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Fantrax Injury Report: March 23, 2023 – Lots of news from HOU, MIN and SD

Here is the Fantrax Injury Report for Thursday, March 23, 2023.

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MLB Injury Report for March 23

Michael Soroka – SP Atlanta Braves

Very encouraging and positive post-game update on Soroka who is making his way back from multiple injuries. His velocity was in the upper mid-90s and he was mobile on the mound for ground balls. With two starts to go, it depends on how his body responds, but this is looking great.

Triston Casas – 1B Boston Red Sox

Great news as it looks like the injury was short and of a freakish nature.

Kyle Tucker – OF Houston Astros

While the injury was a brief scare earlier in the week, it looks as if things are much better now. Tucker won’t miss much time, if any, and should be good to go for Opening Day.

Hunter Brown – SP Houston Astros

This is another sigh of relief with regard to a second important Astros player. The fact that it was precautionary and during exercise drills is less concerning than if it was during a pitch. Brown should be DTD and is likely to be ready for Opening Day.

Jose Altuve – 2B Houston Astros

The timeline here seems to be much different than originally expected. While it was thought that he would be back within eight weeks, it now seems that he will not be able to do much of anything baseball-related in that time. He will still need to ramp up and adjust to his fixed thumb, likely in the form of a rehab assignment. A return date of June 1 seems to be a best-case scenario right now. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Astros made a trade to help solidify second base until then because their options don’t bring about confidence.

Jhoan Duran – RP Minnesota Twins

All is well that ends well, as Duran looks to be back later on today.

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

A bummer for both, but understandable given the latest trends. Kirilloff has said that he needs time for his bone to heal after undergoing wrist surgery this offseason. He maintains his optimism that things are going well, just delayed a bit. Look for Joey Gallo to get some time at 1B while Kirilloff is out for most of April. As for Polanco, the team has consistently stated that nothing new has been injured. This delay is just because of soreness and fatigue. In fact, Rocco Baldelli stated too that if Spring Training were a bit longer, he likely would have been ready for Opening Day. Look for Nick Gordon, Trevor Larnach and Will Castro to get extended looks as the team tries to cover this (hopefully) short-term mess.

Brandon Nimmo – OF New York Mets

Fantastic news to monitor as the weekend approaches. There’s still enough time left for him to be ready for Opening Day.

Jace Peterson – OF Oakland Athletics

Great news for Peterson, who could be a late-round source for steals.

Paul Blackburn – SP Oakland Athletics

Great to see him pitch, but only time will tell when he returns. It’s all about how his fingernail naturally heals on its own. He’s already been ruled out for Opening Day.

Brandon Marsh – OF Philadelphia Phillies

Sounds somewhat painful, but fortunate at the same time. The fact that he’s likely to play today or tomorrow is a great sign that he should be okay soon enough. He has been slow out of the gate this spring but has shown some patience at the plate.

Ranger Suarez – SP Philadelphia Phillies

While the “no structural damage” part of this is important, it’s still deflating nonetheless. It’s hopeful that by this time next week, he is able to resume throwing and can work his way back into the rotation. He looks like a candidate to be on the Injury List to begin the season.

Joe Musgrove – SP San Diego Padres

Musgrove might be the hardest-working injured player out there. He’s been doing everything he can to return. He looked and felt good during the simulated game and will continue along his progressional route.

Austin Nola – C San Diego Padres

It’s obvious that he just wants to play. The unfortunate part is that catchers wear headgear, so there’s the added element of comfort with that.

Juan Soto – OF San Diego Padres

Once again, there’s a different timetable here for Soto. Great news that there is no significant inflammation, but there is inflammation nonetheless. “Maybe” having a bat in his hands over the next couple of days is also very vague. He seems likely to play for Opening Day, but this writer’s Spidey-Senses are tingling.

Jarred Kelenic – OF Seattle Mariners

The great news is that Kelenic will be back, as expected, in a short time.

Harold Ramirez – OF Tampa Bay Rays

Ramirez will need to be healthy as he is fighting for at-bats in a talented Rays lineup.

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