Wednesday, June 8, 2016

MLB Infirmary Report for June 8, 2016

After a few weeks away from The Infirmary Report, I am back! Unfortunately, the same can't be said about many injured baseball players. Baseball's bruised and battered continue to pile up as we head into the summer, so here's a look at this week's injury news (it was the Week of the Hamstring, apparently)

Michael Foltynewicz- Atlanta Braves
Braves pitcher Michael "Folty" Foltynewicz landed on the disabled list this week after dealing with discomfort in his throwing elbow due to bone spurs. Scans and tests showed no structural damage in Folty's elbow, so he could be ready to return after a few weeks of rest. He's 2-2 with a 3.51 ERA and a 28:8 K:BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings pitched.

Gordon Beckham- Atlanta Braves
Another Brave landed on the DL this week, with infielder Gordon Beckham landing on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain. He was forced to exit a game after running out a double play ground out and coming up limping. An earlier injury to the same hamstring put Beckham on the DL in April, and he should miss another three weeks or so this time around.

Darren O'Day- Baltimore Orioles
Elite Orioles setup man Darren O'Day strained his right hamstring and ended up on the disabled list after trying to cover first base on a ground ball. The Orioles hope he will only miss a couple of weeks, but hamstring strains can lead to tricky recoveries. Before going down, O'Day was 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA, 9 holds, and 25 strikeouts in 20 innings.

Blake Swihart- Boston Red Sox
Red Sox rookie Blake Swihart had to make an early exit from Saturday's game after jumping into the wall and coming down hard on his ankle. He was able to limp off the field under his own power, which led to optimistic reports. Those hopes were crushed soon after, however, as the Red Sox now fear Swihart's injury could cost him the rest of the season. He has a severe ankle sprain, and the team has stated they will immobilize the foot for two weeks and then re-examine it before making a decision. Whether Swihart returns this season or not, it will be a long time until he plays again.

Jorge Soler- Chicago Cubs
Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler left Monday's game after tweaking his hamstring while running out a single. He will undergo an MRI before the team decides whether he needs a stint on the disabled list or not, but all signs are pointing towards an absence of a few weeks.
**Soler landed on DL with hamstring strain**

Brett Eibner- Kansas City Royals
Royals outfielder Brett Eibner, receiving playing time due to injuries to key Royals players, experienced an injury of his own this week. Eibner was hurt while trying to make a play on a ball off the wall in the outfield. He went down and needed to be carted off the field. He was later diagnosed with a lateral left ankle sprain, and there is no current timetable for his return.

Yasiel Puig- Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers have generally mishandled outfielder Yasiel Puig for a while now, most recently they mishandled his hamstring injury which has now landed him on the disabled list. Puig was scratched from a game early in the week due to a sore left hamstring. This was of immediate concern, of course, since Puig missed most of last season due to various setbacks and re-injuries of that hamstring. He was, however, allowed to pinch hit and warm up for a few games before the team finally made the move and placed him on the DL.

Alex Wood- Los Angeles Dodgers
Not long after quietly looking like the best non-Kershaw starting pitcher in a Dodgers uniform, Alex Wood woke up with discomfort in the triceps of his throwing arm. He was soon after placed on the disabled list with an official diagnosis of left posterior elbow soreness. He'll be shut down for several weeks before being re-evaluated. It seems like Wood might have a long recovery process ahead.

Nick Tropeano- Los Angeles Angels
Another starting pitcher injured for an LA team, this time it's Nick Tropeano for the Angels. Tropeano was scratched from his start this week and later landed on the disabled list with right shoulder tightness. An MRI showed no damage in the shoulder, so Tropeano will simply not throw for a few days then be re-evaluated.

Miguel Sano- Minnesota Twins
Minnesota Twins monster slugger Miguel Sano found his way to the disabled list this week after injuring his hamstring while trying to beat out a double play. Sano himself said that he expects to return to the lineup as soon as his 15 days are up. An MRI showed no significant damage to the hamstring, so while he's unlikely to make it back in just 15 days, he could be back soon after he is eligible.

David Wright- New York Mets
Mets third baseman David Wright received several pain killing injections and tried to play through a herniated disc in his neck, but ultimately was found unable to play and landed on the disabled list. He is expected to miss an "extended period" and he will undergo physical therapy for 6-8 weeks. If his recovery is slow, he may opt for surgery, which would ultimately keep him out even longer. Either way, it will be a while until Wright sees the field again.

Mark Teixeira- New York Yankees
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira left a game this week due to discomfort in his knee. At first it seemed like nagging discomfort, but later it was revealed that Tex would need a disabled list stint due to an articular cartilage tear in his right knee. The Yankees will try to treat the injury with rest and physical therapy, but it is still possible Teixeira may need season ending surgery. Much like David Wright, it will be a long time until Tex suits up for a game.  In the video below Dr. Selene Parekh breaks down the Teixeira injury and discusses possible courses of treatment with recovery timetables:

Felix Hernandez- Seattle Mariners
The disabled list is no place for royalty, but that's exactly where Mariners pitcher "King Felix" Hernandez ended up this week. He suffered a strained right calf and was originally expected to only miss the required 15 days. He was unable to resume throwing on the scheduled day, however, so King Felix may end up missing a bit more time than first expected. Sudden flamethrower James Paxton has taken his place in the rotation.

Hunter Pence- San Francisco Giants
Giants outfielder Hunter Pence hurt his right hamstring while running out a ground ball in a game against the Braves. Manager Bruce Bochy said that Pence's current hamstring strain is similar to the one that kept him out of a few games earlier in the season, but did not require a DL trip. An MRI and further testing showed a much less optimistic view, as Pence was diagnosed with a severe strain and is expected to miss at least two months. According to reports, the hamstring that connects to the back of the knee was completely separated from the bone. No thank you.

Brandon Guyer- Tampa Bay Rays
Rays outfielder Brandon Guyer had been a nice surprise for the team, as he was slashing .271/.365/.472 through 144 at bats. He'll miss quite a few at bats now though, as he was placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. It doesn't appear to be a particularly serious case, but Guyer will still be forced to miss up to three or four weeks.

Brad Boxberger- Tampa Bay Rays
Rays closer Brad Boxberger began the season on the disabled list. Rays closer Brad Boxberger came off the disabled list, got two outs, allowed two runs on two hits and a walk. Rays closer Brad Boxberger went back on the disabled list. This time it was an oblique injury that landed the righty on the shelf, and he's due to miss at least six to eight weeks.

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