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Fantrax Injury Report: April 17, 2023 – Max Fried returning, Will Smith out

Though the hits keep on coming, we’re at least starting to see a few players returning from their early-season IL stints. Here is the Fantrax Injury Report for Monday, April 17, 2023.

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Fantasy Baseball Injury Report

Max Fried – SP Atlanta Braves

Be prepared.

Ramon Urias – INF Baltimore Orioles

Prospect Joey Ortiz was removed from the lineup in Triple-A as a precaution for Urias who could miss Tuesday’s game. He has been diagnosed with a contusion and was in concussion protocol. Stay tuned.

Keegan Akin – SP Baltimore Orioles

Akin has missed some time due to the birth of his baby. Be prepared.

Spencer Steer – INF Cincinnati Reds

Steer hurt himself twice in the game. During the 8th inning, he first hurt it and then re-aggravated it while fielding in the 9th inning. There is no timetable for a return, but for now, he’s DTD.

Amed Rosario – SS Cleveland Guardians

Consider Rosario DTD for now, though the term balky seems vague.

Antonio Senzatela – SP Colorado Rockies, Randal Grichuk – OF Colorado Rockies, Daniel Bard – RP Colorado Rockies

Lots to unpack here. First, Senzaltela has been slowly returning from a torn ACL, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he’s not yet ready for a rehab assignment. He had been up to two innings pitched less than a week ago. Second, Grichuk has been slow to recover from bilateral sports hernia surgery but had been ramping himself up to a return. Expect a lengthy rehab assignment. Finally, Bard’s issues have been anxiety-related, so a short ramp-up is possible. It’s all about how comfortable he feels.

Matt Manning – SP Detroit Tigers

Manning broke a bone in his foot in a game against the Blue Jays last week. The hope is that within six weeks he is able to return to the mound. He’d likely need time to ramp back up once that’s possible.

Lance McCullers – SP Houston Astros

It’s good news that McCullers has progressed to long-tossing the baseball. While he aims to be mixing in pitches by the end of the month, it’s looking like he’s still at least a month away from returning. Still, getting back onto the mound would be a significant move.

Michael Brantley – OF Houston Astros, Chas McCormick – OF Houston Astros

Brantley continues to slowly work his way back to competition. It’s unclear when he’ll be able to rejoin the Astros, but sometime in May seems likely. As for McCormick, his vision problems are concerning in that nothing seems to get better. It’s fair to wonder if a trip to the Injured List is coming.

Kris Bubic – SP Kansas City Royals

Interesting that Bubic seemed to be okay to keep pitching, so there’s that. As Quatraro said, Bubic’s velocity was down, and the belief was that it was the weather. There is no word on if he will miss more than the minimum amount of time with this injury.

Will Smith – C Los Angeles Dodgers

Interesting development here, as Smith may have had a concussion the entire time and not known it. He will miss at least seven days with this, and it’s unclear how severe this really is.

Avisail Garcia – OF Miami Marlins

Consider him DTD after having likely avoided a serious injury.

Jesse Winker – OF Milwaukee Brewers

Winker goes from missing time with bronchitis to now potentially missing extensive time with an oblique injury. Stay tuned to see if this evolves into a trip to the Injured List.

Jorge Polanco – 2B Minnesota Twins, Alex Kirilloff – 1B Minnesota Twins

Both Polanco and Kirilloff have been battling it out in Low-A for a while and are feeling better. If they get the call to Triple-A, they should be on their way, as mentioned, within the week. Keep that in mind when looking at the Twins’ current roster and who may have to be moved.

Luis Campusano – C San Diego Padres

With serious swelling happening, a trip to the Injured List seems quite possible, though nothing has yet been made official. Stay tuned.

Michael Conforto – OF San Francisco Giants

The good news is that he’s seeing a return on Monday as a possibility. Time will tell though if that’s a reality. The Giants can ill afford to lose another body to the Injured List.

Alec Burleson – St. Louis Cardinals

There were fears that this was more serious, but it looks like Burleson has avoided a major injury.

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