MLB injury report: Return timeline, updates for Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and others

We're already in the thick of the Major League Baseball regular season, 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 •
BA.250
R1
HR0
RBI0
SB0

• Injury: Left calf tightness
• Status: On 10-day IL; return timetable unknown
• May 22 update: Stanton originally landed on the injured list with a biceps strain, then his IL stint was extended because of a shoulder strain. He began a minor-league rehab assignment with High-A Tampa earlier this week, but the Yankees announced that Stanton will hit pause on his rehab assignment because of muscle tightness in his left calf. You can read more on Stanton's outlook here.

Aaron Judge RF •
BA.288
R13
HR5
RBI11
SB2

• Injury: Strained left oblique
• Status: On 10-day IL; return timetable unknown
• May 14 update: The injury has described as "significant" and oblique strains are always tough to predict anyway. As such, expect Judge to miss at least a couple weeks. "He hasn't graduated to baseball activities yet," manager Aaron Boone told reporters Tuesday. "It does seem like it's going well and there's small improvements every single day, but we're going to get to a point where range of motion and the exercises that he does, where that feeling (in the oblique) is going to be out of there."

Jose Altuve 2B •
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R21
HR9
RBI21
SB1

• Injury: Left hamstring strain
• Status: On 10-day IL; return timetable unknown
• May 17 update: Although Altuve's injury is reportedly mild, the team is not anticipating their second baseman to be activated from the IL on May 21, the first day which he is allowed to return. Altuve has rode a stationary bike and done some leg training, but he has yet to progress to running. Manager A.J. Hinch told reporters that he "thinks it's a good idea" for Altuve to go on a minor-league rehab assignment.

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Christian Yelich MIL • RF • 22
BA.325
R40
HR19
RBI41
SB9

• Injury: Back
• Status: Day-to-day; return timetable unknown
• May 22 update: Yelich remains out of the lineup with back spasms. The right fielder has been dealing with back issues for a while this season, but the spasms are reported to be less serious than the back stiffness that forced him to miss time a weeks ago. On Wednesday, Yelich told MLB.com's Adam McClavy that his back has improved, and he's hopeful about returning in time for Friday's game against the Phillies.

Khris Davis DH •
BA.248
R23
HR12
RBI29
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• Injury
: Left hip/oblique contusion
• Status: 10-day IL
• May 24 update: Davis initially suffered his hip/oblique injury on May 5 when he collided with the left field side wall making a catch. Since then, he had been in and out of the lineup, but did not looked fully healed. On Friday, the A's officially placed Davis on the 10-day IL, retroactive to May 22. To take his place on the roster, outfielder Skye Bolt was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas. A's manager Bob Melvin told reporters that Davis will be shut down for five days, and then the team will re-evaluate.

Andrelton Simmons SS •
BA.298
R22
HR3
RBI21
SB5

• Injury: Ankle sprain
• Status: 10-day IL
• May 21 update: Simmons sustained a Grade 3 ankle sprain (the most severe) while trying to beat out a ground ball in Monday's game against the Twins. The Angels' Gold Glove shortstop is expected to be out longer than 10 days, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger notes that the the typical recovery timeline would range from eight to 12 weeks, but the Angels won't announce a timeline for his return until he sees a specialist on Wednesday.

Fernando Tatis SS •
BA.300
R14
HR6
RBI13
SB6

• Injury: Left hamstring strain
• Status: 10-day IL; return timetable unknown 
• May 16 update: The Padres placed Tatis on the 10-day IL, retroactive to April 29, with a left hamstring strain but the team's young shortstop is unlikely to return during San Diego's ongoing homestead, which concludes May 22. "He's still not quite running at 100 percent yet," manager Andy Green told reporters Thursday. "He's got to clear that hurdle before we even talk about what day he's back or what day he's re-introduced to baseball activity. We said from the beginning, it's his timetable. When he's ready to run at that speed, he'll run at that speed. He's just not quite ready for that yet."

Felix Hernandez SP •
ERA6.52
WHIP1.50
IP38.2
BB8
K34

• Injury: Right lat/shoulder strain
• Status: 10-day IL 
• May 14 update: Hernandez will miss four to six weeks after being diagnosed with a Grade 1 lat strain, manager Scott Servais announced on Tuesday. The M's ace will be shut down from throwing for the next one to two weeks, and then he will be re-evaluated to determine whether he can begin a throwing program.

A.J. Pollock CF •
BA.223
R15
HR2
RBI14
SB0

• Injury: Right elbow infection
• Status: 10-day IL; out at least six more weeks
• May 3 update: Pollock will be out for at least six weeks after undergoing surgery to clear up an infection in his surgically repaired right elbow. Pollock told reporters that doctors inserted a catheter into his left biceps in order to deliver antibiotics to the affected area in his right arm. A firm timetable for his return has yet to be released by the Dodgers.

Nathan Eovaldi SP •
ERA6.00
WHIP1.52
IP21.0
BB11
K16

• Injury: Elbow surgery
• Status: On 10-day IL
• May 17 update: Eovaldi hasn't had any issues throughout his recovery from surgery to remove loose bodies in his right elbow on April 23. He will throw his first bullpen session since his surgery on Tuesday. Eovaldi underwent a similar operation as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays last year.

Luis Severino SP •

• Injury: Shoulder
• Status: On 10-day IL; out until the second half
• May 5 update: Severino will not return to the Yankees until after the All-Star Game, according to Brian Cashman.

Mike Clevinger SP •
ERA0.00
WHIP.50
IP12.0
BB4
K22

• Injury: Upper back strain
• Status: On 60-day IL; timetable is unclear
• May 6 update: Clevinger played catch from 120 feet, and told The Athletic's Zack Meisel that he felt "like money" after the session. It's a good sign for the right-hander, who will be eligible to come off the 60-day injured list on June 7, should he ultimately prove ready.

Corey Dickerson LF •
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R1
HR1
RBI2
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• Injury: Shoulder
• Status: On 10-day IL
• May 15 update: The Pirates placed Dickerson on the IL with a posterior strain to his right shoulder at the beginning of April. Dickerson was set to begin a rehab assignment in late April before suffering a setback, he was shut down from throwing for a brief period. Now, he will work to build his throwing distance back up, and the outfielder is set to progress to long toss over the weekend.

Yoenis Cespedes CF •

• Injury: Heel
• Status: On IL; expected to play this season
• May 17 update: The Mets' outfielder is recovering from surgery on both heels, but has recently begun light running (no explosive activity yet) and took batting practice. Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen told reporters, "time will tell," when asked if Cespedes would play this season.

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

• Injury: Shoulder
• Status: On 60-day IL; team is hopeful he will be ready sometime in June
• May 15 update: Betances resumed his throwing program, and had increased his distance, playing catch at a distance of 90 feet. Manager Aaron Boone told reporters that he doesn't know when Betances might start throwing from a mound.

Justin Upton LF •

• Injury: Toe
• Status: On 60-day IL; out until at least June
• April 23 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. The Angels moved Upton to the 60-day IL to clear a 40-man roster spot.

• Injury: Elbow
• Status: On 10-day IL; out until at least mid-May
• May 22 update: Heaney was sidelined with left elbow inflammation, but he threw 4 1/3 innings (73 pitches) and struck out 10 in a rehab start on Monday. Heaney may be asked to make one more rehab start since two was the expected number of starts before re-joining the Angels.

• Injury: Hand
• Status: On 60-day IL; Mariners targeting a late May return
• May 17 update: Seager is working his way back from left hand surgery, and he completed his second rehab appearance at Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday. In the game, Seager started at third base and went 2 for 4 with an RBI single and a run.

Dustin Pedroia 2B •
BA.100
R1
HR0
RBI1
SB0

• Injury: Knee 
• Status: On 10-day IL
• May 9 update: Pedroia is set to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday. He will bat third and play second base for Pawtucket. Pedroia spoke to reporters in Pawtucket on Friday, and told them that part of his rehab is getting used to his post-surgery knee brace that he will need to wear.

Didi Gregorius SS •

• Injury: Recovering from October 2018 Tommy John surgery
• Status: On 10-day IL; out until at least June
• May 5 update: Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said in an interview on Sirius XM Sunday that Didi Gregorius could play in extended spring training games as soon as May 20.

Out for the 2019 season 

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