• Velocity changes from 2013 to April 2014. Enjoy.
De La Rosa, the 31-year-old right-hander who’s rehabbing from irritation in his right s/c joint, is “very close” to starting a rehab assignment and “his velocity is significantly better right now,” the Angels’ skipper added.
The Angel have unexciting Joe Smith as their current closer. I would not be surprise if Rosa gets the closer role at some point during the season.
• Mike Pelfrey (25 PAIN) went on the DL with a strained groin. He has some injury signs, but not as many as some pitchers on top of the PAIN leaderboard. His fastball velocity was down from 92.4 mph to 90.8 mph.
Additionally, he Zone% was down from 51.3% to 49.8%.
• Bruce Chen‘s bad back put him on the DL. He saw is Zone% (-6.3% points) and velocity (-0.8 mph) drop. These drop may seem like quite a bit, but other pitchers are seeing even more of difference. Here are the declines from the top five rated starters by PAIN.
Cingrani, Pelfry and Chen each saw signs of possible lingering injuries, but other pitchers have more obvious signs.
• The Dodgers Hyun-Jin Ryu went on the DL for an inflamed shoulder. No decent signs existed to point to an injury so the Dodgers may have caught it early on. It may seem like his velocity was declining, but generally his velocity jumps around. He had almost an exact same pattern last season without a DL stint.
• Stolmy Pimentel‘s trip to the DL should not be a surprise with a near four mph drop in fastball velocity.
• My final take on the Clayton Kershaw hysteria which will happen tomorrow. The Dodgers made Kershaw have a second rehab start after Kershaw said he was fine. In the second start, Kershaw’s fastball averaged 90 mph, so I am guessing the Dodgers noticed the drop in the first game and gave him another start. I could see owners scramble a bit if they see the drop, but as I have shown, Kershaw will probably be fine at the lower velocity.
Fastball Velocities for Pitchers Returning from the DL
Jacob Turner‘s was fine
• Jake Arrieta‘s was down about one mph from last season.
• Hisashi Iwakuma‘s was down 2.5 mph
• Tim Collins‘ looked more inline with 2013 than he previously did.
HURT (Hitter’s Under-performance from Recent Trauma) Rankings :
Any player with a HURT value over 100 (red) has the traits of a batter playing through an injury.
(Min 100 PA in 2014 and HURT > 100)
|Name||HURT||ISO (2014)||ISO (2013)||Diff||Contact (2014)||Contact (2014)||Diff|
Thoughts on a couple of the players:
• Will Veneable is probably still dealing with a back issue he had right before the season started.
#Padres injury updates: Back “acted” up on Venable leading to scratch before game; Thayer probably just bruised on comebacker off forearm.
— Jeff Sanders (@JeffSanders_UT) March 29, 2014
• Curtis Granderson hurt his ribs earlier in the season running into a wall. The effects could easily be lingering.
Players on or Probably on the DL to Start the 2014 Season
(*) 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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