Injury Report: March 24th, 2018
Hello and welcome!
- R and L are added wherever available to denote right and left side.
- Notations (1), (2), or (3) are included to denote the Grade of strains and sprains where available.
We’ve seen the following players leave the report due to returning to play or no longer being a part of the MLB roster:
Ender Inciarte, Chris Davis, Javier Baez, Pedro Strop, Nicky Delmonico, Tyler Saladino, Scooter Gennett, Michael Brantley, Tom Murphy, Pat Valaika, Blaine Hardy, Paulo Orlando, Chris Young, Ehire Adrianza, Miguel Sano, Yoenis Cespedes, Anthony Swarzak, Nelson Cruz, Ryon Healy, Andrew Romine, Brad Miller, Martin Perez, Randal Grichuk, Justin Smoak, Marcus Stroman, Adam Eaton and Michael Taylor.
We also saw quite a few players join the table. Each new player has a small blurb describing their injury and a projected timetable for return. Updates are also posted where available. Be sure to check out my thoughts on Madison Bumgarner, and why I’m more optimistic about Justin Turner‘s return than most. Let’s check out the table:
|Team||DL||Pos||Player||Inj. Date||Injury||Timetable||Est. Return||Countdown|
|ARI||RP||Randall Delgado||9-28-17||R flexor strain, oblique tightness||2-4 m||5-1-18||0y 1m 7d|
|ARI||SP||Zack Greinke||3-14-18||R Groin tightness||1-2 w||4-15-18||0y 0m 22d|
|ARI||SP||Shelby Miller||5-10-17||R Tommy John surgery||12-18 m||7-1-18||0y 3m 7d|
|ARI||SS/2B||Chris Owings||7-31-18||R Long finger fracture||6-8 w||5-1-18||0y 1m 7d|
|ARI||OF||Steven Souza Jr.||3-21-18||R Pectoral strain||6-8 w||5-1-18||0y 1m 7d|
|ATL||3B||Johan Camargo||3-14-18||Back tightness||1-2 w||4-15-18||0y 0m 22d|
|ATL||60||RP||Grant Dayton||8-29-17||L Tommy John surgery||12-18 m||9-1-18||0y 5m 8d|
|ATL||SP||Luiz Gohara||2-27-18||L ankle sprain||1-2 w||5-1-18||0y 1m 7d|
|BAL||SS||Tim Beckham||3-22-18||Groin strain||DTD||3-29-19||1y 0m 5d|
|BAL||60||RP||Zach Britton||12-21-17||R Achille’s tendon tear||5-9 m||7-1-18||0y 3m 7d|
|BAL||DH||Mark Trumbo||3-8-18||R Quad strain (2)||3-4 w||4-15-18||0y 0m 22d|
|BAL||SP||Gabriel Ynoa||3-9-18||Stress reaction in shins||2-4 w||4-15-18||0y 0m 22d|
|BOS||3B||Marco Hernandez||5-26-17||L Shoulder surgery||4-6 m||6-1-18||0y 2m 8d|
|BOS||RP||Austin Maddox||3-1-18||R Shoulder inflammation||1-2 w||3-29-18||0y 0m 5d|
|BOS||2B||Dustin Pedroia||10-25-17||L Knee surgery, cartilage restoration||7-10 m||6-1-18||0y 2m 8d|
|BOS||SP||Drew Pomeranz||3-2-18||L Flexor strain||1-2 w||3-29-18||0y 0m 5d|
|BOS||SP||Eduardo Rodriguez||10-17-17||R Patellofemoral ligament reconstruction||6-8 m||5-1-18||0y 1m 7d|
|BOS||RP||Tyler Thornburg||6-16-17||Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery||12+ w||3-29-18||0y 0m 5d|
|BOS||SP||Steven Wright||5-8-17||L Knee surgery, cartilage restoration||7-10 m||5-1-18||0y 1m 7d|
|CHC||RP||Shae Simmons||3-8-18||R Shoulder tightness||1-2 w||4-15-18||0y 0m 22d|
|CHC||60||SP||Drew Smyly||6-17-17||L Tommy John surgery||12-18 m||7-1-18||0y 3m 7d|
|CWS||1B||Jose Abreu||3-20-18||Hamstring strain (1)||1 w||3-29-18||0y 0m 5d|
|CWS||OF||Micker Adolfo||2-23-18||R Elbow UCL sprain (1 or 2)||6-8 w||5-1-18||0y 1m 7d|
|CWS||SP||Carlos Rodon||9-27-17||L Shoulder surgery, bursitis||6-8 m||6-1-18||0y 2m 8d|
|CWS||C||Kevan Smith||3-20-19||L Ankle sprain||2-4 w||4-15-18||0y 0m 22d|
|CIN||SP||Anthony DeSclafani||3-11-18||Strained oblique (2)||4-8 w||5-15-18||0y 1m 21d|
|CIN||60||SP||Rookie Davis||10-9-17||R Hip surgery||8-10 m||6-1-18||0y 2m 8d|
|CIN||SP||Brandon Finnegan||3-11-18||L Biceps strain (1)||1-2 w||3-29-18||0y 0m 5d|
|CIN||RP||Michael Lorenzen||3-20-18||R Teres major strain||6 w||5-15-18||0y 1m 21d|
|CIN||OF||Jose Siri||2-23-18||L Thumb sprain||4-6 w||3-29-18||0y 0m 5d|
|CLE||60||SP||Cody Anderson||3-27-17||R Tommy John surgery||12-18 m||5-1-18||0y 1m 7d|
|CLE||SP||Julian Merryweather||3-9-18||R Tommy John Surgery||12-18 m||4-1-19||1y 0m 8d|
|CLE||OF||Brandon Guyer||9-16-17||L Wrist extensor tendon repair||2-4 w||5-1-18||0y 1m 7d|
|CLE||SP/RP||Danny Salazar||1-15-18||R Rotator cuff inflammation||2-4 w||5-1-18||0y 1m 7d|
|CLE||3B||Giovanny Urshela||3-21-18||R Hamstring strain (1)||1-2 w||4-15-18||0y 0m 22d|
|DET||SP||Mike Fiers||3-18-18||Back soreness||2-4 w||4-15-18||0y 0m 22d|
|COL||RP||Carlos Estevez||3-19-18||L Oblique strain (1)||1-2 w||4-15-18||0y 0m 22d|
|COL||60||RP||Rayan Gonzalez||4-1-17||R Tommy John surgery||12-18 m||5-1-18||0y 1m 7d|
|COL||SP||Jeff Hoffman||3-4-18||R Shoulder soreness||2-4 w||5-1-18||0y 1m 7d|
|HOU||1B||Yuli Gurriel||2-28-18||L Hook of hamate resection||6-8 w||5-1-18||0y 1m 7d|
|HOU||RP||Jandel Gustave||6-21-17||R Tommy John surgery||12-18 m||8-21-18||0y 4m 28d|
|HOU||SP||Brady Rodgers||5-2-17||R Tommy John surgery||12-18 m||7-1-18||0y 3m 7d|
|KC||60||SP||Jesse Hahn||3-6-18||R Elbow UCL sprain (1 or 2)||8-10 w||5-1-18||0y 1m 7d|
|LAA||SP||Andrew Heaney||3-19-18||L Elbow inflammation||2-4 w||4-15-18||0y 0m 22d|
|LAA||60||SP||Alex Meyer||9-12-17||R Glenoid labrum surgery||12-14 m||4-1-19||1y 0m 8d|
|LAA||SP||Nate Smith||9-15-17||L Shoulder surgery, anterior capsule||12-14 m||4-1-19||1y 0m 8d|
|LAD||SP/RP||Tom Koehler||3-2-18||R Shoulder strain (2)||1-3 m||6-1-18||0y 2m 8d|
|LAD||3B||Justin Turner||3-19-18||L wrist fracture||6-8 w||5-15-18||0y 1m 21d|
|LAD||60||SP||Julio Urias||6-27-17||L Shoulder surgery, anterior capsule||12-14 m||7-1-18||0y 3m 7d|
|MIA||OF||Lewis Brinson||3-22-19||Head injury||DTD||3-29-18||0y 0m 5d|
|MIA||SP||Wei-Yin Chen||5-5-17||L Elbow UCL sprain (2)||4-6 m||6-1-18||0y 2m 8d|
|MIA||RP||Brian Ellington||3-5-18||R Biceps tendinitis||2-4 w||4-15-18||0y 0m 22d|
|MIA||SP||Brett Graves||3-6-18||Oblique strain||2-4 w||4-15-18||0y 0m 22d|
|MIA||INF/OF||Martin Prado||7-28-17||R Knee surgery||6-8 m||5-1-18||0y 1m 7d|
|MIA||C||J.T. Realmuto||3-9-18||Back contusion||DTD||3-29-18||0y 0m 5d|
|MIA||SS||J.T. Riddle||8-11-17||L Shoulder surgery, SLAP tear||10-12 m||6-1-18||0y 2m 8d|
|MIA||OF||Magneuris Sierra||3-14-18||L Hamstring tightness||1 w||3-29-18||0y 0m 5d|
|MIA||SP||Dan Straily||3-20-18||R Forearm inflammation||1 w||3-29-18||0y 0m 5d|
|MIL||RP||Boone Logan||3-21-18||L Triceps strain (1)||2-4 w||4-15-18||0y 0m 22d|
|MIL||SP||Jimmy Nelson||9-20-17||Shoulder surgery||12-14 m||6-15-18||0y 2m 22d|
|MIL||C||Stephen Vogt||2-28-18||R Shoulder strain||4-6 w||5-1-18||0y 1m 7d|
|MIN||SP/RP||Trevor May||3-22-17||R Tommy John Surgery||12-18 m||5-1-18||0y 1m 7d|
|MIN||60||SP||Michael Pineda||7-18-17||R Tommy John Surgery||12-18 m||8-1-18||0y 4m 8d|
|MIN||SP||Ervin Santana||2-6-18||R Long finger surgery||10-12 w||5-1-18||0y 1m 7d|
|NYM||OF||Michael Conforto||9-6-17||R Shoulder surgery, post. capsule||4-6 m||5-1-18||0y 1m 7d|
|NYM||SP||Rafael Montero||3-22-18||R Elbow UCL sprain (3)||12-18 m||4-1-19||1y 0m 8d|
|NYM||60||1B||T.J. Rivera||9-14-17||R Tommy John Surgery||12-18 m||8-1-18||0y 4m 8d|
|NYM||1B||Dominic Smith||2-25-18||L Quad strain||2-4 w||3-29-18||0y 0m 5d|
|NYM||SP||Jason Vargas||3-18-18||R Hamate fracture||4-6 w||3-29-18||0y 0m 5d|
|NYM||3B||David Wright||6-17-16||Neck surgery||2-3 m||8-1-18||0y 4m 8d|
|NYY||OF||Jacoby Ellsbury||3-2-18||R Oblique tightness||1-2 w||4-15-18||0y 0m 22d|
|NYY||OF||Clint Frazier||2-26-18||Concussion||4-6 w||6-1-18||0y 2m 8d|
|OAK||SP||Paul Blackburn||3-22-18||R Forearm tightness||2-4 w||4-15-18||0y 0m 22d|
|OAK||RP||Santiago Casilla||3-12-19||R Shoulder tightness||1-2 w||3-29-18||0y 0m 5d|
|OAK||60||SP||Jharel Cotton||3-21-18||R Elbow UCL sprain (1 or 2)||4-6 m||7-1-18||0y 3m 7d|
|OAK||RP||Ryan Dull||2-25-18||R Shoulder sorness||2-4 w||4-15-18||0y 0m 22d|
|OAK||OF/3B||Renato Nunez||2-24-18||L Hamstring strain||2-4 w||4-15-18||0y 0m 22d|
|PHI||SP||Jerad Eickhoff||3-16-18||R Lat strain||6-8 w||5-15-18||0y 1m 21d|
|PIT||RP||Nick Burdi||5-31-17||R Tommy John Surgery||12-18 m||8-1-18||0y 4m 8d|
|PIT||RP||A.J. Schugel||2-25-18||R Shoulder discomfort||1-2 w||4-15-18||0y 0m 22d|
|SD||OF||Alex Dickerson||2-25-18||L Elbow UCL sprain (1)||12-18 m||4-1-19||1y 0m 8d|
|SD||C||Austin Hedges||3-22-18||L Calf soreness||DTD||3-29-18||0y 0m 5d|
|SD||SP||Colin Rea||3-8-18||R Lat strain||1-3 m||5-1-18||0y 1m 7d|
|SEA||OF||Ben Gamel||3-4-18||Oblique strain||4-6 w||5-1-18||0y 1m 7d|
|SEA||SP||Felix Hernandez||2-26-18||R Forearm contusion||1-2 w||4-15-18||0y 0m 22d|
|SEA||RP||David Phelps||3-17-18||R Elbow UCL sprain (3)||12-18 m||4-1-19||1y 0m 8d|
|SEA||SP||Erasmo Ramirez||2-18-18||R Lat strain||1-3 m||4-15-18||0y 0m 22d|
|SEA||SS||Jean Segura||3-21-18||Sore thumb||DTD||3-29-18||0y 0m 5d|
|SEA||OF||Ichiro Suzuki||3-14-18||R Calf tightness||DTD||3-29-18||0y 0m 5d|
|SF||SP||Madison Bumgarner||3-23-18||L 5th metacarpal fracture||10-14 w||7-1-18||0y 3m 7d|
|SF||SP||Jeff Samardzija||3-22-18||R Pectoral strain||1-3 m||5-15-18||0y 1m 21d|
|SF||RP||Will Smith||3-28-17||L Tommy John Surgery||12-18 m||6-1-18||0y 2m 8d|
|STL||RP||Luke Gregerson||3-23-18||Hamstring strain||1-2 w||3-29-18||0y 0m 5d|
|STL||SP/RP||Alex Reyes||2-16-17||R Tommy John Surgery||12-18 m||5-15-18||0y 1m 21d|
|TB||SP||Jose De Leon||3-13-18||R Tommy John Surgery||12-18 m||4-1-19||1y 0m 8d|
|TB||SP||Brent Honeywell||2-27-18||R Tommy John Surgery||12-18 m||4-1-19||1y 0m 8d|
|TEX||60||SP||Clayton Blackburn||3-15-18||R Elbow UCL sprain (1)||10-12 w||6-1-18||0y 2m 8d|
|TEX||RP||Tim Lincecum||3-22-18||R middle finger blister||1-2 w||4-15-18||0y 0m 22d|
|TOR||OF||Anthony Alford||3-13-18||R Hamstring strain (2)||1-2 m||5-15-18||0y 1m 21d|
|TOR||OF||Dalton Pompey||3-15-18||R Wrist discomfort||4-6 w||5-1-18||0y 1m 7d|
|TOR||SS||Troy Tulowitzki||2-25-18||R Heel bone spur||4-6 w||5-1-18||0y 1m 7d|
|WSH||RP||Joaquin Benoit||3-17-18||R Forearm strain||4-6 w||4-15-18||0y 0m 22d|
|WSH||2B||Daniel Murphy||10-20-17||R Knee microfracture surgery||7-10 m||5-1-18||0y 1m 7d|
|WSH||60||SP||Joe Ross||7-19-17||R Tommy John surgery||12-18 m||9-1-18||0y 5m 8d|
|WSH||RP||Koda Glover||2-18-18||R Shoulder inflammation||2-4 w||5-1-18||0y 1m 7d|
Johan Camargo (3B, Atlanta Braves) – Has not progressed as the Braves have hoped. Reported to begin the year on the 10DL but should return when first eligible.
Zach Britton (RP, Baltimore Orioles) – Britton has his walking boot off and has been throwing. Britton is optimistic that he can return near the beginning of June. This feels possible but not probable.
Gabriel Ynoa (SP, Baltimore Orioles) – Ynoa has been out of the walking boot as of 3-17-18. Hopefully, the rest and protection were sufficient for the stress reaction in his shins to subside. He’ll still begin the season on the DL as he’ll have a ways to go to get into throwing shape. He could return in mid-April with a pen role or late-April as an SP. I’ll monitor to get a sense of the O’s plan for him.
Drew Pomeranz (SP, Boston Red Sox) – Pomeranz will need to bring his pitch count up prior to the start of the season or he’ll begin the year on the DL. We’ll probably get an indication this weekend. If he requires a DL stint, it will likely only be for the first week or so – he may miss two starts.
Steven Wright (SP, Boston Red Sox) – Got shelled in a minor league outing and doesn’t figure to take a rotation spot in Boston. Even when he returns, he figures to face a 15-game suspension for domestic violence.
Michael Conforto (OF, New York Mets) – Conforto figures to see Grapefruit League action on 3-24-18 and looks like a good bet to beat his initial timetable. Early-May and mid-April seem to hold equal possibilities at this point. We should find out which way to lean by Opening Day.
Dominic Smith (1B, New York Mets) – Smith has still not returned to running and doesn’t seem like he’ll return by Opening Day at this rate. Either way, he won’t have time to win a job.
Alex Dickerson (OF, San Diego Padres) – Dickerson, who previously opted for conservative management of his UCL sprain now figures to get TJS before the end of March.
Luke Gregerson (RP, St. Louis Cardinals) – From an oblique to a hamstring, Gregerson isn’t getting much work in this spring. It may cost him the closer role to begin the season.
Steven Souza Jr. (OF, Arizona Diamondbacks) – I have him slotted for a return near the start of May since we don’t have a definitive grade of the strain available. He could be pushed back based on how his rehab goes.
Tim Beckham (SS, Baltimore Orioles) – Showalter has been ambiguous but this appears to be a minor issue. I don’t expect Beckham to miss much time at all.
Jose Abreu (1B, Chicago White Sox) – Reportedly very mild, and Abreu is progressing well. He is currently not expected to miss any time to start the regular season.
Kevan Smith (C, Chicago White Sox) – I’ve put a rather safe timetable as we’re still waiting for MRI results. X-ray coming back negative ensures that nothing is fractured, but we could still be dealing with moderate to severe ligament damage.
Michael Lorenzen (RP, Cincinnati Reds) – Teres major is a smaller muscle in the back that assists internal rotation at the shoulder. It’s difficult to know how long Lorenzen will be out with no strain indicated. I’ve put 6 weeks because any extended period of absence will lead to a longer throwing program, and he will need to fully rest before then. I will provide updates as more information is available.
Giovanny Urshela (3B, Cleveland Indians) – Currently anticipated to be an option for the Tribe in mid-April
Carlos Estevez (RP, Colorado Rockies) – Experienced a setback in rehabbing an oblique strain. Should return in mid-April barring additional setbacks.
Mike Fiers (SP, Detroit Tigers) – Once again, a safe timeline as we have limited information. The Tigers have the luxury of being patient with Fiers (who had a brutal spring so I doubt he’s even on your roster) as they don’t need a 5th starter until mid-April.
Justin Turner (3B, Los Angeles Dodgers) – Multiple reports are likening Turner’s wrist fracture to Springer and Freeman, but the wrist is so complex that each injury should be considered individual and unique. I’ve taken a couple of screenshots of the point of impact for each (Freeman, Springer, Turner from left to right).
Turner was hit on his front hand while the other two were struck on their back hand. This is important because of wrist positioning. During a swing, the front hand is prone and the back hand is supine. This has implications for how the ulna and radius are positioned, and thus how close the ulna is to the carpus (the other 8 wrist bones). This may have created a situation where Turner’s ulna incurred the fracture as opposed to any of the carpal bones (typically the hamate or triquetrum). This hypothesis is supported by imaging.
- Freeman’s X-rays came back inconclusive and additional imaging (MRI and CT scan) were required to accurately diagnose a fracture. Turner’s X-rays revealed a fracture. It is often difficult to diagnose a fracture to a carpal via X-ray imaging because the bones are so tightly bound by ligaments.
I could be wrong – we’d need to see the x-rays or have it explicitly stated which bone was broken in order to confirm or deny the hypothesis. Regardless, Turner appears to have a smoother course of rehab ahead of him already due to the fact that he’s in a splint rather than a cast. There’s some research available to suggest that wrist injuries have negative effects on a batter’s future power numbers. If it is a broken ulna I think we can at least partially quell this fear. I think there’s also a very real chance that he is back on the field prior to the 8-week timetable passing, and without a noticeable change in ISO. Time will tell.
Andrew Heaney (SP, Los Angeles Angels) – Heaney figures to require at least a few weeks to get back up to speed once the inflammation has subsided. We can craft an accurate timeline once he begins throwing again based on how much time he’s missed.
Lewis Brinson (OF, Miami Marlins) – Concussion protocol not initiated. Brinson is considered day-to-day unless this changes.
Dan Straily (SP, Miami Marlins) – Straily is currently slated to refrain from throwing until the end of the weekend. If he sticks to that timeline, he’ll be fine for Opening Day. He is a big set-back risk at the moment, though, and a setback could lead to a month off.
Boone Logan (RP, Milwaukee Brewers) – Figures to begin the year on the 10-day.
Jason Vargas (SP, New York Mets) – Jason Vargas was signed by the Mets as a sacrifice and will now absorb injuries for the entire starting rotation… I wish this were true. Vargas fractured the hamate in his right hand, and it sounds as though he had an operation to have the fragment removed. This option makes sense, and really the surgical wound itself is the biggest barrier to Vargas returning. He figures to miss somewhere between 0 and 2 starts to begin 2018.
Paul Blackburn (SP, Oakland Athletics) – Blackburn will be shut down from throwing for approximately 10 days to allow forearm tightness to subside. He then figures to need some time to resume his throwing program. He should return to the starting rotation in mid-to-late April barring any setbacks.
Santiago Casilla (RP, Oakland Athletics) – Casilla has returned to throwing bullpens. He figures to return to play this weekend if all remains well, which would have him ready for Opening Day.
Austin Hedges (C, San Diego Padres) – Hedges was struck by a pitch on his left calf. He may miss a game or two but should be just fine.
Jean Segura (SS, Seattle Mariners) – Segura is not expected to miss much time. He should be ready for Opening Day.
Madison Bumgarner (SP, San Francisco Giants) – This sucks. Appears to be an intra-articular 5th MCP fracture. No reason to expect any complications for the moment other than the time missed this season. He’ll be assessed as to whether he can have the pins removed at the 4 week and 6 week points, from there we look at returning to full hand functioning and then returning to throwing.
Jeff Samardzija (SP, San Francisco Giants) – We’re early into this pec strain and still waiting to see which end of the timetable we’re destined for. Bochy seems optimistic, as he said Loose Lips is expected to miss 3-4 weeks. Realistically we’ll probably land somewhere in the middle.
Tim Lincecum (RP, Texas Rangers) – Timmy shows up late to the Year of the Blister. He was behind schedule anyway after signing so late, so I wouldn’t expect him until the second half of April at this point.
Joaquin Benoit (RP, Washington Nationals) – Limited information available at this time. We’ll look for an update once Benoit returns to throwing – he should only be a few weeks out at that point.