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Injury updates: Jansen, Altuve, Stroman, Votto

Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors.

Kenley Jansen, Dodgers
The Dodgers' All-Star closer may soon be cleared to return to the mound after an irregular heartbeat during the club's road trip in Denver last week caused him to be placed on the 10-day disabled list. The right-hander had another aggressive throwing session without any issues Friday, and is scheduled for a follow-up exam Monday.

Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors.

Kenley Jansen, Dodgers
The Dodgers' All-Star closer may soon be cleared to return to the mound after an irregular heartbeat during the club's road trip in Denver last week caused him to be placed on the 10-day disabled list. The right-hander had another aggressive throwing session without any issues Friday, and is scheduled for a follow-up exam Monday.

"I hope they say, 'Great. You're ready to go,'" said Jansen. "That's what my fingers are crossed [for] Monday so I can get back in the race and help us go where we went to go. Monday is the big day."

Manager Dave Roberts said that as soon as Jansen is cleared, he'll be closing games again for Los Angeles. Jansen has a 2.15 ERA with 32 saves for the Dodgers this season, and in his absence the club's bullpen has struggled, posting a National League-worst 6.65 ERA in that period. More >

Jose Altuve, Astros
Altuve took another big step toward returning to Houston's lineup by participating in various drills at the Oakland Coliseum before Friday's series opener with the Athletics. The reigning American League Most Valuable Player has been sidelined with a sore right knee since July 25. If all goes well, he could begin a Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Fresno this weekend before rejoining the Major League club for its series in Seattle, which begins Monday.

"We're not going to be able to practice everything before we send him out to a game," Astros manager AJ Hinch said. "Defensively, change of direction and things like that are the biggest fear we have because of the unknown of the change of direction with his knee soreness. He did all of that -- he hit and took ground balls. If he can come out of that pretty clean tomorrow, we might be able to get him out to a rehab assignment that would be very quick and ultimately have him rejoin us, even on this trip." More >

Marcus Stroman, Blue Jays
Stroman could wind up going back on the DL due to another blister flareup during his start vs. the Yankees on Friday. He gave up five runs on six hits over four innings, going five or fewer in three of his last four outings due to the lingering blister problem.

Of the 88 pitches the right-hander threw, 65 were fastballs, an unusual mix for a pitcher that relies on his secondary offerings 36.1 percent of the time, per Statcast™. Stroman missed more than a month earlier this season due to blister issues, and in 18 starts in 2018, has posted a 5.27 ERA. More >

Joey Votto, Reds
The Reds placed Votto on the 10-day disabled list Friday, retroactive to Thursday, with a right lower leg contusion.

The first baseman suffered the injury when he was hit by a 96-mph fastball thrown by the Nationals' Ryan Madson on Aug. 4 and had been trying to play through the issue since then. Votto hopes to be back Aug. 26, when he's first eligible to be activated. More >

Video: Votto discusses leg contusion, going on the DL

Gary Sanchez, Yankees
Sanchez took a major step forward Friday in his recovery from a right groin strain, doing a variety of baseball activities on the field at Yankee Stadium without issue.

The catcher, who has been on the disabled list since July 24, is expected to depart Sunday for the Yankees' complex in Tampa, Fla., where he'll perform at least one similar-style workout. If that goes well, Sanchez could be sent on a rehab assignment. More >

Video: TOR@NYY: Sanchez, Judge continue making progress

Rafael Devers, Red Sox
Devers has been placed on the 10-day DL with a left hamstring strain -- the same injury that landed him on the DL at the end of July.

This is the third DL stint of the season for the third baseman, who also missed time in April with left shoulder inflammation. More >

Trevor Bauer and Edwin Encarnacion, Indians
Bauer was given a timetable of four-to-six weeks to return from a stress fracture in his right fibula, which he suffered when he was hit by a comebacker Saturday.

If everything goes according to plan with no setbacks, manager Terry Francona said that Bauer could be cleared to throw from a standing position in about 10 days and mound work might follow 10 days after that.

Video: CLE@CWS: Bauer struck by comebacker, leaves game

Francona also said that the team hopes Encarnacion (right hand contusion) can take batting practice Sunday or Monday, making it "questionable" that the slugger will be activated Tuesday. More >

Yu Darvish, Kris Bryant and Mike Montgomery, Cubs
Darvish, who has been sidelined since May 20 with right triceps tendinitis, will begin a Minor League rehab assignment Sunday, manager Joe Maddon confirmed Thursday.

After throwing roughly 55 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday, the right-hander played catch on flat ground prior to Thursday's game and delivered good news about his prognosis.

"I talked to him today, and he said he felt really good about pitching," Maddon said. "He's good to go on Sunday. He just told me that."

Video: MIL@CHC: Cubs broadcast, Maddon on Darvish's progress

Maddon is also satisfied with Bryant's progression as the third baseman recovers from left shoulder inflammation. Bryant has been hitting in the cage and off a tee, and he took grounders on the field Tuesday. More >

Montgomery had been starting for the Cubs since Darvish went on the disabled list with right triceps tendinitis, but the southpaw was placed on the 10-day DL on Friday, retroactive to Tuesday, with left shoulder inflammation. More >

Brandon Nimmo, Mets
Nimmo was out of the lineup Friday, but he received good news when an MRI exam showed no structural damage in his left index finger. He could return as soon as Saturday.

Nimmo exited Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Phillies after being hit on that finger while trying to check his swing on a fastball thrown by Ranger Suarez. More >

Video: NYM@PHI: Nimmo on leaving game after injuring finger

Jeremy Hellickson, Nationals
Hellickson is set to be placed on the 10-day DL with a right wrist sprain, which he suffered Wednesday when he used his hand to break his fall after a play at the plate following a wild pitch.

"He's still pretty sore," manager Dave Martinez said. "They said he hasn't gotten any better. So, we'll have to wait and see. Hopefully with treatment it will get better quick." More >

Delino DeShields, Rangers
DeShields was placed on the 10-day DL on Friday with a fracture of the tip of his right middle finger, which he suffered on a bunt attempt in Thursday's game against the Angels.

This is the third DL stint of the year for the outfielder, who was out from March 31-April 21 with a fractured hamate bone in his left hand and Aug. 4-11 while on the 7-day concussion DL. More >

Video: LAA@TEX: DeShields takes foul ball off hand, stays in

Dereck Rodriguez, Giants
With the Giants battling through injuries to top starters Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija all season, Rodriguez's breakout had been a bright spot by the Bay. But the Giants announced Thursday that they placed Rodriguez on the 10-day disabled list with a Grade 1 hamstring strain. Rodriguez was scheduled to start Friday's matchup with the Reds. 

Rodriguez reportedly sustained his injury during Tuesday's altercation with the rival Dodgers, which began when Giants catcher Nick Hundley and Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig exchanged shoves at home plate. Puig was suspended two games and Hundley was fined an undisclosed amount, but Rodriguez's injury represents a bigger blow to San Francisco as the club enters Friday 6 1/2 games back of the second National League Wild Card spot. More >

Carlos Martinez, Michael Wacha and Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
Martinez is expected to begin a Double-A rehab assignment Friday, throwing about 30 pitches in his first appearance before returning to the mound for another outing Sunday. Barring any setbacks, the right-hander should be able to return to the Cardinals next week. He's slated to pitch as a reliever after coming off the DL.

Wacha (left oblique) is also making progress, as he is expected to go on a Minor League rehab assignment by the end of the week after throwing a side session without issue Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Wainwright (right elbow strain) was expected to continue his Class A Advanced rehab assignment Thursday with a two-inning appearance. In his first rehab outing, the veteran tossed nine pitches in a scoreless inning. More >

Shohei Ohtani, Angels
Ohtani is scheduled to throw a light bullpen session in Texas on Friday, which will be followed by a more aggressive throwing session next week in Arizona. He hasn't pitched since June 6 after sustaining a sprained right elbow ligament. More >

Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays
Donaldson could be nearing his return from the left calf injury that has kept him out since late May. The third baseman posted a video of himself running the bases with the caption "Getting closer!!" on his Instagram account Wednesday.

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If he can return from the disabled list and prove to be even a fraction of the player he was from 2015-17, the 32-year-old could be an attractive trade candidate before Aug. 31.