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Chances are you're feeling the crunch right about now. Players seem to be going on the IL faster than they're coming off, and you only have so much space to work with. If you're lucky, your commissioner has thrown you an IL spot or two (or, um ... five?) so you don't lose a bench spot every time a player is sidelined, but you may be reaching the point where even those are beginning to overflow.

Juan Soto is the latest to go down, landing on the IL with a shoulder strain. The news came out of left field about an hour before Tuesday's game, but manager Dave Martinez's comments after the game suggest the move was made out of an abundance of caution and would likely result in a short absence. Still, Soto will have to consume an IL spot for now.

The good news is that some season-long stashes are now being activated. Kyle Lewis, out since late in spring training with a bone bruise in his knee, returned to the lineup Tuesday, and the Padres have finally built up Dinelson Lamet to the point that they'll turn him loose Wednesday. Ke'Bryan Hayes and Austin Nola are also on the path to returning.

But there's downside when a player comes off the IL, too. If you had him stashed in an IL spot, you have to cut someone, and sometimes -- probably not in the case of those players I mentioned, but sometimes -- the right player to cut is the very one you're activating.

It might make you wonder why you stashed him in the first place. Well, this list is intended to advise you as to which injured players are most worth stashing and which aren't so much, in case you have to make some tough decisions. The criteria is a combination of how good the player is, how long he's expected to miss and whether the injury might have a lingering effect on his performance.

Too valuable to drop, period
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Juan Soto Washington Nationals RF
strained shoulder
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Christian Yelich Milwaukee Brewers LF
strained back
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Cody Bellinger Los Angeles Dodgers CF
hairline fracture in fibula
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Anthony Rendon Los Angeles Angels 3B
strained groin
5
Lance Lynn Chicago White Sox SP
strained trapezius
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George Springer Toronto Blue Jays CF
strained quadriceps
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Carlos Carrasco New York Mets SP
strained hamstring
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Ketel Marte Arizona Diamondbacks CF
strained hamstring
9
Jose Altuve Houston Astros 2B
illness
10
Dinelson Lamet San Diego Padres SP
sprained elbow
11
Max Fried Atlanta Braves SP
strained hamstring
12
Luke Voit New York Yankees 1B
torn meniscus
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Adalberto Mondesi Kansas City Royals SS
strained oblique
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Ke'Bryan Hayes Pittsburgh Pirates 3B
jammed wrist
15
Jake McGee San Francisco Giants RP
illness
Maybe in the shallowest leagues
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Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals SP
shoulder inflammation
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Starling Marte Miami Marlins CF
fractured rib
18
Mike Moustakas Cincinnati Reds 3B
illness
19
Teoscar Hernandez Toronto Blue Jays RF
illness
20
Jordan Romano Toronto Blue Jays RP
ulnar neuritis
If you have to, you have to
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Mike Soroka Atlanta Braves SP
shoulder discomfort, ruptured Achilles
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Framber Valdez Houston Astros SP
fractured finger
23
Max Kepler Minnesota Twins RF
COVID-19
24
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Luis Severino New York Yankees SP
Tommy John surgery
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Noah Syndergaard New York Mets SP
Tommy John surgery
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Tony Gonsolin Los Angeles Dodgers SP
shoulder inflammation
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Austin Nola San Diego Padres C
fractured finger
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Julian Merryweather Toronto Blue Jays RP
strained oblique
Stashing is purely a luxury
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Gavin Lux Los Angeles Dodgers 2B
sore wrist
30
Drew Smyly Atlanta Braves SP
forearm inflammation
31
Johnny Cueto San Francisco Giants SP
strained lat
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Brendan Rodgers Colorado Rockies 2B
strained hamstring
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Chris Sale Boston Red Sox SP
Tommy John surgery
34
Nate Pearson Toronto Blue Jays SP
strained groin
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Christian Walker Arizona Diamondbacks 1B
strained oblique