MLB Injury Storylines to Watch This Week (7/11-7/18)

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Jul 4, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez (44) hits a
Jul 4, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez (44) hits a / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Will Yordan Alvarez Undergo Hand Surgery?

The AL West-leading Houston Astros placed DH Yordan Alvarez on the 10-day IL with a lingering hand injury. 

Manager Dusty Baker tentatively expects Alvarez to return against the New York Yankees on July 21, but our team of ProBaseballDocs beg to differ and anticipate an extended absence. 

The Docs believe that a surgery to excise a damaged portion of Alvarez’s right hamate bone is the best course of action, which would leave him out for 6-to-8 weeks.

Wander Franco Injury Update

Tampa Bay Rays star shortstop Wander Franco left Saturday’s game in the first inning after injuring himself on a swing against hard-throwing Cincinnati Reds starter Hunter Greene.

Franco was placed on the 10-day IL immediately after the game and manager Kevin Cash told reporters the injury is to the hamate bone.

As our Pro Baseball Docs detailed, Franco is also likely to miss 6-to-8 weeks. 

Jonathan Aranda will take his spot on the roster but it remains to be seen who will play shortstop for Tampa Bay with Franco out.

Red Sox Injury Report

Left-handed ace Chris Sale is scheduled to make his season debut this Tuesday as the Boston Red Sox experience their worst injury luck of the season.

Starting pitchers Nathan Eovaldi, Michael Wacha, Rich Hill, Garrett Whittlock, and Connor Seabold, and relievers Matt Barnes and Tyler Danish, have all been placed on the 15-day IL over the last month.

Additionally, third baseman Rafael Devers missed two straight games against the Yankees after aggravating a lower-back injury and everyman Christian Arroyo went to the 10-day IL with a left groin strain, joining centerfielder Enrique Hernandez. 

Eovaldi is progressing through a rehab assignment and is the closest to the majors of the bunch, but Boston will have to work with a cobblestone pitching staff for the short-term future.

Jacob deGrom Injury Update

New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom made his second rehab start at Class-A on Friday and will graduate to a 50-pitch limit in Triple-A for his next appearance as he works his way back from a March shoulder stress reaction. 

He is expected to start on either Wednesday or Thursday after striking out 11 of 18 batters across 4.2 scoreless innings for St. Lucie.

The ProBaseballDocs have been steadfast that deGrom would face an extended absence and could be in danger of facing further injury issues as he battles kinetic chain arm ailments for the second consecutive season. 

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