23 May MLB Infirmary Report: Week 8
By: Shane Thompson
Big names on the West Coast teams are the players we’re going to discuss today that are currently on the shelf, some are set to come off this week. There are two pitchers that live life on the corners and use their movement and deception to be effective, and two future hall of famers along with a young stud out of New York that are the pinpoint players this week.
1) SP: Dallas Keuchel – HOU
This one came out as a shocker; he was pulled with only throwing 70 pitches and five innings, in which the Astros were winning 10-2. At first thought, most would think that AJ Hinch was giving him a breather with the game in hand. As it turns out, Keuchel actually has a pinched nerve in his neck which put him on the DL. Keuchel has been excellent all season with a 7-0 record, 1.84 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP. If you’re doing that in the AL West along with being in a hitter friendly ballpark, that speaks high volume. The pinched nerve is expected to be minor and he is projected to miss only one start; which is good news for one of the hottest teams in baseball.
2) SP: Kenta Maeda – LAD
He pitched 8 1/3 innings against the Pirates the day before it was announced that he was headed to the DL; which was very “head scratching” for Dodger fans. Maeda was dealing with a hamstring injury two weeks prior, but assured the Dodgers front office that he was able to pitch through it until some other starting pitchers are able to be activated off the DL. His stuff is still solid, with a 9.3 K/9 and a 1.17 whip, but is sporting a 5.03 ERA. Maybe a break to get healthy is what he needed to get back on track. He’s expected to pitch Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals.
3) 3B: Adrian Beltre – TEX
Is this guy even still alive? If you’re like me and drafted him in your fantasy baseball league, you know he is labeled as consistent as it gets, the start of this season has been nothing short of frustrating. The Texas Rangers initially struggled offensively but now are red hot. Joey Gallo has stepped in for Beltre and is one of the league leaders in home runs. Adrian has been dealing with a calf injury since Spring Training. He was able to run the bases in pregame warm ups and was quoted to have not felt this good “in a long time.” He’s scheduled to start his rehab games this weekend. The fact that he’s not a youngster anymore still raises concern for when he will able to come back, along with how much playing time he will have coming out of the gates.
4) 2B: Robinson Cano – SEA
First King Felix, then Haniger, then Iwakuma, now Cano? He’s not known to miss games due to injuries, hence why he’s the highest paid second basemen of all time. The season for the Seattle Mariners has been awful and the lack of health and product on the field is the first thing you think about. Cano sat out five straight games in hopes for his quad to heal up. Unfortunately, no improvement was made which made it an easy decision to have more time off. He’s likely to return today or Wednesday; if he reports no problems doing sprints. The Mariners are sitting 10 games out of first in the AL West and are in dire need of Cano coming back as soon as possible.
5) SP: Steven Matz – NYM
The one guy that hasn’t been talked about much in a very dramatic starting pitching staff is Steven Matz. You have all of the big names for the Mets in the sports columns for all of the wrong reasons; whether it be for injury, lack of discipline and even lack of performance. But, what’s going on with Matz? Well, he’s been missing time due to a flexor strain in his left elbow, but has thrown one of three scheduled rehab starts and has reported no problems. It’s been said that he’s supposed to have two more rehab starts before getting called back up, but don’t be surprised if they speed up the process with how things are going defensively. With all of the adversity going on, they still only sit 7.5 games out of first in the NL East.