The SportsCrew | MLB Infirmary Report: April 18th, 2018
A Detailed Look At Key Injuries Around MLB: Recent Injuries, Who Has Been Activated and Who Is Close To Returning To Action
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MLB Infirmary Report: (Transcribed From Podcast)

MLB Infirmary Report: (Transcribed From Podcast)

By: Lou Landers – @RealSportsCrew


The following is transcribed from The MLB Infirmary Report Podcast

 

Newly Injured:

Josh Harrison: Hand Injury (10 Day DL):

  • he is the heart and soul of this team, so he will be sorely missed, especially since they got off to such a hot start this season
  • his numbers don’t jump off the page at you, but Harrison is a very consistent, steady player, who contributes across the board
  • they hope is that he will be eligible to come off the DL before the end of may… he is expected to miss about 6 weeks of time

 

Kevin Kiermaier: Thumb Injury (60 Day DL)

  • this is now the 2nd straight season that Kiermaier will miss signifiant time due to injury
  • he only got into 98 games last year and is now expected to miss 8-12 weeks as he recovers from surgery to fix a torn ligament in his right thumb
  • he is known more for his defense, but Kiermaier was a productive hitter last season for the Rays, this injury will ensure that Carlos Gomez and Mallex Smith get every day playing time for the foreseeable future

 

Taijuan Walker:  UCL Injury (10 Day DL) –

  • Walker had a career season in 2017 for the D-Backs and was off to a pretty solid start in 2018 as well
  • he is still just 25 years old and it seemed like he was going to continue to improve as a pitcher but now that may be put on hold
  • although there is currently no timetable for a return, when were talking about a UCL injury, we immediately wonder if it will require tommy Jon surgery
  • now, it is possible that its minor, and something he can rehab, maybe use stem cells, but if it is TJ surgery, we likely won’t see Walker on a Mound until the end of the 2019 season, at the earliest…

 

Jonathan Schoop: Oblique Injury (10 Day DL):

  • this appears to be a minor injury, so schoop shouldn’t be forced to miss much time, but obliques can be tricky so it is worth monitoring his progress
  • as it sits right now, he is eligible to come off the DL on April 24th when the O’s face off against the Rays
  • Schoop had always been a solid ball player, but last year he really put himself on the map… he had almost 70 XBH, 32 homers, 105 RBI, scored 92 runs and hit for a .293 BA
  • i don’t believe that he was a one year wonder, but he will have to come back healthy and not re injure himself if he wants to produce similar numbers in 2018

 

Josh Donaldson: Shoulder Injury (10 Day DL):

  • The Blue Jays are playing great baseball so far this season, but I’m not sure how long it will continue to last with Josh Donaldson on the shelf
  • Donaldson is a former AL MVP, and is definitely the most dangerous hitter in the Jays lineup..
  • we saw him struggle with shoulder pain in spring training and early on this season, yet he still managed to hit 3 HR, 9 RBI and score 10 runs in the teams first 12 games
  • inflammation in the shoulder can affect him not only in the field but of course at the plate as well… there is currently no time table for a return, which is also a big deal because Donaldson is in a contract year and is eligible for free agency following the 2018 season

 

 

Recently Activated:

Anthony Rizzo:

  • activated before tuesdays game vs division rival cardinals… Rizzo hit 3rd in the lineup and played 1B
  • back injuries are very concerning because they can linger, and also force a player to miss more time, if not hurt his production at the plate
  • Rizzo has been a steady source of power since the 2014 season, and is a huge part of the Cubs lineup
  • he was off to a dreadful start prior to hitting the DL, but that can be attributed to his back discomfort… only time will tell if Rizzo will be able to fight off the back pain and get back to what we expect to see from him production wise

 

JT Realmuto:

  • activated from the DL on tuesday, played in his first game of the season, batting 5th in the lineup and playing behind the plate… he hit a 3 run homer off Tanaka in the ball game…
  • It was great to see Realmuto have an impact right away, especially because he is one of the few established veterans that the Marlins did not trade this past offseason…
  • over the past 2 season, Realmuto has developed into one of the top 5 or 6 catchers in MLB… plays solid defense, is a great pitch framer and his offensive numbers continue to grow..
  • he is coming off a year in which he set career highs in HR, RBI, XBH and he has stolen 20 bases since the start on 2016
  • he will likely be traded at some point this season as the Marlins continue to dismantle their team, and whoever does acquire him, will be very lucky to add a player of this quality

 

Christian Yellich:

  • activated from the DL on tuesday, but was not in the starting lineup… he is expected to be back in the lineup today when the Brewers host the Reds…
  • Yellich has been as consistent as they come since coming to the big leagues with the Marlins back in 2013 at the age of 21…. his 2016 and 2017 seasons are what really put him on the map as a breakout star in the making which is why the Brewers acquired him from Miami this offseason
  • he started off his brewers career very well… in 6 games, he had 6 runs, 10 hits, 2 doubles, a homer, 5 RBI and a .385 BA to go with a .407 OBP
  • i said coming into this season, with a loaded lineup in MIL and a hitter friendly ball park, especially compared to the one in Miami, that Yellich would have a career year in 2018 and I’m sticking to  it…. the Brewers are very happy to have him back in the fold

 

Jhonny Cueto:

  • he returned to the mound last on the road in arizona and pitched a gem… 7 innings, 2 hits, no walks and 11 K’s.. he did not factor into the decision…
  • he has looked good overall this season as well, after a very disappointing, blister filled 2017 season
  • as it currently stands, cueto is 1-0 on the season in 3 starts…he has thrown 20 innings, recorded 16 K’s and has a sparkling 0.45 ERA with a 0.65 WHIP
  • if he keeps pitching this way, he is a prime trade candidate come the July trade deadline..

 

 

Close to coming back:

Drew Pomeranz:

  • Pomeranz has yet to pitch this season, but his presence in the Red Sox rotation would only mean good things… Boston is already off to their best start in franchise history and are showing no signs of slowing down… Pomeranz is expected to be activated this friday from the DL and make his first start against the A’s in Oakland…
  • Pomeranz is coming off a 2nd straight terrific season, and although he may be rusty in his first start of the season, I expect good things from him again in 2018…
  • I’m not sure how many people know this, but he won 17 games in 2017 and made 32 starts… this guys for real..

 

Wil Myers:

  • Myers has only played in 3 games this season due to right arm nerve irritation, but he is expected to come back off the DL this friday against the D-Backs
  • He is coming off 2 great seasons with the Padres, averaging 29 HR, 84 RBI and 24 SB between the 2016 and 2017 seasons…
  • the fact that he is playing in the OF is a bit concerning because of the injury he has, but there is no doubt that when healthy, Myers is an impact bat for both the Padres and Fantasy Baseball Players…

 

CC Sabathia:

  • CC is expected to be activated on Thursday April 29th to make a start at home against the visiting Blue Jays
  • CC already has faced the Jays this season, and faired pretty well
  • it was in his 2nd start vs the Orioles where he not only hurt himself but also was victimized by the long ball
  • Sabathia made vast improvements on the mound last season and so far in 2018 he has shown that he can still be effective
  • the yankees have gotten out of the gate pretty slow, so the return of CC to the mound is definitely going to be a welcomed site

 

Mike Zunino:

  • the slugging catcher has yet to play a game in 2018, but appears ready to join the Mariners either on Thursday or Friday when they take on the texas rangers…
  • Zunino is a big part of the Mariners lineup, and broke out in a big way last season with 25 HR, 64 RBI, 25 doubles and a .331 OBP… all of which were career highs
  • He will be entering his 6th season in the major this year, and at 27 years of age, he could be poised to break out even further… keep your eye on him

 

This has been transcribed from The MLB Infirmary Report Podcast

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