By: Mallory Morrow
Edited By: Kylie Augis
It is less than a month away from the halfway point of the so far injury-filled 2023 season for Major League Baseball. There have been some big injuries in the MLB during this season, and some before the season even started that have greatly impacted their respective teams. These are a few of the players suffering from major injuries so far this season.
Jacob deGrom, pitcher for the Texas Rangers, has been ruled out for the rest of the 2023 season. Before coming to the Rangers as a free agent, deGrom was with the New York Mets since 2010 when they drafted him. deGrom won the National League Cy Young in 2018 and 2019, but faced many injured list stents during his time in New York. Making his sixth start of the 2023 season April 28 deGrom left the game early and the next day was placed on the 15-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. Just over a month later it was revealed deGrom had torn his right ulnar collateral ligament and would undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2023 season. This injury was a huge blow to the Rangers starting rotation, but deGrom is hopeful to return late in the 2024 season.
Aaron Judge, right fielder for the New York Yankees, does not currently have an expected return date. Judge is on the 10-day injured list with a right great toe sprain after falling through the bullpen gate while making a catch against the Los Angeles Dodgers June 3.Judge has been receiving injections to help his toe, but he has not started any baseball activities. The Yankees’ offense is struggling without the 2022 American League MVP’s bat in the lineup.
Edwin Díaz, pitcher for the New York Mets, possibly had his 2023 season ended before it even started. While celebrating after a win playing for Puerto Rico in the 2023 World Baseball Classic, Díaz tore his right patellar tendon (knee). Initially it looked like Díaz was going to be out for the whole 2023 season, but with continued hard work there is a slim chance he could make it back at the very end of the season. The Mets bullpen is lacking without him, and fans are missing his iconic walkout song after Díaz had an outstanding 2022 season.
Gavin Lux, shortstop for the Los Angeles Dodgers, is expected to miss the entire 2023 season. During a Spring Training game, Lux tore his ACL and underwent surgery to repair it along with other damage he sustained to his knee. Lux was drafted as a first round pick in 2016 by the Dodgers, and the young shortstop was a hopeful for a big 2023 season before his injury. Lux is making good progress, and he is preparing for his return early in the 2024 season.
Injuries are inevitable and come with the job of playing baseball. These injuries are not only affecting the players and teams, but also the sport with big names like Aaron Judge being out for several games. Hopefully these stars can get healthy and make complete comebacks.