Friday, April 21, 2017
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.”
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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.
Posted: April 19, 2017 at 09:58 AM | 3 comment(s)
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
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.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
“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.
Posted: April 15, 2017 at 06:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
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.
Posted: April 12, 2017 at 08:12 AM | 1 comment(s)
Monday, April 10, 2017
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.
Posted: April 10, 2017 at 06:58 AM | 7 comment(s)
Friday, April 07, 2017
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.
Monday, March 27, 2017
“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.”
Posted: March 27, 2017 at 12:51 PM | 24 comment(s)
Sunday, March 26, 2017
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.
Posted: March 26, 2017 at 12:06 PM | 7 comment(s)
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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.
Monday, March 20, 2017
“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.”
Saturday, March 18, 2017
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.’’
Posted: March 18, 2017 at 08:37 AM | 1 comment(s)
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.
Posted: March 18, 2017 at 07:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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.
Posted: March 14, 2017 at 08:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
Monday, March 06, 2017
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.”
Posted: March 06, 2017 at 07:10 PM | 1 comment(s)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
What’s Richards’ secret? Would you believe orthobiologics? Here’s the story:
[The] 28-year-old is the latest player to turn to orthobiologics, the class of treatments that includes stem cells and PRP, in hopes of healing an injury. While clinical studies have shown great success with those who use orthobiologics, they are not yet a panacea for the pervasive elbow injuries in baseball for two reasons: They work only on partial ligament tears, like Richards’, and medical studies have yet to validate their efficacy independent of other treatments run concurrently.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Days before he departed for camp, reliever Brian Flynn crashed through the roof of a barn at his home in McAlester, Okla., breaking a rib and sustaining three non-displaced fractures in his vertebrae, Royals manager Ned Yost said on Tuesday. Flynn, a 26-year-old left-hander, is slated to miss close to eight weeks. He entered camp hoping to compete for a spot in a revamped Royals’ bullpen, but the injury stands as a significant setback.
“He was working on his barn and fell through the roof,” Yost said. “So he took a pretty good tumble, knocked himself out. So he’s going to be about eight weeks behind everybody else.”
I guess you can’t say “he can’t hit the broadside of a barn!”
Monday, February 13, 2017
With pitchers and catchers officially reporting and the first workout scheduled for Tuesday, the Red Sox still don’t have a healthy Wright, who continues to work his way back from an injury that didn’t require surgery, but has proven more stubborn than anyone expected.
“He’s making improvement,” manager John Farrell said on Sunday. “This has probably taken longer than he anticipated, than we certainly anticipated. He’s back throwing to 120 feet. He’s throwing flat ground right now. He still needs to continue to build some arm strength at this point in camp. We’ll get a better read exactly when everybody goes through their physicals [Monday]. We’ll get a better read of arm strengths and accurate measurements overall. If we were to take this next week and continue to build that arm strength before we get him on the mound, I don’t want to rule that out, but we’ll get a better read on that tomorrow.”
Posted: February 13, 2017 at 11:57 AM | 21 comment(s)
Schneider believes the industry can learn to better prevent injuries in an era when they keep growing in number. To Schneider, the process doesn’t have to be rocket science, but it does require diligence and organization-wide agreement on practices and principles. And perhaps the greatest lesson to be learned from the White Sox is this: for as much promise as science and technology hold, preventing more injuries begins with open, honest dialogue.
Posted: February 13, 2017 at 10:11 AM | 1 comment(s)
Thursday, February 02, 2017
Josh Bell was coming into Spring Training ready to challenge for the Pirates’ starting first base job. He may have to wait.
The Pirates’ third-ranked prospect underwent surgery on Wednesday to remove a loose body from his left knee, and will be sidelined two to four weeks. That leaves uncertain his status for Opening Day.
Posted: February 02, 2017 at 02:09 PM | 3 comment(s)
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