MLB News of the Day: More players head to the IL as the season continues
Ricky Gray | July 11, 2022
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Astros, Mets, and Rays lose several players to the injured list with various injuries.
It’s unfortunate when it happens but it’s part of the game as we continue through the season. Multiple teams are losing players at an alarming rate as fatigue sets in.
The Houston Astros will be without Yordan Alvarez for some time as Alvarez’s hand has “gotten worse”. He was placed on the 10-Day IL due to inflammation in his hand.
Astros manager Dusty Baker told Houston Chronicle reporters: “Yordan has been suffering with the injury for a couple weeks and it's gotten worse.”
Baker continued: “We decided that hey, the only way to get this well is to try to use these (series) before the All-Star break to coincide with the 10 that he has to be on the IL.”
New York Mets catcher James McCann went to the 10-day IL as well with a left oblique strain. The good news is that the Mets could have outfielder Starling Marte back soon as he left Saturday's game in the fourth inning with left groin tightness.
Marte is currently on the day-to-day list but won’t need to be sent to the IL. The team hopes the outfielder can return soon after the MRI came back with inflammation and nothing too serious.
In Tampa Bay, three players have been sent to the IL for the Rays. SS Wander Franco, CF Kevin Kiermaier, and LHP Jeffrey Springs have all been sent to the injured list.
Springs will spend the most time out after being placed on the 15-Day injured list with tightness in his lower right leg.
Expected to step in for Franco is Taylor Walls. Walls is hitting .260 with five homers, 23 RBIs, and a .704 OPS in 58 games this season.
In other moves, Tampa Bay optioned right-hander Calvin Faucher to Triple-A Durham on Sunday. The Rays have also recalled left-hander Josh Fleming from Durham.