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Fantasy Baseball Injury News: Bryan Woo, TJ Friedl, Justin Verlander (2024)

Fantasy Baseball Injury News: Bryan Woo, TJ Friedl, Justin Verlander (2024)

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Fantasy Baseball Injury News

Pitchers

Bryan Woo will open the season on the injured list due to elbow inflammation. (Source: Ryan Divish on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Woo had been slated to open the season towards the end of the Mariners starting rotation. It isn’t expected to be a long-term concern according to reports. Emerson Hancock is slated to open the season in his absence in the Mariners starting rotation.


Paul Sewald dealing with oblique strain

Mon, Mar 25th 7:47pm EDT
By Ari Koslow

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo says Paul Sewald has a grade 2 left oblique strain and will miss some time. (Source: Theo Mackie on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lovullo added that Sewald is expected to miss weeks, not days. He’ll likely open the season on the injured list as a result. Kevin Ginkel could open up the season as the Diamondbacks closer in his absence.


Justin Verlander is scheduled to throw two innings of live batting practice on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park. (Source: Matt Kawahara on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Astros manager Joe Espada added that if all goes well, Verlander could be ready to start a rehab assignment. Barring any setbacks, the veteran shouldn’t miss too much time early in the season.


Cubs manager Craig Counsell said Jameson Taillon is scheduled to throw one inning of live batting practice on Monday. (Source: Maddie Lee on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Counsell added that Taillon will throw live BP again on Friday. He’ll pitch in a minor league game next if that goes well.


Wade Miley is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Wednesday. (Source: Curt Hogg on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Miley is expected to have the opportunity for three up-downs on Wednesday, equivalent to three innings. He could be ready to make his season debut by the end of April.


Blue Jays manager John Schneider said, “It’s reasonable to say” that Erik Swanson will start the season on the injured list. (Source: Shi Davidi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The same goes for Jordan Romano. They are both playing catch on Monday and looking to throw a bullpen session next week. Yimi Garcia could open the season as the Blue Jays closer if both Romano and Swanson are placed on the injured list.


Blue Jays manager John Schneider said, “It’s reasonable to say” that Jordan Romano will open the season on the injured list. (Source: Shi Davidi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The same goes for Erik Swanson. They are both playing catch on Monday and looking to throw a bullpen session next week. If both Romano and Swanson are placed on the injured list, Yimi Garcia could open the season as the Blue Jays’ closer.


Gregory Santos is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Thursday. (Source: Ryan Divish on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If the MRI is clean, Santos is expected to resume his throwing program. At that point, he could make his debut in the bullpen for the Mariners early in the season.


Erick Fedde suffered a right quad contusion in Sunday’s game against the Rockies. (Source: Scott Merkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fedde was hit on his calf by a line drive. He is expected to be good to go for his first start of the season next Sunday.


Hitters

Reds manager David Bell told reporters the timeline for TJ Friedl is expected to be six-to-eight weeks. (Source: Charlie Goldsmith on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bell added it may be closer to six weeks. “Quicker than we thought,” Bell said. Friedl is able to move the wrist around a bit now. He’ll target a return at some point in May.


Randal Grichuk will open the season on the injured list. (Source: Theo Mackie om Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Grichuk has been unable to fully recover from an ankle injury this offseason. Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Grichuk Grichuk would be ready to DH but that “just having a DH and not giving somebody a chance to play on the other side of the ball would not be fair to him or the team.”


Garrett Mitchell will start the season on the injured list. (Source: Curt Hogg on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mitchell has a fracture in his left hand. It remains unclear who will replace him in the outfield as of now.


Dylan Carlson left Monday’s game early due to an injury. (Source: Derrick Goold on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Carlson collided with Jordan Walker in the outfield and reportedly landed hard on the warning track before leaving the game. The Cardinals should provide a further update on his status at some point soon.


Cardinals manager Oli Marmol said Lars Nootbaar took soft-toss swings on Sunday and Monday without ill effects from the rib fractures on his left side. (Source: John Denton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Nootbaar is still slated to open the season on the injured list. It doesn’t appear like he will miss too much time.


Max Stassi (hip) placed on IL
Mon, Mar 25th 3:46pm EDT
By Ari Koslow

The White Sox placed Max Stassi on the 10-day injured list. (Source: Vinnie Duber on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Stassi is dealing with an inflamed hip. He was traded twice this offseason and was looking to compete for the starting catcher role with the White Sox this season. Chicago called up Korey Lee as the corresponding move. He will likely split the time behind the plate with Martin Maldonado to open the season.


Bryan Reynolds has been sidelined the past three days due to minor mid-back discomfort, but he is expected to be good to go for Opening Day. (Source: Jason Mackey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Pirates are seemingly being cautious with Reynolds. He is expected to play on Thursday when the Pirates open the season in Miami.


Blue Jays manager John Schneider said that Joey Votto could return to baseball activities in a few days. (Source: Keegan Matheson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Votto has been sidelined since suffering a foot injury in his Spring Training debut with Toronto. He’ll miss the start of the season, but it doesn’t appear to be a long-term concern.


Yankees GM Brian Cashman said DJ LeMahieu will open the season on the injured list. (Source: Bryan Hoch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: LeMahieu was considered a long shot to be ready for the start of the season. He hasn’t been able to progress as quickly as the Yankees had hoped from a bone bruise in his right foot. It shouldn’t be a long stint for LeMahieu on the IL.


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