5 MLB Injury Storylines To Watch This Week (8/1 - 8/7)
Jacob deGrom’s Return On Tuesday
The Mets are reportedly expecting to activate right-handed ace Jacob deGrom to start on Tuesday against the Nationals for the first time this season and the first time since July 7, 2021.
deGrom, who came into the season with an SIC score of 62, has suffered both arm and shoulder injuries during that time and the Docs say that he is not out of the woods yet as kinetic chain arm issues often linger.
deGrom hasn’t played a full season since 2019, but over the last two seasons has an ERA of 1.63 and 0.725 WHIP with 250 strikeouts across 160 innings.
When Will Mike Trout Return From 10-Day IL?
Trout had a whirlwind week as he was diagnosed with a rare back condition called costovertebral dysfunction at T5, as he put it, according to The Athletic: “It went from my career is over to now I’m going to hopefully play here soon… It’s just one of those things, it’s scary. It’s a back thing.”
The three-time MVP hasn’t played since leaving with back spasms on July 12, and was later placed on the 10-day for ribcage inflammation, but said he met with a back specialist this weekend and is going to begin a workout regimen this week in hopes of returning this season.
According to the Pro Baseball Docs, Trout could return in a few weeks if his cortisone injection works, which would be the best-case scenario for the 30-year-old.
Will Mackenzie Gore Injury Hold Up Potential Juan Soto Trade?
The baseball world is currently at a stand-still, according to Jeff Passan, as the Nationals decide whether to trade disgruntled 23-year-old superstar Juan Soto.
The Padres are reportedly a contender to land Soto, but that deal would likely center around 21-year-old shortstop C.J. Abrams and 23-year-old southpaw Mackenzie Gore, who each suffered injuries over the last week.
Gore was placed on the 15-day IL with left elbow soreness, although the latest imaging showed no structural damage, while Abrams missed a week with right biceps soreness but returned to the lineup this weekend.
How Long Will Julio Rodriguez, Ty France Be Out?
The Mariners placed rookie sensation Julio Rodriguez on the 10-day IL Sunday after he was plunked on his right wrist.
X-rays came back negative, but Rodriguez was diagnosed with a contusion and is reportedly dealing with soreness that will sideline him for at least five days.
All-star first baseman Ty France has been dealing with a lingering left wrist injury of his own and is expected to undergo an MRI, but has yet to be placed on the IL.
The duo are first and second on the team, in some order, in OPS, RBI, total bases, and WAR.
Will Stars George Springer, Kris Bryant, Corey Seager Go To 10-Day IL?
George Springer, Corey Seager, and Kris Bryant missed games this weekend with right elbow soreness, a left leg contusion, and left foot plantar fasciitis, respectively.
Springer’s right elbow has been a problem for the last six weeks after suffering a likely forearm strain, according to the Docs, and the missed time is not a major concern.
Seagar’s return will likely depend on his level of swelling, but the Rangers haven’t ruled out a trip to the IL.
Bryant’s plantar fasciitis has lingered for the last week and left Sunday’s game after aggravating the injury.