The key injuries for every LCS team

October 19th, 2022

The postseason field is down to four teams, with the Padres taking on the Phillies in the NLCS and the Astros squaring off with the Yankees in the ALCS.

Here's a breakdown of the injury situation for each remaining team.


Out for postseason: OF (right shoulder surgery), RHP (right hand surgery), C (left knee surgery), RHP (right flexor tendon surgery)
The Astros have been without Brantley since June. After losing Castro to a left knee injury, the Astros acquired from the Red Sox at the Trade Deadline to split time behind the plate with . Maton, who had a 0.73 ERA over 12 appearances for Houston in the 2021 postseason and finished 2022 with a 3.84 ERA in 65 2/3 innings, fractured his right hand when he punched his locker in frustration after his final outing of the regular season.


Out for postseason: SS (left wrist fracture, left shoulder surgery), RHP (right flexor tendon surgery), LHP (left flexor tendon surgery)
After finishing third in the NL MVP race in 2021, Tatis has missed all of this season. The shortstop had surgery to repair a fracture in his left wrist in March, and when he was nearly ready to return, he was suspended 80 games for a performance-enhancing drug violation. Tatis later underwent surgery on his left shoulder, which he has dislocated multiple times in the past.


Available: RHP (calf strain)
Robertson was left off the NLDS roster after straining his calf while jumping when Bryce Harper homered in Game 2 of the NL Wild Card Series, but he's back for the NLCS.

Out for postseason: RHP (torn capsule in right shoulder, injured, right lat), RHP (right elbow inflammation), RHP (right biceps tendinitis), LHP (left shoulder strain), LHP (left shoulder impingement), RHP (right elbow stress reaction), OF (partial tear of right patellar tendon)
The most notable name here is Knebel, who signed a one-year, $10 million deal with the Phillies in December and took on the closer role at the beginning of 2022. The right-hander had some ups and downs in the first half but was unscored upon in 17 of his last 18 games before his injury.


Available: RHP (right shoulder inflammation)
Montas has been activated from the injured list for the ALCS. The 2022 Trade Deadline acquisition, who posted a 6.35 ERA over eight starts for the Yankees before his injury, could pitch as a reliever or an opener against Houston.

Return TBD: INF (right second toe inflammation), OF (broken bone in right hand), RHP (stress reaction in right shin), RHP (right elbow inflammation)
The Yankees were hoping LeMahieu, Benintendi and Marinaccio would be able to return by the ALCS, but none of the three was included on the roster.

Out for postseason: OF (left knee), RHP (right elbow fracture), RHP (Tommy John surgery), LHP (left shoulder fatigue), RHP (right shoulder impingement), (Tommy John surgery)
Hicks exited Game 5 of the ALDS after colliding with shortstop Oswaldo Cabrera on a shallow fly ball down the left-field line during the top of the third inning. In the postgame celebration, Hicks said that he had undergone an MRI and CT scan, and that he was told he would need six weeks to recover, meaning he will be out for the rest of the postseason. King took on a more important role and stepped up in a big way after Green had to undergo Tommy John surgery, but he too suffered a season-ending injury in July. The Yanks were hoping to get a boost from the late-season return of Britton from Tommy John surgery, but the left-hander was shelved for the year with shoulder fatigue after just three appearances. Effross was expected to be on the ALDS roster, but he will require Tommy John surgery.