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Pablo Sandoval to undergo season-ending surgery

Selene Parekh, M.D.

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San Francisco Giants Pablo Sandoval will undergo season-ending surgery to repair his hamstring. Typically, this is a grade 3 where the tendon rips off the bone itself or with a small piece of the bone. In either case, about 6 to 8 months to return to play.

Selene Parekh, M.D. (also known as the “Fantasy Doctor”) is an orthopaedic surgeon and foremost expert on sports injuries who’s fast becoming the go-to expert for the multibillion dollar fantasy sports industry. His data-driven insights and medical expertise make for powerfully accurate predictions of how anything from common sprains to devastating season-ending injuries will affect players’ careers and the success of millions of fantasy teams. Fantasy sports for Parekh is far more than a hobby: He authored and published two foundational research papers using Fantasy football data to track the epidemiology and outcomes of tendon and ligament ruptures in the NFL. Dr. Parekh joined the North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic and Duke Orthopaedics in 2009, where he is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Prior to his tenure at Duke, Dr. Parekh was a Foot and Ankle Surgeon at the University of North Carolina (UNC). While there, he was integrally involved in the teaching of medical students and residents. Furthermore, he served as the foot and ankle consultant to the Athletic Department, treating many of the well-known UNC athletes. In his current practice, he continues to treat competitive athletes of all levels. A graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Parekh completed his internship and residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and his fellowship in foot and ankle surgery under the direction of some of the leading global authorities at the University of Pennsylvania. The Fantasy Doctor is an avid runner and has completed the Boston Marathon, and in his former life as a high school athletic star, was offered football scholarships from several Ivy League schools and was the recipient of the Brian Piccolo Award. Dr. Parekh is married and he and his wife are the proud parents of three kids.

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MLB Injuries

Ryan Madson on DL with lumbar nerve root irritation

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Lumbar nerve root irritation is another way of saying sciatica. This usually happens when a nerve in the lower section of the spine is irritated, generally by a disc bulge or bone spur. The root becomes inflamed and symptoms generally include pain, numbness and in severe cases, weakness. The area of the symptoms will correspond to whichever nerve is affected.

Treatment usually includes steroids and NSAIDs for the inflammation, combined with PT. More significant cases would be treated with epidural steroid injections and possibly surgery.

RTP depends on severity, and could range from 1-2 weeks up to 4-6 months (for surgery cases).

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Leonys Martin dealing with life-threatening bacterial infection

Eric Friedman, M.D.

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Cleveland Indians OF Leonys Martin has been diagnosed with a bacterial infection in his blood (bacteremia). This resulted in damage to the organs and functionality. They will culture the bacteria and see which antibiotics it’s susceptible to and will treat it with intravenous antibiotics. Return to play is really difficult to assess since we have no idea what type of “organ injury” he has.

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Tyler Skaggs back to the DL with adductor strain

Jesse Morse M.D.

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Angels SP Tyler Skaggs back to DL with left adductor strain. He just came off the DL with the same injury. Sounds like they rushed him back too soon. RTP 2-6 weeks.

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