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The Doctor’s Room: Setback For Seager

The Doctor’s Room discusses the most relevant injuries of the week in fantasy baseball.

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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.

Corey Seager, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been without their starting shortstop Corey Seager for a month and a half now, as he tries to shake off a fractured right hand. His recovery recently stalled, and he was moved to the 60-day injured list this week.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday that Seager’s hand “just isn’t responding” as hoped and that the team plans to “slow play” his rehab. The skipper conceded that the shortstop still ‘feels it when he hits’ and the plans of starting a rehab assignment this week went out the window.

If you own Seager and were counting on his return in early-July, start looking for another plan. The infielder was hitting .265 with a .783 OPS at the moment of his injury.

Trea Turner, SS, Washington Nationals

The dynamic Trea Turner hit for the cycle on Wednesday, the third time in his career he has done it. Unfortunately, he jammed his left middle finger in the process, per information provided by Nationals’ manager Dave Martinez.

Martinez explained Turner jammed his finger “pretty good”, which could result on a stint in the 10-day injured list. It isn’t official yet, so if you own Turner, who is batting .318 with 50 runs scored, 14 homers and 18 stolen bases, you can pray he can shake the pain and is ready to go in one or two days.

Jose Urquidy, SP, Houston Astros

Houston Astros’ starter Jose Urquidy has been one of the best stories of the 2021 MLB season. In 77.1 innings, he has a 6-3 record with a 3.38 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP. However, he left his Tuesday start with shoulder discomfort and it looks like he is going to be out for a little while at least.

He has been already placed on the 10-day injured list. The worrisome part of the story is that Urquidy experienced a velocity drop on his fastball mid-game, in the second inning, and these things are usually a red flag. The right-hander has already spent some time on the shelf with shoulder issues this season.

He will undergo imaging and tests to determine how much time he will miss with the injury. Expect the Astros to take things very slow with his recovery since it’s a recurring problem.

Blake Snell, SP, San Diego Padres

San Diego Padres’ pitcher Blake Snell was scheduled to start on Tuesday, but wasn’t feeling well and was ultimately placed on the injured list with an illness. It was revealed that he was suffering from stomach issues, according to his manager Jayce Tingler.

For what it’s worth, Snell is fully vaccinated and tested negative for COVID-19, so he should theoretically be back in the field in a few days.

Snell has been having an extremely disappointing first season with the San Diego Padres, throwing 66.1 innings with a 5.29 ERA and a horrible 1.55 WHIP. He does have 90 strikeouts, though.

Juan Soto, OF, Washington Nationals

Even with a .273 average, 42 runs scored, nine home runs, 34 RBI and a .831 OPS, fantasy owners know Juan Soto is capable of producing much more. The problem is that several nagging injuries have limited him this season.

The latest one is a left hamstring injury he suffered on Wednesday, apparently after swinging. He was taken out of the game and the Nationals will surely perform some tests on Thursday to know what they are dealing with.

Be prepared with a worthy reserve outfielder, just in case you need to plug him for the rest of the week.

Chris Sale, SP, Boston Red Sox

There are excellent news coming from Boston. Their best starter, Chris Sale, threw a 15-pitch simulated inning on Wednesday at Fenway Park. He notched three strikeouts out of four hitters faced and touched 95 miles per hour on the radar gun.

He is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery performed last spring, and he could return later this month or in early August. A rehab assignment is the last hurdle to clear, however, and owners who have stashed Sale for months are very close to reaping the benefits of having, if all goes well, an ace in their staff.

Last Week’s Doctor Room:

Byron Buxton, boxer’s fracture in left hand: Still with no timetable for his return

Aaron Civale, sprained right middle finger: Still not close to returning

Marcus Stroman, hip soreness: Already back in action, but placed on bereavement list. Will start Saturday

Franmil Reyes, strained oblique: Already bopping home runs in rehab games. Should be up soon

Adalberto Mondesi, strained oblique: Still not particularly close to returning

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