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MLB Injury Report – Royce Lewis to the IL and Josh Jung on Hold

Welcome to the Fantrax MLB Injury Report for Thursday, July 4, 2024. In today’s edition, Royce Lewis will miss extended time (again) this season, Jordan Romano might be done for the season, and there are plenty of Dodgers updates here on Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Walker Buehler, and Clayton Kershaw. All of that and so much more in today’s Injury Report from Fantrax.

MLB Injury Report for Thursday, July 4, 2024.

Jordan Romano – RP Toronto Blue Jays (elbow)

The unfortunate news here was somewhat expected. Romano will miss at least the next six weeks of action after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow. The procedure was done in an effort to help heal an area that has required two injections thus far this season. While the timeline does leave a window open for a return before the end of the season, a lot has to go right for that to happen. He will attempt to return sometime before August, but all signs point to the distinct possibility of this being season-ending.

Yimi Garcia – RP Toronto Blue Jays (elbow)

There has been no indication as to whether more than one rehab appearance would be needed, but relievers often need fewer opportunities than starters. That being said, the expectation is for Garcia to take over the closer’s role for the injured Romano once he returns from injury.

Michael Harris – OF Atlanta Braves (hamstring)

This was seen as a big hurdle that Harris needed to clear which could accelerate his return back to the Braves. It remains to be seen how he feels after having run like this, but it’s a good sign nonetheless. Once he gets cleared to do it again, we should see him transition into a rehab assignment soon enough.

Josh Jung – 3B Texas Rangers (wrist)

This shutdown makes sense given the fact that Jung was unable to even swing a bat days ago. He was set to undergo an examination by team officials to see where he was at, but due to constant inflammation, that plan went to the wayside. Instead, he will receive two weeks of rest in an effort to get him to the point where they can make a safe and accurate recommendation.

Royce Lewis – 3B Minnesota Twins (abductor strain)

Terrible news for a player who doesn’t need some. Lewis will miss some time here with a Grade 2 abductor strain that will sideline him through the All-STar Break. While an official timeline hasn’t been announced, at least one month seems to be a safe estimation. In his absence, prospect Brooks Lee was called up and will play some third base.

Yoshinobu Yamamoto – SP Los Angeles Dodgers (shoulder)

This is great news for a Dodgers team that could use some reinforcements within the rotation. While it’s unclear as to when he will return, fantasy owners should be happy knowing that it could be sooner rather than later, though a rehab assignment is likely in the cards too.

Walker Buehler – SP Los Angeles Dodgers (hip)

It’s good to see that Buehler’s hip isn’t giving him the problems that it once was. That said, there was always some belief that this trip to the Injured List was just as much about mechanics as well in an effort to get his fastball working better. Chances are that once that is accomplished, he will return.

Clayton Kershaw – SP Los Angeles Dodgers (shoulder)

It seems that Kershaw is back on track here after a mini hiccup earlier this week. While the team refuses to call it a setback, it is what it is and shouldn’t be downplayed. That said, perhaps some soreness is to be expected after doing something with a surgically repaired body part for the first time. Here’s hoping it’s onward and upward from here on out.

Xander Bogaerts – 2B San Diego Padres (shoulder)

Bogaerts will begin a rehab assignment today, which is somewhat surprising given how quickly he’s been moving through the recovery process. The belief is that it will be a lengthy one to ensure that all is right with him. Either way, this is a very good sign and something that can be embraced.

Jared Jones – SP Pittsburgh Pirates (lat)

Jones said in a post-game interview that he was not worried about this injury at all. Whether or not there is any reason to believe that remains to be seen. He had his last start skipped and now he’s injured. Whether or not these things re related is unknown, but it’s an unfortunate coincidence. Stay tuned as there will almost definitely be updates later today and tomorrow.

Joey Ortiz – 3B Milwaukee Brewers (neck)

It remains to be seen if this will be a long-standing issue or something that requires more time.

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