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MLB Injury Report: Big Bats on the Way Back!

Welcome to the Fantrax MLB Injury Report for Friday, July 5, 2024. In today’s edition, we go through all of the fireworks from yesterday’s holiday action. Kyle Tucker and Justin Verlander won’t be back before the All-Star Break, Kyle Schwarber, Bryce Harper, and J.T. Realmuto are progressing well, and the Dodgers continue to manage their injuries. All of that and so much more in today’s Injury Report from Fantrax.

MLB Injury Report for Friday, July 5, 2024.

Houston Astros – Team Update

Both of these injuries were considered minor at the time, and now, here we are, one month later pondering when exactly both KYle Tucker (shin) and Justin Verlander (neck) will return.

Triston Casas – 1B Boston Red Sox (side)

Casas has taken small but important steps forward in his development as of late. The biggest one will be for him to actually step onto the field and take live BP. Once that successfully happens, he should be able to head out on a lengthy rehab assignment.

Liam Hendriks – RP Boston Red Sox (Tommy John Surgery)

Hendriks continues to progress here, as he increases the intensity and the quantity of his bullpens. He is scheduled to throw two more this weekend, which should progress him closer to a rehab assignment.

Philadelphia Phillies – Team Update

Judging by the latest update, it would appear that a prediction of the order of returns would be: Kyle Schwarber (groin) before the All-Star Break, Bryce Harper (hamstring) right after the All-Star Break, and then J.T. Realmuto (knee) late July.

Bo Bichette – SS Toronto Blue Jays (arm contusion)

Bichette should be considered DTD here and likely back within the Jays’ lineup as early as today. Stay tuned.

Yimi Garcia – RP Toronto Blue Jays (elbow)

Garcia’s first outing tomorrow should be monitored for velocity and quantity of pitches to see how he looks. He could be back before the All-Star Break, but will likely wait until after that.

Tommy Edman – 2B/SS/OF St. Louis Cardinals (wrist)

Edman continues to progress, but it feels as if he or the team are reluctant to push him toward a rehab assignment.

Bryan Woo – SP Seattle Mariners (hamstring)

Great news here on Woo, who is recovering from an injured hamstring that he suffered while pitching just over a week ago. With him trending in the right direction, fantasy owners should be ready to activate him before the All-Star Break, as he has defied the odds before and may do so again here.

Kodai Senga – SP New York Mets (shoulder)

Senga did well in his first outing and will like to build on that with a total of 50 pitches next week. Healey brings up a good point about the All-Star Break, and it will be interesting to see how the Mets handle the off-time.

Mike Trout – OF Los Angeles Angels (knee)

Trout continues his ascension back to the team as he has cleared an important hurdle. He himself advocated for a late-July return to the Angels, but he still has a long way to go before making that happen. He may go on a minor league rehab assignment too, but nothing has been mentioned as of yet.

Jayson Heyward – OF Los Angeles Dodgers (knee)

There should be updates on Heyward’s status after the results of the MRI are released, but for now, consider him DTD. If he requires additional time away from the team, James Outman returning from the minor leagues is an option too.

Clayton Kershaw – SP Los Angeles Dodgers (shoulder)

This was a good step back into the grind for Kershaw, who experienced soreness following his first rehab outing last week. He has wanted to throw a BP sessions before heading back and will go through a sim-game too now. That said, the feeling and hope for now is a positive one going forward with that initial setback in the rear-view mirror.

Max Muncy – 3B Los Angeles Dodgers (oblique)

Muncy is eligible to return on July 19, but it’s looking more and more like that won’t happen.

Yoshinobu Yamamoto – SP Los Angeles Dodgers (shoulder)

Yamamoto recently said that he was pain-free, so throwing actual baseballs seems like a logical next step. He will likely need a lengthy rehab assignment, so he’s probably about one month away from returning.

Edward Cabrera – SP Miami Marlins (shoulder)

Be prepared.

Jared Jones – SP Pittsburgh Pirates (lat)

The hope and expectation is that this is a minor injury, as there have been no major concerns from Jones or the team.

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