MASH Report (5/20/13)

Just one pitcher coming back from the DL to check velocity on, so I dug a little deeper into a few other players.

• One of favorite setup men, Vinnie Pestano, returned from the disabled list. His fastball velocity is off a couple mph from appearances earlier in the season.

It was just one inning, but his owners should keep a close eye on him to see if/when he is 100%.

Johnny Cueto will return tonight to the Reds rotation and may change his delivery to prevent further injury(source).

Cueto injured his right oblique in the National League Division Series last year. Soreness in the same area delayed his return from a strained lat muscle this year.

“This is part of the game, part of the sport,” Cueto said. “You can say maybe I do too much rotation. I’m going to have to see what’s going on. If that continues to happen, I’m going to have to change my mechanics.”

Cueto does an exaggerated turn as part of his delivery. He turns his back almost completely to the hitter as part of it.

He is going to have less body rotation which could easily lead to less velocity. I plan on covering tonight’s outing in detail for the main site tomorrow.

• A couple of hitters, Joe Mauer (source) and Adam Dunn (source), are dealing with back injuries. The effects of back injuries are just tough to shake. Both hitters have dealt with several injuries before in their careers. If I was counting on production from either (hope not from Dunn), try to get a contingency plan in place if either ends up on the DL.

David Freese states his earlier back injury is not part of his current struggles (source).

Freese said he has addressed and corrected the usual culprits behind an extended struggle. He insists his health, which complicated his spring training, is no longer an issue and points to how he’s moving at third base as proof. The trouble he had seeing the ball several weeks ago has been fixed. His swing is not a jumble of glitches.

Here is a quick look at power and contact numbers, indicators of an injury, to see if anything is wrong.

Season Contact% ISO FB&HR Dist
2011 79.9% 0.144 290
2012 75.3% 0.174 303
2013 74.9% 0.058 269

Definitely his power is down in 2013 and he has seen a small insignificant drop in contact. Back injuries are not a good thing. Let’s see if he can pull out of his current funk.

Alexi Ogando has been hurt for a while, you don’t say.

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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Jeff writes for RotoGraphs, The Hardball Times, Rotowire, Baseball America, and BaseballHQ. He has been nominated for two SABR Analytics Research Award for Contemporary Analysis and won it in 2013 in tandem with Bill Petti. He has won three FSWA Awards including on for his MASH series. In his first season in Tout Wars, he won the H2H league. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.

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Price is injured and you mentioned in an earlier MASH that you thought that Gio might be an injury risk. Where do you rank them ROS?