Wednesday, April 20, 2016

MLB Infirmary Report 4/20/2016

Another week passes and the bumps and bruises keep coming in, making for a busy week at the Infirmary Report. Here's a look at some of the key injuries this week:

Gordon Beckham, Atlanta Braves
The Braves got great news over the weekend, winning three games in a row after losing their first nine, but then they got bad news, as second baseman Gordon Beckam strained his left hamstring and immediately went on the 15-day disabled list. Beckham is likely looking at an extended absence, as hamstring injuries tend to linger. Jace Peterson and Daniel Castro will get more playing time while Beckham recovers.

Pablo Sandoval, Boston Red Sox
The downward spiral that has been Pablo Sandoval's Red Sox career spiraled even further last week, as the struggling slugger was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury. While some believed his DL stint was simply a way for the Red Sox to get him off of the roster for a while, it does actually seem like there is a legitimate injury. Sandoval may need shoulder surgery, and he will visit with Dr. James Andrews once the swelling subsides a bit in about two weeks. "Kung Fu Panda" won't be in a game again for a long time.

Nick Hundley, Colorado Rockies
Rockies catcher Nick Hundley took a foul tip off his mask last Wednesday and hasn't been right since. He went through MLB's concussion protocol and was then placed on baseball's new 7-day concussion disabled list. He has already started participating in some drills and should be able to return when eligible.

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Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies
Another injury struck the Rockies last week, with outfielder Charlie Blackmon suffering a toe injury. He was listed as day-to-day at first, but soon after was moved to the 15-day disabled list. His injury is being described as turf toe, an aggravation of an injury he suffered in 2012. He says he is unsure how long he will be out, but that it remains sore and that he doesn't know "how long or how bad it is." Blackmon could be out for a while, so Gerardo Parra will take his place in center field with Ben Paulsen, Brandon Barnes, and Ryan Raburn splitting time in Parra's former position, left field.

Scott Van Slyke, Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers should be happy that the disabled list can't get filled up, because theirs would be overflowing by now. The newest member of Team DL is outfielder Scott Van Slyke, who is missing time with a back injury. The official disabled list designation was "lower back irritation" and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has already stated that Van Slyke will not be able to return once his 15 days are up.

Daniel Nava, Los Angeles Angels
Another outfielder injured in the Los Angeles area, this time in Anaheim. Left fielder Daniel Nava was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left patella tendinitis, but he expects to be ready to go as soon as his 15-day stint is up. Nava has had knee issues for years and it seems like something that could resurface at any time, as it already did this season.

Trevor Plouffe, Minnesota Twins
Like the Braves, the Twins got mixed news over the weekend. The good news was they were able to win their first three games of the season, but the bad news was their third baseman suffered a right intercostal strain and had to be placed on the DL. Plouffe was on the bench for a few days before the decision was made to DL him, Miguel Sano has taken some grounders at third base, but Eduardo Nunez is expected to take most of the playing time at third base. See our #InjuryBoard video below where The Fantasy Doctor-Dr. Selene Parekh breaks down Plouffe's injury:

Glen Perkins, Minnesota Twins
The Twins also lost their closer before they even had a save in the record books. Left hander Glen Perkins was placed on the DL with a left shoulder strain. At first, it seemed like he could be in for a long absence, but recent reports state that he may be ready to return as soon as his 15 days are up. In the meantime, Kevin Jepsen has been closing out games for the Twins.  See our #InjuryBoard video below where The Fantasy Doctor-Dr. Selene Parekh breaks down Perkins' injury:

George Kontos, San Francisco Giants
Giants reliever George Kontos was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a flexor strain. It's another blow to a Giants bullpen that already lost Sergio Romo, also with a flexor strain. It's unclear how long Kontos will be out.

David A Marcillo creates a weekly injury report for The Infirmary Report. He covers the Miami Marlins for Baseball Essential and The Runner Sports, and writes the Closer Report for Fantasy Pros. David grew up in South Florida and lives in Los Angeles, working as a Middle School English teacher. You can follow him on Twitter @DavidMarcillo77

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