Good health and success in Major League Baseball's postseason aren't necessarily mutually inclusive. Just ask Atlanta, which won the World Series in 2021 even without Ronald Acuña Jr.

And yet, this is probably only so reassuring to teams that aren't sure how much, if anything, they're going to get out of key injured players in the 2022 playoffs.

With this year's postseason due to kick off on Friday, we compiled a list of injuries that could make or break teams' fortunes. We left the diagnosing and prognosticating to the experts, instead focusing on what's at stake if the players in question do or don't get healthy.

We'll start with quick refreshers on players who definitely won't be seen, plus others who only recently recovered from injuries. After that, we'll shine the spotlight on individual players and their recovery timelines, ranked according to how hard their teams should be rooting for a swift recovery.

These Stars won't Be Making an Appearance


LF Michael Brantley, Houston Astros

Status: 60-day IL

Brantley's season came to an end when he had surgery on his right shoulder in August. The Astros still have a dangerous offense without him, but it's just never a good thing to be without a consistent .300 hitter who also offers occasional power.


RHP Walker Buehler, Los Angeles Dodgers

Status: 60-day IL

The 110-win Dodgers were dealt a major blow when Buehler underwent Tommy John surgery in August, and not just because he's an All-Star-caliber hurler in the regular season. He's more like a legend in the postseason, pitching to a 2.94 ERA in 15 career starts.


2B Brandon Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays

Status: 60-day IL

Try as he might, Lowe was unable to recover from a bothersome back and was shut down by the Rays on Sep. 24. As he averaged 37 home runs per 162 games between 2018 and 2021, the Rays will miss having him in a lineup that otherwise doesn't have a ton of power.