MLB Injury Roundup

by KFFL Staff on March 30, 2007 @ 14:27:32 PDT

 


Welcome to KFFL.com's Injury Roundup. Each week, we bring you the latest from around the diamond on key injury issues. Who are the latest players on the disabled list that could affect their team's production? Which players may be headed to the disabled list soon and which players may be returning to the fold in the coming days or weeks?

PRIME-TIME PLAYERS

Detroit Tigers outfielder Gary Sheffield (wrist) is healthy after undergoing wrist surgery last June and has been swinging the bat well this spring.

Tigers starter Kenny Rogers (arm) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a fatigued arm Thursday, March 29, retroactive to March 25. Reliever Chad Durbin will temporally fill the void in the rotation.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim starting pitcher Jered Weaver (shoulder) will start the year on the 15-day disabled list, as will starter Bartolo Colon (rotator cuff). Both players had good sessions Tuesday, March 27, with Colon reaching 94 mph on the radar gun and Weaver showing consistent command while throwing 47 pitches. Weaver could be back by April 12, while there is no official timeline set for Colon's return, but the juice on his fastball is an encouraging sign. Pitcher Dustin Moseley will take Weaver's turn in the rotation for the April 6 start.

Angels starter John Lackey (strep throat) had a bout with strep throat early in camp that caused him to lose eight pounds, but he has looked good since returning March 8.

Angels third baseman Chone Figgins (finger) will be sidelined for five to six weeks with two fractured fingers. He'll be replaced at the hot corner by a combination of infielders Maicer Izturis and Robb Quinlan.

Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez (hamstring) was bothered early in camp from a tender hamstring but has reported no problems with it since making his Cactus League debut March 9.

Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer (leg) had a stress reaction in his left leg March 22 and has been getting eased back into action after getting treatment on it. He was due to play in a minor league game Wednesday, March 28, and should be ready for the season opener.

Twins starter Francisco Liriano (elbow) is expected to miss the entire season after having Tommy John surgery last November, which is not new news, but the team recently placed him on the 60-day disabled list as a formality.

Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon (shoulder) is healthy, but the team plans to limit him to prevent any reoccurrence of past shoulder problems. He will not pitch when he is tired, and he will not appear in more than three straight games.

New York Yankees outfielder Bobby Abreu (oblique) made his Grapefruit League debut March 20 and will be ready for the season opener.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays outfielder Carl Crawford (groin) missed several games last weekend with a groin injury but has since returned to the lineup. He was also undergoing treatment for left wrist tendonitis earlier in March.

Toronto Blue Jays closer B.J. Ryan (back) is on target to be available for Opening Day after throwing a strong bullpen session March 25 and being scheduled for a Grapefruit League outing March 31.

Blue Jays outfielder Alex Rios (shoulder) missed the first few games of the exhibition season with a sore right shoulder.

Seattle Mariners closer J.J. Putz (elbow) pitched in a minor league game March 27, marking his first action since March 5. He didn't feel any discomfort in his right elbow and should be ready for Opening Day.

Texas Rangers closer Eric Gagne (elbow) made his spring debut March 20 and has stated his elbow hasn't felt this good in two years. The team has been easing him through spring training, and he will begin the season on the disabled list to get more innings under his belt before he closes games. He should be back with the team around April 13.

Rangers shortstop Michael Young (ear) missed about a week of action after having minor surgery to close a cut on his right ear. He is expected to be ready for the opener... Rangers first baseman Mark Teixeira (knee) missed a week of action in mid-March because of a sore knee.

Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones (oblique) returned to action March 22 after missing almost a week.

Braves outfielder Andruw Jones (shoulder) missed several games in mid-March with a sore right shoulder.

Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez (groin) missed several games last week with tightness in his right groin.

Marlins starter Josh Johnson (biceps) is expected to miss at least two months of the regular season due to ulnar nerve irritation in his right biceps. The team doesn't think surgery will be required.

New York Mets starter Pedro Martinez (rotator cuff) is continuing to advance in his long-toss throwing program and hopes to be back even sooner than his projected return of July or August.

Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado (neck) missed a handful of games in early March with a sore neck, but X-rays came back negative.

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. (hand) made his first appearance in a spring game March 24, starting in right field. He's coming back from a broken left hand.

Houston Astros outfielder Carlos Lee (elbow) has battled a shoulder injury for much of the spring. He was able to return to left field in mid-March after spending about a week being used primarily as a designated hitter.

Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Freddy Sanchez (knee) appeared in a game March 28 for the first time since spraining his right knee March 6. If he starts the year on the disabled list, infielder Jose Castillo would likely get the start at second base.

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jim Edmonds (foot/shoulder) played in his first spring game March 25, and is expected to be cleared to play Opening Day.

Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen (hip) made his spring training debut March 15 and has looked good since then.

Arizona Diamondbacks starter Randy Johnson (back) pitched two innings in a B game March 24 for his first outing since back surgery. He was able to reach 94 mph on the radar gun. Johnson was expected to pitch again in a regular spring game March 29. Diamondbacks starter Brandon Webb (neck) missed a spring start March 17 but has been feeling better since.

AROUND THE DIAMOND

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Baltimore Orioles - Outfielder Jay Payton (hamstring) is expected to begin the season on the 15-day disabled list. He suffered a Grade 1 hamstring strain March 26 and was expected to need between one and three weeks to recover. Outfielder Aubrey Huff will likely start in left field in the meantime, while outfielder Jay Gibbons will also see an increase in playing time. Starter Kris Benson (shoulder) has been placed on the 60-day disabled list and is expected to miss the entire season for right shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. First baseman/outfielder Kevin Millar (forearm) missed 10 days of action in camp with a strained right forearm before returning to the lineup March 17. Pitcher Jose Acevedo (collarbone, ribs) will miss the entire season as a result of injuries sustained in a Feb. 16 motorcycle accident.

Boston Red Sox - Reliever Mike Timlin (oblique) was placed on the 15-day disabled list but is expected back April 10. He threw off the mound March 28 and will need to pitch in a few minor league games before returning. Starter Jon Lester (cancer) will make four rehab starts for Class A Greenville in order to build up his stamina and pitch count. He is returning from cancer treatments; medical tests taken three months ago confirmed he is cancer-free. Lester was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Outfielder Coco Crisp (shoulder) is back in action after missing just over a week of spring training games with a stiff left shoulder. Starter Matt Clement (shoulder) was also placed on the 15-day disabled list but will likely be moved later to the 60-day disabled list.

New York Yankees - Starter Chien-Ming Wang (hamstring) has been throwing from 60 to 90 feet to keep up his arm strength while he recovers from a pulled right hamstring. He will start the season on the disabled list but hopes to return in late April. Starter Jeffrey Karstens (elbow) got good news when MRI and CAT scans taken on his elbow came back normal and revealed his elbow stiffness problems were actually caused by his triceps muscle, not his elbow. Starter Andy Pettitte (back) threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session March 26, his first since being sidelined with back spasms. He was due to throw another bullpen session March 28 and could pitch in a minor league game March 30. Prospect pitcher Humberto Sanchez (forearm) has battled forearm soreness all spring. Starter Carl Pavano (various) has been building up arm strength and appears recovered from several different past injuries, including foot, shoulder, back, buttocks, elbow and rib injuries. He has a great shot at being named the team's Opening Day starter.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays - Catcher Dioner Navarro (hamstring) is day-to-day with soreness in his left hamstring. Outfielder Rocco Baldelli (hamstring) was out a few days the week prior with a tight hamstring. Starter Casey Fossum (shoulder) made his spring debut March 12, marking his first start since missing the last month of the 2006 season because of shoulder surgery. He is expected to be ready for Opening Day.

Toronto Blue Jays - Reliever Brandon League (lat) has seen his velocity drop this spring, although the team thinks the problem is caused by a faulty arm slot and not by physical injuries. Nonetheless, League is expected to begin the year on the 15-day disabled list. Pitcher John Thomson (shoulder) has been bothered by a sore right shoulder and was due to undergo an MRI exam. However, he could be traded, released or reassigned, as it doesn't appear the team has a slot for him in either the bullpen or the rotation. Third baseman Troy Glaus (shoulder) received a cortisone shot in his left shoulder March 15 to help counter the effects of normal wear and tear. Outfielder Ryan Patterson (arm) had to have surgery to repair a broken right forearm. Outfielder Reed Johnson (back) was slowed earlier in camp by a stiff lower back and received a cortisone shot for it.

AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL

Chicago White Sox - Backup catcher Toby Hall (shoulder) will rehab his right shoulder for one month before making a firm decision about undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum. By doing a rehab program, Hall will have a 50-50 chance of coming back. If he were to have surgery, he would be lost for the season right away. Outfielder Scott Podsednik (hernia) is completely recovered from hernia surgery performed in late January and is slated to lead off against right-handed starters. He's been running the bases well since making his spring debut in mid-March. Closer Bobby Jenks has seen his velocity drop to the low 90s this spring, but he believes his problems are not injury-related but caused by poor mechanics. However, Jenks (shoulder) did have to leave his spring training debut Feb. 28 because of a stiff right shoulder. Starter Jon Garland (shoulder) complained of shoulder tightness in early March but hasn't reported any problems since. Reserve infielder Alex Cintron (elbow) had offseason surgery to remove bone chips and is ready to go. Catcher A.J. Pierzynski (ankle) was bothered earlier in camp with an injured right ankle but hasn't reported any problems since. Outfielder Darin Erstad (ankle) is healthy after undergoing ankle surgery last October. Third baseman Joe Crede (back) has reported no problems with his back after completing an intense fitness program over the offseason. Crede suffered from a bad back during the 2006 season.

Cleveland Indians - Starter Cliff Lee (abdominal) will start the year on the disabled list and is expected to miss the first couple weeks because of a strained right abdominal muscle. He was due to throw his first bullpen session Thursday, March 29. Starter C.C. Sabathia (wrist) was hit by a line drive on the wrist, but X-rays came back negative, and Sabathia could still go Opening Day. Reliever Matt J. Miller (forearm) might not be ready for the season opener after leaving a March 24 game with cramping in his right forearm. Infielder Joe Inglett (hamstring) is not game-ready yet after leaving from a spring game March 5 with a strained left hamstring. Inglett had also pulled his left quadriceps early in camp. Outfielder Trot Nixon (back) sat out a few games in early March after having offseason back surgery to repair a herniated disc in his lower back, but he hasn't reported any problems lately.

Detroit Tigers - Reliever Edward Campusano (elbow) will miss the entire season after undergoing Tommy John surgery March 27. He had been competing for a spot in the bullpen. Outfielder Craig Monroe (ankle) missed several games in early March with ankle tendonitis but hasn't reported any problems since his mid-March return. Starter Mike Maroth (elbow) hasn't shown any indications of arm problems this spring but has been trying to build up his arm strength following an injury-plagued 2006 season. First baseman Chris Shelton (abdominal) is healthy after having an abdominal strain earlier in camp; however, he is starting the season with Triple-A Toledo. Pitcher Roman Colon (neck) is continuing to recover from neck surgery performed last November and may be game-ready by early May. Catcher Vance Wilson (elbow) had an MRI exam taken on his right elbow.

Kansas City Royals - Second baseman Mark Grudzielanek (knee) had arthroscopic surgery March 5 to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, but returned to game action March 26. He is expected to be the team's starting second baseman, but infielder Esteban German would start in his place if he weren't ready. Starter Luke Hudson (shoulder) is suffering from tendonitis in his shoulder and likely won't be ready to pitch in a major league game until late April. The good news is surgery is not needed. Shortstop Angel Sanchez (elbow), however, will need to have surgery on his right elbow, which will likely be either arthroscopic or Tommy John surgery, depending on what medical tests reveal; he was also placed on the 60-day disabled list. Outfielder David DeJesus (intestine) missed eight spring games with an intestinal virus but returned to action March 26. Starter Zack Greinke (anxiety) has apparently overcome the problems that caused him to leave the organization for two months last year and has been named the team's No. 3 starter. Reliever Joe Nelson (shoulder) has been placed on the 60-day disabled list after undergoing shoulder surgery and hopes to return before the end of the season... Outfielder Joey Gathright (hamstring) was nursing a sore hamstring mid-March. Closer Octavio Dotel (elbow) is healthy and pitching in impressive fashion after spending the last 21 months coming back from Tommy John surgery. Reliever John Bale (back) will likely begin the season on the disabled list because of a muscle strain in his upper back. Starter Odalis Perez (finger) had to leave a spring start March 18 because of a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand. Starters Scott Elarton (shoulder) and Zach Day (shoulder) will begin the season on the disabled list. Reliever Joel Peralta (headache/fever) has been regaining strength after spending time in the hospital in February for severe headaches and a 105.9-degree fever. He had also undergone a precautionary spinal tap.

Minnesota Twins - Infielder Nick Punto (groin/hip) has been slowed late in camp by a sore right hip flexor, causing him to miss several games, but he said he would have been playing if it were the regular season. Outfielder Lew Ford (knee) was placed on the 15-day disabled list after having surgery in early March to remove scar tissue from his right knee; he is expected back around mid-April. In his absence, outfielder Jason Tyner will serve as the primary backup behind starting center fielder Torii Hunter. Backup shortstop Alejandro Machado (shoulder) was also placed on the 15-day disabled list and had surgery for a torn labrum in his right shoulder; he's expected to miss four to six months. First baseman Ken Harvey (knee) is expected to be out for four to six weeks and needs arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Starter Matt Garza (head/neck) has overcome a two-week-long bout of headaches and neck pain to remain a candidate for the fifth rotation spot. He had received an injection of lidocaine March 7, which instantly made the pain subside.

AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - Starter Kelvim Escobar (back) left early from a March 24 start with a strain on the lower left side of his back. However, he remains on target to start the second game of the regular season. Starter Joe Saunders (forearm) was scratched from a March 16 start with forearm stiffness but has since returned to action. Reliever Scot Shields (shoulder, shin) suffered earlier in camp from shoulder stiffness and a bruised shin but has recovered and reported no residual issues from the injuries after making his Cactus League debut March 9. Outfielder Juan Rivera (leg) is continuing to rehab his broken left tibia and will be re-evaluated in May. The best case scenario for his return is June.

Oakland Athletics - First baseman Dan Johnson (hip) was scratched from a start Tuesday, March 27, due to a strained left hip flexor. Outfielder Bobby Kielty (knee) returned to game action March 26 and will likely be ready for Opening Day. Reliever Justin Duchscherer (triceps) made his first appearance of the spring March 24. The team isn't overly concerned because the plan is to use him less this season because of a deeper bullpen. Starter Esteban Loaiza (shoulder) has been battling shoulder stiffness for much of camp. However, he was able to go six innings March 24. Shortstop Bobby Crosby (back) returned to action March 21, marking his first game appearance since last August. Outfielder Shannon Stewart (foot) has been moving well around the bases this spring after being limited to just 44 games last season with a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his left foot. Outfielder Mark Kotsay (back) could be sidelined for up to three months and was due to have arthroscopic back surgery.

Seattle Mariners - Reliever Arthur Rhodes (elbow) was back in action March 25 after being out since March 16 with a sore left elbow. Third baseman Adrian Beltre (head) was hit by a pitch in the back of his head March 25 and left the game as a precaution. Beltre (shoulder) was also bothered earlier in camp by a sore left shoulder. Reliever Mark Lowe (elbow) has been cleared to begin throwing. He's rehabbing from arthroscopic surgery to remove scar tissue from his right elbow and likely won't be a factor in the bullpen until the All-Star break or later. Pitcher Cesar Jimenez (elbow) had successful surgery for a stress fracture in his left elbow and won't pick up a ball until early May. Outfielder Jose Guillen (ribs) missed several games in mid-March with a rib injury. Guillen (elbow) played right field for the first time March 11, as he was initially limited to designated hitter duties while completing his comeback from elbow surgery last summer.

Texas Rangers - Pitcher John Rheinecker (back) is dealing with back stiffness and the team is not sure when he will pitch again. Third baseman Hank Blalock (ankle) missed a March 25 game with a twisted right ankle. Reliever Akinori Otsuka (neck) was scratched from a scheduled appearance March 23 with neck stiffness. Starter Vicente Padilla (elbow) is back on track for Opening Day after throwing five innings in a minor league game March 23. Pitcher Kameron Loe (back) was scratched from a March 22 start with back spasms. Top prospect pitcher Thomas Diamond (elbow) is expected to miss the entire 2007 season after requiring Tommy John surgery. Outfielder Nelson R. Cruz (head) was hit in the head by a fastball March 12, but X-rays and a CAT scan both came back negative. Cruz (hamstring/shin splints) also had some leg problems earlier in March.

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Atlanta Braves - Pitcher Lance Cormier (shoulder) left his March 26 start early due to shoulder stiffness. Starter Mike Hampton (oblique) looks to be ahead of schedule while rehabbing from an oblique injury he suffered during batting practice March 7 and could be ready to return by early May. Shortstop Chris Woodward (calf) didn't see any game action until mid-March because of a sore calf muscle. Infielder Willy Aybar (wrist) has been playing through right wrist soreness which he first incurred in winter ball. Reliever Rafael Soriano (shoulder) had a sore shoulder early in camp and made his debut March 8.

Florida Marlins - Outfielder Jeremy Hermida (knee) and reliever Taylor Tankersley (shoulder) will both begin the season on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 23. Infielder Robert Andino (back) was dinged after a March 10 collision with fellow infielder Alfredo Amezaga and was out for over a week.

New York Mets - Reliever Duaner Sanchez (shoulder) has a broken bone in his pitching shoulder and is expected to be out until at least August. Outfielder Lastings Milledge (ribcage) was hit in the left ribcage by a pitch March 24 but managed to remain in the game despite being in pain. Pitcher Juan Padilla (elbow) is being shut down for at least two weeks due to soreness in his surgically repaired elbow. He had made his debut March 11 in his first action in nearly a year. Starter Orlando Hernandez (hamstring) left early from a March 18 game with right hamstring cramps, but was feeling better afterwards. Second baseman Jose Valentin (ankle) missed a week of action early in camp with a sprained ankle but returned March 3. Starter Dave Williams (neck) took off a neck brace early in March that he had been wearing following January neck surgery.

Philadelphia Phillies - Catcher Carlos Ruiz (biceps) might be ready for Opening Day. Catcher Chris Coste (hamstring) and pitcher Jon Lieber (oblique) both seem likely to begin the year on the disabled list. Starter Freddy Garcia (biceps) could also begin the year on the disabled list with mild biceps tendinitis but could be back in time for a start next weekend. Closer Tom Gordon (elbow, forearm) has had a limited workload this spring as the team wanted to bring him along slowly. Both he and the team insist his arm is fine but he did fly back to Philadelphia in mid-March for a routine exam.

Washington Nationals - Outfielder Nook Logan (groin) could be ready for Opening Day; he's dealing with a strained right groin. Pitcher Jason Simontacchi (groin) is expected to miss two to three weeks with a right groin injury. He's been reassigned to minor league camp in the meantime. Starter John Patterson (dehydration) passed out March 24 after shagging fly balls during batting practice. Despite that, he is expected to make his Opening Day start. Reliever Luis Ayala (elbow) will begin the year on the disabled list and still needs to build up arm strength following Tommy John surgery last year. Starter Mike O'Connor (elbow) will begin the year on the 60-day disabled list. The team hopes he can return by the All-Star break. Catcher Brian Schneider (hamstring) tweaked his left hamstring running the bases March 17 and missed a handful of games. Shortstop Cristian Guzman (shoulder) was eased into action in early March after missing the 2006 season following right shoulder surgery. Starter Brandon Claussen (shoulder) and first baseman Nick Johnson (leg) are both expected to begin the year on the 15-day disabled list. Johnson might not be able to play until June.

NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL

Chicago Cubs - Prospect outfielder Buck Coats (knee) had an MRI exam performed on his right knee March 26 after experiencing soreness in the back of the knee. Starter Mark Prior (shoulder) is expected to open the year on the disabled list and could remain behind in extended spring training despite the fact he thinks he's ready to go. It would be his ninth trip to the DL in six years. Pitcher Kerry Wood (shoulder) had a stiff shoulder after a March 25 outing, but an MRI exam was not performed. Pitcher Sean Marshall (shoulder) didn't make his spring debut until March 19. Although he said his health is excellent, he was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Second baseman Mark DeRosa (flu) lost seven pounds after a mid-March bout with the flu. Outfielder Cliff Floyd (foot) has recovered from offseason foot surgery and made his Cactus League debut March 12. Infielder Mike Kinkade (hand) is out four to six weeks with a broken bone in his left hand. The injury occurred March 10.

Cincinnati Reds - Outfielder Norris Hopper (heel) had a protective boot removed from his right foot this week. The boot had been covering a bruised right heel. Hopper is contending for the last roster spot. Infielder Juan Castro (elbow) wasn't able to play the field earlier this week because of right elbow soreness. Reliever Bill Bray (finger) was held out of a March 26 game because of a bruised left index finger. Outfielder Chris Denorfia (forearm) missed three straight games earlier this week because of a strained right forearm. Reliever Gary Majewski (shoulder) made his Grapefruit League debut March 26. He isn't expected to make the opening roster. Catcher Javier Valentin (hamstring) and first baseman Scott Hatteberg (groin) both missed several games last week but returned to the lineup March 25. Closer Eddie Guardado (elbow) remains out after having Tommy John surgery performed last September but could return by June. In his absence, a closer-by-committee approach will likely be employed, primarily using relievers Mike Stanton and David Weathers, and possibly Dustin Hermanson. Outfielder Bubba Crosby (calf) had a mild calf strain in mid-March but has since been sent outright to Triple-A Louisville. Starter Kyle Lohse (hamstring) has been working his way back from a slightly strained hamstring suffered in early March. Infielder Jeff Keppinger (finger) is out for four to six weeks after breaking his right ring finger March 4.

Houston Astros - Catcher Hector Gimenez (shoulder) and starter Brandon Backe (elbow) have been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Reliever Rick White (groin) tweaked his groin March 22, but was able to throw off a mound March 26, and remains a favorite to make the Opening Day roster.

Milwaukee Brewers - Infielder Tony Graffanino (back) returned to spring action March 28 after missing a game with lower back stiffness. Catcher Mike Rivera (knee) has a knee infection that has sidelined him for a few days. Outfielder Laynce Nix (oblique) will likely begin the year on the disabled list. He hasn't played since March 13. Outfielder Gabe Gross (hamstring) missed the first 13 days of spring games with a pulled right hamstring but returned to action March 14.

Pittsburgh Pirates - Reliever John Grabow (elbow) is recovering quickly from an inflamed left elbow that has bothered him throughout the spring. He may be able to avoid the disabled list. Pitcher Masumi Kuwata (ankle) was diagnosed with a Level 3 sprain, the most severe, after colliding with an umpire March 26. Infielder Nick Green (toe) has missed several weeks of action due to a strained right big toe.

St. Louis Cardinals - Catcher Yadier Molina (shoulder) missed a handful of games last week with right shoulder soreness. Outfielder Juan Encarnacion (wrist) is expected to begin the year on the disabled list as he is still recovering from offseason wrist surgery. Third baseman Scott Spiezio is one option to replace Encarnacion in right field. Shortstop David Eckstein (oblique) missed two weeks of action before returning March 13. Reliever Russ Springer (oblique) was held back in the early part of spring but returned to the mound in mid-March. Reliever Josh Kinney (elbow) could miss the entire 2007 season after requiring surgery on a right elbow ligament.

NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST

Arizona Diamondbacks - Outfielder Carlos Quentin (shoulder) received a cortisone shot in his left shoulder March 22 in hopes it would help speed up his recovery process. Quentin has a slight tear of the labrum. Third baseman Chad Tracy (knee) is pain-free entering this season, after being bothered much of last season by left knee tendonitis. Outfielder Jeff DaVanon (shoulder) will likely begin the year on the disabled list.

Colorado Rockies - Outfielder Brad Hawpe (ankle) was considered day-to-day with a sprained left ankle suffered March 27. Reliever Dave Veres (hip) and starter Brian Lawrence (shoulder) will both likely start the year in extended spring training. Lawrence is coming back from previous shoulder surgery that caused him to miss the entire 2006 season, and is feeling good, but the team wants to see him continue to demonstrate that he can go every five days.

Los Angeles Dodgers - Shortstop Rafael Furcal (ankle) may wind up on the disabled list if it appears he'll miss more than a game or two to start the season. Outfielder Jason Repko (hamstring) requires season-ending surgery on his left hamstring after tearing two of the three tendons off the pelvic bone. The minimum rehab period is five months. The Dodgers moved quickly to fill the void by trading for outfielder Brady Clark earlier this week. Reliever Yhency Brazoban (elbow) is expected to return to the club in four to six weeks. Starter Hong-Chih Kuo (shoulder) has a sore shoulder and will go through two to three weeks of rehab before resuming throwing. Second baseman Tony Abreu (shoulder) made a quick recovery from a left shoulder bone bruise and is fully healthy. Second baseman Marlon Anderson (elbow) made his spring debut March 15 after having had bone chips removed from his elbow, but he likely won't be ready by the start of the season.

San Diego Padres - Outfielder Mike Cameron (hamstring) will miss a few days late in spring training to rest a strained right hamstring but should be ready before Opening Day. Prospect pitcher Cesar Carrillo (elbow) is off to a good start this spring, reaching 91 mph with his fastball March 23, after missing most of the 2006 season with a stretched elbow ligament. Starter David Wells (diabetes) looked sharp in an outing March 18 after revealing he has Type 2 diabetes. Wells said he's already made some major lifestyle changes. Starter Greg Maddux (abdomen) missed a mid-March start with a lower abdominal strain but returned March 17. Second baseman Marcus Giles (quad) missed a week of action several weeks ago with a quad injury but returned to the lineup March 16.

San Francisco Giants - First baseman Rich Aurilia (groin) has been sidelined this week with a strained right groin but could play Thursday, March 29. Second baseman Ray Durham (hamstring) missed several games last week due to a mild hamstring strain. Outfielder Dave Roberts (clavicle) had been limited to running and defensive work last week but was expected to resume hitting March 25. First baseman Ryan Klesko (oblique) missed a week of action in mid-March with a sore oblique. Catcher Eliezer Alfonzo (oblique) had missed the bulk of spring training with a strained left oblique before starting a game March 13. Alfonzo was expected to play at least every other day since then.

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