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MLB Injury Report – Seiya It Ain’t So!

Here is the Fantrax MLB Injury Report for Tuesday, April 16, 2024. Here, you’ll read about the latest on Christian Yelich, Seiya Suzuki, and Max Scherzer. Plus, there’s news on a slew of relievers who are on their way back to being healthy. All that and more in today’s Injury Report from Fantrax.

MLB Injury Report for Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Tyler O’Neill – OF Boston Red Sox

O’Neill and Devers collided in the most brutal of ways, which looked incredibly scary. While Devers seemed okay afterward, it was O’Neill who took the brunt of the hit, needing stitches. While it’s not initially believed that he will miss much time, it’s still a rather serious situation that can hopefully be resolved with a day or two off.

Jake Burger – 3B Miami Marlins

The Marlins made news for many reasons on Monday, and Burger’s designation to the Injured List was one of them. What was originally diagnosed as an oblique strain is now classified as a left intercostal muscle strain. There’s no indication just yet how much longer than the 10 days he will need.

Salvador Perez – C Kansas City Royals

A day after the home plate collision, Perez said that he was not in pain anymore. While it’s encouraging to note that he likely won’t require a trip to the Injured List, the team would be wise to play things safely and give him at least a day to rest and heal. He did not play in Monday’s game and it remains to be seen if he will return on Tuesday.

Michael Massey – 2B Kansas City Royals

Massey has been a part of a rehab assignment for the better part of a week. The team wants to give him some more time to refine his approach at the plate and ensure 100% health. The team worked with him this offseason to maximize his plate appearances by utilizing the strike zone and being more patient.

Max Kepler – OF Minnesota Twins, Jhoan Duran – RP Minnesota Twins

Kepler has been out of action for about a week with a knee contusion but appears close to a return to action. Meanwhile, Duran looks ready to throw to live batters soon, which could signify a step toward a rehab outing right after.

Christian Yelich – OF Milwaukee Brewers

Today might be the day when we discover that Yelich is either bound for the Injured List or returning to the lineup. As someone who has been plagued with back injuries throughout his career, the team would be wise to place him on the Injured List, just to be safe.

John Means – SP Baltimore Orioles

Means is getting closer to making his debut with the Orioles. There has been no indication as to whether or not his next rehab game will be his last. Over his last six innings of work, he has struck out seven batters and surrendered only three runs. It would appear he would need at least two more appearances.

Kyle Bradish – SP Baltimore Orioles

Start spreading the news. Bradish will make his rehab debut and is slated to throw 40-50 pitches over two or three innings of work.

Jake Cronenworth – 1B San Diego Padres

We should know more about his status later today. The hope is that it’s nothing serious after having made some nice gains to begin the season.

Framber Valdez – SP Houston Astros

Valdez played light catch yesterday, a day earlier than was planned. While this is encouraging news, it’s important to remember that light catch is not the same as catch. Furthermore, while both he and the team are anticipating a return when he’s first eligible on April 23, he will have to accelerate the progress that he makes until that point to be a candidate to return. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done.

Seiya Suzuki – OF Chicago Cubs

Suzuki will miss some time with an oblique strain. As a reminder, he missed six weeks because of this injury in 2023. It’s unfortunate because he has been one of the team’s best players to start the season, and will now be sidelined for the time being.

Erik Swanson – RP Toronto Blue Jays, Jordan Romano – RP Toronto Blue Jays

Be prepared.

Tommy Edman – 2B/SS/OF St. Louis Cardinals, Dylan Carlson – OF St. Louis Cardinals

Edman seems to be one step behind Carlson, in terms of where they are in their recovery process. Edman will take dry swings today and then hit off a tee, while Carlson will begin with the tee hitting. There is no real ETA for either of them, as that will depend on how their bodies respond to the rigors of playing baseball.

Max Scherzer – SP Texas Rangers

Scherzer has been healing at a much faster rate than what was expected. He has said all along that he can only do what his body allows him to do, and apparently, it’s telling him to push it forward. What was originally slated as a summer return, we could see him return months before in what would be an incredible comeback story. Stay tuned.

Paul Sewald – RP Arizona Diamondbacks

Sewald threw eighteen pitches in his last bullpen, and figures to do at least that in this one. We should know about their plan for him afterward.

Keibert Ruiz – C Washington Nationals

The Nationals made a ton of moves yesterday, one of which was the designation of Ruiz to the Injured List due to influenza. The good news is that it is retroactive to April 8, meaning he could likely return later this week.

Walker Buehler – SP Los Angeles Dodgers

That’s fantastic news. All eyes will be on Buehler with his next rehab start to see that he gets to his pitch range without any setbacks.

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