The players below are all on the injured list with recent updates to their return timetable.
Players returning soon:
Nelson Cruz (wrist) is eligible to be activated on Friday. Cruz suffered the injury on May 12 but seems to be ready to go after no setbacks in batting practice.
Jimmy Nelson (shoulder) had surgery in September 2017 while in the midst of a career year. Now Nelson is finally back and has performed well in his rehab starts. He likely has one more rehab start before he gets the call to the majors. He has an ESPN own percentage of 8.4 and is worth an add in preparation for the call-up.
Fernando Tatis Jr. (hamstring) has been out since late April but looks to be back before May is over. Tatis started 2019 well by slashing a .300 avg, .360 OBP, and .550 SLG. If he can return to this form he’ll be one of the better shortstops in the league.
Elvis Andrus (hamstring) is currently playing with double-A Frisco. He seems to be back to normal and should be activated this weekend when first eligible.
Michael Conforto (concussion) has been feeling better the past couple days while doing some workouts. He will be activated Thursday or Friday.
Kenta Maeda (thigh) has been announced as the Dodgers starter for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
James Paxton (knee) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Friday. If he feels fine after that he could be pitching in the majors again soon. Look for him to be one of the better pitchers when he’s back.
Kyle Seager (hand) has all signs pointing up after sitting out the whole year so far. He will be activated on Saturday and could provide value to fantasy owners.
Andrew Heaney (elbow) had a stellar performance in his only game of 2019. He pitched four innings and only allowed three batters on base while striking out 10. Look for him to return to the Angels before the end of May.
Players returning in June:
Jose Altuve (hamstring) is one of the best players in the MLB, however, his 2019 has been unlike him. The Astros placed him on the injured list May 11. Ten days later he has yet to play a rehab game. Before the Astros activate their star second baseman he’ll need to play a few games in the minors. His timetable will be clearer in the next couple of days.
Mike Clevinger (back) was dominant his first two games of the season before being hurt. His rehab has gone well but he has yet to throw in a live game. If he suffers no setbacks during his rehab stint he’ll be on track to return to the Indians around June seventh.
Didi Gregorius (elbow) is recovering from Tommy John surgery and is currently playing extended spring training. As long as he keeps playing and stays healthy he’ll be a welcome sight to the Yankees around mid-June.
Tyler Glasnow (forearm) was one of the best pitchers before straining his forearm. It was a mild strain that won’t require an extended absence however in order to get back to game strength he’ll need at least another three weeks.
Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) struggled early on before having surgery in mid-April. He is in the process of building his workload up in bullpen sessions. He should be back in mid-June though and could provide value as a streamer.
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