Tuesday, May 10, 2016

MLB Injury Report for May 10, 2016

More baseball, more problems. As we move into the middle of May (and baseball promotes the mid-July All Star Game already) we're seeing more and more players join Team 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 and I will making regular appearances on their weekly fantasy baseball radio show the rest of the season. You can access their radio shows HERE Be sure to tune in!

Pablo Sandoval, Boston Red Sox
Pablo Sandoval's season started by finding out he would not be the starting third baseman for the Boston Red Sox. It ended abruptly last week, when he underwent season-ending shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. He appeared in only three games this season, but is signed through 2019 with a $5 million buy out for 2020. See below as Dr. Selene Psrekh examines Sandoval's injury and gives his expectations going forward.

Jon Moscot, Cincinnati Reds
Starting pitcher Jon Moscot was placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder discomfort. An MRI showed no structural damage, so Moscot received a cortisone injection and should be back on the mound as soon as he is eligible to return from the DL.

Nick Hundley, Colorado Rockies
Rockies catcher Nick Hundley battled a sore left oblique for a few games before finally being placed on the disabled list. He hurt himself during batting practice before Thursday's game. The Rockies wanted to give him time to heal without a DL stint, but after a few games, they needed the roster spot and had to make the transaction. Oblique strains can be tricky, but given the fact that he was going to try to avoid a DL trip, it may not be too severe and Hundley could be back when his 15 days are up.

Jake Petricka, Chicago White Sox
White Sox reliever Jake Petricka was placed on the DL this week with a right hip impingement. Petricka had appeared in nine games out of the White Sox bullpen and was struggling, pitching to a 4.50 ERA and 2.00 WHIP with more walks than strikeouts. It is unclear how much time he will miss, but the hope is he will come back to the mound pitching like he did in 2015.

Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals
The defending World Champion Kansas City Royals placed star third baseman Mike Moustakas on the 15-day disabled list this week with a fracture of his left thumb. "Moose" played through what was being called a bruised thumb for a few days, but struggled and ultimately needed a stint on the DL. He was slashing .258/.314/.536 before going down.

Andrelton Simmons, Los Angeles Angels
Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons left Sunday's game with what was at the time being called a thumb sprain. After tests, it was revealed that Simmons had suffered a "full thickness tear" of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. The recovery timetable for the surgery Simmons requires is being reported as six to eight weeks by the Angels, but players who had similar procedures returned to the field in closer to three months.

Andrew Heaney, Los Angeles Angels
Angels promising left handed starter Andrew Heaney landed on the 60-day disabled list this week after the Angels announced that he had damage in his ulnar collateral ligament. This is the injury that usually leads to Tommy John Surgery, but Heaney's damage seems minimal enough that he will attempt to rehab the injury instead of undergoing the surgery. Many pitchers who attempt to go this route end up needing the procedure done sooner or later anyway, but Heaney and the Angels will attempt to at least delay the surgery.

Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels
It was an awful week for the Angels and the ligaments that keep them together. Staff ace Garrett Richards missed a start with what was being called fatigue and dehydration, but the news later came out that Richards had a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. His damage was much more significant than Heaney's, so he is headed for Tommy John Surgery with no hope for avoiding the procedure. He'll be out for the rest of the season and about half of next season. In a week of tough blows for the Angels, this one is the roughest.

Eduardo Escobar, Minnesota Twins
Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar was forced out of a game due to a groin injury. He was later placed on the disabled list with a strained left groin, but should be able to return as soon as eligible. He was struggling this season before the injury, slashing just .237/.275/.563.

CC Sabathia, New York Yankees
Yankees starter CC Sabathia was placed on the disabled list following his best start of the season. A day after tossing seven shutout innings against the Baltimore Orioles. Sabathia landed on the DL with a left groin strain. The pitcher himself said he would be ready to return after the minimum fifteen days, but it remains to be seen if the team an their trainers feel the same way.

Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
Another Yankees veteran ended up on the disabled list this week, with Alex Rodriguez joining the DL with a right hamstring strain. He suffered the injury while running to first base in a game last week and left the game right away. He is first eligible to return on May 19th and may indeed be ready to go that day.

Jemile Weeks, San Diego Padres
Padres second baseman Jemile Weeks left a game with a strained right hamstring after dropping down a bunt. He had to be helped from the field and was placed on the disabled list the next day. He's slashing a minuscule .140/.204/.200 on the season, so he may end up back in the minor leagues once activated.

A.J. Griffin, Texas Rangers
Rangers starter A.J. Griffin had to leave a start against the Detroit Tigers after recording only eight outs due to stiffness in his throwing shoulder. At first, no tests were scheduled and Griffin seemed to be on track for his next start. Due to past shoulder issues, however, the Rangers decided to exercise caution and placed Griffin on the disabled list, scheduling further tests as well. Assuming nothing major is found, he may be back as soon as his 15 days are up.

-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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