MASH Report (1/31/12)

Recent injury data

 •  Several reports are out about the health of Cole Hamels. First, he denies he was shut down this off season for shoulder soreness. The same article goes on and confirms he experienced some soreness while pitching this past September. No signs (low Zone% or loss in velocity) point to a major injury. Keep early tabs on him, but there is no reason not to draft/bid on him

 •  Derek Jeter says he is on pace to be ready by opening day. I expect him to be playing opening day. If he is 100% healthy will have to be seen.

 •  In some older, but relevant news, CC Sabathia may see an innings limit according to Larry Rothchild.

Rothschild also talked about Yankees ace CC Sabathia, who recently had arthroscopic elbow surgery after experiencing some pain in the postseason. The Yankees say they are confident Sabathia will be fine for the start of the season, but Rothschild said they may want to limit his innings.
“Joe [Girardi] and I have talked about it even going back to last year.,” he said. “This year we talked about it even more. When he had a chance to pitch on extra rest we did that. In the past he would pitch every fifth day almost all the time.”

Sabathia has averaged 200 IP over the past 6 seasons, but owners may want to temper expectations in 2013.

 •  Carl Pavano is out for an undisclosed time. Just stay away from rostering him for now.

 •  Finally, Jared Mitchell of the White Sox seems healthy and ready to burst onto the scene according to Rick Hahn.

‘We can’t possibly consider moving this guy, because he’s ready to bust loose,'” said Hahn during Saturday’s SoxFest Town Hall meeting. “Guys who have been working with him since he arrived here on campus are starting to get that excitement in their voice.
“He has a ton of tools, and it was always a matter at first of how quickly that development would happen. 

He missed the 2010 with a torn ACL. It is time to temper expectations and see if he can get his 41% K% projected by ZiPS in check.

Player Return Timetables

I added a few more pitchers who are recovering from Tommy John Surgery.

Name Injury Injury/Surgery Date Early Return Date Later Return date Status Source(s)
Scott Baker TJS 4/17/12 Start of Spring Training Opening day Throwing off mound (1)
Brandon Beachy TJS 6/21/12 Mid June Mid June Playing Catch (1)
Jeremy Bonderman TJS 04/24/12 Late March Late March Healthy (1)
 Andrew Cashner Thumb laceration 1/25/13 May May Rest (1)
Carl Crawford TJS 8/23/12 Early April Unknown Throwing (1)
Kyle Drabek TJS 6/19/12 Mid Season Mid Season Unknown (1)
Danny Duffy TJS 6/13/12 Late May/Early June All Star Game Playing Catch (1)
Neftali Feliz TJS 8/1/12 July August Playing Catch (1)
Corey Hart Right knee surgery 1/26/13 Late May Late May Rest (1)
Daniel Hudson TJS 7/9/12 July July Playing Catch (1)
Drew Hutchison TJS 08/08/12 August October Rest (1)
Derek Jeter Fractured Left Ankle 10/1/12 Late March Late March Fielding (1)
Ryan Kalish Shoulder Surgery 1/25/13 Early April Unknown Rest (1)
Francisco Liriano Broken humerus 12/1/12 Early April Late May Rest (1)
Cory Luebke TJS 5/23/12 July July Unknown (1)
Ryan Madson TJS 04/11/12 Late March Late March Throwing off mound (1)
Brian McCann Torn labrum 7/4/05 Opening Day Mid April Running and throwing (1)
Charlie Morton TJS 06/21/12 June Unknown Throwing (1)
Juan Oviedo TJS 09/06/12 September 2014 Rest (1)
Felipe Paulino TJS 7/3/12 Early July Early July Unknown (1)
Carl Pavano Ruptured spleen 1/25/13 Late March Mid April Rest (1)
Mike Pelfrey TJS 05/01/12 Late March Late March Throwing (1)
Michael Pineda Shoulder Surgery 5/1/12 May Early July Rest (1)
Alex Rodriguez Hip surgery 1/16/13 Early July 2014 season Rest (1)
CC Sabathia Bone Spur 10/1/12 Late March Late March Throwing (1)
Joakim Soria TJS 4/2/12 Late May Early June Playing Catch (1)
Eric Surkamp TJS 07/24/12 Late July September Unknown
Tsuyoshi Wada TJS 05/11/12 Late March Early July Unknown (1)(2)
Josh Tomlin TJS 08/22/12 August 2014 Rest (1)
Joe Wieland TJS 07/27/12 Early August August Catch (1)
Brian Wilson TJS 4/19/12 Unknown Unknown Not ready to pitch (1)
Randy Wolf TJS 10/30/12 2014 2014 Rest (1)

Players Returning From Injury

Information will be added as it becomes available.

Players Playing Through Injuries

Here is the list of players who should exceed their power projections for 2013 because they played through injuries in 2012:

Ryan Zimmerman, Ryan Howard, Cameron Maybin, Trevor Plouffe, Justin Upton, Paul Konerko, Dustin Pedroia, Luke Scott, Matt Kemp, Joey Votto, Mike Moustakas, Pablo Sandoval, Carl Crawford, Giancarlo Stanton, Jacoby Ellsbury, Evan Longoria, and Troy Tulowitzki

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Jeff writes for RotoGraphs, The Hardball Times, Rotowire, Baseball America, and BaseballHQ. He has been nominated for two SABR Analytics Research Award for Contemporary Analysis and won it in 2013 in tandem with Bill Petti. He has won three FSWA Awards including on for his MASH series. In his first season in Tout Wars, he won the H2H league. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.

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Aaron Murray

Very helpful, thanks.