Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors:
Shohei Ohtani, Angels
Ohtani faced a tall task in his third career start Tuesday against the Red Sox, and his night ended after two innings because of a blister on the middle finger of his right hand. He was struggling prior to departing, as he allowed three runs in two frames. One day later, the Angels remained optimistic that the phenom will be able to make his next start on the mound, which would likely be Tuesday against the Astros in Houston.
"We'll evaluate it," manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday. "He's not very concerned about it. Our medical staff is going to pay a lot of attention to it, to make sure that he's able to throw his bullpen and see where he comes out of things. We'll just take this one step at a time. We won't have to make a decision for a while."
MLB.com's Maria Guardado reported that the blister on the inside edge of Ohtani's middle finger hampered his command -- particularly on his nasty splitter -- during his tough outing against the Red Sox.
Ohtani, hitting .367/.424/.767 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 30 at-bats, is expected to continue to get starts as Los Angeles' designated hitter despite the ailment, which developed after his dominant outing vs. the A's on April 8. More > -- This report was first posted on April 18.
Freddie Freeman, Braves
Fans in Atlanta held their breath Wednesday when Phillies reliever Hoby Milner hit Freeman with a pitch on the same left wrist that Freeman fractured last season. But MLB.com's Mark Bowman reported that early indications are that Freeman might have dodged another serious injury this time around.
Video: PHI@ATL: Freeman immediately exits after HBP
The All-Star first baseman had to exit the 7-3 victory for the Braves after Milner struck his wrist with an 89-mph fastball. The Braves did not announce the results of an X-ray exam immediately performed after Wednesday's game, and will not provide any further information until Thursday. Still, Bowman said there is reason to believe the X-ray did not reveal a fracture. More > -- This report was first posted on April 18.
Taijuan Walker, D-backs
D-backs manager Torey Lovullo revealed Wednesday that Walker will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair an ulnar collateral ligament injury. An MRI taken on the right-hander's pitching elbow revealed the injury, and Walker was then in the process of getting a second opinion in New York.
Walker, who was a critical part of the D-backs' return to the postseason last year, left his start on Saturday against the Dodgers after just two innings. He first experienced forearm tightness -- a sometimes correlated symptom from a UCL injury -- during the first frame and was examined by a trainer in the second. Walker showed a decline in velocity, but strength tests conducted after he was removed gave the club optimism that he would be OK. More > This report was first posted on April 18.
Max Kepler, Twins
It was a long night for everyone during the Twins' 2-1, 16-inning victory over the Indians on Wednesday in Puerto Rico, but perhaps especially for Kepler. The Minnesota outfielder appeared to have injured his knee at some point during the contest, though manager Paul Molitor told reporters after the game that Kepler's injury should be considered minor.
Kepler was removed from the game in the 10th inning and replaced by Ryan LaMarre, who drove in the game-winning run with a walk-off single in the bottom of the 16th. -- This report was first posted on April 18.
Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox
Recovering from a small crack in the talus bone in his left ankle, Bogaerts made progress on Tuesday with what Red Sox manager Alex Cora described as "a great day." Bogaerts ran and took ground balls ahead of Boston's 10-1 win over the Angels in Anaheim.
Bogaerts, who was as hot as any player in baseball at the time of his injury on April 8, hurt himself when sliding into the walkway leading into the visiting dugout at Fenway Park while trying to recover an errant throw. Because the bone break was non-displaced, the Red Sox estimated that Bogaerts would miss just 10-14 days. He was eligible to come off the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday, though a more realistic return might be during next week's series in Toronto.
Video: TB@BOS: Bogaerts exits following run-saving play
"I don't want to put a place on it, especially [Rogers Centre], because of the turf," Cora said. "But if he's ready and capable of doing everything, and I feel comfortable with it, and everybody feels that's the player we want, yeah. But at the same time, that's a tough surface." More > -- This report was first posted on April 17.
Matt Duffy, Rays
Duffy, who suffered what he described as a "mild strain" of his right hamstring, was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday. The club is hopeful he'll be ready to come off the DL when eligible in a week and a half.
"[It's] actually not very serious, thankfully, but it is something that's going to take about five days to a week [to heal]," Duffy said. "So a DL trip is probably the safest thing. Hopefully we'll get this thing figured out and be ready to come off when I'm ready, ideally."
The third baseman singled and stole second to lead off the game for the Rays on Monday night, but seemed to jam his right leg into the base while sliding in. He was unable to score on C.J. Cron's single and was immediately pulled from the game.
Video: Matt Duffy reacts to being placed on the 10-day DL
"A hamstring tweak this early in the season is something that can really snowball," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "And we want to make sure we kind of nip it as soon as possible. Could he come back in a week? Potentially. But we have to be smart and keep Matt healthy. He's had a long road to get back [from heel surgery that forced him to miss all of 2017]. The last thing we want to do is jeopardize that by forcing him to play through something." More > -- This report was first posted on April 17.
Kevin Kiermaier, Rays
Kiermaier, one of the game's premier defenders will be out three months after suffering a torn ligament in his right thumb during Sunday's loss to the Phillies. The Rays moved their star center fielder to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday.
Kiermaier hurt his thumb taking second base on an error by left fielder Rhys Hoskins. The speedy runner slid into the bag headfirst and got up shaking his right hand. He's scheduled to undergo surgery on his thumb Friday morning.
Video: Kiermaier discusses his thumb injury, timetable
"It's disappointing," Cash said. "We talk daily about how valuable he is to our lineup, to our clubhouse."
It's the third major injury for Kiermaier over the past few seasons. He missed 61 games with a fractured right hip last year and sat out 48 games with a fractured left hand in '16.
"The hand just kind of got caught in the ground," Kiermaier said. "Thumb went in at a weird angle. Just one of those things where I felt like I had the chance to overslide the bag, like I've done a couple of times in my career. And I was just trying to hold on." More > -- This report was first posted on April 17.
Ryon Healy & Mike Zunino, Mariners
The Mariners' lineup could finally be nearing full strength. Left fielder Ben Gamel (strained right oblique) was activated on Thursday, Zunino (strained left oblique) could be back from a Minor League rehab assignment before the club's upcoming road trip begins on Friday, and Healy (sprained right ankle) is on the verge of heading out for a rehab assignment.
The Mariners will face a roster crunch upon the influx of returns they anticipate, which also includes starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez (right lat strain) by the time his rotation spot comes back around on Sunday against the Rangers. Ramirez made his final rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday, striking out six and giving up four hits and two runs in 5 2/3 innings.
As it stands, the Mariners are carrying five outfielders after Gamel returned, and they may be prompted to make a decision on 44-year-old Ichiro Suzuki. Gamel has played in 10 rehab games between Class A Advanced Modesto and Triple-A Tacoma, and all indications are that he is 100 percent ready to return. More > This report was first posted on April 17.
Delino DeShields & Jurickson Profar, Rangers
The Rangers could return DeShields sooner than they anticipated, as the outfielder is expected to play for Double-A Frisco on Thursday and Friday to begin a rehab assignment for a broken bone on his left wrist that has sidelined him since March 31. DeShields could be back with the big league club as soon as this weekend, if all goes well. Initial prognosis said that DeShields would be out four to six weeks after requiring surgery to remove the broken hamate bone.
Video: DeShields on recovering well from wrist injury
"With my game, it's not going to take much to be ready to play," DeShields said. "I take a lot of pitches, my swing is short, and my defense is instinctive. It's a matter of me getting back out there and getting my legs under me. It's a buildup. We'll see how I feel. If I'm ready to go, I'm ready to go … I have been taking care of myself, and the [trainers] have been doing a great job making sure I didn't have any setbacks."
Separately, infielder Profar was out of the lineup for the second straight game on Wednesday and remains in concussion protocol. The Rangers will need to make a decision on Thursday or Friday to determine if Profar will need to be placed on the seven-day concussion DL. More > This report was first posted on April 18.
Adam Eaton, Anthony Rendon, Daniel Murphy & Brian Goodwin, Nationals
The Nationals entered the week with an uphill climb in the NL East standings, but they could return a few key offensive contributors as soon as this weekend. More >
Eaton (bone bruise in left ankle) could come off the 10-day DL as early as Thursday, and manager Dave Martinez didn't rule out the possibility of the center fielder returning for the club's series opener at Dodger Stadium on Friday. Rendon (bruise on left big toe) is still day to day after sustaining his injury last Friday against the Rockies. It's not certain if the third baseman will require a stint on the DL. Murphy (microfracture surgery on right knee) remains the biggest question mark. The second baseman reported to extended spring training in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Monday, and was likely going to see live game action for the first time on Wednesday.
And in addition to their trio of sidelined starters, backup outfielder Goodwin (left wrist) was placed on the DL on Tuesday. Goodwin hurt himself last Wednesday when diving for a ball at SunTrust Park, and was limited to just pinch-hitting from then until being placed on the DL. He is 6-for-24 with a homer, eight RBIs and two steals. More > This report was first posted on April 16.
Ben Zobrist, Cubs
Zobrist was scratched from Tuesday's lineup against the Cardinals with tightness in his back -- an issue that has bothered him since Spring Training. The everyday utilityman (he's played four positions already this year) was limited to just 34 at-bats in camp, but started the regular season strong, hitting .326 with an .873 OPS in 43 at-bats. Zobrist reached base five times in Saturday's 14-10 win over the Braves.
It's unclear if weather played a factor in Zobrist being scratched -- first-pitch temperature was 35 degrees on Tuesday -- but he got at least one additional day of rest, as the Cubs' Wednesday game was postponed to Thursday due to inclement weather. More > This report was first posted on April 17.
Scott Schebler & Devin Mesoraco, Reds
Schebler, out with an ulnar nerve contusion in his right elbow since being hit by a pitch on April 1, is on track for a return from the 10-day DL Friday when the Reds take on the Cardinals. He's played in three rehab games and is getting the day off Wednesday before playing in his final assignment Thursday.
Mesoraco left Tuesday's game against the Brewers with a right wrist contusion, but didn't lose any feeling in his hand. He is sore, however.
"I was somewhat worried, but we did the X-rays and it was fine," Mesoraco said Wednesday. More > This report was first posted on April 17.
Josh Harrison, Pirates
The Pirates will be without their leadoff hitter for at least six weeks, as Harrison was diagnosed on Monday with a fractured fifth metacarpal in his left hand after being hit by a 96-mph fastball from Jose Urena on Sunday in Miami. It's the same injury that ended Harrison's '17 season a month early. In Harrison's stead, Adam Frazier and Sean Rodriguez will spend more time at second base.
Video: PIT@MIA: Harrison exits after getting hit by a pitch
"I'm pretty frustrated," said Harrison, who was hit by a career-high 23 pitches last year. "It definitely [stinks] being hit. Guys throw hard."
Harrison was hitting .263/.328/.351 with a homer, five RBIs and five walks in 64 plate appearances for a Pirates club that was in first place at the time of his injury. More > This report was first posted on April 16.
Joe Musgrove, Pirates
Musgrove will take his most significant step yet in a return from a muscle strain in his right shoulder that has kept him from pitching for the Bucs since late March in Spring Training. Musgrove is scheduled to throw a 25-30 pitch bullpen session on Thursday.
"The true judge will be when I pick up the pace and start throwing game-type bullpens," Musgrove said. "For now, it feels really good and I haven't had any issues. … Recovery's the most important thing. I've always felt fine going out and throwing; I just haven't been able to throw the days after I get in a game. These next couple days will be a good judge of how I'm feeling."
The Pirates are hopeful that this will be the first of a few bullpen sessions that will precede one or two simulated games before sending the right-hander on a Minor League rehab assignment. Musgrove has been playing low-intensity catch the past week, and the club has been monitoring his flat-ground throwing sessions with a "pocket radar" to measure his effort level. More > This report was first posted on April 18.
Salvador Perez, Royals
Perez is set for the next step in his rehab from a Grade 2 MCL tear in his left knee. The Royals sent him on a rehab assignment Saturday to Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Perez was placed on the 10-day disabled list March 29 after suffering the injury at home while carrying his Spring Training luggage up a flight of stairs.
Manager Ned Yost said Perez is scheduled to catch 3-5 innings on Sunday and Tuesday and serve as designated hitter Monday. No timetable has been set for Perez's return, but it's possible he could rejoin the club in its next homestand, which begins Tuesday. More > -- This report was first posted on April 14.
Jonathan Schoop, Orioles
Schoop felt discomfort in his right side during a seventh-inning strikeout in the Orioles' 7-3 loss to the Red Sox on Friday night. After feeling more discomfort while fielding a ground ball in the bottom half of the frame, he exited the game. An MRI on Saturday revealed Schoop has a Grade 1 right oblique strain, and he's been placed on the 10-day disabled list. The club called up infielder