Tuesday, April 12, 2016

MLB Infirmary Report April 12, 2016

We've had more than a full week of baseball now and between postponements, hot starts, and slow starts, fans have already started getting overly excited or overly worried about their favorite teams. Injury bugs have taken flight as well, biting a few key players early in the season.

Matt Garza
Milwaukee Brewers starter Matt Garza suffered a lat strain that will knock him out for 4-6 weeks. Garza was forced to exit his last Spring Training start early and he's now looking at an absence of over a month. He's on the 15-day disabled list and will almost certainly need to throw a few rehab games before rejoining the rotation.

Tyler Kolek
The Miami Marlins drafted high school right handed pitcher Tyler Kolek with the second overall pick a few seasons ago. They passed on current MLB rotation arms like Carlos Rodon and Aaron Nola because they thought Kolek had the most upside. Since the draft, Kolek has struggled mightily in the low minors, and now he won't throw another pitch for over a year. Kolek suffered a "complete tear" of his UCL and has already undergone Tommy John Surgery. He'll be out for the requisite 12-18 months and we won't hear from him for a long time.

Kyle Schwarber
All of Chicago clenched at the same time when they saw Chicago Cubs outfielders Kyle Schwarber and Dexter Fowler collide in center field on what ended up being Jean Segura's inside-the-park home run. Schwarber was able to stand up but ultimately needed a cart to get off the field. The original diagnosis of a sprained ankle seemed too good to be true, and it was, as a second diagnosis came out: Schwarber tore his ACL and LCL in his left knee and he will miss the whole 2016 season. He has already been placed on the 60-day disabled list and won't be heard from again until 2017. It's a big loss for the Cubs, but Jorge Soler should be able to step into an everyday role and provide solid numbers. We along with Dr. Selene Parekh take a closer look at the Schwarber injury.

Jacob deGrom
New York Mets starter Jacob deGrom left his first start early due to tightness in his right lat. The team is calling the move precautionary, but they have already planned to skip his second start. He is also waiting for the birth of his child and may be placed on the paternity leave list. However, if he is placed on that list, a disabled list stint could not be backdated, so the Mets may be better off just waiting it out to see how deGrom responds to the rest. Manager Terry Collins says that deGrom is improving, but not enough to make his scheduled start. For now, they have no plans to put the 27-year-old on the DL.

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Tyson Ross
San Diego Padres starter Tyson Ross gave up eight runs in 5 1/3 innings in his first start of the season. Not long after, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Ross himself has said that he does not consider the injury to be a serious one and that he hopes to be back as soon as he is eligible on April 20th. Ross, of course, is a pitcher and not a doctor, so his return date remains to be seen.

Felix Doubront
The Oakland Athletics named Felix Doubront as their fifth starter before the season began. In his final Spring tune up, he left with forearm tightness after only 17 pitches. Not long after, it was announced that he would require Tommy John Surgery. The left hander is out for the season and likely part of next season as well. He was hoping to restart his career in Oakland, a place known for getting value out of retreads. Instead, he won't throw another pitch until at least 2017.

James McCann
Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann collided with Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman John Jaso while trying to beat out a ground ball. He turned his ankle and went down hard, leading to a grade two ankle sprain. McCann was able to walk off the field with some help from the Tigers training staff, but he has already been placed on the 15-day DL and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks. It could have been a lot worse looking at the video, so McCann is lucky to escape with "just" a sprain.

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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