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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Danny Salazar still not 100 percent; will not pitch in ALCS for Cleveland Indians |

“I don’t think so, I really don’t,” said manager Terry Francona, when asked if Salazar was an option to appear in the ALCS. “I don’t think he’s progressed to that point. He’s doing pretty well, but he’s not back to throwing all his pitches or letting it go at 100 percent.

“If we asked him to do that, he might be reaching right now. We’ve been pretty vocal about the first priority being about getting him back healthy. I think this proves it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2016 at 07:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: danny salazar, indians, injuries


Actually, a few Mets didn’t go under the knife.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2016 at 07:04 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets

Padres’ Tyson Ross Out 4-6 Months Due To Shoulder Surgery

Why didn’t this happen earlier in the year?

San Diego Padres right-handed pitcher Tyson Ross is scheduled to undergo surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome on Thursday. The injury is expected to keep him out anywhere from 4-6 months, which leaves open the possibility that he could potentially return early in the 2017 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2016 at 06:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, padres, tyson ross

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Garrett Richards takes another step toward the 2017 Angels rotation - The Orange County Register

It will be interesting to see how this treatment will work out.

Richards’ next step will be a game on Monday in instructional league. It will be his first time facing another team – albeit mostly low level minor leaguers – since his May 1 start at Texas.

Richards is scheduled for three instructional league outings, building up to about 50 pitches, and then a follow-up exam and imaging. If he clears those hurdles by mid October, he will be cleared for a normal winter and can be penciled into the Angels 2017 plans, without Tommy John surgery.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 29, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards, injuries

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Surgery possible for Tyson Ross - The San Diego Union-Tribune

I’m surprised it took them so long to get to this point.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2016 at 09:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, padres, tyson ross

Friday, September 23, 2016

Masahiro Tanaka scratched from next start with elbow strain | New York Post

he Yankees’ dim playoff hopes took another hit Thursday, when Masahiro Tanaka was diagnosed with a strained flexor mass in his right elbow after an MRI exam.

Joe Girardi volunteered the information before the Yankees’ 2-0 loss to the Rays Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.

The manager tried to downplay the severity of the injury, calling it a “slight, slight, slight strain,” but this is Tanaka, who has had more than his fair share of elbow issues since joining the Yankees.

The strain is located more toward the wrist than the elbow, meaning the UCL isn’t involved.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2016 at 07:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, masahiro tanaka, yankees

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Impact of Injuries on Player Valuation – The Hardball Times

I just skimmed the article but it doesn’t look like he’s factoring in the quality of the player. That’s a pretty big factor. Did I miss something?

As a field, player health in baseball is ripe with research opportunities. This article is historical in nature, but future research could take a predictive angle, projecting which players are most likely to get injured, which injuries are most harmful and how injured players are likely to recover and preform. This sort of analysis would enable teams to value more accurately injury risk. Thus far, however, my own research presents a simple conclusion: Losing players to injury isn’t as costly to teams as their historical actions would suggest, and shrewd organizations could take advantage of that.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2016 at 09:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, injuries

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Indians walk off vs. Tigers; magic number at 7 |

This is a tough loss.

Carrasco exits: Two pitches into Saturday’s game, Kinsler sent a sharp line drive back up the middle and off Carrasco’s right hand. The pitcher was in clear pain and was removed from the contest. The Indians announced that Carrasco sustained a non-displaced fracture of his fifth metacarpal, which is a bone in the hand located beneath the pinky finger, and is done for the season. That setback initiated an unexpected bullpen day for the Tribe.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 18, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos carrasco, indians, injuries

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Miguel Sano to have back injury examined |

Back injuries are the new rage.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2016 at 03:24 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, miguel sano, twins

Doing What it Takes to Keep Players Healthy – The Hardball Times

So bloodletting is no longer in vogue?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Steven Wright injury: Headed to Fort Myers to initiate throwing program; Red Sox regular season in jeopardy |

Dumbest move ever?

Wright originally injured his shoulder in early August while diving back to a bag as pinch-runner on the west coast. He landed on the disabled list, but upon his return in late August, Wright still felt symptoms and was not nearly as effective on the mound as he had been during his All-Star worthy first half.

Wright went for a second opinion on the shoulder in Los Angeles while the club was on its most recent west coast road trip. There is no structural damage, however, the inflammation is preventing him from throwing freely.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2016 at 07:23 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, red sox, steven wright

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Groin injury puts A.J. Pollock’s season at risk

A.J. Pollock’s lost season.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2016 at 10:26 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. pollock, diamondbacks, injuries

Andre Ethier makes long-awaited 2016 debut with Dodgers - The Orange County Register

Just short of six months after suffering a spiral fracture in his right tibia when he fouled a ball off his right shin during a spring exhibition game, Ethier was activated from the disabled list and made his season debut 141 games into the season.

“It was a long summer,” Ethier said. “Those guys (on the medical staff) did a good job. Glad to be back. Ready to contribute.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2016 at 10:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andre ethier, clayton kershaw, dodgers, injuries

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Danny Salazar of Cleveland Indians leaves Minnesota Twins game with forearm tightness

He hasn’t been right for a while. Will they be able to nurse him though to the playoffs?

Cleveland Indians pitcher Danny Salazar left his start after four innings Friday night against the Minnesota Twins because of tightness in his right forearm.

The Indians announced that Salazar was pulled as a precaution.

Salazar was on the disabled list for elbow inflammation a month ago, but manager Terry Francona said this issue was muscular and not structural.

“We’ll see how he feels, and then we’ll go from there,” Francona said.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2016 at 08:32 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: danny salazar, indians, injuries

Friday, September 09, 2016

Worried about your ace’s $100 million arm? There is insurance for that. - The Washington Post

Remember when the Nationals held Strasburg out to protect him long-term?

“Theoretically, on a contract that size, you would definitely get insurance,” said an executive from another major league club, speaking of Strasburg’s deal. “The challenge is that the insurance always asks for exemptions on previous injuries. Anyone will insure anything at a certain cost. But in this case, either they have an exemption for the elbow, which would make the insurance borderline useless, or it’s so expensive — $3-4 million or something — that a team might be reluctant.”

Burns said previous injuries are a factor, but if a player has returned to the major league level and performed, reservations about health can be overcome.

[For Washington sports fans, Strasburg injury is a feeling too familiar]

Still, policies aren’t for every club. The Nationals have issued four contracts worth at least $100 million, those to Ryan Zimmerman (six years, $100 million), Jayson Werth (seven years, $126 million), Strasburg and Scherzer (seven years, $210 million). But people with knowledge of their thought process say they have found insuring such deals vexing and expensive. They haven’t done it.

Keep in mind, too, that the risk of long-term deals lies solely with the clubs. Strasburg’s deal contains player opt-out clauses after both 2019 and 2020, so if he’s healthy and performing and the market continues to go up (which it will), he could leave the Nationals for a shot at the open market. Should he be hurt or pitching poorly after 2019 or 2020, Washington has no such option.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2016 at 09:16 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, nationals

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Dave Dombrowski says Steven Wright was not rushed back | Boston Herald

Pinch running with one of your best pitchers is dumb.

“Again, we were confident in the initial diagnosis that there wasn’t anything structural that was going to hinder or prevent him from pitching, or put him in a position where he was doing any additional harm,” Farrell said. “So that’s not denying he’s still feeling the effects from that in the last two outs, we’ve just got to let it quiet down.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 08:00 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, red sox, steven wright

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Heyman - David Wright Headed To California For Check-Up On Neck

Mets captain David Wright is off to Los Angeles today for a scheduled checkup on his surgically-repaired neck with his surgeon, noted back special Robert Watkins, with hopes of being cleared to resume some light baseball activities, or at least receive a schedule to do so.

Wright, who’s traveling from Cincinnati where he was with the team, confirmed the appointment via email, saying it was a “routine checkup” that was “set up after surgery.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2016 at 11:57 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, injuries, mets

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Pirates’ Gerrit Cole will miss Monday start |

This isn’t good.

Gerrit Cole will not make his scheduled start Monday in Chicago in order to seek a second opinion on his right elbow, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington announced after Saturday’s 9-6 win over the Brewers.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2016 at 08:46 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: gerrit cole, injuries, pirates

Thursday, August 25, 2016

End of torturous rehab in sight for Rays’ Alex Cobb | Tampa Bay Times

In the 17 months since he first felt something amiss in his right arm that afternoon in Clearwater, in the 15-plus months since the Tommy John surgery to repair the tear in his elbow, in the nearly two months since he started pitching, and not particularly well, in minor-league games, Alex Cobb has remained singularly focused on getting back on the mound to start again for the Rays.

“I have a vision of when I’m going to get back, and I know it will happen,” Cobb said Wednesday. “I’ve worked too hard, I’ve done too much, I feel too good now for it not to happen.”

That return is finally in sight.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2016 at 09:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cobb, injuries, rays

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Orioles Chris Tillman headed to disabled list |

Not good.

Orioles ace Chris Tillman is headed to the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation after receiving a cortisone shot Tuesday. Tillman was scheduled to pitch Thursday at Washington, but he felt pain in his shoulder while throwing his bullpen session Tuesday, and he was examined by Dr. Leigh Ann Curl.

“I thought once it got loose it would really go away, but it never really did, and that was my first time actually experiencing it while throwing,” Tillman said after the Orioles’ 8-1 win over the Nationals. “Last time, I was pretty sore right after my start, but after feeling it today, I’d much rather just get this behind us and get out in front of it so that way we’re not worried about it for the rest of the year.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2016 at 07:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: chris tillman, injuries, orioles

Monday, August 22, 2016

Mets Insider: Steven Matz to see team doctors - NY Daily News

Update (8/22/2016 3:10 PM EDT): Shoulder stain and rotator cuff irritation.

Shoulder not elbow. Ugh.

The Mets are still hopeful to have Steven Matz this week for their crucial series with the Cardinals. The Long Island lefty was heading to New York Sunday night to have his shoulder examined by team doctors Monday.

The Mets are holding his next scheduled start open for him, listing their starter for Thursday’s finale against the Cardinals as “TBA,” until they hear the diagnosis.


Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, steven matz

Friday, August 19, 2016

Steven Matz of New York Mets to miss start with issue in shoulder

“I was throwing on flat ground and I felt a little twinge in my shoulder,” Matz said. “It was bothering me a little bit. And then, next day, I was throwing and I was still feeling it, so I didn’t throw my bullpen, hoping it would get better. I was just kind of taking it day by day. There’s some discomfort in there. I think you go through stuff all the time throughout a season, but it didn’t respond the way I’d like it to.”

Matz said he is not concerned about the issue lingering.

“Not so much,” Matz said. “It’s just discomfort. I’m really not worried about it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 09:38 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, steven matz

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Nathan Eovaldi likely to miss 2017 season |

Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi has a partial UCL tear and a torn flexor tendon, and he will undergo surgery on both, ending his season and likely keeping him out through 2017.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2016 at 05:47 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, nathan eovaldi, yankees

Rangers lose Shin-Soo Choo to forearm fracture - MLB Daily Dish

That’s a bummer for the Rangers.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2016 at 09:25 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, rangers, shin-soo choo

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Marlins’ Stanton, Conley heading for DL stints |

The Marlins suffered a costly 8-7 loss to the White Sox on Saturday night, as right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (groin) and left-hander Adam Conley (hand) sustained injuries that will put them on the disabled list.

Stanton was injured on the final play of the game, attempting to stretch a single to a double. Conley, who started and gave up five runs in four innings, revealed postgame that he has been dealing with a hand injury.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2016 at 11:39 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: adam conley, giancarlo stanton, injuries, marlins

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