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.
Jacob deGrom, SP, New York Mets
There hasn’t been many news about Jacob deGrom in the last week other than he remains in shutdown mode. The Mets were hoping to have their ace back by mid-to-late September after his latest MRI, but now that they have started to fall in the standings, there is a chance we won’t see him anymore in 2021.
According to Pat Ragazzo of Sports Illustrated, New York is leaning towards shutting down deGrom for the season, as he is currently dealing with inflammation in his right elbow.
Per Ragazzo, the team is not sold on the idea that deGrom’s elbow will be healthy enough to start throwing in late August, and after that point, there would be no time to fully ramp up.
Nothing is official, though. For now, prepare as if baseball’s best pitcher and his 1.08 ERA won’t be back this year.
Freddy Peralta, SP, Milwaukee Brewers
The Brewers’ right-hander has been brilliant all season long, with a 2.45 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP in 22 starts and 121.1 innings. He helped his owners with wins (9-3 record) and strikeouts (164), too. He has been a true ace.
However, owners are in praying mode after he left his Wednesday start with right shoulder discomfort. Do you want to get mad at owners and MLB as a whole? His injury apparently occurred while hitting.
For what it’s worth, Peralta expects to make his next start, but with the Brewers in first place and looking to protect their players’ health with the playoffs in mind, they may want to take things slow. He’ll be reevaluated on Thursday, but be prepared for a stint on the injured list just in case.
George Springer, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto Blue Jays’ outfielder George Springer, who was red-hot at the plate, will have to spend some time on the shelf again as he has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 left knee sprain. The good news is that it shouldn’t be a season-ender.
The bad news, however, is that he will likely be out of action for at least a couple of weeks, in the fantasy playoffs. There is a very good chance we don’t see him again until September.
Springer is hitting .269 with 40 runs, 16 home runs, 35 RBI and a .972 OPS in limited action.
Chris Bassitt, SP, Oakland Athletics
Oakland A’s pitcher Chris Bassitt has been a pleasant surprise as an upper-echelon starter in fantasy baseball by virtue of his 12-4 record, 3.22 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 154 strikeouts in 151.0 frames so far.
However, he was hit by a comebacker on Tuesday night in one of the scariest scenes in Major League Baseball this year. Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported that the hurler suffered a fractured cheekbone and maxilla, which is the upper jawbone.
He is expected to undergo surgery to repair the damage this week. His vision remains perfect and all the other scans came back clean, which is good, but since the bones need about six weeks to heal, it’s safe to say his season is over.
Javier Baez, 2B/SS, New York Mets
The Mets’ infielder began dealing with back spasms last week, and was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to August 12. New York opted to let him get some rest days and hope the issue goes away.
He’s been taking grounders for a few days now and could potentially be ready for Sunday, the first day he is eligible to return. It’s unclear at this point if he will be ready by then, but all signs are pointing in the right direction.
Baez has 24 homers and 13 steals, but they have come at the expense of a .241 batting average and an ugly .292 OBP.
Jesse Winker, OF, Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds’ outfielder Jesse Winker had to be pulled from Sunday’s game after aggravating his intercostal strain on a swing. He has already been placed on the 10-day injured list with the ailment.
There are good news to report, though: an MRI has apparently ruled out any “long-term issue” and Winker could potentially return next week when first eligible.
The sweet-swinging Winker is batting .307 with 24 home runs in a fantastic season, adding a fine .955 OPS.
Last Week’s Doctor Room:
Mookie Betts (bone spur in right hip): On track to resume baseball activities on Thursday
Huascar Ynoa (fractured hand): Already returned from the IL
Kyle Schwarber (strained hamstring): Already returned from the IL
Johnny Cueto (mild flexor strain): Could return in the next few days
Carlos Rodon (left shoulder fatigue): Already throwing, could return around August 23-26