16 Aug MLB Injury Report: Week Of August 14th-21st
By: Shane Thompson
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Bryce Harper, OF, WSH
This phenomenon has a serious bone bruise in his left knee, which placed him on the DL on August 13th and there’s no timetable for his return. Howie Kendrick will be getting the majority of reps in right field along with Chris Heisey and Adam Linn. Most people call this a big blow but in reality, they dodged a bullet on this one as he landed awkwardly running to first base and could’ve easily torn ligaments. He was once again on an MVP caliber type run and dominating in all sorts with a .326BA, 29 round trippers, 87 runs batted in and a 1,033OPS.
Stephen Strasburg, P, WSH
Strasburg landed on the shelf on July 27th with a right elbow nerve impingement. Top prospect Erick Fedde has been in the rotation filling in until Strasburg comes back. Strasburg threw a rehab start on Monday and was quoted as “feeling good” and reported no setbacks or pain with his elbow. He could be activated as soon as this weekend in San Diego. The Nationals obviously need him in this rotation despite having a hefty division lead. He’s 10-3 with a 3.25 ERA to go with 141 strikeouts in 121 plus innings.
James Paxton, P, SEA
A strained left pectoral muscle has placed Paxton on the DL on August 10th and there’s no timetable for his return. He is expected to play catch sometime this weekend which will give us a better read on when he will rejoin the rotation. Yovani Gallardo moves from the bullpen into the rotation along with the acquisition of Erasmo Ramirez in exchange for Steve Chisek to Tampa Bay. This one hurt the Seattle Mariners and their record since August 10th indicates it. He’s 12-3 with a very healthy 2.78ERA and 138 punch outs in 119 plus innings.
Andrew Miller, P, CLE
This top tier reliever has been out since the beginning of August with patella tendinitis in his right knee. A platoon of relievers have been sharing the responsibilities later in games. Miller is scheduled to make a rehab assignment on Wednesday and if all goes well, he will be activated sometime over the weekend. His presence in the seventh through ninth inning is irreplaceable and he is an absolute game changer. He’s only allowed 10 runs all year in so many different roles to go with a 1.67ERA with 78 strikeouts in just 54 innings of work.
Masahiro Tanaka, P, NYY
The Yankees placed Tanaka on the DL on August 12th with right shoulder inflammation. With CC Sabathia also placed on the DL the Friday before, Luis Cessa and Jordan Montgomery are in the rotation for the time being. With the Yankees playing as well as they have this year and “speeding up” the rebuilding process, Tanaka has been a disappointment in their rotation. The strikeouts are there with having 141 in 133 plus innings, but the ERA at 4.92 and an 8-10 record out of your ace is nothing to joke about. A little time off might do him well.