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MLB Injury Report – No Riley!

Welcome to the Fantrax MLB Report for Monday, May 13, 2024. In today’s edition, Austin Riley feels pain in his side, Jung Hoo Lee has a dislocated shoulder, Mike Trout opted for surgery when he could have waited, and Shohei Ohtani may not be a human. All of that and so much more in today’s Injury Report from Fantrax.

MLB Injury Report for Monday, May 13, 2024.

Mike Trout – OF Los Angeles Angels (knee)

Trout is expected to return at some point this season, but this makes the already cloudy speculation even murkier. As for the injury itself, it sounds like he could have played through it but chose to have it rectified. There’s a legitimate shot that he won’t play again this season, but chances are that he does at some point. Fantasy owners need to be patient, if possible.

Austin Riley – 3B Atlanta Braves (side tightness)

There are two ways to take this information. The first is that it could be seen as encouraging because Riley didn’t think much of it to begin with. The other side is that a simple day off would have fixed the situation, but playing through it aggravated it even more. While we will never know if the second version will ever come true, it’s another example of athletes not informing their team of injury and everyone suffering as a result. We should know more about his situation today based on how he feels and if an MRI is needed. Stay tuned.

Grayson Rodriguez – SP Baltimore Orioles (shoulder)

Thirty pitches thrown is a good solid total, but he has yet to face live hitters. That feat may have to wait until tomorrow, at which time a decision will be made for a rehab assignment. It seems to be too close for comfort for him to be back when he’s first eligible on Wednesday. It’s looking like he won’t be activated when ready.

Evan Carter – OF Texas Rangers (back)

Carter has missed three straight games and has just fifteen at-bats over the last week. He will get some clarity on the situation soon enough. Chances are that if he’s seeing a specialist, he will need some time on the Injured List to heal himself up.

Max Scherzer – SP Texas Rangers (thumb, back)

It turns out that Scherzer’s thumb issue was nerve-related, causing the need for an injection to ease the pain. It has worked and the team has noticed an improvement in his progress and healing already. That said, there are a lot of issues going on with Scherzer, making him a big question mark at this advanced age.

Ha-Seong Kim – 2B/SS San Diego Padres (wrist)

It’s good news that the x-rays returned negative, meaning that there’s a good chance that Kim can avoid a serious injury. That said, the Injured List may not yet be ruled out, all depending on how his wrist recovers. Time will tell, but it’s at least good news for now.

Zack Gelof – 2B Oakland Athletics (oblique)

Gelof played two full games this weekend, all in the field, and could be reinstated at any point, as he was set to be evaluated after every game. Be prepared.

Brandon Lowe – 2B Tampa Bay Rays (oblique)

After an early precautionary exit on Friday, Lowe returned on Sunday and hit a mammoth home run. He will likely need a bit more time before he is back with Tampa Bay, but this is encouraging.

Ryan Pepiot – SP Tampa Bay Rays (leg contusion)

Good news here, as Pepiot has looked confident and healthy while recovering from his bruise. He doesn’t think that he will need a rehab assignment, but with the Rays, one never knows.

J.T. Realmuto – C Philadelphia Phillies (knee)

This was a planned day off for the veteran catcher who will apparently be back soon enough.

Jung Hoo Lee – OF San Francisco Giants (shoulder)

This clarification is an important one. If Lee had suffered a separated shoulder, it would have had to do with ligament damage which could have been disastrous. However, a dislocated shoulder has more to do with bone structure. That being said, the MRI today will reveal the exact nature of the injury and provide some clarity with regard to a timeline for a return.

Byron Buxton – OF Minnesota Twins (knee)

The aforementioned sign was that Buxrton ran the bases this weekend and will do so again before their game on Tuesday. There is a legitimate shot that he will play in that game if he’s able to run those bases in a fully healthy manner.

Kenta Maeda – SP Detroit Tigers (illness)

Maeda has not looked right all season, so one has to wonder if a rehab assignment will also give him some confidence back as well.

Shohei Ohtani – UT Los Angeles Dodgers (back)

The team is apparently expecting him back in the lineup early this week and it would appear that he was ready to pinch-hit yesterday if needed. While one has to wonder if he is in fact human, the hope is that he is not rushed back into playing.

Kris Bryant – 1B Colorado Rockies (back), Nolan Jones – OF Colorado Rockies (back)

Great news for the Rockies, as both players will begin rehab assignments this week. The hope is to have them back in the lineup before the beginning of June.

Jasson Dominguez – OF New York Yankees (elbow)

Dominguez has been healing at a tremendously fast rate, and his rehab will start this week. Even when he is cleared to return, there is no guarantee that he will play in New York. That said, the first opportunity that presents itself will be his for the taking.

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