Razzle Dazzlers, welcome once again to your weekly fantasy baseball injury report.
The “Ambulance Chasers” article series mostly focuses on matters of the living. It is not called “Hearse Chasers” after all (but that could be an interesting spin-off). However, give me a minute to opine about the Harry Caray hologram at the MLB Field of Dreams game.
If you did miss the 2022 Field of Dreams game, the Cincinnati Reds lost to the Chicago Cubs. However, the star of the show was a Harry Caray hologram that sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” to mixed reviews.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 12, 2022
As a society, we decided that Tupac would be our Hologram Guy. We should let Harry Caray remain in his eternal slumber instead of in a nightmarish hologram. After all, Will Ferrell does a way better job than a hologram ever could.
In the realm of the living, there were a few big name injury confirmations and updates in the last week including Tim Anderson, Clayton Kershaw, Michael Brantley, and Max Fried. The real gem of this week’s injury report is Chris Sale, who fell off a bike and fractured his wrist, ending his injury-riddled season. This article and song are dedicated to you, Chris Sale.
American League Injuries
Chicago White Sox
Tim Anderson (SS): Anderson had hand surgery (torn ligament) and is expected to miss at least 6 weeks. Leury Garcia and rookie Lenyn Sosa will likely see the shortstop position in Anderson’s absence. José Iglesias and Isiah Kiner-Falefa are two potentially unrostered replacements for Anderson in your league.
Tim Anderson underwent successful surgery this morning in Chicago to repair a sagittal band tear on the middle finger of his left hand. His expected return to the active roster remains approximately six weeks.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 11, 2022
Luis Robert (OF): Robert was injured on Friday. X-rays did not show broken bones. Robert has a sprained left wrist and is considered day-to-day for now. Jurickson Profar and Andrew McCutchen might be available to pick up in your league if you need a replacement for Robert.
Kansas City Royals
Taylor Clarke (RP): Clarke is out with a strained oblique and will likely be out for a few weeks. He is eligible to return on August 23. RHPs Jonathan Heasley and Jose Cuas were added to the roster to replace Clarke.
The Royals have added RHP Jonathan Heasley as the 27th man of today’s doubleheader, and also recalled RHP Jose Cuas from Triple-A Omaha.
RHP Taylor Clarke has been placed on the 15-Day IL (retroactive to 08/08) w/ left oblique strain.
— Inside the Royals (@InsideRoyals) August 9, 2022
Alex Kirilloff (OF/INF): In another tough loss for the Twins, Kirilloff is out for the 2022 season to receive forearm surgery. Kirilloff has had recurring wrist issues since he was injured in May 2021. Jake Cave was selected to replace Kirilloff.
— Mr Matthew CFB (@MrMatthewCFB) August 5, 2022
Boston Red Sox
Chris Sale (SP): Today, we say “Goodbye” to Chris Sale. He broke some ribs. He broke a room. Finally, he broke his wrist falling off a bike. Sale will be out for the season after requiring wrist surgery.
Chris Sale’s season in three acts pic.twitter.com/PbuEWqunay
— Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) August 9, 2022
New York Yankees
Matt Carpenter (INF/OF): Carpenter is out with a fractured foot. He is eligible to return on August 19, but there is no timetable for his return given. Carpenter told reporters he believed he would play again this season.
Toronto Blue Jays
Tim Mayza (RP): Mayza experienced a shoulder dislocation in his non-throwing arm after Nick Gordon slid into Mayza’s outstretched arm. Mayza is eligible to return on August 22. In the interim, Yusei Kikuchi and Ross Stripling (when he returns from the IL) could replace Mayza.
George Springer (OF): Springer is out with elbow inflammation. He is eligible to return on August 15. Springer’s recovery is on track according to team reports. Jackie Bradley Jr. is filling in for Springer.
Michael Brantley (OF): Brantley will be out for the season after receiving arthroscopic shoulder surgery. Brantley has been out since June, but the news comes at a critical time in the season. The Astros could platoon Aledmys Diaz, Chas McCormick, Yordan Alvarez, and perhaps Trey Mancini in the outfield.
Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley underwent an arthroscopic labral repair on his right shoulder, General Manager James Click announced today. As a result of the surgery, Brantley will miss the rest of the season. pic.twitter.com/zrOyceu9TD
— Houston Astros (@astros) August 12, 2022
Los Angeles Angels
Mickey Moniak (OF): Moniak is out with a fractured finger (right middle). He is eligible to return on August 17 but there is currently no timetable for his return. However, in a kind of badass move, Moniak had his stitches removed from his left middle finger so he could start swinging as early as next week.
Mickey Moniak had his stitches removed from his left middle finger and could start swinging a bat by the middle of next week
— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) August 12, 2022
Paul Blackburn (SP): Blackburn is out with right middle finger inflammation. He is eligible to return on August 22. JP Sears was promoted in Blackburn’s absence.
Ryan Borucki (RP): Borucki is out with a strained flexor. He is eligible to return on August 24, but nothing is really certain with a strained flexor, especially for a pitcher. Brennan Bernardino was recalled to replace Borucki.
Spencer Howard (SP): Howard is out with a shoulder impingement until August 22. John King was recalled to replace Howard.
National League Injuries
Jonathan India (INF): India was hit in the leg by a pitch thrown by Cubs pitcher Drew Smyly in the Field of Dreams game on Thursday. There is no update on India, but he was airlifted from the Field of Dreams game and then driven back to Cincinnati to avoid swelling. TJ Friedl might replace India should a replacement be needed.
Can we stop hitting Jonathan India please pic.twitter.com/Ki66c9LFAP
— Cincinnati ? (@CincyProblems) August 11, 2022
Mike Moustakas (3B): Moustakas makes a return to the IL with a calf injury. Moustakas is eligible to return on August 19. Utilityman Alejo Lopez was recalled to the Reds to replace any number of injured Reds.
Tyler Stephenson (C): While Stephenson has been on the IL, he is now officially out for the season after having shoulder surgery. Michael Papierski and Austin Romine are currently the Reds primary catchers.
Orlando Arcia (INF/OF): Arcia is out with a strained hamstring. He is eligible to return on August 20, but in the interim, the Braves called up rookie Vaughn Grissom to take Arcia’s spot on the roster.
And Grissom is looking good, folks.
Wednesday: Vaughn Grissom homers to drive in Michael Harris II
Friday: Michael Harris II homers to drive in Vaughn Grissom pic.twitter.com/tznNaiM68G
— Bally Sports South (@BallySportsSO) August 13, 2022
Max Fried (SP): Fried is out with a concussion and is not eligible to return until August 15. Fried was injured when fell and hit his head while trying to throw to home against the Mets on August 6. The Braves recalled Jay Jackson to take Fried’s spot on the roster.
Jordan Holloway (RP): Holloway will be out for the season after receiving arthroscopic elbow surgery.
Max Meyer (SP): May Meyer has received Tommy John surgery and is officially out for the 2022 season.
The Miami Marlins have 17 players on the injured list
— Alex Contreras (@TheRealACoN) August 2, 2022
Humberto Castellanos (SP): Castellanos is out for the season after having Tommy John surgery. It is possible he might be out for all of 2023. Tyler Gilbert and left-handed prospect Tommy Henry have stepped in in Castellanos place.
Tommy Henry, Big League Pitcher.
7 IP | 4 H | 1 R | 2 BB | 3 K pic.twitter.com/OTK2qGffjq
— Bally Sports Arizona (@BALLYSPORTSAZ) August 10, 2022
Los Angeles Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw (SP): Kershaw is out with lower back discomfort. He left the Dodgers-Giants game at the bottom of the 5th inning. Kershaw has had recurring back problems that often involve weeks-long stints on the IL. Kershaw is eligible to return on August 20, but it may be time to use the Razzball Player Rater to search for another SP.
San Diego Padres
Austin Adams (RP): Adams will be out for the 2022 season after receiving flexor tendon surgery. Unfortunately, Adams will miss most if not all of the 2023 season as well.
There was a lot of tough injury news this week. However, it is the dog days of summer, and the injuries were less in frequency this week than the last two. Join me again next week to see if the trend holds.
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