26 Jul MLB Injury Report: Week 17
By: Shane Thompson
From top tier players to possible trade candidates, here is thesportscrew.com top 5 players on the disabled list. You can listen to a full break down of all these injuries on the MLB Diamond Dash Podcast. The show can be found right here.
Clayton Kershaw, P, LAD
Kershaw was diagnosed with a lower back strain on Monday, July 24th and is expected to miss 4-6weeks. Hyun Jin Ryu and Brock Stewart will be receiving the opportunities to start in his absence. The Dodgers have a deep pitching staff and are over 10 games up in first in the NL West, which is a blessing in disguise. Kershaw has 15 wins to go with a ridiculous 0.88 WHIP and 2.04 ERA and 168 punch outs. Don’t be surprised if the Dodgers try to add another SP as insurance as the trade deadline approaches. The two names they’ve been linked to most are Yu Darvish and Justin Verlander.
Carlos Correa, SS, HOU
This talented shortstop has a torn ligament in his left thumb which will sideline him for 6-8 weeks, retroactive to July 18th. Marwin Gonzalez will be the primary fill in at shortstop in his absence. The Houston Astros are 15 plus games up on the rest on the AL West and took all necessary precautions to make sure Correa will be on track by September. He has 20 home runs, 67 runs batted in and a .320 BA. Alex Bregman has also spent some time at SS in Correa’s absence, but recently injured his hamstring which is expected to keep him sidelined for most of this week.
Johnny Cueto, P, SF
Cueto was placed on the DL on July 15th with blisters on his right throwing hand and is expected to be back before the trade deadline. Madison Bumgarner was activated off the DL the same day as Cueto landed on the shelf. Cueto threw off a mound yesterday and we’ll have a better idea on his return date as the week progresses. Johnny’s numbers aren’t pretty despite pitching in a defensive friendly ballpark. He owns an ERA of 4.59 and 1.40 WHIP in a 115 plus innings. If he can prove he is healthy, the Giants may look to trade him in the next week.
Tyler Chatwood, P, COL
A strained right calf is what Chatwood has been dealing with. An injury that landed him on the DL on July 16th. Chatwood will be activated from the DL on Today, which is huge for the Rockies who’ve been relying mostly on rookies in their rotation. Chatwood’s known to be a road warrior if you look at his stats. All in all, he’s sporting a 4.74 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and only 8 quality starts. The Rockies hope that Chatwood can stay healthy for the remainder of the year and help them lock down a playoff spot in the National League.
Aaron Altherr, OF, PHI
Altherr was placed on the DL on July 17th with a strained right hamstring. Howie Kendrick has been playing left field in his absence. He is expected back sometime this weekend. This young outfielder had a breakout first half but has cooled off the past few months. He is still hitting .288 with 20 doubles and 14 home runs. We have yet to see the best from this kid, and the Phillies hope that upon his return, he can produce at the level he was early on this season.