The latest on some injury situations from around baseball…
- Jazz Chisholm and Jorge Alfaro are both set to begin Triple-A rehab assignments on Tuesday, according to SportsGrid’s Craig Mish (Twitter links). Chisholm was sidelined with a left hamstring strain back on April 28, following an outstanding start to the season that saw the Marlins youngster hit .290/.375/.551 with four homers in his first 80 plate appearances. (Despite the missed time, Chisholm’s seven stolen bases still led the National League heading into Sunday’s play.) Alfaro had only a .507 OPS at the time of his IL placement on April 21, albeit over only 36 PA. The catcher is also recovering from a left hamstring strain.
- Luke Voit is on pace to be activated for the start of the Yankees’ series with the Rays on Tuesday, New York manager Aaron Boone told ESPN’s Marly Rivera (Twitter links) and other reporters. Voit has yet to play this season after undergoing knee surgery in late March.
- It isn’t yet clear if Rougned Odor could also be joining the Yankees soon, as Boone wasn’t sure if Odor will be immediately activated after the minimum 10 days. Odor hit the IL due to a left knee sprain back on May 5, and is at least making good progress in recovery, Boone said, noting that Odor was taking grounders.
- The Athletics visit the Twins in a series on May 14-16, and Oakland manager Bob Melvin hopes Chad Pinder will be ready to rejoin the A’s for those games. Melvin told The San Francisco Chronicle’s Matt Kawahara and other reporters that Pinder will play at least three games during a Triple-A rehab assignment that starts on either Monday or Tuesday. Pinder has been out of action since April 4 due to a left knee sprain.
- Melvin also provided updates on a pair of Athletics pitchers, telling MLB.com’s Martin Gallegos (Twitter links) and other media that A.J. Puk could begin a rehab assignment of his own this week. Puk has been plagued by injuries throughout his young career, including a left biceps strain that sent him to the IL on April 8. Jesus Luzardo’s timeline isn’t as clear, since A’s head trainer Nick Paparesta said Luzardo is week-to-week in his recovery from a fractured left hand. On the plus side, Paparesta did indicate that Luzardo might be able to return by the end of the month.
My fantasy team has been missing Jazz in a major way. Get back quickly – awesome player.
Put Wynton Marsalis on your fantasy team if you miss Jazz.
Add in Coltrane and Roach and toubhave a true fantasy trio
Is anyone counting the total number of people/days in the IL for all the teams in MLB? I think this year must be the all-time record.
It’s been trending in that direction the last few years. They should probably go back to the 15 day IL.
Good to know two more of the injured bats are making their way back soon. Then after that, we need Marte’s return.
Even though he kills the braves I love watching Jazz Chisholm play. That dude is gonna be something special.
Yeah, he’s fun to watch. I can’t wait until he gets back. I love the direction the Marlins have been going for the last few years.
I honestly haven’t seen a hitter take a pitch that calmly since Manny Ramirez. Not a care in the world right before he unloads. It’s amazing to watch. The ball just explodes off that kid’s bat.
Odor will be immediately activated.
Very likely. Good time to DFA Ford and keep some 40 man flexibility.
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Question: any sense on role for puk? Given injuries isn’t there a starting slot available?? Perhaps they work him up to starting with a bullpen start or two (tho probably will be injured as soon as ready to start!)
I have been too busy to listen closely, so this is just my educated speculation, but I would be surprised if they give Puk starts anytime soon. I would think he would need to show them a long string of healthy appearances out of the bullpen before they would even consider him as a starter again.