Wednesday, June 22, 2016

J.D. Martinez Injury

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

MLB Infirmary Report June 21, 2016

The All-Star Break is coming, but the injuries aren't stopping. A few potential All-Stars were hurt this week, so let's carefully check to make sure it's safe, then dive into this week's Infirmary Report.

David Peralta, Arizona Diamondbacks
D'Backs outfielder David Peralta landed gingerly on the disabled list with a lower back sprain. He had missed a few games before the team ultimately decided he would require a stint on the shelf. He should be good to go as soon as his 15 days are up, assuming he does not experience any setbacks.

Mallex Smith, Atlanta Braves
Speedy Braves outfielder Mallex Smith sprinted back onto the DL this week, suffering a fractured left thumb after being hit by a pitch. He is expected to miss eight to ten weeks, so the Braves won't be hearing from him until late August or maybe even September.

Vance Worley, Baltimore Orioles
Orioles pitcher Vance Worley has found a home as a swingman in the Orioles bullpen, but he'll now find a home on the 15-day disabled list. He was placed on the DL with a right groin strain, and it is currently unclear how long it will be until he is able to return to the mound.

Josh Rutledge, Boston Red Sox
Red Sox infielder Josh Rutledge made it onto the DL with left knee patellar tendinitis. It's unknown for now how long he will be out of the lineup, but it may be an extended absence.

Clayton Richard, Chicago Cubs
Cubs pitcher Clayton Richard was placed on the disabled list this week after suffering a blister on his throwing hand. Even before the blister, Richard had accumulated a 7.30 ERA, so the time off may benefit him in more than just injury recovery.

Dexter Fowler, Chicago Cubs
One of the bigger names on this week's list, Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler was placed on the DL with what was officially termed "hamstring discomfort." He had missed a few games before going on the shelf, and while it is currently unclear how much time he will miss, it does not seem to be a severe injury and Fowler could return right around when he is eligible.

Tyler Chatwood, Colorado Rockies
Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood lasted only 1 2/3 innings against the Marlins before being forced from the game due to back spasms. He ended up on the disabled list the next day, but is expected to recover fully with the rest and return to the rotation as soon as he is eligible.

J.D. Martinez, Detroit Tigers
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez came out of a game and onto the DL with a non-displaced fracture of the radial neck of his right elbow. He crashed into the outfield wall while trying to make a play and will miss four to six weeks of games before being able to come back. Check out our #InjuryBoard video below where The Fantasy Doctor-Dr. Selene Parekh breaks down the Martinez injury and gives his expectations for recovery.

Jim Henderson, New York Mets
Mets reliever Jim Henderson was hurt during a game and landed on the disabled list with a right shoulder impingement. It is unknown for now how long he will need to stay off the mound.

Juan Lagares, New York Mets
Mets outfielder Juan Lagares missed seven of eleven games before finally succumbing to the disabled list. He has a torn ligament in his thumb and will try to see if rest helps him heal for now before opting for surgery. There is no timetable on his return since it is unknown if the rest will work. Of course, if he goes the surgical route, he will miss significant time.

Wade Miley, Seattle Mariners
Mariners starter Wade Miley joined King Felix on the DL this week. He was diagnosed with a left shoulder impingement but has already been playing catch and should be back on the mound as soon as his disabled list stint is up.

Matt Duffy, San Francisco Giants
Giants third baseman Matt Duffy ended up on the disabled list this week with a left achilles strain. He is in a walking boot for now and will not be able to return to game action until some time after the All-Star Break.

Steve Pearce, Tampa Bay Rays
Rays utility player Steve Pearce was added to the disabled list this week with a strained hamstring. At first, he expected to be fine with a little rest, but the team determined a DL stint would be the best course of action. He is expected to miss about three weeks.

Steven Souza, Tampa Bay Rays
Joining Pearce on the DL this week was Rays outfielder Steven Souza. Souza suffered a left hip strain and after receiving a cortisone injection and visiting several specialists, he is expected to return at the end of the month.

Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
The biggest name on this week's list, Jays outfielder Jose Bautista was diagnosed with turf toe. He will be in a walking boot for at least two weeks, meaning his absence should extend to a full month.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

MLB Infirmary Report for June 16, 2016

More baseball, more injuries. This week was not quite as bad as last week's Hamstring Armageddon in terms of injuries, but there were still some notable players placed on disabled lists across the league. Let's carefully jump in, after stretching and warming up, and take a look:

Chris Owings, Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Owings started missing a few games due to what was reported as "foot discomfort," but before too long, it was determined that he was suffering from plantar fasciitis. He was placed on the disabled list but it was back dated by a few days since he had been sitting out. He should be able to return once eligible.

Eric O'Flaherty, Atlanta Braves
Braves lefty reliever Eric O'Flaherty had a rough season get worse when he was placed on the disabled list with a strained knee. Before the injury, he had pitched to an ugly 6.52 ERA. An MRI and other tests showed no significant damage, so the Braves are hoping their lefty can return as soon as eligible.

Tommy La Stella, Chicago Cubs
Tommy La Stella suffered a strained hamstring and required a stint on the disabled list because of it. It is unclear how much time he will miss, but the newly acquired Chris Coghlan was likely to eat into La Stella's playing time regardless of his injury.

Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds
Reds speedster Billy Hamilton was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list after entering the league's concussion protocol. It is unknown at this time how much time he will be forced to miss, as concussions can be tricky and have no real set recovery time.

Jake McGee, Colorado Rockies
Rockies closer Jake McGee blew a save and got even worse news later, landing on the 15-day disabled list with left knee inflammation. Carlos Estevez will take McGee's ninth inning spot while the lefty recovers on the DL.

Austin Jackson, Chicago White Sox
White Sox outfielder Austin Jackson had just recovered from turf toe when he suffered an even worse injury, suffering a medial meniscus tear in his right knee. He underwent surgery and will be off the field for at least six weeks.

Phil Hughes, Minnesota Twins
Twins starter-turned-reliever Phil Hughes landed on the disabled list this week with a left knee contusion after taking a line drive off the bat of Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. He was later diagnosed with a compression fracture and transferred from the 15 to the 60-day disabled list. He will miss at least eight weeks while recovering.

Trevor May, Minnesota Twins
The Twins bullpen took another hit when setup man Trevor May ended up on the disabled list due to back spasms. He had been given a light work load in an attempt to avoid the DL, but it seemed not to work the way the team wanted it to. He will now have time to fully recover instead of trying to pitch through the discomfort.

Domingo Santana, Milwaukee Brewers
Brewers outfielder Domingo Santana had been bothered by a sore elbow all week, and finally landed on the disabled list because of it. He previously missed time with a sore shoulder, and was only back on the field for a week before being shelved again by the sore elbow.

Chris Parmelee, New York Yankees
The Yankees lost another first baseman this week, as Chris Parmelee was placed on the disabled list due to a strained hamstring. He suffered the injury while stretching for a throw at first base, and is expected to miss some time while recovering.

Rich Hill, Oakland Athletics
Oakland ace Rich Hill landed on the disabled list this week thanks to a strained groin and has been shut down from throwing. There was originally some hope that he would be ready to return after the requisite 15 days, but he has yet to start throwing since landing on the DL, so his stint will be longer than first expected.

Vincent Velasquez, Philadelphia Phillies
Phillies fireballer Vince Velasquez left a start after throwing only two pitches and scared Phillies and baseball fans everywhere. The news was much better than expected though, as the righty was diagnosed with a right biceps strain and nothing more after MRI results came back clean. Velasquez himself believes he will be ready to get back on the mound once his 15 days are up, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see the team take things more slowly.

Francisco Cervelli, Pittsburgh Pirates
Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli broke his hand while swinging at a pitch during Friday's game. He had surgery to fix the break and will be forced to miss up to six weeks while he heals.  See our #InjuryBoard video below where The Fantasy Doctor-Dr. Selene Parekh examines the Cervelli injury:

Andrew Cashner, San Diego Padres
Padres starter Andrew Cashner landed on the disabled list this week with a strained neck. He left his start after facing just one batter and his return is not known at this time.

Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
Rangers fans were excited about the return of the electrifying Yu Darvish, but he ended up back on the disabled list after just three starts with continued discomfort in his neck and throwing shoulder. An MRI showed nothing meaningful, but the team will take it easy with their star and give him time to heal.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

MLB Infirmary Report for June 8, 2016

After a few weeks away from The Infirmary Report, I am back! Unfortunately, the same can't be said about many injured baseball players. Baseball's bruised and battered continue to pile up as we head into the summer, so here's a look at this week's injury news (it was the Week of the Hamstring, apparently)

Michael Foltynewicz- Atlanta Braves
Braves pitcher Michael "Folty" Foltynewicz landed on the disabled list this week after dealing with discomfort in his throwing elbow due to bone spurs. Scans and tests showed no structural damage in Folty's elbow, so he could be ready to return after a few weeks of rest. He's 2-2 with a 3.51 ERA and a 28:8 K:BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings pitched.

Gordon Beckham- Atlanta Braves
Another Brave landed on the DL this week, with infielder Gordon Beckham landing on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain. He was forced to exit a game after running out a double play ground out and coming up limping. An earlier injury to the same hamstring put Beckham on the DL in April, and he should miss another three weeks or so this time around.

Darren O'Day- Baltimore Orioles
Elite Orioles setup man Darren O'Day strained his right hamstring and ended up on the disabled list after trying to cover first base on a ground ball. The Orioles hope he will only miss a couple of weeks, but hamstring strains can lead to tricky recoveries. Before going down, O'Day was 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA, 9 holds, and 25 strikeouts in 20 innings.

Blake Swihart- Boston Red Sox
Red Sox rookie Blake Swihart had to make an early exit from Saturday's game after jumping into the wall and coming down hard on his ankle. He was able to limp off the field under his own power, which led to optimistic reports. Those hopes were crushed soon after, however, as the Red Sox now fear Swihart's injury could cost him the rest of the season. He has a severe ankle sprain, and the team has stated they will immobilize the foot for two weeks and then re-examine it before making a decision. Whether Swihart returns this season or not, it will be a long time until he plays again.

Jorge Soler- Chicago Cubs
Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler left Monday's game after tweaking his hamstring while running out a single. He will undergo an MRI before the team decides whether he needs a stint on the disabled list or not, but all signs are pointing towards an absence of a few weeks.
**Soler landed on DL with hamstring strain**

Brett Eibner- Kansas City Royals
Royals outfielder Brett Eibner, receiving playing time due to injuries to key Royals players, experienced an injury of his own this week. Eibner was hurt while trying to make a play on a ball off the wall in the outfield. He went down and needed to be carted off the field. He was later diagnosed with a lateral left ankle sprain, and there is no current timetable for his return.

Yasiel Puig- Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers have generally mishandled outfielder Yasiel Puig for a while now, most recently they mishandled his hamstring injury which has now landed him on the disabled list. Puig was scratched from a game early in the week due to a sore left hamstring. This was of immediate concern, of course, since Puig missed most of last season due to various setbacks and re-injuries of that hamstring. He was, however, allowed to pinch hit and warm up for a few games before the team finally made the move and placed him on the DL.

Alex Wood- Los Angeles Dodgers
Not long after quietly looking like the best non-Kershaw starting pitcher in a Dodgers uniform, Alex Wood woke up with discomfort in the triceps of his throwing arm. He was soon after placed on the disabled list with an official diagnosis of left posterior elbow soreness. He'll be shut down for several weeks before being re-evaluated. It seems like Wood might have a long recovery process ahead.

Nick Tropeano- Los Angeles Angels
Another starting pitcher injured for an LA team, this time it's Nick Tropeano for the Angels. Tropeano was scratched from his start this week and later landed on the disabled list with right shoulder tightness. An MRI showed no damage in the shoulder, so Tropeano will simply not throw for a few days then be re-evaluated.

Miguel Sano- Minnesota Twins
Minnesota Twins monster slugger Miguel Sano found his way to the disabled list this week after injuring his hamstring while trying to beat out a double play. Sano himself said that he expects to return to the lineup as soon as his 15 days are up. An MRI showed no significant damage to the hamstring, so while he's unlikely to make it back in just 15 days, he could be back soon after he is eligible.

David Wright- New York Mets
Mets third baseman David Wright received several pain killing injections and tried to play through a herniated disc in his neck, but ultimately was found unable to play and landed on the disabled list. He is expected to miss an "extended period" and he will undergo physical therapy for 6-8 weeks. If his recovery is slow, he may opt for surgery, which would ultimately keep him out even longer. Either way, it will be a while until Wright sees the field again.

Mark Teixeira- New York Yankees
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira left a game this week due to discomfort in his knee. At first it seemed like nagging discomfort, but later it was revealed that Tex would need a disabled list stint due to an articular cartilage tear in his right knee. The Yankees will try to treat the injury with rest and physical therapy, but it is still possible Teixeira may need season ending surgery. Much like David Wright, it will be a long time until Tex suits up for a game.  In the video below Dr. Selene Parekh breaks down the Teixeira injury and discusses possible courses of treatment with recovery timetables:

Felix Hernandez- Seattle Mariners
The disabled list is no place for royalty, but that's exactly where Mariners pitcher "King Felix" Hernandez ended up this week. He suffered a strained right calf and was originally expected to only miss the required 15 days. He was unable to resume throwing on the scheduled day, however, so King Felix may end up missing a bit more time than first expected. Sudden flamethrower James Paxton has taken his place in the rotation.

Hunter Pence- San Francisco Giants
Giants outfielder Hunter Pence hurt his right hamstring while running out a ground ball in a game against the Braves. Manager Bruce Bochy said that Pence's current hamstring strain is similar to the one that kept him out of a few games earlier in the season, but did not require a DL trip. An MRI and further testing showed a much less optimistic view, as Pence was diagnosed with a severe strain and is expected to miss at least two months. According to reports, the hamstring that connects to the back of the knee was completely separated from the bone. No thank you.

Brandon Guyer- Tampa Bay Rays
Rays outfielder Brandon Guyer had been a nice surprise for the team, as he was slashing .271/.365/.472 through 144 at bats. He'll miss quite a few at bats now though, as he was placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. It doesn't appear to be a particularly serious case, but Guyer will still be forced to miss up to three or four weeks.

Brad Boxberger- Tampa Bay Rays
Rays closer Brad Boxberger began the season on the disabled list. Rays closer Brad Boxberger came off the disabled list, got two outs, allowed two runs on two hits and a walk. Rays closer Brad Boxberger went back on the disabled list. This time it was an oblique injury that landed the righty on the shelf, and he's due to miss at least six to eight weeks.