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MLB Injury Report – March 6, 2023

Here is the Fantrax Injury Report for Monday, March 6, 2023.

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MLB Injury Report

Pavin Smith – 1B/OF Arizona Diamondbacks

Pavin Smith left a game early after an awkward slide at home plate on Sunday. The injury is not considered to be serious.

Michael Brantley – OF Houston Astros

Michael Brantley, who is recovering from season-ending shoulder surgery, may miss the start of the season. It doesn’t look like much time will be missed, however, as he’s on his way to being fully healthy. It was also revealed that when he does come back, he will be placed second in the Astros’ lineup.

Lance McCullers – SP Houston Astros, Yordan Alvarez – OF Houston Astros

Obviously not good news for either player, as both haven’t taken that next step forward. While McCullers is slated to miss some time to start the season, it was noted last week that Alvarez is expected to be ready for Opening Day. A wait-and-see approach is on the table in the meantime.

Jose Quintana – SP New York Mets

Jose Quintana left a game early with tightness on his side. He has since withdrawn from the WBC in order to take care of this ailment. More updates should be made available in the coming days.

David Peterson – SP New York Mets

After some inconclusive x-rays, David Peterson went for a second set, and it was determined to be a bruise on his foot. He will likely be back within the upcoming week after some prep and tests.

Sam Haggerty – UT Seattle Mariners

Sam Haggerty could return soon after some rest for general soreness in his lower body. He would likely be in a reserve role when healthy and back in the lineup.

Jack Flaherty – SP St. Louis Cardinals

Interesting to note that it was the manager’s decision to push back his start. With no noted reasoning as to why this happened, it’s important to make a mental note nonetheless. Still, Flaherty looks ready to make his Spring debut later today after battling the flu this weekend.

Leody Tavares, OF Texas Rangers

It’s unclear as to the severity of this injury at this time. This situation is one to monitor to see if extended missed time is warranted.

Jon Gray, SP Texas Rangers

Jon Gray says that he feels normal after treatment for his back. It sounds like he could be pitching sooner rather than later, though it all depends on how his body responds.

Whit Merrifield – 2B/OF Toronto Blue Jays

Obviously, Merrifield’s value is dependent on his speed, so this is a letdown. He was looking for a bounce-back season, and, for now, that comeback is put on hold. Updates later in the week will make things more clear.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 1B Toronto Blue Jays

It’s positive that he is progressing, and playing it cautiously is the best idea. The likeliest of all scenarios probably do not see him in game action anytime soon.

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