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Welcome to July, as we have just about hit the halfway point of the season. Later this month we have the All-Star Game and then we enter the dog days of summer. It’s a glorious time to be a baseball fan, even if your fantasy teams are riddled with injuries. That said, here are the major injury implications going forward.

 

The Good

Chris Sale

This is phenomenal news for the Red Sox and fantasy owners everywhere, as Sale will be returning to the rotation. He looked solid in his rehab starts, punching out nineteen batters and one tv in eleven innings. He should be a massive upgrade to a troublesome pitching staff in Boston, as he looks and feels healthy, and should be rostered everywhere.

 

Garrett Whitlock

The pitching line itself isn’t necessarily the greatest, but the good news here is that Garrett Whitlock began his rehab assignment. He looks to be on his way back to the Red Sox, but Alex Cora has stated that he will be inserted into the bullpen instead of the rotation, which makes a lot of sense. Whitlock has been “out of this world great” when in relief, but his numbers as a starter had started to fizzle out. Keep an eye on Whitlock for potential saves down the line.

 

Kyle Hendricks

This is great news, in the sense that surgery is seemingly off the table and he can recover on his own. It’s unclear as to how long Hendricks will be sidelined, but it would be surprising if he’s back before August. The injury could either be inflammation or muscle-related, so rest is what’s best. Hendricks had been turning his season around with a few quality starts, but should likely be on the waiver wire and used sparingly even when he does return.

 

Yasmani Grandal

Great news for the White Sox and Grandal owners, as he should be back in time for the second half of the season. While this season has been disappointing, he’s still quite capable of putting up solid numbers, as evidenced by last season’s nine home runs over the final five weeks of the season. In his absence, Seby Zavala has hit nicely for Chicago, though it’s unlikely that this will continue long term.

 

Freddy Peralta

The good news here isn’t necessarily that he’s making progress sooner than expected, as he’s still unlikely to return before late August or early September. The good news is that he is progressing on schedule, as this was going to be the next logical step on his way back. He still has a lot of work to do, but it’s positive in knowing that he hasn’t had any setbacks. All that being said, he’s still a speculative hold in redraft leagues, because, after such a long layoff, it’s unsure how he’ll respond once he returns. On top of that, we don’t know what sort of pitch count he’ll be given when he does pitch again.

 

Jacob deGrom

This is about everything deGrom owners could have asked for, as he increased his workload from his previous outing. The velocity readings are encouraging, as are the results. He is slated to make another appearance later in the week, this time for the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate. It would seem very unlikely that he returns to the Mets before the All-Star Break, but anything afterward is fair game to assume a 2022 debut.

 

Dany Jiménez

It would behoove the A’s to not rush Jimenez back if he’s their endgame answer to close out games. Until he does return, look for Lou Trivino to continue to showcase his worth on the trade market, so that Oakland can cash in their chips and reap the rewards.

 

Brandon Lowe

Back injuries are tricky and unpredictable, and unfortunately for Lowe, his has been anything but smooth. Out of action since the middle of May, Lowe has seen his timeline for a return change many times but now seems on track to come back sooner rather than later. He did suffer a setback after getting hit by a pitch but is scheduled to resume his rehab appearance this weekend, prompting one to speculate a return before the All-Star Break.

 

Danny Jansen

Since that start, he has at least one hit in every game played as well. He looks ready to play and could make his return this week to the Blue Jays. It makes the catcher position very interesting for the team since they also have Alejandro Kirk and Gabriel Moreno on the roster too. Jansen’s worth is behind the plate and how much he improves the pitchers on the mound, making him invaluable to the team.

 

The Bad

Mike Soroka

The wrath of lower-bod injuries continues here, as Soroka once again gets hurt. This time, his knee takes a batted ball and his rehab will be delayed. Originally, it was speculated that whatever rehabbing he would undertake would last about thirty days, though that timeframe wasn’t necessarily set in stone. If all goes right, it’s fair to guess that Soroka will be back on the mound around September, but it’s fair to second-guess how effective he will be.

 

Austin Meadows

The health problems continue for Meadows this year, and this time it’s with the speed of his recovery. It seems that he is behind where he should be, and the Tigers are cautiously aware of the situation. He has already missed time this season due to Covid-19, an ear infection, and vertigo. While the Tigers have said that Tuesday is the earliest that he will be reinstated, both his MLB and MiLB numbers this year suggest that he is not right.

 

Michael Brantley

At age 35, it’s fair to assume that age has a part in the speed of one’s recovery, as the body doesn’t always heal as it once did. Jake Meyers is having a mini-breakout in his absence, though the Astros would assuredly welcome back Brantley’s bat for a postseason run. This injury is something to monitor going forward as we head towards the trade deadline.

 

Chris Taylor

Mr. Utility from the Dodgers goes down with a fractured foot, and without a timetable for a return, it’s unknown how the team will respond. There was some speculation that one of their top prospects would be called up in order to fill the void, but thus far the Dodgers seem content with what they have in Jake Lamb, Trayce Thompson, and the versatility of their infield. For now, assume that the team keeps what they have, but Miguel Vargas and Michael Busch should be on everyone’s radars.

 

Jurickson Profar

Concussions are tricky, and the strained neck can be quite painful. It would be surprising to see him back right after the minimum 7-day timeframe for concussion protocols, as this looked incredibly harsh. More important than that, here’s hoping he gets well soon.

 

Evan Longoria

Longoria will once again miss time this season, as he had to the Injured List for an oblique strain. While the injury isn’t necessarily the hardest from which to come back, the issue lies more in if and when he returns to third base, as the Giants have David Villar filling in at the moment. The swing and miss potential is there for the prospect, but so is the potential for power, as he hit 22 home runs this season alone for the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate. Keep an eye on this situation, because if Villar runs away with the job, Longoria could either be relegated to the bench or used in a trade.

 

The Ugly

Jack Flaherty

Just awful news for someone who was drafted so high during the offseason. Flaherty returned briefly with the intention of pitching and building up innings in small increments. Instead, here he is, back on the Injured List, and will not throw for at least two weeks, at which time a re-evaluation will take place. At best, he could return around August, but that’s assuming that all goes well. The shoulder will need to be ramped back up, and the Cardinals will definitely be taking things slowly with him. Added fuel is the fact that the team has been vocal in saying that they will seek pitching at the trade deadline.

Tyler O’Neill

The season of misery continues for O’Neill, as he just can’t seem to catch a break. He was originally slated for a return next Friday, but that could be delayed after this weekend. Regardless, he was ready to come back and play, so a delay until after the All-Star Break isn’t completely out of the question.

 

Wander Franco

With surgery upcoming, Franco will, unfortunately, miss a significant amount of the remaining time as he recovers from his hamate fracture. While the injury doesn’t necessarily sap the power from the person swinging, it still takes a long time to regain the strength in the hand in order to not only grab the ball but also help with the grip of the ball and/or impact of the ball within the glove. He’s someone who is an obvious stash in dynasty but is a consideration to dropping in redraft leagues.

 

Mitch Garver

This was something that was on the table for quite a while, as Garver admitted that it was more of a pain tolerance thing with him. The Rangers allowed him to play in this series against his former team before scheduling the surgery for immediately afterwards. Jonah Heim, who has had quite the mini-breakout, is the main benefactor of this, though it does open some at-bats for a new designated hitter.

Dave Funnell (@sportz_nutt51)

Dave Funnell (@sportz_nutt51)

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