Injury notes: Alvarez, Reynolds, Garcia, Witt

Jordan Alvarez Not in the day Astros Line-up, where Slug is still dealing with a wrench in his right hand. The same injury had already sent Alvarez to the injured list for 10 days for a minimum stay before the All-Star break, and medical examinations during that IL period revealed no structural damage. However, director Dusty Baker told reporters (including Chandler Roma from the Houston Chronicle) that the Astros will give Alvarez some time off from time to time due to this apparently ongoing injury. “We knew we were going to have to hit him every now and then, but it was painful and we didn’t want the pain to get worse.Baker said.

With two homers in 13 appearances for the board in his four games since returning from IL, Alvarez doesn’t appear to have this recurring hand problem, although some extra rest could certainly prevent a more serious injury. The last thing Alvarez and the Astros want is a longer IL trip that cuts both from Alvarez’s amazing season and potential availability in the playoffs. Alvarez hit a whopping 307/.407/.668 over 329 PA in 2022, leading the bigs in both the sluggish percentage and OPS.

More injury updates from all over baseball….

  • Brian Reynolds Jason McKee told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he aims to return from his 10-day casualty list within piratesThe next series of matches with the Cubs on Monday and Tuesday. A left-leaning strain pushed Reynolds to the injured list for 10 days on July 11, though he appears to have avoided the long absences that can often come from skewed problems. In fact, the period of working at IL may have prevented a long-term problem, as Reynolds said the injury “It bothered me for several series before. It got to the point where I needed to say something. I don’t want to make it worse. While his return before the trade deadline will inevitably spur more rumors, there isn’t much expectation that the Buccaneers will actually deal with Reynolds, unless another team meets Pittsburgh’s outsized demands.
  • looks as if Ronnie Garcia Returns to the list of infected, such as tigers Management AJ Hench For reporters (including MLB.com’s Jason Beck) that Garcia felt discomfort in his biceps during the start of the day. Garcia just activated from a three week period of IL (due to shoulder soreness) to get off today, but a biceps problem forced Garcia out of the game after only 2 2/3 innings. Hinch said Garcia will be shutting down for now, creating another vacancy in Detroit’s injury-ridden rotation. Five other starters are already in IL with temporary or end-of-season injuries, plus Eduardo Rodriguez It is still on the banned list. Today’s abridged outing has pushed Garcia’s Era to 4.59 over the Tigers’ 51 runs this season.
  • Bobby Witt Jr. It is day after day with tight right hamstring, like Royals He took what the club described as a “precautionary” removal of the rising star after the first half of today’s match. Witt said that the tests did not reveal any significant damage Lynn Worthy of the Kansas City Star and other reporters, but it seems likely that the royal family will give Witt a game or two to recuperate. Heralded as one of the best prospects in baseball, Witt netted .258/.301/.459 over his first 379 PA in the major leagues.

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