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Injury updates: Judge, D-Rod, Yu, C-Mart

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

Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, Yankees
Judge said the cortisone injection he received in his wrist this week is "definitely" helping, and he is hoping to start taking dry swings and/or playing catch before the Yankees head to Miami for a two-game series starting Tuesday. The slugger sustained a small chip fracture of the right wrist when he was hit by a Jakob Junis pitch in a July 26 game against the Royals at Yankee Stadium. More >

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

Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, Yankees
Judge said the cortisone injection he received in his wrist this week is "definitely" helping, and he is hoping to start taking dry swings and/or playing catch before the Yankees head to Miami for a two-game series starting Tuesday. The slugger sustained a small chip fracture of the right wrist when he was hit by a Jakob Junis pitch in a July 26 game against the Royals at Yankee Stadium. More >

Meanwhile, Sanchez (right groin strain) is pain-free and could begin a Minor League rehab assignment on or around Aug. 24, according to general manager Brian Cashman. More >

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 >

Yu Darvish and Kris Bryant, 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 >

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 >

Adrian Beltre and Delino DeShields, Rangers
The Rangers got Nomar Mazara back from the disabled list Thursday, but Beltre remains out with a left hamstring strain that the third baseman termed "Grade 2."

Texas is waiting to see how Beltre responds to treatment before determining if he'll need to go on the disabled list. The 39-year-old, who suffered the injury while running the bases in the eighth inning Monday, took swings and ran on the elliptical prior to Thursday's game. More >

Video: ARI@TEX: Beltre exits after limping on the basepaths

DeShields reportedly had his right middle finger in a splint after Thursday's game, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, after a pitch by the Angels' Ty Buttrey hit him on the finger on a bunt attempt in the seventh inning. Though DeShields completed the at-bat and fielded his position in the eighth, he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the inning.

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

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.

Brandon Nimmo, Mets
Nimmo exited Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Phillies after being hit on the left index finger while trying to check his swing on a fastball thrown by Ranger Suarez. X-rays came back negative.

Striking both Nimmo's finger and the bat, the ball trickled into fair territory, where Maikel Franco picked it up and threw it to first for the out. Prior to that, Nimmo had reached base in 10 consecutive plate appearances. More >

Video: NYM@PHI: Nimmo exits after getting shaken up on swing

Stephen Strasburg, Erick Fedde and Jeremy Hellickson, Nationals
Strasburg threw a simulated game Wednesday afternoon at Busch Stadium, tossing about 70 pitches in a little more than four innings in what he called the "last big test" in his recovery from the pinched nerve in his neck.

Initially, the Nationals had maintained Strasburg would need a Minor League rehab start before he returned to the rotation, but for the first time Wednesday, manager Dave Martinez acknowledged the possibility that the right-hander could return to the rotation without one. The next turn in the rotation will arrive at the start of a three-game series against the Phillies.

Fedde also participated in Wednesday's simulated game, throwing about 50 pitches on the mound in between three simulated innings in his most extended test since landing on the DL with right shoulder inflammation. More > 

Hellickson left in the fifth inning of Wednesday's game against the Cardinals after he was injured while covering home plate on a wild pitch. With Harrison Bader trying to score from third, Spencer Kieboom's throw to Hellickson at the plate was high and Hellickson tripped over Bader and tumbled to the ground.

The run scored, but Hellickson remained on the ground for a moment. Martinez and the team's head athletic trainer came out and appeared to be checking his right hand and wrist. He threw a few warmup pitches, but could not remain in the game. More > 

Video: WSH@STL: Hellickson leaves the game with an injury

Jose Altuve, George Springer and Chris Devenski, Astros
Altuve took a significant step towards returning from the disabled list when he fielded grounders and took practice on the field at Minute Maid Park prior to Wednesday's game against the Rockies. Altuve, who's been out since July 25 with a sore right knee, declined to talk to reporters, but manager AJ Hinch said, "we had a really good day with Jose." Hinch said Altuve also ran on the field earlier in the day.

Even though the Astros were off on Thursday [and flying to San Francisco in advance of the Oakland series], Altuve was slated to work out again at Minute Maid Park, Hinch said. He's expected to travel with the team on its road trip.

Hinch said Springer is "almost certain" to be activated from the disabled list prior to Friday's series opener against the A's in Oakland. Springer has been out since spraining his left thumb on Aug. 5 against the Dodgers, but has been doing full baseball activities pregame for a couple of days.

Devenski threw two-thirds of an inning Tuesday night in his first rehab outing at Triple-A Fresno and will throw again Friday. Devenski is on the disabled list with right hamstring tightness. More > 

James Paxton, Mariners
Paxton was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday after being knocked out of Tuesday's start in the first inning with a bruised left forearm, courtesy of a line drive off the bat of the A's Jed Lowrie.

Manager Scott Servais is optimistic that Paxton won't be out much longer than the 10-day period, which could mean missing just one or two starts. Paxton said he had some trouble sleeping Tuesday night with the throbbing arm, but he was glad to see the swelling had gone down some by Wednesday morning. Servais said the key will be to see how Paxton feels in a few days and how soon he can begin throwing again. More > 

Video: SEA@OAK: Paxton going to DL with left forearm bruise

Ryan Braun, Manny Pina and Jimmy Nelson, Brewers
Braun is day to day with a tight right rib cage, and Pina is headed back to Milwaukee for an MRI scan of his left shoulder in the wake of the Brewers' painful 8-4 loss to the Cubs on Wednesday at Wrigley Field.

A day after he smashed a a pair of home runs in a shutout victory, Braun felt discomfort in his side while attempting a sliding catch in the third inning and he departed in the fifth with what has been a recurring issue for the 34-year-old outfielder. Braun has endured two stints on the 10-day disabled list for what was officially termed back stiffness, but the second instance also involved his side.

The Brewers also lost Pina in the seventh inning after he tangled at second base with Cubs All-Star Javier Baez. Pina was scrambling back to the bag after Christian Yelich's lineout when Baez made hard contact with Pina's left shoulder. Manager Craig Counsell and athletic trainer Dave Yaeger came out to check Pina, who remained in the game and scored one of Milwaukee's two runs in the inning. Erik Kratz took over behind the plate for the bottom of the seventh. More > 

Video: MIL@CHC: Braun exits the game with rib cage tightness

On Wednesday, Brewers officials also cast significant doubt on Nelson's chances of pitching for the team before the 2018 season is out.

"Jimmy pitching for us this year is unlikely," Counsell said. "That's not due to a setback of any nature. It's just due to the pace of his rehab right now. We're not ruling it 100 percent out, but probably our best goal is to get him into a competitive situation before he shuts it down for the offseason."

Nelson could pitch in the fall instructional league when he is ready, said general manager David Stearns. More > 

Eduardo Rodriguez and Ian Kinsler, Red Sox
Kinsler and Rodriguez faced each other in a simulated game Wednesday. Rodriguez, who suffered a severe sprain of his right ankle on July 14, will start a Minor League rehab assignment on Monday for Double-A Portland. A realistic timetable would be for the lefty to make 2-3 starts in the Minors to build up his pitch count and return to the Red Sox in late August or early September.

"With Ian, most likely he'll play Friday and Saturday, [get] Sunday off, and then we go from there," said manager Alex Cora. "But we've got four games against Cleveland. We'll see. We don't want to all of a sudden play 10, 12 games in a row. I think in the beginning he'll play two out of three." More > 

Leonys Martin, Trevor Bauer, Lonnie Chisenhall and Josh Tomlin, Indians
There is no timetable for Martin's return, and he is currently on the 10-day disabled list. The current goal is simply to have the 30-year-old outfielder regain his strength and return to a clean bill of health. Martin fell ill Aug. 7 and was taken the next day to Cleveland Clinic, where it was determined that an undisclosed bacteria got into his bloodstream, producing toxins that affected his internal organs.

Indians manager Terry Francona said there remains no established timetable for a return for Bauer, who is on the 10-day DL with a stress fracture in his right fibula. Francona added the team should have more information Friday, when the Indians are back in Cleveland and Bauer will have gone through follow-up consultations with team doctors. Francona is hopeful Bauer will return this season.

Video: CLE@CIN: Bauer goes on the DL with a stress fracture

Chisenhall (60-day DL, left calf) has been with the Indians throughout the current road trip through Chicago and Cincinnati. He advanced to jogging in his running program and has been hitting and throwing, including throwing to bases from the outfield.

Tomlin (10-day DL, right hamstring) logged four innings for Triple-A Columbus on Monday in his latest Minor League rehab outing. Francona said the current plan is to have Tomlin pitch for Columbus on Saturday, building up from Monday's 47 pitches. More >