02 Aug MLB Injury Report: Week 18
By: Shane Thompson
The players on this weeks list are all incredibly valuable to their respective teams and all but one represent teams who are in the playoff hunt. We break down these injuries as well as the MLB trade deadline on the MLB Diamond Dash podcast which can be found right here.
1) George Springer, OF, HOU
Springer was placed on the DL on June 25th due to lest quad discomfort. Jake Marisnick has spent some time in center field during his absence but the Astros have also deployed top offensive prospect Derek Fisher in CF and in the lead off spot in the order. Fisher has shown that he is ready for the big leagues and is making a case for staying with the Astros upon Springer’s return. Springer is expected to be activated from the DL sometime over the weekend. He’s having an MVP type season; as his slash line is 27 home runs, 22 doubles and 82 runs with a .310 average.
2. Robbie Ray, SP, AZ
Ray was struck by a line drive on July 28th and thankfully the CT scan came back negative. Silvino Bracho was called up from Triple A to replace Ray in the Diamondbacks rotation. This couldn’t of come at a worse time for the D-Backs as they have seen their lead over the Rockies and the rest of the NL Wild Card hopefuls evaporate. Ray was placed on the 7-day concussion protocol list and the good news is that he may only miss 1-2 starts. Ray, the former Detroit Tigers farm hand is having a career year, posting a 3.11 ERA, with 12 quality starts and 151 strike outs in just 118 innings of work.
3. David Price, SP, BOS
David Price landed on the DL on June 27th which is a big blow for this Red Sox ball club that is locked in a tight race with the Yankees in the American League East. Doug Fister is filling in for now in the Sox rotation but that should be short lived. Price has had some elbow discomfort before, causing him to miss a number of weeks earlier this season. This of course has raised some eye brows in the Boston media but the Sox have squashed the rumors that he needs Tommy Jon surgery and they expect to have Price back in a couple weeks. For a guy that has had great success in MLB before, it has been an underwhelming season for the former Cy Young award winner. He has only thrown 66 innings this year, while posting a 3.82 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. The Sox need Price back and healthy, especially if they want to make a deep run come playoff time.
4) Chris Owings, SS, AZ
Owings has a fractured middle finger and has been placed on the 60-day DL. This is a big loss the the D-Backs, especially when you consider Owings’ ability to play all over the field when necessary. Ketel Marte has assumed the shortstop duties and from the looks of it and that may be the case for the remainder of the regular season. Owings will not be activated till closer to October, making it unlikely that we will see him back on the field until the playoffs. That of course depends on whether or not Arizona even qualifies for the post season. Owings was initially fighting for a starting job at the beginning of the season but thanks to a breakout season up until this point, he had become a regular in the lineup. His 25 doubles, 12 home runs and 12 stolen bases are more than enough to be a difference maker.
5) Avisail Garcia, OF, CWS
Garcia was placed on the disabled list on June 26th with a ligament strain in his right thumb. He’s expected to be out at least two weeks and is undergoing an MRI this week. Hansen, who was acquired from the Pirates earlier this season, will be taking his place for the time being. Garcia is one of many on this list that is having a great season as he’s hitting .303, 13 home runs and 54 runs batted in for a mediocre offense. Garcia was once a top prospect in MLB, and although it took him a while to blossom, his production this year has given the White Sox something to look forward to in the future.