This week Mike Valverde will be delivering the week’s compelling baseball injuries. On to the injuries!
Chris Withrow, Atlanta Braves
Braves placed RHP Chris Withrow on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. The injury is in the same elbow that he had Tommy John surgery, and is common among those that have had that surgery. Charlie Roe was claimed off waivers from the Orioles to take over for Withrow.
David Peralta, Arizon Diamondbacks
Diamondbacks placed OF David Peralta on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 6, with a right wrist injury. Arizona recalled outfielder Socrates Brito from Triple-A. Peralta hurt his wrist earlier in the season, but this injury was caused by it being jammed when he crashed into the fence on Friday. Peralta is batting .251 with four home runs and 15 RBI in 171 at bats. This is his third trip to the DL this season.
Ryan Hanigan, Boston Red Sox
Red Sox placed catcher Ryan Hanigan on the 15-day disabled list with left ankle tendinitis. The 35-year-old has hit just .158with one home run and 13 RBI in 95 at-bats this season. Red Sox claimed Bryan Holaday off waivers from the Texas Rangers. More than likely they won’t rush Hanigan back, especially if Holaday can maintain better than the awful numbers Hanigan was putting up.
Avisail Garcia, Chicago White Sox
White Sox placed OF/DH Avisail Garcia on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 7, with a sprained right knee. He heard a pop while stretching, but played through it. The next morning he awoke with a swollen knee. “Every time I start feeling good at the plate, getting more time playing in the outfield, something happens,” Garcia said. “You have to deal with it. You can’t do anything about it. Nobody wants to get hurt. That’s part of this game.”
Nick Castellanos, Detroit Tigers
Tigers placed 3B Nick Castellanos on the disabled list with a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal, or a broken left hand. Castellanos is expected to miss “a minimum of four weeks,” according to manager Brad Ausmus. Casey McGehee will take his place until he can return. Castellanos is hitting .286 with 14 home runs and 58 RBI.
Jordan Zimmerman, Detroit Tigers
Tigers placed RHP Jordan Zimmermann on the disabled list with a strained lat muscle. Kyle Ryan will be called up to take his place on the active roster. Daniel Norris will replace Zimmerman when Hector Rondon goes on paternity leave. Zimmerman has a 4.44 ERA with a 9-4 record. Zimmermannwas supposed to throw a bullpen session Sunday to see if he could make his next start, but the Tigers have seen enough.
Cameron Maybin, Detroit Tigers
Tigers placed OF Cameron Maybin on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 4, with a Grade 2 left thumb sprain. “I was in that much pain for a reason,” Maybin said. “We’ve got a lot of good guys, you know, will step in and continue to hopefully fill the void. I think we should be okay. Just gotta stay ready. We’ve got some important games down the stretch when I do get back.”The good news is that Maybin should return in a week.
Colby Rasmus, Houston Astros
Astros placed OF Colby Rasmus on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 5, with a cyst in his right ear. He has been dealing with it since All-Star break. Rasmus has only had just four hits in his last 70 at-bats since the beginning of July.Diagnosed early last week with a cholesteatoma, an abnormal growth behind the eardrum. The condition requires surgery, which he will do at the end of the season. Preston Tucker or Jake Marisnick will fill in until Rasmus can return, but it’s unclear at this point how long he’ll be out. The Astros also called up Tony Kemp from Triple-A.
Bud Norris, Los Angeles Dodgers
Dodgers placed RHP Bud Norris on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 1, with a mid-back strain. Norris just lasted two batters before he was pulled. He has a 4.34 ERA in 29 innings for the Dodgers, with 32 strikeouts and six walks. Norris will be replaced by Ross Stripling who was just sent down to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Adam Liberatore, Los Angeles Dodgers
Dodgers placed LHP Adam Liberatore on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 30, with left elbow inflammation.Liberatore became the setup man for Kenley Jensen, so this will obviously take a toll on the bullpen. It seemed to have started bothering him since June, but he fought through it. Liberatore posted a 1.62 earned-run average in 44 appearances. Manager Dave Roberts trusted him to face both left-handed and right-handed hitters. “I didn’t feel like I could throw anything with conviction,” Liberatore said. “I didn’t want it to get worse.”
Louis Coleman, Los Angeles Dodgers
Dodgers placed RHP Louis Coleman on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder fatigue. Other injuries have forced Coleman into more action than he has seen his entire career. Manager Dave Roberts stated “He’s pitched as much as he’s ever pitched,” Roberts said. “So we’re giving him a chance to get healthy and get right and help us going forward.” He only has a 3.70 ERA, but has been torched since June, giving up a .949 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.
Scott Van Slyke, Los Angeles Dodgers
Dodgers placed OF Scott Van Slyke on the 15-day disabled list with right wrist irritation. Van Slyke will revisit the DL for the second time this season after missing 49 games in April and May with lower back irritation. The earliest Van Slyke could be activated would be Aug. 23. Chris Taylor will replace Van Slykeuntil he can return.
Cam Bedrosian, Los Angeles Angels
Angels placed RHP Cam Bedrosian on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 4, with right middle finger flexor tendinitis. Manager Mike Scioscia stated about Bedrosian: “He felt it for about a week but it was something he could pitch with,” Scioscia said. “It flared up the other day.” Bedrosianholds a 1.12 ERA and has 51 strikeouts in 40.1 innings.
Junior Guerra, Milwaukee Brewers
Guerra was placed on the disabled list Monday due to right elbow inflammation. It is unclear if he will need to make a start at the minor league level, but Guerra believes he will be back when his 15-days are up.
Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets
Yoenis Cespedes (quad) will be placed on the 15-day disabled list. He has been nursing his quad since July 30th against Colorado where he was pulled in the fifth inning. He has had a few games where he was the DH to take pressure off it. Mets manager Terry Collins said that Yoenis Cespedes is “not even close to 100 percent yet.” It is a good move to rest Cespedes for the late season run at playoff positioning as he is hitting .291 with 35 home runs and 105 RBI.
Sonny Gray, Oakland Athletics
Athletics placed RHP Sonny Gray on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right extensor muscle. He was placed on the DL on Sunday after he was removed after 72 pitches and five innings in Saturday’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Oakland called up 35-year-old Chris Smith to join Oakland’s bullpen.Triple-A Ross Detwiler will be in a position to take over Gray’s spot. Sonny Gray has not been the same pitcher he was in the past few seasons. He holds a 5.74 ERA with only five wins and eleven losses. He has struck out 93 batters while walking 42.
Jed Lowrie, Oakland Athletics
Athletics placed INF Jed Lowrie on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 4, with a bunion on his left foot. It has been an extremely painful, and it has begun to his mobility. “It hurts,” Lowrie said. “I played with a broken wrist, and this is worse.” Lowrie could opt for surgery, but that would end his season. His season has not been his best as he is just batting .263 with two home runs.
Jesse Hahn, Oakland Athletics
Athletics placed RHP Jesse Hahn on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain. His injury occurred during the Angels game, and the length of time he will be out is unknown. Daniel Mengden will replace him in the rotation. Many speculated it that it could have meant Tommy John surgery, but it’s being expressed as just arm fatigue. According to Mark Chiarelli via Twitter.
Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies
Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said that Aaron Nola (elbow) could be shut down for the rest of the season. Nola was supposed to make a start last Wednesday night, but was shut down before ever taking the mound. MRI Wednesday morning shows a strain in his right elbow that the starter described as mild and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. The reason why he may be out for the season is that he will need a few weeks to rebuild his strength to get back on the mound, which would put him in a September return. At that point it may not be worth the health of Nola to return for the two or three games left on the schedule. Nola carries a 4.78 ERA with 121 strikeouts in 111 innings, and is 6-9 with 20 starts on the season.
Zach Eflin, Philadelphia Phillies
Phillies placed RHP Zach Eflin on the 15-day DL with patellar tendinopathy in both knees. The scary part about this is it’s a problem he has dealt with his whole life and he is only 22-years old. At this time it is unknown what will be his outcome and if he will miss the rest of the season. “I’ve been dealing with knee soreness for years,” Eflin said. “This year has kind of been more relevant than previous years. . . . I’ve had it my whole career. I’ve gotten treatment my whole career. And it’s getting to be a little much right now. I woke up this morning and they were pretty stiff and sore.”
Michael Wacha, St. Louis Cardinals
Michael Wacha will go on the disabled list with shoulder discomfort. With Wacha injury it could mean he will have to deal with a reduced role if he can return this season.
Steve Cishek, Seattle Mariners
Mariners placed RHP Steve Cishek on the 15-day disabled list with a torn labrum in his left hip. “It’s his landing leg, it does explain a few things,” said Scott Servais in his daily meeting with the media. “Anything with your lower half is going to be an issue.” Steve Cishek stated “I’d stick my landing and try to get through my delivery and drive the ball down and it felt like my muscle was rolling over some kind of a sharp knife,” he said. Cishek has a 3.40 ERA with 25 saves.
Enny Romero, Tampa Bay Rays
Rays placed LHP Enny Romero on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 4, with a back strain. He should be able to return after his DL stint is up. Rays recalled Danny Farquhar from Triple-A Durham. Romero has a 5.23 ERA with 32/20 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 32.2 innings.
Desmond Jennings, Tampa Bay Rays
Rays placed OF Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 3, with a left knee contusion. Jennings had just come off the DL on August first, before having to return just five days later. Jennings has played in just 65 of the team’s 109 games. He is also only batting .200 with seven home runs and 20 RBI. Mikie Mahtook will give it another shot with the Rays. He has been lighting the ball up in Triple-A, but is struggling to make the transition to the pros.
Kevin Pillar, Toronto Blue Jays
Blue Jays placed OF Kevin Pillar on the 15-day disabled list with a left thumb sprain. Pillar injured his thumb sliding into second base, and will have his DL stint backdated to August 7thsince he was out for that game. He will have his first stint on the DL traced back to his opening game in 2013, even though he had a broken hand in 2015. Darrell Ceciliani will take his place until Pillar can return.
Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
Nationals placed 1B Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 1, with a left wrist contusion. The Contusion would not let him swing the bat. Outfielder Brian Goodwin will replace Zimmerman in the lineup until he can return. “Zim’s a little down about it because he’s tired of being hurt and tired of being on the DL,” Nationals Manager Dusty Baker said. He is batting .222 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI, he also has struck out 72 times in 302 at-bats.
Yunel Escobar, Los Angeles Angels
David Freese, Pittsburgh Pirates
Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
Yasmany Tomas, Arizona Diamondbacks
Hanley Ramirez, Boston Red Sox
Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies
Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins