Almost halfway through the season, and the MLB betting is hotting up with teams starting to really show their strengths and weaknesses.
Of course, injuries to key players doesn't help a campaign, and there are plenty of teams who have been hit by injury already in 2021. Here's a look at the current state of play with who's in and who's out.
After starting on Monday, the pitcher left after just four innings due to elbow inflammation. There wasn't any sign of discomfort while he was on the mound, but he admitted to feeling a "little tug" when he threw Andrew Vaughn a fastball. He finished the inning with three more pitches but felt uncomfortable on each.
Glasnow says he wasn’t in “serious pain” but will go on to have an MRI this week.
Scherzer was scheduled to start against the Pirates next Wednesday, but a bullpen session is now no longer expected to appear. Unable to drive off the leg, Scherzer says he doesn't want to risk more serious injury by pushing things too far.
Despite being reluctant to go onto the injury list, Shane Bieber has been sidelined with a strained right shoulder for ten days. The club insisted that he rest his injury to protect the rest of his season.
Three players for the Yankees are battling injuries.
Judge was left out of the starting line-up on Sunday against the Phillies due to back spasms.
Severino was lining up in a rehab assignment for High-A Hudson Valley, but he hurt his groin while pitching. He'll now be having an MRI to check for further injury.
Viot has been injured with a right oblique strain but is making a comeback after going out for his rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre.
Max Muncy was sidelined just an hour before the game on Saturday with a right oblique strain. He came off in the second innings of Friday’s game, complaining of right-sided tightness.
Bellinger is another Dodgers player left watching the action after missing the last two games of the series and quitting halfway through the game against the Rangers on Friday, complaining of hamstring tightness. On Monday, he wasn't fit to return against the Phillies, but no information has been forthcoming about when he's expected back.
Báez wasn't able to join the line-up against the Cardinals on Sunday due to an issue with his right thumb. So far, he hasn't joined the series against the Mets, with no further news on his injury.
After taking a fastball from Shane Bieber on the inside of his left knee, Haniger left the game with a contusion. No official word yet on whether Haniger will need to join the IL.
Mike Trout has been out since 17 May with a right calf strain, but a new assessment suggests he could be out for another month. This could put his position in the All-Stars match in doubt, and with Trout currently topping the polls for American League outfielders, that would be a bitter blow.
Andrew Benintendi will be out for a while after being placed on the 10-day IL due to fractured right ribs. According to manager Mike Matheny, the injury was confirmed as a hairline rib fracture.
Acuña wasn't able to finish the series finale against the Marlins, leaving in the bottom of the fifth due to right chest muscle tightness. The club has said that he was withdrawn as a precaution.
Good news for Mets fans as deGrom gave the thumbs up after a bullpen session on Monday. After pitching for the session, he is now set to start against the Cubs on Wednesday after his absence for right flexor tendonitis.
McNeil should be ready in around a week’s time. The Mets have sent him out on a rehab assignment in the Minor League with High-A Brooklyn.
Since tearing his pectoral muscle in spring training, Jimenez has been out all season. He's now been given the green light to resume baseball training, with this first phase of recovery expected to take four weeks. If all goes well, he should receive clearance to move on to complete rehab.
Another player that’s making a cautious return is George Springer for Toronto. He began the season with a right quad strain, returned for four games and then ended up back on the injury list with the same problem. The Blue Jays have sent him on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo but are keen to take things slowly this time.