Tuesday, April 26, 2016

MLB Infirmary Report April 26, 2016

More baseball, more injuries. Shoulders, elbows, hamstrings: everything is straining, spraining, impinging, and inflaming. Let's jump in. But, you know, carefully. Don't get hurt.

Yovani Gallardo, SP, Baltimore Orioles
Orioles starter Yovani Gallardo landed on the disabled list this week with shoulder tendinitis. He was pulled in the second inning of his most recent start after allowing four runs on five hits. He showed a noticeable decline in velocity and was placed on the DL the next morning. An MRI showed no further damage so Gallardo could be back in a matter of weeks.

Joe Kelly, SP, Boston Red Sox
Red Sox starter Joe Kelly got the start on Tuesday against the Rays but departed in the first inning after walking two of the four batters he faced and yelling in pain after his 23rd pitch. He was examined and diagnosed with a right shoulder impingement, leading to the team placing him on the disabled list. An MRI on Kelly's shoulder showed no further damage, so he should be fine once he has had some time to rest.

Carlos Carrasco, SP, Cleveland Indians
Another starting pitcher, another injury. Indians starter Carlos Carrasco exited his start on Sunday against the Tigers due to a leg injury. He was diagnosed with a hamstring strain, which he suffered while running to cover first base. Hamstring strains are tricky and easy to aggravate, but Carrasco's current timetable will have him back on the mound in four to six weeks.

Miguel Castro, RP, Colorado Rockies
Rockies reliever Miguel Castro was off to a hot start this season, striking out eight in his six innings of work while allowing just one run. He'll have to take some time off now though, as he was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. The team does not think the 21-year-old's injury is serious, and he should be able to recover with some rest.

Alex Avila, C, Chicago White Sox
White Sox catcher Alex Avila left Saturday's game with a hamstring injury that eventually earned him a spot on the disabled list. Dioner Navarro will take over as the primary receiver for the White Sox, with Kevan Smith receiving the call to be the backup while Avila recovers.

Yimi Garcia, RP, Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers bullpen had a rough start to the season, and now one of its members is set for a DL stint. Righty Yimi Garcia was forced out of Friday's game against the Rockies with an arm injury. He came out of the game shaking his arm in pain, and was placed on the DL the next day with right biceps soreness. When asked, Garcia said his arm "feels asleep." While that sounds scary, the team's medical team did not even send Garcia for an MRI, so after some rest he should be able to return to the bullpen.

Danny Valencia, 3B, Oakland Athletics
A's third baseman Danny Valencia left Wednesday's game with discomfort in his hamstring which later turned out to be severe enough to land him on the disabled list. An MRI confirmed a mild to moderate strain for Valencia, who will be forced to miss several weeks. While Valencia recovers, Chris Coghlan will likely get the bulk of the playing time at the hot corner.

Charlie Morton, SP, Philadelphia Phillies
Phillies starter Charlie Morton left his start early on Saturday due to a strained left hamstring. He suffered the injury while running out a sacrifice bunt in the first inning. It looked a lot worse than it ended up being, but Morton still ended up on the DL and will miss a few starts.

Robbie Erlin, SP, San Diego Padres
Yet another starter was hurt this week, as Padres lefty Robbie Erlin was placed on the disabled list with a left elbow strain. He's already playing catch and traveling with the team, so he should be back on the mound before too long.

Cory Spangenberg, 2B, San Diego Padres
Padres infielder Cory Spangenberg was taken out of Tuesday's game with a left quad strain. A severe quad strain can cost a player well over a month, but the hope is that Spangenberg's injury is not so serious and a few weeks of rest will get him back on the field.

Keone Kela, RP, Texas Rangers
Rangers late inning reliever Keone Kela was placed first on the 15-day disabled list then transferred to the 60-day disabled list this week. He had surgery to remove a bone spur from the elbow on his throwing arm. Kela is expected to miss about three months.

-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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