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Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Jacob deGrom, Mike Trout, Shane Bieber (2021)

by Lucas Babits-Feinerman | @wsonfirst | Featured Writer
Aug 23, 2021
Shane Bieber

It’s week 20 of the fantasy season, and I decided to change the format slightly. This week is more of a quick-hitter player update, but instead of covering all the new injuries, I’ve covered all the injuries, new and old. I went through my most competitive deepest league (a dynasty) and did a write-up for every rostered and hurt player, so if any of my league mates see this, you’re welcome.

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Arizona Diamondbacks

Merrill Kelly (SP – ARI) – COVID-19. Eligible to return August 23rd. Tested positive for COVID-19. Needs to clear health and safety protocol.

Luke Weaver (SP – ARI) – Shoulder. On a rehab assignment in Triple-A Reno. Weaver could return this week.

Atlanta Braves

Tucker Davidson (SP – ATL) – Forearm. On the 60-day IL, eligible to return September fifth. No return timeline.

Ronald Acuna Jr. (OF – ATL) – Knee. Out for the season with a torn ACL.

Ian Anderson (SP – ATL) – Shoulder. I will make one more rehab start at Triple-A Gwinett before rejoining the rotation. Anderson Could be back this weekend.

Eddie Rosario (OF – ATL) – Abdomen. Disappointing season on the Indians; now on, the Braves started rehab last week. Return is imminent. 

Marcell Ozuna (OF – ATL) – Fingers. Not coming back this season because of a Domestic Violence arrest in May.

Mike Soroka (SP – ATL) – Achilles. Out for the year.

Chicago Cubs

Wilson Contreras (C – CHC) – Knee. Eligible August 22nd. Contreras is playing catch and doing agility drills. Could come back as a DH this weekend against the White Sox.

Adbert Alzolay (SP – CHC) – Hamstring. Could return this week has been throwing bullpens the next step is live batting practice.

Chicago White Sox

Tim Anderson (SS – CHW) – Legs. Day-to-day with leg soreness. He expects to play Monday. 

Carlos Rodon (SP – CHW) – Shoulder. Expects to start Thursday.

Yasmani Grandal (C – CHW) – Knee. Doing rehab in Triple-A Charlotte. Grandal will be back Friday at the earliest. He went 9-for-20 in Double-A and Triple-A on his rehab assignment.

Cincinnati Reds

Jesse Winker (OF – CIN) – 10-day IL. Intercostal strain. Recurring injury. MRI was clean, hasn’t resumed baseball activities.

Tejay Antone (RP – CIN) Expected to return Tuesday. 1.87 ERA and 0.86 WHIP before getting injured. It looks like Michael Givens is the closer, and Antone will be the relief ace.

Cleveland Indians

Aaron Civale (SP – CLE) – Finger. Doing rehab in Double-A Akron. Civale will need at least one or two more starts and could return in September.

Shane Bieber (SP – CLE) – Shoulder. Bieber has been playing catch and throwing bullpen sessions. He could return in September at some point but needs to make rehab starts first. 

Colorado Rockies

Raimel Tapia (OF – COL) – Toe. Eligible to return August 18th. Playing catch and lifting weights but not running or hitting. He won’t be activated right away but could be back before the end of the month. 

Detroit Tigers

Spencer Turnbull (SP – DET) – Elbow. Out for the season with Tommy John surgery.

Akil Baddoo (OF – DET) – Concussion. Expected to be activated on Tuesday.

Matt Boyd – (SP – DET) Triceps. On rehab in Triple-A Toledo. He will make his third and final rehab start on Tuesday and could return this weekend.

Eric Haase (C – DET) – Abdomen. Expect to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday.

Houston Astros

Kyle Tucker (OF – HOU) – COVID-19. He needs to pass health and safety protocols before being activated but expects to return this midweek.

Alex Bregman (3B – HOU) – Quadriceps. Bregman will do at least one more rehab game before he returns. I could be back this week.

Jose Urquidy (SP – HOU) – Shoulder. Eligible to return September third. Urquidy will make a rehab start at Triple-A Sugar Land on Tuesday. 

Kansas City Royals

Adalberto Mondesi (SS – KC) – Oblique. Had a setback related to scar tissue in his oblique, and his rehab shut down. He can bat right-handed and field and throw but cannot hit lefty. Mondesi will begin a rehab assignment on Thursday at Triple-A Omaha. 

Los Angeles Angels

Mike Trout (OF – LAA) – Calf. Trout isn’t running but has resumed on-field workouts. Eligible for return September 1st. He expects to be back at some point this season.

Anthony Rendon (3B – LAA) – Hamstring. Out for the season. Rendon just had hip surgery.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Julio Urias (SP – LAD) – Calf. Urias might return on Tuesday to San Diego.

Mookie Betts (OF – LAD) – Hip. Betts could be activated on Thursday if he doesn’t have any setbacks in rehab.

Clayton Kershaw (SP – LAD) – Forearm. Not eligible until September fifth. He was playing catch at 120-feet. Progressing toward return but still have a long ways to go. 

Danny Duffy (SP – LAD) – Forearm. 60-day IL. Eligible September 15th. Still not throwing.

Tony Gonsolin (SP – LAD) – Shoulder. Is throwing fastball-only bullpen sessions. He needs to progress to a rehab assignment before he’s activated.

Dustin May (SP – LAD) – Elbow. Out for the season. He is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Miami Marlins

Joe Panik (3B – MIA) – COVID-19. Panik is in the IL for an undisclosed illness. He will be eligible to return once he passes health and safety protocols.

Trevor Rogers (SP – MIA) – is on the restricted list. Rogers has been out for two weeks dealing with an unknown family issue. He might need a rehab start before he is activated. No timetable for return.

Pablo Lopez (SP – MIA) – Shoulder. In rehab at Triple-A Jacksonville. Lopez will need two or three rehab starts before he is activated. 

Milwaukee Brewers

Freddy Peralta (SP – MIL) – Shoulder. Peralta played catch on Sunday. Eligible to return on August 29th. He does not expect to miss much more than the minimum. 

Minnesota Twins

Michael Pineda (SP – MIN) – Oblique. Left his start on Friday and went on the IL. Eligible to return on August 24th. No timetable.

Kenta Maeda – (SP – MIN) Forearm. Left Saturday’s game early with an injury. He is going for testing. Day-to-day injury.

Byron Buxton (OF – MIN) – Hand. On rehab assignment in Triple-A St. Paul. Buxton could be back this week.

Alex Kiriloff (1B/OF – MIN) – Wrist. Out for the season after undergoing wrist surgery in July. 

Randy Dobnak (SP – MIN) – Finger. He was doing rehab in Low-A Fort Myers. Dobnak will need at least two or three starts before he’s activated. 

New York Mets

James McCann (C – NYM) – Back. Eligible to return on August 27th. I tried to play through it but couldn’t. 

Francisco Lindor (SS – NYM) – Oblique. Mets are hopeful he can return Tuesday.

Noah Syndergaard (SP – NYM) – Elbow. He was throwing batting practice against live hitters and expected to start a rehab assignment this week. He could be back sometime in September. Likely as a reliever.

Jacob deGrom (SP – NYM) – Elbow. 60-day IL, Eligible to return September 13th. Shut down for two weeks. Setback. deGrom could not pitch again this season; it depends on if the Mets can stay in the playoff picture. 

New York Yankees

Luis Severino (SP – NYY) – Shoulder/Groin. Setback on August 13th with a shoulder injury, but MRI is clean. Shut down for a week before he can resume his rehab. He could be back in September.

Clint Frazier (OF – NYY) – Eye. Eligible to return September third but recently suffered a setback after beginning a rehab assignment. Timetable unknown.

Corey Kluber (SP – NYY) – Shoulder. Doing rehab in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Could return before the end of the month.

Gleyber Torres (SS – NYY) – Thumb. Doing fieldwork. Could be back this week if he doesn’t have a setback. 

Oakland Athletics

Chris Bassitt (SP – OAK) – Mouth/Jaw. Bassitt expects to need at least six weeks to recover from getting hit in the face with a line drive. Likely, out for the season.

Philadelphia Phillies

Zach Eflin (SP – PHI) – Knee. Starting a rehab assignment at Double-A Redding. Expected back by the beginning of September. 

San Diego Padres

Yu Darvish (SP – SD) – Back. Eligible to return August 24th. He expects to return against the Dodgers this week.

Dinelson Lamet (SP – SD) – Forearm. Lamet had a setback with a hip injury unrelated to the forearm. He was throwing bullpens again. Could be back by the end of the month but will return as a reliever instead of a starter.

Jake Arrieta (SP – SD) – Hamstring. Expected to be out a short time, eligible to return on August 30th.

Chris Paddack (SP – SD) – Oblique. Throwing. Paddack is doing bullpen work. He needs to face live hitters and is out until early September.

Mike Clevinger (SP – SD) – Elbow. Recovering from Tommy John. Playing catch but out for the season.

Seattle Mariners

Diego Castillo (RP – SEA) – Shoulder. Castillo should have a short stay on the IL, dealing with shoulder fatigue. Eligible to come off August 30th.

Rafael Montero (RP – SEA) – Shoulder. Eligible to return but hasn’t done any rehab work. No timetable.

Andres Munoz (RP – SEA) – Elbow. Out for the season. Tommy John surgery. 

Shed Long Jr. (2B – SEA) – Shin. Eligible to return but no timeline.

Kyle Lewis (OF – SEA) – Knee. Eligible to return September third. Taking batting practice but won’t run full speed until he’s 100% and won’t rehab until he runs full speed-no timeline for return.

Justin Dunn (SP – SEA) – Shoulder. Eligible to return September first, on the 60-Day IL. No return timeline. 

Justus Sheffield (SP – SEA) – Forearm. On rehab in Triple-A Tacoma. Sheffield needs at least two more rehab starts. He could be back in September.

St. Louis Cardinals

Dylan Carlson (OF- STL) – Wrist. Hitting in the cage from the left side and playing catch. No return date yet. He may come back and only bats left-handed.

Jordan Hicks (RP – STL) – Elbow. Hicks isn’t doing mound work. He probably won’t make it back this season. 

San Francisco Giants

Anthony DeSclafani (SP – SF) – Ankle. Left Wednesday’s start early with the injury. MRI was clean. Played catch but didn’t do any mound work. He should be back soon unless he has a setback.

Evan Longoria (3B – SF) – COVID-19. Longoria is dealing with vaccine side effects. 

Tampa Bay Rays

J.P. Feyereisen (RP – TB) – Biceps. He is doing a rehab assignment in Triple-A Durham. Feyereisen could return before the end of the month and vulture a couple of saves.

Tyler Glasnow (SP – TB) – Elbow. Out for the season. Glasnow underwent Tommy John Surgery on August fourth.

Nelson Cruz (UTIL – TB) – COVID-19. Unknown if he has COVID-19 or is contract tracing, each has a different timeline. He will be eligible on August 29th if he has COVID-19, and he will be available ASAP if it’s contact tracing.

John Curtiss (RP – TB) – Elbow. Torn UCL, out for the season.

Toronto Blue Jays

Cavan Biggio (3B – TOR) – Back/neck. On rehab assignment in Triple-A. He won’t rejoin the team until he starts hitting in Triple-A.

George Springer (OF – TOR) – Knee. Hurt himself on a defensive play. Eligible to return on August 25th. No timetable.

Ross Stripling (SP – TOR) – Oblique. Eligible to return August 24th. He is shut down for one week. He probably won’t be back before mid-September.

Washington Nationals

Victor Robles (OF – WAS) Illness. Victor Robles is day-to-day with a non-COVID illness.

Joe Ross (SP – WAS) – Elbow. Out for the season with Tommy John surgery.

Stephen Strasburg (SP – WAS) – Neck. Out for the year after undergoing thoracic outlet surgery.

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