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Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Marwin González had offseason knee surgery

Twins utilityman Marwin González made his spring debut on Tuesday against the Tigers, going two-for-two with a double, a home run, and three RBI. He got a late start to the Grapefruit League season because he had offseason knee surgery, The Athletic’s Dan Hayes reports. Specifically, the procedure was a patellar debridement which kept the veteran off of his feet into late December.

González, 30, is in the second year of a two-year, $21 million contract signed with the Twins 13 months ago. He’s earning $9 million this year and can become a free agent after the season. González is coming off of a slightly disappointing season in which he appeared in 114 games, batting .264/.322/.414 with 15 home runs and 55 RBI over 463 plate appearances.

 

QLE Posted: March 04, 2020 at 12:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: knee, marwin gonzalez, surgery

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Phillies’ Andrew McCutchen still recovering from knee injury and won’t be ready for Opening Day

Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen will be forced to open the 2020 regular season on the Injured List, manager Joe Girardi announced on Friday. The team is hopeful that McCutchen will be able to return at some point during the month of April, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.

McCutchen is still recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, which he suffered in early June of last year, and he’s not going to fully recovered in time for the start of the season. At the time of his injury, McCutchen in his first season in Philly was enjoying solid production, as he put up a line of .256/.378/.457 (115 OPS+) with 10 home runs and 43 walks in 59 games. That’s in addition to seeing time in left and center. For his career, the 33-year-old former NL MVP owns an OPS+ of 134 and a WAR of 43.6 across parts of 11 major league seasons, most of them with the cross-state Pirates. The injury was an uncharacteristic one for McCutchen, who played in at least 153 games in eight of his first nine full seasons in the majors.

We can expect Phillies fans to take this with quiet dignity, right?

 

QLE Posted: February 29, 2020 at 12:40 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, knee, opening day

Friday, February 28, 2020

Gary Sánchez Takes a Knee

While it was understandably overshadowed by Gerrit Cole’s pinstriped premiere, Gary Sánchez made his Grapefruit League debut on Monday. In doing so, he showed off a new stance behind the plate, one that’s intended to shore up the defensive inconsistencies that have cut into his value while making him the brunt of so much criticism during his tenure with the Yankees.

The game wasn’t televised, and the only video I could find was rather rough, shot from the press box and thus showing the catcher’s back, but here you can see what’s going on:

Sánchez now sets up in his crouch with his right knee on the ground, a stance whose purpose the New York Post’s George King III explained succinctly earlier this month:

“The lower setup is designed to improve Sánchez’s ability to frame borderline pitches in the bottom of the strike zone but not interfere with his improved blocking skills or take anything away from an above-average throwing arm. It also may reduce the stress on Sánchez’s legs, which have suffered muscle injuries the past two seasons that landed him on the injured list a combined four times.”

Pity that John B. Wockenfuss has no followers in the contemporary game- it would be fun to see how bizarre the combination of stances could get…..

QLE Posted: February 28, 2020 at 01:33 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: catching, gary sanchez, knee

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Clevinger to miss 6-8 weeks after knee surgery

GOODYEAR, Ariz.—When Indians manager Terry Francona described Thursday how last year’s injuries caused his team to become more unified, he said, “We will deal with adversity. Every team does. It could start tomorrow.”

It turns out, his statement was not hypothetical.

The Indians announced Friday morning that starter Mike Clevinger sustained a partial tear in his left meniscus at the team’s Spring Training facility on Wednesday. He underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on Friday and is expected to return to Major League game activity in six to eight weeks.

Francona said that Clevinger suffered the tear while doing some drills on Wednesday. The training staff sent him home to see how he’d feel on Thursday, but the Tribe’s skipper said everyone had a strong feeling that it was a meniscus injury. Missing the start of the season is something that’s all too familiar for the right-hander, who landed on the injured list with an upper back strain after his second start last year.

 

QLE Posted: February 15, 2020 at 12:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: knee, mike clevinger

 

 

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