Wednesday, July 27, 2016
The optimism hasn’t matched reality so far.
Brantley has played only 11 games this season because of lingering pain from November surgery on his right shoulder to repair a torn labrum. He says a procedure he underwent late last week to break up scar tissue in the front of his right shoulder has helped.
“The latest procedure went well,” Brantley told reporters Tuesday before the Indians opened a two-game series against Washington. “It was pretty quick and easy. I have felt relief from it.
“I’ve had a couple of good days of hitting. Everything has gone well so far.”
Saturday, July 23, 2016
On top of that, his skin was very pruney.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Zack Wheeler has been throwing bullpen sessions at the Mets’ complex in Port St. Lucie, according to multiple sources. They have yet to set a firm schedule, but the righthander’s progress signals that a minor-league rehab assignment could be approaching.
He has thrown off the mound three times, logging just under 30 pitches in his last session on Sunday. It’s an encouraging sign for Wheeler, whose comeback from Tommy John surgery has been derailed by setbacks. He likely will need a full month-long rehab slate. If he begins soon, he could rejoin the rotation by the middle of August.
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Boz examines pitching philosophies:
The Nats put the arms of Strasburg and Jordan Zimmerman, now a Tiger, ahead of short-term considerations. Those two are guaranteed to make more than $340 million in their careers. All five of the current young Mets starters combined, including Wheeler, are assured 1/30th of that. Is that exploitation? Do the Mets want to “win now” too much? Or the Nats too little?
Strasburg is 12-0, but it’ll take a few years to see how this turns out.
Saturday, July 09, 2016
There are bad days, and then there are the stomach-turning, waking-nightmare, crawl-under-the-bed-type days that the Mets experienced yesterday.
How terrible was it? Put it this way: Losing Matt Harvey to season-ending surgery was the least of their problems.
Stunning, but true. By the time Friday night’s game against the Nationals began, the Mets already were past the grieving process with Harvey. Little did they realize that saying goodbye to Harvey until 2017 was merely the start. Things would get much worse.
In the fourth inning, team MVP Yoenis Cespedes, apparently injured while chasing a fly ball, had to leave with a strained right quadriceps. And while everyone was trying to process the magnitude of that loss, they were blindsided by what felt like the season’s knockout blow.
That was Noah Syndergaard walking off the mound, flanked by Terry Collins and a trainer, his night abruptly cut short in the fifth inning. After an hour, the team announced that Syndergaard exited with what was described as “arm fatigue,” adding for emphasis that it is not “elbow-related” — a phrase they flashed on the centerfield video screen to hopefully quell panic in the stands.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Very strong praise.
Pitching coach Ray Searage already swears by the rehabilitation program. He called Tomczyk “a ... genius” for implementing it. The problem in typical rehab, Searage said, is pitchers rely on long toss, stretching out to 150 feet or more, and they can pick up bad habits that way.
Searage said sub-max was “an epiphany.” If Cole throws at 75 percent intensity from 90 feet, using the same delivery he would use on the mound, his mechanics stay sound — his release point isn’t altered by tilting back and throwing deep in long toss — and he’s not breaking down his arm.
“I’m telling you, I’m all in on this,” an animated Searage said Sunday. “You’re building up the volume at those increments, but not to the point where you’re breaking them down. ...
“I’m telling you, this is major. This is major. We could do this with the young kids that just came over from high school or college that want to impress everybody and throw the crap out of the ball. Have a guy back there saying, ‘Uh uh, back it off.’ “
Posted: June 30, 2016 at 10:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
—New York Mets third baseman David Wright may opt for surgery to address the herniated disk in his neck rather than continue a conservative rehab process, general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday.
“By the end of this week we’ll know something more about David’s situation,” Alderson said.
Wright has been on the disabled list since June 3.
The captain has spent the past week in Los Angeles with Dr. Robert Watkins, who previously had treated Wright for spinal stenosis in the lower back.
Alderson said Watkins is conferring with team doctors about whether surgery is now the proper route for Wright with respect to the herniated disk.
Alderson said he could not say whether surgery, if selected, would end Wright’s season.
“That’s speculation based on an option that he hasn’t even chosen at this point, or hasn’t been agreed upon,” Alderson said.
Posted: June 15, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 28 comment(s)
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Trainers told Cole that the worst time to evaluate injury is immediately after activity, so they will take a more extensive look at the injury Saturday.
Cole said this is not an injury he has experienced before. Although he felt fine the first two innings, he could tell something was off with his right arm in the third—it wasn’t responding like he wanted it to.
Apparently it finally dawned on MLB teams that the world was into the fact that “forearm tightness” means “impending Tommy John surgery,” and so they cleverly came up with a cunning new stratagem: Let’s call it triceps tightness! They’ll never suspect a thing!
More seriously though, the Pirates don’t seem to be going out of their way to put forth an optimistic front here. If Cole really is done until 2018, well… it was a fun run.
Friday, June 10, 2016
Here’s hoping he has a healthier future.
Former Mets infielder Josh Satin announced Friday that he is retiring at age 31.
“I have decided to retire from the game of baseball,” Satin wrote on Twitter. “Injuries, especially head injuries, diminished my skills and it’s time for me to move on.”
Satin had been playing for Triple-A El Paso, an affiliate of the San Diego Padres.
Satin, a former sixth-round draft pick of the Mets in 2008 out of the University of California, Berkeley, reached the majors in 2011 and spent four years in New York. Satin batted .243 with three homers and 22 RBI over 116 games with the Mets during that span.
Monday, June 06, 2016
en James Paxton was called up late last week, we weren’t sure at the time exactly why. We came to find out that the move corresponded with a 15-Day DL trip for Felix Hernandez. It was scary news, seeing as The King has only missed like one start in his ten-year career. With his velocity down more than one tick this year, and the command all over the place, Felix has looked…different than ever before in his career. Of course, that “different” isn’t the magical 2014 version, it’s a new, maybe scarier version. It’s still an absolutely fantastic pitcher. But, it’s a pitcher currently with a strained calf.
Finally a playoff hunt and the King is in the counting house.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
The Royals announced that they have placed third baseman Mike Moustakas on the 15-day disabled list with a tear in his right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and have called up outfielder Brett Eibner from AAA Omaha. Moustakas injured himself in a collision with outfielder Alex Gordon on a foul pop up in Sunday’s game against Chicago. Gordon was placed on the disabled list earlier this week. Moustakas finished the game on Sunday, but missed all three games since then. Moustakas was hitting .240/.301/.500 with 7 HR 13 RBI in 27 games. He has already served a stint on the disabled list this year for an injured thumb.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
This trade isn’t working out as planned.
Monday, May 23, 2016
SAN DIEGO (AP)—Plate umpire David Rackley left Sunday’s Dodgers-Padres game after getting hit in the groin by a foul bunt attempt by Joc Pederson.
Rackley immediately collapsed and was down for about five minutes and was tended to by a Padres trainer. He had to be helped to his feet. He left the field under his own power, and handed a ball to a kid on his way to the tunnel.
And then they played another 12 innings.
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Sonny Gray’s disappointing season has taken another turn for the worse, as the A’s placed the right-hander on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with a strained right trapezius.
Left-hander Daniel Coulombe was recalled from Triple-A Nashville to replace Gray on the 25-man roster.
This is the first career DL stint for Gray, who is 3-5 with a 6.19 ERA in nine starts.
The A’s make another move on the Angels for “worst luck in the West”.
Friday, May 20, 2016
So for a night, with two pitchers who endured this bizarre procedure that is now considered rote, there was a contrast. That had Collins not only evaluating whether Harvey would make his next start — “We’re going to look at that,” he said — but also using Strasburg as an example for Harvey.
“That guy that pitched tonight for them, he had a couple of mediocre years, and now he’s resurged,” Collins said. “. . . [Harvey] went above and beyond last year, and I’m not sure he’s recuperated from it.”
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
I guess it doesn’t hurt. I’m not so sure how effective the treatment will be.
- Angels pitcher Garrett Richards had a stem-cell injection in his right elbow Monday.
Manager Mike Scioscia says there’s no timetable for his return. The right-hander went on the 15-day disabled list May 6, leaving the injury-riddled team without its best starting pitcher.
Richards decided on the injection as a way to avoid surgery for the torn ligament in his arm, although it will be weeks before he knows whether it worked.
“Hopefully it’s going to be the course of action he needs to heal and get back to action,” Scioscia said. “Really he doesn’t have many symptoms at all, so I know that he’s confident that he’ll heal with this course of action.”
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons will require surgery for what the team described Monday as a full thickness tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb.
The Angels said they would have an update on Simmons following the surgery. He will be placed on the disabled list.
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Maybe the Red Sox need the Orioles’ doctors to examine future free agents.
Just when Sandoval will return is up in the air, as the procedure is reconstructive. The Red Sox didn’t insure Sandoval’s shoulder when he signed prior to the 2015 season, as there was no physical need to do so. Since that time, though, his shoulder has obviously suffered and degraded, and for all we know it could have been part of his problem a year ago and this spring.
Thursday, April 07, 2016
Thursday, March 31, 2016
This was not a good day for the Yankees.
After the game, in which relievers Andrew Miller and Bryan Mitchell were injured, Girardi was waiting on test results and still not sure what his pen looked like.
Monday, March 28, 2016
But when you tell a story like Gustavo Cabrera’s, you have to show people his face. And so the kid and the ink-stained wretch did the best they could in the harsh light. They had 10 minutes together before batting practice would begin. It didn’t help that his curious teammates kept crowding around, tossing a baseball at his shins and trying to get him to laugh.
“How about a serious one,” the reporter said. “Mas grave.”
Cabrera kept smiling. Even his neutral expression had a hint of a smile. Looking tough? That wasn’t going to happen. After everything he’d been through to get back on a baseball field, he didn’t need to look tough. He already proved he was.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Pittsburgh Press, March 23, 1916:
John Collins was nursing a bum nose today. He biffed himself with a bat when he missed one of Bob Russell’s curves in a practice game. Rowland played doctor by grasping John’s nose in clothespin fashion, this putting broken bones back into place.
That must have been…something.
When I was a kid, maybe 10 years old, I swung a bat as hard as I could and somehow my arms wrapped around my body and I smashed myself in the side of the head with the bat. I’ve never felt pain like that before or since, and I hope I never will.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier has a right tibia fracture and will be sidelined 10-14 weeks.
Ethier suffered the injury fouling a pitch off his leg on Friday.
Posted: March 22, 2016 at 05:53 PM | 8 comment(s)
Monday, February 01, 2016
Yankees first baseman Greg Bird will miss the 2016 season due to a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
Bird initially hurt his shoulder last May while in the minors, and felt discomfort again this offseason. He will have surgery Tuesday to repair the torn labrum.
Posted: February 01, 2016 at 03:42 PM | 33 comment(s)
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