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MLB injury report for Monday, May 15

We provide updates on notable injury news, providing fantasy baseball and betting analysis on Monday, May 15.

Miami Marlins center fielder Jazz Chisholm Jr. circles the bases after hitting a home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at loanDepot Park. Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Some of the game’s brightest young stars faced some tough injury news on Sunday, as the 2023 MLB season continues to take its toll. We’ll catch you up on everything else you might’ve missed with our daily injury report.

MLB injury report: Monday, May 15

Jazz Chisholm (toe)/Jesus Sanchez (hamstring), Miami Marlins — Chisholm suffered what was initially described as a foot contusion after banging into the outfield wall while attempting to track down a fly ball on Saturday:

The Marlins star wasn’t in the lineup on Sunday, and manager Skip Schumaker told reporters that Chisholm is dealing with turf toe and will need to see a specialist on Monday. This would seem to be a bit more long-term than a bruise, and would seem to raise the possibility of Chisholm landing on the IL depending on the specialist’s guidance.

Sanchez was also forced to exit early on Saturday, and the outfielder has in fact landed on the IL already. It’s a right hamstring strain, and while the team is hopeful that they caught it early enough to avoid a lengthy absence, it’s obviously too soon to tell. Sanchez was finally enjoying a long-awaited breakout year this season, so here’s hoping he comes back soon.

A.J. Puk (elbow), Miami Marlins — Those aren’t the only two notable absences for the Fish. Puk, who’d settled into a groove as the team’s closer, was initially unavailable for Sunday with what the team referred to as dead arm. After the game, though, the diagnosis became more specific — and Puk landed on the IL.

Just this season, we’ve seen nerve irritation lead to Tommy John surgery for Jeffrey Springs while Boston Red Sox righty Garrett Whitlock is already beginning a rehab assignment, so a timetable for return here is anyone’s guess. Dylan Floro picked up the save on Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds and looks to be the add moving forward.

Yandy Diaz (groin), Tampa Bay Rays — Diaz left Sunday’s win over the New York Yankees after just one inning due to what the team is calling groin tightness. He’s set to undergo an MRI at some point on Monday, after which we should know more about the severity of the injury and how long he could be out. Tampa has Monday off, but Diaz — who’s posted a 1.008 ERA atop the Rays’ league-best lineup so far this year — should be considered highly questionable for Tuesday’s showdown with Justin Verlander and the New York Mets.

Nick Lodolo (calf), Cincinnati Reds — After having his scheduled start pushed back two separate times last week, it felt like the writing was on the wall for Lodolo and his calf injury, and sure enough, the news isn’t great:

Hopefully this will allow the electric lefty to kick the bad batted-ball luck that had bogged him down recently. Derek Law is a candidate to fill Lodolo’s spot in the rotation while he’s out.

Dylan Carlson (ankle), St. Louis Cardinals — Carlson tweaked his ankle while running out of the box on Sunday night against the Boston Red Sox, and while he played the field the next half-inning, he was forced to leave before taking his next at-bat. Manager Oli Marmol didn’t sound too concerned after the game, but Carlson should miss at least a game or two while the swelling subsides.

Lars Nootbaar, Alec Burleson and Brendan Donovan should handle outfield duties for now, with Paul DeJong and Tommy Edman manning the middle infield spots.

C.J. Cron (back), Colorado Rockies — It initially appeared that Cron had injured his left leg during an at-bat against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, but the team clarified later that Cron had actually been forced to leave due to back spasms that made it difficult for the first baseman to walk. That obviously sounds pretty serious, and manager Bud Black told reporters that Cron is likely to land on the IL. Mike Moustakas should see more time at the cold corner if that’s the case.

Pete Fairbanks (forearm), Tampa Bay Rays — Finally some good news for a Rays arm. Fairbanks made it through his two rehab appearances pain-free and is reportedly set to come off the IL on Tuesday as soon as he’s eligible. Jason Adam has filled in admirably as the Rays’ closer over the last couple of weeks, and manager Kevin Cash will likely play matchups in the later innings, but Fairbanks remains a solid add in most leagues.

Oswald Peraza (ankle)/Carlos Rodon (forearm), New York Yankees — We’d say Peraza’s ankle looks just fine:

The top prospect began his rehab assignment today after landing on the IL with a sprained ankle last week, and he should be set to return after the minimum. Whether he can find regular playing time in New York’s infield (or handle big league pitching) is another question.

Rodon is still taking things very slowly, but he crossed another small step off the checklist on Sunday when he began throwing from 60-75 feet, per manager Aaron Boone. Throwing off a mound will be next, but he’s still many weeks away from his New York debut — if his back troubles don’t flare up again.

Travis Jankowski (hamstring)/Mitch Garver (knee), Texas Rangers — A couple of updates on some Rangers regulars:

Jankowski, who was hitting over .300 when he strained his hamstring, should be on track to return at some point next week — which is also when Garver will start his rehab assignment as he works his way back from a knee injury.

Seth Brown (oblique), Oakland Athletics — Oblique injuries, man. Brown’s been sidelined for most of the 2023 season, and just as he appeared ready to return to the Majors, he was removed from a rehab game at Triple-A and sent back to Oakland to be reevaluated. The team likely will know more later today, but things certainly don’t seem to be trending in the right direction. Brown hit 29 homers and stole eight bases last year for the A’s.

Ryan Feltner (head), Colorado Rockies — Feltner took a 93-mph line drive off the head from Nick Castellanos on Saturday, and after being evaluated at a local hospital it’s been determined that the righty suffered a skull fracture and a concussion. He won’t need surgery and has already been discharged from the hospital, but he’ll be out several weeks if not months.