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.
Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels
After weeks of rumors, speculation, and false hope, Los Angeles Angels’ manager Joe Maddon told the media that outfielder Mike Trout is unlikely to return this season. With the team out of contention, it was the logical decision once the calendar hit September.
However, one day, the Angels will have to explain how badly they treated the injury for Trout to miss the entire season with a calf strain suffered in May. It’s an injury that, being of the Grade 2 variety as they reported, takes a maximum of six weeks for the player to return.
What’s done is done, though, and Trout won’t be able to help owners in the fantasy playoffs. He leaves behind a .333/.466/.624 slash line over 146 plate appearances.
Blake Snell, SP, San Diego Padres
The surging Blake Snell, who had been carrying the Padres’ rotation in the last few weeks, suffered a tough break in last start on Sunday. He had to be taken out of the game after just 0.2 innings, and it was later revealed he is dealing with a left adductor strain.
Adductor strains are not injuries that will disappear in three days, so it remains to be seen how long Snell is on the shelf. He has already been placed on the 10-day injured list and the Padres signed Phillies castoff Vince Velasquez to help cover for the former Rays lefty.
Despite a mediocre season overall, Snell was turning things around, posting a 1.83 ERA and 0.64 WHIP over his last seven starts with 59 strikeouts over 39 1/3 frames.
Michael Brantley, OF, Houston Astros
The sweet-swinging Astros outfielder had to leave Saturday’s game with right knee discomfort. While manager Dusty Baker had hoped to have him available this week, the team decided to place him on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday.
At this point, it’s not clear whether the Astros will have him undergo additional imaging or tests, and how long he is going to miss. It doesn’t sound like an issue that will keep him out more than the minimum 10 days, but the team is also probably just keeping him fresh with the playoffs in mind. It’s a tough break for fantasy owners, though, as he is hitting .315 with a .808 OPS.
Jo Adell, OF, Los Angeles Angels
Surging Angels outfielder Jo Adell was placed on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday with a left abdominal strain. Similar to what happened with Mike Trout, manager Joe Maddon had stated he hoped to have him back soon, but now, he is unlikely to return in 2021.
Adell originally suffered the injury on Saturday by running into the outfield fence. The outfielder, one of the top prospects in the game, had nine hits in his last 26 at-bats, including three home runs, and leaves behind a .703 OPS, but loads of potential.
Jose Berrios, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto Blue Jays’ starter Jose Berrios had a fine outing on Tuesday night, but after the game, reported some left abdominal tightness. He is a key cog in his fantasy owners’ rotations, but the news on this front are actually good.
The Blue Jays had no immediate plans to run tests and imaging on the pitcher, and he was scheduled to play catch on Wednesday. His manager, Charlie Montoyo, hopes to have him back for his next start, on Monday against the tough Rays.
Berrios has a 3.31 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP, and a 55/10 K/BB ratio in 51 2/3 innings since coming over from the Minnesota Twins.
David Bednar, RP, Pittsburgh Pirates
If you have been in the hunt for saves recently, you know exactly who Bednar is. After the Pirates traded Richard Rodriguez, he got the closer gig all to himself. However, he hasn’t pitched since September 7, and now we finally have some clarity.
Bednar, who has an impressive 2.18 ERA, suffered a right oblique strain and was placed on the 10-day injured list this week. This has the look of a season-ending ailment, so run to your wire and place a claim on Chris Stratton, who has been filling in for him in the ninth inning with great success.
Last Week’s Doctor Room
Gerrit Cole, hamstring tightness: Already back in action
Jesus Aguilar, left knee inflammation: He is not expected back this year
Jesse Winker, intercostal strain: Already playing rehab games, could be activated on Friday
Kyle Lewis, bone bruise in his right knee: Ruled out for the rest of the season
Carlos Rodon, left shoulder fatigue: Will only make two additional starts this season
Jonathan Loaisiga, rotator cuff injury: Moving in the right direction, per manager Aaron Boone, could return before the end of the regular season