Hello and welcome!
The report for today was not as daunting as Nick made it sounds on a recent episode of First Pitch – which you should be listening to daily if you’re not already. Nick does a brief rundown of new injuries before I get the chance to dive in, so First Pitch should be your first place to go for new information. As well, the community Slack channel is a ton of fun and I try to provide information there whenever prompted to look into joining us in there!
We had some big names leave the table this week. Josh Donaldson learned to throw again Marcell Ozuna hit a ball to the moon so I feel they’re both up to speed. Joining them in leaving the report are Ian Desmond, Victor Reyes, Mitch Garver, Brandon Nimmo, and Adam Warren.
For the first time, we have more updates available than newbies to the report! Let’s dive in!
|Pos||Player||Inj. Date||Injury||Timetable||Est. Return||Countdown|
|SS||Nick Ahmed||4-3-18||Flu like symptoms||DTD||4-5-18||0y 0m 1d|
|RP||Randall Delgado||9-28-17||R flexor strain, oblique tightness||2-4 months||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|3B||Jake Lamb||4-3-18||L Shoulder AC joint sprain||2-4 weeks||4-24-18||0y 0m 20d|
|SP||Shelby Miller||5-10-17||R Tommy John surgery||12-18 months||7-1-18||0y 2m 27d|
|OF||Steven Souza Jr.||3-21-18||R Pectoral strain||6-8 weeks||5-15-18||0y 1m 11d|
|3B||Johan Camargo||3-14-18||Back tightness||1-2 weeks||4-9-18||0y 0m 5d|
|RP||Grant Dayton||8-29-17||L Tommy John surgery||12-18 months||9-1-18||0y 4m 28d|
|C||Tyler Flowers||3-30-18||L Oblique strain||4-8 weeks||5-15-18||0y 1m 11d|
|RP||Josh Ravin||4-2-18||Viral Infection||2 weeks||4-16-18||0y 0m 12d|
|C||Kurt Suzuki||3-30-18||R Hand injury||DTD||4-7-18||0y 0m 3d|
|SP||Chase Whitley||2-27-18||R Heel staph infection||1-2 months||4-15-18||0y 0m 11d|
|SP||Luiz Gohara||2-27-18||L ankle sprain||1-2 weeks||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|RP||Jacob Lindgren||3-28-18||L Tommy John surgery||12-18 months||4-1-19||0y 11m 28d|
|RP||Zach Britton||12-21-17||R Achille’s tendon tear||5-9 months||7-1-18||0y 2m 27d|
|DH||Mark Trumbo||3-8-18||R Quad strain (2)||3-4 weeks||4-15-18||0y 0m 11d|
|SP||Gabriel Ynoa||3-9-18||Stress reaction in shins||2-4 weeks||4-15-18||0y 0m 11d|
|3B||Marco Hernandez||5-26-17||L Shoulder surgery||4-6 months||6-1-18||0y 1m 28d|
|RP||Austin Maddox||3-1-18||R Shoulder inflammation||1-2 weeks||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|2B||Dustin Pedroia||10-25-17||L Knee surgery, cartilage restoration||7-10 months||6-1-18||0y 1m 28d|
|SP||Drew Pomeranz||3-2-18||L Flexor strain||2-4 weeks||4-12-18||0y 0m 8d|
|SP||Eduardo Rodriguez||10-17-17||R Patellofemoral ligament reconstruction||6-8 months||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|RP||Tyler Thornburg||6-16-17||Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery||12+ weeks||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|SP||Steven Wright||5-8-17||L Knee surgery, cartilage restoration||7-10 months||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|SP||Drew Smyly||6-17-17||L Tommy John surgery||12-18 months||7-1-18||0y 2m 27d|
|SP||Carlos Rodon||9-27-17||L Shoulder surgery, bursitis||6-8 months||6-1-18||0y 1m 28d|
|C||Kevan Smith||3-20-19||L Ankle sprain||2-4 weeks||4-15-18||0y 0m 11d|
|SP||Rookie Davis||10-9-17||R Hip surgery||8-10 months||6-1-18||0y 1m 28d|
|SP||Anthony DeSclafani||3-11-18||Strained oblique (2)||4-8 weeks||6-1-18||0y 1m 28d|
|SP||Brandon Finnegan||3-11-18||L Biceps strain (1)||1-2 weeks||4-15-18||0y 0m 11d|
|RP||David Hernandez||3-24-18||R Shoulder inflammation||4-6 weeks||5-15-18||0y 1m 11d|
|RP||Michael Lorenzen||3-20-18||R Teres major strain||6 weeks||5-15-18||0y 1m 11d|
|OF||Scott Schebler||4-1-18||R Elbow soreness||DTD||4-5-18||0y 0m 1d|
|RP||Kevin Shackelford||3-22-18||R Forearm strain||4-6 weeks||5-15-18||0y 1m 11d|
|SP||Cody Anderson||3-27-17||R Tommy John surgery||12-18 months||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|OF||Michael Brantley||10-19-17||R Ankle surgery||6-8 months||4-6-18||0y 0m 2d|
|SP/RP||Ryan Merritt||3-23-18||L Shoulder soreness||2-4 weeks||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|SP/RP||Danny Salazar||1-15-18||R Rotator cuff inflammation||2-4 weeks||5-15-18||0y 1m 11d|
|3B||Giovanny Urshela||3-21-18||R Hamstring strain (1)||1-2 weeks||4-15-18||0y 0m 11d|
|RP||Carlos Estevez||3-19-18||L Oblique strain (1)||1-2 weeks||4-15-18||0y 0m 11d|
|RP||Rayan Gonzalez||4-1-17||R Tommy John surgery||12-18 months||6-1-18||0y 1m 28d|
|SP||Jeff Hoffman||3-4-18||R Shoulder soreness||2-4 weeks||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|RP||Zac Rosscup||3-27-18||L Long finger injury||2 weeks||4-15-18||0y 0m 11d|
|RP||Johnny Barbato||3-26-18||R Forearm strain||3-4 weeks||4-21-18||0y 0m 17d|
|SP||Mike Fiers||3-18-18||Lumbar strain||2-4 weeks||4-7-18||0y 0m 3d|
|1B||Yuli Gurriel||2-28-18||L Hook of hamate resection||6-8 weeks||4-13-18||0y 0m 9d|
|RP||Jandel Gustave||6-21-17||R Tommy John surgery||12-18 months||8-21-18||0y 4m 17d|
|RP||James Hoyt||3-21-18||L Oblique strain||4-6 weeks||4-15-18||0y 0m 11d|
|SP||Brady Rodgers||5-2-17||R Tommy John surgery||12-18 months||7-1-18||0y 2m 27d|
|1B||Lucas Duda||4-2-18||R Hamstring tightness||DTD||4-6-18||0y 0m 2d|
|SP||Jesse Hahn||3-6-18||R Elbow UCL sprain (1 or 2)||8-10 weeks||5-15-18||0y 1m 11d|
|SP||Nate Karns||7-20-17||R Elbow inflammation||2-4 weeks||4-17-18||0y 0m 13d|
|2B||Adalberto Mondesi||3-9-18||R Shoulder soreness||4-6 weeks||4-15-18||0y 0m 11d|
|C||Salvador Perez||3-28-18||MCL Sprain (2)||4-6 weeks||5-15-18||0y 1m 11d|
|OF||Bubba Starling||3-6-18||Oblique Strain||1-2 months||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|SP||Andrew Heaney||3-19-18||L Elbow inflammation||2-4 weeks||4-12-18||0y 0m 8d|
|2B||Ian Kinsler||3-27-18||L Groin strain||DTD||4-10-18||0y 0m 6d|
|SP||Alex Meyer||9-12-17||R Glenoid labrum surgery||12-14 months||4-1-19||0y 11m 28d|
|SP||Matt Shoemaker||4-1-18||R Forearm strain||3-4 weeks||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|RP||Yimi Garcia||10-25-16||R Tommy John surgery||12-18 months||4-15-18||0y 0m 11d|
|SP/RP||Tom Koehler||3-2-18||R Shoulder strain (2)||1-3 months||6-1-18||0y 1m 28d|
|3B||Justin Turner||3-19-18||L Wrist fracture||6-8 weeks||5-15-18||0y 1m 11d|
|SP||Julio Urias||6-27-17||L Shoulder surgery, anterior capsule||12-14 months||7-1-18||0y 2m 27d|
|SP||Wei-Yin Chen||5-5-17||L Elbow UCL sprain (2)||4-6 months||6-1-18||0y 1m 28d|
|SP||Brett Graves||3-6-18||L Oblique strain||6-8 weeks||6-1-18||0y 1m 28d|
|SP/RP||Elieser Hernandez||3-21-18||Dental surgery||1-2 weeks||4-7-18||0y 0m 3d|
|INF/OF||Martin Prado||7-28-17||R Knee surgery||6-8 months||6-1-18||0y 1m 28d|
|C||J.T. Realmuto||3-9-18||Back bone bruise||2-4 weeks||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|SS||J.T. Riddle||8-11-17||L Shoulder surgery, SLAP tear||10-12 months||6-1-18||0y 1m 28d|
|SP||Dan Straily||3-20-18||R Forearm inflammation||1 weeks||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|RP||Boone Logan||3-21-18||L Triceps strain (1)||4-6 weeks||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|SP||Jimmy Nelson||9-20-17||Shoulder surgery||12-14 months||6-15-18||0y 2m 11d|
|C||Stephen Vogt||2-28-18||R Shoulder strain||4-6 weeks||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|SP/RP||Phil Hughes||3-27-18||L Oblique strain (1)||2 weeks||4-11-18||0y 0m 7d|
|SP/RP||Trevor May||3-22-17||R Tommy John Surgery||12-18 months||6-1-18||0y 1m 28d|
|SP||Michael Pineda||7-18-17||R Tommy John Surgery||12-18 months||8-1-18||0y 3m 28d|
|SP||Ervin Santana||2-6-18||R Long finger surgery||10-12 weeks||6-1-18||0y 1m 28d|
|OF||Michael Conforto||9-6-17||R Shoulder surgery, post. capsule||4-6 months||4-5-18||0y 0m 1d|
|SP||Rafael Montero||3-22-18||R Elbow UCL sprain (3)||12-18 months||4-1-19||0y 11m 28d|
|1B||T.J. Rivera||9-14-17||R Tommy John Surgery||12-18 months||8-1-18||0y 3m 28d|
|1B||Dominic Smith||2-25-18||L Quad strain||2-4 weeks||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|RP||Anthony Swarzak||3-31-18||Sore oblique||2-4 weeks||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|SP||Jason Vargas||3-18-18||R Hamate fracture||4-6 weeks||4-15-18||0y 0m 11d|
|3B||David Wright||6-17-16||Shoulder/back injury||2-3 months||8-1-18||0y 3m 28d|
|1B||Greg Bird||3-27-18||R Ankle surgery||6-8 weeks||6-1-18||0y 1m 28d|
|OF||Jacoby Ellsbury||3-2-18||R Oblique tightness||1-2 weeks||4-15-18||0y 0m 11d|
|OF||Clint Frazier||2-26-18||Concussion||4-6 weeks||6-1-18||0y 1m 28d|
|RP||Ben Heller||3-27-18||R Eblow bone spur||10-12 weeks||7-1-18||0y 2m 27d|
|OF||Aaron Hicks||3-30-18||Intercostal Strain||4-6 weeks||4-10-18||0y 0m 6d|
|OF||Billy McKinney||3-31-18||L Shoulder AC sprain||6-8 weeks||6-1-18||0y 1m 28d|
|SP||Paul Blackburn||3-22-18||R Forearm tightness||2-4 weeks||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|SP||Jharel Cotton||3-21-18||R Tommy John surgery||4-6 months||7-1-18||0y 2m 27d|
|RP||Ryan Dull||2-25-18||R Shoulder sorness||2-4 weeks||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|OF/3B||Renato Nunez||2-24-18||L Hamstring strain||2-4 weeks||4-15-18||0y 0m 11d|
|C||Josh Phegley||3-18-18||Fractured finger(s)||4-6 weeks||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|SP||A.J. Puk||3-27-18||Tommy John surgery||12-18 months||5-1-19||1y 0m 27d|
|SP||Jerad Eickhoff||3-16-18||R Lat strain||6-8 weeks||5-15-18||0y 1m 11d|
|RP||Tommy Hunter||3-26-18||Hamstring strain (1)||2 weeks||4-15-18||0y 0m 11d|
|SP||Mark Leiter||3-19-18||R Forearm flexor strain||6-8 weeks||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|RP||Pat Neshek||3-30-18||R Shoulder strain||2-4 weeks||4-15-18||0y 0m 11d|
|RP||Nick Burdi||5-31-17||R Tommy John Surgery||12-18 months||8-1-18||0y 3m 28d|
|SP/RP||Joe Musgrove||3-30-18||R Shoulder strain||4-6 weeks||5-15-18||0y 1m 11d|
|RP||A.J. Schugel||2-25-18||R Shoulder discomfort||1-2 weeks||4-15-18||0y 0m 11d|
|OF||Franchy Cordero||3-22-18||L Groin strain||2-4 weeks||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|OF||Allen Cordoba||2-15-18||Concussion||4-6 weeks||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|OF||Alex Dickerson||3-28-18||L Tommy John surgery||12-18 months||4-1-19||0y 11m 28d|
|C||Austin Hedges||3-29-18||Upper Back tightness||DTD||4-4-18||0y 0m 0d|
|SP||Dinelson Lamet||3-25-18||R Elbow injury||6-8 weeks||5-15-18||0y 1m 11d|
|1B/OF||Wil Myers||3-31-18||R Radial nerve irritation||2 weeks||4-13-18||0y 0m 9d|
|SP||Colin Rea||3-8-18||R Lat strain, R elbow injury||1-3 months||6-1-18||0y 1m 28d|
|SP||Matt Strahm||7-7-17||L Knee surgery||6-8 months||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|DH||Nelson Cruz||3-31-18||R Ankle sprain||2 weeks||4-11-18||0y 0m 7d|
|OF||Ben Gamel||3-4-18||Oblique strain||4-6 weeks||4-15-18||0y 0m 11d|
|RP||David Phelps||3-17-18||R Elbow UCL sprain (3)||12-18 months||4-1-19||0y 11m 28d|
|SP||Erasmo Ramirez||2-18-18||R Lat strain||1-3 months||4-11-18||0y 0m 7d|
|C||Mike Zunino||3-28-18||L Oblique strain (1)||1-2 weeks||4-7-18||0y 0m 3d|
|SP||Madison Bumgarner||3-23-18||L 5th metacarpal fracture||10-14 weeks||7-1-18||0y 2m 27d|
|SP||Julian Fernandez||3-27-18||R Elbow UCL sprain||12-18 months||4-1-19||0y 11m 28d|
|RP||Mark Melancon||3-26-18||R Flexor strain||4-6 weeks||5-15-18||0y 1m 11d|
|OF||Hunter Pence||4-3-18||R Thumb strain||DTD||4-6-18||0y 0m 2d|
|SP||Jeff Samardzija||3-22-18||R Pectoral strain||1-3 months||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|RP||Will Smith||3-28-17||L Tommy John Surgery||12-18 months||5-15-18||0y 1m 11d|
|RP||Brett Cecil||3-31-18||L Shoulder strain||4-6 weeks||5-15-18||0y 1m 11d|
|RP||Luke Gregerson||3-23-18||L Hamstring strain||1-2 weeks||4-15-18||0y 0m 11d|
|3B||Jedd Gyorko||4-2-18||R Hamstring strain (1)||2 weeks||4-16-18||0y 0m 12d|
|SP/RP||Alex Reyes||2-16-17||R Tommy John Surgery||12-18 months||6-1-18||0y 1m 28d|
|SP||Adam Wainwright||3-25-18||R Hamstring strain||2-4 weeks||4-5-18||0y 0m 1d|
|SP||Jose De Leon||3-13-18||R Tommy John Surgery||12-18 months||4-1-19||0y 11m 28d|
|SP||Nathan Eovaldi||3-28-18||R Elbow loose body removal||8-10 weeks||6-1-18||0y 1m 28d|
|RP||Tony Barnette||3-15-18||Low Back strain||2-4 weeks||4-15-18||0y 0m 11d|
|SP||Clayton Blackburn||3-15-18||R Elbow UCL sprain (1)||10-12 weeks||6-1-18||0y 1m 28d|
|OF||Delino DeShields||3-31-18||L Hamate fracture||4-6 weeks||5-15-18||0y 1m 11d|
|RP||Ronald Herrera||3-16-18||R Shoulder inflammation||4-6 months||7-1-18||0y 2m 27d|
|RP||Tim Lincecum||3-22-18||R Middle finger blister||1-2 weeks||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|SP||Joe Palumbo||4-20-17||L Tommy John surgery||12-18 months||6-1-18||0y 1m 28d|
|SP||Martin Perez||12-17-18||R Elbow surgery||3-4 months||4-15-18||0y 0m 11d|
|RP||Ricardo Rodriguez||3-29-18||R Biceps tendinitis||2-4 weeks||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|OF||Anthony Alford||3-13-18||R Hamstring strain (2)||1-2 months||5-15-18||0y 1m 11d|
|SS||Aledmys Diaz||4-3-18||Back spasms||DTD||4-6-18||0y 0m 2d|
|OF||Dalton Pompey||3-15-18||R Wrist discomfort||4-6 weeks||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|SS||Troy Tulowitzki||2-25-18||R Heel bone spur||8-10 weeks||6-7-18||0y 2m 3d|
|RP||Joaquin Benoit||3-17-18||R Forearm strain||4-6 weeks||4-15-18||0y 0m 11d|
|2B||Daniel Murphy||10-20-17||R Knee microfracture surgery||7-10 months||5-1-18||0y 0m 27d|
|SP||Joe Ross||7-19-17||R Tommy John surgery||12-18 months||9-1-18||0y 4m 28d|
|RP||Koda Glover||2-18-18||R Shoulder tendinitis||2-4 weeks||6-1-18||0y 1m 28d|
|C||Matt Wieters||4-2-18||L Oblique strain||2-4 weeks||4-12-18||0y 0m 8d|
Steven Souza Jr. (OF, Arizona Diamondbacks) – Souza Jr. has begun hitting in the cage and has been ramping up his throwing program. He could beat his timetable by a week or two if he keeps this up.
Johan Camargo (3B, Atlanta Braves) – Camargo is beginning a minor league rehab assignment on 4-5-18 and could rejoin the club this weekend or the beginning of next week.
Kurt Suzuki – C, Atlanta Braves) – MRI came back negative. The Braves apparently expect Suzuki to return to a full workload shortly as they DFA’d Chris Stewart. Hopefully, he is able to see some game action this weekend.
Luiz Gohara (SP, Atlanta Braves) – Gohara threw two innings in a simulated game with no ankle discomfort. Look for him to build that workload up as he approaches a minor league rehab assignment.
Drew Pomeranz (SP, Boston Red Sox) – Pomeranz has thrown 5 innings in a minor league game and could join the Red Sox staff shortly. He currently lines up for a 4-7-18 or 4-12-18 debut. I’m leaning toward 4-12-18.
Eduardo Rodriguez (SP, Boston Red Sox) – Rodriguez threw in a minor league game on 4-3-18 and is apparently very close. He may debut as early as 4-8-18, and he’ll be present for the Sox series this weekend. Rodriguez could be a potentially powerful Sunday streamer if that’s the case (vs. TB). Depends on if you feel like risking the DLH.
Brandon Finnegan (SP, Cincinnati Reds) – Threw approximately 80 pitches in a simulated game on 4-4-18. Potentially available for the Reds game on 4-9-18, though 4-14-18 may be more realistic.
Michael Lorenzen (RP, Cincinnati Reds) – Not throwing as of 4-3-18. Scheduled to see his doctor on 4-4-18, so he may get the all-clear to begin a throwing program shortly.
Michael Brantley (OF, Cleveland Indians) – Francona has stated that Brantley will likely be activated on Friday, 4-6-18.
Mike Fiers (SP, Detroit Tigers) – Fiers fired 83 pitches over six innings in a minor league start, and may join the Detroit rotation this weekend.
Yuli Gurriel (1B, Houston Astros) – Gurriel was moved to the DL10 in order to get minor league reps prior to making his season debut. No setback occurred. He is expected to come off the DL when first eligible on 4-13-18.
Nate Karns (SP, Kansas City Royals) – Karns was slated to return when first eligible on 4-7-18 but he has recently felt his elbow act up again. We’re on standby until new information is available, but I wouldn’t plan to have it on your squad this weekend.
Andrew Heaney (SP, Los Angeles Angels) – Heaney is slated to throw 80-90 pitches in a rehab game on Friday, and may be ready to return after that. He will line up with the 4-12-18 game against TEX if all goes well.
Tom Koehler (SP, Los Angeles Dodgers) – Moved to the DL60. Current estimated return of 6-1-18 is set for when he is first eligible to come off the DL – this obviously could change drastically in the next two months.
Justin Turner (3B, Los Angeles Dodgers) – Turner will reportedly begin swinging a bat next week. He remains on course for a mid-May return.
J.T. Realmuto (C, Miami Marlins) – Has begun catching drills. Some reports list 4-20-18 as a possible return. I will update the timetable as we get closer to that date.
Michael Conforto (OF, New York Mets) – Conforto is set to be activated from the DL prior to today’s game(4-5-18). Those who gambled on him should gain great profit from his ADP.
Wil Myers (1B/OF, San Diego Padres) – Myers was put on the DL10 due to a nerve irritation in his right triceps. Triceps is innervated by radial nerve, so I’m assuming that is the issue until we hear otherwise. It’s difficult to discern if the muscle is mentioned here as being irritated or as a landmark for the odd sensation. If it’s the latter, we’re most likely talking ulnar nerve, which could lead to a long absence if not resolved (ulnar nerve transposition surgery). I’d keep a close eye on this one.
Nelson Cruz (DH, Seattle Mariners) – No MRI results reported – no news is good news. I’m presuming that no structural damage was noted and the Mariner’s decided to put Cruz on the DL to give him ample rest and to allow them a roster spot for their incoming interleague series (which makes sense considering they retro’d to 4-1-18). Expect him to return when first eligible on 4-11-18 unless we hear otherwise.
Mike Zunino (C, Seattle Mariners) – Expect Zunino to return this weekend or early next week.
Adam Wainwright (SP, St. Louis Cardinals) – Waino will take the ball later today, and we lose Jack Flaherty for the time being.
Martin Perez (SP, Texas Rangers) – Perez says he’s ready to go after a 6 inning outing in a simulated game on 4-1-18. He could return prior to the initial 4-15-18 estimate.
Nick Ahmed (SS, Arizona Diamondbacks) – Could be back as early as 4-5-18 depending how he’s feeling. ARI infield depth has already taken a hit with Lamb heading for the DL.
Jake Lamb (3B, Arizona Diamondbacks) – It helps that this is his non-throwing shoulder and his back shoulder while hitting. I’ve set the approximate return at 3 weeks until we obtain more information.
Josh Ravin (RP, Atlanta Braves) – With little information available I’ve thrown out a modest 2 w timetable. It’s difficult to know if this truly warranted a DL stay or if ATL just didn’t want to be short a reliever for an upcoming Teheran start (good call).
Scott Schebler (OF, Cincinnati Reds) – I watched this one happen immediately after I picked up Schebler off waivers. Basically he took a 95 mph Sean Doolittle fastball off his right funny bone. He could do little to get out of the way, but perhaps add an EvoShield, Scott.
Lucas Duda (1B, Kansas City Royals) – Duda is dealing with some hamstring tightness that appears mild. I’d expect him back on Friday.
Matt Shoemaker (SP, Los Angeles Angels) – Uh oh. I’m starting him on a 3-4 week timetable but this could escalate quickly depending on imaging. Shoemaker missed significant time last year due to a strained extensor in his right forearm which eventually required a radial nerve release. I haven’t been able to find reports indicating whether it’s a flexor or extensor issue this time around. I have him on my DL in the staff league for the moment, but I won’t hesitate to drop him if any additional negative reports come out.
Ben Heller (RP, New York Yankees) – Heller will likely undergo an operation to have the bone spurs removed. The timetable will be effective from that date. I wouldn’t expect him to contribute until after the ASB.
Joe Musgrove (SP/RP, Pittsburgh Pirates) – Well, I was worried about this. Musgrove endured a similar shoulder issue last season. He’ll be shut down from throwing for about a week. We’ll begin to get a better idea of his timetable then.
Austin Hedges (C, San Diego Padres) – Hedges is in the lineup on 4-4-18, but this is still worth monitoring as it can’t be fun to catch with a sore upper back. I’d expect him to get a day or two of rest prior to the start of next week.
Hunter Pence (OF, San Francisco Giants) – Bochy expects Pence in the lineup on Friday, so we’ll go with that until we hear otherwise. In the meantime, enjoy this classic.
Jedd Gyorko (INF, St. Louis Cardinals) – This appears mild as the Cards weren’t initially sure if they wanted to DL Gyorko. He missed approximately two weeks with a hamstring strain last year, so I’ve gone with a similar timetable until we hear how his rehab is going.
Aledmys Diaz (SS, Toronto Blue Jays) – Appears very mild as Diaz reportedly took BP today. The Jays are off on 4-5-18 but we could see Diaz in the lineup on 4-6-18. He will likely be on the bench for Stroman’s start on 4-7-18 anyway as the Jays seem to prefer Ngoepe at SS with Stro on the hill.
Matt Wieters (C, Washington Nationals) – Reportedly mild, so Wieters may return when first eligible.