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Monday, November 09, 2015

Michael Brantley undergoes shoulder surgery, expected to be out 5-6 months

I don’t think the Indians will be Sports Illustrated’s pre-season World Series pick next year.

Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery on his non-throwing arm earlier today,’s Jordan Bastian confirmed on Twitter. He is expected to be out 5-6 months, which means he would miss two months of the 2016 regular season in the worst case scenario.

Brantley injured his shoulder on a diving catching against the Minnesota Twins back on September 22. An MRI toward the end of the 2015 revealed inflammation in the injured shoulder, and the Indians shut Brantley down for the final week of the season, putting him on a two-week rehab program.

At the time, it was thought that Brantley’s shoulder injury was not quite so severe and letting him rest the remained of the season was just a precaution, as the Indians were already out of the playoff picture at that point. We know now, however, that the injury was obviously much more severe.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 09, 2015 at 01:27 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, injuries, michael brantley

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Friday, October 02, 2015

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy says he has played entire season with torn labrum in left shoulder - Baltimore Sun

Playing with a torn labrum can’t be fun.

Hardy—who signed a three-year, $40 million extension last October, is signed through the 2017 season with a $14 million vesting option for 2018 based on plate appearances.

Hardy said that if the shoulder ailments persisted next year, it could impact how long he plans to continue playing.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2015 at 05:17 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, j.j. hardy, orioles

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Jung Ho Kang out for season after takeout slide

This stinks.

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang will need season-ending surgery after a takeout slide at second base against the Chicago Cubs earlier on Thursday. He will miss the remainder of the season, as first reported by Dejan Kovacevic of

The play in question was a double play ground ball to second base in the top of the first inning by Anthony Rizzo. Chris Coghlan slid hard into the shortstop Kang as he turned the double play. Kang was removed from the game and had to be helped off the field.

Kang had surgery Thursday night on a displaced lateral tibia plateau fracture and lateral mensical repair, the Pirates announced. He is expected to return to competition in six to eight months.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 17, 2015 at 11:13 PM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, jung ho kang, pirates

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Troy Tulowitzki exits game with injury |

This isn’t good news for the Jays.

Tulowitzki was sent for an MRI late Saturday afternoon that revealed the fracture in his scapula. He also was diagnosed with upper back muscle bruises and the Blue Jays will monitor his status over the next week before a timeline for his return can be established.

The injury is a potentially devastating blow to a Blue Jays lineup that has been borderline unstoppable since the end of July. Toronto entered play in Game 2 Saturday night having won 31 of 40 games, which is the best 40-game stretch by an American League club since the Twins went 32-8 in 2006.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2015 at 08:45 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, injuries, troy tulowitzki

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Phillies rookie Maikel Franco has small hand fracture

Franco visited Philadelphia-based hand specialist Dr. Randall Culp and had an MRI that revealed a fracture in his left hand, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said yesterday afternoon.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, maikel franco, phillies

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

David Wright’s return in sight — and Collins knows where he’ll hit | New York Post

Why does Collins want Wright batting second?

“His on-base percentage is so good,” Collins said. “He can run the bases. He brings a lot to the table. You look throughout the league now and there are big-name hitters, power guys hitting second. The new thing is to get all these guys up in that spot where they can get up more.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, injuries, mets

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Dodgers’ Brett Anderson exits with injury |

He has interesting injuries. I will give him that.

odgers starter Brett Anderson is no stranger to injuries. He’s had three surgeries throughout his Major League career and can list problems to his back, fingers, ankle, forearm and knee among his ailments.

But in the Dodgers’ 4-3 loss to the Braves on Tuesday night, the 27-year-old lefty felt discomfort in an area he’s never injured before: his left Achilles.
Anderson had to leave the game in the third inning after tweaking the tendon and feeling further discomfort as he came off the mound to field his position. He initially felt it on a chopper from Andrelton Simmons in the first inning, but the breaking point came in the third, when he went to field a swinging bunt from Jonny Gomes.
Even with Anderson’s injury history, there’s optimism that a DL stint won’t be necessary. Anderson said a doctor examined him after the game and found the tendon to be “intact” with no tear.
“There wasn’t a pop or anything like that,” Anderson said after the game, boot on his left foot. “It’s kind of a sketchy area, but hopefully I caught it soon enough where it’s not going to be a big issue. We’ll know more [Wednesday], but the level [of concern]—at least right now—is not too concerned.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2015 at 06:54 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brett anderson, dodgers, injuries

Friday, July 10, 2015

Mets’ Steven Matz out three weeks minimum with lat injury - NY Daily News

Another blow to the Mets offense.

Steven Matz has a partial tear of his lat muscle on his left side. He will be out at least three weeks, the Mets announced Thursday. Sources told the Daily News that the big lefty could actually be out “several weeks.”

Matz, who was examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Thursday, was given a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection, which doctors use to try to promote healing in muscles and tendons. He will be re-examined by team doctors after the three-week shutdown.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2015 at 10:04 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, steven matz

Thursday, July 09, 2015

What to Do When a Rival Gets Injured

Recently, Miguel Cabrera hit the 15-day DL for the first time in his HOF-worthy career, and I felt bad. The Tigers (the favorite team of all my Michigan-bred blood relatives) have been the team I rooted for in every October since the 2011 season. I don’t want, at any point, one of the best players in the game to have to take unwanted time off and sit on the bench, recovering, while his teammates are forced to pick up the slack around him.

But I had a different reaction when I heard the Alex Gordon news.

My gut reaction was, “Oh, damn. Wow, that really sucks for the Royals fans.” My immediate response to that was, “This could really help the Twins. The Royals might be without one of their best players and we need to capitalize on that. This could be really good for the standings.”

My reaction to that thought was, “Wait, what am I saying?”....

So while simultaneously feeling bad for one of the game’s most talented, and feeling good about the prospects the Twins have in light of this news, I find myself very largely conflicted about just how I SHOULD be reacting. How much, as a rival fan, am I entitled to the “silver lining” for the Twins? How much, as a fan of baseball as a whole, should I putting any and all “positive” reaction out of my mind?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 09, 2015 at 09:02 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, fans, injuries, miguel cabrera, royals, tigers, twins

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Tigers place Miggy on DL with calf strain |

Detroit placed the slugging first-baseman on the 15-day disabled list Saturday due to the left calf strain he suffered trying to get a running start off first base.

The injury occurred when Cabrera took off from first base on a hit-and-run play with Victor Martinez at the plate. Cabrera, who had taken off several times during what ended up being an 11-pitch at-bat, pulled up immediately as Martinez fouled off another pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 10:24 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, miguel cabrera, tigers

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Royals’ Chris Young brings the heat even with a slow fastball

Glenn Fleisig is the research director at the American Sports Medicine Institute, which has long been the leader in understanding sports-related injuries and as such has worked with many major-league teams.

He says that many of those teams openly admit that they put too much emphasis on fastball velocity. Part of it is that pitch speed is so easily quantifiable, where other factors like character and mechanics and work ethic can be vague. He hears over and over again that if two prospects are otherwise comparable, the one with more velocity will be more highly regarded because they figure to have more potential.

Fleisig thinks the teams should be taking the opposite approach.

“I’m trying to tell them that if you have two guys with the same results, with the same makeup, same injury history,” he says, “I would actually rather have the one with less velocity. Because if all those other things are equal, he has less chance of injury.”...

All of it is evidence to reinforce a point Fleisig has made to teams. A few years ago, he ran data to correlate fastball velocity and performance, as measured by ERA. He found the relationship to be non-existent. Zero. Nothing.

Maybe that surprises you. It surprises some scouts. It does not surprise Young, halfway through another season showing that fastball velocity is overrated and overpaid.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 02, 2015 at 05:05 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: babip, chris young, injuries, royals, velocity

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Marlins slugger Stanton out 4-6 weeks with broken bone in hand | FOX Sports

The Miami Marlins slugger has a broken left hand, which is expected to sideline him four to six weeks. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday and will meet with a hand specialist.

Stanton, who grimaced as he swung and missed for strike three Friday night in the ninth inning of the Marlins’ 7-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, said the injury became worse as the game progressed.

“We’re hoping that it will be the quickest course possible, but certainly not great news when you lose a guy that means what he’s meant to this ballclub and to baseball,” Marlins manager Dan Jennings said before Saturday’s game.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2015 at 06:30 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, injuries, marlins

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Robothal: Rays’ will to win overcomes any obstacle in their path

Robothal is hitting .500 in yesterday afternoon’s columns.

The point is, Tampa Bay is competing, as Tampa Bay always competes, even as Rays owner Stuart Sternberg describes the team’s current run as “beyond improbable.”

Sternberg, in speaking to reporters, was referring to all of the injuries, all of the rookies. But really, the Rays expected to be good last season, when many of us picked them to win the division, if not reach the World Series. Injuries and poor performance in high-leverage situations—some of which was attributable to poor luck—sunk them to 77-85.

Maddon left for the Cubs, Friedman for the Dodgers. The Rays reconfigured their front office, shifting Matt Silverman from team president to president of baseball operations and promoting Chaim Bloom and Erik Neander to VPs. The new group then hired a first-time manager, Kevin Cash, and at some point made the decision that defined their 2014-15 offseason.

They still liked their team.

So, rather than simply acquire future pieces, the Rays also traded for present value—similar to what Friedman did when he sent David Price to the Tigers and acquired Smyly, infielder Nick Franklin and shortstop prospect Willy Adames.

Jaso came back in the deal that sent Zobrist and Yunel Escobar to the Athletics, a deal in which the Rays also landed shortstop prospect Daniel Robertson and outfield prospect Boog Powell.

More telling, the Rays acquired outfielder Steven Souza from the Nationals for two prospects, shortstop Trea Turner and pitcher Joe Ross, whom they landed as part of the Wil Myers trade.

While the futures of both Turner and Ross are bright, the Rays wanted Souza’s immediate 25-homer potential. Good call—Souza leads the club with 13 homers, eight stolen bases and 30 walks.

Not every move is proving as fortuitous—Asdrubal Cabrera, signed to a one-year, $7.5 million free-agent contract, is playing above-average shortstop, but batting only .204 with a .547 OPS. But the Rays’ pro scouting director, Matt Arnold, has helped the team succeed on the margins. Butler, Elmore and reliever Ron Belisario signed as minor-league free agents. Ramirez arrived in a trade from the Mariners for lefty Mike Montgomery. ...

No Maddon, no Friedman, and the Rays march on.

It’s not beyond improbable. It’s typical Tampa Bay.

JE (Jason) Posted: June 20, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: first place, injuries, ken rosenthal, rays, small market, trades

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Top prospect Jorge Alfaro could be out for remainder of the season | | Dallas Morning News

Jorge Alfaro won’t be joining Joey Gallo in Texas any time soon.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, jorge alfaro, prospects, rangers

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Fan injured by broken bat, taken out on stretcher at Fenway - Sports - The Boston Globe

A woman suffered serious injuries after she was struck in the face by the shard from a broken bat that flew into the stands in front of horrified fans during the Red Sox game at Fenway Park on Friday night, officials said.

With the fans enjoying the game on a cool evening, and their team leading 1-0 in the second inning, Oakland Athletics batter Brett Lawrie hit a ball and shattered his bat, leaving only the handle in his hands while the barrel of it went screaming into the crowd. It struck the woman, who was sitting with a man and her son near the visitors’ dugout on the third base side, and her screams could immediately be heard by fans and even those listening to the game on the radio.

Paramedics and police rushed to the seats as the game was stopped and fans covered their mouths and either stared at the commotion, or looked away intentionally.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries

Monday, June 01, 2015

Colorado Rockies prospect David Dahl elects to have spleen removed


Outfielder David Dahl, the Colorado Rockies’ top prospect, was scheduled to undergo surgery Monday to have his spleen removed at a Hartford, Connecticut, hospital, four days after being involved in a serious collision while playing for the organization’s Double-A club.

Dahl made the decision after consulting with the Rockies, said his agent, Adam Karon. Dahl was initially expected to miss the rest of the season while his lacerated spleen healed. Now he is hoping to return in four to six weeks, said Karon, who said the recovery period for the surgery is similar to having an appendix removed.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2015 at 12:38 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: david dahl, injuries, rockies

Adrian Beltre injures thumb, to miss at least two weeks | The Star Telegram The Star Telegram

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre will miss at least two weeks after suffering a sprained left thumb and a cut that required four stitches in the fifth inning Sunday.

The Rangers said that Beltre was examined by team physician Dr. Keith Meister and was being fitting for a splint. The Rangers are off Monday and also have an off day June 8.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2015 at 05:40 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, injuries, rangers



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