MLB Injuries

Dr. Morse’s MLB Injury Round Up-Pitchers

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Easter Sunday is here, and before you grab sit down for some nice spiraled ham, read this article about some of the injuries that occurred over the past two weeks. The first two weeks included injuries for some major contributors in the fantasy world, including Buster Posey, Drew Smyly, Garrett Richards, Matt Kemp, Trea Turner, and Josh Donaldson. We will briefly discuss how Max Scherzer has rebounded from his knuckle injury, and talk about David Price’s “bionic” elbow. In the next segment I will also highlight the anticipated return of several players including J.D. Martinez, Tom Murphy, the progress of Ian Desmond and how Hanley Ramirez’s shoulder is doing.

Pitchers

Jon Gray

Gray suffered a stress fracture in his left foot during his last start, and is expected to be sidelined for at least 4 to 6 weeks, likely longer. This is tough news for both the Rockies and Gray’s owners, and many picked him to be a breakout candidate this year. With a high K/9 ratio, Gray seemingly figured out how to pitch in tough-Colorado, a potent offense behind him, Gray has the potential to be ace-material. Depending on the location of the actual fracture, which has not been released yet, Gray could possibly need surgery, especially if this is a fifth metatarsal (Jones) fracture. Gray’s left foot is his plant foot, and this injury plays an important role in his ability to be an effective pitcher. It is vital that Gray allows this injury to properly heal, as the last thing he wants is for this to continue to linger throughout the entire season. Unfortunately the best treatment for this is the time, and which is bad news for both the Rockies and his fantasy owners alike. Rather than trying to sell him for cheap, unless you get a great offer on him, I recommend putting him on the IR and treat him like a midseason call up that has the potential to provide your team a spark when he returns.

Garrett Richards

Richards was diagnosed with bicep nerve irritation and underwent a cervical MRI a couple days ago but no results have been released yet. Richards injured his bicep, but the extent of the injuries is unknown. I am quite concerned about Richards, as he’s already required PRP in his pitching elbow last year.

Brandon Finnegan

Finnegan left his last start after suffering a left lat strain on 4/15/17, which will likely put him out for 2-6 weeks, depending on the severity. His treatment plan will consist of rest, rehab and some anti-inflammatories. If everything goes according to plan, hopefully Finnegan will return to serve as a SP 3-4 with the potential to breakout this year.

Jake Odorizzi

He left yesterday’s start with a hamstring injury, and was placed on the 10-day DL.
This will put him out 1 to 2 weeks depending on the severity of injury. Expect him to be a solid SP 3 to 4 when he returns as long as the hamstring strain recovers completely.

Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz suffered a MRI-confirmed partial tear in the right flexor pronator mass of his right forearm/arm, and is scheduled to visit the famous Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion. He will likely require surgery for this injury and be done for the year.

Matt Bush

Matt Bush, the talented Rangers reliever, has been battling shoulder fatigue. He has the potential to replace Dyson as their closer once he gets healthy. It is unclear exactly what injury Bush is dealing with as there has been limited information released, but it is possible that he may require a corticosteroid injection to help alleviate some of the pain. Shoulder injuries can derail careers, just ask Michael Wacha, who is still struggling to return to top-form after dealing with shoulder injuries the past couple of years. The good news is that both Wacha and Bush alike, their injuries appear to be minor and both have the potential to impact their teams significantly.

Zach Britton

Zach Britton was surprisingly diagnosed with a left forearm strain and was sent to the 10-day DL. This is a very concerning injury for Britton, who is a consensus top three closer, because the level of severity has yet to be announced. The injury could be as mild as requiring a 2-week period of rest, or could be a little more severe and require a PRP injection to help with the healing process. Worst-case scenario, the Orioles decide to get an MRI, which could show that the damage is so severe that Britton may need Tommy John surgery. Don’t get ahead of yourself. Wait for the actual news to come out before you make any rash decisions. Taking over for him will be Brad Brach, who is very effective and capable of filling in for him at closer. Go grab him if he’s not already owned, because at a minimum he will be quite valuable for at least the next two weeks, if not more depending on the severity of the injury.

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