This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.
The Cardinals outfielder will begin a rehab assignment Monday and serve as the designated hitter for Double-A Memphis as he works his way back from a low-grade acromioclavicular (AC) sprain. The AC joint is the strut of the shoulder, and an injury here is often described as a separated shoulder. The area can be braced or wrapped when he returns, but it will be important to minimize the associated symptoms like swelling and inflammation. To understand the importance of this step in recovery, consider the current case of David Peralta. The Arizona outfielder was recently placed on the 10-day injured list for the third time this year due to persistent inflammation in his right AC joint. To combat this potential problem, the Cardinals will slowly build up Martinez' workload while he is on assignment and plan on welcoming him back to the big league club when rosters expand on September 1.
The Rays pitching rotation continues to be without two key members. Glasnow, working his way back from a right forearm strain, threw his second bullpen session last Wednesday and plans to throw a live batting practice session Tuesday. A mid-September return seems likely with Glasnow expected to assume a relief role upon returning.
Snell, out since undergoing an elbow debridement for a bone spur, has begun throwing off of flat ground but has yet to throw a true bullpen session or face live batters. The reigning Cy Young winner remains without