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Fantrax Injury Report: March 20, 2023 – Updates on Soto, Arenado and Altuve

Here is the Fantrax Injury Report for Monday, March 20, 2023.

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MLB Injury Report

Mike Soroka – SP Atlanta Braves

Very interesting analysis here, by someone who is with the team every single day. The team giving him all of April to ramp up his arm and pitch count puts a damper on any momentum he may have had going forward. And a May start assumes that he has no setbacks and is pain-free. That’s a lot to consider.

John Means – SP Baltimore Orioles

Working on his arsenal is the logical next step on the road to recovery. His recovery time hasn’t been accelerated but is instead continuing along as it should.

James Paxton – SP Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox (wisely) continue to take things slowly with Paxton, but he seems to be progressing as planned. His status for Opening Day remains questionable if that.

Garrett Whitlock – SP/RP Boston Red Sox

He dazzled in his first start less than a week ago. Doing so here physically all but cements his being healthy.

Brayan Bello – SP Boston Red Sox

Exactly what the team and fantasy owners wanted to see. Bello looks to be back and ready to go.

Jake Fraley – OF Cincinnati Reds

Something to monitor with Opening Day so close. The team would likely want him back in the lineup before their first game, so for now he’s DTD until otherwise noted.

Jose Altuve – 2B Houston Astros

The reason for the “upcoming days” aspect of this is that the thumb is swelling, and that will need to subside. Just awful news regarding one of the game’s best second basemen. As noted, there will be updates after the surgery, as the team will know more then. There have been estimated timelines of approximately eight to ten weeks.

Yordan Alvarez – OF Houston Astros, Michael Brantley – OF Houston Astros

Fantastic news for Alvarez owners, but sad news for Brantley owners. Both are questionable to start the season in games, but from this report, Alvarez is the likeliest of the two. Something to monitor over the next few days.

Jhoan Duran – RP Minnesota Twins

Luckily it was nothing more than a contusion, and he should be fine in a day or two. He was walking around fine after a while, so this leads him to be labeled DTD.

Max Kepler – OF Minnesota Twins

There wasn’t much news regarding this, so it’s either not too serious, or the team will need to figure more out. Regardless, stay tuned for updates, but at first glance, he seems DTD.

Jorge Polanco – 2B Minnesota Twins

Polanco had been on track to play on Opening Day as late as last week. This is a concerning development in that it’s a reoccurring injury that just won’t go away. While he looked good while swinging, the fact that his knees can’t get set is a problem. Another report suggests that he can and may start the season on the Injured List. The team is being as cautious as they can with a big piece of their lineup. For now, look for Nick Gordon to step in for the Twins.

Brandon Nimmo – OF New York Mets

Keep in mind that players tend to be more optimistic than others. His status is still week-to-week and nothing has changed.

Andrew Painter – SP Philadelphia Phillies

Speaking of optimism, this is definitely optimistic for the Phillies. The important part to remember is that he is on track to play catch as this is all part of the plan. More updates will follow once he starts the process.

Ranger Suarez – SP Philadelphia Phillies

Great to see that he’s on track to return. Owners everywhere need to be cognizant that he will be on a pitch count. There’s been no word on what that number is and for how long.

Joe Musgrove – SP San Diego Padres

Great news all around here for Musgrove. His arm seems ready to go, so perhaps there won’t be much of a ramp-up once he’s able to pitch again.

Juan Soto – OF San Diego Padres

First, it was his calf, and now his oblique, both have been concerning developments this spring. With oblique injuries being tricky to overcome, his status for Opening Day is in jeopardy. Look for updates to happen soon, though the team is downplaying its severity.

Austin Nola – C San Diego Padres

There will be updates provided soon, but the expectations are that it is a broken nose. Look for Luis Campusano to step in and fill in the void left here.

Nolan Arenado – 3B St. Louis Cardinals

Luckily there doesn’t seem to be a long-term problem here as the x-rays came back negative. Both Arenado and the Cardinals seem to have avoided a major scare here.

Glenn Otto – SP Texas Rangers

There will be updates once the results of the MRI are in. For now, consider this somewhat concerning since his pain won’t go away.

Alejandro Kirk – C Toronto Blue Jays

Hopefully, it’s nothing serious and Kirk can get back into the lineup sooner rather than later.

Carter Kieboom – 3B Washington Nationals

The once highly regarded prospect has a lot of work to do before coming back and playing in a big league game. He will likely begin the season on the Injured List.

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