Just one MASH report this week as the holiday and other commitments took up my time. Next week, I will be back on a regular schedule of a Monday and Thursday post.
• With the Yordano Ventura elbow scare, an injury didn’t surprise me one bit since he has me worried for over a month now.
Y Ventura: Enjoy while he lasts 102.9 mph and release point all over the place: http://t.co/2IJbS2kRTJ
— Jeff Zimmerman (@jeffwzimmerman) April 9, 2014
I would like to see him drop down to the 95 mph range and maybe save his elbow for a season or two more.
• Bronson Arroyo says his elbow doesn’t hurt while his manager says it does. I am guessing it does. His fastball velocity is down 1.4 mph from 2013 and his Zone% is down over 10% points (56.1% to 45.6%). His current PAIN value, comparing 2013 to 2014, is at 154 (more than 100 means he has traits of an injured pitcher). I believe he is hurt and is just trying to throw through it which I don’t think will turn out well.
• Mike Napoli‘s thumb injury gives a perfect opportunity to see if the effects of the injury was showing up in his play. He got the injury on April 15th. His ISO dropped from .208 to .129. His Contact percentage increased from 73.5% to 76%. I could see how a thumb would have more of impact on power vs. contact.
• Mets are up to the same incompetence when it comes to injuries. Dillon Gee has a lat strain. For pitchers (see Kyle Zimmer and James Paxton), it takes about two months to return. The Mets expected Gee to throw after a couple weeks and had no success. Don’t be surprised if Gee is not back until mid-July.
Fastball Velocity Watch for Pitchers Returning From the DL
• Jason Grilli‘s velocity looks OK
• Sean Burnett‘s velocity is on the low side. Also, he is probably DL bound again.
• Chris Sale‘s velocity is fine.
• Alex Cobb‘s velocity is also fine.
Players on the DL
(*) 15 Day Disabled List
(**) 60 Day Disabled List
(***) 7 Day Concussion List
(****) Free Agent
Red colored entries are updates since last report.
Major League Report
Minor League Report
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