues along its way. Every team, both MLB and fantasy, has had its share of lineup shuffles, spot starts, and prospect callups in order to help manage the influx of games missed. That being said, not all is grim and bleak, as there have been some ahead-of-schedule returns that have given new hope to everyone involved. Here is some of the more important injury news that you need to know going forward, to help you manage your team accordingly.

The Good

Eloy Jimenez

This is a very encouraging development for one of the game’s rising stars. Jimenez suffered a hamstring injury late in April and was expected to miss approximately six weeks of the season as he recovered. The good news is that he has recently started to run again and has gone on record as saying that he is feeling well. While hamstring injuries can be a tricky thing to overcome, the fact that he hurt himself while missing the first base bag while running is a variation of how to hurt that part of the body. While the speediness in his recovery is encouraging, fantasy owners should temper their expectations until they see him in (all likelihood) a rehab assignment. That said, anything shorter than the expected six weeks would be phenomenal news, as this marks the second consecutive year he will have missed time due to an injury.

Adalberto Mondesi

There hasn’t been much of any good news regarding Adalberto Mondesi in 2022, as he got off to an abysmal start to his season and then tore his ACL while on the base paths. He was drafted by many to be a primary source for steals but instead will likely finish the year on the Injured List. The bright side here is that his surgery was a success and that he will have plenty of time to prepare for the 2023 season. For reference, we have seen how Ronald Acuña Jr. and Royce Lewis have been able to work on all aspects of their game while given the time to do so, meaning there’s hope at the end of the tunnel for Mondesi. The speedster will be 27 years old next season with a ton of potential. Yes, he is injury-prone and yes there is a risk, but for dynasty owners, his cost will never be this low, and if you can afford the spot, it is worth taking a chance that he comes back and proves his worth.

Carlos Correa

It was quite the whirlwind of emotions for the Twins when Correa hurt his finger. First, there was speculation about it being fractured, leading many to believe he would miss extended time. Then, when it was revealed to not be a fracture, the already called up Royce Lewis seemed like an afterthought for fantasy purposes. Since then, Correa has been subsequently placed on the Injured List, without a projected extended absence, and Lews has found a temporary home at the shortstop position. Nevertheless, Correa’s time away from the team isn’t expected to be overly long, which is great news for fantasy owners everywhere, as they can plug and play the position until he returns. Finger injuries can be tricky and purely a pain tolerance issue for a return, mind you, so Correa may take a while to adjust to the new feelings of a healed finger.

Kyle Lewis

The news here is very good, as the promising outfielder looks to be healthy and raking down in Triple-A. It has been reported that the Mariners want him to get as much seasoning and preparation in the minors before a callup since his right knee has given him problems for the better part of a year now. That said, the Mariners need some outfield help, as both Mitch Haniger (ankle) and Jered Kelenic (minors) will be missing from action for Seattle and the Mariners could absolutely use his bat. While his current minor league numbers are not what should be expected, Lewis should contribute significant power, as he was able to hit eleven home runs in a pandemic shortened season and is able to get on base. It’s merely a matter of time before he returns to Seattle and gets every day at-bats.


The Bad

Bryce Harper

There’s no way to swing it other than this: Bryce Harper has a small tear in his UCL, and that’s bad. With the news that he will refrain from throwing for four weeks, the only saving grace is that the National League now has a designated hitter spot, giving Harper a chance to use his bat as his primary weapon. Still, it’s unknown yet how significant this injury is or how big it could be for a variety of reasons. First, teams rarely give the full extent of a player’s injury, so while a small tear is how it is described, we don’t actually know how big it is. Secondly, while described as small, it is still a tear, so that needs to be remembered. Finally, while refraining from throwing should help it heal, it’s unclear if swinging a bat will either be impacted or it will inflame it even further through some accidental motion. The good news is that years ago, phenom Shohei Ohtani was able to continue to hit in 2020 despite suffering a pronator injury of his own. While they aren’t the same injury, it’s encouraging that it’s still possible to succeed without the baseball glove on. Furthermore, since the official diagnosis, Harper has been absolutely locked in at the plate, so perhaps this could work itself out. That said, he is by no means in the clear here and is walking a fine line into a disastrous long-term stay on the Injured List.

Chris Sale

The hits just keep on coming here for Chris Sale, who has been set back a few weeks due to another issue. While he looked good last season after returning from Tommy John Surgery, more was expected from him this season, as the hopes were for him to get back to his old, dominant ways. Instead, after suffering ribs issues a while back, his initial return date of early June could push itself into after the All-Star Break. The only positive part of this news is that the issue here seemingly has nothing to do with the injured ribs, and thus Sale could be back on track and healthy as previously expected. The hope is that he can resume throwing within the next few days and see if he’s able to return as quickly as possible since the Red Sox rotation has a lot of questions needing answers.

Jonathan India

The news on India has been a mixed bag of emotions here, but overall it is still discouraging for a few reasons. First of all, this is his second trip to the Injured List already this season, for the same injury, meaning that it either didn’t fully heal the first time, or it was more significant than initially imagined. As such, the Reds will likely take their time getting him back into the lineup, as they don’t want to injure one of their cornerstone pieces of the future. Secondly, the designation to the Injured List happened approximately two weeks ago, and with no end in sight, there’s a chance that this is more serious than initially expected. Third, once a rehab assignment is made, it will require some time for him to go through with it and fully test out his body to make sure he’s ready for the grind of a regular-season schedule and workload. That said, India has been seen doing agility drills and exercises before some Reds’ games, which is definitely a sign in the right direction.


The Ugly

Kris Bryant

Perhaps this is a bit of an over-reaction, but the concern here is the long-term implications of this injury. Kris Bryant started to struggle at the plate after a hot start to the season and subsequently went to the Injured List to help it heal. The problem then occurred when it wasn’t getting better and he was unable to even swing a bat. Enter the cortisone shot to help, which in the short term should aid in getting him back onto the field at some point sooner rather than later. That being said, the caution arises in him either not playing at his full capacity or having this injury linger all season long, which could ultimately have the end-game of surgery. Again, this might be an over-reaction, but the long-term ramifications of this could be disastrous. All of this needs to be kept under consideration when rostering and acquiring Kris Bryant.

Jacob deGrom

It’s never a good thing for someone to be transferred from the 10-day Injured List to the 60-day Injured List, but this had to be anticipated at some point. While it is expected to know within the next week with an MRI slated for the near future, it’s encouraging in that he has begun throwing again. He has elevated his shoulder ramp-up to throwing from 60-feet on flat ground, which is a nice start back towards where it needs to be. All that being said, his earliest return date is that of June 6, which seems advantageous to say the least. The Mets are currently in first place in the National League East by a comfortable margin, and already have one of the best pitchers in the game on their side in Max Scherzer. Armed with a potent offense too, there may be no rush for the Mets to bring deGrom back anytime soon, especially since they will be playing for a run in the postseason. Chances are that they are cautious, to begin with, and may hold off anything substantial from deGrom until they are fully confident in him returning and being able to provide what they know he’s capable of. This is also assuming that there are no setbacks either. Fantasy owners everywhere should be cautious in banking on much of anything until more is known.

Chris Paddack

Heart-breaking news here, as Paddack is a possible candidate to have Tommy John Surgery for the second time in his career. While there was speculation at the end of the 2021 season for some elbow problems to occur, this confirms that those concerns were warranted. Paddack will likely miss the rest of this season, and if the surgery takes place, he won’t be back to full strength until some point in 2024, which is unfortunate. All hope is not lost, as Jameson Taillon has looked incredible this season, and is another two-timer Tommy John Surgery player with quite the success story.

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Dave Funnell (@sportz_nutt51)

Dave Funnell (@sportz_nutt51)

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