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Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Ke’Bryan Hayes, Tim Anderson, Josh Donaldson (2021)

by Lucas Babits-Feinerman | @wsonfirst | Featured Writer
Apr 4, 2021

Josh Donaldson’s injury history suggests that fantasy managers should expect nagging injuries.

We’re in the second week of the season, and injuries are already starting to pile up. Let’s get you filled in on all roster moves from the past week and Opening Day. 

Injured players: Trent Grisham, Elieser Hernandez, Josh DonaldsonAdalberto MondesiTrevor RosenthalKyle LewisSixto SanchezTim AndersonNick AhmedTony GonsolinKe’Bryan HayesDinelson LametAustin Nola.

Potential beneficiaries: Jake CronenworthJurickson ProfarLuis ArraezNicky LopezJake DiekmanTaylor TrammellJake FraleyLeury GarciaGeraldo PerdomoWilmer DifoAdrian MorejonVictor Caratini

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Injury Roundup

Trent Grisham (OF – SD)
I wrote about Grisham (hamstring) in last week’s article. At the time, it looked like he could avoid a stay on the IL, but that changed on Thursday. The Padres expect Grisham to return before the end of April. Jake Cronenworth and Jurickson Profar are seeing regular at-bats, and Ha-Seong Kim is the odd man out. 

Elieser Hernandez (SP – MIA)
Elieser Hernandez (biceps) left Saturday’s start early with biceps inflammation. Fantasy managers will need to wait for his diagnosis before making any roster decisions. A common injury related to inflammation is tendinitis, which would result in a short trip to the IL for rest and recovery.

Josh Donaldson (3B – MIN)
Josh Donaldson (hamstring) injured his hamstring after hitting a double in his first at-bat of the season. He missed time with injury in 2020, 2018, and 2017. Donaldson’s injury history suggests that fantasy managers should expect nagging injuries and trips to the disabled list. He is out indefinitely, and Luis Arraez is playing third and leading off while he’s out. 

Adalberto Mondesi (SS – KC)
Adalberto Mondesi (oblique) is on the shelf with a right oblique strain. These strains typically heal in a month or so. I’d expect Mondesi back in early May. Nicky Lopez is playing shortstop while Mondesi is out. 

Trevor Rosenthal (RP – OAK)
Trevor Rosenthal (shoulder) missed Spring Training with a groin injury, and then the A’s placed him on the IL to start the season. There is no timetable for his return, but I expect his fatigue is due to a lack of build-up in Spring Training. Jake Diekman will get the first shot at the closer role while Rosenthal is out. 

Kyle Lewis (OF – SEA)
Kyle Lewis (knee) hurt himself, crashing into the wall during Spring Training. He has a deep bone bruise and should be back shortly after he’s eligible in the second week of April. Taylor Trammell starts in Center Field while Lewis is out, and Jake Fraley is playing Left Field. 

Sixto Sanchez (SP – MIA)
Sixto Sanchez (shoulder) is out with inflammation in his throwing shoulder. He missed the beginning of Spring Training with COVID-19, and then the Marlins assigned him to Triple-A before the injury. Pundits expect Sanchez to be on an innings limit this season, so missing some time while he builds up arm strength isn’t the worst thing for Fantasy Managers. 

Tim Anderson (SS – CHW)
Tim Anderson (hamstring) left Sunday’s game early with a tight injury. He’s day-to-day, but if the situation gets worse, Leury Garcia is the back-up. The White Sox also could promote Tim Beckham from Triple-A. 

Nick Ahmed (SS – ARI)
Nick Ahmed (knee) is out indefinitely with knee inflammation. His knee hampered him for most of Spring Training, and he received a platelet-rich plasma injection before Opening Day but ultimately needed to go on the IL. Geraldo Perdomo, a top prospect with no experience above Single-A, has been recalled to take Ahmed’s place. 

Tony Gonsolin (SP – LAD)
Tony Gonsolin (shoulder) is on the IL with shoulder inflammation. He had ceded the fifth spot in the Dodgers rotation to Dustin May and was yet to appear this season. His trip to the IL coincides with the Dodgers needing to bolster their injury-riddled bullpen. 

Ke’Bryan Hayes (3B – PIT)
Bryan Hayes (wrist) is on the IL after hurting his wrist on Saturday. X-rays were negative but showed inflammation, so the Pirates decided to proscribe rest and recovery. Wilmer Difo will fill in while Hayes is out.

Dinelson Lamet (SP – SD)
Dinelson Lamet (elbow) is out indefinitely after pitching well in Spring Training. The injury is related to last year’s season-ending biceps injury. Adrian Morejon is taking Lamet’s spot in the rotation until he returns.

Austin Nola (C – SD)
Austin Nola (finger) is out with a fractured middle finger. The Padres expect him to be back by early May. Victor Caratini is the Padres’ starting catcher while Nola is out.

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