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Fantrax Injury Report for March 14 – When’s Vlad Jr. Come Back?

Here is the Fantrax Injury Report for Tuesday, March 14, 2023.

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Christian Walker – 1B Arizona Diamondbacks

After clarification on where he was hit, it turns out Walker’s removal from the game was merely precautionary. He’s DTD with a bruise, but he seems to have avoided anything serious.

Justin Turner – 3B Boston Red Sox

Fantastic news, as his plan for being ready for Opening Day, may in fact come to fruition. Considering where he was about a week ago, this is tremendously fast and promising.

Connor Wong – C Boston Red Sox

Wong looks to be all but ready to compete for the lion’s share of at-bats as the Red Sox catcher.

James Paxton – SP Boston Red Sox

This is now more than once where he’s played catch, but he still needs to ramp things up before throwing to live batters. Mound work will be the logical next step, but there has been no announcement as to when or if that is a consideration.

Graham Ashcraft – SP Cincinnati Reds

Very interesting to note here that Ashcraft was hitting triple digits with his velocity before exiting early. He’ll look to keep that momentum going once he returns.

Lance McCullers Jr. – SP Houston Astros

This is the second throwing session for McCullers in three days, though Baker didn’t extrapolate how long he threw or with what intensity. Still, this is a sign that’s pointing in the right direction. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to see him return to the Astros by the end of April.

Michael Brantley – OF Houston Astros

Brantley was away from the team with a family issue. Having him back is great news as he’s aiming to start the season healthy. Until he’s ready, Chas McCormick will likely be the left fielder for Houston.

Garrett Mitchell – OF Milwaukee Brewers, Aaron Ashby – SP/RP Milwaukee Brewers

The update on Mitchell is that he now has a more definitive timeline for an attempted return. It’s a little discouraging though, as that’s still a ways away. As for Ashby, this is the first real news regarding him in a while. The team would be wise to take things slowly with him. It’s unclear if he is a part of their rotation plans or bullpen plans.

Alex Kirilloff – 1B/OF Minnesota Twins

While it’s encouraging to see him take some swings, the reports are also that he may start the year on the Injured List. Kirilloff is behind schedule, albeit slightly, and the Twins don’t want to rush him back. It will take time for him to adjust to the new feeling, but reports yesterday stated that he hit some balls quite well.

Nick Gordon – 2B/OF Minnesota Twins, Jose Miranda – 1B/3B Minnesota Twins

The updates are great in that both players are getting closer to being 100% ready for the season. The Twins will need Gordon and Miranda to play all over the field if they’re going to succeed this season.

Drew Pomeranz – RP San Diego Padres, Adrian Morejon – RP San Diego Padres, Luis Campusano – C San Diego Padres

Big update here for three Padres players. Pomeranz has taken the slow road back to recovery, so Thursday is a big day for him. Morejon had just returned last season from Tommy John surgery, so missing additional time would be disheartening. Great news on the Campusano front as he looks to back up and possibly overtake Austin Nola this season.

Isan Diaz – SS San Fransisco Giants

Diaz was vying for a spot on the team due to how banged up the infield is right now. He’s DTD until otherwise noted.

Brandon Crawford – SS San Francisco Giants

With the aforementioned Isan Diaz hurting, this poses a conundrum for the Giants as they try to simply field a team. The hope is that he will be ready for Opening Day.

David Villar – 2B/3B San Francisco Giants

The good news is that he’s DTD with this ailment and will be tested daily. The hope is that he will be back shortly.

JP Crawford – SS Seattle Mariners

Crawford will look to shake this off and get back to it soon.

Vladimmir Guerrero Jr. – 1B Toronto Blue Jays

Expect him back in the lineup by the end of the week. Great news regarding the seriousness of his knee injury. Fantasy owners can and should continue to draft him with confidence.

Victor Robles – OF Washington Nationals

Robles looks to be ready to return and be the everyday center fielder for the Nationals.

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