This week in the Doctor’s Room, Mets’ righty Noah Syndergaard made his first rehab start and Yankees’ hurler Luis Severino hit 96 miles per hour in live batting practice. George Springer and Cody Bellinger, one step closer.
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.
Luis Severino, SP, New York Yankees
Fantasy owners who stashed Luis Severino with the hopes to have him back for the second half should know that he is still on track for a June-July return, but nothing is imminent. He is taking the necessary steps, though.
Last week, the Tommy John rehabber threw live batting practice and touched 96 miles per hour with his fastball, not too far off his regular velo. If things go right, Severino could start a rehab assignment in late May or early June.
Owners who get a healthy Severino for the second half are going to be handsomely rewarded.
Noah Syndergaard, SP, New York Mets
Of the three injured aces that started the season on the injured list (Chris Sale, Luis Severino, and Noah Syndergaard), Thor was always the one with the best odds of returning sooner, and so far, every sign points at that being the case.
Syndergaard, who underwent elbow reconstruction surgery in March 2020, threw four shutout innings in his rehab debut Wednesday afternoon with High-A St. Lucie. The Mets’ righty sat around 93-95 mph with his heater, still down from his peak but excellent considering the stage he is currently in.
Early June seems like a realistic target for the big power pitcher. If he is on waivers in your redraft league, now would be a perfect time to stash him.
Michael Pineda, SP, Minnesota Twins
The Minnesota Twins placed pitcher Michael Pineda on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to May 16, with a thigh abscess. We don’t want to expand too much on details, but he had an abscess removed from his inner thigh recently.
The good news is that the procedure isn’t expected to affect him and he should be back out there next week as soon as eligible.
Pineda is having a fantastic season with the lowly Twins, with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP in seven starts. He has 39 strikeouts in 38.2 frames.
George Springer, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
Springer, the $150 million outfielder, has been able to play only four games this season with oblique and quad strains. However, if you have been patient to this point, might as well wait a little bit more because once he is back in action, he can greatly help your lineup.
Springer, according to recent reports, could soon advance to sprint work. That is a big hurdle that he needs to clear, and he is well on his way since he started light running drills last week.
Once he is 100 percent, he might need a rehab assignment, but there is a chance he is back next month. A little patience is warranted.
Cody Bellinger, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
Bellinger’s absence has hurt fantasy owners significantly because they invested a high pick on him. He has been out for about a month and a half with a hairline fracture in his left fibula, but at long last, there are good news to share.
The Dodgers’ star will begin a minor league rehab assignment this weekend with Triple-A Oklahoma City. Bellinger, who has a .211/.286/.368 line in four games, will probably need at least a couple of weeks of rehab games to get his rhythm back.
Once he is back in the Dodgers’ lineup, expect early-round production from the former MVP winner.
Wil Myers, OF, San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres had a COVID-19 outbreak last week that included not only Myers, but also Fernando Tatis Jr. and other key performers. The shortstop already returned (with a bang, to the surprise of no one) but Myers will be on the shelf for a couple of extra days.
The Padres placed Myers on the COVID-19 injured list last Wednesday after he was removed from the game the night before. It was confirmed he tested positive at the time. However, he will be back in action this week, as he was reportedly asymptomatic and his ten days of quarantine are up on Saturday, which is realistic target date.
Myers is hitting .255 with four homers, four steals, 15 runs and 15 RBI.
Last Week’s Doctor Room
Mike Soroka (post-surgery Achilles soreness): he underwent exploratory surgery on his right Achilles, with nothing new or unexpected to report. Manager Brian Snitker reportedly doesn’t expect to have him back this season.
Jose Urquidy (right shoulder inflammation): threw off flat ground on Tuesday and could return next week.
Framber Valdez (fractured left ring finger): made his first rehab start on Monday and could return in early June.
Anthony Rendon (left knee contusion): already back in action.