Ambulance Chasers: The COVID List

Hello Razzaddies!

The Razzbulance has pulled into the station to unload this week’s liability for your Razzball fantasy baseball weekly injury report.

As you walk through the injuries, take note of how many oblique injuries show up on the list (SPOILER ALERT: there are seven). That will be an interesting trend to watch this season. Additionally, you will see a few COVID related additions to the list this week.

Let’s jump into the IL!

American League Injuries

AL Central

Chicago White Sox

A.J. Pollock (OF): AJ Pollock was headed for paternity leave (which is a measly 3 days in the MLB!) but found himself on the 10-day IL after right hamstring tightness during the opening series against Detroit.

Detroit Tigers

Javier Baez (SS): Baez is currently listed day-to-day with a thumb injury that has been affecting him since Opening Day. He is expected to return soon. Harold Castro has been playing shortstop in Baez’s place.

Robbie Grossman (OF): Grossman is out with a hip/groin injury and is listed as day-to-day. He has been taking batting practice and will likely not be in the line-up for a few days but could be available as needed. Daz Cameron was brought on to the taxi squad to bolster the outfield in Grossman’s absence.

Minnesota Twins

Jorge Alcala (RP): Alcala is out with elbow inflammation. He is on the 10-day IL.

Byron Buxton (DH): Buxton experienced an injury (again) and is now listed as day-to-day. The injury is currently described as “knee soreness” after Buxton slid awkwardly into second base. Stay tuned for an update on the extensiveness of the injury.

Alex Kirilloff (OF): Kirilloff is on the 10-day IL with wrist inflammation. However, he received a steroid injection in his right wrist and is not expected to be down long. Trevor Larnach is currently replacing Kirilloff.

AL East

Baltimore Orioles

Dean Kremer (SP): Kremer is on the 10-day IL with a strained oblique. Alexander Wells and Spencer Watkins will likely see more time in Kremer’s absence.

Tampa Bay Rays

JT Chargois (RP): The Rays are experiencing a strained muscle nightmare starting with JT Chargois who is on the 10-day IL with left oblique tightness.

Luis Patino (SP): Patino is experiencing a strained oblique that has landed him on the 10-day IL. .

Ryan Yarbrough (SP): Yarbrough has been added to the 10-day IL as a precautionary move with minor groin tightness. Tommy Romero and Ralph Garza Jr. have been added to the roster to support Rays pitching while Chargois, Patino, and Yarbrough are on the IL

Toronto Blue Jays

Teoscar Hernandez (OF): Hernandez was added to the 10-day IL with a strained oblique. Gosuke Katoh will take Hernandez’s place in the interim.

Danny Jansen (C): Jansen is another victim of the strained oblique pandemic. Zack Collins will step in for Jansen while he is on the 10-day IL.

AL West

Los Angeles Angels

David Fletcher (SS): David Fletcher is on the 10-day IL with a strained hip. Andrew Velazquez has been playing at shortstop in Fletcher’s place.

Jose Quijada (RP): Quijada was placed on the 10-day IL with a strained oblique. Brian Moran will pitch in Quijada’s place.

Oakland Athletics

Stephen Piscotty (OF): The A’s have placed Piscotty on the COVID-19-related injury list. Additionally, AJ Puk, Kirby Snead, and Austin Allen were added to a COVID restricted list for unvaccinated players who cannot enter Canada.

Skye Bolt (OF): Bolt was added to the 10-day IL with a strained oblique.

Texas Rangers

Jon Gray (SP): Gray has been on the 10-day IL with a blister (middle finger). He will hopefully be back on April 19, but Matt Bush, Taylor Hearn, and Martin Perez may get more playing time until Gray is healed.

Spencer Howard (SP): Howard is on the 10-day IL with a cracked fingernail/blister. Nick Snyder was activated to bolt the bullpen.

Dennis Santana (RP): Santana is out with flu-like symptoms which I have also seen listed as “COVID-19 Related”.

Seattle Mariners

Sergio Romo (RP): Romo is on the 10-day IL with shoulder inflammation. Matt Koch has been activated.

National League Injuries

NL Central

Pittsburgh Pirates

John Means (SP): Means, who has been crushing it, is on the 10-day IL with a strained elbow for “a while”. Spenser Watkins, Chris Ellis, and Keegan Akins are three pitchers the Orioles will rely on in Means absence.

NL East

New York Mets

Mark Canha (OF), Brandon Nimmo (OF): COVID-19 has decimated the Mets outfield, but hopefully Canha and Nimmo will return soon.

Taijuan Walker (SP): Walker is on the 10-day IL with shoulder bursitis, but he said that the injury is not serious and hopes to be back soon. Edwin Diaz replaced Walker.

Washington Nationals

Dee Strange-Gordon (INF/OF): Dee Strange-Gordon has been placed on the IL with “undisclosed COVID-19”. This was after he “killed” Travis D’Arnaud. Coincidence? You be the judge.

Mason Thompson (RP): Thompson is on the 10-day IL with a strained biceps.

NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks

Wilmer Difo (OF): So, this one isn’t technically an injury, but Wilmer Difo is listed as day-to-day with visa issues. This issue has been ongoing, but this update is recent.

Luke Weaver (RP): Weaver is out on the 10-day IL with a flexor pronator strain. He will not throw at all for another 5 to 8 days.

San Diego Padres

Austin Adams (RP): Adams is on the 10-day IL with a strained forearm.

Blake Snell (SP): Snell is on the 10-day IL with a strained groin/adductor injury. Both Adams and Snell’s injuries are minor, but Mackenzie Gore has been called up to make his MLB debut in place of Snell.

Are there any other injury updates?

Unfortunately, Luke Jackson (SP and Delois Guerra (RP) will both be out a significant amount of time after Tommy John surgery.

That’s it for this week’s edition of Ambulance Chasers!


How is your line-up holding up in terms of injuries? I lost Javy Baez in one of my leagues. Share with me what you have been dealing with here in the comments or on Twitter: @keelin_12ft.

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