Everybody hates injuries, but they are part of the game. Savvy fantasy owners need to be on top of the news: that way, they can come up with a better plan to replace their injured stars.
The Doctor’s Room will, for the duration of the season, examine the game’s most notable injuries and the expected recovery times for the stars in question.
This week, all-world talent Fernando Tatis suffered a shoulder injury that could derail his season, and George Springer suffered a different ailment than the one he was trying to come back from.
Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, San Diego Padres
Just one day after hitting his first home run of the season, Fernando Tatis Jr. got injured on a swing and miss, and you could tell it was painful. The scene was pretty scary, considering that we are dealing with one of the most talented players in the game. Fortunately, it looks like the San Diego Padres won’t be without their biggest star for too long. After undergoing some tests, Tatis was diagnosed with a left shoulder subluxation and was placed on the 10-day injured list.
A subluxation, according to the folks at CBS Sports, is “a partial dislocation, and for a ball-and-socket joint like the shoulder, there can be some collateral damage. In this case, that damage has taken the form of a slight labral tear in his left shoulder.” The Padres and Tatis both want to play through the injury after the minimum 10-day stay on the injured list (perhaps a bit more) but if the shoulder pops back out, it could mean Tatis’ season is over.
Ha-Seong Kim will draw most of the starts at shortstop while Tatis is out, and could be a sneaky source of homers and steals.
Ketel Marte, 2B/OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
On Wednesday night, Ketel Marte owners’ worst nightmare came to reality. The versatile star, who was hitting .462/.500/.846 with two homers in the early going, suffered a lower body injury while running out a grounder to first base. It was in his right leg, and it looked like a hamstring issue, as he hopped on one leg for a few meters only to collapse on the grass a few moments later. He had to be helped out of the game by the Diamondbacks’ training staff.
Tim Locastro, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Josh Rojas all figure to play more for as long as Marte is out. Expect an update early Thursday.
George Springer, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
Springer appeared on last week’s Doctor Room with a Grade 2 left oblique strain, and while he missed the first two series of the Jays’ season, he was about to return this weekend… but that plan has been thrown out the window now. On Tuesday, Springer felt tightness in his right quad while running the bases and was sent for an MRI. The results aren’t yet available, but it’s safe to say that the outfielder won’t be returning this week. Depending on the severity of his quad injury, his debut with the Jays could be delayed until mid or late April. Stay tuned, and look for an update by the team today.
Trent Grisham, OF, San Diego Padres
Finally, a positive development on the injury front! San Diego Padres’ outfielder Trent Grisham, who suffered a hamstring strain on March 11, will be activated from the injured list before Friday’s series opener against the Texas Rangers. It will be roughly a month that Grisham was out of action, but it was the right call by the Padres, as leg injuries can be tricky and are at a greater risk of re-aggravation. Grisham took batting practice on Wednesday with his teammates and is now all systems go. Over a 60-game season, he hit 10 home runs and stole 10 bases in 2020, so expect him to play at a 20-20 pace from this point forward.
James Paxton, SP, Seattle Mariners
With left-handed starter James Paxton, sadly, it has become an issue of when he’ll suffer an injury rather than if. He lost most of last season with the New York Yankees with a left flexor strain, and he had to leave his Tuesday start against the Chicago White Sox after throwing a pitch. His diagnosis is a left forearm strain, and while he says the ailment is not as painful as what he suffered last year, it’s safe to say that he will be on the shelf for a while. Considering his extensive injury history, expect the Mariners to take things very slow with their free agent signing. They still haven’t put a timetable on his return.
Trevor Rosenthal, RP, Oakland Athletics
Back on April 1st, the Oakland Athletics lost the closer they paid dearly over the offseason, as Trevor Rosenthal went down with shoulder inflammation. At first, it was believed he may have needed a couple of weeks, perhaps a little more, to return. However, the issue evolved from shoulder fatigue to inflammation to thoracic outlet syndrome, something that has wrecked several careers. Athletics manager Bob Melvin acknowledged Wednesday that Rosenthal may need surgery for TOS, which would keep him out for months and could mean his season is over.
If you are a Rosenthal owner, we hope you grabbed Jake Diekman, as he will close for as long as the holder of the closer position in Oakland is out. This has the look of a multi-month injury, and if the diagnosis is confirmed, you will have no choice but to drop him.
Last week’s Doctor Room:
Adalberto Mondesi, right oblique strain: Still a couple of weeks away, as the last report (April 5) said he wasn’t ready to ramp up activities.
Luke Voit, partial meniscus tear on his left knee: Manager Aaron Boone confirmed he will be back in May.
Kyle Lewis, bone bruise in his knee: Could be activated during the Mariners’ next homestand, from April 16-20.
Mike Soroka, Achilles tear recovery: Experienced right shoulder discomfort and has been shut down for a couple of weeks.
Robbie Ray, left elbow bruise: Pitched a sim game on Wednesday, should be back next week.
Sonny Gray, back injury: Had a 60-pitch outing at the Reds’ alternate training site this week, should be back in 7-10 days.