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Friday, May 02, 2014

BBTF 2014 Softball Game

Time again for Softball!

Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: May 02, 2014 at 03:44 PM | 550 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, softball

Friday, July 18, 2014

Davidoff: Sabathia shut down for knee surgery — and it might get worse

Here comes debridement.

CC Sabathia will undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery to repair his right knee, Brian Cashman said Friday. The Yankees general manager made clear that the big left-hander is not yet out of the woods in terms of needing the more invasive microfracture procedure that would jeopardize his career…

As Cashman put it, Sabathia, who last pitched for the Yankees on May 10, tried the path of least resistance by rehabilitating the knee, a process that failed when Sabathia woke up the morning of July 3 (after pitching the night before for the Yankees’ Double-A Trenton affiliate) with pain.

Now he’ll try the path of middle resistance, with the most drastic option still looming in the microfracture surgery.

If the debridement accomplishes its mission, Sabathia should be fully rehabilitated for spring training next year.

The District Attorney Posted: July 18, 2014 at 05:55 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: c.c. sabathia, injuries, yankees

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Oz: Thumb injuries to Yadier Molina, Brandon Phillips shake up NL Central

I hereby confer upon you the honorary degree of ThD. That’s Doctor of Thumbology.

The news wasn’t good for the St. Louis Cardinals and their cornerstone catcher Yadier Molina. Molina has a torn ligament in his thumb and will miss 8-12 weeks after surgery, according to Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak.

Nor was it good for the division rival Cincinnati Reds, who confirmed Thursday that their star second baseman Brandon Phillips also needs thumb surgery to repair a ligament. The Reds say he’ll miss six weeks…

Both injuries figure to shake up the NL Central, where the Cards and Reds had both been making a charge at the first-place Milwaukee Brewers. Heading into Thursday’s action, the Brewers were up two games on the Cardinals and two and a half on the Reds…

Unless the Cardinals make a move — A.J. Pierzynski and his smartphone are available — Tony Cruz figures to takeover the everyday catching duties. He’s played in 21 games this season and is hitting .255 in 51 at-bats. He’s been with the Cardinals since 2011 but has never played more than 51 games in a season.

The Reds have utilityman Skip Schumaker listed as their No. 2 second baseman, but back-up shortstop Ramon Santiago played there Thursday against the Cubs….

With the Cardinals and Reds hurting, the Brewers have to feel better about their chances of holding on to their division lead. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Pirates, four and a half back and in fourth place, have to sense a great opportunity in front of them.

The District Attorney Posted: July 10, 2014 at 08:17 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, injuries, pirates, reds

Monday, July 07, 2014

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak on Jaime Garcia: “I’m frustrated … you try to be patient with people”

Mozeliak added. “In terms of where we were yesterday to where we are today, it does seem rather dramatic and quick. Obviously he internalized this and decided to make a decision. If this is something he feels is his only option, then obviously he has to do it. It still doesn’t excuse the fact that he could have notified us a little bit more. … From a medical staff, we felt like there were some other options he could consider before taking this step. Obviously, again, he chose to go down this path.”

Garcia is making $7.75 million this season, owed $9.25 million next season, and carries club options for 2016 ($11.5 million) and 2017 ($12 million). He may have already thrown his last pitch in a St. Louis uniform.

 

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: July 07, 2014 at 04:07 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, injuries

Friday, July 04, 2014

The Sleeve That Could Save Baseball: Exclusive Look at New MLB Technology

This does look like a promising tool, although they would probably need to shrink down the chip a little more to get players to wear it during games.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2014 at 08:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, technology, tommy john

Friday, June 20, 2014

Gavin Floyd suffers fracture in elbow

Floyd broke the olecranon—the bony tip of the ulna that sticks out behind the elbow—as he made the first pitch of the seventh inning, a curveball that Jayson Werth pulled foul, deep along the left-field line.

“In the big picture, I think he’s going to be OK,” Gonzalez said.

A similar injury ended the career of Detroit Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya in 2010.

“I mean like a really big picture.  It probably won’t kill him is what I’m saying.”

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 20, 2014 at 02:17 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, injuries

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A’s pitcher Drew Pomeranz breaks hand punching wooden chair after rough start

Pomeranz gave up seven earned runs in 3 2/3 innings in Oakland’s 14-8 loss, making his ERA jump up to 2.91. That’s not the worst part, though. Pomeranz fractured his hand in a fit of rage afterward.

It’s his non pitching hand.  Still, the A’s bought someone named Brad Mills from the Brewers to give them some depth.


Sunday, June 01, 2014

Arizona Diamondbacks’ A.J. Pollock exits game with fractured hand after being hit by pitch | dbacks.com: News

Well that sucks.

D-backs center fielder A.J. Pollock left Saturday’s 5-0 loss to the Reds in the eighth inning with a fractured right hand after being hit by a pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2014 at 08:48 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. pollock, diamondbacks, injuries

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Position Statement for Tommy John Injuries in Baseball Pitchers

Not a long statement but it’s informative.

During the past few years there has been an “epidemic” rise in the number of professional pitchers requiring ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (“Tommy John surgery”).1 This is like déjà vu, as a similar sharp rise was seen in adolescent pitchers near the turn of the century.2,3 These two rises are indeed connected; that is, today’s pro pitcher in his 20’s was an adolescent pitcher a dozen years ago. Thus in many cases, the injury leading to Tommy John surgery in today’s young pro pitchers actually began while they were adolescent amateurs. Observations by orthopaedic surgeons support this link, as the torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in a pro pitcher usually looks like it has worn out over time.

Hat tip to Hardball Talk.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2014 at 10:29 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dr. james andrews, injuries, tommy john surgery

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Nolan Arenado breaks finger on slide

ATLANTA— Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado left Friday night’s game against the Braves after fracturing his left middle finger on a head-first slide into second base.

Arenado led off the second inning with a double to left field. Arenado’s slide beat shortstop Andrelton Simmons’ tag. The play stood following a review that lasted 3 minutes, 48 seconds.

The first organization to outlaw head first slides by their players wins a gold star from me.  And that review time is obscene.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: May 24, 2014 at 01:31 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, rockies, stop sliding head first

Monday, May 19, 2014

Cashman: CC Sabathia out until July

New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia’s knee injury is likely to keep him out of action until July 1 and possibly longer, according to general manager Brian Cashman.

Speaking on ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney’s podcast, Cashman said Sabathia has some breakdown of cartilage in his right knee, which caused the pain, swelling and fluid buildup that sent him to the disabled list on May 11, the day after he allowed three long home runs in a 5-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Sabathia visited noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews last week and was given a stem-cell injection in his knee, a painful procedure that left the 33-year-old left-hander on crutches.

“It’s an unpredictable time frame,” Cashman said. “I’d say you’re talking at least six weeks until you see him on a major league mound again.”

Cashman said Sabathia would need to keep weight off his knee for a period of time and would begin with exercises in a pool to reduce the strain on his knee. He would gradually progress through strengthening exercises and eventually a return to pitching.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 19, 2014 at 05:00 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: c.c. sabathia, injuries, yankees

Pitching injuries have become a big problem - Sports - The Boston Globe

Yes, let’s enlarge the strike zone. Who doesn’t want the R/G to drop even lower?

“You have to stop shrinking the strike zone,” he said. “It has to be expanded. It’s incredible what you’re asking of pitchers nowadays. You expect them to throw the baseball into this tiny box. Do you know how much stress that puts on a pitcher’s arm? Just remembering when I pitched, the strike zone is so tiny compared to back then. It’s impossible to think that you make a pitcher hit that tiny box and not have it affect the health of a pitcher over time.”

Because of the small strike zone, Nieves feels pitchers have to employ a “crisscrossing” approach for acquiring strikes, which he said means more backdoor sliders and curveballs, more cutters that use a different path into the zone.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2014 at 10:09 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, red sox

Friday, May 16, 2014

Here’s why some insiders shrug their shoulders at raw injury numbers | FOX Sports on MSN

I generally like Rob’s stuff but this one hits far off the mark. Sabermetrics is all about objective evidence. Where’s the evidence, Rob?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2014 at 03:28 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, sabermetrics

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

As Jose Fernandez goes down, here’s a solution to arm injury epidemic - MLB - Tom Verducci - SI.com

If you want to lower the mound, knock yourself out. If you think this will cure the “epidemic” I have a bottle of Arm Cure Vapor that I want to sell you.

It’s time to act again. We have reached a convergence of the biggest on-field problems affecting baseball: the increase in strikeouts, the drag on offense and pace of play caused by increased bullpen usage and the epidemic of Tommy John surgeries on young pitchers. All of those problems can be addressed by lowering the mound. Baseball shouldn’t wait for more young stars to blow out their elbows before deciding to do something about it.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2014 at 09:02 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, tommy john surgery

Friday, May 09, 2014

The Base: Approach at Your Own Risk (ESPN)

Obscure Pavement lyric here…

[bq]It’s called baseball for a reason. The concept of a safe haven for voyagers on their way home provides the subtext for every game, and when we look out upon the field, we think we see the same three comforting, white, 15-inch-by-15-inch squares that our ancestors did. “Pillows,” they used to be called. “Bags,” they still are.

Bases.

Even the Major League Baseball Rule Book makes them sound inviting:

1.06 First, second and third bases shall be marked by white canvas bags, securely attached to the ground ... The bags shall be 15 inches square, not less than three nor more than five inches thick, and filled with soft material.

Hello, sweetheart, get me rewrite. The base is not a canvas bag filled with soft material. It is a hard rubber shell around more rubber, and it has very little give. It is so securely anchored to the ground that it would take a bulldozer to move it. Painted regularly for aesthetics, it is so slippery that players feel the need to put dirt on it. The base is high enough to trip up runners—and bear a team logo on the side that is visible from the upper deck. It is crowned in such a way that an occupant is liable to feel as if he or she is standing on a boat.[/bq]

[bq]Equally unforgiving are the critics, both casual and seasoned, who attach sole blame on this rash of injuries to the headfirst-happy players themselves. Asked about the propensity of his own dynamic rookie George Springer to launch himself, Astros manager Bo Porter said, “I don’t like headfirst sliding. It just exposes too much of your body. You can get fingers, hands [hurt]. We tell them [not to] all the time.”[/bq]

Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: May 09, 2014 at 02:35 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: equipment, injuries, safety

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Matt Wieters Injury: Updates on Orioles Star’s Elbow and Recovery | Bleacher Report

UPDATE 05/07/2014 5:16 PM EDT: Wieters will not need surgery

It’s never good when that happens.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2014 at 06:54 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, matt wieters, orioles

Monday, May 05, 2014


6-year-old burn victim Owen Mahan joins UIndy’s baseball team

February 11, 2014. The scene was surreal. Cameras were clicking as the young boy signed his letter of intent to join the University of Indianapolis baseball team. Once he slipped his new jersey over his shirt, it was clear he belonged.

Owen Mahan, No. 1.

“He was very timid when he first walked in,” baseball coach Gary Vaught said. “But then I said, ‘Owen, are you ready to put that Greyhound uniform on?’ It was like a light switch went on. We put that jersey on him and it was like, ‘Hey, I’m a part of this team. I’m on this ballclub now.’”
[..]
He’s a part of the team. So much so that the coach gave him the nickname “Big Daddy Jack Rabbit” to join the ranks of other Vaught disciples: “Big Chief,” “The Hawk,” “Bull.” So much so that Asalon said, “He’s just like one of us. He’s just another guy on the team.”

Nice story out of Indiana. I think I have something in my eye…

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: May 05, 2014 at 02:04 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: college, general, injuries

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Brewers win despite injuries

Only injured players Ryan Braun and Jean Segura were left on the bench by game’s end and every reliever in the bullpen other than seldom-used Wei-Chung Wang saw action in the game. Third baseman Aramis Ramirez (bruised elbow) joined the casualty list before the night was done but the Brewers still found a way to prevail.

This blog entry is more interesting than the game recap.  and it highlights the dumb nickname convention that exists in baseball today.  just horrible.  you want to know why there are no good nicknames?  because managers speak in baby talk toward their players.  rami?  RAMI???

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 29, 2014 at 07:53 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, injuries, milwaukee

Friday, April 25, 2014

Matt Moore, Ivan Nova, and the Injury Zone

As the recent rash of season-ending injuries indicates, we’re a long way from figuring out when a pitcher is about to break. Not every injury is preceded by a warning sign, and not every red flag reveals a real problem. Many pitcher injuries are the result of cumulative wear and tear, but the process often culminates in one pitch, followed by a pop or a sharp pain and an arm clutched tightly on the trip back to the dugout. From there, it’s just a matter of time until the Twitpic from the operating table.

What if teams could anticipate and avoid the delivery that pushes the pitcher too far? Could early detection, early removal, and time off for rest and rehab preserve a ligament that’s on its last legs but hasn’t yet passed the point of no return?

attaboy Posted: April 25, 2014 at 03:31 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, pitching, tommy john surgery

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Zuckerman - Character test for battered, beaten Nationals

Span, Zimmerman, Fister, Ramos, Hairston out. Werth day-to-day. Who knew that Adam LaRoche would be the poster boy for the Nationals Institutes of Health???

boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 13, 2014 at 10:31 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, nationals

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Matt Moore hurt in Rays’ loss to Royals.

Manager Joe Maddon acknowledged after the 4-2 loss that they wouldn’t know for sure until getting the MRI results. But he said head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield, after talking with the Royals doctor who did an initial exam at the stadium, told him he considered the injury less severe than last year’s, when Moore was sidelined for more than a month due to soreness.

Moore, 24, said he felt only the soreness — and no pop or sharp pain — while throwing his changeup during the fifth inning, with no prior issues during the game or even since he started throwing in spring training.

And thus also to Rays.

Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: April 09, 2014 at 05:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, pitchers, tampa bay rays

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Braun: ‘Counterproductive’ to play right now

A nicer guy, etc.

Here’s a transcript of what Ryan Braun had to say about his absence from the Brewers’ lineup today because of a mixture of pain and numbness in his right thumb…

Is the trouble the pain? That he can’t grip the bat? Can’t feel it?

“All of the above,” Braun said. “The analogy is like, if you touch a hot stove, no matter how badly you want to keep your hand there, the natural reaction will be to take your hand off of it. That’s kind of what happens every time I make contact when it gets bad. No matter what I want to do or try to do, I can’t keep two hands on the bat. I’ve tried lots of different things, lots of different padding. Hopefully, we’ll figure something out, some type of treatment, something that eventually helps.”...

So why didn’t Braun have surgery last year during his suspension?

“The only two surgeries we knew of last year, neither of them were appealing,” he said. “Look, I rely on the advice of people who are much more knowledgeable on this stuff that I am. The only two surgeries they described last year, one is I would never feel anything in my thumb again, because they would completely remove the nerve. That doesn’t make sense just long-term, living life. The other one, there would be nerve endings, because they would remove the nerve but the nerve endings would still be there, which could be really painful, and [Dr. Don Sheridan, the specialist who examined Braun several times] said he didn’t think that would be a great option, either. Then, when we saw him in the spring, there is a third option that he thinks could potentially work, but it’s not something that’s been done very often. Without getting into too many details, because I’m not an expert and I don’t want to say something that’s inaccurate, I know it hasn’t been done a lot but it’s something that he thought might work.”...

He dealt with the same pain in his hand last season, when Braun’s power was drained by the issue beginning in May. He said the problem began not when he was jammed by a pitch, but when he hit a ball off the end of the bat. .. “My thumb was numb. The whole thumb was numb. But I didn’t know. There’s always little things within the hand. You get jammed, you hit a ball off the end of the bat, your hand hurts. You just kind of assume it’ll go away after a couple of days. That’s what I was hoping would occur. It didn’t. And still hasn’t.”

He compared it to getting hit on the funny bone.

“That’s exactly what it feels like,” Braun said. “If you hit the funny bone, and the funny bone never got better for eight months. Not even minimally better. … In light of everything I’m dealing with, it makes it a little bit more frustrating for me than it would otherwise. I just deal with it the best I can. That’s all I can do.”

The District Attorney Posted: April 05, 2014 at 06:04 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, injuries, ryan braun

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Pirates notebook: No word yet on Taillon’s elbow exam | TribLIVE

Is there something in the water?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2014 at 01:58 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: elbow, injuries, pirates

Monday, March 24, 2014

Rangers’ Geovany Soto out 10-12 weeks with torn meniscus

0-162 is one step closer to reality.

More bad injury news for the Rangers: starting catcher Geovany Soto will miss 10-12 weeks with a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. He missed time with a foot problem earlier in camp.

Geovany Soto, 31, hit .245/.328/.466 (114 OPS+) with nine doubles and nine home runs in 54 games as A.J. Pierznyski’s backup last season. Texas re-signed him to a one-year, $3.05 million contract over the winter and intended to use him as their starter behind the plate.

With Soto out, catching duties figure to fall on J.P. Arencibia and Robinson Chirinos.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 24, 2014 at 09:38 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: geovany soto, injuries, rangers

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