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August Top Prospect Injury Updates

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Injury updates on midseason top 100 prospects David Dahl, Steven Matz, and others.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

It's time again for another look at some of the top 100 prospects who have either suffered injuries or have now recovered from them. We're reaching the point in the year where we may not see prospects come back due to the amount of time left in the minor league season as well. All rankings listed are from my midseason top 100 prospect list.

Season Debuts and Returns

#6 Julio Urias (Dodgers)

Urias returned to the mound on July 10th in the Rookie League, and has made two starts back at AA since then. He's thrown at least five innings in both starts, and the Dodgers held steady as anticipated and did not include Urias in a trade for starting pitching upgrades. The time off could allow him to potentially debut in the majors in September, as his innings total won't be as high as anticipated at the start of the year.

#16 David Dahl (Rockies)

Dahl was expected to miss the remainder of the season due to the injuries he suffered in an outfield collision back in late May, and yet he's already back after missing about a month. Since returning to AA New Britain, he's hitting .328 with a hone run and seven doubles in 16 games. He could get a shot at the majors late in 2016.

Newly Injured (Since Last Update)

#1 Byron Buxton (Twins)

The Twins called up Buxton on June 14th, and unfortunately, hurt himself the same day as the last injury updates were posted. He's been out for over a month now after spraining his thumb, but it sounds like he might be back around September 1st. He hasn't yet gone out on a rehab assignment, and with Aaron Hicks showing what was possible after all these years, there's no real need to rush Buxton back.

#9 Steven Matz (Mets)

Matz was put on the disabled list with a torn lat muscle, but has just started throwing again after three weeks off. It's not clear how exactly the Mets would use Matz when he returns given how well the team has been pitching, but I could see them try to go back to a six-man rotation to help keep the innings totals down for deGrom, Harvey and Syndergaard.

Still Out

#29 Archie Bradley (Diamondbacks)

Bradley hasn't pitched since June 24th, and there doesn't appear to be much of a timeline for his expected return at this point.

#36 Jorge Alfaro (Phillies)

Being injured didn't stop the Rangers from trading Alfaro as a prat of the Cole Hamels deal, and Alfaro stlll isn't expected to play again this season.

#62 Jameson Taillon (Pirates)

Taillon didn't even get back into a single live game before another injury struck, this time related to surgery for a sports hernia. This will make the second straight season that Taillon has not pitched even one inning in the minor leagues, Hopefully he'll be able to come back from that and pitch at AAA in 2016, with a potential call up down the line.

#63 Dylan Bundy (Orioles)

Bundy has been shut down since late May, and with a shoulder injury this time around, it's really starting to get concerning about whether he can come back and be a useful member of the pitching staff in 2016. I'd have to imagine that won't be the case though at this point.

#64 Hunter Harvey (Orioles)

Harvey still has not pitched this season, as there are now reports on his shoulder bothering him as well. It's definitely not ideal if you own him in a fantasy league, so hopefully it will not be an injury that lingers and keeps him out into 2016.