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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Spring training is horribly, utterly broken; here’s how it can be fixed

We talkin’ bout practice????

The schedule isn’t going to shrink back to the 25-game range of the mid-80s because all the municipalities that agreed to build the mega two-team complexes now in vogue demand 30 spring dates out of their stadiums to pay the bills.

Fine. Make the front end of spring training all about top prospects. Reverse the reporting dates now in existence. Have a manageable number of minor leaguers - lord knows they could all use the instruction from and interaction with the major league staff – and the non-roster veterans fighting for a spot report at the current reporting date. Let them play the first week of games. Have veterans show up 10 days later and begin playing the second week of games. Most players are bored to tears by mid-March anyway.

If veterans want to show up early, that’s fine, but don’t allow them to play for the first week of exhibitions. Make them work more gradually into baseball condition, limiting the risk of muscle strains. One thing the Rangers did this year was reduce the work schedule because they felt players went too hard too early, which led to those muscle strains. In Japan, for example, there is almost a month of conditioning in a slow build up; there are only about two weeks of exhibitions.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 29, 2015 at 12:40 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, spring training

Monday, March 09, 2015

Denard Span out at least 4-6 weeks

Washington is the favorite for the pennant? Nat so fast.

Washington center fielder Denard Span had surgery Monday to repair a right core muscle injury and will miss the Nationals’ opener next month.

Manager Matt Williams said the projected time for Span’s return is uncertain and added “you’re looking at four-to-six weeks before he can start doing baseball activity again.”

Span had surgery to repair a sports hernia injury in December and reported discomfort at the start of spring training, which he attributed to offseason training…

Washington outfielders Jayson Werth and Nate McLouth are rehabilitating from offseason shoulder surgery. Williams said Michael Taylor is likely to get the majority of time in center while Span is sidelined.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 09, 2015 at 10:51 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: denard span, injuries, nationals

Drew Smyly injury a blow to Rays’ pitching depth | Tampa Bay Times

Having No. 3 starter Drew Smyly sidelined indefinitely, with his availability to start the season in question due to shoulder tendinitis, is bad enough news for the Rays.

“I think it’s fair to say there is a concern,” manager Kevin Cash said Sunday.

Worse is that the depth after their top four starters was already one of the biggest questions, and potential flaws, of several on their roster anyway.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: drew smyly, injuries, rays


Thursday, March 05, 2015

UPDATE: X-rays confirm fractured left forearm for Giants’ Hunter Pence, out 6-8 weeks - Giants Extra

Bummer.

Pence was diagnosed with a non-displaced ulnar fracture and was being fitted with a cast; he is expected to be sidelined for 6-8 weeks, meaning the earliest he could return is mid-April.

Pence was struck by a pitch from Cubs minor league right-hander Corey Black. He usually sprints to first base after he’s hit by a pitch but stayed down for several seconds before he began walking toward the base.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 07:23 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hunter pence, injuries

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders injured, out until all-star break

The Blue Jays announced early Thursday morning that left-fielder Michael Saunders suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee in a freak accident at the Mattick Training Centre on Wednesday.

Saunders, a native of Victoria B.C., stepped on an exposed sprinkler head in the outfield during batting practice and heard a pop.

Bad luck for Saunders and the Jays. Not much left in free agency - maybe Andy Dirks would make sense?


Saturday, January 24, 2015

DallasNews: Prince Fielder in best shape of his life

Fielder, speaking before the club’s annual pep-rally awards banquet at the Dallas Omni, said all is well heading into Year 2. The rehabilitation work has gone well, and he expects to be a full participant when spring training opens.

“I could play a pick-up game right now,” Fielder said. “I’m 100 percent. … Whatever it was before, it’s back.

“I feel healthy. That’s the difference. I’m feeling really good and ready to go.”

Round is a shape…

Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: January 24, 2015 at 09:42 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, prince fielder, rangers

Friday, January 02, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-2-2015

Chicago Eagle, January 2, 1915:

Thirty-five deaths and 918 injuries were caused by baseball during 1914, according to figures made public by a sport writer who kept a tabulation of the season’s records.

Of the players who died from injuries 20 were hit by pitched balls, five were struck by bats, four were in collisions, four overexerted themselves, one was hurt sliding into a base, and one was killed in a fight.

Injuries to amateur players are classified as follows: Broken limbs, 314; concussion of the brain, 18; fractured skulls, 13; paralysis, 4; sprains, 37; spiked, 26; fractures, 17; dislocations, 7; torn ligaments, 10.

Eek. Safety has come a long way in the past 100 years.

Dan Lee tips his cap respectfully to JackVincennes Posted: January 02, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, injuries

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Here’s how MLB teams weigh injury worries. | SportsonEarth.com : Lindsay Berra

As Wade points out, overall risk has increased greatly in recent years, because with the amount of money and years involved, contracts have become virtually uninsurable; endless exclusions and high premiums make them cost-prohibitive when added to the cost of the actual contract.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 23, 2014 at 08:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, free agents, injuries, trades

Monday, December 22, 2014

Padres resign Josh Johnson

This is the sort of deal I thought Brett Anderson would get. Seems like a great low-risk, high-upside signing for the Padres.

Edit: Title fixed. Jim.

SoCalDemon Posted: December 22, 2014 at 03:43 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: brett anderson, injuries, padres

 

 

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