In the general injury material for this week, I have found a couple interesting articles.
Kyle Boddy’s piece at the Hardball Times where he looks at how different injured pitchers at different levels were handled by their coaches.
Recent injury data
• Roy Halladay is not close to the same pitcher we have seen in the past. He got only 7 of 18 minor league batters out in his last start. He hasn’t been able to put together one good start this season, but according to him, nothing is wrong besides a stomach virus. The virus caused him to lose 10 pounds in 2 days. No one should expect to be 100% after losing 10 pounds quickly.
“No, to me, it’s a competition. It’s not a boxing match. It’s not strength versus strength. It’s a chess match. It’s competition of the mind, and execution, and being smarter and being more prepared. To me, that’s what I’ve enjoyed. That’s what I’ve liked about baseball. You look at a Jamie Moyer. He could compete with the best of them. He would have gotten knocked out in the first round if he was a boxer.”
I think most fantasy owners will have heard or read of the struggles by now, so no one will value him like in the past. I am wondering if people will go to the other end of the spectrum and way under value him. If the bug was killing his strength, he could be a top 10 pitcher. Or he could be Jamie Moyer. Right now I see him as the highest risk-reward in the draft.
“Right now it’s going to slow him down. We’re certainly going to be aggressive with the rehab.”
The preceding quote should stir mixed emotions for his owners. Good: He will be back soon and accumulating Saves. Bad: He may be rushed back and risk further injury. Mitchell Boggs (2.3 K/BB) is a must pick up in Save leagues right now and maybe should be held for a while once Motte returns.
• Adam Eaton is out for 4-8 weeks with a strained left elbow (small tear in his UCL). A smorgusborg of player have been listed as his replacement including A.J. Pollock, Martin Prado, Gerardo Parra and Cody Ross (injured).
• Expect Derek Jeter to start the season on the DL since he is playing minor league games. Teams are able to back date the DL start day to the last day played with the MLB team. Players who may need a less than 15 day DL stint to start the season will be playing minor league games (see Sandoval, Halladay, Drew, Markakis etc).
• Shin-Soo Choo‘s is experiencing back spasms. He is expected to be ready by opening day. I don’t like rostering players with back issues since the problems never seem to go away. David Freese is one such player who just can’t shake his back issue, but it seems Nick Markakis‘s back no longer hurts.
After a minor offseason procedure to take care of a nagging wrist injury, Paul Konerko said he is as good as new and ready to take on the 2013 season.
In fact, the recovery time was so short that Konerko seemed to have a twinge of regret about not having the procedure done when the wrist started to bother him last season.
“The surgery was a lot easier and way less recovery time than what we thought,” Konerko said. “There was no way of knowing that until we went in there and got it out. But within 10-12 days after the surgery, I felt like I could have played in a game.”
Expect him to possible exceed his 2013 projections since the numbers don’t know he was battling through the wrist injury.
• Chad Bilingsley expects to be ready by opening day.
Player Return Timetables
|Name||Injury||Injury/Surgery Date||Early Return Date||Later Return date||Status||Source(s)|
|Scott Baker||TJS Complications||4/17/12||Late July||August||Rest||(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||Playing Games||(1)|
|Jeremy Bonderman||TJS||4/24/12||Late March||Late March||Throwing Games||(1)|
|Craig Breslow||Sore Shoulder||3/7/13||April||April||Throwing||(1)|
|Tim Byrdak||Shoulder Surgery||7/1/12||Early July||Early July||Bullpen Sessions||(1)|
|Edwar Cabrera (**)||Shoulder||8/1/12||Mid April||Unknown||Unknown||(1)|
|Chris Carpenter (**)||Nerve||2/5/13||2014||Retire||Rest||(1)|
|Andrew Cashner||Thumb laceration||1/25/13||Late March||April||Throwing Games||(1)|
|Carl Crawford||TJS||8/23/12||Late March||Early April||Playing Games||(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||Late March||April||Rest||(1)|
|Danny Duffy||TJS||6/13/12||Early June||All Star Game||Throwing||(1)|
|Adam Eaton||Strained Elbow||3/22/13||Late April||Late May||Rest||(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)|
|Christian Garcia (*)||Forearm||3/22/13||April||May||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||May||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||8/8/12||August||October||Rehabilitation||(1)|
|Casey Janssen||Shoulder Surgery||11/1/13||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)|
|Josh Kinney||Side||3/10/13||Late April||Early May||Rest||(1)|
|Brett Lawrie||Ribs||3/7/13||Early April||Late 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)|
|Ryan Madson||TJS||4/11/12||May||June||Throwing off mound||(1)|
|Shawn Marcum||Shoulder||3/20/13||Late March||Unknown||Throwing||(1)|
|Nick Masset||Shoulder Surgery||9/7/12||Unknown||Unknown||Throwing||(1)|
|Jeff Mathis||Broken Collarbone||2/23/13||Early May||Early May||Rest||(1)|
|Brian McCann||Torn labrum||7/4/12||Late April||May||Batting Practice||(1)|
|Franklin Morales||Bulging Disk||3/15/13||Early April||Late April||Rest||(1)|
|Logan Morrison||Knee||9/1/12||Late April||Early May||Light Training||(1)|
|Jason Motte||Elbow Strain||3/23/13||Early March||Late March||Rest||(1)|
|Daniel Murphy||Intercostal Strain||3/18/13||Early April||Late April||Running bases||(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||5/1/12||Late March||April||Throwing||(1)|
|Chris Perez||Strained Shoulder||3/1/13||Late March||Early April||Rest||(1)|
|Luis Perez (**)||TJS||7/1/12||Early July||Early September||Rest||UNK|
|Martin Perez||Broken Forearm||3/3/13||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)|
|Hanley Ramirez||Thumb||3/17/13||Early April||June||Rest||(1)|
|Wilson Ramos||ACL||5/1/12||Late March||Late March||Catching||(1)|
|Clay Papada||Shoulder||3/22/13||April||April||Bullpen work||(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||May||Throwing off flat ground||(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||7/24/12||Late July||September||Unknown||(1)|
|Anthony Swarzak (*)||Ribs||1/25/13||April||May||Throw of mound||(1)|
|Mark Teixeira||Strained Wrist||3/6/13||Mid May||2014||Rest||(1)|
|Tsuyoshi Wada||TJS||5/11/12||May||June||Throwing off mound||(1)|
|Josh Tomlin (**)||TJS||8/22/12||August||2014||Rest||(1)|
|Joe Wieland (**)||TJS||7/27/12||Early August||2014||Catch||(1)|
|Brian Wilson||TJS||4/19/12||Unknown||Unknown||Not ready to pitch||(1)|
|Blake Wood (**)||TJS||5/1/12||May||June||Unknown||UNK|
|David Wright||Intercostal Strain||3/10/13||Late March||Early April||Swinging Bat||(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
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, Howie Kendrick, Paul Konerko
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