With the season now a month old, some injured players are coming off the shelf and that’s good, but the early wear and tear is starting to put some other players right back on the shelf. Here’s a look at the injury news around baseball this week.
J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy fouled a ball off of his foot in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game. No big deal, right? Happens all the time? This one was a particularly unlucky one for Hardy, who was diagnosed with a fracture in his left foot. He was placed on the disabled list and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. In his place, Manny Machado will see some time at shortstop, as will Paul Janish. Ryan Flaherty will likely play third base when Machado is at short. Dr. Selene Parekh breaks down the J.J. Hardy injury below and gives his expectations for Hardy’s recovery.
Devin Mesoraco, Cincinnati Reds
Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco, always a full-of-upside injury risk, is injured again. This time, it is a torn labrum in his left shoulder. He played only 23 games in 2015 due to a torn labrum in his hip. Mesraco was already placed on the disabled list, but he is reportedly weighing his options, deciding between having surgery now or playing through the tear. He could do more damage to the shoulder by playing through it, and since he’ll need surgery sooner or later anyway, he is likely to undergo the procedure rather than play. Last season, he tried to play through the similar issue in his hip and that didn’t go well. If he has the surgery, don’t expect to see Mesoraco back this season. Tucker Barnhart will take over as the primary catcher for the Reds. Dr. Selene Parekh breaks down the Devin Mesoraco injury below and gives his expectations for Mesoraco’s recovery.
Raisel Iglesias, Cincinnati Reds
More bad news for the Reds, as righty starter Raisel Iglesias was also placed on the disabled list this week. Iglesias was scratched from his start on Sunday after reporting that he felt a “pinch” in his throwing shoulder a few days before. He experienced shoulder fatigue late last season, and this may be a recurrence of that issue. It is unclear how long he will be on the shelf, but further tests should reveal more information about Iglesias’ shoulder. It’s certainly a concern, and something to monitor.
Jorge De La Rosa, Colorado Rockies
Rockies lefty Jorge De La Rosa was lifted after the third inning of his last start after allowing three home runs and four runs total. It was later revealed that he left the game due to a tweaked groin he suffered when running out a ground ball. His official disabled list designation is a left groin strain. He has had a rough season so far, posting a 10.18 ERA, so the Rockies may be okay with him taking his time making it back to the mound.
Shane Greene, Detroit Tigers
Tigers starter Shane Greene had to miss a start due to a blister on his middle finger. At the time, he was expected to only miss the one start. The blister did not heal in time, though, so the team was forced to place him on the disabled list in order to call up a replacement. Greene is not expected to miss more than the required 15 days, and he should be back in the rotation as soon as he is eligible.
Huston Street, Los Angeles Angels
Angels closer Huston Street will spend some time on the disabled list with an oblique strain. He felt discomfort during warm ups one day, and soon after the team officially placed him on the DL. Oblique strains require a long recovery process and can recur, so Street is expected to miss at least a month. Joe Smith will take over Street’s ninth inning role and should be able to hold down the fort until Street returns.
Scooter Gennett, Milwaukee Brewers
Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett also suffered an oblique strain and made his way to the disabled list last week. He suffered the injury during batting practice before a game. He could be out about a month, like Huston Street mentioned above. Position players can sometimes come back from oblique strains a little quicker than pitchers, so the hope is that he’ll be back somewhere closer to three weeks. Gennett was off to a hot start, posting an .877 OPS so far.
Chris Bassitt, Oakland Athletics
A’s pitcher Chris Bassitt received just about the worst diagnosis a pitcher can receive last week: a partially torn UCL in his throwing elbow. As most pitchers do, he will look for a second opinion this week, but the odds are his 2016 season is over. He will likely undergo Tommy John Surgery soon and begin the long and arduous rehab process in an attempt to be ready mid way through the 2017 season.
Dalier Hinojosa, Philadelphia Phillies
Former Phillies closer-by-committee member Dalier Hinojosa landed on the disabled list last week with a right hand contusion. He is expected to miss the required 15 days and nothing more. After a rough start to the season, Hinojosa has settled in and posted a 3.27 ERA/1.18 WHIP overall.