11 Aug MLB Injury Report: August 7th-14th
By: Shane Thompson
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Felix Hernandez, SP, SEA
King Felix was placed on the DL on August 5th, retroactive to August 2nd with right shoulder bursitis. They’re expecting him to miss up to 3-4 weeks. Marco Gonzales was recalled from triple A to replace Hernandez in the meantime. Gonzales was a top prospect in the Cardinals organization before being acquired by Mariners mid season. This is obviously a huge blow to Seattle considering they’re in the wild card hunt. However, you can tell Felix is on the decline and his slash lines tell the truth. He boasts a 4.28 ERA with a 1.36WHIP with only 69 strikeouts in 73 plus innings.
Brandon Belt, 1B/OF, SF
Belt was placed on the disabled list on August 5th with a concussion. The timetable for return is unknown as he’s had a history of concussions. The Giants are unlikely to rush him back considering that their season is lost and he is a big part of their future and rebuild. Pablo Sandoval was called up to take over in his place, after he was signed by the Giants following his release from the Red Sox. The cause of the concussion was Belt taking a 78 mile an hour curve on the head. Despite a bad season for the Giants, Belt has been a bright spot. He has 27 doubles and 18 home runs with an .824 OPS.
Salvador Perez, C, KC
This top tier catcher was diagnosed with a right intercostal strain, which put him on the DL on August 6th. Drew Butera will most likely fill the void for the next 2-4 weeks and could potentially be filling it for a bit longer if Perez’s injury lingers. This is obviously bad news for the Royals as they were heating up after a slow start to the season. Salvy isn’t only calling good games, but he is in the top 5 in throwing base runners out and is enjoying one of his best offensive seasons. He has 102 hits, 20 doubles and 21 round trippers. They need him back now more than ever with the AL Wild Card race heating up.
Matt Holliday, OF/DH, NYY
A left lumbar strain is what landed Holiday back on the disabled list on August 6th. He tweaked it during Friday’s game vs the Indians and Garrett Cooper was recalled from the minor leagues. The timetable for when he will be out is unknown at this point. The Yankees have developed into a powerhouse team since the beginning of this season and the young prospects have produced at a very high rate. Holliday has been a difference maker to this ball club despite the slump as of late. He does have 16 home runs to go with 15 doubles and 51 runs batted in.
Addison Russell, SS, CHC
Russell landed on the disabled list on August 4th with a right foot strain. He is one of many unknowns on this list for when he will be activated. Javier Baez has been making the most of the opportunity while playing shortstop in his place. This has been a tough season for Russell after being a World Series Champion and also being a top tier shortstop in 2016. His numbers are dreadful this year with a .241BA, 10 home runs and 41 runs batted in.