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Fantrax Opening Day Injury Report: IL Designations Begin

Here is the Fantrax Injury Report for Thursday, March 30, 2023.

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Opening Day MLB Injury Report

James Paxton – SP Boston Red Sox

Great news that Paxton was able to not only complete two innings, but also that his velocity was up as well. He should be a fixture in the Red Sox rotation, but the questions of when and for how long are valid.

Detroit Tigers Medical Update

Lots of news coming out of Detroit. Michael Lorenzen has resumed his work on the mound and will throw his second bullpen later today. He will begin the year on the Injured List, but will likely be in the rotation when he returns. Casey Mize is on the verge of completing his throwing progression later this week but is more of a dynasty option for 2024. Tarik Skubal, on the other hand, was placed on the 60-day Injured List and will likely miss half of the season.

Adrian Houser – SP Milwaukee Brewers, Aaron Ashby – SP/RP Milwaukee Brewers, Tyrone Taylor – OF Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers were one of the few teams to make their Injury List designations ahead of their first game later today. Taylor is expected to miss at least six weeks with his elbow injury. Ashby is on a similar timetable, but since he is a pitcher. His timeline could be vaguer due to the possibility of a setback. Houser’s groin injury isn’t thought to be overly serious, so a minimum stay on the Injured List is the hope.

Royce Lewis – SS Minnesota Twins

Fantastic news all around here. Both Lewis and the Twins have (unfortunately) done this before, so hopefully, they learn from any mistakes. The anticipation is that he will return before the All-Star Break.

Luis Severino – SP New York Yankees, Carlos Rodon – SP New York Yankees, Frankie Montas – SP New York Yankees

The news of Severino is somewhat encouraging. Not only did he travel with the team, but he is expected to miss only a handful of starts. Still, anything can happen there. Rodon staying behind in Tampa takes some of the air out of his “comeback mid-April” attempt. Still, anything is possible, but owners shouldn’t hold their breath. Montas won’t throw for at least another month and may miss the entire season.

Rhys Hoskins – 1B Philadelphia Phillies

Hoskins was officially placed on the 60-day Injured List ahead of his scheduled surgery.

JT Brubaker – SP Pittsburgh Pirates

Brubaker was having a fantastic Spring, but that momentum has been derailed. No word yet on the severity of this injury, but further testing should change that.

Juan Soto – OF San Diego Padres

Fantasy owners and fans everywhere: Rejoice!

Paul DeJong – SS St. Louis Cardinals

DeJong suffered lower back pain weeks ago and has yet to resume much of any baseball activities. The ripple effect has Tommy Edman playing shortstop and Brendan Donovan at second base.

Adam Wainwright – SP St. Louis Cardinals

Wainwright’s velocity was down this Spring, so there are some concerns already with his arm. The good news is that he is working on keeping his arm fresh during a time when he’s healing other body parts. There is no ETA just yet.

Tyler Glasnow – SP Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays make it official, as Glasnow starts the year on the Injured List. The hope is that he will miss approximately one month and return. That said, anything is possible.

Glenn Otto – SP/RP Texas Rangers, Jake Odorizzi – SP/RP Texas Rangers

Both pitchers are expected to miss significant time here due to different injuries: Otto has an injured lat while Odorizzi has arm fatigue. Both pitchers will be needed for bullpen depth as it is an area of need for the team.

Leody Taveras – OF Texas Rangers

As expected, Taveras will miss time to start the season due to his oblique. In the meantime, Ezequiel Duran and Bubba Thompson will take over in the outfield.

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