Injuries & Moves: Fry removed with right elbow inflammation

June 23rd, 2024


June 23: UTIL removed from Sunday's game with right elbow inflammation
After driving in a run in the first inning and catching through the second frame of Cleveland's win over Toronto, Fry was replaced by Bo Naylor due to some discomfort in his right elbow and forearm. The Guardians planned on having Fry evaluated later on Sunday to have a better idea of what this means ahead of Monday's opener in Baltimore.

June 22: RHP completes fifth rehab start
Williams allowed one run on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts in five innings on Friday for Double-A Akron. The Guardians will now evaluate the right-hander to see how he recovers before determining what his next step will be.

June 21: INF recalled from Triple-A Columbus; INF placed on family medical emergency list
As Arias stepped away to be with his family, Martínez (the Guardians' No. 9 prospect) was called up for the first time. Martínez provides similar defensive versatility as Arias, and the 22-year-old can hit from both sides of the plate. The Guardians were impressed by Martínez's camp this spring, but right foot and left hamate injuries sidelined him until the end of May, when he was finally able to get regular playing time. In 17 games with Columbus this season, Martínez has hit .333 with a .908 OPS.


RHP (lower back inflammation)
Expected return:
Beginning of July
Sandlin started to feel discomfort in his lower back when he pitched in Cincinnati on June 12. It continued a few days later when he got the ball again in Toronto, and for the first time this season, he failed to record an out and gave up three runs. When the discomfort hadn't subsided a few days later, he was examined by doctors, who discovered the inflammation. The Guardians were confident that he'd only need the minimum 15 days of rest before getting back into game action. (Last updated: June 19)

RHP (right elbow inflammation)
Expected return:
Beginning of July
Morgan had just come back from the IL (right shoulder inflammation) and after his outing in Colorado on May 29, he reported feeling some discomfort in his elbow. But on June 12, he was cleared to begin his rehab assignment. (Last updated: June 12)


RHP (right elbow discomfort)
Expected return:
Williams allowed one run on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts in five innings on June 21 for Double-A Akron. He eclipsed 65 pitches in his quest to build up his pitch count, but now the Guardians need to evaluate him to determine what his next steps will be. The team may want Williams' pitch count to be higher before he can rejoin the big league rotation, but because Williams has been feeling strong and healthy, he could be an option in the near future.

Williams has not played this season after he made an awkward throw during his weighted-ball workout in Spring Training and felt discomfort in his throwing elbow. He was transferred to the 60-day injured list on May 9 to clear a roster spot for right-hander Darren McCaughan. (Last updated: June 22)

RHP (right shoulder fatigue)
Expected return: TBD
Karinchak reported to camp with right shoulder fatigue. He was given the green light to begin a throwing program on March 11 and joined the big league team on April 25 to work with the Guardians' training staff. Assuming all goes well, his rehab assignment will be in the near future.

The Guardians have not given any indication as to when Karinchak may begin a rehab assignment. (Last updated: May 31)

RHP (right shoulder capsule and rotator cuff injury; No. 5 on Guardians Top 30 Prospects list)
Expected return
: 2025
Espino underwent surgery to repair his right shoulder capsule and rotator cuff injuries on March 13. He's expected to stay in Goodyear, Ariz., to work through his rehab. Although the Guardians don't have a firm timetable on when he may return to action, the team does not expect him to pitch during the 2024 season. (Last updated: May 15)

RHP (right elbow injury)
Expected return: 2025
Bieber was transferred to the 60-day IL on April 10, and there's no return in sight for Cleveland's ace. He wasn't bouncing back as well as he is used to after his Opening Day start and elbow pain persisted throughout his outing in Seattle.

Bieber underwent imaging that revealed the same problems with his UCL that he had last year. He underwent UCL surgery on April 12. He'll report to Goodyear, Ariz., to begin his rehab. (Last updated: April 13)

RHP (UCL surgery)
Expected return: 2025
When Stephan's elbow was examined for discomfort on Feb. 28, a deep bone bruise was discovered. But after it continued to nag him, other opinions were needed. It was determined that his UCL is not providing adequate stability, which caused even more pain in the elbow.

Stephan underwent surgery on March 27 and was given a 12 to 16 month timetable for recovery. (Last updated: March 28)