Chisenhall left on Sunday with a right calf injury. The days off over the All-Star break could be enough time if it is a very minor injury, although calf strains are tricky. He will undergo more tests early this week that will determine how much time he will miss and whether he needs to land on the DL. Right now, Inside Injuries is calculating a grade 1 injury that comes with a three week Optimal Recovery Time. Even minor calf injuries take quite a bit of time to fully recover from. So he could play within three weeks, but his Injury Risk will be increased.
Joe Ross SP, Nationals: triceps tenderness
During his start over the weekend, Ross experienced tenderness in the triceps of his throwing arm. He will undergo an MRI to look for any structural damage. There’s quite a few different things that triceps tenderness can indicate, ranging from a very minor injury to tendinitis or a torn UCL. Once we get a more exact diagnosis, Inside Injuries will provide an update with his outlook for the rest of the season.
Ryan Braun LF, Brewers: calf tightness
A calf strain has already landed Braun on the DL twice this season, and it acted up again on Saturday. The Brewers have reported tightness and hope he can recover by the time the All-Star break is over, but don’t be surprised if he lands on the DL again. Braun has remained a High Injury Risk according to our algorithm ever since he was hurt back in May. This injury needs to be monitored very closely by the Brewers medical team.
Jason Kipnis 2B, Indians: hamstring strain
After landing on the DL with a hamstring strain, Kipnis now faces a 3-4 week recovery and may not return until August. Kipnis was hurt while running to first. He was already in the Elevated Injury Risk Category due to his injury history and recent neck problems, and now he has moved to High Risk. The Optimal Recovery Time according to our algorithm is four weeks, in line with his projected recovery time. He shouldn’t return until mid-August if he wants to avoid re-injury.
Xander Bogaerts SS, Red Sox: bruised hand
Bogaerts took a pitch to the hand on Thursday but missed just one game. X-rays were negative. Swelling and stiffness in the hand are the biggest concerns with a contusion, and within a week he should be back to normal. Until then his Batter Power has dipped slightly.
John Lackey SP, Cubs: plantar fasciitis
Lackey has been trying to pitch through plantar fasciitis in his right foot, but it just wasn’t getting better, so the Cubs finally placed him on the DL. His Optimal Recovery Time is two weeks and he remains a Low Injury Risk, so he shouldn’t be out much past the All-Star break. With the break it made sense to clear up the roster spot.
David Price SP, Red Sox: finger injury
Price has reportedly been dealing with a split fingernail since late June. This isn’t a real concern and he should be ready to go after the break.
Carlos Correa: thumb discomfort
Correa felt some discomfort in his left thumb earlier in the week when he jammed it sliding head first into home. Hand injuries are far too common on head first slides (just look at Mike Trout). Correa escaped without any real damage as x-rays were negative. Even though Inside Injuries has it listed as a soft tissue injury, he still moved into the High Injury Risk Category (he was Elevated before hurting his thumb). He falls into the “Risky Start” category, indicating his fantasy owners should know that it’s a risk playing him right now.
Michael Taylor OF, Nationals: oblique strain
Michael Taylor has been great in centerfield ever since Adam Eaton’s season-ending ACL tear opened the starting spot for him, but he has now landed on the DL with an oblique strain. Manager Dusty Baker indicated that he had been dealing with another problem but not in the same location. Even so, they could be related. A grade 1 oblique strain takes at least two weeks to heal fully, so if it is a mild strain Taylor could be back a week after the break.
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