It seems like every team in the OMLB has been affected one way or another by a major injury to an impact player on their roster’s. Some worse than others, others lucky to be almost in the clear. Let’s take a quick rundown through the injuries of players that could make a difference on the teams around the league.
SP Charlie Morton – Was injured on July 14th, and it’s a big one. Ruptured Ulnar Collateral Ligament. Out for 13 months, effectively ending this season and most likely all of next season for Charlie.
SP Gerrit Cole – Was injured on August 7th, with a radial nerve decompression surgery. Will sideline the new Rockies ace for 4 months, bringing an end to Cole’s 2022 season.
RP Alex Lange– was hurt on August 6th and will be shelved for 10-11 months. This injury isn’t too significant, but when you add it to the Case Mize (hurt in 2021, 8 Weeks left), Matt Manning (9 months) and Corey Kluber (6 weeks) injuries, suddenly pitchers can’t seem to stay healthy in Detroit. (Also Jose Cisnero, Blake Weiman and Tarik Skubal will all miss lengthy times on the IL.)
SP Trevor Bauer – was injured on the 14th of July, but the Dodgers can rest easy as he is expected back in the rotation in 2 weeks, along with Caleb Ferguson in 1 day, and Gavin Lux (unknown) eventually, while David Price is still out for 6 more weeks, meaning he could be back in time for playoff baseball.
CF Cody Bellinger – This one is going to hurt. The best position player, on the best team in the league, goes down with a season-ending fractured knee just 8 days ago. Good thing for LA fans, they have a lot of talent to survive this one injury.
SS Luis Urias – will miss 4 more weeks with a fractured thumb.
P Freddy Peralta- Season is over with shoulder inflammation, sitting down Freddy for 8 weeks.Yankees:
2B DJ LeMahieu – Lost back in April, recent set back will officially bring and end to DJ’s 2022 Season.
SP Luis Severino – Sevy was also injured back in April, when he tore his Flexor Tendon. Out 6 months.
CL Aroldis Chapman – Chappie was also lost back in April and will be shelved for another 11-12 months.
SP Jameson Taillon – Injured in late June, and currently has an unknown length of time to get healthy.
P Daulton Jefferies & 2B Tucupita Marcano – Both gentlemen injured back in May, likely both seasons are lost.
RP Darren O’Day – Injured on July 15th with forearm inflammation. Timetable to return is unknown at this time.
1B – Vladimir Guerrero Jr – This one hurts San Diego. Injured on July 26th Vlady will still be out of the lineup for another 4 weeks. Making it back in-time for a stretch run of April and the post-season.
P Kenta Maeda – Injured back in May, Maeda will miss 8 more weeks, or the rest of the season. Maeda was huge for San Diego down the stretch last season as he was 6-1 with a 2.15 ERA after being acquired around the trade deadline last season.
P Tyler Rogers – Elite closer, will miss the rest of the season with should inflammation.
2B Donovan Solano –One of the best contact hitters in all of OMLB, Solano will be back in September.
RF Jarred Kelenic – Will be back from groin tightness tomorrow, barring any setbacks.
P Sean Manaea – Will be back in 2 weeks from elbow tendinitis, barring any setbacks.Cardinals:
P Ryan Helsley – Should be back in 5 weeks, just in time for a September run.
3B Nolan Arenado – Should be able to shake off his strained hammy in 2-3 weeks.
P Jake Thompson – Season is over due to radial nerve decompression surgery, will miss another 5 months.
2B Ian Happ – Should be back in two days, barring any setbacks.Rays:
P Brendan McKay – Suffered a torn UCL last September, still 2-3 months from recovery.
P Colin Poche – Out for one more week and is considered day-to-day
P Shane McClanahan – Out with partially torn UCL for 7 more months. Suffered injury on July 16th.
3B Josh Donaldson – Only out for another week before returning from a quad strain. Considered day-to-day.Blue Jays:
P Brad Keller – Went down in April with a torn elbow ligament. Still has 7 months of recovery left.Nationals:
P Max Scherzer – Name was dangled on a line during the trade deadline, but Washington decided not to make a move. Will return to the mound in 2 days.
P Matt Cronin – Only injured for another 3 days with a herniated disc in his back, barring any setbacks.
These injuries or recoveries as in a few examples are definitely going to make an impact on these clubs as we round third base and race for home in the final legs of the season. Itll be fun to see how it all plays out this season.
The AL has 8 teams jockeying for the post season. Those teams include Tampa Bay Rays (AL East leader), Toronto Blue Jays (currently #1 WC), New York Yankees (3 GB #2WC and 8 GB TB), Boston Red Sox (8.5 GB TB, 3.5 GB WC#2) Chicago White Sox (AL Central leader), Cleveland Guardians (1.5 GB #2 WC and 6 GB division leader), Houston Astros (AL West leader), Seattle Mariners (5 GB division leader and sitting in #2 WC spot) for the American League.
While in the NL there it a total 6 teams fighting for 5 playoff spots. We have a two-man race in the East. Currently the New York Mets (NL East Leader) are in charge with a slim 1.5 game lead over current #2 Wild Card team Atlanta Braves. We also have a two-man race in the NL Central as the Brewers hold a comfy 6.5 game lead over second place Cincinnati Reds who currently sit 5 games behind Atlanta for a Wild Card berth. Finally we have the Los Angeles Dodgers with the best record in OMLB currently running away with the NL West for the second season in a row as they sit 7 games ahead of second place and second best record in the OMLB San Diego Padres, who are currently sitting in the #1 Wild Card holder position in the NL.