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MLB Injury Report: George Kirby’s Mis-Adventures

Here is the Fantrax MLB Injury Report for Saturday, May 4, 2024. In today’s edition, Trea Turner injured himself while running, George Kirby’s knee is troublesome and the Rays have some good news all around the diamond. All of that and so much more in today’s Injury Report from Fantrax.

MLB Injury Report for Saturday, May 4, 2024.

George Kirby – SP Seattle Mariners (knee)

The only good news from this is that it doesn’t seem like a major issue at all. Kirby was still able to throw six innings of one-run ball last night against a good Houston lineup. The hope is that some rest will allow the situation to heal until he makes his next start at some point during the week. Stay tuned.

Byron Buxton – OF Minnesota Twins (knee)

The team stated many times that they don’t believe that this will be an extended absence. They used the numbers 10 and 14 as a way to measure the estimated time away from the team. Whether or not that happens remains to be seen given Buxton’s extensive injury history.

Royce Lewis – 3B Minnesota Twins (quad)

This is great news. Lewis has not experienced a setback and looks to be on track to return as scheduled. Anything can happen between now and then, however, as the tougher half is certainly the one where his rehab assignment is. Still, the team and fantasy owners should be encouraged by his progress thus far.

Trea Turner – SS Philadelphia Phillies (hamstring)

Turner said that he injured himself a few steps away from home plate. It’s important to note that he did also say “at least” a couple of days, indicating that he himself feels that it’s more serious than a DTD situation here. It wouldn’t be surprising if he were to land on the Injured List in order to ensure that he’s 100% healthy after this.

Alek Thomas – OF Arizona Diamondbacks (hamstring), Paul Sewald – RP Arizona Diamondbacks (oblique)

Be prepared. In the meantime, Thomas went 1-for-4 with two runs batted in last night, while Sewald has thrown just 0.2 innings in over a week, but is set to throw in an extended game today.

Masataka Yoshida – OF Boston Red Sox (thumb)

Players who opt for a second opinion usually don’t like the ominous first diagnosis. This has a scary undertone to it, as it could be something serious or even season-ending. Until we know more, all we can do is speculate.

Garrett Whitlock – SP Boston Red Sox (oblique)

This will be the first time that Whitlock has thrown off the mound since heading to the Injured List. If all goes well, this could quickly move him forward in his progress.

Nick Pivetta – SP Boston Red Sox (flexor strain)

It looks like it will be one-and-done for Pivetta, who could be activated this week. Be prepared.

Brayan Bello – SP Boston Red Sox (lat)

From there, if all goes well, Bellow could be activated to start next weekend. Be prepared.

Sean Murphy – C Atlanta Braves (oblique)

This is the first major update on Murphy in weeks. He had since been limited to throwing and catching. We shall see if this propels him to do more than swinging from a tee, but it’s at least something in the right direction.

Nathan Eovaldi – SP Texas Rangers (groin)

The feeling all along has been that this is nothing too severe for Eovaldi. There’s a chance too that he won’t require a rehab outing either. Still, a lot can happen over the next two weeks.

Mike Trout – OF Los Angeles Angels (knee), Robert Stephenson – RP Los Angeles Angels (elbow)

The roads to recovery for both players will be long ones. While Trout does not have a timeline for a return, Stephenson will likely aim to pitch for the team by the end of the 2025 season. Both players will be missed by the Angels and by fantasy owners everywhere.

Blake Snell – SP San Francisco Giants (thigh), Alex Cobb – SP San Francisco Giants (hip)

We should know more about the direction that the team will be headed with Snell in the near future. Chances are, given the nature of his injury and the fact that he had a delayed start to the season, the team will want him to get in a rehab outing first. Stay tuned. As for Cobb, he remains on track with his original timeline of returning in the summer. His accelerated progress in the spring seemed to have done some damage to him by doing too much, too soon.

Cristian Javier – SP Houston Astros (neck)

Javier will not start for the Astros this weekend, despite some early-week speculation.

Alek Manoah – SP Toronto Blue Jays (shoulder)

Be prepared.

Bobby Miller – SP Los Angeles Dodgers (shoulder)

Good news here for Miller, as this is the farthest he has evolved in his recovery process. He is now three weeks into his trip to the Injured List and he has yet to face live batters. He will also likely need a lengthy rehab assignment when the time comes.

Clayton Kershaw – SP Los Angeles Dodgers (shoulder)

Kershaw threw fifteen pitches and apparently felt great afterward. His exact return date is not yet known, but it was originally slated for sometime in the summer, which is quite vague. It’s unclear if this BP session accelerates that timeline, but the feeling is that the team will take things slowly with him.

Justin Steele – SP Chicago Cubs (hamstring)

Be prepared.

St. Louis Cardinals – Team Update

Of note here, Dylan Carlson (shoulder) did play in those nine innings and ended up recording a hit in the process. He is batting .300 for Memphis with one home run and looks to be ready to return any day now. As for Tommy Edman (wrist), he was also seen catching fly balls while doing some defensive drills yesterday. His first swings off of a tee will be a big sign of how far he has come and how far he needs to go.

Washington Nationals – Team Update

Of fantasy relevance here, Lane Thomas (MCL) has been out of action for about a week and is slowly getting back into baseball activities. As for Josiah Gray (elbow), this will be the first time he has thrown off a mound since his injury, making this a big step forward. Finally, Joey Gallo (shoulder) is making a quick recovery from his injury.

Tampa Bay Rays – Team Update

All of this is positive news, which is much-needed for the Rays. Pete Fairbanks (nerve) and Brandon Lowe (oblique) are both ready for their respective rehab assignments. It’s quite possible that Fairbanks returns before Lowe, but that has yet to be determined. Finally, Springs throwing an extended spring game seemingly came out of the blue here, putting his returning timeline in question. Depending on the nature of this spring game and how many pitches he throws, we could see a date that is earlier than his originally scheduled summer return. That said, it would be wise to still prepare for a later return.

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