MLB injury report: Return timeline, updates for Gary Sanchez, Blake Snell, others

Baseball's regular season is here, and the injury bug is already feasting on some of the game's top players.

We have every single MLB injury chronicled here and updated often to let you know who is in or out each night and beyond. But this page will look at the most important injuries in MLB and how they are affecting teams and players moving forward. 

Notable MLB injuries

Giancarlo Stanton LF •

Injury: Biceps

Status: On 10-day IL; return timetable unknown

April 1 update: Stanton was placed on the injured list one day after going 0 for 2 with three walks and two strikeouts. There was no obvious play where he suffered the injury. The Yankees did not announce the severity of the injury nor a timetable for Stanton's return.

Injury: Fractured toe

Status: On 10-day IL; return imminent

April 16 update: Snell suffered a broken toe when a granite pole fell on his foot. He's expected to miss one start.

Luis Severino SP •

Injury: Shoulder

Status: On 10-day IL; out until at least mid-May, probably longer

April 8 update: Severino has suffered a setback on his ailing rotator cuff. He was throwing long toss and "didn't feel great." He's having an MRI in New York in the coming days

Injury: Strained calf

Status: On 10-day IL

April 12 update: Sanchez was placed on the IL retroactive to April 11. At this point, there's no reason to think he'll miss longer than the necessary time.

Mike Clevinger SP •

Injury: Upper back strain

Status: On 10-day IL; won't resume baseball activities for six-to-eight weeks

April 9 update: Clevinger exited his Sunday start early (5 IP, 10 K) with back tightness, and he was later diagnosed with a high grade strain of his Teres major muscle in his upper back. Manager Terry Francona told reporters on Tuesday that Clevinger won't pick up a baseball for six-to-eight weeks.

Jon Lester SP •
ERA3.32
WHIP1.31
IP181.2
BB64
K149


Injury:
 Hamstring

Status: On 10-day IL; expected to miss one or two starts

April 10 update: The Chicago Cubs placed lefty Jon Lester on the 10-day injured list, after tweaking his left hamstring while running the bases on Monday in the Cubs' home opening win over the Pirates. Chicago manager Joe Maddon told 670 The Score that he expects Lester to miss one or two starts.

Injury: Calf, ankle

Status: On 10-day IL; return timetable unknown

April 3 update: Lindor was rehabbing a calf injury when he suffered an acute ankle sprain running the bases. He's since been cleared to resume baseball activities, with an eye on returning in late April or early May.

Shohei Ohtani SP •

Injury: Recovery from Tommy John surgery

Status: Won't pitch in 2019, may return as DH in May

March 7 update: The Angels' two-way sensation underwent Tommy John surgery in October. He recently began his post-surgery throwing program, but he won't pitch in 2019. He will, however, resume his role as the Angels' primary DH, possibly as early as May. As MLB.com's Alyson Footer reports, Ohtani recently began hitting soft toss, which is an important step forward. 

Trea Turner SS •

Injury: Finger

Status: On 10-day IL; return timetable unknown

April 3 update: Turner fractured his finger after being hit by a ball on a bunt attempt. He left the game immediately afterward. So far, no timetable has been provided. 

Carlos Martinez SP •

Injury: Shoulder

Status: On 10-day IL; out until at least May

March 8 update: Martinez was shut down earlier this spring because of discomfort in his throwing shoulder. He received a PRP injection in late February and could resume throwing inside of a week. He's not likely to be ready by Opening Day, but his progress suggests that he could return soon after that. 

Injury: Shoulder

Status: On 10-day IL; return timetable unknown

March 29 update: Polanco underwent labrum surgery last September, which he required him to start the regular season on the injured list. Polanco saw action in Triple-A on March 28. 

Corey Dickerson LF •

Injury: Shoulder

Status: On 10-day IL; could miss up to a month

April 4 update: The Pirates placed Dickerson on the IL with a posterior strain to his right shoulder

Yoenis Cespedes CF •

Injury: Heel

Status: On IL; expected to play this season

Feb. 15 update: Last summer, the Mets' outfielder underwent surgery on both heels, so the recovery process has been a methodical one. There's no clear timetable for his return, and this point the only guide is Cespedes' mid-February statement that he believes he will return to the active roster at some point in 2019. Earlier that same month, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen indicated that the team probably wouldn't have a time frame for Cespedes' return until after the regular season begins. 

Mike Foltynewicz SP •

Injury: Elbow

Status: On 10-day IL; out until at least early April

April 1 update: Foltynewicz's right elbow soreness appears not to be a serious ailment, but he was unable to recover in time for Opening Day. Foltynewicz is expected to make a Triple-A rehab start on April 4 in hopes of returning to the bigs later in the month.

Miguel Sano 3B •

Injury: Foot

Status: On 10-day IL; out until at least early May

March 8 update: On Tuesday, Sano had surgery on a laceration to his lower Achilles area of his right ankle. The injury took place in January, but the Twins elected to get more aggressive in the treatment. The Twins knew the injury took place in the Dominican Republic but were reportedly surprised as to the severity once Sano arrived in camp. Sano isn't expected to begin baseball activity until the middle of April, per chief baseball officer Derek Falvey (MLB.com).  

Aaron Hicks CF •
BA.248
R90
HR27
RBI79
SB11

Injury: Back

Status: On 10-day IL; out until at least early April 

April 1 update: Hicks began the season on the injured list due to a lower back injury suffered in early March. Hicks, who signed a seven-year extension in the offseson, has yet to resume baseball activities, but is hopeful of a return in April.

Dellin Betances RP •
ERA2.70
WHIP1.05
IP66.2
BB26
K115

Injury: Shoulder

Status: On 10-day IL; return timetable unknown

April 12 update: Betances did not have a good simulated game and is unlikely to return anytime soon.

Injury: Shoulder

Status: On 10-day IL; out until at least mid-April

March 29 update: Jeffress is dealing with right shoulder inflammation. He threw an inning in extended spring training and is expected to throw again on Tuesday. Could return by mid-April.

Justin Upton LF •

Injury: Toe

Status: On 10-day IL; out until at least June

March 29 update: Upton sustained a left big toe sprain late in spring training and opened the season on the IL retroactive to March 25. He's expected to miss 8-12 weeks of action.

Andrew Heaney SP •

Injury: Elbow

Status: On 10-day IL; return timetable unknown

March 29 update: Heaney, who is dealing with left elbow inflammation, is expected to undergo an MRI on April 1. 

Kyle Seager 3B •

Injury: Hand

Status: On 60-day IL; out until at least June

March 29 update: Seager is working his way back from left hand surgery in March and is not expected to swing a bat until May. He is expected to be out until possibly June.

Dustin Pedroia 2B •

Injury: Knee 

Status: On 10-day IL

April 1 update: Pedroia, who has been sidelined due to left knee inflammation, is expected start a Class A rehab assignment on April 4, and could be activated by April 9. 

Didi Gregorius SS •

Injury: Recovering from October 2018 Tommy John surgery

Status: On 10-day IL; out until at least June

March 29 update: Began throwing and taking dry swings in March. Could return at some point in June.

Out for the 2019 season 

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