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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Elbow Pain, Go Away, Don’t Come Again Another Day

If you follow the baseball news cycle, you’ve undoubtedly discovered that baseball players get hurt quite often. By the time the first official pitch was thrown to mark the beginning of the 2018 season, 118 players had been placed on what was still being called the Disabled List. There were 129 players on the Injured List prior to Opening Day 2019.

As of today, nine players have been placed on the 60-Day Injured List and 50 others are projected to begin the season on the IL; history tells us that this number will likely only grow as the season creeps closer. Injuries are a big part of the game and, thus, roster depth is integral to building a competitive team each offseason. But even our grim familiarity with injuries can’t lessen the frustration of a season-ending elbow injury, which can often interrupt parts of two seasons for a pitcher.

When an elbow injury is undiagnosed or unresolved, or its severity misunderstood, a player risks having surgery and the subsequent recovery process delayed by 4-6 months. Instead of missing just one full season and reporting to the following year’s spring training approximately 16 months removed from Tommy John surgery – see Lance McCullers Jr. – a starting pitcher can end up missing one full season and at least a few months of another, and that’s the best-case scenario. Relief pitchers can return sooner, although it’s not uncommon for the wait to be just as long.

Diagnostic delays contributed to Luis Severino’s suboptimal recovery timeline. The Yankees right-hander, who underwent Tommy John surgery on February 27, experienced forearm soreness during the 2019 playoffs after missing much of the year with a rotator cuff injury. While MRI and CT scans during the offseason did not reveal any issues, it wasn’t until he experienced renewed soreness in spring training that a dye contrast MRI revealed a partial ligament tear. (The explanation for not having the dye contrast MRI done earlier, despite a more accurate detection rate, was that it can sometimes cause joint inflammation.) The Yankees will now be lucky if Severino is back in action by next July.

Some thoughts on how injuries to one part of the body can both be so hard to treat properly and likely to have such major consequences.


QLE Posted: March 11, 2020 at 12:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: elbow, elbow injury, elbow surgery, injured list

Monday, March 02, 2020

Maddon: ‘Hard To Imagine’ Griffin Canning Not Starting Season On IL

The Griffin Canning health situation has drawn quite a bit of attention in Angels’ camp recently. Manager Joe Maddon told reporters (including Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times) this afternoon “it would be hard to imagine” a situation in which Canning doesn’t begin the season on the injured list. Canning was unable to participate in his scheduled throwing session yesterday due to persistent trouble in his elbow, Maddon adds (via Shaikin). He’ll instead undergo testing next Wednesday or Thursday to determine if the issue is related to his joint or to a ligament, tweets Fabian Ardaya of the Athletic.

Until those results come back, it’s difficult to know exactly what to make of the situation. Still, it’s worrisome for a few reasons. Health concerns have dogged Canning dating back to his time at UCLA, and he ended last season on the shelf with elbow inflammation. A few days ago, Canning was diagnosed with “chronic changes” to his UCL and “acute joint irritation” in the elbow, hardly a promising start to the spring for the 23-year-old.


QLE Posted: March 02, 2020 at 12:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, griffin canning, injured list

Friday, February 28, 2020

Sale won’t be ready to pitch Opening Day

FORT MYERS, Fla.—Red Sox ace Chris Sale has been ruled out for Opening Day and is expected to start the season on the 15-day injured list, interim manager Ron Roenicke said on Thursday.

Sale is not injured, but he is building back to a regular Spring Training progression after dealing with the flu and pneumonia for two weeks just before camp opened.

If the Red Sox back-date Sale’s IL stint by three days, the earliest he can make his 2020 debut would be on April 7 at Fenway Park against the Rays.

Sale hopes to start the first day he is eligible.

Cue the Red Sox fans in three, two….

QLE Posted: February 28, 2020 at 12:36 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, injured list

Monday, February 24, 2020

Red Sox put former AL MVP Pedroia on 60-day injured list

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox placed second baseman Dustin Pedroia on the 60-day injured list Sunday, further putting in doubt whether the former AL MVP will play again.

The Red Sox made the move while claiming right-hander Phillips Valdez off waivers from the Seattle Mariners.

The 36-year-old Pedroia has played just nine games over the last two seasons. The four-time All-Star has spent the time trying to recover from an injury he sustained when Baltimore’s Manny Machado slid spikes-high into his left knee in May 2017.

Pedroia has two years and $25 million remaining on his contract.



QLE Posted: February 24, 2020 at 12:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, injured list

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Some of the New Roster Rules Are Garbage

On Wednesday, Major League Baseball made official a handful of rule changes that had been in the works for nearly a year. In case you missed it while following the latest twists and turns of the Astros’ sign-stealing saga or the excitement of pitchers and catchers reporting, here’s the full press release, which spares us from having to retype it:


The three-batter minimum rule — and the existential threat it poses to lefty specialists — has been the most discussed of these changes. Our own Ben Clemens illustrated that it won’t matter all that much, a conclusion supported by Sam Miller’s examination, while other analysis such as this article by Tom Verducci and this one by Cliff Corcoran suggest it could have a negative impact.

The changes to the injured list and the service time tradeoffs that come with the permanent 26th man and the limited September roster size can bear closer analysis, but the rules that have my attention today — and this should be no surprise if you’ve been reading my work here — are the ones concerning position players and two-way players. By themselves, they won’t amount to much, and while they do close the loopholes that come with the 13-pitcher limitations on the new 26-man rosters, those are some pretty narrow loopholes to begin with. What they really do is stamp out a bit of novelty, not that the sport needs further encroachment by the Fun Police.

Traditionally, a position player pitching appearance has been a break-glass-in-case-of-emergency desperation move (generally in extra innings) or a lighthearted farce that draws attention away from an otherwise unpleasant blowout. Through some combination of higher-scoring games, higher per-game totals of relievers, concerns about reliever workloads, the reduced stigma of this particular maneuver, and — a factor I had not previously considered, but one Craig Edwards brought to light — an increasing number of noncompetitive games caused by a lack of competitive balance — the rate of such appearances has accelerated in recent years. Depending upon how you feel about the trend, last year marked either the peak or the nadir of the position player pitching phenomenon:

Maybe it’s just me, but the changes to the September call-up rules strike me as being a far bigger issue than this.


Thursday, February 13, 2020

MLB OKs 3-batter minimum among rule changes

NEW YORK—Major League Baseball went ahead with its planned rules changes for this season, including the requirement a pitcher must face at least three batters or end the half-inning, unless he is hurt.

The changes were agreed to by MLB and the players’ association last March 8, subject to the study of a joint committee. The three-batter minimum will start in spring training games on March 12.

There were 2,162 pitching appearances of three batters or fewer last year, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, but 1,471 of them finished with the end of a half-inning or a game.

The active roster limit will increase by one to 26 from Opening Day through Aug. 31, will drop from 40 to 28 through the end of the regular season and return to 26 for the postseason. Each team may have a maximum 13 pitchers through Aug. 31 and during the postseason, and 14 from Sept. 1 through the end of the regular season.

So, how many of these changes do we hate already?


QLE Posted: February 13, 2020 at 12:28 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: injured list, rosters, rule changes, three-batter minimum, two-way players, video review



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