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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Ron Darling rips Mets’ muscle-head trainers as a ‘joke’ | New York Post

Is this a real link?

The former Met and current SNY color analyst tore into the team’s current approach to training its players after watching Robert Gsellman become the latest casualty in an injury-plagued season. The Mets have been playing catch-up all season with each star player that hits the disabled list, and Darling suggested on live television he’s found the reason why the injuries keep piling up.

“[These] trainers, get them in a room with some of the old trainers and people that took care of baseball players and how to keep them healthy,” Darling said in the SNY booth with Gary Cohen during the Mets’ 6-3 loss to the Marlins in Miami. “And get them in a room and try to tap into their knowledge on how you train baseball players — not weightlifters, not six-pack wearers — baseball players.

“They’re doing a disservice to their million-dollar athletes that they’re paying. It’s a joke to watch this happen each and every night.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2017 at 08:04 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, ron darling

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Monday, June 19, 2017

Yankees prospect Gleyber Torres injured | MLB.com

Freak injury.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2017 at 03:45 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: gleyber torres, injuries, yankees

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Dodgers’ Julio Urias to get shoulder examined; Yasiel Puig appeals MLB punishment for gesture - LA Times

This is not good.

A fitful season for Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias took a concerning turn this week, and now the left-hander is headed back to Los Angeles so team doctor Neal ElAttrache can examine his sore left shoulder.

The triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers placed Urias on the disabled list Wednesday. Urias mentioned to the medical staff that “he wasn’t feeling right” a few days ago, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. The team shut him down from throwing. When his condition did not approve, Urias was scheduled for his appointment.

“It’s a concern whenever you’re talking about a pitcher’s arm, especially the shoulder,” Roberts said. “But I think with Julio, I think we’ve gotten ahead of it. Hopefully it’s just inflammation where time will allow it to dissipate. But when you’re talking about the elbow or the shoulder, I think there’s some pause.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2017 at 08:22 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, injuries, julio urias

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Everything goes right for Mets — except Yoenis Cespedes | New York Post

Just when everything was looking up for the Mets.

When Yoenis Cespedes came back Saturday despite admittedly not being 100 percent, the cynics wondered how long he would last before getting hurt again.

The answer was two days.
...
But unlike the hamstring and quad injuries that cost their best player over three dozen games, the Mets insist Monday’s sore left heel isn’t new and isn’t serious. And it’s also not going to take the shine off a 6-1 win over the defending world-champion Cubs in front of 33,268 at Citi Field, their fourth straight win.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2017 at 06:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, yoenis cespedes

Monday, May 29, 2017

Dodgers Alex Wood placed on disabled list | MLB.com

The Dodgers will be without one of their more productive starters after placing Alex Wood on the disabled list Monday.

Wood, who seized a rotation spot with a string of excellent starts this month, is suffering from inflammation in his left SC joint.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2017 at 12:57 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: alex wood, dodgers, injuries

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Bobby Grich, Rick Burleson, and Their One Full (Strike-Shortened) Season as a Dominant Double Play Combination

The pairing of Grich and Burleson not only brought together two of the game’s best all-around players but also two of its fiercest competitors.  Grich and Burleson were both known for their intensity and determination to win—earning reputations as hard-nosed players, not afraid to get their uniforms dirty.  Umpire Ron Luciano once said that Grich “always wore uniforms that looked like ‘before’ on detergent commercials.”  Early in his career Burleson was given the nickname “Rooster” by Boston third base coach Don Zimmer one day during infield practice, who remarked “with his hat off and his hair standing up, he looks like a rooster walking around.”  The nickname perfectly fit the shortstop and his aggressive style of play.  Contemporary infielder Alfredo Griffin recounted the complete game Grich brought to the ballfield, “He had it all - a great glove, power, an all-around game.”  Zimmer also recognized Burleson’s abilities on both sides of the diamond saying, “He hits pretty well because he hits like he plays.  He’s a little bulldog up there.”  Future major leaguer Tim Salmon remembers Grich “as a real no-nonsense player, really aggressive with high energy and high emotion.”  Former pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee described Burleson’s tenacious desire to win, “Some guys didn’t like to lose, but Rick got angry if the score was even tied.”  Lee, who was teammates with the fiery shortstop on the 1975 Pennant winning-Red Sox also added that Burleson “was very intense and had the greatest arm of any infielder I had ever seen.  The moment he reported to camp, he brought a fire to the club that we had been lacking.”  Broadcaster Joe Garagiola said this of Burleson, “He’s even-tempered.  He comes to the ballpark mad and he stays that way.”


Thursday, May 18, 2017

New York Mets’ injury issues go far beyond the disabled list

“It’s the same old, same old mistakes,’’ one industry source said. “The Mets are a successful, profitable organization. But no organization, over a protracted period of time, has more significant players on the disabled list. There’s a failing across the board. And what changes have been instituted, if any?’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2017 at 10:42 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Yankees announce they have placed LHP Aroldis Chapman on the 10-day disabled list

Yankees announce they have placed LHP Aroldis Chapman on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to May 13) with left shoulder rotator cuff inflammation; recalled RHP Chad Green from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2017 at 10:45 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, injuries, yankees

Friday, April 21, 2017

Giants Place Madison Bumgarner On 10-Day DL After Dirt Bike Accident

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is headed to the 10-day DL after injuring himself in a dirt bike accident, the team announced. He is said to have suffered bruised ribs along with “a grade one or two left shoulder AC sprain.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 21, 2017 at 04:42 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, injuries, madison bumgarner

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Steven Matz, Seth Lugo to test out arms, but don’t get hopes up - NY Daily News

This doesn’t sound promising.

And the Mets still don’t know what is wrong with Matz.

Alderson said there is still no clear diagnosis. Team doctors said there was nothing wrong with his surgically-repaired elbow. The lefthander, who went for his own second opinion, said on Opening Day that he has a flexor tendon strain.

So with no clear diagnosis, the Mets are simply handing his rehab on the basis of feel.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2017 at 09:58 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Clay Buchholz Will Undergo Surgery

Buchholz was diagnosed with the partial tear of the right flexor pronator mass in his right arm last week. He was set to see Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on Monday. It was, apparently, a bad opinion. He’s expected to miss around 3-5 months, which practically speaking, could be the entire season if it’s anything but the speediest recovery.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 18, 2017 at 11:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, phillies

Saturday, April 15, 2017

10-day DL brings new strategic measures | MLB.com

“I think if a guy has something you think is a seven-day thing,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said, “when you’re weighing that, you’re like, ‘I can go eight days without this guy or three days.’ If we think he’s going to miss five, six, seven days, with the 10-day DL, you may [put him on the disabled list] right away and instantly get another player.”
As Cubs manager Joe Maddon put it, “If you know it’s going to be 10 days and you’ll get him for that other five, you’ll go ahead and do it. That and the [adoption of] the seven-day DL for concussions [in 2011] were good moves.”

What’s less clear—and certainly more sensitive, given the strategy involved—is how much teams will use the 10-day DL to play with pitchers’ schedules.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2017 at 06:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: disabled list, injuries

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Is the World Baseball Classic Injury Effect Real? – The Ringer

Would Smyly be hurt if he hadn’t played in the WBC? That’s an open question. If I were a GM of a team, I wouldn’t want my pitchers in the WBC because I’d expect my training staff to know my players better which *should mean* they’d be in a better position to have my players better prepared to open the season healthy.

It’s understandable that team officials would “remain wary of the WBC,” as Rosenthal wrote. Teams have many millions of dollars tied up in their players’ well-being and the outcome of the regular season, and the loss of a single pivotal player such as Smyly can derail a winter’s work and lead to lasting frustration, even if the GM (in this case, Jerry Dipoto) declines to publicly point a finger at the WBC. For now, though, the evidence of an injury effect isn’t strong enough to justify preventing players from participating, especially since a well-populated tournament is so much fun for fans — and, in the long term, potentially beneficial for baseball, which in turn enriches teams.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2017 at 08:12 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, wbc

Monday, April 10, 2017

Klapisch: What exactly is wrong with Steven Matz?

Ever since Steven Matz revealed he’s suffering from a strained flexor tendon, Mets officials have been privately asking who made the diagnosis. “Our [doctors] found nothing wrong,” said one person with knowledge of Matz’s care. The team is both frustrated and flummoxed, in the dark as to what’s actually wrong with Matz and when he’ll be able to pitch again.

It’s a sensitive subject among Mets executives, who say they like Matz personally and are convinced he’s talented enough to someday rank among the National League’s elite. They’re also impressed with the left-hander’s work ethic.

But there’s growing unease with the trajectory of Matz’s career, which has been hindered by injuries and chronic discomfort. The Mets had hoped surgery to remove bone chips from Matz’s elbow last winter would’ve given him a fresh start in 2017, but he told trainers he was sore again before a March 22 start against the Marlins, when he allowed five runs over four innings.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2017 at 06:58 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, nets, steven matz

Friday, April 07, 2017

Why playing in the WBC actually might be safer than spring training

The positions of those officials are understandable, given the seemingly greater injury risk for players under the intensity of international competition, as opposed to the relative indifference of spring-training games.

Yet, according to figures compiled by Major League Baseball, players who participated in the past two tournaments actually got hurt at a lower rate than players who did not.

Among pitchers on 40-man rosters, only one of 40 from the 2013 tournament (2.5 percent) opened the season on the disabled list, as opposed to 61 of the 605 who remained with their clubs (10.1 percent).

The most recent WBC produced a comparable result: Only three of 55 pitchers from the tournament (5.5 percent) opened on the DL, as opposed to 75 of the 601 who remained with their clubs (12.5 percent).

Some of the pitching injuries for non-WBC participants carried over from the offseason or previous season, skewing the numbers somewhat. On the other hand, there is no way to know if certain injuries from the WBC also would have occurred under normal spring-training conditions.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 07, 2017 at 11:10 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, spring training, world baseball classic

Monday, March 27, 2017

Twins’ attempt to chart fatigue raises concerns with players union

“I think it’s a very dangerous proposition to start taking data that’s generated internally by an individual player,” Tony Clark, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, said this spring. “The value of that data, how that data can be used, is a very dangerous, very delicate conversation to have.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2017 at 12:51 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, twins

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Mets lefty Steven Matz to skip next start | MLB.com

This isn’t good.

“It’s worrisome that he continues to be injured off and on,” Alderson said, referring to Matz’s checkered medical history. “That’s the difficulty. We don’t think it’s serious. On the other hand, starting pitchers are relied on every five days. I’m not sure exactly where this is going to take us.”

Matz said he began feeling discomfort even before his last outing, in which he gave up five runs in four innings Wednesday against the Marlins. Examining the left-hander following that start, doctors concluded that there is no structural damage in Matz’s elbow. The Mets’ medical team suggested the issue may be related to the season-ending operation Matz had in September to remove a bone spur from his elbow. Matz also underwent Tommy John surgery as a prospect in 2010, and has struggled with elbow, shoulder and other health issues ever since.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2017 at 12:06 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, steven matz

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Yankees’ Didi Gregorius will miss Opening Day | MLB.com

Not good news for the Yankees.

Didi Gregorius is expected to miss the first month of the regular season with a strained subscapularis muscle in his throwing shoulder, the Yankees said on Tuesday.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2017 at 11:54 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: didi gregorius, injuries, wbc, yankees

Monday, March 20, 2017

Drew Pomeranz suffers another injury | Boston Herald

“The first inning, my triceps got a little tight toward the end,” he said. “I told the trainers in between that inning, went back out and it stayed tight the whole time. Nothing crazy. Just a little triceps tightness. I think my workloads have been a little higher this week. Who knows. I threw that second inning and it didn’t really loosen up. We just decided to call it quits. I could’ve thrown one more but it’s still the second start and we’ll give it a little rest.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:25 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: drew pomeranz, injuries, red sox

Saturday, March 18, 2017

David Wright sheds light on laborious shoulder rehab process | New York Post

This doesn’t sound good.

“When I first started throwing I could tell it was just not right because I never had that sharp, shooting pain going into my shoulder like that,’’ Wright admitted. “There’s just no way of doing what I’m capable of doing at third base and being productive for this team with the pain.’’

Wright referred to this problem as a bump in the road. I asked him: Is this a bump in the road or the end of the road?

“I mean, I’m just doing what the doctors are telling me to get back on the field as soon as possible, that’s all,’’ Wright said, hoping for the best.

“I feel the shoulder kind of working a little better than it was when I first tried to start throwing, now it’s just a matter of finishing the program and hopefully starting a throwing program.

“But that’s assuming everything goes well, the shoulder program gets me to the point where I can throw without sharp pain.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2017 at 08:37 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, injuries, mets

High cost of the heater Fastball mania not good for baseball

A record 31 big league pitchers touched 100 mph on the radar gun last season, according to PITCHf/x data, and two pitchers — Aroldis Chapman and Mauricio Cabrera — averaged at least 100 mph for the season.

There is more heat in the forecast. Baseball America documented another 71 prospects who clocked at 100 mph in the minor leagues last year.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2017 at 07:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fastballs, injuries, pitching

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tracy Ringolsby: Rockies must turn to Plan B | MLB.com

Best laid plans…

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2017 at 11:20 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, rockies

Nimmo Unlikely To Be Ready When Camp Ends

The Mets could still carry Michael Conforto as their fifth outfielder, though some in the organization feel he is better-served receiving everyday at-bats at AAA Las Vegas. Another option would be an infielder capable of playing the outfield, such as Ty Kelly, T.J. Rivera, or Matt Reynolds.

Nimmo, 23, is ranked as the Mets’ No. 8 prospect by MLBPipeline.com.

Bote Man Posted: March 14, 2017 at 08:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, wbc

Monday, March 06, 2017

David Dahl injury: Rockies outfielder has stress reaction of rib

This is new.

Asked specifically if Dahl would be healthy enough to see game action during spring training, Black answered: “Yeah, I do. I can’t put a date on it, but I do anticipate him hopefully getting in a game here.”

According to the Princeton University Athletic Medicine website, “A rib stress injury can be described as a rib stress ‘reaction’ or can lead to a rib stress ‘fracture’ if not managed or treated correctly from the start of symptoms.”

According to the website, the difference between a “reaction” and a stress fracture is a matter of degree: “Both suggest a disruption of bone metabolism. Stress fractures can be described as an area in the bone that has become weakened and microscopic cracks have gradually formed because the bone is repeatedly loaded and stressed. A stress fracture to the rib is rare, but can be seen in athletes with significant demands of repetitive upper extremity activities, such as rowers.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2017 at 07:10 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: david dahl, injuries, rockies

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