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Fantrax Injury Report for March 18, 2023 – Nimmo update; Buxton/Polanco TBD?

Here is the Fantrax Injure Report for Saturday, March 18, 2023.

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MLB Injury Report for March 18

Jake McCarthy – OF Arizona Diamondbacks

A few days off should be enough to get him back into the lineup. No real worries here for McCarthy.

Mike Soroka – SP Atlanta Braves

The team will likely take things slow with Soroka, given his extensive injury history. That said, he’s getting closer to making a spring start. He won’t be ready for Opening Day, but depending on how his body responds, he may not miss much time.

Connor Wong – C Boston Red Sox, Adalberto Mondesi – SS Boston Red Sox

Great news for Wong, who looks to be in game shape and ready for the season. As for Mondesi, this halts any momentum of him being ready for Opening Day. The chances of him missing at least a month of action are real and fantasy owners everywhere need to be prepared.

Justin Turner – 3B Boston Red Sox

Things continue to progress in a positive direction for Turner. Here’s hoping we see him back on Monday as planned.

Andrew Vaughn – 1B/OF Chicago White Sox

Something to monitor, just in case it leads to something bigger. Still, it may just be minor as indicated, and nothing to worry about at all.

Charlie Blackmon – OF Colorado Rockies, CJ Cron – 1B Colorado Rockies

To clarify, Blackmon is dealing with back stiffness, while Cron is dealing with back spasms. Both are in line to play on Opening Day, so for now it’s nothing major.

Randal Grichuk – OF Colorado Rockies

Opening Day was thought to have been a stretch for Grichuk, and this confirms that he was never close to it. Assuming there are no setbacks, Grichuk can be a much-needed boost to the Rockies’ lineup after just a few weeks. Perhaps a draft discount is worth taking.

Yordan Alvarez – OF Houston Astros

Fantastic to see one of the game’s best hitters out there hitting. Of course, how his hand responds is key, but this is a step in the right direction.

Ryan Yarbrough – SP Kansas City Royals

He is on his way to ramping up for Opening Day. Looks like he’ll be ready in time and have a spot in the Royals’ rotation.

Ryan Pepiot – SP Los Angeles Dodgers

Interesting development here. Pepiot was slated to take over for the injured Tony Gonsolin, but any sort of discomfort might sideline him as well. While manager Dave Roberts believes that Pepiot will make his next scheduled start, this is something to keep an eye on in case things develop.

Garrett Mitchell – OF Milwaukee Brewers

Mitchell back on Monday looks to be in the cards. Fingers crossed that everything goes as planned.

Byron Buxton – OF Minnesota Twins, Jorge Polanco – 2B Minnesota Twins

These are two pretty big pieces for the Twins, as both need to be in good health if the team is to succeed. Buxton played in his first in-game action the other day, albeit in the Twins’ camp. He is being brought back to games at a purposefully slow pace. He is apparently completely healthy and should be ready to go at or around Opening Day. Polanco, on the other hand, may not make it for Opening Day. He has yet to play in a game this spring and doesn’t seem to be ready to do so.

Brandon Nimmo – OF New York Mets

While there was initial concern with other parts of his lower body, it appears that Nimmo’s ankle is what’s bothering him. The reason for this was that he caught a spike when he rolled over and slid. This is a relief to owners and fans everywhere, and today’s imaging should determine exactly what needs to be done. For now, he might be DTD, but updates will follow.

Paul Blackburn – SP Oakland Athletics

Until the nail heals, Blackburn is seemingly out of luck. Roster Resource currently has Drew Rucinski slotted in the rotation if owners are feeling dangerous.

Ranger Suarez – SP Philadelphia Phillies

While it’s encouraging to see that Suarez is progressing, forearm injuries can always explode into something bigger and worse. The fact that they’re building him up this quickly is something to monitor throughout the season after he pitches a game. Still, look for Abel to take over in the meantime.

Carlos Santana – 1B Pittsburgh Pirates

Great news after a mini-scare the other day. Things look to be fine for Santana.

Adrian Morejon – SP San Diego Padres

For now, Morejon will be DTD, though it’s unclear if he’ll miss time to start the season. The Padres are thin at the starter position, but they shouldn’t rush him back to facilitate that.

David Villar – 3B San Francisco Giants, Brandon Crawford – SS San Francisco Giants

Two pieces of good news for the Giants, who desperately need some. Villar returning today should help get him the at-bats he will need to continue last year’s success. As for Crawford, he’s a staple for their infield and a much-needed boost. His health is key to the Giants’ success.

JP Crawford – SS Seattle Mariners

Great news as he looks to rebound after a down season last year.

Andres Munoz – RP Seattle Mariners

Munoz is recovered from offseason foot surgery and will be in the hunt for saves this season. He and Paul Sewald should both be viable options for the team. Munoz apparently looked good during the aforementioned outing.

Paul DeJong – SS St. Louis Cardinals

This situation seems vague, as being in a holding pattern doesn’t necessarily explain why. Something to monitor, as Brendan Donovan continues to get reps.

CJ Abrams – SS Washington Nationals

The fact that Abrams is still doing everything but play in a game is somewhat reassuring. Here’s hoping it’s nothing to be concerned about and that he can return in a short amount of time.

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