This week Mike Valverde will be delivering the week’s compelling MLB injuries. On to the injuries!
July 29, 2016 Injury Report
We are now entering the second phase of the MLB season and now begins the time of more injuries and players placed on the DL to keep further injury and preserve the future of ball players.
Nick Ahmed, Arizona Diamondbacks
Arizona Diamondbacks INF Nick Ahmed was placed on the 15-day DL with a right hip impingement. Ahmed was only hitting .218 with a horrible strikeout-to-walk ratio in 284 at-bats. Chris Owings has returned, so there is little need for the non-contact infielder.
Joey Rickard, Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Joey Rickard will be out for 4-to-6 weeks. He won’t require surgery and should return by the end of the regular season. Replacing Rickard will be Dariel Alvarez from Triple-A. Rickard was hitting .268 with just five home runs and a nasty 54/18 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 257 at-bats.
Brett Lawrie, Chicago White Sox
Brett Lawrie left Thursday game with tightness in his left hamstring and had not played since. There is speculation he might hit the DL. He had and MRI on Friday and it came back clear of any injury. Tyler Saladino has replaced him at second base until he can return healthy. Lawrie is just batting .248 with 36 RBI and 12 home runs. He is also supporting an ugly 109/30 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 351 at-bats.
Casey Fien, Los Angeles Dodgers
Struggling Dodgers relief pitcher Casey Fien was placed on the 15-day DL (right elbow tendonitis), which was retroactive to the 17th of July. Luis Avilan will spell Fien in the meantime, and let’s face it, probably can’t do much worse in the ERA department (5.55) and a 1.4 WHIP. He does rock a 31/8 strikeout-to-walk ratio however in 35 2/3 innings
Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers
Dodgers also placed starting left-handed pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryuon the 15-day DL, retroactive to July 9th with left elbow tendonitis. There is no timetable set for Ryu to return. He has not been able to stay healthy over the last two seasons. He missed all of 2015, and has made just one start this season, in which he gave up six earned runs in just 4 2/3 of an inning. Ryu is under contract for six-years, $36 million after being purchased by the Dodgers from the Hanwha Eagles in Korea for $25.7 million.
Nick Tropeano, Los Angeles Angels
Starting right-handed pitcher Nick Tropeano was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a UCL tear in his pitching elbow. The injury occurred on Monday, while he was rocked for three home runs while allowing four runs in just two innings of work. He visited Dr. David Altcheck in New York for a second opinion. It appears that Tommy John surgery is on the horizon. He was supporting a nice 3.56 ERA with a 68/31 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 68.1 innings before the injury.
Andrew Triggs, Oakland Athletics
Oakland Athletics right-handed pitcher Andrew Triggs was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left leg contusion. On Sunday, he took a line drive off his shin bone. He was diagnosed with a contusion and should miss approximately two weeks. Daniel Coulombe was called to replace him. Triggs had a nice 30/9 strikeout-to-walk ratio, but his 5.83 ERA and 1.57 WHIP needs work.
Ketel Marte, Seattle Mariners
Seattle Mariners placed SS Ketel Marte on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 20, with mononucleosis. Missing a week already because of the illness, and pitcher David Rollins was recalled from Triple-A to replace him. Marte was batting .273 with a horrible 49/11 strikeout to walk ratio with just one home run and 19 RBI.
Jhonny Peralta, St. Louis Cardinals
Cardinals third baseman Jhonny Peralta (thumb) is looking to get back to swinging the bat in the next few days. He was placedon the 15-day DL on July 19th because of discomfort in his surgically-repaired thumb. It looks like he could return sometime in mid-August but there is always a chance of a setback and it’s an injury that seems hard for him to shake. He is only batting .221 with five home runs and 13 RBI in 113 at-bats this season.
Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers
RangersShin-Soo Choo was placed on the 15-day disabled list with lower back inflammation. Anytime a player has a back injury utmost caution is in place, but this injury seems not to be a major and he could return as soon as his 15-days are over. He is batting .260 with 17 RBI and seven home runs in 123 at-bats.
Will Middlebrooks, Milwaukee Brewers
Will Middlebrooks will be on the 15-day DL with a lower right leg strain. The injury occurred Sunday. Middlebrooks has done very little in his 27 at-bats as he only has one RBI and is batting a miserable .111 since being brought up from Triple-A after being the PCL player of the month.
Andres Blanco, Philadelphia Phillies
Andres Blanco will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair a fractured left index finger. It took place on Sunday when Blanco tried to make a tag at third. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin is optimistic that he could be back in six weeks. In the meantime, Taylor Featherstone was called up and will replace Blanco at third base. He is hitting .271 with four home runs and 21 RBI.
Tyler Glasnow, Pittsburgh Pirates
Tyler Glasnow was pulled in the third inning against the Phillies on Saturday with right shoulder pain. “Just visually, we looked at him moving his arm around — didn’t like how it looked and looked like it was uncomfortable,” Hurdle said. “So we went out at that time and talked to him and removed him.” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that Tyler Glasnow’sshoulder might have been bothering him before his start on Saturday. More than likely he won’t be out for a long stretch of time.
Trevor Rosenthal, St. Louis Cardinals
Trevor Rosenthal was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 25, with right shoulder inflammation. The inflammation is more serious than it sounds as he is dealing with a rotator cuff injury. He has struggled this season and was removed from the closer role. His ERA (5.13) and WHIP (2.04) over 40 appearances is an indication of that.