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.
Triston McKenzie, SP, Cleveland Indians
Talk about awful timing. McKenzie, who couldn’t find the strike zone earlier in the season, had turned his year around after working on his mechanics in the minor leagues for a few weeks. In August, he had a phenomenal 1.93 ERA and 28/2 K/BB ratio over 28 innings (four starts.)
His season is in jeopardy now, however, as he hit the 10-day injured list with right shoulder fatigue. With Cleveland out of the race, he may not return this year, but if he does, it may not be before the middle of September.
Willy Adames, SS, Milwaukee Brewers
Adames has been dealing with left quad discomfort since Tuesday night’s game against the Reds, when he exited after scoring on a sac fly. He may have tweaked it while running around the bases, but it doesn’t sound like a major issue.
He already missed Wednesday and Thursday’s games, and with the Brewers boasting a healthy lead in the division, they might want to make sure Adames is in top shape and doesn’t aggravate the injury.
Look for another update soon, possibly on Thursday, but he could be ready as soon as this weekend.
Kenta Maeda, SP, Minnesota Twins
If you are a Maeda owner, we feel for you. The author of this article traded significant assets to get Maeda before the season and, well, let’s just say it didn’t work out. The righty left his last outing with right forearm tightness, and while the Twins are still gathering information, he could have some UCL damage.
He is looking for a second opinion, and that’s usually not good. The team has “concerns” about his ulnar collateral ligament, and there are a range of outcomes here that could go from returning in a couple of weeks to Tommy John surgery and the pitcher coming back in 2023.
Stay tuned for the next update.
Tejay Antone, RP, Cincinnati Reds
After Tejay Antone felt something in his elbow on Tuesday night, everybody in the Reds’ organization feared the worst. That is precisely the scenario that ended up happening: the pitcher is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on Friday.
It will be the second time in his career that Antone undergoes the elbow reconstruction surgery. He will now be sidelined until 2023. It is a huge blow for the Reds’ bullpen, as they are losing a key guy who had a 2.14 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP in the middle of a race for a playoffs spot.
Jack Flaherty, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals were quietly gaining some ground in the NL Wild Card race, but now, they have lost their best pitcher, Jack Flaherty, to a right shoulder strain. Tests showed no significant structural damage, so that’s good, but given the fact he needs a few days of rest and would have to ramp up after that, he may not have enough time to return in 2021.
If this is the end for Flaherty’s year, he leaves behind a good 3.08 ERA and an even better 1.03 WHIP, with 81 strikeouts in 76 innings.
Fantasy owners waited several weeks for him earlier in the season, and now have to lose him again when they need him the most.
Gleyber Torres, SS, New York Yankees
Gleyber Torres has been out since August 8 with a sprained left thumb, but it certainly feels longer than that. The Yankees are doing just fine without him and are streaking, but that doesn’t mean they won’t need Gleyber down the road. They will, and so will fantasy owners.
The shortstop will work out with Double-A Somerset this week, hoping to begin a rehab assignment next week. He was originally given a 10-20 day timetable, so he won’t be able to make it, but is trending in the right direction to resume his season in early September.
Last Week’s Doctor Room:
Jacob deGrom (right elbow inflammation): An MRI performed on Wednesday showed significant improvement; he played catch and is expected to ramp up now
Freddy Peralta (right shoulder inflammation): Expected to return next week
George Springer (Grade 1 knee sprain): He ran the bases and sprinter this week, has a shot at returning in 2021
Chris Bassitt (multiple face fractures): Underwent surgery, most likely out for the season
Javier Baez (back spasms): Already back in action
Jesse Winker (intercostal strain): Still isn’t performing baseball activities, could be out until mid-September