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MLB Injury Report – Shane Bieber needs Tommy John Surgery

Here is the Fantrax MLB Injury Report for Monday, April 8, 2024. In today’s edition, there is news on Shane Bieber’s season-ending surgery, Spencer Strider’s season-pausing concerns, and Trevor Story’s potentially long absence. All that and more in today’s Injury Report from Fantrax.

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MLB Injury Report for Monday, April 8, 2024

Shane Bieber – SP Cleveland Guardians

This announcement came seemingly out of nowhere. Bieber will undergo Tommy John Surgery and miss the rest of this season plus some or all of next season. This came after last season’s forearm soreness, causing him to miss extended time then. He worked in the offseason on increasing his velocity, but it seemingly backfired on him in the end. It’s frustrating on many levels, in that he will finish the season with 20 strikeouts over twelve innings pitched while surrendering no hits. He will also enter free agency as an injured pitcher, likely costing him money in the long run. It’s an unfortunate development for everyone involved.

Spencer Strider – SP Atlanta Braves

This happened because of renewed soreness in Strider’s elbow following a bad outing last week. He will head to Dallas this week for a follow-up to his MRI where the next steps will be determined. There is a legitimate chance that he will undergo Tommy John Surgery again, which would be an absolutely brutal development. While we won’t know more until the elbow gets further evaluated, the outcome has an ominous feeling attached to it. Stay tuned.

Sean Murphy – C Atlanta Braves

Murphy has been out of action since March 30 and has yet to swing a bat. Chances are that he will not be activated when first eligible on Tuesday. Oblique injuries are tricky in that they can sometimes take a while to heal.

Trevor Story – SS Boston Red Sox

Story injured himself while diving for a ball last week. He immediately winced in pain with what turned out to be a dislocated shoulder and has been placed on the Injured List as a result. With the possibility of surgery, there is a world where he doesn’t play again this season. If that is the case, he will have accumulated just 141 games played over three years in Boston. For someone who stayed relatively healthy over six seasons in Colorado, his three years in Boston still don’t add up to one potentially full season.

Luis Robert – OF Chicago White Sox

This would be a devastating development for an already anemic offense. Robert missed 98 days in 2021 with a similar injury, so this is somewhat unsurprising. He has a history of not only suffering multiple injuries but also not healing as quickly as other players. There is a significant chance that he will miss the rest of the first half and that he will return after the All-Star Break.

Sonny Gray – SP St. Louis Cardinals

Be prepared.

CJ Abrams – SS Washington Nationals

Abrams missed two games, but as it says here, he is getting treatment done on his injured left pinky finger. Manager Martinez later said that he fully expects Abrams back in the lineup tomorrow when they’re at San Francisco. Stay tuned, but it doesn’t seem like much of an issue long term.

Willson Contreras – C St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals begin a series with the Phillies next, and it’s looking like he will be rejoining the lineup then.

Justin Verlander – SP Houston Astros

Verlander himself said that he felt a little erratic at times. He quelled any panic in that by acknowledging that more time on the mound could help eliminate it. Further, it was noted that he threw nine changeups in the first three innings of work here. That’s important because he did that only twice in all of his starts last season. Perhaps he’s working on something new or maybe he’s trying to improve it for the season. Either way, it was an interesting tidbit in a disappointing rehab start.

Walker Buehler – SP Los Angeles Dodgers

This start was an improvement over his last outing, as here he didn’t surrender a run. Of note, he averaged 93.8 mph on his fastball and topped it out at 95 mph. There should be word on when his next start will be, but chances are it’s closer to next weekend. There has been some speculation that he could be ready to join the Dodgers after his next rehab outing, which would be sooner than most expected.

Jhoan Duran – RP Minnesota Twins

Some good news here, as Duran seems to be recovering quite well as of late. It’s encouraging that his oblique no longer hurts and that he has been pain-free for a while. He still has a ways to go before he’s able to return, and a rehab assignment seems all but necessary here. That being said, it’s looking like better days ahead for one of the game’s best closers.

J.D. Martinez – UT New York Mets

Now that Martinez is getting himself into game-type situations, he is feeling general body soreness. There should be more updates available in a few days once he begins to ramp things up, as noted above.

Gerrit Cole – SP New York Yankees

Cole will begin what is expected to be a very long process of ramping his body back up to game speed. This would conclude his shutdown period and move him along to the next phase. He is still not expected to return for quite a while.

Geraldo Perdomo – SS Arizona Diamondbacks

Perdomo has been out of action for the better part of a week now and will miss at least the next month. Alexander offers some upside in mixed leagues but is a must-add player in deep and mono-leagues.

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