Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Jacob deGrom, Starling Marte, Aaron Judge

Apr 21, 2019

Starling Marte landed on the IL after colliding with Pirates teammate Erik Gonzalez.

It’s time for Week 4 of the fantasy baseball season, and the injury report is here to give you all the latest news from all around the league.

Fantasy owners feared the worst when the Mets revealed they were sending Jacob deGrom for an MRI with an elbow issue. After feeling better on Saturday, deGrom actually threw and will be checked out by team doctors Monday. He was still placed on the 10-day injured list, but he could possibly return Friday when first eligible if his tests are clear.

Starling Marte bruised his abdominal wall and right quadriceps when colliding with Erik Gonzalez on Friday. Unfortunately, Gonzalez was not as lucky, as he broke his collarbone and went on the 60-day injured list. The Pirates placed Marte on the 10-day injured list, and he does not have a current timetable to return.

Blake Snell had one of the more unusual injuries of the season, as he dropped a granite pole on his toe while trying to move a stand after exiting the shower in his home. He was placed on the 10-day injured list with a fractured fourth right toe. Snell threw a bullpen session Saturday, and it looks like he might be able to make his next start Wednesday against the Royals.

Already devastated by injuries, the Yankees have now also lost Aaron Judge, who went on the IL after injuring his oblique on a swing Saturday. While there’s no set date for his return at this point, manager Aaron Boone described the strain as “pretty significant.”

Here are more injuries to track this week.

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Nathan Eovaldi (SP – BOS)
After an encouraging start, Eovaldi was placed on the 10-day injured list with a loose body in his right elbow. While the extent of the injury is not known at this point, it is possible that he could have surgery that could keep him on the shelf for about two months.

David Robertson (RP – PHI)
Robertson went on the 10-day injured list on April 15 with elbow soreness. He does not currently have a timetable for his return. The Phillies are one of the most unpredictable sources of saves in the league, but Hector Neris has earned two since Robertson’s injury. Seranthony Dominguez and Pat Neshek could also see opportunities.

Jean Segura (SS – PHI)
A hamstring injury sent Segura on the 10-day injured list on April 20, retroactive to April 17. He could possibly return in April.

Odubel Herrera (OF – PHI)
The Phillies also placed Herrera on the 10-day IL last Thursday with a right hamstring strain. He does have a set date to return.

Scott Kingery (3B/SS – PHI)
The hits kept on coming for Philadelphia when Kingery, who was surging in place of Segura, also landed on the IL on Saturday with a mild hamstring strain.

Tyler Skaggs (SP – LAA)
Skaggs sprained his left ankle and was placed on the 10-day injured list April 15, retroactive to April 13. He has a bullpen session scheduled for this week and could return when first eligible to make Tuesday’s start against the Yankees.

Marco Estrada (SP – OAK)
Estrada hit the 10-day injured list on April 17 with a lumbar strain. He may only have to miss one start.

Arodys Vizcaino (RP – ATL)
Vizcaino had shoulder surgery this week and is expected to miss the rest of the 2019 season. This clears the way for A.J. Minter in the short term for saves, but the Braves could look to add reinforcements through the trade market or by signing free agent Craig Kimbrel.

Freddy Peralta (SP – MIL)
Peralta was placed on the 10-day injured list April 16 with shoulder irritation. He does not currently have a set date to return.

Harrison Bader (OF – STL)
Bader hit the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain on Wednesday, retroactive to April 14. He could return when first eligible.

Matt Shoemaker (SP – TOR)
Shoemaker had to be removed from his last start with what was thought to be a left knee sprain. An MRI instead revealed a torn ACL, so his season is over after posting a 1.57 ERA in five outings. 

Austin Meadows (OF – TB)
Off to a torrid start, Meadows sprained his thumb sliding into third base on Saturday. The Rays placed him on the IL and are hoping he doesn’t miss more than a few weeks.

Updating Previous Injuries

Matt Olson (1B – OAK): Hand
Olson has been on the injured list since March 27 after undergoing hand surgery. He hit off a tee this week and could return sometime in May.

Jon Lester (SP – CHC): Hamstring
Out with hamstring tightness, Lester threw a 45-pitch simulated game on Saturday. He could possibly return this week.

Rich Hill (SP – LAD): Knee
On the injured list since March 28 with an MCL strain, Hill went to a Class-A rehab assignment and is scheduled for another on Monday. He is on track to rejoin the Dodgers rotation this weekend.

Brandon Morrow (RP – CHC): Elbow
The Cubs shut down Morrow, who suffered a setback while rehabbing from elbow surgery. This almost certainly eliminates the possibility of him returning in May.

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