Quite a bit injury news happened over the weekend. I will examine several pitchers returning from the D.L. and several more acting hurt.
• Stephen Strasburg returned from the disabled list to make a start yesterday. The biggest concern for me was the 4 BB in 5 IP with a Zone% just over 47%. His overall. velocity was consistent with his past speeds.
He did see a 2 mph drop in velocity in the 5th inning he threw.
It was a wait and see type of start. Not bad enough for doom and gloom. Not good enough to give an “all’s clear”. Just perfect to wait and see how his next start goes.
• Johnny Cueto‘s velocity was fine:
• So was Huston Street‘s
• And Ross Detwiler‘s
• And Shawn Camp‘s
• And Jake Westbrook‘s (finally in 2013
REQUEST: I am trying to figure out the best way to scale HURT and PAIN. I previously have anything over 100 to be a player at risk or playing through an injury. Last week and this week, a 100 value is the max value. I am not sure I like it this way and am thinking ot moving back to 100 being the imaginary injury threshold. Any suggestions?
HURT (Hitter’s Under-performance from Recent Trauma) Rankings (min 30 PA in 2013 and min 600 PA from 2010 to 2012):
Note: Previously, I used an IFFB% component in the ranking, from now on I will remove it as it masks some of the real power declines of some players.
Mark Teixeira shows up after returning recently from the DL because of a wrist injury. Two stats are causing the high value, Contact% and IFFB%. His contact rate is way down from around 90% to 80% and cause his K% to jump from 16% to 33%. Besides not make contact, he is hitting a ton of weak pop flies. His IFFB% has gone from near 10% the last few seasons to 27% in 2013 … Teixera may still be feeling the effects of his wrist injury.
Teixera looks to maybe headed back on the DL. While not everyone on the HURT leader board is going to the DL, quite a high percentage do.
• Aramis Ramirez (knee) is another player who missed time early in the season to the DL. His ISO (.148) is 50 points lower than any value over the past three seasons. Also his Contact% and Speed Score are down a bit. It would be nice to see Ramirez get some of his power back and get off the list.
PAIN (Pitcher Abuse INdex) Rankings (min 20 IP in 2013 and 20 IP in 2012)
• Jonathan Broxton is currently the 5th highest ranked pitcher in PAIN and is heading to the disabled list with an elbow strain. Broxton is the perfect example of a injury risk pitcher with his dropping velocity and inability to throw strikes.
• An interesting name on the list is Jason Grilli. Grilli is currently dominating hitters with a 0.88 ERA and an even lower FIP of 0.52. The reason he is showing up on the list is a sub-47% Zone% which dropped almost eight percentage points from last season. It is not like he is walking a ton of batters with a 2.1 BB/9. His release points are one of the tightest I have seen for pitcher during a season. I see no reason to worry about him for now.
Players on the DL
(*) 15 Day Disabled List
(**) 60 Day Disabled List
(***) 7 Day Concussion List
Red colored entries are updates since last report.
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