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Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Corbin Burnes, Luis Robert, Jazz Chisholm (2021)

by Lucas Babits-Feinerman | @wsonfirst | Featured Writer
May 3, 2021

Fantasy managers were thrilled to have George Springer return to their lineups for the first time this season. Mike Trout returned from injury, and Lance Lynn got a win in his first start from the IL. Adalberto Mondesi, Luke Voit, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Max Fried, Elieser Hernandez, and others inch closer to their returns. But it wasn’t all good news.

Injured Players: Kole Calhoun, Travis d’Arnaud, Luis Robert, Edwin Diaz, Dustin May, Jazz Chisholm, Corbin Burnes, Jesus Luzardo, Mike Yastrzemski, Marco Gonzales, Alejandro Kirk, Wilson Contreras, Trevor Story, J.D. Davis, Marcus Stroman.

Potential Beneficiaries: Josh Rojas, William Contreras, Jeff Mathis, Leury Garcia, Tony Wolters, Alan Trejo, Isan Diaz, Alec Bettinger, Mike Fiers, Trevor May, Jeurys Familia, Jonathan Villar, Mike Tauchman, Danny Jansen.

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Injury Roundup

Kole Calhoun (OF – ARI)
Kole Calhoun (hamstring) left Tuesday’s game early with a hamstring injury. The 33-year-old later had an MRI that revealed significant damage. He had surgery on Friday and expects to be out six to eight weeks. Josh Rojas will replace him in Right Field.

Travis d’Arnaud (C – ATL)
Travis d’Arnaud (thumb) went on the 60-day IL on Sunday. d’Arnaud left Saturday’s game early after hurting himself on a tag play. He has a torn thumb ligament and needs surgery. The Braves called up William Contreras to replace d’Arnaud at catcher. Jeff Mathis is also available as a catcher for the Braves.

Luis Robert (OF – CHW)
Luis Robert (hip) left Sunday’s game early with a hip injury. Robert was diagnosed with a hip flexor strain after the game, and Tony La Russa said that Robert would go on the IL. Leury Garcia took over in Center Field after Robert left the game.

Wilson Contreras (C – CHC)
Wilson Contreras (thigh) left Friday’s game early and didn’t return to the lineup over the weekend. Rumor has it that Contreras is fine, but the Cubs are acting cautiously by keeping him off the field. Look for him to get back into the lineup early in the week. Tony Wolters is playing catcher in Contreras’ absence.

Trevor Story (SS – COL)
Trevor Story (finger) left Sunday’s game early after being hit on the hand by a pitch. Story’s X-rays came back negative. He’s considered day-to-day and should be back in the Rockies lineup by the end of the week. Alan Trejo shifted to shortstop to replace Story.

Dustin May (SP – LAD)
Dustin May (arm) left Saturday’s start with an arm injury. The Dodgers haven’t been forthcoming about the damage, but it sounds like a lengthy injury. May said he felt a “shooting sensation” in his arm before leaving the game and will receive an MRI on Monday. The Dodgers placed May on the IL on Sunday. Stay tuned for further updates.

Jazz Chisholm (2B – MIA)
Jazz Chisholm (hamstring) left Tuesday’s game early with a hamstring injury. He got hurt while stealing second base. After the game, he was diagnosed with a strained hamstring and later went on the IL. Hamstring injuries take, on average, four weeks to return from, which places Chisholm’s return date around the end of May. Isan Diaz will play second base in Jazz’s absence.

Corbin Burnes (SP – MIL)
Corbin Burnes (unknown) landed on the IL on Thursday with an unspecified injury. An undisclosed, non-playing injury, such as this one, is likely to be COVID-19 related. Fantasy managers need to follow this story as it develops. Alec Bettinger is starting in Burnes’ place while he’s injured.

Jesus Luzardo (SP – OAK)
Jesus Luzardo (hand) fractured his hand before Saturday’s game. He still made a start and pitched poorly before getting pulled after three innings. After the game, the A’s announced the injury, stating that it happened when Luzardo punched a table playing video games. He went on the IL on Sunday, and Mike Fiers replaced him in the rotation. Luzardo will be out indefinitely while his hand heals.

Edwin Diaz (RP – NYM)
Edwin Diaz (back) left Sunday’s game early, after allowing three runs in less than an inning. Diaz is considered day-to-day, but that could change quickly because the injury is fresh. Trevor May has been the Mets’ most reliable reliever and is a good handcuff for Diaz owners. Jeurys Familia is also in the picture for saves but lacks the command to be a reliable closing option.

Marcus Stroman (SP – NYM)
Marcus Stroman (hamstring) left Friday’s start early because of a leg injury. Stroman was having his best start of the year before the injury, with eight strikeouts in five innings. He is reportedly feeling better and is questionable to make his start on Wednesday against the Cardinals. Recently, we’ve seen a trend with pitchers who have suffered minor injuries and “should make their next start” actually miss their next start out of an abundance of caution. Fantasy managers should have a backup plan in case Stroman can’t pitch on Wednesday.

J.D. Davis (3B – NYM)
J.D. Davis (hand) left Saturday’s game early and was out of the lineup on Sunday. The extent of the injury is unknown. Davis will have further testing done on Monday, and hopefully, a clear picture will emerge as to the specifics and scope of the damage. Jonathan Villar will play at third base in Davis’s absence.

Mike Yastrzemski (OF – SF)
Mike Yastrzemski (oblique) went to the IL on Wednesday with a strained oblique. Oblique injuries take anywhere from four weeks to three months to heal. Mike Tauchman is playing right field while Yaz is injured.

Marco Gonzales (SP – SEA)
Marco Gonzales (forearm) hurt his forearm in his start on Tuesday. He managed to complete the outing and recorded a quality start, but he landed on the IL on Thursday. He expects to miss a couple of weeks, at least. The Mariners have been using a six-man rotation, so they may switch to five-man until Gonzales returns.

Alejandro Kirk (C – TOR)
Alejandro Kirk (hip) left early on Saturday and went to the IL on Sunday. The severity of his injury and, therefore, a timetable for return remain unknown. Danny Jansen will get regular at-bats with Kirk out.

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