THE BIG HURT: Hurt file, April 3-8

NOTE: The focus of this column is analysis, so we don't cover the progress of every injured player. We try to highlight the key fantasy contributors, unusual injuries, or situations where the official projected return is variable or not given. Players whose progress is proceeding as expected are very well covered by fantasy news sources; we'll tend to leave those players alone unless we have something we want to add to the news coverage. This column is updated on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Mondays.

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 April 8, 2019

Mike Clevinger (RHP, CLE) – Upper back tightness (4/7/19)
He left his Sunday start early with only a vague explanation. The location of the tightness is the key, so without more detail, we can’t say anything definitive. However, at this point it appears to be minor and he’s likely to make his next start.
2019 Impact: Likely minor
Est. Return: Friday

Alex Avila (C, ARI) – L quad strain (4/6/19)
No word on the severity. A mild strain might keep him out 2-4 weeks, while a more severe injury would obviously be longer. We’ll go with mild for now.
2019 Impact: Possibility of recurrence
Est. Return: Late April (best estimate)

Brian McCann (C, ATL) – R hamstring strain (4/6/19)
No word on the severity. A mild strain might keep him out 2-4 weeks, while a more severe injury would obviously be longer. We’ll go with mild for now.
2019 Impact: Possibility of recurrence
Est. Return: Late April (best estimate)

Ryan McMahon (2B, COL) – L elbow, hyperextension (4/6/19)
Recall that Victor Robles missed three months last year with a hyperextended elbow, but this one seems to be much less severe. We’re assuming a mild strain for now. It should have little effect on his hitting when he returns.
2019 Impact: Likely minor
Est. Return: Late April/early May


April 6, 2019

Corey Dickerson (OF, PIT) – R shoulder strain (4/4/19)
Calling this a “strain” indicates it’s an injury to the muscles and not the connective tissues. This is an important distinction, though it doesn’t change his return to play much. It does, however, make for a better prognosis over the rest of the season. We don’t have much detail about the severity, so this is a rough estimate.
2019 Impact: Some risk of recurrence
Est. Return: Mid-May

Jake Lamb (1B/3B, ARI) – L quad strain (4/4/19)
He has a Grade 2 quad strain, which is not good. This will cost him some time, with a high risk of recurrence when he first returns.
2019 Impact: Possibility of recurrence; Elevated risk
Est. Return: Late Mid-May`

Trea Turner (SS, WAS) – R hand, broken finger (4/2/19)
According to his manager, it was a “clean break.” This doesn’t tell us much, except that he won’t require pins or surgery. It probably indicates that it’s more than just a minor fracture. They haven’t come out with any more detail, let alone an estimated return.
2019 Impact: Variable return time; Potential reduced power when he first returns
Est. Return: Late May


April 3, 2019

Miguel Andujar (3B, NYY) – R shoulder, torn labrum (4/1/19)
Yeah, we wish this was an April Fools' joke. The labrum is the soft, spongy tissue that lines the socket of the shoulder, providing cushioning and lubrication. He landed awkwardly diving back to a base and has been diagnosed with a small tear. Labral tissue doesn’t really heal, so surgery is the only option in the long run. The question now is whether they can keep the pain to a minimum to allow him to play this year. That will be looked at in a couple of weeks, but the initial reports seem positive.
2019 Impact: High risk of missing the rest of the season
Est. Return: Early/mid-May, best case; 2020, worst case

Giancarlo Stanton (OF, NYY) – L biceps strain (3/31/19)
The medicos report that this is a mild strain. The biceps is a bigger muscle, so healing isn't as quick as, say, a hammy, but he shouldn't be out long. It's not his throwing arm, which helps.
2019 Impact: Some risk of recurrence when he first returns.
Est. Return: Late April

Andrew Heaney (LHP, LAA) – L elbow inflammation (3/13/19)
He rested, tried to resume throwing, had more pain and was shut down again. He’ll now receive a cortisone injection and will begin throwing again in 7-10 days. Cortisone works well, but when inflammation doesn’t subside with rest, there’s likely something structural happening. He could come out of this OK, but there’s some big risk here.
2019 Impact: Very high risk
Est. Return: Mid-May, best case

Aaron Hicks (OF, NYY) – Back strain (3/15/19)
This did not come up on our radar initially since it seemed like a minor injury. However, he has yet to resume any baseball activities, so he’s still several weeks away. Most back strains resolve in 3-4 weeks, but there is a high rate of recurrence. While this is a new ailment for him, he has a long history of various muscle strains. Extreme risk here.
2019 Impact: Extreme risk; High risk of recurrence
Est. Return: Early May

Francisco Lindor (SS, CLE) – R calf strain, L ankle sprain (2/8/19, 3/26/19) UPDATE
He saw a specialist, who determined that this was a run-of-the-mill sprain. Our original estimate still stands.
2019 Impact: Minor, other than IL time? This isn’t quite enough (yet) to call him “injury-prone”
Est. Return: Late April/Early May

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