Thursday, April 7, 2016

MLB Infirmary Report Opening Week Edition

Baseball happened, and it was good. For some teams. Either way, there's so much baseball left that before long, Opening Day will be a distant memory and "only one game". That's not the case for some of the players who suffered early injuries though.

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Ben Revere
Washington Nationals center fielder Ben Revere left Monday's Opening Day game in the fourth inning. It was later reported that he had "tweaked" his rib cage and is listed as day-to-day. The Nationals have the very capable Michael Taylor on the bench, so he will make starts until Revere is ready to return perhaps at the end of the week.
**Revere was placed on the DL with oblique strain**

A.J. Pollock
The biggest injury news of the week, of course, was Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock's elbow. Pollock fractured his elbow while sliding into home during a Cactus League game and will undergo surgery for his injury. He faces an extended absence, and while his goal is to play in 2016, a lot of things would need to go his way for that to happen. For now, Socrates Brito and Chris Owings will handle center field duties, but the Diamondbacks may eventually look outside of the organization for help. Dr. Selene Parekh discusses the A.J. Pollock injury below and gives his expectations for his recovery.

Sonny Gray
Sonny Gray was excited and ready to start on Opening Day for the Oakland Athletics. Something he ate had a different idea, though. Gray was scratched from his start with food poisoning, and lefty Rich Hill took his place. Gray should be fine however, and is penciled in to start Wednesday's game instead.
**Gray made his scheduled start and reported no setbacks**

Felix Doubront
A few days after winning the fifth spot in the Oakland Athletics rotation, lefty Felix Doubront had to leave a Cactus League game after throwing just 17 pitches. Soon after, he was placed on the disabled list with a sprained left elbow. He is currently looking for a second opinion on his injury, as he thinks it may be similar to something he experienced in 2010 which only took him a few weeks to recover from. Still, he will miss some time and his rotation spot is not secure. Jesse Hahn is likely to slide into the fifth spot.

Mike Dunn
For the first time in his career, Miami Marlins reliever Mike Dunn was placed on the disabled list. He was listed with a left forearm strain. Dunn has never been great, but he's been a solid presence in the late innings for the Marlins that was always available and dependable. An MRI showed no damage to his forearm though, so his absence should not be a long one. Chris Narveson and Craig Breslow will be the lefties in the Marlins bullpen until Dunn returns.

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