Saturday, May 2, 2015

Week 4 MLB Injury Report

Adam Ottavino- Right Triceps inflammation
The Rockies placed Ottavino on the 15 day DL on Monday with soreness in his right triceps.  It appears there is no structural damage to Ottavino’s arm however the club is seeking multiple opinions.  Assuming he's given a clean bill of health he should be back as the closer in a couple of weeks.  Look for John Axford to handle the ninth inning for the club until Ottavino is 100% healthy. 

Adam Wainwright- Ruptured left Achilles tendon
Wainwright’s season has come to an end with a ruptured Achilles tendon.  Although Thursday’s surgery was successful, the Cardinals will be without their ace until 2016. 

Joel Perelta- Right shoulder soreness
Perelta’s stint as the Dodger’s closer was short lived after being placed on the DL with right shoulder soreness.  Perelta has been dealing with shoulder soreness since spring training so it is not a surprise that he finds himself in this position.  With Kenley Jansen nearing a return to the club, Perelta can be dropped in all leagues. 

Yasiel Puig- Left hamstring strain
Although the Dodgers placed Puig on the DL on Tuesday, they believe the hamstring injury is very minor and the DL stint will be of the minimum variety.  The Dodgers are always going to be cautious with their young star especially early in the season.  Expect to see Andre Either to see more time in the club’s lineup until Puig returns. 

Jose Reyes- Cracked rib
The Blue Jays were forced to add Reyes to the DL due to a cracked rib.  Reyes tried to play through the injury, but the pain was too severe to stay in the lineup.  Although a timetable has not been set, The Jays expect Reyes to be back in their lineup by the end of the month.

Ben Zobrist- left knee surgery
What looked like a minor knee injury has now seen Zobrist going under the knife and having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.  Typical recovery for this surgery is 4-6 weeks, which is a huge blow to fantasy owners as Zobrist has eligibility for at least three positions.  The A’s will use Eric Sogard at second base for the time being.

Alcides Escobar- Concussion
The Royals have now placed Escobar on the 7 day disabled list after he took a fastball off his cheek earlier in the week.  With concussions being a hot topic in sports, manager Ned Yost opted to play it safe with Escobar.  Look for Escobar to be back at shortstop by the end of next week.

Masahiro Tanaka- Right wrist tendinitis and forearm strain
The Yankees will be without their top pitcher for at least a month even though an MRI showed no structural damage.  The wrist and forearm injury to Tanka is very concerning and has the organization fearing that he may have to undergo Tommy John surgery.  Even if Tanka can avoid surgery, I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t see Tanaka in pin stripes until after the All Star break.

Archie Bradley- Head injury
Bradley is the second pitcher this season to catch a comebacker off his face.  Fortunately for the Dbacks, the young right-hander suffered no facial fractures and has no concussion symptoms.  In all likelihood Bradley will spend the minimum time on the DL.

Homer Bailey- Tommy John surgery
Bailey will be shut down for the remainder of the year following Tommy John surgery.  The Reds will have to compete in the very competitive NL without their 100 million dollar man. Michael Lorenzen will replace Bailey in the Red’s rotation.

Jed Lowrie- Right thumb surgery

Lowrie was forced to have right thumb surgery after he landed on the DL earlier in the week.  Lowrie was off to a red hot start slashing a .300/.432/.567 line.  Jonathan Villar and Marvin Gonzalez will fill in at shortstop as the Astros will be without Lowrie until the All Star break.
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