Wednesday, July 6, 2016

MLB Infirmary Report for July 6th, 2016

Independence Day has come and gone (as has the bald eagle in Dodger Stadium) and some players are coming back to the field while others are leaving the field for a while. Here is a look at this week's significant injuries:

Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks
Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke was placed on the disabled list this week with a left oblique strain. He originally hoped to miss only one turn in the rotation, but an MRI turned up more damage than expected and the team decided to place him on the shelf. He will be eligible to return as soon as the All-Star Break ends, but oblique strains can be tricky so his return is uncertain for now.

Chris Coghlan, Chicago Cubs
Cubs utility player Chris Coghlan landed on the DL this week with an injury to his right rib cage. He exited a game earlier in the week with soreness in his ribs and was unable to play again since. The severity of his injury is unclear, as is his expected return.

Jordan Zimmerman, Detroit Tigers
Tigers starter Jordan Zimmerman was lit up to the tune of five runs on nine hits in his last start before landing on the disabled list with a right neck strain. He is likely to only need the required 15 days and should be back on the mound right after the All-Star Break.

Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals
Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain suffered a strained left hamstring this week and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. He hurt himself while trying to beat out an infield ground ball during Wednesday's game. The severity of the strain is unknown so far, meaning the required time for recovery is pending as well.

Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was diagnosed with a mild disc herniation in his lower back. He was placed on the disabled list and there is no timetable for his return. It doesn't sound good though, as Kershaw may be forced to sit out for a while. See our #InjuryBoard video below where The Fantasy Doctor-Dr. Selene Parekh breaks down Kershaw's injury and gives his expectations going forward⬇️

Enrique Hernandez, Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers lost another player to injury this week, with utility player Enrique Hernandez landing on the DL with left rib cage inflammation. Manager Dave Roberts said that Hernandez had been fighting discomfort for about two weeks. His return is currently unclear, but he may be ready to go once his 15 days are up.

Trevor Plouffe, Minnesota Twins
Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe wound up on the disabled list this week with a cracked rib. He will miss three to four weeks while he recovers from the injury that was originally thought to just be "soreness."

Sean Doolittle, Oakland Athletics
A's lefty reliever Sean Doolittle was placed on the DL this week due to a strained left shoulder. He was a trade candidate before getting hurt, so the A's likely want him back on the mound as soon as possible so that he can build trade value before the August 1st deadline. Doolittle's shoulder soreness is not in the same area that plagued him last season.

Jameson Taillon, Pittsburgh Pirates
Pirates rookie starter Jameson Taillon was placed on the disabled list this week thanks to right shoulder fatigue. The hope is that some rest will clear things up for the talented rookie, and this DL stint will also help in limiting Taillon's workload for the season.

Nick Vincent, Seattle Mariners
Mariners reliever Nick Vincent suffered a mid-back sprain and was placed on the disabled list this week. Vincent has put up great numbers this year, but his return from this injury is unknown at this point.

Joe Panik, San Francisco Giants
Giants second baseman Joe Panik was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list this week, and manager Bruce Bochy has already announced that Panik will not return until after the All-Star Break. He actually passed the concussion test originally, but symptoms returned later and forced the team to make the DL move.

Kevin Siegrist, St. Louis Cardinals
Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist was placed on the DL this week, not with an injury but with an illness. The righty is suffering from mononucleosis, but he shouldn't need more than the 15 days provided to him by the disabled list transaction.

Desmond Jennings, Tampa Bay Rays
Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings suffered a left hamstring strain this week and was put on the 15-day disabled list to have time to heal. He was sitting out a few games at first in an attempt to heal without needing a DL trip, but it did not work and the team was forced to make the transaction.

Ryan Goins, Toronto Blue Jays
Jays infielder Ryan Goins was placed on the disabled list this week with forearm tightness. He suffered the injury while pitching in Friday's extra inning game. Position player pitching are always fun to watch, but Goins' injury shows that there is always a risk involved.

Joe Ross, Washington Nationals
Nationals starter Joe Ross was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. His velocity gradually went down in his most recent start, and tests done after he exited revealed the injury. He does not seem to have any structural damage, but the Nationals are likely to be careful with their young right hander.

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