Tuesday, March 29, 2016

MLB Injury Report March 29, 2016

by David Marcillo

Another week gone by and Opening Day rosters are starting to take shape. Fantasy leagues are drafting, dropping, adding, trading, and talking trash. "Old school" players are complaining about "new school" antics. It's beginning to feel a lot like baseball.

Matt Harvey
If the New York Mets were looking to cause anxiety throughout Queens, they did just that by announcing that Matt Harvey's Opening Day status was in doubt. But that was it. Not that he would miss a certain amount of time. Not that his shoulder was hurting. Not that he would be seeing a specialist on elbows (although that may have been worse news). Teammates said they were praying for him and Twitter went abuzz with predictions, one more outlandish than the next. Finally, the real news came out: Harvey had blood clots in his bladder, but he was able to pass them and he'd indeed be ready to make his Opening Day start. Things got a little bizarre again when Harvey himself admitted that the condition may have been caused by holding in his urine too long. He said he "needs to learn to pee more often." So there it is, Mets fans. Read it and...pee?

Brian Matusz
Baltimore Orioles lefty Brian Matusz has been rehabbing a strained back for several weeks. While he will not be ready for Opening Day, Matusz should only miss a week or two once the season starts. He received a cortisone shot and was able to throw 18 pitches off a mound. He will continue his rehab as the season approaches and will be able to come off the disabled list soon after.

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Anthony DeSclafani
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Anthony DeSclafani was meant to start on Opening Day this season. Instead, he suffered an oblique strain and yielded the honor to Raisel Iglesias. "Disco" isn't supposed to miss much time, but oblique strains can be tricky, especially for pitchers. The Reds hope that he will be able to pitch the sixth game of the season for the team on April 10th, but that is far from a sure thing.

Lonnie Chisenhall
Cleveland Indians third baseman/outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall has been suffering from forearm tightness all Spring that just never went away. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list and will start the season on the shelf. He has met with a specialist and come up with a rehab plan. Before sitting out, Chisenhall was only 1-for-22 on the Spring, but he seemingly was still guaranteed the starting right field spot.

Howie Kendrick
Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick suffered a "not very serious" calf injury according to his manager, Dave Roberts. He has yet to appear in a game since the injury though, and he has recently been shut down while receiving treatment. He was expected to be ready for Opening Day, but the team has announced that he will not travel with the team back to Los Angeles, so it is all but a given that he will begin the season on the disabled list.

Will Smith
Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Will Smith looked primed to be the team's closer and was a sneaky pick in fantasy drafts due to his huge strikeout potential. Instead, he'll be out for an extended period of time after tearing the LCL in his right knee while taking his shoe off. Jeremy Jeffress will likely end up with most of the Brewers save opportunities now, but he does not have anywhere near the upside that Smith has.

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Jared Hughes
Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Jared Hughes was an excellent ground ball machine in 2015, but he will begin the 2016 season on the disabled list with a lat strain. Assuming his rehab goes well, he shouldn't miss much time since the injury was on his non-throwing side.

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