Tuesday, June 21, 2016

MLB Infirmary Report June 21, 2016

The All-Star Break is coming, but the injuries aren't stopping. A few potential All-Stars were hurt this week, so let's carefully check to make sure it's safe, then dive into this week's Infirmary Report.

David Peralta, Arizona Diamondbacks
D'Backs outfielder David Peralta landed gingerly on the disabled list with a lower back sprain. He had missed a few games before the team ultimately decided he would require a stint on the shelf. He should be good to go as soon as his 15 days are up, assuming he does not experience any setbacks.

Mallex Smith, Atlanta Braves
Speedy Braves outfielder Mallex Smith sprinted back onto the DL this week, suffering a fractured left thumb after being hit by a pitch. He is expected to miss eight to ten weeks, so the Braves won't be hearing from him until late August or maybe even September.

Vance Worley, Baltimore Orioles
Orioles pitcher Vance Worley has found a home as a swingman in the Orioles bullpen, but he'll now find a home on the 15-day disabled list. He was placed on the DL with a right groin strain, and it is currently unclear how long it will be until he is able to return to the mound.

Josh Rutledge, Boston Red Sox
Red Sox infielder Josh Rutledge made it onto the DL with left knee patellar tendinitis. It's unknown for now how long he will be out of the lineup, but it may be an extended absence.

Clayton Richard, Chicago Cubs
Cubs pitcher Clayton Richard was placed on the disabled list this week after suffering a blister on his throwing hand. Even before the blister, Richard had accumulated a 7.30 ERA, so the time off may benefit him in more than just injury recovery.

Dexter Fowler, Chicago Cubs
One of the bigger names on this week's list, Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler was placed on the DL with what was officially termed "hamstring discomfort." He had missed a few games before going on the shelf, and while it is currently unclear how much time he will miss, it does not seem to be a severe injury and Fowler could return right around when he is eligible.

Tyler Chatwood, Colorado Rockies
Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood lasted only 1 2/3 innings against the Marlins before being forced from the game due to back spasms. He ended up on the disabled list the next day, but is expected to recover fully with the rest and return to the rotation as soon as he is eligible.

J.D. Martinez, Detroit Tigers
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez came out of a game and onto the DL with a non-displaced fracture of the radial neck of his right elbow. He crashed into the outfield wall while trying to make a play and will miss four to six weeks of games before being able to come back. Check out our #InjuryBoard video below where The Fantasy Doctor-Dr. Selene Parekh breaks down the Martinez injury and gives his expectations for recovery.

Jim Henderson, New York Mets
Mets reliever Jim Henderson was hurt during a game and landed on the disabled list with a right shoulder impingement. It is unknown for now how long he will need to stay off the mound.

Juan Lagares, New York Mets
Mets outfielder Juan Lagares missed seven of eleven games before finally succumbing to the disabled list. He has a torn ligament in his thumb and will try to see if rest helps him heal for now before opting for surgery. There is no timetable on his return since it is unknown if the rest will work. Of course, if he goes the surgical route, he will miss significant time.

Wade Miley, Seattle Mariners
Mariners starter Wade Miley joined King Felix on the DL this week. He was diagnosed with a left shoulder impingement but has already been playing catch and should be back on the mound as soon as his disabled list stint is up.

Matt Duffy, San Francisco Giants
Giants third baseman Matt Duffy ended up on the disabled list this week with a left achilles strain. He is in a walking boot for now and will not be able to return to game action until some time after the All-Star Break.

Steve Pearce, Tampa Bay Rays
Rays utility player Steve Pearce was added to the disabled list this week with a strained hamstring. At first, he expected to be fine with a little rest, but the team determined a DL stint would be the best course of action. He is expected to miss about three weeks.

Steven Souza, Tampa Bay Rays
Joining Pearce on the DL this week was Rays outfielder Steven Souza. Souza suffered a left hip strain and after receiving a cortisone injection and visiting several specialists, he is expected to return at the end of the month.

Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
The biggest name on this week's list, Jays outfielder Jose Bautista was diagnosed with turf toe. He will be in a walking boot for at least two weeks, meaning his absence should extend to a full month.

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