Tuesday, May 24, 2016

MLB Infirmary Report for 5-24-16

This week our writer Mike Valverde is breaking down the weeks compelling injuries as he fills in for David Marcillo. The Los Angeles Angels was struck full of injuries this week as the team lost five players to the 15-day disabled list. The Oakland A’s were unfortunate early on in the week as they lost four players to the disabled list. Here's a look at this week's significant injuries, but first we would like to welcome Major League Fantasy Sports as an official partner of The Infirmary Report. You can see their written works HERE. Let’s get down to the injuries.

Carson Smith, Boston Red Sox
Relief pitcher Carson Smith will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 15, with right elbow soreness.He had just returned from a strained flexor tendon but wasn’t recovering as he would hope. It remains unclear how long he will be out, meanwhile Noe Ramirez will take his spot in the bullpen. 
In Smith’s 2.2 innings pitched he has struck out two and walked one while allowing no earned runs on two hits.
*Smith set to undergo Tommy John surgery*

Brock Holt, Boston Red Sox
Multipurpose infielder and outfielder Brock Holt has been placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list, retroactive to May 19. The Red Sox are unclear how Holt suffered the concussion, but it is a minor one and Holt should return shortly. Chris Young will take over duties in left field, but keep an eye out for Blake Swihart who has been playing left field in Triple-A Pawtucket he was also recalled Friday.
Holt has 27 hits in 113 at-bats (.239 average) with three home runs and 19 RBI. He also has a horrible 12/21 walk to strikeout ratio.
Reds placed RHP Tim Adleman on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. Adleman will miss at least 3-4 weeks of actionAdleman has started four games this season and has a 1-1 record and has pitched 19.1 innings allowing 18 hits and eight earned runs (3.72 ERA) while allowing nine walks (1.40 WHIP) and striking out 16.

Christian Bergman, Colorado Rockies
Christian Bergman tweaked his oblique during a relief appearance and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. The right-hander has appeared in nine games allowing 25 hits and 12 earned runs over 18.1 innings pitched (5.89 ERA) he also has walked four (1.58 WHIP) and struck out 19.

Domingo Santana, Milwaukee Brewers
Outfielder Domingo Santana was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 19, with a right shoulder strain. This injury has been bothering him since the beginning of the month as he has been seen in and out of the lineup. Milwaukee Brewers felt it necessary to shut him down. Santana has 45 strikeouts and only three home runs while holding a .239 batting average. Keon Broxton has been recalled to take his roster spot.

Josh Reddick, Oakland Athletics
When outfielder Josh Reddick caught his thumb on Starlin Castro’s cleat he ended up fracturing it and the A’s placed Reddick on the 15-day disabled list. He will most likely be out 4-6 weeks, but he won’t require surgery. It will be a committee approach as Billy Burns, Coco Crisp and Khris Davis will rotatewhile Reddick is out. Reddick was having himself a solid season hitting five home runs and 18 RBI while getting 47 hits in 146 at-bats (.322 average). He also had four stolen bases and not being caught once.

Ryan Hanigan, Boston Red Sox
Ryan Hanigan was drilled in the hand by Trevor Bauer and Hanigan left Saturday's game with a left-hand contusion.Christian Vasquez pinch-hit for Hanigan in the seventh and replaced him behind the plate. In his 56 at-bats Hanigan has just ten hits in 56 at-bats (.179 average) with just five walks to go along with 14 strikeouts. 

Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
Outfielder Alex Gordon collided with teammate Mike Moustakas he ended up breaking his scaphoid bone in his right wrist. With the fracture the Royals placed him on the 15-day disabled list. Gordon is expected to miss 3-4 weeks. Cheslor Cuthbert, Jarrod Dyson, and Paulo Orlando will rotate getting regular starts while Gordon is healing.
Alex Gordon has been struggling at the plate only hitting .211 with four home runs and 10 RBI. He has stolen three bases.  Dr. Selene Parekh breaks down Gordon's injury and gives his expectation for his recovery:

Chin-Hui Tsao, Los Angeles Dodgers
Relief pitcher Chin-Hui Tsao, 34, was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 22, with a right triceps strain.
He has only been in two games and recorded 1.2 innings allowing one hit, one run, and one earned run while walking three.

Lucas Duda, New York Mets
Lucas Duda was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back and placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday, and could miss extended time. Mets manager Terry Collins mentioned it would be “a while” before he could return. New York will most likely have a tryout for a stand-in at first base. Players such as Eric Campbell, Ty Kelly, Wilmer Flores, and Michael Conforto will have their chance
Lucas Duda has been making his power numbers hitting seven home runs with 19 RBI and has scored 16 times. Duda’s batting average of .231 and his 11/29 walk to strikeout rate is another story.  Dr. Selene Parekh breaks down Duda's injury and gives his expectations for his recovery.

Sonny Gray, Oakland Athletics
Starting pitcher Sonny Gray has been struggling all season and the A’s may have found the reason. Gray was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 21, with a strained right trapezius. He received a cortisone shot to help him return when he is first eligible. Eric Surkamp may be given another chance until Gray returns.
Gray has a 6.19 ERA through nine starts with a 3-5 record giving up 55 hits in 48 innings pitched. He also has a 24/41 walk to strikeout ratio.

Ryan Vogelsong, Pittsburgh Pirates
Relief/starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong was struck in the left eye and knocked down by a pitch from Jordan Lyles. Vogelsong eventually stood up. He was upright when he was carted off the field. 
Vogelsong has pitched reasonably well for the Pirates bullpen. Allowing nine earned runs in 19.2 innings for a 4.12 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. He also has a 14/10 strikeout to walk ratio.

Kevin Kiermaier, Tampa Bay Rays
Kevin Kiermaier broke two metacarpal bones while diving for a fly ball. He will have surgery to repair the two fractures in his left hand. He could miss up to 10 weeks. Mikie Mahtook will replace Kiermaier until he can return.
The youngster has five home runs on the season with six stolen bases but is batting just .236 and has a walk strike out rate of 11/22. 

Drew Stubbs, Texas Rangers
Outfielder Drew Stubbs suffered a toe sprain and was placed on the 15-day disabled list The Rangers have called up prospect slugger Joey Gallo in a corresponding roster move.
Stubbs has just 13 hits in 53 at-bats (.245 average) and has only two home runs with five RBI while striking out 25 times. He does have seven stolen bases and has not been caught stealing.

Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers
Rangers placed OF Shin-Soo Choo on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 21, with a strained left hamstring.
Choo only has 16 at-bats this season.

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