Thursday, August 11, 2016

MLB Infirmary Report for June 16, 2016

More baseball, more injuries. This week was not quite as bad as last week's Hamstring Armageddon in terms of injuries, but there were still some notable players placed on disabled lists across the league. Let's carefully jump in, after stretching and warming up, and take a look:

Chris Owings, Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Owings started missing a few games due to what was reported as "foot discomfort," but before too long, it was determined that he was suffering from plantar fasciitis. He was placed on the disabled list but it was back dated by a few days since he had been sitting out. He should be able to return once eligible.

Eric O'Flaherty, Atlanta Braves
Braves lefty reliever Eric O'Flaherty had a rough season get worse when he was placed on the disabled list with a strained knee. Before the injury, he had pitched to an ugly 6.52 ERA. An MRI and other tests showed no significant damage, so the Braves are hoping their lefty can return as soon as eligible.

Tommy La Stella, Chicago Cubs
Tommy La Stella suffered a strained hamstring and required a stint on the disabled list because of it. It is unclear how much time he will miss, but the newly acquired Chris Coghlan was likely to eat into La Stella's playing time regardless of his injury.

Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds
Reds speedster Billy Hamilton was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list after entering the league's concussion protocol. It is unknown at this time how much time he will be forced to miss, as concussions can be tricky and have no real set recovery time.

Jake McGee, Colorado Rockies
Rockies closer Jake McGee blew a save and got even worse news later, landing on the 15-day disabled list with left knee inflammation. Carlos Estevez will take McGee's ninth inning spot while the lefty recovers on the DL.

Austin Jackson, Chicago White Sox
White Sox outfielder Austin Jackson had just recovered from turf toe when he suffered an even worse injury, suffering a medial meniscus tear in his right knee. He underwent surgery and will be off the field for at least six weeks.

Phil Hughes, Minnesota Twins
Twins starter-turned-reliever Phil Hughes landed on the disabled list this week with a left knee contusion after taking a line drive off the bat of Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. He was later diagnosed with a compression fracture and transferred from the 15 to the 60-day disabled list. He will miss at least eight weeks while recovering.

Trevor May, Minnesota Twins
The Twins bullpen took another hit when setup man Trevor May ended up on the disabled list due to back spasms. He had been given a light work load in an attempt to avoid the DL, but it seemed not to work the way the team wanted it to. He will now have time to fully recover instead of trying to pitch through the discomfort.

Domingo Santana, Milwaukee Brewers
Brewers outfielder Domingo Santana had been bothered by a sore elbow all week, and finally landed on the disabled list because of it. He previously missed time with a sore shoulder, and was only back on the field for a week before being shelved again by the sore elbow.

Chris Parmelee, New York Yankees
The Yankees lost another first baseman this week, as Chris Parmelee was placed on the disabled list due to a strained hamstring. He suffered the injury while stretching for a throw at first base, and is expected to miss some time while recovering.

Rich Hill, Oakland Athletics
Oakland ace Rich Hill landed on the disabled list this week thanks to a strained groin and has been shut down from throwing. There was originally some hope that he would be ready to return after the requisite 15 days, but he has yet to start throwing since landing on the DL, so his stint will be longer than first expected.

Vincent Velasquez, Philadelphia Phillies
Phillies fireballer Vince Velasquez left a start after throwing only two pitches and scared Phillies and baseball fans everywhere. The news was much better than expected though, as the righty was diagnosed with a right biceps strain and nothing more after MRI results came back clean. Velasquez himself believes he will be ready to get back on the mound once his 15 days are up, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see the team take things more slowly.

Francisco Cervelli, Pittsburgh Pirates
Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli broke his hand while swinging at a pitch during Friday's game. He had surgery to fix the break and will be forced to miss up to six weeks while he heals.  See our #InjuryBoard video below where The Fantasy Doctor-Dr. Selene Parekh examines the Cervelli injury:

Andrew Cashner, San Diego Padres
Padres starter Andrew Cashner landed on the disabled list this week with a strained neck. He left his start after facing just one batter and his return is not known at this time.

Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
Rangers fans were excited about the return of the electrifying Yu Darvish, but he ended up back on the disabled list after just three starts with continued discomfort in his neck and throwing shoulder. An MRI showed nothing meaningful, but the team will take it easy with their star and give him time to heal.

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