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MLB Injury Report – Massive Monday Musings

Here is the Fantrax MLB Injury Report for Monday, April 22, 2024. In today’s edition, I go over Francisco Alvarez’s thumb, Triston Casas’ ribs, Framber Valdez’s elbow and so much more.

MLB Injury Report for Monday, April 22, 2024.

Francisco Alvarez – C New York Mets (thumb)

Alvarez suffered a torn UCL in his thumb on Friday, and now surgery will be required. The timeline for a return will cause him to miss significant time, as he won’t be back until June if all goes well. This injury happened on his catching hand too, so extra pressure will be added with every catch that he makes. It is a big blow to the Mets and fantasy owners everywhere. As for the Mets, they currently have Omar Narvaez and Thomas Nido as their current catchers.

J.D. Martinez – UT New York Mets (back)

Be prepared…..though this is not official just yet.

Triston Casas – 1B Boston Red Sox (rib strain)

Casas injured himself on a swing that he took a few days ago. He was pulled from the game and ever since then the news has been ominous. Both he and manager Alex Cora have said that he’s in a lot of pain. It turns out that he first felt the injury in a series with the Guardians, and now he injured it to the point of pain where he cannot play. He’s gone for an MRI and there will be word (likely today) about the nature and extent of the injury. Whatever it is, I think it’s safe to say that he won’t be back within the ten-day window.

Rafael Devers – 3B Boston Red Sox (left knee, shoulder)

It’s good news here for the Red Sox, as Devers appears to be ready to return to their lineup. The bone bruise that he suffered seems to be healed. With the day off today, this gives him an extra day to prepare. While this is great news regarding the knee, nothing has been settled on his shoulder. This was something that was giving him problems in Spring Training. Stay tuned.

Tyler O’Neill – OF Boston Red Sox (concussion)

It would appear that O’Neill will be ready to be activated tomorrow when he is first eligible to return. This is great news and something that the Red Sox desperately need.

Vaughn Grissom – 2B Boston Red Sox (hamstring)

While Grissom is getting acclimated at second base, he is working his way back from a hamstring injury that has hampered him for quite a while. He only has four hits over 17 at-bats thus far in his rehab, so he will need to pick it up offensively before he returns.

DL Hall – SP Milwaukee Brewers (knee sprain)

Hall has struggled to start the season but this injury seems fluky. The hope is that he can get his body healthy while also clearing his mind in the process. He is a better pitcher than what he’s shown to start the season.

Seiya Suzuki – OF Chicago Cubs (oblique)

Slowly, but surely, Suzuki is making his way back. The introduction of light baseball activity is the first step on that journey, as he is slowly beginning to move. As a reminder, he will be out of action until some point in May, likely in the middle of that month.

Cristian Javier – SP Houston Astros (neck)

Javier was set to start yesterday’s game, but because of his neck spasms, he was pulled. It was later revealed that he would need time on the Injured List to get himself right. He is eligible to return on May 3, though there are no indications that he will.

Framber Valdez – SP Houston Astros (elbow)

Valdez throwing here was the first time he had done so since being injured. There was no word on how his body felt, and we may get that news today. Whether he needs a rehab outing or not, the hope is that the team’s need for arms doesn’t cloud their judgment here.

Jhoan Duran – RP Minnesota Twins (oblique)

Ever since Duran announced that the pain in his side had disappeared, he has been on the fast track back to returning. While anything can still happen, it would appear that he is poised to make his 2024 debut in the near future.

Royce Lewis – 3B Minnesota Twins

The great news here is that Lewis will begin running progressively faster and with more intensity. He was able to hit off of a tee on Saturday and the team is happy with where he’s headed. This doesn’t accelerate his return by any means but accentuates the fact that he’s doing well and on the road to recovery.

Max Kepler – OF Minnesota Twins (knee)

Be prepared.

Merrill Kelly – SP Arizona Diamondbacks (teres major)

Kelly felt soreness in his shoulder and went for an MRI yesterday. It was revealed that he has a teres major ailment. Stay tuned for news on how long Kelly will be out of action, but it seems like a trip to the Injured List is all but set.

Blaze Alexander – SS Arizona Diamondbacks (hamstring)

Consider Alexander day-to-day until we hear more about his availability. Chances are that he misses Monday’s game.

Bryan Woo – SP Seattle Mariners (elbow inflammation)

This was an impressive first rehab start for Woo, who is looking to build off of last season’s mini-breakout. While the velo on his fastball was a tick lower than last year’s average, it’s not overly alarming. He will likely need at least two more outings before a return is considered.

Walker Buehler – SP Los Angeles Dodgers

Buehler will be looking to build on and improve from his last outing where he was all over the place. If he does well enough this time, he may be in line to make his 2024 debut the following week.

Bobby Miller – SP Los Angeles Dodgers (shoulder)

Excellent news here. We shall see how he feels afterward and how quickly he and the team decide to ramp things up a bit.

Anthony Rendon – 3B Los Angeles Angels (hamstring)

Rendon was placed on the Injured List a day after injuring himself. It wouldn’t be a surprising development if he needed more than the ten day minimum before returning.

Jose Siri – OF Tampa Bay Rays (kidney stones)

Here’s hoping that they pass and he can return soon. Consider Siri day-to-day for now.

Frankie Montas – SP Cincinnati Reds (forearm)

Montas was hit by a comebacker yesterday and was replaced after just two outs. He went in for X-rays, but the results came back negative. Right now, he is suffering from bruises and swelling.

Ozzie Albies – 2B Atlanta Braves (toe)

While it would be great to see Albies return this Friday when he’s first eligible, he would have a lot of hurdles to clear in a short amount of time. Chances are that we have to wait at least one more week before he does in fact return. He will likely require a rehab assignment too.

Alex Cobb – SP San Francisco Giants (shoulder inflammation)

Cobb was seemingly so close to returning, and now he will miss an extended amount of time with shoulder inflammation. It’s possible that he tried to do too much too soon, and thus, this irritation popped up.

Max Scherzer – SP Texas Rangers (back)

Scherzer will begin a rehab assignment and is on track to return a lot sooner than first anticipated. His development and recovery process should be studied for future generations to model.

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