MASH Report (3/21/13)

I will probably drop the fastball speeds from the report, but may make some notes of pitchers facing lingering velocity issues.

For some outstanding reading on the current state pitcher injury prevention, here is an article by Will Leitch of the New York Magazine.

Recent injury data

 • Derek Jeter may not be ready for opening day because of ankle pain. I figured he would play through the pain, so it must be pretty bad. I expect him to struggle until 100% healthy. Eduardo Nunez is the increase playing time beneficiary.

 • In other shortstop news, Hanley Ramirez is out at least two months.

 • Pablo Sandoval is working through elbow soreness caused by a bone spur. He is just resting to see if his elbow will calm down.

 • The Mets Shaun Marcum is experiencing shoulder soreness. I am amazed it took him so long to make the report.

 • The Cubs Ian Stewart will start the season on the DL with a quadriceps injury.

 • Ryan Madson experienced a set back to his Tommy John surgery. He now looks to possibly be ready by May.

 • Players expected to be ready by opening day:
Albert Pujols with plantar fascitis.
Zack Greinke with a sore elbow.
David Wright with a strained rib cage muscle.
Brett Lawrie with a strained rib muscle.
Grant Balfour with knee surgery.
Casey Janssen with strained shoulder.
Chris Perez with a sore shoulder.
Maybe Carlos Quentin because of knee surgery.

 • And finally, Chris Carpenter feels he may be done pitching forever. In Carpenter’s own words:

“I do (want to keep playing), I don’t think I can.”

Player Return Timetables

Name Injury Injury/Surgery Date Early Return Date Later Return date Status Source(s)
Scott Baker TJS 4/17/12 Mid April May In games (1)
Grant Balfour Knee 2/14/13 Late March Middle April Throwing Games (1)
Brandon Beachy TJS 6/21/12 Mid June Mid June Playing Catch (1)
Lance Berkman Knee 10/1/12 Late March Mid April Working out (1)
Jeremy Bonderman TJS 04/24/12 Late March Late March Healthy (1)
Craig Breslow Sore Shoulder 03/07/13 April April Throwing (1)
Tim Byrdak Shoulder Surgery 07/01/12 Early July Early July Bullpen Sessions (1)
Edwar Cabrera (**) Shoulder 08/01/12 Mid March Unknown Unknown (1)
Chris Carpenter (**) Nerve 02/05/13 2014 Retire Rest (1)
 Andrew Cashner Thumb laceration 1/25/13 Late March May Pitching (1)
Carl Crawford TJS 8/23/12 Late March Early April Swinging (1)
Jesse Crain Abductor Strain 3/4/13 Late March Early April Bullpen Sessions (1)
Chase d’Arnaud (**) Thumb 2/20/13 Mid May June Rest (1)
John Danks Shoulder 3/15/13 Early April April Throwing Games (1)
Scott Diamond Elbow Surgery 10/1/12 Mid April May Bullpen Sessions (1)
Kyle Drabek (**) TJS 6/19/12 Mid Season Mid Season Unknown (1)
Stephen Drew Concussion 3/3/13 Unknown Unknown Rest (1)
Danny Duffy TJS 6/13/12 Early June All Star Game Throwing (1)
Neftali Feliz TJS 8/1/12 July August Playing Catch (1)
Frank Francisco Elbow 2/14/13 Late March Early April Throwing (1)
Rafael Furcal TJS 3/13/13 2014 2014 Rest (1)
Mat Gamel (**) Knee 2/18/13 2014 2014 Rest (1)
Matt Garza Strained Lat 2/21/13 April May Throwing (1)
Curtis Granderson Right forearm 2/24/13 Early May Middle May Rest (1)
Corey Hart Right knee surgery 1/26/13 Late May Late May Rest (1)
Chase Headley Broke Thumb 3/18/13 Mid April Late April Rest (1)
Daniel Hudson (**) TJS 7/9/12 July July Playing Catch (1)
Phil Hughes Bulging Disk 2/28/13 Late March Middle April Throwing (1)
Drew Hutchison TJS 08/08/12 August October Rehabilitation (1)
Casey Janssen Shoulder Surgery 11/01/13 Late March Mid April Pitching (1)
Derek Jeter Fractured Left Ankle 10/1/12 Early April Early May Playing Games (1)
Ryan Kalish (**) Shoulder Surgery 1/25/13 Early April Unknown Rest (1)
Jeff Karstens Shoulder 2/1/13 Late March April Batting Practice (1)
Casey Kelly
Elbow 3/14/13 Unknown 2014 Rest (1)
Matt Kemp Shoulder 8/1/12 Late March Late March Light Training (1)
Josh Kinney Side 3/10/13 Late April Early May Rest (1)
Brett Lawrie Ribs 3/7/13 Late March Early April Catch (1)
Colby Lewis Elbow Surgery 7/1/12 Late May June Throwing (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 May June Throwing off mound (1)
Shawn Marcum Shoulder 03/20/13 Late March Unknown Rest (1)
Nick Masset Shoulder Surgery 09/07/12 Unknown Unknown Throwing (1)
Jeff Mathis Broken Collarbone 02/23/13 Mid March Mid March Rest (1)
Brian McCann Torn labrum 7/4/12 April April Batting Practice (1)
Franklin Morales Bulging Disk 3/15/13 Early April Late April Rest (1)
Logan Morrison Knee 9/1/12 Late March Late April Light Training (1)
Charlie Morton TJS 06/21/12 June Unknown Throwing (1)
Daniel Murphy Intercostal Strain 03/18/13 Early April Late April Running bases (1)
David Ortiz Achilles 03/03/13 April April Hitting (1)
Juan Oviedo TJS 09/06/12 September 2014 Rest (1)
Felipe Paulino (**) TJS 7/3/12 Early July Early July Throwing (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)
Chris Perez Strained Shoulder 03/01/13 Late March Early April Rest (1)
Luis Perez (**) TJS 7/1/12 Early July Early September Rest UNK
Martin Perez Broken Forearm 03/03/13 Late April Late May Rest (1)
Michael Pineda (**) Shoulder Surgery 5/1/12 June Early July Bullpen (1)
Carlos Quentin Knee 10/1/12 Late March April Fielding (1)
Aramis Ramirez Strained Knee 3/5/13 Middle March Late March Rest (1)
Hanley Ramirez Thumb 3/17/13 Early April June Rest (1)
Wilson Ramos ACL 5/1/12 Late March Late March Catching (1)
Alex Rodriguez (**) Hip surgery 1/16/13 Early July 2014 season Rest (1)
Fernando Rodriguez TJS 3/14/13 2014 2014 Rest (1)
Cody Ross Strained Leg 1/6/13 Late March Early April Jogging (1)
CC Sabathia Bone Spur 10/1/12 Late March Late March Throwing (1)
Johan Santana Back 2/25/13 Late March Middle April Throwing off mound (1)
George Sherrill TJS 5/1/11 Late April May Bullpen Sessions (1)
Joakim Soria TJS 4/2/12 Late May Early June Playing Catch (1)
Ian Stewart Quadricep 2/15/13 April Unknown Everything, but run (1)
Eric Surkamp TJS 07/24/12 Late July September Unknown (1)
Mark Teixeira Strained Wrist 03/06/13 Mid May 2014 Rest (1)
Tsuyoshi Wada TJS 05/11/12 May June Throwing off mound (1)
Josh Tomlin (**) TJS 08/22/12 August 2014 Rest (1)
Joe Wieland (**) TJS 07/27/12 Early August 2014 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)
Blake Wood (**) TJS 05/01/12 May June Unknown UNK
David Wright Intercostal Strain 03/10/13 Late March Early April Rest (1)
Delmon Young Right ankle 10/1/12 Mid April Early May Rest (1)

(*) 15 Day Disabled List
(**) 60 Day Disabled List

Players Returning From Injury

No information yet.

Players Playing Through Injuries

Name Injury Source
Will Middlebrooks Wrist (1)
Nolan Riemold Shoulder (1)
Russell Martin Shoulder (1)

Here is the list of players who should exceed their power projections for 2013:

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. New additions: Dustin Ackley, Matt LaPorta and Howie Kendrick

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Jeff writes for FanGraphs, The Hardball Times and Royals Review, as well as his own website, Baseball Heat Maps with his brother Darrell. In tandem with Bill Petti, he won the 2013 SABR Analytics Research Award for Contemporary Analysis. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.

13 Responses to “MASH Report (3/21/13)”

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  1. baseballdiamond2000 says:

    Why take velocity out? I think that’s some of the most valuable info leading up to draft day. Wish it was more available. Where do you get your numbers from?

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    • Jeff Zimmerman says:

      Mainly the time it takes to look at all the pitchers. It just taking to long to look at just 2 stadiums with Pitchf/x data, not alone 15 once the season starts.

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      • baseballdiamond2000 says:

        Is there a way to get all of this sortable on Fangraphs? Port some PitchFX numbers into the stats page? A question for Dave Appelman for sure. Would be crazy valuable.

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  2. d_i says:

    I’m begining to think you’re trolling. The last two reports have received comments that Andrew Cashner is pitching in spring training games. He isn’t resting.

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  3. Hanley Ramirez says:

    My early return date is not in April

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    • Jeff Zimmerman says:

      I will change it. The report came out mid day he was for sure out the 2 months, it was up in the air before then.

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  4. cbragg84 says:

    This piece seems to be getting mailed in lately..

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  5. geo says:

    Jeff, you keep mixing up elbows and shoulders. There’s a big difference. Marcum is having shoulder soreness, not elbow. (Last week you said Greinke was having shoulder problems, but for him it was elbow.)

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  6. uhh ohh says:

    Anyone worried about Pablo’s elbow? Seems like this could hurt his power potential and batting splits.

    Anyone know if this is the type of injury that could lead to surgery mid-season?

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  7. yaboynate says:


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  8. SJ says:

    I <3 the MASH Report

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  9. Mark Prior says:


    Thanks for all of your work, but if these reports are not accurate and people use the info as if it is, it can be the opposite of helpful to your readers.

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  10. mike says:

    Berkman has been playing in games for at least a week, if not two.

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