Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Max Scherzer, Mike Trout, Eddie Rosario
The All-Star break is over, and it’s time to get back into a full week of baseball action. With most of MLB only playing three games last week, there are not many new injuries to discuss, but there is still plenty of injury news to send your way.
Max Scherzer (SP – WSH) was placed on the 10-day injured list this weekend, retroactive to July 10 with a mid-back sprain. Even though Scherzer hasn’t made a start since July 6, MLB rules only allow teams to backdate up to three days. The ace had expressed confidence that he would be able to make his next start Tuesday, but now he’s not eligible to return until Saturday. Scherzer has been dealing with the injury since July 1, and an MRI came back clean, so there is optimism that this is a short-term injury.
Mike Trout (OF – LAA) left Sunday’s game with tightness in his right calf. He is currently listed as day-to-day and, although the injury is not considered serious, he will get an MRI on Monday for precautionary reasons.
Eddie Rosario (OF – MIN) is making his way back from a sprained ankle and was hopeful that he would be ready to be activated after the All-Star break. While held out of action over the weekend, he ran at full speed. It appears he could return early this week for the Twins.
Here are a few more injuries to track this week.
Dylan Bundy (SP – BAL)
After allowing seven runs in one inning against the Rays, Bundy went on the 10-day injured list Saturday with knee tendinitis. He is expected to only miss one start.
Yadier Molina (C – STL)
Molina hit the 10-day injured list July 11, retroactive to July 8, with a right thumb tendon strain. Cardinals manager Mike Schildt expects the veteran catcher to return within the next three weeks.
Adam Wainwright (SP – STL)
Scratched from Friday’s start with back spasms, Wainwright returned to the rotation Sunday to toss seven shutout innings against the Diamondbacks. He appears to be fine going forward.
Scooter Gennett (2B – CIN)
A groin injury that sidelined him until late June kept him out of the lineup before the All-Star break. He was a late scratch from Friday’s lineup due to an illness, but the second baseman returned Sunday to go 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.
Evan Longoria (3B – SF)
Longoria left Sunday’s game with a bout of plantar fasciitis and will undergo an MRI on Monday. He had turned around a sluggish start with six home runs over the last two weeks.
Ken Giles (RP – TOR)
Giles is dealing with nerve inflammation after a bad massage, leading Daniel Hudson to pick up a save for Toronto on Saturday. The Blue Jays will probably be particularly cautious with their closer, who is a popular trade candidate.
Chris Taylor (2B/SS/OF – LAD)
Taylor got hit by a pitch in the 11th inning of Sunday night’s victory over the Red Sox. While X-rays came back negative, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Taylor still feels pain in his wrist. He’s currently day-to-day as of Monday morning.
Updating Previous Injuries
Hunter Pence (OF – TEX): Groin
Placed on the 10-day injured list June 17 with a groin strain, Pence experienced a setback in early July and had to pull out of the All-Star Game. He is rehabbing and is expected to return sometime this week.
Danny Salazar (SP – CLE): Shoulder
Salazar has yet to make his 2019 debut after having shoulder surgery in July 2018. Sent on a rehab assignment last week, he may be able to return to the Indians before the end of July.
David Peralta (OF – ARI): Shoulder
Peralta went on the 10-day injured list July 5 with AC joint inflammation in his right shoulder. He has been increasing his baseball activities and may return (or begin a rehab assignment) at some point this week.
Cole Hamels (SP – CHC): Oblique
On the IL since June 29 with an oblique strain, Hamels threw on flat ground Friday but does not have a set return date.
Kevin Gausman (SP – ATL): Foot
Gausman has been on the 10-day injured list since June 11 with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. He made a Double-A rehab start Thursday and could return to the Braves before the end of the month.
Ender Inciarte (OF – ATL): Back
Out since May 15 with a lumbar strain, Inciarte began a Triple-A rehab assignment Thursday and could return to the Braves by the end of July. However, he probably does not have a starting job waiting for him.
Carlos Correa (SS – HOU): Rib
On the shelf since May 29 with a fractured rib, Correa is expected to start a rehab assignment Monday. Barring any setbacks, we might see him with the Astros by the end of July.
Brad Peacock (SP/RP – HOU): Shoulder
Sidelined list since June 28 with discomfort in his shoulder, Peacock went on a Double-A rehab assignment July 10. Initially scheduled to return to Houston’s rotation Monday, he suffered a setback Friday when feeling soreness in his pitching shoulder. He’ll visit team doctors to reveal its severity.